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NY lawmakers approve Gov. Cuomo's pick for MTA chairman

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State lawmakers have confirmed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's nomination of former New York City mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota (LOH'-tuh) as the next leader of the troubled Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The Democratic governor nominated the 62-year-old Lhota as MTA chairman Wednesday and the Republican-controlled Senate approved the appointment late Wednesday night before adjourning for the summer.

Lhota returns to the leadership post at the nation's largest public transportation agency, where he served as chairman and CEO from October 2011 to December 2012. He resigned for an unsuccessfully run for New York City mayor as a Republican.

Cuomo says Lhota's salary will be $1 per year and he'll delegate the CEO duties to a permanent executive director.

The governor says Lhota will continue serving as senior vice president, vice dean and chief of staff at Manhattan-based NYU Langone Medical Center.


Hearing set on fate of board member who insulted Obamas

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A one-time candidate for governor of New York who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife may be booted off the Buffalo School Board.

A hearing is scheduled to begin Thursday in Albany over whether wealthy developer Carl Paladino disclosed confidential board business.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is set to hear testimony in a petition filed by other school board members seeking Paladino's removal. They say Paladino publicly disclosed information about teacher contract negotiations discussed in closed-door sessions.

Paladino counters in a federal lawsuit that the board's claims are in retaliation for derogatory remarks he made about the Obamas. He says his disclosures about the teachers' contract were in the public interest.

The hearing is expected to last several days. Elia will issue her decision at a later date.


Lawsuit tests limits of New York state's 'shield law'

NEW YORK (AP) - A civil case pending in a New York state appeals court is testing the limits of state legislation that protects journalists from revealing anonymous sources.

Murray Energy Corporation, a coal mining company, is seeking an order from the New York Supreme Court to force Reorg Research Inc., a Manhattan-based corporate intelligence firm, to disclose anonymous sources believed to be investors liable for breach of contract.

The New York Times reports news alerts sent by Reorg to subscribers used information from anonymous sources to report the corporation had reached a collective bargaining agreement with workers.

New York state has legislation known as a "shield law," originally passed in 1970 by Republican Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, which protects New York journalists from revealing anonymous sources.



New York theater creates digital archive dating to Civil War

NEW YORK (AP) - More than 70,000 playbills, posters and theatrical materials for a Brooklyn, New York theater - dating as far back as the Civil War era - are now available on a digital archive for the viewing public.

The archive for the Brooklyn Academy of Music made available Tuesday has been in development for several years and was funded by a $1 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation. The New York Times reports materials from the Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive include press clippings and posters from the Brooklyn Academy's opening days in the 1860s.

Roughly 40,000 artists are featured in the archive, and every one of the 70,000 items on display is linked to artists and people involved with the item.

The collection is available at



Welcome sign stolen from beach returned 2 weeks later

BELLPORT, N.Y. (AP) - Officials are surprised but pleased that a welcome sign stolen from a Long Island village's beach has suddenly reappeared.

Bellport Mayor Ray Fell said Wednesday officials still have no idea how the 12-foot long sign was returned, but he's happy it's back. Newsday reports the "Ho-Hum Beach" sign, which was donated by village residents about a decade ago, was discovered missing on June 3.

Fell says maintenance workers found the returned sign by the beach snack bar on June 17. The mayor says there is no active investigation to find the people or person who took the sign.

Fell says, "As far as I'm concerned, it's done."



NY man who stabbed girlfriend sentenced to at least 25 years

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A New York man who stabbed his girlfriend to death has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

An Erie County Court judge sentenced 50-year-old John Avent of the town of Tonawanda (tahn-uh-WAHN-duh) on Wednesday.

A jury convicted Avent of second-degree murder in March, a year after 51-year-old Roberta Rybinski was killed in the couple's apartment.


New York proposes changes to solid waste regulations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York regulators are taking public comments on proposed changes to solid waste management rules.

The Department of Environmental Conservation launched a comprehensive revision of solid waste regulations in February 2016. The initial proposal included changes to deal with illegal disposal of construction and demolition debris and stronger oversight of mulch processing facilities.

Revisions made in response to public comments include stronger prohibitions on disposal of liquid waste from oil and gas production.

Revisions also include enhanced tracking of construction and demolition debris from New York city, and reducing environmental impacts from large compost and mulch facilities.

Comments on the proposed rulemaking will be accepted at a public hearing on July 13 at DEC's headquarters in Albany, or by email.


Lake Placid set to welcome another lacrosse tourney

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - Summit Lacrosse Ventures is bringing another tournament to Lake Placid.

The inaugural High Peaks Summit Classic for adult men is slated for this weekend. It's an opportunity to play for athletes who haven't been able to compete in the traditional August tournament.

SLV also is hosting the Lake Placid Summit Youth Classic for boys in first through eighth grades, which runs Monday through Wednesday of next week, and the sixth annual BRINE Northstar Invitational. The latter is an invitation-only development and recruiting showcase for girls and will be held at Northwood School.

The weeklong Lake Placid Summit Classic, in its 28th year, gets an early start on July 31.

In all, the village expects about 20,000 visitors this summer for lacrosse, with a direct economic impact of around $7 million.

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