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GOVERNOR'S RACE-ASTORINO

Astorino: Christie won't back me due to Bridgegate

NEW YORK (AP) - Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino says he believes Chris Christie won't support him because of the Bridgegate scandal.

Astorino said Tuesday that he thinks his opponent, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, "has something" on the New Jersey governor.

He did not say what it was.

Christie is the head of the Republican Governors Association - which normally backs GOP candidates.

He said he would not support Astorino because the race was "a lost cause." Cuomo leads Astorino by nearly 40 points in the polls.

Christie has been embroiled in a political flap over lane closures near the George Washington Bridge.

The bridge is run by the Port Authority, which is managed jointly by New York and New Jersey.

Representatives for Christie and Cuomo did not immediately comment.

NEW YORK ETHICS-PSA

NY panel: Blackout on officials' pre-election PSAs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's ethics board has approved a 90-day pre-election blackout on appearances in public service announcements by statewide officials and legislators who are also candidates.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics regulations aimed at removing a campaign advantage apply to PSAs by nonprofit groups and the government.

Common PSAs call attention to issues like preventing domestic violence and bullying, energy conservation, charitable fund drives and disease prevention.

The restriction covers the governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, attorney general, state legislators and state agency heads.

Spokesmen for the statewide incumbents say it doesn't interrupt any announcements planned in this election season.

The rules exclude news, editorials, opinion columns, state agency websites, personal communications on social media and paid campaign ads.

WILD-VANEK-INVESTIGATION

Wild's Vanek helping federal probe in New York

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Minnesota Wild left wing Thomas Vanek says he's cooperating with federal authorities conducting an investigation in Rochester.

Local media report that Vanek was at the federal courthouse in Rochester to speak with officials. He signed a free-agent contract with Minnesota this month.

In statement released by his agent, Vanek says they have asked for his cooperation in an investigation. He says he's cooperating and isn't a target of the probe or prosecution.

Details of the investigation haven't been released. Messages left with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo and Vanek's attorney weren't initially returned.

The 30-year-old Austrian played nine seasons for the Buffalo Sabres before being traded to the New York Islanders last year. He was later dealt to Montreal. Vanek signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Wild on July 1.

SUPERSTORM-MARSH CLEANUP

Debris from Sandy targeted in Northeast marshes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy pounded the Northeast, communities in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island are preparing to track down and remove debris from marshland.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it will spend $4.7 million for debris removal in marshland in the states, including New York City.

Dianna Parker, a spokeswoman at NOAA's marine debris program, says much of what was tossed into marshes and coastline areas by the October 2012 storm included construction debris, docks, decks, lumber and boat remains.

Connecticut environmental officials say marine debris are potential hazards to navigation, fishing grounds and ecosystems.

Cleanup began soon after the storm in public areas such as beaches and parks.

Work will begin in Connecticut when permits are issued and could wrap up in a year.

AIR DEFENSE EXERCISE

Air defense drill for 4 Northeastern states

ROME, N.Y. (AP) - The New York state Division of Military and Naval Affairs says a two fighter jets from a Massachusetts Air National Guard unit will be conducting an air defense exercise over parts of four Northeastern states.

Officials say the exercise will be conducted from 10 a.m. until noon Tuesday over northeast New York, southern Vermont, western Connecticut and Massachusetts. The exercise is being run by the Eastern Air Defense Sector based in Rome, near Utica.

The drill involves two F-15 jets from the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing, a Civil Air Patrol Cessna airplane and a C-5 cargo plane from Westover Air Reserve Base in Massachusetts.

Officials say most the activity during the exercise won't be visible from the ground.

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