US Rep Tonko to tour Schenectady redevelopment project
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Congressman Paul Tonko is poised to get an up-close look at a project to revitalize a neighborhood in Schenectady.
The Democrat plans to tour the Mill Artisan District on...
Statues of Harriet Tubman, William Seward remade after fire
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Life-sized statues of Harriet Tubman and former Secretary of State William Seward are set to be installed in upstate New York after their initial molds were destroyed in a fire.
The Times Union reports the statues symbolize the little-known friendship between Tubman and Seward, who also served as New York governor.
Erie County bans smoking in cars with children inside
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Smoking is now banned inside cars with kids in a western New York county, adding to similar prohibitions in a couple of other places in the state.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed the Public Health Protection Act on Friday.
Besides prohibiting smoking in cars carrying people under 18 years old, the law also bans smoking at bus shelters and bars pharmacies from selling tobacco products.
Police spend 6 hours probing false bomb threat at NY church
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Schenectady, New York have spent six hours investigating a bomb threat at a church that turned out to be false.
The Schenectady Police Department says in a news release that someone called police at 2 p.m. Friday claiming there were "multiple explosive devices" inside the First Reformed Church. Police say the caller also said someone was inside the church with a weapon.
7 neglected properties in Albany to get $78M facelift
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Seven properties in downtown Albany are set for renovations under a major revitalization project involving an upstate New York developer.
New York contractor convicted of hiring hit men for killing
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A Schenectady contractor has been convicted of first-degree murder in a scheme to kill a man for life insurance money.
A jury convicted 54-year-old Tarchand Lall on Wednesday for hiring hit men from Delaware to kill Charles Dembrosky, who did construction work for him. Dembrosky was shot to death in November 2016.
Funeral services held for NY trooper killed in crash
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state trooper killed in an on-duty crash outside the upstate station where he worked was "the kind of trooper you want out patrolling your community," the head of the agency said Monday during the fallen officer's funeral services.
Funeral for state trooper killed in crash
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Final goodbyes are being said for a New York state trooper killed in a traffic accident on his way to work.
Calling hours for 36-year-old Trooper Jeremy VanNostrand will be held Sunday afternoon at Mayfield Junior-Senior High School near the southern edge of the Adirondack Park.
His funeral will be Monday morning at St. Gabriel the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Schenectady.
Man faces up to 20 years in prison for gun store theft
GLENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A 24-year-old man has pleaded guilty to stealing dozens of firearms during a break-in at a suburban gun shop in upstate New York.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Thursday that Christian Roman of Schenectady admitted he and an accomplice broke into Target Sports in the Schenectady County town of Glenville the night of Oct. 22, 2017. They made off with pistols, shotguns and rifles and spent the following days transporting and hiding them with the help of various accomplices.
Calling hours, funeral set for state trooper killed in crash
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Calling hours and funeral services have been finalized for a New York state trooper killed in an on-duty crash this week.
State police officials say Wednesday that calling ours for Trooper Jeremy VanNostrand will be held Sunday afternoon at Mayfield Junior-Senior High School in Fulton County.
His funeral will be held Monday morning at St. Gabriel the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Schenectady.
Woman indicted in death of her 4-month-old baby
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A 38-year-old upstate New York woman has been indicted on murder and other charges in the death of her infant child last summer.
Heaven Puleski pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Schenectady County Court to charges that include second-degree murder, unlawful disposal of a body and tampering with evidence.
The body of her 4-month-old son Rayen was found in the backyard of Puleski's Schenectady apartment on Aug. 9. Authorities haven't been able to determine how the boy died.
NY Air National Guard unit begins annual South Pole mission
SCOTIA, N.Y. (AP) — An annual mission to the South Pole that involves hundreds of members of a New York Air National Guard unit is now underway.
Some 500 airmen of the 109th Airlift Wing will take part in Operation Deep Freeze, which started last week. It's the Schenectady County-based unit's 31st season of conducting missions at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
No grand jury indictments in death of man in police custody
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A grand jury declined to issue indictments in the death of a New York City man who stopped breathing while in custody of an upstate police department, state Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Friday while releasing a report that includes police dashboard video of the man telling officers dozens of times he couldn't breathe.
New Schenectady train station opens
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A new train station has opened in Schenectady, two weeks ahead of schedule.
New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul joined local officials for a grand opening of the new facility on Wednesday.
Contractor pleads guilty to $800K business fraud scheme
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say an Albany-area contractor has pleaded guilty to scamming hundreds of thousands of dollars out of minority-owned businesses and failing to pay dozens of his employees.
Attorney General Barbara Underwood says Friday that 47-year-old Michael Martin, of Latham, pleaded guilty in county courts in Schenectady and Albany to grand larceny and scheme to defraud.
NYC man gets prison in upstate quadriplegic scam
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Prosecutors in upstate New York say a Brooklyn man who masterminded a scheme to plunder a quadriplegic's trust fund has been sent to prison.
Schenectady County District Attorney Robert M. Carney says Jayquan Drumgold was sentenced on Thursday to 12½ to 25 years behind bars.
Drumgold was found guilty of conspiring to steal about $50,000 from the Glenville man's trust fund between December 2016 and January 2017.
City set to pay out $360,000 in police brutality case
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York city is set to pay out $360,000 to settle a lawsuit with a woman who said two police officers slammed her head into a bench.
Dozens of county jail employees accused of crime since 2010
COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) — The arrest and resignation of an upstate New York county corrections officer brings to about 50 the number of employees who have left the Schenectady County jail after being accused of a crime since 2010.
Upstate city reaches settlement in police brutality case
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York city has reached a settlement with a woman who says two police officers, including a finalist for chief of police, slammed her head into a bench.
Nixon heads upstate for campaign events
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Cynthia Nixon is taking her campaign for governor upstate as the Democratic primary nears.
The longtime liberal activist and former "Sex and the City" star will make stops in Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs on Friday and throughout the long Labor Day weekend.
Her campaign says Nixon will meet with volunteers and voters and make a stop at the state fair in Syracuse.
Oak-killing fungus spreads to more places in New York
SOUTH BRISTOL, N.Y. (AP) — A devastating fungus that kills oak trees has been found in an eighth location in New York state.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says oak wilt has been found in the Ontario County town of South Bristol. It's the second location the disease has been found in Ontario County. There was a 2016 outbreak in Canandaigua, a few miles north of the new site.
Woman who killed baby daughter in ’80s freed from prison
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A 75-year-old New York woman who was convicted of killing her baby daughter in 1985 and suspected of killing seven of her eight other children has been freed from prison.
The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision confirmed Tuesday that Marybeth Tinning has been released from Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills and will be supervised by officials in Schenectady (skeh-NEHK'-ta-dee) County, where she lives.
Mother of missing baby charged after remains found near home
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York have charged the mother of a missing baby with multiple felonies after the remains of a child were found near her home.
Schenectady police say Heaven Puleski has been under investigation since family members reported her 4-month-old child Rayen Puleski hadn't been seen since July. Puleski has been charged with felony tampering with physical evidence and concealment of a human corpse after talking to detectives Tuesday.
Police find child’s body during search for missing boy
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Police have found a child's body during the search for an upstate New York woman's missing 4-month-old boy.
Authorities in Schenectady say they found the body Thursday behind the house that 37-year-old Heaven Puleski recently moved into.
Her aunt, Lisa Dutcher, previously said she hasn't seen Puleski's son Rayen since June.
Police searching for woman’s 4-month-old boy
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a search is underway for an upstate New York woman's missing 4-month-old boy.
Police in Schenectady say they found 37-year-old Heaven Puleski Wednesday in a local motel but haven't been able to find her son, Rayen. Puleski was being questioned by police.
Her aunt, Lisa Dutcher, told local media that she hasn't seen Rayen since June. Dutcher said a Child Protective Services worker has been trying to track down Puleski for weeks.
General Electric laying off 200 workers at turbine plant
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — General Electric says it's laying off 200 hourly workers at its upstate New York plant that produces steam turbines for the company's power unit.
Boston-based GE announced Tuesday that the layoffs include unionized manufacturing and assembly employees at its facilities in Schenectady (skeh-NEHK'-ta-dee), where Thomas Edison co-founded the company in 1892. Another 25 unfilled jobs will be eliminated.
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NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an engineer at General Electric's upstate New York turbine manufacturing plant has been charged with stealing the company's trade secrets.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Wednesday 55-year-old Xiaoqing Zheng (JOW'-shing zehng) removed electronic files with company trade secrets involving its turbine technologies and hid data files in a digital photograph of a sunset. Prosecutors say he then emailed the picture to his email account.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Following its own year-long investigation, New York's state attorney general's office will convene a grand jury to review the circumstances surrounding the death of a 36-year-old Bronx man who stopped breathing in a Schenectady police car after being stopped for a traffic violation.
Grand jury clears officer who shot, wounded man
TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A grand jury has cleared a police officer who shot and wounded a man during a traffic stop in upstate New York.
The Schenectady County District Attorney's office announced Monday the jury found Officer Jarrod Iler was justified in the August 2017 shooting in Troy that injured Dahmeek McDonald.
Prosecutors say Iler fired four shots at McDonald after he drove his vehicle toward the officer. One bullet hit the man in the forearm and another grazed his temple.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman convicted of killing her infant daughter in the 1980s and suspected of killing seven of her eight other children was granted parole, state officials said Monday.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A Schenectady hospital and health care network has decided to remain independent.
The Board of Trustees of Ellis Medicine said Thursday it has opted against affiliating with another organization after studying the issue for two years. Ellis Medicine includes Ellis Hospital, McClellan Street Health Center, Bellevue Woman's Center and Medical Center of Clifton Park.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say they've arrested a man who shot a woman and her two children.
Schenectady police officials say the suspected gunman, 47-year-old DeShawn Howard, shot a 35-year-old woman alongside her 7-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter during a domestic dispute early Tuesday. The victims are currently in stable but guarded condition at local hospitals.
Missing Arizona woman found in upstate New York
NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in upstate New York have found an Arizona woman who went missing over two months ago.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is hitting the road again to start his third state tour.
The Bronx Democrat toured upstate New York and Long Island shortly after becoming speaker in 2015 as a way to connect with the different regions of the state. He did another tour last year, and said Thursday that the exposure helps him better understand the different opportunities and challenges facing each region.
Free food for thought: Campus food pantries proliferate
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Free food pantries are becoming nearly as common as the campus bookstore at a growing number of colleges.
More than 570 campus food pantries nationwide are registered with the College and University Food Bank Alliance, which formed in 2012 and helps colleges set up food pantries and other hunger programs. New York recently required that they be established at all institutions in its state university system.
Man faces up to 30 years in prison for stealing firearms
GLENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Federal authorities say a 36-year-old Schenectady man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than 25 guns from a firearms store.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Jose Fontanez admitted that on the night of October 22, 2017, he and an accomplice broke into Target Sports in the Schenectady County town of Glenville. Authorities say the pair took pistols, shotguns and rifles.
The men eventually transported the stolen firearms to Rochester with the help of accomplices.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A former upstate New York housing inspector has been acquitted of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in connection with a 2015 fire that claimed four lives.
The Times Union says Kenneth Tyree's eyes welled with tears when the verdict was announced Tuesday in Schenectady.
Ex-housing inspector on trial in 2015 fatal fire
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A former housing inspector is being tried in connection with an upstate New York fire that claimed four lives in 2015.
Prosecutors say Kenneth Tyree inspected the building less than 24 hours before the fire but failed to notice that an alarm system didn't work.
NY Air Guard unit starts return from South Pole mission
SCOTIA, N.Y. (AP) — The first group of hundreds of Air National Guard members deployed on an annual South Pole mission has returned to their upstate New York base.
The New York National Guard says 22 airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing arrived Wednesday morning at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Schenectady County. They landed aboard a C-17 Globemaster cargo plane assigned to the Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing based in Newburgh in the Hudson Valley.
NY Gov. Cuomo visits sites of flooding in Schenectady
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has traveled to Schenectady to get a firsthand look at flooding along the Mohawk River.
The Democrat made the unannounced stop Wednesday. Ice jams and rising temperatures have caused flooding in some areas along the city's historic Stockade neighborhood. Cuomo typically alerts the media when he plans to visit the scene of an ongoing emergency.
Upstate NY private college names 19th president
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Union College says a top Tufts University administrator will become its next president.
David R. Harris will become the 19th president of the private Schenectady college in July and the first African-American to lead the school.
The 48-year-old sociologist will succeed Stephen Ainlay, who is stepping down after 12 years.
Washington snipped here? College says it found prez’s hair
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Tucked in the pages of a grimy, leather-bound almanac in the archives at New York's Union College was a tiny envelope with the hand-scrawled words "Washington's hair."
A librarian who had been cataloging old books gingerly opened the yellowed envelope to find a lock of silvery hair tied with a thread.
Wife: Husband gasped, pleaded with police before death
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A man who died in the custody of Schenectady police is heard struggling for breath and pleading for help in a recording his widow said came from a squad car dash-cam video.
Police: Suspect stopped for pizza after robbing phone store
ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say they've arrested a man who stopped for a slice of pizza after holding up a cell phone store employee.
Schenectady demolishes 2 houses following landslide
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Two homes in an upstate New York city have been demolished following a landslide Sunday morning that displaced nearly two dozen residents.
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy says a garage also is scheduled to be demolished Monday. City officials say the structures that were hanging on the hillside could have damaged buildings below.
Homebuyers get help buying Schenectady ‘zombie properties’
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A program to help new homeowners buy and renovate so-called "zombie properties" has been expanded to Schenectady County.
The program helps low- and middle-income residents buy vacant and distressed properties. Similar efforts have already begun in communities throughout the Capital Region, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson Valley, Long Island and New York City regions.
NY man sentenced for lying about fire that killed 4 people
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for lying to a grand jury after a fire that killed four people.
Bryan Fish also will undergo three years of supervised release under the sentence handed down Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in May to lying under oath to a grand jury about the fire, which destroyed a Schenectady home in May 2013 and caused the deaths of David Terry, an infant and two toddlers. The fire also seriously injured another child.
Marie Alena (Klavetter) Miller, of Schenectady, N.Y., passed away peacefully at her home early on Christmas morning 2017, with her husband at her bedside. She had been in Hospice care for several weeks following a lengthy stay in Ellis Hospital and Ellis Rehabilitation Center.
Schenectady County legislators were expected to approve a lease agreement Wednesday night but furniture is already being moved into the Erie Boulevard building that will serve as home base for the newly created county street crimes task force, County Attorney Chris Gardner said.