ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has issued an apology for his handling of a sexual harassment case that spanned years and involved at least four women staffers. Silver apologized for the $103,000 secret settlement he crafted last summer to end the first accusations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez and for failing to stop subsequent incidents claimed by more women staffers.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - New York residents are voting on their school districts' proposed budgets for next year. Authorities say the average proposed tax levy increase is 2.8%, with school spending rising about the same amount, driven by increases in contributions to employee retirement systems. Voting times today vary by school district.
WESTFIELD, N.Y. (AP) - Investigators say a natural gas leak has sparked a house explosion in western New York. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says the blast happened yesterday morning in Westfield. No one was home at the time.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $49 million for the New York State Canal Corporation to repair damage related to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Damages along the Erie Canal have been estimated to total $80 million.
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