Governor launches $20 billion housing project

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched his $20 billion plan to fight homelessness.

Cuomo kicked off the program Thursday in New York City by ceremonially signing into law more than $2.5 billion for affordable housing.

Democrat Cuomo says the money, authorized by state lawmakers last month, will create and preserve more than 110,000 units of affordable and 6,000 units of supportive housing over five years.

Cuomo’s five-year strategy also directs billions of dollars toward other housing development including $125 million to senior housing and $7 billion to resources for homeless shelters.

Fire chief: Fatal fire caused by light
fixture, bird’s nest

WEST HURLEY (AP) — Fire officials say a smoky house fire that killed an 89-year-old woman apparently started when a bird’s nest was ignited by a hot light fixture.

The fire was reported by a neighbor at 1:30 Thursday morning in the Ulster County town of West Hurley. Fire Chief Dave Gutierrez says firefighters brought the fire under control quickly and found Anna Olsen in her second-floor bedroom overcome by smoke.

Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. Olsen was pronounced dead at a Kingston medical campus.

Gutierrez says heat from a halogen light on the garage apparently ignited an adjacent bird’s nest. Flames melted the siding on the house and charred the garage.

Man charged in
Battery Park
shooting that wounded 2

NEW YORK (AP) — A 37-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in a broad daylight shooting near Battery Park in lower Manhattan that wounded a man and a female bystander.

Prosecutors said Thursday that Jason Wright was indicted on charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. It wasn’t clear if he had a lawyer who could provide comment.

Authorities say Wright and the male victim were selling tickets to ferry cruise tours in April when the two got into an argument. They say Wright pulled out a gun a fired a shot at the victim.

The shot missed and struck the bystander several feet away. He then fired another shot hitting the man in the chest before fleeing the scene busy with professionals and tourists.

Trooper hit during traffic stop is in critical condition

CAMPBELL (AP) — State police say a trooper is in critical condition after his patrol car was hit by another vehicle along a western New York highway.

Police say Trooper Craig Foglia had pulled over a westbound vehicle on Interstate 86 in the Steuben County town of Campbell around 5 p.m. Wednesday and was sitting inside his car when it from behind by a pickup truck.

The 13-year veteran was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where state police officials said during a news conference Thursday afternoon that Foglia was in critical condition after undergoing surgery.

The collision demolished the rear of the trooper car, which then hit the vehicle Foglia had stopped. Two people in that vehicle weren’t injured.

A 78-year-old New Jersey man driving the pickup suffered on-life-threatening injuries.

Both sides of I-86 were closed for more than two hours after the crash.