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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) An audit of the state agency in charge of enforcing New York's Do Not Call Law finds that only a couple of the hundreds of thousands of annual complaints of violations get investigated. 

A report released Friday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says only two complaints made in 2016 and 2017 were referred for enforcement to the Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection. The Democrat says that's out of the more than 400,000 complaints of law violations made by New Yorkers each of those years.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  State and federal transportation regulators have reached an agreement allowing ``I Love NY'' highway signs to stay in place without costing New York $14 million in highway funding.

The Federal Highway Administration had warned the state that the 514 big blue tourism signs along highways from Long Island to Buffalo didn't adhere to regulations and were distracting to drivers. New York stood to lose federal funding if the dispute wasn't resolved by month's end. 

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is voting on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

A full Senate vote on the nomination is expected as early next week.

Watch the proceeding live.

(AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday blamed upstate weather for New York's continuing population decline, a day after his Republican challenger said Cuomo's economic policies had failed to stanch the flow of migrants heading to other states.

Cuomo told reporters Tuesday that while job losses and high taxes once drove people to leave New York, his administration has reversed that trend and improved the local economic situation.

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Members of the religious community and mothers who have lost their children to gun violence say they are sick and tired of all the shootings and murders in the city of Rochester.

They are making a collective call to engage the faith community to reclaim their neighborhoods, and to have county lawmakers pass gun storage legislation.

The Rev. Lewis Stewart joined several women at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church to urge religious leaders of all faiths to reclaim their neighborhoods.


NEW YORK (AP)  A federal appeals court judge says the former leader of New York's Assembly can stay out of prison until a judicial panel decides whether he can remain free on bail while he appeals his sentence for public corruption. 

Sheldon Silver was supposed to report to prison Oct. 5, but Judge Peter W. Hall's ruling on Tuesday will likely delay his surrender date. The judicial panel's process usually takes a few weeks. 


(AP) New York state will soon make it illegal to finance the purchase of dogs, cats or other companion animals through lease-to-own schemes.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation taking effect in 90 days that will ban the practice of using a pet as security for financing agreements with pet dealers.


The West Irondequoit School District is crediting its anonymous tip line for helping lead authorities to find and then question a student who allegedly made a threat against the school Sunday on social media.

Superintendent Jeff Crane says the district's "Safe School Helpline" was set up last year, and it worked exactly the way it needed to work.

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New York state is hosting three public listening sessions this week in New York City to gather input on proposals to legalize recreational marijuana.


The Town of Irondequoit is using a $160,000 state grant to make safety enhancements to its Police Department Complex, located just north of the Town Hall.

Chief Richard Tantalo says the improvements include perimeter fencing and access gates, new camera systems inside and out, and the establishment of a safety zone to allow for the transfer of goods, as in an online business transaction.