NY governor considering trip to Israel
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's considering a visit to Israel, despite that nation's ongoing conflict with the militant group Hamas in Gaza.
The Democratic governor told reporters on Monday that he is discussing a possible trip to Israel. He says a visit would highlight the special relationship between Israel and the state of New York, which is home to many of the nation's Jewish people.
Cuomo is widely believed to have presidential ambitions. He rarely leaves New York state but has visited Israel in the past.
CORRUPTION PROBE-ATTORNEY GENERAL
Political foe faults NY attorney general's silence
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Republican challenger for New York attorney general is calling for incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman to break his silence on reports that the governor's office interfered with the corruption commission whose members were deputized by Schneiderman.
John Cahill, standing Monday outside the attorney general's office in Albany, says the deputies were obligated to report to the attorney general. He says Schneiderman hasn't said anything about the alleged interference or what he knew about it.
Cahill says New Yorkers deserve to know.
The governor's office has denied any wrongdoing, saying it "counseled" commissioners that Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed about what subpoenas to issue but didn't dictate or improperly interfere.
A campaign spokesman says Schneiderman has prosecuted 40 politicians, government employees and nonprofit officials, cracking down more on public corruption than predecessors.
Buffalo company to add 500 jobs over next 5 years
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Buffalo company says it will add 500 jobs over the next five years, helped by New York's Start-Up NY program that lets businesses operate tax-free.
Liazon Corp. announced the expansion Monday at a news conference with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the University at Buffalo.
Cuomo says the provider of online health benefits exchanges is one of eight businesses that will expand or locate in New York as a result of Start-Up NY, which allows businesses that locate near college campuses to operate tax-free for 10 years. The companies are expected to create 659 jobs in all and invest $9.9 million.
The governor's office says BAK USA, which makes tablet computer, will invest $840,000 and create 100 new jobs.
FEDERAL GRANT-WESTERN NEW YORK
Feds giving western NY village financial boost
WESTFIELD, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York village is getting a financial boost from the federal government.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker says the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $2.1 million to the Village of Westfield, Chautauqua County.
The money will be used to upgrade critical infrastructure to allow local businesses to expand and attract new business to the region.
It's estimated the EDA's investment will let three grape processing companies retain 146 jobs and invest an additional $400,000 in plant expansion improvements.
The vllage's waste water treatment plant also will be upgraded to help existing companies and create capacity to attract new ones to the area.
Pritzker calls the federal grant "crucial for both economic growth and job creation."
ORGAN DONORS-NEW YORK
New Yorkers lag as potential organ donors
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Fewer New Yorkers have signed up as organ donors than most Americans, prompting the state to seek help boosting enrollment and shortening its list of patients who die waiting.
A study from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield shows 22 percent of New York adults in the donor registry, compared with 48 percent nationally.
The study also shows 539 New Yorkers died awaiting a transplant last year while others became too sick and ineligible.
Currently 8,667 people are on New York's list for a kidney and 1,352 for a liver, some waiting more than five years.
The Health Department is drafting a bid request for outside help expanding registration.
So far, 3.4 million adults statewide have indicated their intent or given legal consent to donate their organs after they die.
COAST GUARD RESCUE
Coast Guard rescues 3 from disabled sailboat
YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it has rescued three people from a disabled sailboat on Lake Ontario.
The 30-foot sailboat became disabled Monday morning about three miles northwest of the entrance to the Niagara River.
The Coast Guard says the station in Youngstown received a mayday call over marine radio from someone on the sailboat saying their sail was torn and they did not have a motor and were getting tossed around by the wind and waves.
Winds gusts of more than 25 mph and waves up to eight feet were reported at the time.
Officials say a rescue boat crew towed the sailboat to the Youngstown Yacht Club. No injuries were reported.
NY agency advises residents on toxic giant hogweed
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - If you come across a plant that's as tall as a house and topped with umbrella-shaped white flower clusters, don't touch it. It might be giant hogweed, which can cause blistering and blindness.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is continuing its ongoing efforts to control invasive giant hogweed plants across the state. It's reminding residents to look out for the plant and report any new locations.
Giant hogweed resembles an enormous parsley plant, up to 14 feet tall with 5-foot-wide leaves and bristles on its purple-blotched hollow stems. Skin exposed to hogweed sap can be severely burned.
If you find one, DEC wants you to take photos and email them to email@example.com.
More than 800 properties have had their giant hogweed plants controlled by DEC.
TV SHOW-NEW PALTZ
Scenes for "Girls" to be shot as SUNY New Paltz
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) - Some scenes for the HBO series "Girls" will be shot at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that series star and creator Lena Dunham will be directing scenes Tuesday afternoon on the campus 75 miles north of New York City.
Scenes will be shot outside the Haggerty Administration Building and at the campus quad. Some students and staffers will serve as extras.
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Two deputy U.S. marshals and an NYPD detective are expected to recover after they were seriously wounded in a shootout with a fugitive sexual assault suspect in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street.