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New York political leader Basil Paterson dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Longtime New York political powerhouse Basil (BAZ'-uhl) Paterson has died.

His family says Paterson died at Mount Sinai Hospital on Wednesday night, 11 days short of his 88th birthday.

Paterson served as a state senator, deputy New York City mayor and New York's first black secretary of state.

Survivors include his son, former Gov. David Paterson.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says Paterson's public leadership made New York a better place.

He was among the influential "Gang of Four" that included former Mayor David Dinkins, former Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton and Congressman Charles Rangel.

His family says Paterson was known throughout the community as a "man of action" who accomplished his goals.


Man found fatally shot inside parked car in Utica

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the slaying of a young man who was found fatally shot in a car parked behind a central New York apartment house.

Police in Utica tell local media that officers responding to reports of gunfire early Wednesday afternoon found the man's body in the driver's seat of a car.

Officials haven't released the victim's name pending positive identification by the Onondaga Medical Examiner's Office.

No arrests have been reported.


3 with gunshot wounds taken by car to NY hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Police say three people are being treated at a Buffalo hospital after they showed up at another hospital suffering from gunshot wounds.

Officials tell local media that two men and a woman were taken in a private car to Sisters Hospital late Wednesday night. Police say the vehicle also had been struck by gunfire.

All three were later taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center. Police say at least one of the victims appears to have suffered a serious injury.

Investigators are still looking into where the shooting took place.


NY-based Texas soldier dies from combat wounds

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) - Military officials say a soldier from Texas based at Fort Drum in northern New York has died from injuries suffered in an attack in Afghanistan last weekend.

The 10th Mountain Division says 27-year-old Spc. Kerry Danyluk of Cuero, Texas died Tuesday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Officials say he was wounded Saturday when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Afghanistan's Logar province.

Danyluk was an infantryman assigned to the division's 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. Danyluk joined the Army in October 2010. He trained at Fort Benning in Georgia and was based at the Army post until arriving at Fort Drum in March 2013. He started his second Afghanistan deployment last November.

Danyluk is survived by his mother and father.


NY-based co. closing Syracuse-area lab in July

CICERO, N.Y. (AP) - An Albany-based pharmaceutical company that's part of a $250 million economic development project in Buffalo is shutting down its Syracuse-area research center, eliminating 45 jobs.

Albany Molecular Research Inc. announced Wednesday that it will close its 12-year-old facility in Cicero on July 15. Some employees will be transferred to Albany, Cedarburg, Wis., England and India.

News of the cost-cutting move comes nearly three weeks after the state-run Empire State Development Corp. voted to approve $50 million in funding for the Buffalo Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub.

Albany Molecular Research is a partner in the planned $250 million pharmaceutical research and development facility along with Fort Schuyler Management Co., the state College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Plans call for the Buffalo research center to create 250 jobs by 2020.


Actor helping NY school build new playground

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - The actor who played a detective-turned-school teacher on the HBO hit series "The Wire" is helping a central New York community replace an aging playground.

Jim True-Frost and his wife, Cora, live in Syracuse, where she teaches at the Syracuse University law school. The older of their two children, 5-year-old Leo, is quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair.

Recently the couple attended an event held at a suburban Syracuse high school to raise funds for a new playground at an elementary school in Jamesville that will be accessible for the disabled. True-Frost tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse that he didn't have much awareness about accessibility issues until his son was born with physical disabilities.

On "The Wire," True-Frost played Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski, an inept detective-turned-middle school math teacher.


Easter butter lamb gets 'pardon' at Buffalo market

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - There's at least one butter lamb in Buffalo that won't be going under the knife this Easter.

Butter sculptures in the shape of a lamb are a traditional part of Easter meals among Buffalo's large Polish-American population. Butter lambs are sold this time of year at western New York delis, Polish markets and supermarkets.

On Wednesday, an elected official went to Buffalo's Broadway Market to "pardon" a butter lamb, much in the way U.S. presidents issue pardons for a turkey before Thanksgiving.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz pardoned a butter lamb from its traditional duties on tables throughout the Buffalo area for the duration of Easter.

Polish immigrants brought the butter lamb tradition with them when they came to America and settled in large numbers in upstate New York cities such as Buffalo and Schenectady (skeh-NEHK'-ta-dee).

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