Schumer says Trump budget slashes NYC anti-terror funding
NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is claiming the New York Police Department would lose nearly $200 million in anti-terror and disaster response funding under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget.
The Democratic senator Sunday vowed to fight the cuts, saying the budget is like “punch in the gut” for the NYPD.
Schumer says the budget includes $700 million in cuts to programs such as the Homeland Security Grant Program and the Urban Area Security Initiative. He says New York City continues to be the number one target for terrorism in the United States and federal anti-terror funds to the city “should be increased, not decreased.”
The Republican president’s $1.15 trillion budget proposal slashes many domestic programs to make room for more defense spending and a down payment on a border wall.
Livingston County earns grants to boost state craft beer, cider
ALBANY (AP) — Livingston County will receive $185,000 for a new craft beverage trail as part of an economic development plan in New York’s Finger Lakes region.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced three start-ups and one existing business will receive awards to boost the production of craft beer and cider in the state’s western region.
Battle Street Brewery in Dansville, Mortalis Brewing Company in Avon, Quiet Storm Brewing Company in Geneseo, and Original Stump Blower Ciderworks in Lakeville were chosen from a competition that included video pitches and a five-week business boot camp.
Upstate New York man admits killing girlfriend
KINGSTON (AP) — A 42-year-old upstate New York man has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend.
The Middletown Times Herald-Record reports that Karon Bowden, of Saugerties, admitted on Friday that he killed 24-year-old Amy Berger.
Police arrested Bowden after responding to a domestic call last May. Berger was found dead on the floor with a bullet wound to her face. Police believe that she was shot with a 9-millimeter handgun from close range.
According to the Ulster County district attorney’s office, evidence revealed that Berger had decided to break off her relationship with Bowden.
Bowden was charged with second-degree murder. The case had been slated to go to trial on Monday. He’s to be sentenced in May in Ulster County Court.
New Jersey snowmobiler killed in wreck in central New York
BOONVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a snowmobiler from New Jersey has been killed after crashing into a bridge in central New York.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says the wreck happened around 10:45 p.m. Friday on a trail in the town of Boonville. It’s about 65 miles northeast of Syracuse.
Maciol says snowmobiler Michael Stanley of Old Tappan, New Jersey, missed a leftward curve in the trail and veered off it, hitting a concrete bridge.
The 44-year-old Stanley was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.