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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sean Patrick Maloney, the first openly gay Congress member from New York, says he's running for state attorney general.

The 51-year-old Democrat from the Hudson Valley announced Wednesday that he's seeking election as the state's top legal officer to go after the "crooks" in the White House, Albany and corporate suites.

He's the latest Democrat to announce a campaign for attorney general since two-term incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman suddenly resigned last month amid allegations that he physical and verbally abused four women he had dated.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  State auditors are reviewing safety plans for schools across New York state in an effort to ensure local districts are as prepared as possible for a school shooting. 

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced the review on Monday. The Democrat says auditors from his office will check to make sure schools are complying with a 2000 state law requiring them to create plans for violence prevention, student evacuations and emergency communication. 

The auditors are expected to begin their field work this month as the school year winds down. 

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BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP)  Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will receive ESPN's Jimmy V Award for the toughness and perseverance he's displayed during his ongoing battle with oral cancer.

ESPN officially announced the honor Monday, a few hours after Kelly first revealed the news while attending his charitable foundation's 32nd golf tournament outside of Buffalo. Kelly will be honored during the network's ESPY Awards on July 18.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Council of Churches is calling on members of the state Senate and Assembly to overhaul the state's bail system.

The organization says too many people charged with a crime must remain in jail awaiting trial simply because they can't afford bail.

The council released a statement Friday urging lawmakers to take action on several proposals to change the bail system before they adjourn for the year later this month.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in New York are conducting a series of cybersecurity drills to test how vulnerable the state's election system is to hacking.

The exercises will simulate scenarios in which a hostile group seeks to tamper with voting systems, change election tallies or otherwise undermine voter confidence.

Members of law enforcement, state cybersecurity experts and election officials will participate in the training drills, which will be held around the state through the middle of June.

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston-based beer company that makes popular brands such as Angry Orchard and Sam Adams will pay New York nearly $1 million over a product labeling violation.

Officials said Thursday American Craft Brewery, a subsidiary of Boston Beer Co., has agreed to pay a $975,000 fine to the New York State Liquor Authority over charges that it sold unregistered beer and malt drinks in the state.

The SLA says it notified the company in 2016 that its distributer in the state had only received label approval for one product, Summer Blueberry Twisted Tea.

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NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News) — A New York assemblyman who worked to make banking and finance more consumer-friendly and earned respect for working across the political aisle during 42 years in office has died. Herman "Denny" Farrell was 86 and retired just last year.

Farrell's family says he died early Saturday. A family statement, provided by current Assemblyman Al Taylor, didn't give a cause of death.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A longtime Albany activist is running as the Green Party's candidate for New York state comptroller, while an upstate lawyer is the party's nominee for attorney general.

Mark Dunlea and Michael Sussman were at the state Capitol Friday to discuss their campaigns for statewide office. Dunlea is the party's candidate for comptroller, and Sussman is running for attorney general.

Dunlea is an environmental and anti-poverty activist. He served as executive director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State for nearly 30 years.

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Democrats can win elections and stand up to Washington Republicans by sticking to their core principles when it comes to education, health care, equality and the environment, Hillary Clinton told a friendly crowd at the New York state Democratic convention on Wednesday.

The remarks from the 2016 Democratic nominee for president came as Democrats look to make big gains across the country in the fall elections.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's progressive Working Families Party formally endorsed "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon on Saturday as its gubernatorial candidate — challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The small, progressive party held its annual convention at Harlem's First Corinthian Baptist Church, where the 52-year-old Emmy award-winning activist accepted the nomination.

"After eight years of Andrew Cuomo and with Donald Trump in the White House, I cannot imagine not running," Nixon said.

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