NEW YORK (AP) - A retrial is set to begin for ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son on corruption charges. Jury selection is scheduled to get underway on Tuesday in Manhattan. Skelos and his son, Adam, were convicted by a jury in 2015 of extortion, conspiracy and bribery. Dean Skelos, a Republican, was sentenced to five years in prison. His son got 6½ years. A federal appeals court later tossed the conviction, citing a Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the legal definition of corruption.
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - A West Point cadet who tweeted pictures of himself at graduation with the message "communism will win" is out of the Army with an other-than-honorable discharge. Top brass at New York's Fort Drum accepted 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone's resignation after an investigation found he advocated online for a socialist revolution and disparaged high-ranking officers. Rapone says he's now setting out to urge soldiers and others to "stop serving the agents of imperialism" and join the revolution.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State Senate Democrats have introduced legislation they say would alleviate the increased tax burden many New York property owners face under the new federal tax plan. Democratic lawmakers discussed the package of five bills Monday, two days before the Legislature is scheduled to wrap up its 2018 session. Senate Republicans who hold the chamber's leadership say they've already led the way by ensuring passage of measures that provide property tax relief.
NEW YORK (AP) - Bail has been revoked for the promoter of a failed music festival on a Bahamian island, with a judge calling him a flight risk and nonviolent danger to the community now that he faces new charges. Sentencing for 26-year-old Billy McFarland was postponed from Thursday until late next month. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald says he can begin serving his sentence since it will include some jail time anyway.
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