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September 27, 2008 | From the Associated Press
New York Atty. Gen. Andrew M. Cuomo is broadening his investigation of short selling on Wall Street, according to a senior official in his office. Cuomo is turning to the massive credit default swap market, which he believes may have been manipulated to give the impression that certain companies were in trouble.
July 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman who lied to adopt 11 disabled children, whom authorities say she abused while she collected more than $1 million in subsidies, was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said Judith Leekin, 63, engaged in "a heartless, dangerous, money-driven scheme" as she defrauded social service agencies in New York City and New York state. Leekin pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud in May. Berman ordered her to serve 10 years and 10 months, nearly three years more than she agreed to in a plea deal.
April 11, 2008 | From Newsday
They say all big decisions in this town get made by three men in a room: the governor, Assembly speaker and Senate majority leader. Perhaps that's why New York state's top judge -- fed up with lawmakers' stalled efforts to increase judicial salaries -- has decided to take aim at the trio and sue them. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Judith S.
March 29, 2008 | From Newsday
Prosecutors considered trying to indict Eliot Spitzer for official misconduct for his role in the so-called Choppergate affair but decided not to after the former New York governor resigned in a prostitution scandal, according to a report released Friday by Albany Dist. Atty. David Soares. The highly anticipated report was an about-face from one Soares' office released in September clearing Spitzer of any wrongdoing.
March 27, 2008 | Sophia Chang, Newsday
Owning or selling brightly colored guns may soon be illegal in Nassau County because the painted weapons could pass as toys, police and county officials said Wednesday. Officials in neighboring Suffolk County are considering a similar ban. The proposal in Nassau County was spurred by a Wisconsin company's introduction last week of a line of bright gun paints called the "Bloomberg Collection," which taunts New York City Mayor Michael R.
March 13, 2008 | From Associated Press
New details emerged Wednesday about the purported call girl at the center of the prostitution scandal engulfing New York's governor, with a newspaper report identifying her as a 22-year-old aspiring musician from Manhattan. The New York Times reported that the real name of the woman -- identified as Kristen in court papers alleging that Gov. Eliot Spitzer paid more than $4,000 for prostitutes' services -- is Ashley Alexandra Dupre. Don D.
February 18, 2008 | From the Associated Press
New York regulators are eager to consider splitting Financial Guaranty Insurance Co.'s core bond insurance businesses to protect municipal credit ratings against costly downgrades and stem troubles in the debt markets. FGIC said last week that it wanted to organize a new domestic financial guarantee insurer to "provide support for public finance obligations previously insured by FGIC." State Insurance Supt.
January 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A long-time state archivist was accused Monday of stealing hundreds of historic artifacts and documents from the New York State Library, including two Davy Crockett Almanacs, and selling some on EBay. Daniel Lorello, 54, an archives and records management specialist in the state Education Department since 1979, was arraigned Monday on charges of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and scheme to defraud.
January 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain raised more than $1 million Tuesday on rival Rudolph W. Giuliani's turf and picked up the endorsement of the former New York mayor's longtime nemesis. Former Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.) switched his allegiance in the presidential race from former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, who abandoned his bid Tuesday, to McCain. D'Amato has long been at odds with Giuliani.
December 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
New York Atty. Gen. Andrew M. Cuomo said he had settled his investigation of a student loan consolidation company that paid fees to colleges and sports departments to help it market directly to students. Cuomo said Student Financial Services Inc. of Clearwater, Fla., had contracts with 63 colleges, 57 of which are NCAA Division I schools, under which it used the schools' colors, mascots and team names to peddle loans.
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