Defending herself against criminal charges related to alleged campaign finance violations could get costly for Mayor Lovely Warren — but the campaign war chest that got her in trouble could be tapped to pick up the tab.

The practice of using campaign funds donated by political supporters to pay for legal fees is commonplace among elected officials in New York who find themselves connected to scandal and investigation.

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New York hospitals lag behind other states when it comes to the quality of care they provide, according to a report from the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Nearly two-thirds of upstate hospitals scored below the national average for patient experience, according to the group’s analysis of data from the federal government. More than half of upstate hospitals also scored below the national average in rates of patients who had to be readmitted after their release, and nearly half were below average in the quality of care they provide.

“New York hospitals provided much worse treatment than U.S. hospitals overall,” the report said.