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BC-NY--New York News Digest,ADVISORY, NY

September 20, 2018

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NEW YORK — A judge is set to decide whether a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo receives leniency or a long prison sentence for his conviction on federal bribery and fraud charges. Prosecutors say Joseph Percoco and his family accepted more than $300,000 in bribes from companies that wanted to gain influence with the Cuomo administration. Cuomo wasn’t accused of wrongdoing, but testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office. By Larry Neumeister and David Klepper. SENT: 458 words, photo. Will be updated after 2 p.m. sentencing.




NEW YORK — Hoping to restore the faith of those disillusioned by how the Catholic church has handled sexual abuse allegations, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York appointed a former federal judge on Thursday to review its procedures and protocols. Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced the appointment of Barbara Jones, saying many Catholics had told him they were feeling let down by the church’s hierarchy in the wake of several recent high-profile developments. Those include a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse and systematic cover-up by church officials there. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 553 words; will be updated. With photos, video.


NEW YORK — A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a request to put off the trial of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. UPCOMING: 325 words by 2 p.m.


NEWARK, N.J. — Relief is in sight for New Jersey Transit’s beleaguered rail riders, if only in the wallet. Facing criticism over service disruptions as it seeks to meet a Dec. 31 federal safety deadline, NJ Transit said Thursday it will cut fares 10 percent for daily and monthly tickets for three months starting in November. By David Porter. SENT: 358 words.


LESTER, Ala. — Two women from New York have been identified as the victims of a stabbing in northern Alabama, officials said. SENT: 234 words.


PITTSBURGH — The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announces the winners of its medals for heroism. They include Jason Sigelow, of Rochester, New York, who led a rescue of a 9-year-old boy struggling in deep water in Lake Ontario, but drowned. Another man in that rescue, Philip Orzech, is also being honored with a Carnegie medal. He managed to grab the boy. SENT: 678 words.


— STATE OFFICIAL-CHILD ENDANGERMENT: Police have arrested a high-ranking official with New York state’s mental health agency on charges of child endangerment.

— COLD CASE-DAUGHTER CHARGED: A jury has found a New York woman guilty of stabbing her mother to death.

— DRUG KINGPIN SENTENCED: Officials say an upstate New York drug kingpin convicted of operating a nationwide cocaine trafficking ring has been sentenced to life in prison.

— BOOKKEEPER-THEFTS: The former longtime bookkeeper for an upstate New York tourism agency has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $200,000 from the organization.

— RIKERS-BAIL CAMPAIGN: A human rights group says it plans to bail out more than 500 women and teenagers currently imprisoned at New York City’s Rikers Island.

— RESTAURANT SHOOTING: Authorities in upstate New York say they’ve charged a fifth person in the double homicide at a Chili’s restaurant over the weekend.

— RED LIGHT CAMERAS: A red light camera program in Long Island’s Suffolk County will be extended through another year, despite opposition from a committee of GOP legislators.

— BOY HIT BY VAN: New York City police say a 3-year-old boy was critically injured when he was struck by a van in Brooklyn.

— COMPTROLLER-AGRICULTURE RATINGS: The Office of the New York State Comptroller says farms in the Empire State produced 15 agricultural products that ranked in the top five nationwide last year.

— ZOO-POLAR BEAR RETURNS: A polar bear born at an upstate New York zoo more than 20 years ago is returning to her birthplace after nearly a decade at a Maryland zoo.

— ROME-LAB FUNDING: The federal defense appropriations bill for 2019 has more than $245 million earmarked for the Air Force Research Laboratory in central New York.





NEW YORK — Isabel Allende, author of beloved novels such as “The House of the Spirits” and “Eva Luna,” has won an honorary National Book Award. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 736 words, photo.





CLEVELAND — The New York Jets play the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Game starts at 8:20 p.m.


NEW YORK — Boston plays New York at Yankee Stadium. By Ronald Blum. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


WASHINGTON — The New York Mets play the Washington Nationals. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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