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2000 Jan 7
Johnny Ely (66), a short-order cook, won the New York State Lottery Millennium Millions $100 million jackpot. He elected a one-time pay out of $44 million with $17 million in taxes.
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2000 Feb 25
A jury in Albany, New York, acquitted four white New York City police officers of all charges in the shooting death of unarmed African immigrant Amadou Diallo.
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2000 Feb 27
Texas Governor George W. Bush’s campaign released a letter to New York Cardinal John O’Connor in which the Republican presidential candidate said he "deeply" regretted "causing needless offense" by making a campaign appearance at Bob Jones University, a South Carolina school whose leaders had espoused anti-Catholic views.
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2000 Apr 3
A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at New York Univ. may organize a union.
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2000 May 3
Cardinal John O’Connor (80), the archbishop of New York, died.
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2000 May 11
Pope John Paul II named Bishop Edward M. Egan of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the new head of the New York archdiocese, succeeding the late Cardinal John O’Connor.
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2000 May 16
The New York Democratic Party, meeting in Albany, nominated first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for the US Senate.
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2000 May 18
Sante Kimes and Kenneth Kimes, mother-and-son grifters, were convicted in New York of murdering Irene Silverman in a plot to steal her elegant townhouse mansion. The body of the 82-year-old millionaire widow has never been found.
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2000 Jun 10
"Commendable" won the Belmont Stakes.
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2000 Jul 16
Families and friends of the victims of the TWA Flight 800 explosion broke ground for a new memorial on the Long Island shore not far from where the plane went down in 1996, killing all 230 people on board.
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2000 Jul 26
A federal judge in New York approved a $1.25 billion settlement between Swiss banks and more than a-half million plaintiffs who alleged the banks had hoarded money deposited by Holocaust victims.
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2000 Aug 4
NY officials issued a statewide alert for West Nile encephalitis after the 1st case of the year was reported on Staten Island.
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2000 Sep 6
Michael Swango, a former doctor suspected in a string of poisoning deaths, pleaded guilty to killing three patients in a Long Island, N.Y., hospital, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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2000 Sep 12
Hillary Rodham became the first first lady to win an election as she claimed victory in the New York Democratic Senate primary, defeating little-known opponent Dr. Mark McMahon.
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2000 Dec 18
Randolph Apperson Hearst, billionaire newspaper heir and the last surviving son of William Randolph Hearst, died at age 85 in New York.
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2001 Mar 12
An anonymous donor pledged a no-strings-attached $360 million to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) of Troy, NY, the largest donation to a university in US history.
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2001 Apr 26
A group led by Larry Silverstein, a NYC developer, and Westfield America Inc., signed a 99-year lease on the 11-million square-foot WTC complex from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
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2001 Jun 9
Point Given won the Belmont Stakes.
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2001 Jun 28
NY Gov. George Pataki signed legislation that banned the use of handheld cell phones by drivers, effective Nov 1. Emergencies were exempted.
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2001 Sep 5
Heywood Hale Broun (83), sports commentator, died in Kingston, N.Y.
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2001 Oct 17
Federal officials reported that the anthrax strains in New York and Florida appeared to be identical. The House and 6 congressional office buildings were closed for tests after over 30 Senate staff members tested positive for exposure to spores.
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2001 Oct 29
A hospital worker in NY and a woman who handled mail in New Jersey were found to have anthrax. Since Oct 4 a total of 37 people have tested positive for exposure and 15 have contracted the disease.
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2001 Nov 1
A NY state cell phone law went into effect. It required motorists to use hand-free systems for use while driving.
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2001 Nov 2
A 17th case of anthrax was reported in a NY Post employee.
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2001 Nov 13
An anthrax tainted letter was received by a pediatrician in Santiago, Chile. It was postmarked from Switzerland and marked for return to Florida. It was actually mailed from NY through a NY-based subsidiary of the Swiss Post office. The letter was later believed to have been contaminated in a lab.
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2001 Dec 4
The Bush administration ordered tons of PCBs removed from the upper Hudson River. Dredging was expected to cost GE $500 million.
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2001 Dec 28
Buffalo, NY, dug out from a 5-day storm that left nearly 7 feet of snow.
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2002 Jan 22
Jack Shea (91), a gold medal-winning speedskater and patriarch of the nation's first family with three generations of Olympians, died in Lake Placid, N.Y., of injuries suffered in a car accident.
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2002 Mar 12
In Lynbrook, NY, Rev. Lawrence Penzes (50) was shot dead at Our Lady of Peace Church on Long Island along with Mrs. Eileen Tosner (73) sitting in a pew. Penzes (b.1952), ordained in 1978, was shot in the back as he turned to sit just after finishing the homily next to the altar. Long Island police soon captured mentally-deranged Peter J. Troy (34), who had fired at least six shots from a.22-caliber rifle.
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2002 Mar 20
At Fort Drum, NY, a soldier was killed and 14 were injured when 2 artillery shells fell far short of their target.
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2002 Apr 1
Pres. Bush said he would sell Governor's Island in NY Harbor to NY state and NYC for a nominal charge.
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2002 Jun 8
"Sarava," a 70-1 shot, captured the 134th running of the Belmont Stakes; Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner "War Emblem" finished eighth.
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2002 Jul 1
A US district judge in NY ruled that the federal death penalty is unconstitutional because it creates undue risk of executing innocent defendants.
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2002 Aug 23
New York publicist Lizzie Grubman pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash that injured 16 people outside a Hamptons nightclub. Grubman ended up serving 37 days of a 60-day sentence at the Suffolk County, N.Y., Jail, with time off for good behavior.
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2002 Sep 14
In Lackawanna, New York, 5 men of Yemeni descent were charged with supporting foreign terrorist organizations. They reportedly were schooled in the tools of terror, including the use of suicide as a weapon, in camps run by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. A 6th member of the cell was arrested in Bahrain.
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2002 Oct 15
ImClone Systems founder Sam Waksal pleaded guilty in New York in the biotech company's insider trading scandal.
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2002 Nov 29
Celebrity publicist Lizzie Grubman left the Suffolk County, N.Y., jail after serving 37 days of a 60-day sentence for backing her sport utility vehicle into a crowd outside a trendy Hamptons nightclub and fleeing.
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2002 Dec 17
In New York Gov. George Pataki signed a bill extending civil rights protections to gays and lesbians in the state.
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2003 Mar 26
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (76), former NY Senator (1976-2000) and scholar, died. He wrote or edited some 18 books. In 2010 Steven Weisman edited his letters: “Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an American Visionary.”
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2003 Jun 7
At the Belmont Stakes Empire Maker caught Funny Cide on the far turn and beat him soundly. The defeat left thoroughbred racing still longing for its first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
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2003 Jun 10
In NY state John Jamelske (68) pleaded guilty to holding 5 women captive as sex slaves in a bunker at his home in Syracuse.
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2003 Nov 6
Federal judges in New York and California blocked a new ban on certain late-term abortions, a day after President Bush signed it into law.
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2003 Dec 9
The Dutch cargo ship Stellamare capsized at the Port of Albany, NY.
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2003 Dec 23
New York Gov. George Pataki posthumously pardoned comedian Lenny Bruce for his 1964 obscenity conviction.
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2003 Dec 25
In Schenectady, NY, 2 home fires left 5 people dead. At least 4 people in one fire were killed by shotgun blasts.
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2004 Jan 22
It was reported that Kodak, headquartered in Rochester, NY, planned to cut its work force by as much as 21% by the end of 2006.
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2004 Mar 2
NY state filed charges against the mayor of New Paltz for marrying gay couples.
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2004 May 24
NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued the NY Stock Exchange, former exchange chairman Dick Grasso and an executive who headed its compensation committee. Spitzer wanted Grasso to return $100 million of the $200 million plus that the NY Exchange gave or promised to Grasso.
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2004 Jun 5
Smarty Jones lost to Birdstone (36-to-1) at the 136th running at Belmont Park.
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2004 Jul 8
New Jersey became the 2nd state in the nation after New York to ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving.
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2004 Jul 11
Laurance Rockefeller (94), conservationist, philanthropist and venture capitalist died in his sleep in NY. He had a lifelong affinity for the rustic and left a legacy of parks from Wyoming to Vermont that were expanded on land he donated.
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2004 Jul 16
Domestic icon Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement by a federal judge in New York for lying about a stock sale. On March 4, 2005, Stewart was released from Alderson Federal Prison Camp, aka “Camp Cup-cake,” in West Virginia. She was then placed under home confinement and required to wear an ankle bracelet for an additional 5 months.
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2004 Jul
Homeland Security officer Robert Rhodes subdued Zhao Yan (38), a Chinese businesswoman, who was touring Niagara Falls near the Canadian border. In 2005 Rhodes was found not guilty of violating her civil rights. Zhao Yan filed a $10 million lawsuit against the US government.
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2004 Aug 15
In NY Spencer Tunick, photographer, gathered 1,826 people at Buffalo’s old Central Terminal for a group session of nude photographs.
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2004 Aug 26
Laura Branigan (b.1952), a Grammy-nominated pop singer best known for her 1982 platinum hit "Gloria," died in East Quogue, N.Y.

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2004 Oct 10
Christopher Reeve (52), "Superman" actor who turned personal tragedy into a public crusade, died in Mount Kisco, NY, of complications from an infection. Reeve became a quadriplegic after a May 1995 horse riding accident.

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2005 Jan 15
Ruth Warrick (88), stage and screen actress and the inveterate busybody on "All My Children," died in NY. She played Phoebe Tyler Wallingford in the TV soap opera that debuted in 1970.
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2005 Jan 31
Marsh & McClennan Cos. reached an $850 million settlement of civil fraud charges with NY state’s attorney Eliot Spitzer and the state insurance department.
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2005 Mar 6
Hans Bethe (b.1906), German-born peace worker and Nobel Prize winning physicist (1967), died in Ithaca, NY. In the 1930s Bethe, one of the greatest innovative theoretical physicists of our time, unraveled the mysterious nuclear cycles by which stars produce prodigious amounts of energy for billions of years without burning out.
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2005 Mar 15
A NY federal jury found Bernard Ebbers (63), former head of WorldCom, guilty on all 9 counts against him, including securities fraud, conspiracy and lying to regulators.
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