FERC Meeting on Algonquin Pipeline Expansion

On May 17th at 6:30 p.m. the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold a public hearing in regards to the next stage of The Algonquin Pipeline expansion project. Spectra Energy owns The Algonquin natural gas pipeline that runs through Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties on its way to New England. The expansion project was broken into stages, The AIM Project, Atlantic Bridge, and Access Northeast. This meeting is focused on Access Northeast and will be the only New York hearing.  The meeting will be held at Sleepy Hollow High School, 201 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. The intention of the meeting is to provide the public with information about the Commission’s environmental review process and for landowners and other interested parties to comment. You may register to speak one hour prior to the meeting. Each speaker is given 3 minutes.  It is recommended you prepare your remarks. Pipeline representatives will be available prior to the meeting to answer your questions as well.

Cuomo Launches Heroin Task Force Statewide

“Opioid addiction is a national epidemic that continues to plague families in communities across New York and the state has been taking aggressive action to tackle this crisis head on,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo as he announced the launch of a statewide heroin task force charged with ending the heroin and opioid crisis in New York. The group, comprised of a broad coalition of experts in healthcare, drug policy, advocacy, education, and parents and New Yorkers in recovery will build on the state’s previous efforts to develop an action plan combating the state’s opioid epidemic. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin Task Force stated, “Heroin and opioid deaths in New York State have reached unconscionable levels.” Since 2014 the state has implemented aggressive reforms including Combat Heroin expanding insurance coverage for substance use disorder treatment; increasing access to opioid treatment services across the state, launching public awareness and prevention campaigns; installing new regulations requiring all prescriptions be electronically transmitted from the prescriber to the pharmacy, that alone has led to a 90 percent decrease in the number of “doctor shoppers” or patients who visit multiple prescribers to obtain controlled substances, and finally making naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, available without a prescription, saving 1,500 lives in 2015 alone. NYS Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez stated, “New Yorkers battling addiction need to know we are here with open arms to help them – to access treatment and support their recovery.” For more information visit: www.CombatHeroin.ny.gov

NYS Top 10 Nationwide in Honey Production

New York State just got a little sweeter. In 2015, the state saw a 9 percent increase in honey production, not only maintaining New York’s status as the top honey producer in the Northeast but also in the top 10 nationwide for the first time in a decade. According to the US Department of Agriculture New York beekeepers earned almost $10.6 million from their honey in 2015, a $1.2 million dollar increase from the year before. NYS fetches higher prices because we produce not only Clover, but also niche varieties like Wild Flower, Basswood, and Locust. The Department also credits favorable weather last summer and early fall for the higher production and prices. Honeybees are critical to the NYS economy. They pollinate nearly half a billion dollars’ worth of farm crops each year, from apples to pumpkins. In addition, New York bees often travel the country during colder months, pollinating crops that grow in year-round climates.

Honoring Officers Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

26 police officers that made the ultimate sacrifice in service to communities across NYS were honored yesterday. The officers, from six local, state and federal law enforcement agencies,  were remembered at New York State’s annual Police Officers’ Memorial Remembrance Ceremony. Their names joined others on the polished black granite memorial at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. 19 of the 26 officers died from illnesses as a result of time spent doing search and recovery work in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul stated, “Our treasured way of life functions because of the underlying trust that we as civilians have in our law enforcement,” she added, “we honor the service and sacrifice of men and women who protect the freedoms that have made our nation and our State the shining beacon of Democracy envied by the world”.

Budweiser Renamed “America” Until Presidential Elections

Starting May 23rd through the presidential election you will no longer be reaching for an ice cold Bud. The King of Beers, Budweiser, will now be named “America.” The new packaging will include patriotic phrases like “E Pluribus Unum” and “indivisible since 1776”. Belgium-based AB InBev purchased Budweiser’s parent company SABMiller, in November for $107 billion. Ricardo Marques, vice president of Budweiser, said in a statement, “Budweiser has always strived to embody America in a bottle, and we’re honored to salute this great nation where our beer has been passionately brewed for the past 140 years.”

Powerball: $1M ticket sold in New Rochelle

According to Lohud news A stop at a city deli located in New Rochelle over the weekend reaped a hefty prize for one lottery player.A Powerball ticket sold at New Roc Deli & Grocery was a winner of $1 million in the game’s Saturday drawing, according to the New York Lottery.The $2 ticket was purchased at 215 North Ave. This ticket was one of three second-prize winners in New York for matching five of the six winning numbers, with the other two tickets sold on Long Island, in Elmont and Farmingdale. Information has not been given regarding wether or not the ticket has been claimed.

Nail Salons Must Pay Employees $2M in Unpaid Wages

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the New York State Nail Salon Industry Task Force has directed 143 nail salons to pay $2M in unpaid wages and damages to 652 employees. Cuomo stated, “New York State is cracking down like never before on the unscrupulous individuals that take advantage of the hardworking people they employ” he add that he is “committed to stopping employers who exploit workers and deny them what they are rightfully owed.”

$6M awarded to Behavioral Health Providers for Children

The state recently award over $6M dollars to support 122 behavioral health providers offering children’s services. The funds were awarded statewide, giving providers the ability upgrade or implement new technologies for their Medicaid billing infrastructure. New York State Office of Mental Health Commission Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan stated, “The transition to Managed Care and development of new Home and Community Based Services will expand the variety and scale of service options available to children with behavioral health service needs.” New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez said, “Ensuring that our addiction treatment providers have up-to-date technology is vital to our mission of serving young people and families who are battling addiction.”

Pomona Man Possibly Jumped Bridge

New York State Police suspect it was a 27-year old Pomona man who jumped off the Bear Mountain Bridge on Sunday. At 6:24 p.m. the alleged man stopped his vehicle in the driving lane and jumped over the southern railing of the bridge. Identification is tentatively being used from evidence in the victim’s car. State police have used scuba resources and side-scan sonar to locate the body. The investigation is ongoing.

Pedestrian Killed by Driver

At approximately 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon on Route 202 in Montebello near Mayer Drive, an 83-year-old woman attempted to cross the highway to check her mailbox when she was struck by a 21-year-old Monroe woman driving a 2003 Hyundai Sedan, according to Ramapo police Sgt. Charles Edwards. The officer noted there are no traffic lights or crosswalks in the area. The pedestrian died after being transported to Westchester Medical Center. The name of the victim and the driver has not been released pending investigation.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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