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NY's Unemployment Rate Is at Its Lowest in Six Years

(NEW YORK) -- New York's unemployment rate declined last month, falling to the lowest its been in six years.

According to the latest jobs report released Thursday by the New York State Department of Labor, the unemployment rate was 6 percent in October statewide, down from 6.2 percent in September.

This is the lowest the rate has been since October 2008.

Breaking down the numbers further, New York City's unemployment rate went from 6.8 percent to 6.4 percent over the same period; while the rate held steady at 5.7 percent for the rest of the state.

The national unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent in October, from 5.9 percent the previous month.

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SUNY Researcher Named New Univ. of Illinois President

(CHICAGO) -- Timothy Killeen, a researcher with the State University of New York (SUNY), has been named the new president of the University of Illinois.

Killeen, 62, was named as the university's 20th president on Wednesday, and his appointment is now pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees when it meets in January.

If approved, Killeen would replace retiring president Robert Easter.

Killeen is curently the vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation at SUNY.

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Johnson City Man Charged After Truck Crashes into Multiple Objects

(BROOME COUNTY, N.Y.) -- A Johnson City man suspected of being intoxicated behind the wheel was arrested Tuesday evening after the vehicle he was driving allegedly crashed into multiple objects in the Town of Colesville.

John Lantry, 51, is charged with DWI and other charges, which stem from several collisions involving the same vehicle on Sanitaria Springs Road.

"The investigation revealed that Lantry first collided with a guide rail. He swerved across the road and then struck a telephone pole. Lantry’s truck continued onward and found a car parked in a driveway. Lantry collided with the parked car and finally stopped after striking a house," the Broome County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

There were no reports of injury.

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Cuomo: NY Stands with Israel Following Deadly Synagogue Attack

(NEW YORK) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that New York stands with Israel following a deadly attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem.

Palestinian assailants wielding knives and axes forged an attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem, with at least four victims being killed, and police taking the lives of two attackers, a spokesman with Israel Police said.

Three American citizens were among the victims in the attack, an Israeli police spokesman said.

"This attack was a deplorable act of evil that should be denounced as such by all -- regardless of their political or religious beliefs," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.

"I want to reiterate that friends stand together in times of crisis. Today New York joins with all of Israel as they mourn those that were lost. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Israeli friends," the governor added.

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Cops Search for Man in Chenango Bank Robbery 

(CHENANGO, N.Y.) -- Police are searching for a man in connection with an armed robbery at a bank in the Town of Chenango over the weekend.

State Police said in published reports that a person was making a cash deposit at a Citizens Bank branch on River Road on Saturday night, when a man armed with a knife approached and demanded the money.

The robber then fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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Four More Banks to Use State Database to Stop Payday Lending

(NEW YORK) -- Four more banks are set to start using a database set up by the state to try to crack down on illegal, online payday lending in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, M&T Bank and Valley National Bank have all agreed to start using the database, created by the State’s Department of Financial Services (DFS).

Officials said the database contains information on companies that have been subject to actions by the DFS based on evidence of illegal payday lending.

Earlier this year Bank of America became the first financial institution to start using the database.

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Man Arrested for DWI, Marijuana Possession

(WINDSOR, N.Y.) -- A Binghamton man was arrested on a drug charge in West Windsor on Wednesday.

State Police said troopers arrested Billy Knickerbocker after they went to investigate a complaint at the Express Mart, located at 16 North Road.

Knickerbocker, 33, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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Three Arrested as Cops Bust Meth Lab in Johnson City

(JOHNSON CITY, N.Y.) -- Three people were arrested over the weekend when authorities busted an alleged methamphetamine lab in Johnson City.

New York State Police said on Saturday a trooper went to a home on Crocker Avenue to arrest Desiree Buckley on a petit larceny warrant, and that's when the methamphetamine lab was discovered.

Buckley, 20, Joshua Diaz, 22, and a 16-year-old boy were all arrested on drug-related charges.

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Deputy Revives Man After Apparent Heroin Overdose

(BROOME COUNTY, N.Y.) -- A Broome County Sheriff's deputy is being credited with saving the life of a man who had apparently overdosed on heroin Monday.

The Broome County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Matthew Bomysoad responded to the scene of an apparent drug overdose on Kelly Road in Chenango, and found a man unresponsive and not breathing.

"Deputy Bomysoad deployed his issued Naloxone as trained to do, and then began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Within a few minutes, the male regained consciousness and was breathing on his own," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The man was taken to Wilson Hospital for evaluation.

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Mayor Announces New Community Notification Service

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- City officials announced a new way for Binghamton residents to stay informed about public safety matters.

Mayor Richard David announced Monday that residents can now sign up for free real-time public safety information alerts using Nixle, or by texting their zip code to 888-777.

The alerts will be delivered via text message and email.

Once signed up, users will also receive traffic and weather updates, and other emergency notifications.

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