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Cuomo Signs Health Legislation for Volunteer Firefighters

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to deliver health care benefits to volunteer firefighters across New York State who have been diagnosed with certain cancers. Right now, volunteer firefighters are eligible for accidental disability and death benefits through Workers’ Compensation if they are injured in the line of duty. Starting January 1, 2019, firefighters will…

Dean Skelos’ Conviction Overturned on Appeal

A Federal Appeals court has overturned the 2015 conviction of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. The conviction on Bribary and Extortion charges alleged that Skelos and his son had used his position in Albany to provide the son with a series of no-show consultant jobs. Skelos was removed as Majority Leader…

New York Sending Assistance to Florida

Governor Cuomo has announced that 10 Helicopters and 55 Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard deployed to Florida on Monday to assist in the response to Hurricane Irma. Helicopters departed from Ronkonkoma, Latham and Rochester yesterday, flying to Richmond, Virginia. They will arrive in Jacksonville, Florida today. A satellite communications system has also…

NY Air National Guard on the Way to Texas

Help is on the way to Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana from New York’s Air National Guard. The personnel and aircraft include 104 Air Guard personnel, including rescue teams, maintenance and support staff, three rescue helicopters, one rescue plane and several boats and watercraft and are being deployed from Francis S. Gabreski Airport on…

New York State Fair Opens

The Great New York State Fair kicks off today, but before that could happen, this year’s butter sculpture had to be unveiled.In its 49th year at the Dairy Products Building this year’s exhibit has once again been put together by Jim Victor, and his wife Marie Pelton of Pennsylvania. Previous years have featured the state’s…

Cuomo Proposes Name Changes to Two New York City Streets

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants two New York City streets renamed. He petitioned to the Secretary of the Army to rename Stonewall Jackson Drive and General Lee Avenue indicating that they were both leaders in the Confederate Army who fought to protect slavery. He wrote in his letter to the Secretary that “symbols of…

New York Bans Electronic Cigarettes from Schools

New York has now signed a bill outlawing the use of electronic cigarettes at all public and private schools. A report from the state health department says e-cigarette use among high school students nearly doubled between 2014 and 2016. Vaping devices do not contain tobacco, but deliver nicotine to users in liquid form and release…

Final Respects Paid to NY State Trooper Joel Davis

New Yorker’s paid their final respects and laid to rest 36-year-old New York State Trooper Joel Davis over the weekend. Trooper Davis was killed in the line of duty last Sunday night responding to the report of “shots fired” during a domestic dispute near Watertown. Police say he was met in the driveway by 32-year-old…