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Poker players at Turning Stone Casino. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Turningstonepoker.jpg">Pwrbanker</a>, public domain
Poker players at Turning Stone Casino. Photo: Pwrbanker, public domain

Hasidic village sues to block Orange County casino

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A Hasidic Jewish village has mounted a legal challenge seeking to halt a casino proposed for upstate New York.

The lawsuit filed by the village of Kiryas Joel in Orange County alleges that officials in two nearby communities offered support for the project without analyzing the impact it would have on the village.  Go to full article

Essex County man sentenced for stealing $717K from employer

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) A 64-year-old northern New York man has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for stealing more than $700,000 from his longtime employer.

The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh reports that Lawrence Jaques received the maximum sentence Wednesday in Essex County Court, where he pleaded guilty in June to a grand larceny charge. He was also ordered to repay the money he stole, plus a 10-percent surcharge.  Go to full article

Canton ex-guard pleads guilty to running family off road

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) A former jail guard is facing more than 10 years behind bars for running his family off a northern New York during a domestic dispute last fall.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that 33-year-old Douglas Matthews Jr. of Canton pleaded guilty Wednesday in St. Lawrence County Court to an assault charge stemming from the October crash on Route 310 in the town of Canton.  Go to full article
Governor Rockefeller (facing camera) stands beside the Lincoln Continental Lehmann-Peterson limousine in 1967. Photograph courtesy of the New York State Archives.
Governor Rockefeller (facing camera) stands beside the Lincoln Continental Lehmann-Peterson limousine in 1967. Photograph courtesy of the New York State Archives.

Cars used by FDR, Rocky on display at State Fair

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Visitors to the New York State Fair can check out a display of two historical vehicles used by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Nelson Rockefeller while they were governor.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo going fishing on Follensby Pond last year. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9965544626/">NY Governor's office</a>
Gov. Cuomo going fishing on Follensby Pond last year. Photo: NY Governor's office

Gov. Cuomo to host fishing tournament

OWASCO LAKE, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to welcome professional fishermen to the Finger Lakes for the Bassmaster Governor's Challenge.

The governor's office says Saturday's event at Owasco Lake is designed to promote fishing and other recreational activities in upstate New York.  Go to full article
Police body armor. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/bisgovuk/5737156828/">Mark Prisk</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Police body armor. Photo: Mark Prisk, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

State Police, local cops get new bulletproof vests

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Nearly $300,000 has been awarded to help the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies purchase 708 new bulletproof vests.

The New York Attorney General's office announced the funding on Thursday.  Go to full article

New York State Fair opens today

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Fair is kicking off its 12-day run with national touring acts and a new operator for the rides on the midway.

The gates at the fairgrounds in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes open at 8 a.m. Thursday.  Go to full article
Skiing at Killington. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertlaurente/79704493/">Robert Laurente</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Skiing at Killington. Photo: Robert Laurente, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Snow gun exchange program to help energy costs

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Ski resorts in Vermont are upgrading their snowmaking equipment with help from a statewide energy efficiency program.

Efficiency Vermont is offering rebates from $500 to up to $4,000 in a snow gun exchange program.  Go to full article
The Port of Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow/7129166341/">Bill Morrow</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Port of Albany. Photo: Bill Morrow, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

100 gallons of oil spill at Port of Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's environmental agency is investigating a 100-gallon oil spill at the Port of Albany but officials say there's no risk of contamination to the Hudson River.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says crews responded to the 10-foot diameter spill at the Global Partners terminal after it was reported Wednesday. Clean-up work was expected to be completed Wednesday evening.  Go to full article
Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey have been charged with first degree kidnapping. Photos: St. Lawrence County Sheriff
Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey have been charged with first degree kidnapping. Photos: St. Lawrence County Sheriff

Hearing set in Amish girls' kidnapping

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters is due in court for a preliminary hearing.

Nicole Vaisey will be in court on Thursday. Her lawyer says she's a victim of an abusive relationship with 39-year-old Stephen Howells Jr.

Howells waived his right to a similar hearing. His case will go to a grand jury in St. Lawrence County near the Canadian border.  Go to full article

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