ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - More than $3 million is being allocated to 17 county jails across New York to treat heroin- and opioid-addicted inmates. Republican state Sens. George Amedore of the Mohawk Valley, Fred Akshar of Binghamton and Chris Jacobs of the Buffalo area announced Tuesday that the jails will split $3.75 million for substance use disorder treatment and transition services.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A consultant has admitted taking part in a scheme to rig a New York election to get approval for lucrative residential real estate projects. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman announced Tuesday that Volvy Smilowitz has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process in Bloomingburg, New York. Two developers were previously sent to prison in the case.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department will issue criminal summonses to most people caught smoking marijuana in public instead of arresting them starting Sept. 1. Manhattan's district attorney had already announced that his office will stop prosecuting most low-level marijuana cases Aug. 1. The state's top health official said Monday that a report on marijuana will recommend legalization, though lawmakers won't consider the issue any time soon.
NEW YORK (AP) - A retrial has begun for ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son on corruption charges. Jury selection started Tuesday in Manhattan. The Republican and his son, Adam, were convicted in 2015 of extortion, conspiracy and bribery. That was thrown out on appeal.
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