OCADA First of Town Hall Meetings on Youth Drug Abuse

Our Community Against Drug Abuse is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on January 19th from 7-9 p.m. at the Nyack Seaport. The meeting titled A Perfect Storm is a conversation about battling misconceptions of underage drinking and substance use among youth. The Event is open to the public and free to everyone.. This will be the first in a series of town hall-style events planned for 2017. (Source: OCADA)

State Sweeps Underage Drinking

The state has announced that underage drinking sweeps conducted by DMV investigators in 2016 resulted in the seizure of over 862 fraudulent licenses and the arrest of over 818 individuals for underage drinking. Through the year-round Operation Prevent initiative, DMV investigators work with state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct underage drinking and fake ID sweeps at bars, restaurants and concert venues across New York. (Source: Governor’s Site)

Virtual Fire Training in January

The Division of Homeland Security and emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control will be offering specialized virtual training exercises to fire officers across the state beginning in January. The course will teach fire officers, crew leaders in charge of teams of firefighters that are responding to an emergency situation, how to make split second decisions in a virtual environment, safely extinguish fires, safeguard property and save lives. This 12-hour Tactical Fire Simulations Course will be held at the state’s Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls in Schuyler County for more information visit: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/training/  (Source: Governor’s Site)

Tentative Contract State and BPA

The state and New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association President Michael Powers announced yesterday a tentative contract agreement between the State and the labor union representing over 20,000 employees in the Security Services Unit that provide for the safety and security of correctional facilities, mental hygiene facilities and many other State agencies. (Source: Journal News)

Cuomo Urged to Sign Indigent Bill

Mid-Hudson News is reporting that top county officials of the state have been urging Governor Cuomo to sign legislation on his desk that would have the state pick up the cost of indigent defense attorneys. Right now, each county must pick up the tab. County officials argue that since it is required of the counties to pay for legal representation for those who cannot afford it , the state should pay for it. Cuomo said Wednesday that he is considering it. He said, “The question on the indigent defense is just a financial question; we are reviewing it now. But, it is being done outside the budget context and it is a very expensive bill for the state and would have a significant impact on the budget. But, we are reviewing that.” (Source: Mid-Hudson.com)

Carlucci Petitions for Veterans Bus Service

State Senator David Carlucci has launched a petition calling on the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs to review its decision to eliminate shuttle service for veterans on January 30. The service departs New City Community clinic and takes veterans to VA hospitals in the region including Montrose and Castle Point facilities. In just 24 hours, approximately 500 people signed the senator’s petition. (Source: Mid-Hudson.com)

Minimum Wage to Increase December 31

New York’s minimum wage will increase once again in the New Year. Part of the state law approved in March will increase minimum to $15 an hour by 2021. The first hike starts December 31 – as the minimum wage for workers in New York City will increase to $11 an hour or $10.50 an hour for employers with less than 10 workers. Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester will increase to $10 and hour. Outside the metropolitan area, the wage will be raised to $9.70 an hour. (Source: The Journal News)

FBI Arrest Issac Sofer Food Stamp Fraud

The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a prominent Brooklyn Satmar community activist Issac Sofer on Thursday morning on charges that he lied in order to obtain food stamps. Sofer was the public face of his community’s support for Bill de Blasio during the 2013 mayoral campaign. According to a complaint unsealed in Federal court, Sofer vastly understated his own income and assets in order to receive $30,000 in food stamps through the federal SNAP program. According to the complaint, Sofer claimed in his SANP applications that his income was between $0 per month to $25,500 per year, and that he had no substantial assets. But he told an insurance company in 2012 that he had income of $100,000 per year and assets of $600,000. Sofer also allegedly claimed in his SNAP application to have no life insurance, but was making regular $325 quarterly payments towards a $1 million policy. (Source: Forward)

Street Named in Haverstraw for Zeh

Gary Zeh, who passed in 2014 and was the owner of a school bus company, lifelong village resident and firefighter of Haverstraw is being honored with a street naming. His daughter Renee Zeh-Garrison told Lohud that her father, “Like the back of his hand, he knew all of the streets.” The village recently announced it would name a stretch of Riverside Avenue for Zeh, including the section that runs past Haverstraw Transit, the bus company he ran for many years. (Source: Journal News)

Colo the Gorilla Turns 60

She is the mother of three, grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 12 and great-great grandmother of 3. She recently had surgery to remove a malignant tumor, but doctors say she is doing well. She’s Colo, the nation’s oldest living gorilla, and she’s turning 60 today at the Columbus Zoo. Colo was the first gorilla in the world born in a zoo and has surpassed the usual life expectancy of captive gorillas by two decades. Her longevity is putting a spotlight on the medical care, nutrition and up to date therapeutic techniques that are helping lengthen zoo animals’ lives. (Source: AP)

Colo the Gorilla
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Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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