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Former Gov. Cuomo finally gets portrait

ALBANY (AP) -- When there are two generations of governors in a family, what does a son give his father as an 80th birthday gift? An official portrait -- one that's years overdue.

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo presented his father, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, his portrait Saturday.

The elder Cuomo turned 80 this month. His likeness has long been absent from the State Capitol's Hall of Governors.

He served as governor from 1983 to 1994. He told the New York Times in 2008 he didn't have the patience to sit for a portrait.

Nor did he sit for this one. The painting, by Simmie Knox, is based on a 1989 photograph.

The Governor's Office says the portrait was commissioned by Mario Cuomo's friends.


Beaten bus driver succumbs to injuries

NEW YORK (AP) -- A school bus driver who was beaten into a coma after a minor traffic accident along his route has died of his injuries, his employer said Saturday.

Juan DelValle, 65, was taken off life support and died Friday in the hospital where he had been treated since the June 11 attack, an Atlantic Express Transportation Group spokeswoman said.

"The career of a school bus driver is a demanding one with great responsibility, but it should never be one where hardworking, honorable people are subjected to vicious and senseless violence," the company said in a statement.

DelValle, an Atlantic Express employee for eight years, was driving down a Bronx street when his yellow bus clipped the side mirror on a double-parked car. Two middle school students were on the bus at the time; they weren't hurt.

DelValle got out of the bus, and the car's driver accosted and punched him, authorities said. With the middle-schoolers looking on, DelValle was knocked off his feet, and his head hit the pavement.

He never regained consciousness, Atlantic Express spokeswoman Carolyn Daly said.

The car's driver has been charged with assault and is jailed on $250,000 bond. He hasn't entered a plea, court records show. He's due back in court today.


Bill advances to aid maple syrup industry

ALBANY (AP) -- A measure proposed by Sen. Charles E. Schumer to promote New York's maple syrup industry is headed to the House of Representatives.

The Senate last week as part of the 2012 Farm Bill approved Schumer's legislation to create grants to encourage private property owners to expand their tapping operations or to make their land available for tapping.

Cornell University researchers have said producers tap less than 1 percent of available maple trees in New York. Schumer's bill is designed to increase that percentage.

Schumer says nearly three quarters of the tappable maple trees in New York are on privately owned land.

The House is expected to take up the Farm Bill next month.