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Author Archives: Michael Virtanen

NY files: Caretakers, not agency, probe most disabled deaths

ALBANY (AP) — The agency responsible for protecting those with special needs declined to investigate most of the nearly 1,400 deaths of developmentally disabled people in state care in the past two years, leaving the majority of investigations to the ...

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Cuomo issuing pardons to juvenile offenders

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he will issue conditional pardons for about 10,000 former juvenile offenders, who won’t have to disclose convictions on employment, credit or other applications. Offenders with misdemeanor and nonviolent felony convictions at age ...

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AG backs expanded mortgage probe

ALBANY — Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday promised to keep investigating the collapse of mortgage-backed securities that contributed to the national economic downturn, praising President Barack Obama’s creation of a new investigative effort Schneiderman is expected to chair. “The ...

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Online databank helps prosecutors

ALBANY — New York has established a new electronic databank to help police and prosecutors better identify stalkers and protect victims by centrally listing domestic incidents from 57 counties. Elizabeth Glazer, the governor’s deputy secretary for public safety, said Wednesday ...

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Court of Appeals clears AG probe of inflated appraisals

ALBANY — The New York State Court of Appeals on Tuesday cleared the Attorney General’s Office to pursue allegations that First American Corp. and its former subsidiary eAppraiseIT, inflated property appraisals under pressure from client Washington Mutual. Then-Attorney General Andrew ...

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Cuts make courts look for savings

ALBANY — New York court administrators are looking for spending cuts in everything from jury pools to overnight arraignments before resorting to more layoffs to reach the $70 million budget cut imposed by the governor and lawmakers.

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Analysis faults outside pension fund managers

ALBANY — The Republican running for New York comptroller said his analysis shows that outside investment managers who are paid millions of dollars by the state’s public pension fund lost money at a faster pace than passive index funds in the stock market downturn.

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