ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in New York as a precaution and to clear the way for local government to tap state resources in the event of major damage from storms next week.
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He says Friday the unpredictability of Hurricane Sandy and other weather that could combine for a "super storm" make it important to prepare, citing the experience of last year's back-to-back tropical storms.
Cuomo says the state is also seeking a federal pre-disaster designation to have the National Guard on alert if needed and access to federal resources to prepare.
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He said he was going to do some campaigning this weekend out of state for President Barack Obama, but he's staying in New York.
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An eight-year-old boy was shot Thursday morning in Cattaraugus County. Officials are at the scene on West Road, in Leon.
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings return today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Viewers sent in photos from the snowfall around Western New York.