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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

Assault weapon owners face registration deadline

ime is almost up for owners of assault-style guns in New York to register them with the state. Tomorrow's deadline was set by the strict gun control law, known as the SAFE Act, passed in January 2013.

The law made buying assault weapons illegal. And it requires registration of assault weapons--guns with features like a pistol grip and removable magazine--owned before the law came into effect.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Sen. Gillibrand asks for update of oil spill plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is urging the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to upgrade contingency plans for oil spills in New York and New Jersey.

Gillibrand says safety guidelines need to be updated because the amount of oil transported by railroad through densely populated areas has more than doubled in the two years since the plan was last updated.  Go to full article
North Dakota crude oil spilled into wetlands near Aliceville Alabama from a train derailment. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/29184238@N06/11168835315/ ">John Walthen, Public Herald</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
North Dakota crude oil spilled into wetlands near Aliceville Alabama from a train derailment. Photo: John Walthen, Public Herald, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY asks feds to update oil spill response plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to update a contingency plan for dealing with oil spills, in light of the rapid expansion of rail shipments of crude oil from North Dakota.

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens sent a letter Monday to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. He said under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, EPA is responsible for creating Inland Area Contingency Plans to improve preparedness for oil spills.  Go to full article
DWI Checkpoint Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/fairfaxcounty/4637601664/">Fairfax County</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
DWI Checkpoint Photo: Fairfax County, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY DWI checkpoints for St. Patrick's Day weekend

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State Police are cracking down on drinking and driving and underage drinking this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that from Friday through Monday, drivers can expect sobriety checkpoints, increased DWI patrols and increased inspections on underage drinking and sales to minors.  Go to full article
Flooded bridge on the Mohawk in Schoharie County during Hurricane Irene. Photo: NYS
Flooded bridge on the Mohawk in Schoharie County during Hurricane Irene. Photo: NYS

Mohawk River flood protection projects get NYS funding

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is providing grants to help communities along the Mohawk River better handle the threat of future floods.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says more than $640,000 will be provided through the Environmental Protection Fund administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Cuomo says the money will help Mohawk River communities be better prepared for weather disasters.  Go to full article
Holstered police taser. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorq/6004372352/">Doctor Q</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Holstered police taser. Photo: Doctor Q, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont statewide policy on police stun guns on track

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A Vermont House panel has voted 11-0 to support a bill calling for a statewide policy on police use of electronic stun guns.

The bill was prompted in part by concern over police use of the electronic weapons following the 2012 death of Macadam Mason of Thetford after a state trooper used a Taser on him.  Go to full article
Ginna nuclear power plant in the town of Ontario in Wayne County, NY. Photo: United States government
Ginna nuclear power plant in the town of Ontario in Wayne County, NY. Photo: United States government

Western NY nuclear plant cited for flood risk

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a citation to the owners of the Ginna nuclear power plant in upstate New York. Preliminary inspection findings released Tuesday cited the plant for failure to address a long-standing flood risk. The issue is considered a low-to-moderate level safety concern.

It all comes down to an improperly sealed manhole at the plant, which could have allowed flood waters to breach the rooms housing emergency batteries.

And, according to NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan, that's an issue because those batteries act as a backup power source to help run the plant its safety systems during an emergency.  Go to full article
Backyards will get a workout as winter brings yet another snow day for students. Photo: John Stanford
Backyards will get a workout as winter brings yet another snow day for students. Photo: John Stanford

Winter storm triggers closings, state of emergency

The latest winter storm has dumped up to 20 inches of snow on a broad swath of eastern New York.

Schools are closed across much of the North Country, the Hudson Valley and the Albany area.

The storm began Thursday morning. Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency yesterday afternoon.

"The storm has brought a mix of everything," the governor said, "We have snow, we have sleet, we have rain, we have ice."  Go to full article
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Ritchie: CSX "less than responsive" on rail safety in Canton

State Senator Patty Ritchie says she's still waiting for freight rail company CSX to provide more information about the hazardous materials being transported through villages like Canton and Potsdam. And she's calling for Governor Cuomo to expand his investigation into rail safety to include the North Country.  Go to full article
Photo: Village of Massena
Photo: Village of Massena

NY court to consider acceptable police lies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Police lie to suspects.

Now New York's top court is considering whether they go too far by claiming a dead victim is still alive.

The question is whether that's so deceptive that it amounts to coercion and therefore disqualifies any incriminating statements from a suspect that follow.  Go to full article

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