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Criminal probe of Cuomo administration urged

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Political foes of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are calling for prompt criminal investigation of his administration following a news report that his office thwarted attempts by his own special corruption commission to investigate groups with ties to him.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Secretary Larry Schwartz pressured commissioners to stop subpoenas to a media-buying firm Cuomo used and to the Real Estate Board of New York, whose members financially supported the governor's campaign.

State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino say that's criminal obstruction of justice.

Cuomo's office tells the newspaper that it would be "a pure conflict of interest" for a commission appointed by the governor to investigate the governor.

Spokesmen did not immediately reply to requests for comment Wednesday.


New York man, grandchild injured by his pit bull

WALKILL, N.Y. (AP) - A 55-year-old man and his 8-year-old granddaughter are recovering from bite wounds suffered when the man's pit bull attacked them inside his upstate New York home.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that retired corrections officer told police in the Orange County town of Wallkill that he and his wife were sitting on a bed with their granddaughter on Sunday while she petted the couple's 3-year-old dog.

Gardner says the dog suddenly bit the girl's face, then attacked him repeatedly. Gardner and the dog fought for several minutes while his wife called 911.

Police arrived and eventually used a stun gun, a shield and a catch pole to restrain the dog. Police say the dog died during the struggle.

Gardner suffered bite wounds to both arms and his left leg.


After 43 years in office, mayor to run again

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) - One of the longest-serving mayors in New York state's history says he's planning to run for a 12th term in office.

Robert Blais, mayor of the village of Lake George, tells The Post-Star of Glens Falls that he'll seek re-election next year.

The 78-year-old former police chief has been mayor of the popular Warren County tourist destination since 1971. His 43 years in office makes him the state's second-longest-serving mayor.

Blais is second only to 92-year-old Clarence Michalis, mayor of Lattingtown, a Long Island village. Michalis has been mayor for 45 years and was re-elected in June 2013.

Blais says he enjoys serving the community and isn't interested in retiring just yet.


NY raises fine for pet theft to $1,000

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York has raised the fine for trying to steal someone's pet to $1,000.

The amendment to state law signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is effective immediately.

The old maximum fine of $200 was set in 1970, according to the governor's office.

It's a crime under the law to remove a collar or identification from a pet without the owner's permission, to seize an animal under its owner's control or to transport one without authorization in order to sell or kill it.

Other legislation signed this week makes shining a laser light at an airplane that can disorient the pilot a crime. It's already illegal under federal law.


NY State Fair selling tickets online for 1st time

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Tickets for the New York State Fair can be bought online for the first time ever.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the new system will make it easier for people to visit the Syracuse fairgrounds during the event's 12-day run.

The State Fair has launched a new online purchasing page on its website that offers tickets at a 40-percent discount over the price at the gate, along with deals for frequent visitors, midway rides and daily parking.

The fair's online site joins a network of grocery and drug stores that sell tickets to the State Fair.

A link to the ticket-buying site can be found at .

This year's fair runs from Aug. 21 to Labor Day, Sept. 1.


2 police cars collide when officer runs red light

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a Syracuse city police officer was looking at the computer inside his patrol car when he ran a red light and collided with an unmarked police vehicle.

Police tell The Post-Standard that 35-year-old Officer Robert Harrington was driving a marked car late Tuesday morning when he failed to stop for a red light at an intersection and drove into an unmarked vehicle driven by 51-year-old Detective Edward MacBlane.

Police say Harrington was distracted looking at his computer when the accident occurred.

Officials say Harrington was responding to a suspicious person complaint and didn't have his vehicle's siren or emergency lights on.

Neither man was injured. No tickets have been issued.

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