ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Zephyr Teachout has survived another attempt by Governor Andrew Cuomo's supporters to knock her off next month's Democratic primary ballot. A four-judge panel today upheld a lower-court ruling and rejected arguments from Cuomo supporters that Teachout didn't meet the five-year residency requirement. A Cuomo campaign spokesman says there are no plans to appeal the decision.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York's Catholic archbishop is bringing together the mayor and religious leaders for a roundtable meeting spawned by the death of a man placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer. Mayor Bill de Blasio asked Cardinal Timothy Dolan to host today's meeting in the wake of Eric Garner's death last month on Staten Island. The mayor said he believes it can help a city gripped by protests and distrust of the police in some minority neighborhoods.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A former high school wrestling coach has pleaded guilty to raping two underage girls two years ago. Local media report that 27-year-old Justin Farrara of Hamburg pleaded guilty yesterday in Erie County Court to two counts of rape stemming from separate incidents in April and August 2012. Farrara was an assistant wrestling coach for the school district in the town of Eden, south of Buffalo.
HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) - A retired upstate New York police officer has been sentenced to six months in jail for the accidental fatal shooting of his 37-year-old son during a trip to the Adirondacks. Local media report that 61-year-old Michael Leach was also sentenced yesterday in a Herkimer County court to five years' probation for shooting his son Matthew in their room at a motel in Old Forge in July 2012. Leach told authorities he was sleeping when he awoke and shot a person he thought was an intruder.
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