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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Mayors and county executives are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to authorize Uber's upstate expansion. 

The elected officials made their plea in a letter that comes as the Legislature considers holding a special session this month that could include debate over granting Uber's proposed expansion. 

The letter states that visitors to upstate are ``stunned'' when they learn the region doesn't have Uber. 

It goes on to say Uber could reduce drunken driving while providing a useful service that helps local bars and restaurants. 

color:#333333">ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York regulators are launching a comprehensive review of energy service companies, saying the competitive residential market created by utility deregulation hasn't lived up to its promise.

A former top adviser for Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and seven other people have been indicted in their federal corruption case.

The indictment was unsealed Tuesday in New York City. It charges Joseph Percoco and his co-defendants with crimes including fraud conspiracy, bribery and extortion. 

The case's most serious allegations are against Percoco, formerly Cuomo's executive deputy secretary and one of his most loyal advisers. 

Windstream is buying rival EarthLink for about $673 million in stock.

Both companies provide internet service, cloud computing and other services.

And both of them have a substantial presence in Rochester.  Windstream, which moved downtown several years ago has a building at Main and Clinton, and now has about 650 employees in the Rochester area.

EarthLink has space at the Alexander Park complex at Monroe Ave and Alexander Street. There are currently 375 EarthLink employees in Rochester.

WASHINGTON (AP) Manufacturing in New York state contracted for the third straight month in October. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says its Empire State index slid to a reading of minus 6.8 this month, lowest since May and down from a minus 2 reading in September. Anything below zero signals contraction. Economists had expected the survey to show growth this month. 

New orders, shipments and employment all fell this month, but at a slower pace than they did in September. 

Prices paid and received by manufacturers grew modestly.