Michael R. Sisak, WNYT NewsChannel 13

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Past articles by Michael:

Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit, allowing NY probe to go on

"The fact that (James') public statements reflect personal and/or political animus toward (Trump) is not, in and of itself, sufficient," Sannes wrote. James heralded Friday's ruling as a "big victory" over a "frivolous" lawsuit. Sannes' decision came a day after a New York appeals court ruled that Trump must answer questions under oath in James' probe, upholding a lower-court ruling requiring… → Read More

Trump loses appeal, must testify in New York civil probe

Message seeking comment were left with lawyers for the Trumps and with James' office. The Trumps could still appeal the ruling to the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals. James, a Democrat, has said her investigation has uncovered evidence Trump's company, the Trump Organization, used "fraudulent or misleading" valuations of assets like golf courses and skyscrapers to get loans and tax… → Read More

Trump appeals New York contempt ruling, $10K per day fine

In a statement Wednesday, James said Engoron's order was clear on Trump being in contempt of court. "We've seen this playbook before, and it has never stopped our investigation of Mr. Trump and his organization," James said. "This time is no different." In another subpoena fight, Trump is challenging Engoron's Feb. 17 ruling requiring that he answer questions under oath. James has said that the… → Read More

Police hunt gunman who wounded 10 in Brooklyn subway attack

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell called the posts "concerning" and officials tightened security for Adams, who was already isolating following a positive COVID-19 test Sunday. Adams said Wednesday that investigators were zeroed in on finding James. "We are going to continue to close the loop around him and bring him in, and continue the investigation into this horrific act against innocent… → Read More

At least 5 people shot at New York subway station

At least 11 people were being treated at two local hospitals. "My subway door opened into calamity. It was smoke and blood and people screaming," eyewitness Sam Carcamo told radio station 1010 WINS, saying he saw a gigantic billow of smoke pouring out of the N train once the door opened. A bystander video shows people lying on the subway platform amid what appeared to be small puddles of blood,… → Read More

Manhattan DA: Trump criminal investigation is continuing

The Democrat's affirmation of the investigation was part of a double dose of bad legal news for Trump on Thursday. It came shortly after the New York attorney general's office asked a judge to hold Trump in contempt and fine him $10,000 per day for not meeting a March 31 deadline to turn over documents in a parallel civil investigation. Trump is appealing a subpoena for his testimony in that… → Read More

New York AG asks appeals court to enforce Trump subpoena

Trump's lawyers argued in appeal papers filed March 21 that the lower court judge, Arthur Engoron, failed to properly weigh constitutional and ethical concerns about James' investigation. In its response, James' office rejected the Trumps' arguments that the attorney general, a Democrat, had a political vendetta against Trump, a Republican, or that requiring the Trumps to testify under oath… → Read More

Trump appeals ruling forcing him to testify in NY probe

A message seeking comment was left with James' office. In a statement on Friday, as lawyers for the Trumps were preparing their appeal, the attorney general signaled she was ready for a long fight to get them to testify. "Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump were ordered by the court to comply with our lawful investigation into Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization's financial… → Read More

Trump must testify in New York investigation, judge rules

A judge has ruled former President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in a New York investigation into his business practices. → Read More

New York AG says Trump's company misled banks, tax officials

The Trump Organization, it said, had overstated the value of land donations made in New York and California on paperwork submitted to the IRS to justify several million dollars in tax deductions. When giving estimates of Trump's wealth, the company misreported the size of his Manhattan penthouse, saying it was nearly three times its actual size - a difference in value of about $200 million,… → Read More

Trump, Ivanka, Don Jr subpoenaed by NY attorney general

The Trumps have indicated they will fight the subpoenas and are expected to file court papers through their lawyers seeking to have them thrown out. A similar legal fight played out last year after James' office subpoenaed the testimony of another Trump son, Eric Trump. Messages seeking comment were left Monday with lawyers for the Trumps and with the attorney general's office. Monday's filing… → Read More

Trump sues NY attorney general, seeking to end civil probe

Former President Donald Trump sued New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday, seeking to end her civil investigation into his business practices. → Read More

9,000 NYC workers on leave as vaccine mandate takes effect

City officials have been battling fierce resistance among a minority of workers in some critical public safety jobs, including police officers and firefighters, as well as a pending legal challenge to the mandate by the city's largest police union. As of Sunday, 1 in 4 of the city's uniformed firefighters still hadn't gotten a first dose of the vaccine, as required. About 1 in 6 police personnel… → Read More

NYC braces for fewer cops, more trash as vax deadline looms

Mayor Bill de Blasio held firm on the mandate as firefighters rallied Thursday outside his official residence, sanitation workers appeared to be skipping garbage pick ups in protest and the city's largest police union went to an appeals court seeking a halt to the vaccine requirement. Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, said the hard deadline "sets the city up for a real… → Read More

AP Sources: Letitia James will run for New York governor

James, 63, is the first woman elected as New York's attorney general and the first Black person to serve in the role. With a power base in New York City, she is poised to be a top threat to Gov. Kathy Hochul, who had been Cuomo's lieutenant governor. Hochul, who is from the Buffalo area, entered office with a reputation as a political centrist but has been striving to win over New York City… → Read More

NYC requiring vaccine for cops, firefighters, city workers

The city previously mandated vaccines for public school teachers and the state has previously mandated vaccines for hospital workers. City workers who get their first shot by Oct. 29 at a city-run vaccination site will get an extra $500 in their paycheck, the mayor's said. Workers who don't show proof of vaccination by Oct. 29 will be placed on leave. "We've got to end the COVID-era. Our police… → Read More

Petito's dad: Give same attention to all missing people

Petito's body was discovered Sept. 18 in a remote area in northwestern Wyoming. A memorial service was held Sunday on Long Island, where Laundrie and Petito grew up before moving to Florida in recent years. Her family announced it was starting a foundation to support people searching for missing loved ones. Petito's case has led to renewed calls for people to pay greater attention to cases… → Read More

Actor Michael K. Williams, Omar on 'The Wire,' dead at 54

The Brooklyn-born Williams was also a ubiquitous character actor in other shows and films for more than two decades, including roles on the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire" and "Lovecraft Country," and in the films "12 Years a Slave" and "Assassin's Creed." As Little, he played a criminal with a strict moral code, known for taking advantage of a reputation for brutality that wasn't always real. A… → Read More

Cuomo faces questioning, other fallout from harassment probe

Cuomo's accusers gave sworn depositions to investigators, meaning they were under oath and faced the possibility of perjury charges if they lied. Andrew G. Celli Jr., an attorney who was chief of the civil rights bureau in the attorney general's office from 1999 to 2003, said he expects that Cuomo will be questioned under the same conditions. "I'm sure it will be respectful but it will be… → Read More

Charges expected Thursday for Trump's company, top executive

Prosecutors have been scrutinizing Trump's tax records, subpoenaing documents and interviewing witnesses, including Trump insiders and company executives. A grand jury was recently empaneled to weigh evidence and New York Attorney General Letitia James said she was assigning two of her lawyers to work with Vance on the criminal probe while she continues a civil investigation of Trump. Messages… → Read More