Voter registration deadline looms for September primaries
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Time is running out to register to vote in next month's political primaries.
The state Board of Elections says New Yorkers must register by the end of the day Friday to vote for the Sept. 12 primaries for state and local offices. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked by midnight.
People with a driver's license, permit or non-driver ID card can submit voter registration information online at the MyDMV site . There are also forms at most state and federal government offices, or they can be downloaded from the Board of Elections .
Senators: Federal purchase to help NY concord grape growers
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Concord grape growers in New York are getting a boost from the federal government, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture planning to buy juice for nutrition programs.
Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the USDA will use up to $18 million to purchase surplus grape juice, which will help stabilize prices farmers receive.
The senators say the purchase is good news for growers in the Finger Lakes, western New York and central New York. Purchases of concord grape juice have helped stabilize their market in the past.
The USDA uses Section 32 funds to purchase agricultural products that are used in nutrition assistance programs such as the school lunch program.
STATE FAIR-FOOD TRUCKS
State fair to feature 40 food trucks in competition
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Falafel tots, salt potato pizza and apple cheesecake eggrolls are among the offerings of 40 food trucks competing at the New York State Fair next month.
Food trucks from across the state will participate in the two-day event the first weekend in September. They'll use ingredients made or grown in New York.
Fairgoers can buy $3 samples and vote for their favorites. A People's Choice award will be announced each day and a panel of food industry experts will declare Judges' Choice winners.
Last year, 17 food trucks competed and over 2,500 fairgoers voted. The Meatball Truck's Meatball Cup won the People's Choice award and The Silo Truck's Telekinetic Fried Chicken won the Judges' Choice award.
Archaeology dig on NY Colonial military site wrapping up
FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) - A six-week archaeological dig on a Colonial-era British military site on the upper Hudson River is wrapping up.
A team of volunteers and students has been excavating areas on Rogers Island at Fort Edward, 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Albany.
Thousands of British and Colonial American troops were encamped at Fort Edward during the French and Indian War from 1755-1759.
They used the fort and the neighboring island as a base of operations for attacks on French forts in the eastern Adirondacks.
The excavations, led by archaeologist David Starbuck, have uncovered 18th-century artifacts such as musket balls and pottery, as well as evidence of soldier dwellings. The dig ends Friday.
Local officials plan to develop the publicly owned part of the island into a historical park.
CHINESE STUDENT SLAIN
Getaway driver guilty of robbery in death of Chinese student
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A getaway driver has been convicted of robbery but acquitted of murder in the drug-deal killing of a Syracuse University student from China.
The Post-Standard reports 20-year-old Ninimbe Mitchell faces up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced for the robbery of 23-year-old Yuan Xiaopeng (YOO'-en SHE'-ow-puhng). Mitchell would have faced up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murder.
Prosecutors say Mitchell drove his 24-year-old cousin Cameron Isaac to a suburban Syracuse apartment complex Sept. 30 so Isaac could buy marijuana from Yuan, a junior from Qingdao (cheeng-DOW') studying mathematics.
Isaac was accused of robbing and shooting Yuan, and he was convicted Tuesday by the same jury of first-degree murder.
The defense argued Mitchell didn't know Isaac was going to rob or kill the victim.
PALADINO-SCHOOL BOARD-THE LATEST
The Latest: School board hopes ouster ends distractions
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A lawyer for ousted Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino says his client will appeal the state education commissioner's decision, which he suggested may have been influenced by the country's mood in the wake of a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia.
Attorney Dennis Vacco says that although Paladino was kicked off the board for improperly discussing teacher contract negotiations, the monthslong campaign for his removal centered on Paladino's published insults of former President Barack Obama.
Vacco says protesters have stepped up anti-Paladino calls since the Virginia violence last weekend.
Paladino, who worked on President Donald Trump's campaign, told a local arts newspaper in December that he wished Obama would die of mad cow disease. He said the comments weren't meant for publication but nevertheless protected by his right to free speech.
Troopers: Trucker was shopping online before fatal crash
LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) - State police say a truck driver was shopping online on his cell phone when his vehicle rear-ended a car, killing its driver.
Troopers say 27-year-old Kristofer Gregorek of Ballston Spa was arrested Thursday on a manslaughter charge related to the June 8 crash that killed 45-year-old Ellen Volpe of Rochester.
Investigators determined that Gregorek was using his cell phone to shop and then complete a survey when his Freightliner box truck hit Volpe's Honda in Lancaster, about 10 miles east of Buffalo.
Gregorek was to be arraigned in Lancaster town court Thursday evening. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer to comment.
Guatemalan immigrant seeks sanctuary in Manhattan church
NEW YORK (AP) - A Guatemalan immigrant with no authorization to live in the U.S. is entering a church in Manhattan with her three children to seek refuge from immigration authorities.
Amanda Morales says she decided to seek sanctuary instead of showing up to her Thursday morning appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
She has lived in the U.S. illegally since 2004. Her children are all U.S. citizens.
Morales says ICE told her at her last appointment that she would be deported and that she needed to buy a one-way plane ticket to Guatemala.
She announced her decision Thursday at Holyrood Church, where she was flanked by city officials who said she would be living there until her case is resolved.
An ICE spokeswoman in New York declined to comment on the case.
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