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Firefighter on a ladder truck sprays down the fire on Sherman Ave. in Glens Falls. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/harwoobe/14137949351/">Ben Harwood</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Firefighter on a ladder truck sprays down the fire on Sherman Ave. in Glens Falls. Photo: Ben Harwood, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Fire rips through apartments in Glens Falls

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Four people have suffered minor injuries and two dozen people have been left homeless by a fire that ripped through a three-story apartment building in Glens Falls.

Witnesses tell The Post-Star that some residents jumped from second-story windows to escape Thursday night's fire. Fire Chief James Schrammel says three residents and a Glens Falls firefighter have been treated for injuries believed to be minor.  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

NY steps up disaster drills as oil trains increase

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Firefighters are getting some practice battling crude oil fires as part of stepped-up efforts by the Cuomo administration to address safety threats from increased rail shipment of highly flammable crude from North Dakota to East Coast refineries.

The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is hosting a two-day disaster training drill at the Port of Albany on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday afternoon, fire and hazardous materials personnel will practice using fire suppressant foam to douse flames in a simulated oil-spill fire.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/smelton/223359418/">Seth Melton</a>, creative Commons, sone rights reserved
Photo: Seth Melton, creative Commons, sone rights reserved

NY state police to clamp down in road work zones

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State police are stepping up patrols again in highway construction zones.

"Operation Work Brake'' begins Monday for five days along the New York State Thruway. Troopers will crack down on speeding motorists and aggressive driving in and around construction zones.  Go to full article
Police Officers Memorial, Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/75001512@N00/2580716878/">Joel Kramer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Police Officers Memorial, Albany. Photo: Joel Kramer, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY police memorial planned in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Police agencies from across the state will head to Albany this week to pay tribute to those who have died in the line of duty.

A ceremony will be held Tuesday at the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at the Empire State Plaza.  Go to full article
NYS Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY. Photo: NYSPTC
NYS Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY. Photo: NYSPTC

National Guard training in central New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) National Guard soldiers and airmen are taking part in special training to improve their emergency preparedness skills.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the training will take place in the state's preparedness center in Oriskany Monday through Friday.  Go to full article
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Ten distracted driving questions, answered!

Today we've already ridden shutgun in one of the unmarked vehicles the state police use to crack down on distracted driving. Now that we've gotten a look into that world, let's tackle some questions about distracted driving.  Go to full article
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

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