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2005 Mar 29
New York’s top court ruled that an out-of-state programmer must pay state taxes on his full salary despite working mostly via computer. On Oct 31 the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case and the ruling against Thomas Huckaby stood.

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2005 May 16
The US Supreme Court in Swedenburg v. Kelly ruled 5-4 that wine lovers may buy directly from out-of-state vineyards if those states allow direct shipments from in-state wineries. Vintner Juanita Swedenburg (1925-2007) had filed her suit against a New York state law in 2000.
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2005 Jun 7
Two US commanders were killed at a base near Tikrit. The US military later charged a Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez of Troy, N.Y. National Guard with murdering Capt. Philip Esposito and 1st Lt. Louis Allen, in what is believed to be the 1st case of a US soldier in Iraq accused of killing his superiors. Martinez was acquitted of murder on Dec 4, 2008.
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2005 Jun 13
Leonard Pickell, former president of the James Beard Foundation, was sentenced 1 to 3 years in prison in NY state for stealing over a $1.1 million from the foundation.
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2005 Aug 5
Hunter Kelly (8), whose battle with a nervous system disease inspired a fundraising crusade by his father, Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, died in Orchard Park, N.Y.
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2005 Sep 15
In the 4th and final day of Senate confirmation hearings on John Roberts’ appointment as chief justice, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said “You may very well possess the most powerful intellect of any person to come before the Senate for this position.”
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2005 Sep 15
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced indictments against 8 former senior executives of Marsh & McLennan for bid rigging and price fixing in the insurance industry.
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2005 Sep 19
L. Dennis Kozlowski (58), former Tyco International Ltd. CEO, was sentenced 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison for looting the company of hundreds of millions of dollars. Tyco's former finance chief, Mark Swartz (44) received the same sentence. NY State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus ordered the defendants to pay a total of $134 million in restitution to Tyco. In addition, the judge fined Kozlowski $70 million, and Swartz $35 million.
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2005 Sep 26
In Mineola, NY, ex-Roslyn schools chief Frank Tassone (58) admitted he stole millions of dollars in taxpayer money to finance everything from his breakfast bagel to European jaunts on the Concorde. Records showed that Tassone and a former school official withdrew the district's money from ATMs almost every day between February 2001 and October 2002, with Tassone taking out a monthly average of $21,747. As part of a plea bargain Tassone will spend four to 12 years in prison and pay back an estimated $2 million.
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2005 Oct 2
In New York the 40-foot boat the Ethan Allen capsized on Lake George over so quickly that none of the 47 passengers from Michigan could put on a life jacket. 20 people were killed.
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2005 Oct 29
Saint Liam won the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park.
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2005 Oct 31
The US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by, Thomas Huckaby, a Tennessee man who was charged by NY state for taxes on all of his income derived from his employer in NY.
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2005 Nov 23
A federal jury in New York convicted Uzair Paracha (25), a Pakistani man detained in 2003, of providing material support to terrorists and other related charges. His father was being held as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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2005 Dec 15
Adam Kidan (41), a New York businessman charged with fraud alongside prominent Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff in the purchase of a Florida casino cruise line, pleaded guilty on to fraud and conspiracy charges.
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2006 Feb 18
In the US thousands of people remained without power after a winter storm packing wind gusts of up to 77 mph rolled across the Northeast, downing trees and power lines. Four people were killed.
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2006 Feb 21
Donald Herbert (44), a brain-injured Buffalo, N.Y., firefighter who suddenly spoke after nearly a decade in a near-vegetative state, died.
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2006 May 11
Floyd Patterson (b.1935), two-time ex-heavyweight boxing champion (1956 and 1960), died at his home in New Paltz, NY.
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2006 Jun 5
Frederick Franck (b.1909), Netherlands-born artist, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Warwick, NY. His art and writings reflected his deep interest in human spirituality. Franck wrote more than 30 books, including "The Zen of Seeing - Seeing/Drawing as Meditation" (1973), and "To Be Human Against All Odds" (1991).
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2006 Jun 10
In New York Jazil cruised to victory, holding off Bluegrass Cat in the Belmont Stakes.
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2006 Jun 11
Afleet Alex won the Belmont Stakes by seven lengths.
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2006 Jun 20
The US Mint at West Point, NY, staged a promotion for the nation’s first 24-karat, pure gold one-ounce coin, the American Buffalo. The $50 gold piece design was based on the 1913 buffalo nickel designed by James Earle Fraser. Orders for the bullion version began June 19, and orders for the proof coin would begin June 22 at $875 per proof coin.
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2006 Jun 29
East Coast rains, which began over the weekend, have been blamed for five deaths in Pennsylvania, four in Maryland, one in Virginia and three in New York.
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2006 Jul 3
Benjamin Hendrickson (55), an Emmy Award-winning actor on the "As the World Turns" soap opera, was found dead of suicide with a gunshot to the head in his Long Island home.
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2006 Jul 6
New York's highest court ruled that gay marriage is not allowed under state law, rejecting arguments by same-sex couples who said the law violates their constitutional rights.
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2006 Jul 6
Emmanuel "Toto" Constant (49), an elusive former strongman from Haiti, accused of sanctioning rape to silence dissent there in the early 1990s, was arrested in a mortgage fraud scheme on Long Island, NY.
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2006 Jul 15
Robert Wilson (64), theater and opera director, opened his $12 million Watermill Center on Long Island, NY. The arts center was setup to host conferences, student workshops and serve as an intercultural exchange.
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2006 Jul 28
Clark McLeod, who had been chairman and chief executive of McLeodUSA, agreed to turn over $4.4 million in profits he was accused of receiving from the so-called act of "spinning." The former executive was accused by NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer of directing more than $77 million of McLeodUSA's investment banking business to Salomon Smith Barney. In exchange, the company "secretly" gave McLeod shares of 34 stocks before its initial public offering, which resulted in a windfall of $4.8 million on the first day of public trading of the stock.
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2006 Aug 23
Annie Donnelly (38) of Long Island, NY, pleaded guilty to stealing $2.3 million (1.2 million pounds) from her employers. She spent the money on lottery tickets, buying as much as $6,000 worth of tickets a day in a bid to hit the jackpot.
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2006 Aug 28
Five people were killed and dozens injured after a Montreal-bound Greyhound bus from New York City overturned on a highway in upstate New York.
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2006 Aug 31
In New York 2 state troopers were shot while staking out the property of a former girlfriend of escaped convict Ralph Phillips. Trooper Joseph Longobardo (32) died from his wounds on Sep 3. Phillips, a 44-year-old career thief who has spent 20 of the past 23 years in state prison, surrendered Sep 8 without firing a shot.
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2006 Oct 13
In New York a record-breaking early snowstorm walloped the Buffalo area, leaving thousands without power and 12 people left dead.
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2006 Oct 19
A NY state judge ruled that Richard Grasso, former head of the NYSE, must return as much as $100 million of his $187.5 compensation package. In 2008 a state appeals court ruled that Mr. Grasso can keep all of his compensation.
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2006 Oct
Prof. Michael Waldman, a Cornell Univ. economist, authored a paper which suggested that early childhood TV viewing might trigger autism.
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2006 Nov 7
Eliot Spitzer defeated John Faso to become the first Democratic governor of New York since 1994. He faced budget gaps of almost $7 billion over the next 2 years along with a bloated Medicaid program.
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2006 Dec 18
The NBA suspended seven players for their roles in a brawl between Denver and New York; each team was fined $500,000.
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2006
Robert Congel of Pyramid Companies, planned to develop a $20 billion mall named Destiny in Syracuse, New York. He hoped to accompany it with a 325-acre research and development park just north of the city.
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2006
Brooke A. Masters authored “Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer.”
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2006
Seymour Lachman, former New York state senator, authored “Three Men in a Room,” a description of how state power in New York is entrenched in the hands of the governor, the Senate majority leader and the Assembly speaker.
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2007 Jan 12
An American man dubbed by local media the "butcher of New York" was sentenced to 38 years in prison for killing and dismembering his Honduran wife. Andrew Gole (49) of Long Island, NY, confessed to strangling and cutting up his wife, Martha Isabel Moncada (28) with an electric saw in May 2003.
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2007 Jan 17
A US snow and ice storm was blamed for at least 64 deaths in nine states. These included 20 deaths in Oklahoma, 9 in Missouri, 8 in Iowa, 4 in New York, 5 in Texas, 4 in Michigan, 3 in Arkansas, and 1 each in Maine and Indiana.
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2007 Jan 23
Two US inmates, a convicted rapist in Georgia and a man who was unjustly convicted of murder in New York but helped find the real killer from his prison cell, were granted their freedom after DNA tests proved their innocence.
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2007 Feb 12
In upstate New York intense lake-effect snow squalls that buried communities along eastern Lake Ontario for nine straight days started up again. Unofficially, the squalls have dumped 12 feet, 2 inches of snow at Redfield.
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2007 Feb 14
Sleet stung the faces of pedestrians in New York and snow and ice coated windshields and streets as a Valentine's Day blizzard roared out of the Midwest and shut down parts of the Northeast.
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2007 Feb 15
JetBlue Airways Corp. tried to calm a maelstrom of criticism, after passengers were left waiting on planes at a NY airport for as long as 11 hours during a snow and ice storm.
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2007 Mar 14
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed legislation authorizing “civil confinement” of certain sex offenders who have finished their prison terms, but were still considered a threat.
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2007 Apr 11
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said he will announce a settlement with a "significant" student lender as a probe into a college loan scandal continued to broaden.
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2007 May 17
Russian Orthodox leaders signed a pact to heal an 80-year schism between the church in Russia and an offshoot, the Church Abroad, set up following the Bolshevik Revolution. At least 10 of 145 Church Abroad parishes in the US opposed the canonical union. Most of the New York-based Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) agreed to unite with the Patriarchate of Moscow.
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2007 Jun 2
Four Muslim men were arrested and in connection to a plan to set off explosives in a jet fuel line that feeds John F. Kennedy International Airport and runs through residential neighborhoods.
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2007 Jun 2
Four Muslim men were arrested and in connection to a plan to set off explosives in a jet fuel line that feeds John F. Kennedy International Airport and runs through residential neighborhoods. Two men allegedly involved in a plot to attack New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport were in custody in Trinidad and Tobago and the police commissioner said authorities were scouring the Caribbean country for a third suspect still at large. In 2011 Kareem Ibrahim (65) of Trinidad was found guilty of convincing plotters to seek aid from Iran.
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2007 Jun 9
In NY the filly Rags to Riches outdueled Preakness winner Curlin in a breathtaking stretch run and won the Belmont Stakes by a head.
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2007 Jun 29
Harry B. Henshel (b.1919), former president of Bulova Watch Co. (1959-1976), died in Scarsdale, NY.
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2007 Jul 19
The DJIA rose 82.19 to a record 14,000.41. Nasdaq rose 20.55 to 2720. This was the Dow’s first close over the 14,000 mark.
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2007 Aug 13
Brooke Astor (b.1902), philanthropist, died at her Holy Hill estate in NY.
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2007 Aug 14
It was reported that Pulickel Ajayan and colleagues at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute had developed a flexible battery using carbon nanotubes and cellulose.
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2007 Aug 27
Police arrested Paul Devoe III (43) in Shirley, NY, following 5 recent murders in Texas and one in Pennsylvania. On December 19, 2007, the Texas Travis County District Attorney announced his office's intention to pursue the death penalty. In 2009 Devoe was sentenced to death for the 2007 slaying of two Jonestown, Texas, teenage girls.
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2007 Oct 5
Marion Jones (31), three-time Olympic gold medalist, pleaded guilty in White Plains, NY, to lying to federal investigators when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs, and announced her retirement. Jones said she took steroids from September 2000 to July 2001 and said she was told by her then-coach Trevor Graham that she was taking flaxseed oil when it was actually "the clear." Jones also pleaded guilty to a second count of lying to investigators about her association with a check-fraud scheme.
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2007 Oct 27
The Bush administration and NY state cut a deal to create a new generation of super-secure driver’s licenses, which would also allow illegal immigrants to get a version.
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2007 Oct 29
In Portugal senior officials from the EU, three US states (California, New York, New Jersey), Canada, Norway and New Zealand launched the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), an international effort to fight climate change by building a global carbon trading market.
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2007 Nov 13
Officials said New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has decided to abandon a plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
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2007 Dec 18
In New Jersey authorities broke up a major organized crime ring that took in $2.2 billion in gambling bets over the last 15 months and supplied drugs and cell phones to gang members in a New Jersey state prison. 2 ruling members of New York’s Lucchese crime family and 30 others were arrested.
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