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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden echoed some of the same veiled criticism of the Republican Trump administration he has been making at commencement speeches this month when he spoke Saturday at Cornell University.

Although Biden never mentioned President Donald Trump by name, the Democrat criticized the plan to build a wall on the Mexican border and to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

He said last year's election "churned up some of the ugliest realities" in the country.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A new report examining New York's teacher shortage says it's mostly confined to a handful of subjects and geographic regions.

The New York State Schools Boards Association says hard-to-staff subjects include science, math, special education, bilingual education and technology. It says shortages are found mostly in New York City and smaller, rural districts.

The association released the report Wednesday after surveying New York districts and analyzing U.S. Education Department and other data.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's directed state law enforcement officials to step up security and patrols at high-profile locations across the state after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.

The Democratic governor says the state is increasing security at airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems.

At least 22 people were killed and dozens of others were injured late Monday in the blast at Manchester Arena.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York are debating whether to add electronic cigarettes to the state's ban on smoking in public areas like workplaces, bars and restaurants.

The state Assembly already has endorsed the idea.

Supporters say it makes sense to add e-cigarettes to the indoor smoking ban to protect non-smokers from second-hand exposure to the chemicals in the devices. They also say it would send a message discouraging teens from taking up the habit.

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on President Donald Trump for federal help at Penn Station, saying the "impact of the state of disrepair" is at "a tipping point."

Cuomo put out a letter to Trump on Sunday. He wants the federal government to help figure out and fund transportation alternatives while repair work is undertaken after a spate of problems including two derailments. He also reiterated a call he has made before, that a private operator should take over operations at Penn Station from Amtrak.

NEW YORK (AP)  Two upstate New York breweries have been declared the winners of the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday evening that Brewery Ommegang outside Cooperstown and the Roscoe Beer Co. in Sullivan County tied for first place after a blind taste test held in Manhattan. 

Five years after daredevil Nik Wallenda walked over Niagara Falls on a high wire, his wife is planning her own stunt over the fast-rushing waters.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will use the summer college break to see how well the state's colleges and universities are complying with a new law designed to reduce sexual violence on campus.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a "comprehensive review" of every public and private college in the state to ensure compliance with the law, which mandates training for students, staff and campus police. It also set standards for reporting and handling sexual assault cases on campuses.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) - A new audit from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development agency for failing to meet more than half of the reporting requirements for its highly touted tax credit and job creation programs.

The scathing report released Wednesday criticized Cuomo's Empire State Development Corp. for sidestepping accountability and transparency.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A New York state lawmaker wants harsher penalties for causing harm to police animals. 

Republican Sen. Catherine Young, of Olean in Cattaraugus County, has scheduled a conference on Monday in Albany to promote legislation that would create a new felony offense for intentionally causing serious physical injury to a police work dog or police work horse. Her measure also would increase the offense of killing a police work dog or police work horse to a class D felony. 

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