NY GOVERNOR'S RACE-BUFFALO
Astorino makes first campaign stop in western NY
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has introduced himself in Buffalo, a day after formally entering the race for governor.
The Republican from New York City's northern suburbs says he's not intimidated by his lack of name recognition elsewhere in the state, noting the election is still nine months off.
And he says he's confident he'll collect the support of the county Republican leaders and be able to raise enough money to run a successful campaign.
Several New York Republican leaders have been trying to convince New York City real estate developer Donald Trump to challenge Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo.
But Astorino says just one day into his campaign, strangers are already starting to recognize him and wish him luck.
He has events scheduled in Rochester, Syracuse and Albany on Friday.
Police: Off-duty officer killed in crash was drunk
LIVINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say an off-duty officer from a Hudson Valley police department had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit when he died in a one-car crash.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says a toxicology report found that 35-year-old William Wrigley had a blood-alcohol level of .15 when he died in a 5:15 a.m. crash on Jan. 24. The accident happened in Wrigley's hometown of Livingston, 35 miles south of Albany. His 1997 Honda Civic veered off Route 19 and hit a tree.
Wrigley was an 11-year veteran of the police department in the nearby city of Hudson. He worked as a patrol and bike officer.
FATAL ROLLOVER CRASH
1 dead, 3 hurt in central NY rollover crash
COVERT, N.Y. (AP) - A 67-year-old man is dead and three others are injured after a rollover crash that Seneca County Sheriff's deputies say was caused by the driver falling asleep.
Deputies tell media outlets that 67-year-old Willy C. Johnson of the Wayne County town of Newark was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 7:25 a.m. Thursday. It happened on Route 96 in Covert, 40 miles southwest of Syracuse.
Deputies say the driver, 49-year-old Bernice Hammonds of Dundee, Fla., veered off the road after she fell asleep at the wheel. The car hit a ditch, became airborne and rolled over.
Deputies say Hammonds, 55-year-old Marshall Watson and 53-year-old James Parker of Ovid were taken to hospitals. Their condition hasn't been released.
Manufacturer moving jobs from NY to Mexico
DEWITT, N.Y. (AP) - An electric motor manufacturer is moving nearly 60 percent of the jobs at its suburban Syracuse plant to Mexico.
The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that Advanced Motors and Drives released a statement saying 72 jobs will be moved to a plant in Mexico in the next three to six months.
The company is a subsidiary of Japanese-owned Nidec-Kinetek Corp.
Although central New York is gaining jobs overall, it lost 300 manufacturing jobs between January 2013 and January 2014.
NY lawmakers want money for pedestrians, cyclists
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A group of New York senators is seeking $20 million in funding for bicycles and pedestrian safety as well as infrastructure to be included in the coming fiscal year.
A letter circulated by Sen. Martin Malave Dilan asks the Senate leadership to include the money in the Senate's budget bill due next week.
Parks and Trails New York, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the New York Bicycling Coalition have been urging lawmakers to add funding for bicyclist and pedestrian infrastructure to the budget.
According to the letter signed by 20 senators, a federal transportation law cut the state's money for bicycle and pedestrian projects by $12 million a year.
A statement released Thursday says that a similar letter is being circulated in the Assembly.
Army Corps to dredge Oswego Harbor on Lake Ontario
OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to dredge Oswego Harbor.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the long-overdue project is expected to get underway in June and take about one month to complete.
Army officials say more than 72,000 cubic yards of sediment must be dredged from the harbor every three to four years, but the Lake Ontario port hasn't had its sediment dredged since 2008.
The project will be paid for with $786,000 approved by Congress for the recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which caused storm damage at the port.
The dredging and improvements already underway to improve rail access to the port are expected to increase capacity by almost 50 percent.
Oswego is the only deep water port on the U.S. shores of Lake Ontario.
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