In brief: Cuomo running for governor

New York – New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo declared his candidacy for governor Saturday, delivering a full-throated call for political reform and pledging to make the notoriously dysfunctional state government more accountable to its citizens.

The announcement by Cuomo to seek the governorship once held by his iconic father, Mario Cuomo, had been widely expected.

Cuomo promised to cap the state’s property taxes, which are among the highest in the nation, and to consolidate local governments and create a more favorable environment for job growth.

Hikers’ mothers return from Iran

New York – The mothers of three University of California at Berkeley graduates being held captive in Iran returned to the U.S. on Saturday – but not with their children.

The three women – Cindy Hickey, Laura Fattal and Nora Shourd – held a brief news conference shortly after landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. They had returned from a May 18 trip to Iran to visit the hikers in a Tehran jail.

“The pain we felt at having to leave Tehran without our children is almost more than we can bear,” Hickey said. “Our greatest hope was to bring our children home with us, where they belong. We hope and pray that the Iranian authorities will now find it in their hearts to resolve our children’s case and release them without further delay.”

The hikers, who had been visiting the Kurdistan region of Iraq, were arrested July 31 as they walked a trail that crosses an unmarked, zigzagging stretch of the border with Iran.


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