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Cuomo: limo driver and company involved in fatal crash violated several laws

The stretch limo that crashed in Schoharie on Saturday, killing all 18 people aboard plus two pedestrians, had failed inspection just one month ago. Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking to reporters at a Columbus Day parade in New York City, says the driver of the limo also did not have the proper license. Cuomo says the limo driver and the company , Prestige Limo, violated a number of laws. “The driver of the vehicle, the quote, unquote limousine, did not have the appropriate driver's license to...

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The Republican candidate for attorney general in New York, Keith Wofford, said if he wins, he’d go after the head of his party, President Donald Trump, and his policies — but only if there’s a good reason.

The current attorney general, Barbara Underwood, has dozens of lawsuits on file against Trump, ranging from an investigation of the Trump Foundation to the administration’s environmental policies.

The Democratic candidate for attorney general, New York City Public Advocate Tish James, has said she’d continue those actions.

Limousine company operator arrested after deadly crash

Oct 12, 2018

ALBANY — The operator of a limousine company involved in a crash that killed 20 people was arrested Wednesday, police said.

Nauman Hussain was taken into custody after a traffic stop on a highway near Albany, the New York State Police said in a brief news release. Police said they charged the 28-year-old Hussain with criminally negligent homicide in Saturday's crash in Schoharie.

Hussain’s lawyer, Lee Kindlon, spoke to reporters Wednesday after Hussain's arrest and said his client isn't guilty.

Kindlon said police "jumped the gun in charging him with any crime."

New sexual harassment prevention guidelines are due

Oct 12, 2018

As of Tuesday, employers in New York, regardless of their size, needed to have sexual harassment prevention policies in place.

And they have a couple of options in regard to those regulations, according to Edward Steve, partner in Harter, Secrest and Emery's Labor and Employment Practice.

"The state issued a model policy, which employers could either adopt, or employers could have their policy, provided that it met the state's minimum requirements," he said.

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP)  Relatives of the limousine driver involved in a crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York said Tuesday they believe he was unwittingly assigned an unsafe vehicle.

The family of Scott Lisinicchia released a statement through a lawyer shortly after another attorney representing the limousine company, Prestige Limousine, said the driver might have been unfamiliar with the rural road.

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP)  The limousine service under scrutiny after a crash that killed 20 people fixed safety violations in its fleet before the tragedy, said a lawyer who suggested the driver was unfamiliar with the rural road. 

Prestige Limousine has been criticized for maintaining vehicles rife with violations and for employing a driver lacking a commercial license. The deadly crash Saturday west of Albany also has shined fresh light on the controversial history of the business' owner, a former FBI informant. 

Candidates for statewide office were required this week to disclose how much money they have on hand for the final month of the 2018 election season. Once again, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term, is far ahead of his challengers.

The Green Party candidate for state comptroller, Marc Dunlea, said he isn’t in the race to win but rather to highlight one key issue — combating climate change.

Dunlea was the longtime director of Hunger Action Network, a lobby group that advocates for services for the poor. He now works for the environmental group 350.org, and he said if he were comptroller, he would immediately divest the state’s pension fund of all investments in fossil fuel companies.

The stretch limo that crashed in Schoharie on Saturday, killing all 18 people aboard plus two pedestrians, had failed inspection just one month ago. Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking to reporters at a Columbus Day parade in New York City,  says the driver of the limo also did not have the proper license.

Cuomo says the limo driver and the company , Prestige Limo, violated a number of laws.

The Rochester Finger Lakes region was the epicenter of the suffragist movement in the 19th century.  Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott are the names that quickly roll off the tongue of any historian or third grade student.

But another woman who made significant contributions to the cause is a name you may have never heard: Jean Brooks Greenleaf. 

This morning, members of the Greece Historical Society did their part to change that.

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, a retired UPS worker from Syracuse and former Vietnam war protester, is running for governor for the third time, challenging popular incumbent Andrew Cuomo from the left.

Hawkins, in a conversation with WXXI’s Karen DeWitt, explains why he thinks he is a true alternative and not just a protest vote.

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