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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State has moved its fall 2018 primary election date back two days so it doesn't interfere with the anniversary of 9/11 or the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he has signed into law a measure moving the date of the primary election from Tuesday, Sept. 11 to Thursday, Sept. 13.

Lawmakers approved the date change earlier this month.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A former New York state lawmaker has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to an investigation into payments he made to a former staffer.

Republican George Maziarz entered the plea Friday in Albany. He has agreed to pay $1,000 and will serve no jail time.

Maziarz had initially faced felony charges; his trial had been set to begin next week.

Authorities say Maziarz used his campaign account to funnel payments to a former Senate staffer who had left his state job after being accused of sexual harassment.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra says he's dropping out of the Republican race for New York state governor and will run as an independent instead.

Giambra announced his decision on Thursday. He says the two major parties are too interested in preserving the status quo. He says he will also seek the Reform Party's nomination for governor.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has once again been diagnosed with oral cancer.

Kelly released a statement Thursday through his publicist saying he is ``shocked and deeply saddened'' by the news, and vows to once again to fight to overcome the disease. He did not go into specifics on the diagnoses except to say the cancer was discovered following a test.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Senate Democrats are rolling out 12 gun control proposals following the Florida school shooting.

The measures announced Tuesday include a bump stock ban and gun ownership restrictions for people convicted of hate crimes or domestic violence. There's also a bill allowing relatives of people killed by firearms to sue gun manufacturers.

Others would set aside funding for firearm violence research, outlaw guns not detectable by x-ray and make it a crime to improperly secure a weapon at home.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Two Democratic state lawmakers from Manhattan on Monday called for a statewide ban on the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag and a fee on paper bags as a way to encourage renewable alternatives and crack down on one of the greatest sources of environmental pollution. 

New Yorkers use 23 billion plastic bags each year, according to the findings of a state panel formed to study their effects on the environment. Many end up in landfills, or as plastic pollution in oceans and other waterways. 

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Greece native Brian Gionta is returning for a 16th NHL season after the Boston Bruins signed the United States Olympic team captain to a one-year $700,000 contract.

The Bruins announced the signing on Sunday, a few hours after they acquired veteran forward Rick Nash in a multiplayer trade with the New York Rangers.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York said Wednesday that "many" people who commit mass murder turn out to be Democrats.

U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney made the remarks on Talk 1300 Radio during a discussion about calls for stricter gun control since last week's deadly Florida high school shooting.

"Yeah, well, obviously there is a lot of politics in it, and it's interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats, but the media doesn't talk about that either," Tenney told talk show host Fred Dicker.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Instead of waiting for his turn for this Olympic shootout, T.J. Oshie was sitting at home along with the rest of the NHL.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ryan Donato and Ryan Zapolski got knocked down, but they got up again and led the Americans into the quarterfinals at the Olympics. Town of Greece native Brian Gionta is the captain for Team USA.

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