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Region to Benefit from State's $90M to Improve Parks

(NEW YORK) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday during Earth Day celebrations that $90 million is being devoted to improving New York’s State park system.

"New York is proud to have the nation’s oldest State park system, and we will continue to do all that we can to preserve and guard these natural resources so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come," Cuomo said in a statement.

Of the total figure, $8.25 million will go towards four projects in the Southern Tier region, officials said.

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Man, 25, Wanted for Criminal Contempt

Binghamton Police Department(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Binghamton Police are seeking the public's assistance with locating a 25-year-old man wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Binghamton Police are searching for Darryl Sutton. He is wanted on a warrant for first-degree criminal contempt.

Anyone with information on Sutton's whereabouts is asked to contact Binghamton Police at 772-7044.

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Authorities Identify Woman Struck and Killed by Train in Endwell

(ENDWELL, N.Y.) -- Authorities have identified a woman who was struck and killed by a train in Endwell on Saturday evening.

The dead woman has been identified as 38-year-old Holly Nalepa, who's address is listed as the YWCA on Hawley St. in Binghamton.

The incident happened on the Norfolk Southern railway near the 3100 block of Pearl St. State Police said a Canadian Pacific Train was going eastbound on the tracks when the train crew spotted the woman on the tracks.

"Several warning signals were given but the person failed to exit the tracks. The engineer applied the brakes to the train but was unable to stop before striking Nalepa," NY State Police said in a statement.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

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NY-Based Soldier Dies After Unit Attacked in Afghanistan

(WASHINGTON) -- A New York-based soldier has died after being injured in an attack in Afghanistan, military officials announced Thursday.

According to the Department of Defense, 27-year-old Spc. Kerry Danyluk, of Cuero, Texas, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Germany. Officials said Danyluk died from injuries sustained on April 12 when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan.

Danyluk was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, N.Y.

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Former NY Sec. of State Basil Paterson Dies

(NEW YORK) -- Basil Paterson, New York's former Secretary of State and the father of former Governor David Paterson, has died. He was 87.

Basil Paterson passed away on Wednesday night, according to Newsday. However, the cause of death was not immediately known.

The senior Paterson was the first African-American to hold the office of New York Secretary of State, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he'll be remembered as a man who exemplified a model of public leadership.

"His legacy inspired a new generation of talented public leadership, a legacy his son Governor David Paterson carried on as Governor," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. "Basil's spirit will forever be felt in the neighborhoods of Harlem, a community he loved, fought tirelessly for, and called home."

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NY Joins National Popular Vote Compact

(NEW YORK) -- New York has joined the list of states that will award its electoral votes in a presidential election to the candidate who gets the majority of the national popular vote.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday to officially make New York State part of the National Popular Vote compact.

"With Governor Cuomo’s signature, New York pledges to award its 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote in all 50 States plus the District of Columbia, but only to take effect once enough other states have passed identical legislation so that the compact possesses a majority of the Electoral College’s 538 votes," the governor's office stated.

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Nearly $4 Billion in Evaded Taxes Recovered in NY

(NEW YORK) -- Nearly $4 billion in evaded taxes has been recovered in New York State for the last fiscal year, officials announced Tuesday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said tax enforcement programs used by New York State's Department of Taxation and Finance resulted in $3.9 billion in evaded taxes being collected during the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The latest figure represents an increase of about $200 million when compared to the amount in evaded taxes collected during the previous year.

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Linda Cimino Named Bearcats Head Coach

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Binghamton University has officially introduced Linda Cimino as the new head coach of its women's basketball team.

Cimino is taking over as the 13th head coach of the Bearcats team, the school announced on its website.

Cimino comes from Caldwell College, where she had a 128-100 record in eight years as the head coach of the Division II team.

Cimino replaces Nicole Scholl, whose contract wasn't renewed after it expired in March.

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Mayor Moves to Close Binghamton Nightclub Using Lockdown Law

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) --  Mayor Richard David is moving to close down 17 East nightclub in Binghamton using the city's lockdown law.

The nightclub was one of nine locations that were targeted during a drug ring investigation that led to 14 people being arrested last month. City officials said the club has been the site of multiple late-night disturbances over the past year.

"I pledged to use the 'lockdown law' as a means to fight criminals, businesses and properties that host drug and gang activity, as well as disrupt residents' quality of life, and that's exactly what I am doing," David said in a statement.

With the petition filed to lockdown the nightclub, a preliminary hearing will have to be set to determine whether the property can be immediately closed, pending a full trial.

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Police Make Arrest in String of Binghamton Robberies

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- A 31-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night following a robbery at a Binghamton store.

Binghamton Police said a man entered the Leroy Package Store, located on Leroy Street, shortly after 9 p.m. and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at a clerk, and robbed the store of over $400 in cash. The robber then fled the scene in a light-colored vehicle.

Police said officers were able to track down the suspect's vehicle, and after a pursuit, took the driver, identified as Christopher Walsh, into custody.

"Investigators executed a search warrant on the vehicle and recovered sunglasses, gloves, face mask, plastic bag, $450 cash, and a BB gun," Binghamton Police said in a statement.

Walsh was arrested and charged with Wednesday night's robbery, as well as two other robberies that occurred to two other businesses in March.

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