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Sheldon Silver to be Retried on Corruption Charges

Former New York State assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will face retrial on corruption charges this coming April. The United States Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal in the case. Silver was convicted in 2015, but his conviction was overturned by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, due to a Supreme Court decision in…

BC Officials Ask for Extension to Pistol Permit Recertification Deadline

The deadline for recertifying pistol permits is January 31st. In Broome County, only about 25% of the 25,000 permits have completed the process. Senator Fred Akshar and Sheriff David Harder have requested that Governor Cuomo extend the deadline. There is no indication if the Governor will grant the request. If the permit was issued after…

State Senate Republicans Release Portion of Their 2018 Agenda

The Republican majority in the New York State Senate has released a portion of their legislative priorities for 2018. The agenda items disclosed on Tuesday revolve around the high taxes paid in the state. The Majority Conference will be making proposals to help those negatively impacted by the Federal income tax changes that were recently…

NY Air National Guard Sent to Assist Fighting California Fires

Nine members of the New York Air National Guard have been dispatched to California to assist in fighting their wildfires. The airmen will be using the MQ-9 aircraft, which is piloted remotely. The MQ-9 can stay aloft for over 14 hours and has sensors that can see through smoke. The aircraft can continuously orbit over…

New York City Woman Fatally Injured by Shark

A New York City woman was fatally injured by a tiger shark, while on vacation in Costa Rica. The victim was 49-year-old Rohina Bhandari, a Director of the private equity company WL Ross & Company. WL Ross & Company was founded by the current Secretary of Commerce, Wilber Ross. Bhandari’s dive guide was seriously injured…

Assemblyman Sanctioned for Soliciting Nude Photos

A New York State Assemblyman was sanctioned on Wednesday by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Steve McLaughlin, from Rensselaer County is alleged to have sought nude photos from an Assembly employee and lying about the incident to investigators. McLaughlin is now barred from hiring interns. McLaughlin has denied the charges. In any event, he will be…

Former Congressman Hinchey Services Held in Saugerties

Former Southern Tier Congressman Maurice Hinchey will be laid to rest today in Saugerties, New York. Hinchey died last week at 79 years of age from a terminal neurological disorder. Services will be held this morning at 10AM at St. John the Evangelist Church. Hinchey was a public official for almost forth years.

Ohio Man Mistakes Pickup Truck for a Deer

An Ohio man has been charged with reckless endangerment, after shooting a pickup truck that he mistook for a deer. The incident happened late morning Friday in Chautauqua County. The bullet hit the engine and disabled the truck. On Wednesday, also in Chautauqua County, a man shot a legal single shot pistol at what he…