May 14, 2014
New York Republicans to nominate candidates
RYE BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Republican Party is gathering to nominate its candidates for statewide office and formally kick off this year's campaign season.
The state GOP convention gets underway Wednesday in Westchester County, where Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino serves as county executive.
On Wednesday, Astorinio announced Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss as his running mate.
Nominations for governor and lieutenant governor are scheduled for Thursday.
Also expected to win the party's nod are attorney general candidate John Cahill and comptroller candidate Robert Antonacci. Those nominations are set for Wednesday. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will address the convention that night.
Democrats hold their convention next week on Long Island, where they'll nominate Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli for re-election.
Churchill Downs joins casino proposal near Albany
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Churchill Downs Inc. is joining an effort to bring a $300 million casino resort to the Albany area.
The Louisville, Kentucky-based company says Tuesday it is joining with Saratoga Casino and Raceway in a bid to develop a casino across the Hudson River from Albany in the town of East Greenbush. The company owns and operates the Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby.
The state this fall will award licenses for up to four upstate New York casinos. The East Greenbush resort is one of up to 22 casino potential proposals. Applications are due June 30.
The two companies say the project would include a 300-room hotel, restaurants and high-end retail shops. The resort is projected to create 1,700 permanent jobs.
NY Senate votes again to legalize MMA
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Senate has voted for the fourth straight year to legalize professional mixed martial and regulate it.
Its prospects remain uncertain in the Assembly, which has declined to pass it so far, leaving New York as the last state to prohibit live pro fights.
The Senate vote was 44-16.
Opponents say the combination of kickboxing, judo and wrestling is too brutal and a bad example for children.
Supporters argue that the sport is on television, at venues in New Jersey and Canada and that regulation will raise it from the underground in New York.
A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says they'll discuss it with the members of that chamber's majority Democratic Conference.
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