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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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Binghamton Man Caught with 1.69 Pounds of Marijuana

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- A Binghamton man was arrested earlier this week after police found nearly 2 pounds of marijuana in his home.

According to the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, officers searched the home of Robert McCrone, 22, on Monday. Inside, they found 1.69 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $450 in cash.

McCrone faces charges of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

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Cops: Binghamton Woman Caught with over $1,200 in Cocaine

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- A Binghamton woman is facing drug-related charges after she was allegedly caught in possession of a quantity of cocaine.

Yvonne Scott is charged with third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, Binghamton Police said in a statement on Monday.

Scott, 23, was arrested on March 27 when police said she was found to be in possession of 71 knotted wraps of crack cocaine, which had an estimated street value of $1,250.

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Police: Johnson City Woman Busted for Stealing $60 in Merchandise

(JOHNSON CITY, N.Y.) -- A Johnson City woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing from a store at a local mall.

Chelsea Ulrich, 20, was arrested on Friday for petit larceny, according to State Police.

Officials said Ulrich allegedly stole about $60 in merchandise from a Sears store, located in the Oak Dale Mall in Johnson City.

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Moody's Rates State Budget as 'Credit Positive'

(NEW YORK) -- The 2014-2015 budget for New York State has gotten some positive feedback from one of the major credit rating services.

Moody’s Investors Service has rated the recently-passed state budget as "credit positive," Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

"Today’s positive rating by one of the nation’s top credit agencies is further evidence that the arrows are pointing in the right direction and New York State is on the right path," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.

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Authorities Keep Eye on School Buses in 'Operation Safe Stop'

(NEW YORK) -- Authorities across New York are cracking down on dangerous driving around school buses.

On Thursday, law enforcement officers are taking part in "Operation Safe Stop" Day. State Police said it's a statewide enforcement effort that will see authorities following behind school buses in marked and unmarked vehicles, on the lookout for motorists who pass stopped school buses.

The exercise will focus on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal passing complaints.

Drivers found in violation will be issued tickets.

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State Announces $30 Million in Grants to Help Crime Victims

(NEW YORK) -- State officials have announced that approximately $30 million in grant funding is being devoted to help crime victims across New York.

Announced on Wednesday, the grant funding will be available to programs that provide services such as counseling and crisis intervention, as well as advocacy and legal assistance to victims of crime.

"These funds will allow community-based organizations across the state to offer New Yorkers the immediate and long-term assistance they need to fully recover," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

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