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State officials on the lookout for a new invasive insect

There’s a new invasive insect that state officials want to keep out of New York. It’s called the spotted lanternfly, and it has the potential to cause great damage to crops like grapes, hops and apples. Native to Asia, it has been found in parts of Pennsylvania, and a dead adult was found in New York last fall. Statewide grape and hop specialist with Cornell’s Integrated Pest Management Program, Tim Weigle, says the large insect, with its colorful wings, can also be a noxious pest to...

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The state Legislature began interviewing candidates Tuesday to replace Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned over a domestic violence scandal.

Up first was the current acting attorney general, Barbara Underwood, who is the favorite to win the appointment.

“I think it’s an understatement to say that none of us expected to be sitting here today for this purpose,” Underwood told senators and Assembly members gathered Tuesday at a meeting room in the state Capitol complex.

Cuomo: Finger Lakes trash incinerator should be rejected

May 16, 2018

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he opposes plans for a massive trash incinerator in the Finger Lakes region.

The Democrat announced his opposition to the project on Tuesday as opponents rallied in Albany.

Cuomo says the proposal is inappropriate for one of the state's most environmentally sensitive areas. He says he's confident a state siting board will reject the proposal.

Winemakers, farmers, residents and local officials have long called on Cuomo's administration to disallow the incinerator, which is proposed for the town of Romulus.

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit Friday against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's financial regulatory agency for what it says is a blacklisting campaign aimed at preventing firms from doing business with the gun owners' group.

The lawsuit filed in federal court for the northern district of New York names the Democratic governor along with the state Department of Financial Services and its superintendent, Maria Vullo, as defendants.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that he’s appointed Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas as a special prosecutor to look into the domestic violence accusations against disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced plans for an open interview process for the legislature to appoint a new state attorney general, now that Eric Schneiderman has resigned over domestic violence allegations.  

Heastie said public interviews of candidates to fill the vacant seat will take place May 15 and 16,  and are open to anyone who submits a resume and cover letter by the end of the day on Friday.

Heastie said the process could also help clarify viable candidates before the state party conventions happen on May 22.

Disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was known as a longtime champion of women’s rights. That’s why leaders of women’s groups are still trying to make sense of the allegations that he was a serial domestic violence abuser.

Just six months ago, Judy Harris Kluger, who runs an anti-domestic violence agency, stood beside Schneiderman at a press conference where he announced an agreement with a Brooklyn hospital to no longer bill sexual assault survivors for forensic rape examinations.

A historic park in Canandaigua will be getting an upgrade soon.

Sonnenberg Gardens, a historic state park built on a 19th century estate will be expanding soon, thanks to new land acquired from the nearby U.S. Army Reserve building.

Senator Chuck Schumer has been pushing the ownership transfer for over three years, saying investing in the Gardens is an investment in the Finger Lakes economy.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of abuse by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

There’s a new invasive insect that state officials want to keep out of New York.

It’s called the spotted lanternfly, and it has the potential to cause great damage to crops like grapes, hops and apples.

Native to Asia, it has been found in parts of Pennsylvania, and a dead adult was found in New York last fall.

Statewide grape and hop specialist with Cornell’s Integrated Pest Management Program, Tim Weigle, says the large insect, with its colorful wings, can also be a noxious pest to homeowners because of all the honeydew it secrets after they feed in large groups.

NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who held himself out as a champion of women and a liberal foil to President Donald Trump, resigned from office after four women accused him of physical violence during intimate encounters.

It was a swift and stunning fall for a Democrat who had pledged to use the power of his office to hold others accountable for abusing their power.

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