News from the Associated Press - July 29, 2014

Associated Press
July 29, 2014

Cuomo backs breakaway Democratic Senate leader

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is backing the leader of a breakaway faction of Democrats in the New York state Senate following his vow to return to the party fold.

Cuomo formally endorsed Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein on Monday.

Klein leads a five-member group of Senate Democrats who partnered with Republicans to take control of the chamber. Last month, under pressure from Democrats, Klein said his faction would end its power-sharing arrangement with Republicans to create a new coalition with traditional Democrats.

Klein faces a primary challenge from Oliver Koppell, a former lawmaker, New York City councilman and state attorney general.

In his endorsement, Cuomo called Klein a "strong partner" in state government.


Political foe faults NY attorney general's silence

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Republican challenger for New York attorney general is calling for incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman to break his silence on reports that the governor's office interfered with the corruption commission whose members were deputized by Schneiderman.

John Cahill, standing Monday outside the attorney general's office in Albany, says the deputies were obligated to report to the attorney general. He says Schneiderman hasn't said anything about the alleged interference or what he knew about it.

Cahill says New Yorkers deserve to know.

The governor's office has denied any wrongdoing, saying it "counseled" commissioners that Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed about what subpoenas to issue but didn't dictate or improperly interfere.

A campaign spokesman says Schneiderman has prosecuted 40 politicians, government employees and nonprofit officials, cracking down more on public corruption than predecessors.


Buffalo company to add 500 jobs over next 5 years

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Buffalo company says it will add 500 jobs over the next five years, helped by New York's Start-Up NY program that lets businesses operate tax-free.

Liazon Corp. announced the expansion Monday at a news conference with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the University at Buffalo.

Cuomo says the provider of online health benefits exchanges is one of eight businesses that will expand or locate in New York as a result of Start-Up NY, which allows businesses that locate near college campuses to operate tax-free for 10 years. The companies are expected to create 659 jobs in all and invest $9.9 million.

The governor's office says BAK USA, which makes tablet computer, will invest $840,000 and create 100 new jobs.


New Yorkers lag as potential organ donors

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Fewer New Yorkers have signed up as organ donors than most Americans, prompting the state to seek help boosting enrollment and shortening its list of patients who die waiting.

A study from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield shows 22 percent of New York adults in the donor registry, compared with 48 percent nationally.

The study also shows 539 New Yorkers died awaiting a transplant last year while others became too sick and ineligible.

Currently 8,667 people are on New York's list for a kidney and 1,352 for a liver, some waiting more than five years.

The Health Department is drafting a bid request for outside help expanding registration.

So far, 3.4 million adults statewide have indicated their intent or given legal consent to donate their organs after they die.

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