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Plan to serve alcohol at state park’s new visitors center on Sound Avenue infuriates town officials

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The Hallock State Park visitors center on Sound Avenue will sell alcoholic beverages and visitors will be able to drink them on-site, according to a document released last week by the state parks department. The patio and picnic area adjacent to the visitors center will be designated by the state parks department to allow alcohol consumption, the document says. The state parks department said it prefers the “Taste-NY” concession to be operated by the holder of a farm winery, brewery or cidery license. But “there may be multiple liquor licensing options available to an interested party and all proposals are encouraged,” according to the document, a formal request for proposals issued by the state agency March 16. “A farm winery …

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Republican John Kasich leads charge for balanced budget vote

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FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2015, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a balanced budget discussion with business leaders in Manchester, N.H. As the U.S. national debt ticks toward $20 trillion, Kasich says he is not abandoning his goal of a federal balanced-budget amendment, telling The Associated Press in a Tuesday, March 21, 2017, interview that the issue isn’t partisan but critical to sustained economic prosperity. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Republican John Kasich is not giving up on his goal of a federal balanced budget amendment, a tool the Ohio governor says is ever more important as the U.S. national debt ticks toward $20 trillion. “The issue is not …

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Roam free: A history of open-world gaming

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reader comments 0 Share this story Open-world video games bear the impossible promise—offering compelling, enjoyable open-endedness and freedom within the constraints of what is, by necessity of the medium, an extremely limited set of possible actions. These games provide a list of (predominantly violent) verbs that’s minuscule in comparison to the options you would face in identical real-life situations. Yet, we can’t get enough of them. In spite of their many obvious failings or limitations, we’ve been losing ourselves within open worlds for some 30-odd years. Today, nearly every big release is set in an open world. We delight in their unspoken possibility and shrug at their quirks. Those quirks, by the way, are not merely a consequence of current technology. The …

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1.4M Illinois job seekers may have had personal data hacked

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(AP) — About 1.4 million job seekers in Illinois may have had their personal information compromised when one of the state’s employment security agency vendors was hacked, the governor’s office said Friday. The hacker may have accessed the names, Social Security numbers and birthdates of job seekers in the vendor’s database. The Illinois Department of Employment Security notified the state’s… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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GOP, Trump Pull Obamacare Repeal Bill Amid Party Revolt

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At a rally in Kentucky last week styled after President Donald Trump’s boisterous campaign events, the president’s supporters donned his now ubiquitous “Make America Great Again” ball cap and waved signs that proclaimed: “Promises made, promises kept.” In Trump’s first true test of his mettle as a prodigious dealmaker, the president failed to deliver on his pledge to quickly and decisively repeal Obamacare. The president reportedly asked House Republicans to pull the bill just before it was supposed to go up for a vote. The move to scrap the bill minutes before lawmakers were to vote marked a stunning defeat for Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), both brought together by their apparent disdain for Obamacare and long-held promise …

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Utah's governor signs toughest DUI law in US

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation Thursday that will lower the legal blood alcohol level from .08 to .05 for drivers. Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/68026/ Find more videos like this at www.newsy.com Follow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideos

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The Latest: Auto safety group applauds Utah 0.05 legislation

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FILE – In this March 17, 2017, file photo, a protester holds a sign during a rally at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Utah’s governor has announced he will sign legislation giving the state the strictest DUI threshold in the country. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday, March 23 said he plans to approve the measure lowering the blood alcohol limit to .05 percent from .08 percent. Restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry had urged him to veto the bill, arguing it would hurt Utah’s image. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The Latest on a law giving Utah the strictest DUI threshold in the country (all times local): 4:20 p.m. …

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GOP Considers Gutting Maternity & Preventive Services to Secure House Votes

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President Donald Trump’s promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and overhaul health care in America faces its biggest test yet when lawmakers hold a vote on repealing Obamacare Thursday night at the earliest—although it could be delayed until Friday morning. As of Thursday morning, House Republicans were still on a mission to recruit undecided lawmakers who’ve held out for a variety of reasons. A group of about two dozen hard-line Republicans wants to further gut mandates imposed by the ACA, while more moderate lawmakers have expressed concern about how a change to Medicaid funding would impact their states. The fight may come down to a provision in the ACA requiring health care plans to cover a range of benefits, including pregnancy, …

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Joe Dowd: Cuomo’s pork barrel not greasing Long Island

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Ironic but true: The Sheridan Expressway is named for a guy who died in a car crash. Until this week I figured it honored a Civil War general. The little interstate bisecting the Bronx is actually named for engineer Arthur V. Sheridan, a Bronx public works commissioner and Robert Moses loyalist. It runs just over a mile, connecting the Cross Bronx and Bruckner expressways. It also decimated a South Bronx neighborhood, but progress has its price. Some neighborhoods, frankly, need to get destroyed in order for Long Islanders to get upstate. Now, Moses-wannabe Andrew Cuomo wants to bring the Sheridan crashing down, a $1.8 billion demolition-green-space river-walk extravaganza that will undoubtedly gridlock Bronx traffic for years. Cuomo says the Sheridan’s …

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Democrats file ethics complaint over governor's skiing tweet

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(AP) — The New Hampshire Democratic Party is accusing Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of improperly promoting his family business by tweeting about the Waterville Valley ski resort from his official account. A group of investors led by the Sununu family bought the ski area in 2010. Sununu resigned as CEO in December just before taking office, but relatives remain on the board of directors. On… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Jon Corzine's MF Global, PwC in settlement

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(AP) — The trial between bankrupt brokerage MF Global, run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, and its former accounting firm, PwC, came to an unceremonious end on Thursday, with both parties saying they have reached a settlement. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. MF Global had been suing PwC for as much as $3 billion. “The case was settled to the mutual satisfaction… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Utah governor says he will approve strictest DUI limit in US

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(AP) — Utah’s governor announced Thursday that he will sign legislation giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest DUI threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said he plans to approve the measure lowering the blood alcohol limit for most drivers to .05 percent… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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The Billionaire on a Mission to Save the Planet From Trump

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Tom Steyer isn’t your average California tree hugger. The former hedge fund manager—number 1,121 on Forbes’ wealthiest people list, with $1.61 billion—was once best known for turning $15 million into $30 billion in about two decades. But then he went hiking. Steyer and environmental activist and author Bill McKibben spent a day trudging through the Adirondacks. Not long after, Steyer parted ways with the leadership of his company and his oil and gas investments, began to fight the Keystone XL pipeline, and then reinvented himself as a one-man superfund for climate causes. His organization, NextGen Climate, has spent $170 million over the past four years advocating for policies and politicians that help the environment and advance renewable energy. It’s an uphill battle. …

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Zeldin: Health care act amendment is ‘a jackpot of mandate relief’ for Suffolk

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An amendment to the American Health Care Act offered by two upstate New York Republicans is a “jackpot of mandate relief,” according to Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley)and represents the “single greatest act of fiscal relief ever provided to Suffolk County and its taxpayers.” The amendment, introduced by Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) and Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) would shift the local share of Medicaid costs from counties outside of NYC to the state. According to the Suffolk County Comptroller’s Office, this would save Suffolk County $4.6 million per week, Zeldin said in a press release today. “This legislation single-handily flips Suffolk County’s recurring massive nine figure budget deficits into budget surpluses,” Zeldin said. “For the county, and most importantly, Suffolk County …

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Cuomo: GOP’s Health Care Changes Potentially ‘Devastating’ To New York

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An outraged Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday accused Republicans of punishing New Yorkers and potentially dealing a “devastating” blow to Long Island’s health care industry by pushing an amendment to President Donald Trump and the House Republicans’ health care repeal bill exclusively aimed at the Empire State. An angry Cuomo slammed House Republicans Tuesday after the provision to scrap Medicaid payments from county governments and shift the cost to the state was added to the beleaguered health bill as a way to sway unconvinced Republicans in Congress to support the bill. “The consequences will really be devastating to this state,” Cuomo said, adding that the amendment would cut $2.3 billion from Medicaid in upstate New York and on Long Island. New …

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New York State Gears Up Electric Vehicle Rebate Program

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NYSERDA announces launch of zero-emissions vehicle purchase rebate program for consumers Albany, NY – March 21, 2017 – Today, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced the launch of a zero-emissions vehicle purchase rebate program for consumers. The program, New York’s first, was approved in the SFY2016-17 Budget and provides a $2,000 rebate per vehicle. The following statement is attributable to Conor Bambrick, air & energy director at Environmental Advocates of New York: “Thanks to forward thinking of the Legislature and the Governor, New York is in a position to drive consumers to cleaner vehicles in the face of the Trump Administration’s attacks on vehicle emission standards. With the auto industry’s push to roll back regulations, …

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More than 120 Riverhead seniors would lose home-delivered daily meals if fed budget cuts Meals on Wheels funding

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Riverhead Town receives about $100,000 a year in federal funding for its Meals on Wheels program that could be eliminated under the budget proposal released Thursday by the White House. The funds come to the town as a pass-through from Suffolk County’s Office for the Aging, from title III funding under the Older Americans Act. The money helps underwrite the cost of meals provided by Riverhead Town at its senior resource center on Shade Tree Lane. Riverhead’s Meals on Wheels Program serves more than 120 residents daily, said senior citizens program director Judy Doll. And there’s a waiting list. The longstanding program — it was established long before Doll started working for the town nearly 30 years ago — provides …

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Guardian of Rockefeller fortune, philanthropy dies at 101

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FILE – In this Nov. 28, 1967, file photo, the five Rockefeller Brothers pose for photos in New York as they gather to receive gold medals from the National Institute of social sciences. From left are: David Rockefeller, President of the Chase Manhattan Bank; Winthrop Rockefeller, Governor of Arkansas; Frank Pace, President of the NISS; John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation; Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York; and Laurence Rockefeller, a conservation adviser to President Johnson. David Rockefeller, the billionaire philanthropist who was the last of his generation in the famously philanthropic Rockefeller family died. David Rockefeller was 101 years old. (AP Photo/File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — David Rockefeller was the last of his generation in a …

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Early review: Mass Effect: Andromeda is Dragon Age: Inquisition in space

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Enlarge / “We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and new aliens to be banged.” Electronic Arts / Bioware reader comments 0 Share this story Quick summary: If you’ve ever said “You know what would be awesome? If they took Dragon Age: Inquisition and reskinned it into a Mass Effect game,” then boy are you going to love Mass Effect: Andromeda. Game details Developer: BioWarePublisher: Electronic ArtsPlatform: Windows (reviewed), Xbox One, PS4Release Date: March 21, 2017ESRB Rating: MPEGI Rating: 16+Price: $59.99 (Standard Edition)Links: Store link | Official website I got the press review code for Andromeda on a Saturday, and the game unlocked that evening. “Perfect,” …

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Is Preet Bharara Trying to Tell Us Something?

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By Cezary Podkul, ProPublica Fired by President Donald Trump, Preet Bharara left behind a mysterious, thirteen-word message. “By the way, I know what the Moreland Commission must have felt like,” he tweeted last Sunday. Americans are getting used to deciphering the tweets of a president who eviscerates his enemies in 140 characters or less. So perhaps it’s inevitable that a public official whom he dismissed would fight back in the same way — and similarly raising questions about the tweeter’s intent and state of mind. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York said he could not elaborate on Bharara’s tweet. And the ex-prosecutor himself has made no further public comment, leaving those familiar …

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Suffolk Closeup Suffolk OTB gambles on video slots casino

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Suffolk County suddenly has gotten a major gambling casino smack in middle of the county — indeed, there’s no missing the just-opened Jake’s 58 Hotel and Casino along the Long Island Expressway. It had been the Islandia Marriott Long Island, at 10 stories with 227 rooms, a huge hotel for Suffolk. It was purchased by Delaware North which describes itself as a “global hospitality and food service company” and will be running it with the Suffolk County Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation. Jake’s 58 gets its name from the nearest LIE exit, 58, and the Jacobs family, owner of Buffalo-based Delaware North. It is a high-stake gamble for Suffolk OTB. As Newsday’s article was headlined last month, “Suffolk OTB counts on …

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Amid Economic Crisis, Anxiety Grows In Struggling Southern Brazilian State

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Enlarge this image Porto Alegre, one of Brazil’s most important commercial and industrial hubs, has declared itself in “financial calamity.” Brazil is in the midst of its longest and deepest recession. Philip Reeves/NPR hide caption toggle caption Philip Reeves/NPR Carlos Roberto Gomes spends his days leaning on a stone wall with a big, brightly colored sign around his neck. His sign advertises the services that he offers to passersby on the downtown street where he earns his living. It says that Gomes buys gold. He can fix you up with a tattoo or some body piercing. Read the sign closely, and you’ll also see that he might be willing to lop off your hair and purchase it from you. Top-quality …

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'Road kill' litters governor's alternative Facebook headline

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – (AP) — An alternative headline on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s Facebook page has been littered by “road kill.” The governor’s page altered a headline Tuesday from The Baltimore Sun and changed it back to the newspaper’s original one after a couple of hours. The headline referred to a bill before lawmakers that has been contentious for the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled legislature. Hogan has derisively called a law passed last year over his veto the “road kill bill,” because he says it will end up blocking projects. Doug Mayer, Hogan’s spokesman, says the headline change was “a staff mistake” that resulted after a staffer used a headline seen elsewhere. The Sun’s headline was changed to: “Maryland …

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Things to Know: 'Bathroom bill' poised to clear Texas Senate

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AUSTIN, Texas – (AP) — A North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” in Texas won preliminary approval Tuesday in the state Senate over the objections of big businesses including Amazon and American Airlines, celebrities such as Lady Gaga and warnings from the NFL and NBA. But the bill, which requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate, still faces big obstacles that could ultimately derail the proposal in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Here’s where the hot-button measure stands and what’s ahead: ___ AN EARLY SENATE VOTE Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who was the Texas chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year, has put what he calls “The Texas Privacy Act” at the top …

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The Latest: Storm bashes hole in Manasquan Inlet sea wall

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A worker plows a walkway on the Hudson River waterfront near Frank Sinatra Park, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Hoboken, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Credit: AP) POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. – (AP) — The Latest on winter weather in New Jersey (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A winter storm has damaged part of the sea wall at the Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach. Pounding surf at the point where the inlet becomes the Manasquan River bashed a 10-foot hole in the sea wall on Tuesday, destroying a park near a monument to fishermen who lost their lives at sea. The area near the U.S. Coast Guard station in Point Pleasant Beach was badly eroded by the surging water, and …

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Convoy leads toddler to medical procedure during Pennsylvania snowstorm

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DANVILLE, Pennsylvania — The coordination between different agencies during Tuesday’s winter storm helped get a young child to a lifesaving medical procedure. State Police coordinated with the Pa. National Guard and PennDOT to transport a 23-month-old child from Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono in East Stroudsburg to Geisinger Children’s Hospital in Danville for a medical procedure. “What happened was the child went to the hospital in East Stroudsburg and it was determined that he needed a heart transplant, and had to go back to Danville to Geisinger to get it,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. “And so, PennDOT led the way with a plow train, state police went with the group to make sure they were safe. The National Guard followed up …

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The Latest: Trump expected to roll back fuel economy rules

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White House Press secretary Sean Spicer speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Credit: AP) WASHINGTON – (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 5:40 p.m. President Donald Trump will travel to Michigan Wednesday, where he is expected to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to significantly increase the efficiency of cars and trucks built in the next decade. The fuel-economy standards were a key part of former President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat global warming. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt are expected to join …

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Convoy leads toddler to heart transplant during Pennsylvania snowstorm

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DANVILLE, Pennsylvania — The coordination between different agencies during Tuesday’s winter storm helped get a young child to a lifesaving medical procedure. State Police coordinated with the Pa. National Guard and PennDOT to transport a 23-month-old child from Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono in East Stroudsburg to Geisinger Children’s Hospital in Danville for a heart transplant. “What happened was the child went to the hospital in East Stroudsburg and it was determined that he needed a heart transplant, and had to go back to Danville to Geisinger to get it,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. “And so, PennDOT led the way with a plow train, state police went with the group to make sure they were safe. The National Guard followed up …

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What’s Next for Long Island? Rain, Wind & Falling Temps

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Long Island may have been spared the worst of the monstrous nor’easter whopping the East Coast but the wintry mix, strong wind gusts and impending plunging temperatures won’t make for a fun evening or, for that matter, a generally comfortable commute for those heading home. As day transitions to night on Long Island, residents can expect rain and breezy conditions with gusts of more than 30 miles per hour. Meanwhile, the temperature will drop to a low of 21, with the wind chill between 10 and 20 degrees, forecasters said. Officials throughout the day urged residents not to take the storm lightly, as the wintry mix that characterized most of the storm could transform into black ice. The message: don’t …

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The Unlikely Liberal Hero Adam Schiff Is Ready to Investigate Trump

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Appalled by President Trump’s muted response to the Russian cyber attack, Adam Schiff has emerged as an unexpected face of Democratic resistance to the new Administration. CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY BILL CLARK / CQ ROLL CALL / GETTY On Monday, March 20th, the House intelligence committee will hold its first open hearing on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 Presidential campaign. Because Republican leaders in the House and Senate have blocked any attempt at forming an independent committee modelled on the bipartisan 9/11 Commission to dig into the Russian cyber attack, the intelligence committee’s investigation may be the only chance Americans have at receiving a comprehensive report on the breadth of the Russian hacking. The top Democrat on the committee is Adam Schiff, …

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NY Governor Details Heavy Snowfall Impacts

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says National Guard members and snow-removal equipment are being moved upstate from the New York City area now that the storm has shifted. (March 14) Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNews The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. AP is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information.Today, AP …

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Senior UK central banker quits over disclosure failings

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FILE – Feb. 28, 2017 file photo of the Bank of England’s newly appointed deputy governor Charlotte Hogg. Hogg resigned Tuesday March 14, 2017 following a conflict of interest allegation. (PA via AP) (Credit: AP) LONDON – (AP) — The Bank of England’s newly appointed deputy governor, Charlotte Hogg, has resigned amid criticism that she broke internal rules by failing to declare that her brother held a senior position at London-based Barclays. The central bank released Hogg’s letter of resignation Tuesday as a parliamentary committee published a report challenging her “professional competence” in light of her failure to meet the bank’s internal requirements. The problem was compounded by the fact that her role would have required monitoring transparency. The central …

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Riverhead braces for major snowstorm Tuesday, eight to 12 inches expected

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With a potentially major snowstorm on Long Island’s doorstep, Riverhead schools and businesses are closing tomorrow in anticipation of dangerous travel conditions, 55 mile-per-hour wind gusts and possible power outages. The storm, which is forecast to bring between eight and 12 inches of snow to the East End, will be accompanied by high winds and snowfall rates of two to four inches per hour at its peak, according to the National Weather Service forecast. A winter storm warning is in effect for the East End of Long Island from 12 a.m. Tuesday morning until 12 a.m. Wednesday. “Everyone needs to stay off the roads tomorrow,” said Gio Woodson, Riverhead Town Highway Superintendent. “It’s hard enough doing this job without having …

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Board to Puerto Rico: Cut pension system, impose furloughs

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – (AP) — A federal control board on Monday said Puerto Rico’s government needs to cut its public pension system by 10 percent, furlough tens of thousands of its workers and eliminate Christmas bonuses if it cannot generate other types of savings amid a nearly decade-long recession. The seven-member board created by Congress last year to oversee the U.S. territory’s finances voted unanimously to add those measures to a 10-year fiscal plan presented by the island’s governor. The measures will be implemented if the government fails to find other ways to cut spending and increase revenue. Board members said the spending cuts will be necessary so the government will have enough funds to pay for essential …

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Pilgrim innovations trim energy costs, emissions

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A relatively small footnote in New York State’s energy-efficiency annals will deliver lasting benefits to taxpayers and the air they breathe. A $1 million “energy-saving project” has been completed at the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, a 290-bed inpatient and outpatient facility located in Brentwood. The innovations – including enhanced boiler controls, high-efficiency outdoor lighting and improvements to the complex’s air-handling system – are projected to save $114,000 in annual energy costs at the state-funded psychiatric center. Richard Kauffman: Reduced interest. They’ll also remove nearly 500 tons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere annually, equivalent to zapping about 100 cars from state roads, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. The New York Power Authority financed …

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Toyota Prius Prime and VICE honor Humans of the Year

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Presented by Toyota “Prime” means the best of the best, the top of the heap, the first among equals. That’s clearly one of the reasons why Toyota named its latest Prius model the “Prime.” The company calls its ecological hero the most technologically advanced Toyota Prius in the model’s nearly two-decade global history. To celebrate its cutting-edge innovation, alongside the world-changing engineering and technology that goes into the 2017 Prius Prime, the company partnered with VICE to name and honor Humans of the Year: leaders in their industries working to make a powerful, world-changing impact on the global environment, who don’t make the news as often as they should. From scientists researching Mars missions and the human brain to spies …

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Agriculture nominee to distance himself from businesses

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(AP) — Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue says he will step down from several positions at companies bearing his name, restructure family trusts and create blind trusts to avoid a conflict of interest if he is confirmed. In a written agreement with a government ethics agency, the former Georgia governor said he will step down from positions at the National Grain and Feed Association… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Governor Cuomo Announces $5 Million Tech Training Fund and Inaugural Meeting of New York Tech Workforce Task Force

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced decisive actions to advance the tech economy and grow the State’s 21st century workforce. Albany, NY – March 10, 2017 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced decisive actions to advance the tech economy and grow the State’s 21st century workforce. New York’s first Tech Training Fund will award up to $5 million to tech training providers working to equip New Yorkers for technology jobs across the state. The request for proposals process will open next week. The Governor also announced the New York Tech Workforce Task Force will convene in April 2017 to begin efforts to modernize K-12 and college curricula and deliver recommendations to realign workforce efforts to meet the needs of the …

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Candidates on economy: 'Innovation,' 'red tape,' few details

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(AP) — Democratic and Republican candidates competing to succeed Gov. Chris Christie are leaning heavily on their biographical backgrounds in their sales pitches to voters. But when it comes to issues facing New Jersey, the state’s economy is emerging at the top of the list. The candidates for governor have laid out an array of ideas on the economy, but many of the proposals are vague. Experts… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Pence appeals for complete GOP support for health overhaul

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Harshaw Trane Parts and Distribution Center, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. Pence said that the so-called Obamacare law had failed the nation and the Trump administration would need the backing of rank-and-file Republicans to pass their health care overhaul. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence appealed for total GOP congressional support for a White House-backed health overhaul during a brief visit Saturday to Kentucky, where the Republican governor and junior senator are among the plan’s skeptics. “This is going to be a battle in Washington, D.C. And for us to seize this opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all, we need every… …

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Pence Touts Health Care Overhaul in Kentucky

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Vice President Mike Pence is taking the Trump administration’s case for a health care overhaul to Kentucky, where the governor is unimpressed with the current proposal to replace the Obama-era law. (March 11) Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNews The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. AP is the largest and most trusted source of …

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Pence heads to Kentucky, continues as chief salesman to repeal Obamacare

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence is taking the Trump administration’s case for a health care overhaul to Kentucky, where one of the state’s GOP senators has been a leading critic of the White House-backed overhaul and the governor is unimpressed with the current proposal to replace the Obama-era law. Pence planned to tour an energy services company Saturday with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, part of an effort to reassure conservatives who have raised objections to the House GOP health care proposal that would scrap former President Barack Obama’s law. Pence has been the chief salesman for President Donald Trump’s push to repeal and replace the law. The House is expected to vote on the bill in less than two …

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Vigil held against hate crimes at UWS Unitarian Universalist church

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UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) — There was an act of peaceful resistance Friday night at a church in Manhattan with a long history of working for social justice. A church that 10 days ago had swastikas carved into its front doors. A diverse group came together at the Unitarian Universalist Church on the Upper West Side on Central Park West. “I hope there’s a new renewed sense that people aren’t alone, that we’re in this together. And my hope that there is real connections that are formed here that allow us to get together in the coming weeks and months to organize together,” Rev. Schuyler Vogel said. The reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction of …

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APNewsBreak: Illinois official's pay was tied to health fund

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/ Go to Source Article FILE – This Aug. 17, 2016, file photo shows former Republican Illinois state Comptroller Leslie Munger in Springfield, Ill. Munger, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new deputy governor, a political ally, is scheduled to be paid in part from an employee health care account that is more than $4 billion in arrears by the state’s budget crisis, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration had arranged to pay a new deputy governor out of an employee health care account that is more than $4 billion behind on its bills due to the state’s budget crisis, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. …

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Latinos Feel the Sting of Trump’s Presidency

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/ Go to Source Article Immigrant workers at a strawberry farm in California. CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY JEFF SINGER / REDUX Five years ago, before Latino people worried much about Donald Trump, Oscar Saldivar stood in my living room in Los Angeles and told me a story. He began to weep. Saldivar is a building contractor and a Mexican immigrant. I had hired his construction company to add a room to my home. We’re both fluent Spanish speakers with roots in Latin America, and we were chatting in that language about his life and mine. He told me he had recently visited a hardware store in the San Fernando Valley where immigrant day laborers seek work, and had come upon a group of …

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pitches $1.4 billion plan to 'transform' Brooklyn

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/ Go to Source Article NEW YORK — New York’s governor is proposing an ambitious $1.4 billion plan to address chronic problems in central Brooklyn. Democrat Andrew Cuomo detailed the proposal Thursday at Medgar Evers College. Called “Vital Brooklyn,” the plan includes investments in health care services, affordable housing and recreation along with funding to address violence and malnutrition. Cuomo says a comprehensive approach to problems like unemployment, violence, obesity and poverty is what it will take to revitalize the borough’s central neighborhoods. Specifically, the plan calls for 3,000 new multi-family units, $700 million for community health care clinics and programs, five acres of new recreation space and programs to help young people stay out of trouble and learn job …

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Jewish Children's Museum in Brooklyn evacuated after bomb threat

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/ Go to Source Article CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) — The Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn was evacuated Thursday morning after an apparent bomb threat. Eyewitness News is told the threats were made both via email and phone to the building in Crown Heights. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office sent a tweet that the governor was briefed at the scene.The building was evacuated as a precaution, but the museum was not yet open. Amid a sharp increase in threats made to Jewish institutions and the Anti-Defamation League, the NYPD is advising a measured response in most cases, including conducting searches rather than immediately evacuating an entire building. They say the evacuation and fear it instills is considered a payoff …

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Jon Huntsman: Trump's pick as U.S. ambassador to Russia

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/ Go to Source Article Former Utah governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. is President Trump’s choice to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia, White House officials said on Wednesday. Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at http://usat.ly/2n0QFMv ***************************************************************************Want even more?Subscribe to USA TODAY’s YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/USATODAY…Like USA TODAY on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/usatodayFollow USA TODAY on Twitter: https://twitter.com/USATODAYFollow USA TODAY on Instagram: https://instagram.com/usatoday/

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Report: Kansas governor in line for agriculture job in Rome

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/ Go to Source Article (AP) — A public radio report says Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will be named to an ambassadorship in Rome representing the U.S. at United Nations agricultural organizations. The Associated Press could not confirm the Kansas Public Radio report Wednesday, which cited an anonymous former high-ranking government official as it source. The report said Brownback would be named U.S. ambassador… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Texas senate panel passes North Carolina-like 'bathroom bill'

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/ Go to Source Article AUSTIN, Texas — A North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” has cleared a first vote in Texas after 13 consecutive hours of public comment dominated by transgender-rights supporters who oppose the measure. A Senate committee early Wednesday advanced the proposal that would require people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates. The bill has drawn backlash from big businesses including Google and the NFL. The 7-1 vote came nearly 21 hours after the start of the hearing that packed the Texas Capitol. Parents of transgender schoolchildren were among more than 400 people who signed up to give often emotional testimony. Republicans pushing the bill say they’re trying to protect women’s privacy …

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New Orleans pardons crawfish for the first time

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/ Go to Source Article The lieutenant governor of Louisiana pardoned a crawfish to officially kick off crawfish season.

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Dakota Access Pipeline Court Challenge Denied, Oil Could Flow As Soon As Next Week

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/ Go to Source Article Enlarge this image A protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 4 in New York City. Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images A federal judge has denied a request by the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River tribes to halt construction of the final piece of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In a decision on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied the tribe’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the pipeline company. The tribes are arguing that the completion of the pipeline construction just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation endangers their drinking water source, part of the Missouri River called Lake Oahe, and that the pipeline has damaged …

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Governor Cuomo Announces New Campaign to Install Charging Stations and Promote Electric Vehicle Use Across NYS

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/ Go to Source Article Governor Cuomo announced a new electric vehicle campaign that includes the installation of charging stations, incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive electric vehicles and extensive public education and outreach. Albany, NY – March 6, 2017 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new electric vehicle campaign that includes the installation of charging stations, incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive electric vehicles and extensive public education and outreach. The increased use of electric vehicles will help the state in achieving its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. The campaign, which supports the Governor’s Charge NY initiative, will be overseen by the New York State Energy Research and Development …

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Maryland governor declares state of emergency in fight against opioid crisis

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/ Go to Source Article FNC medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel on what is needed to win the battle against the opioid epidemic.

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White House aides defend Trump allegation of Obama wiretap

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/ Go to Source Article WASHINGTON — White House officials on Monday defended President Donald Trump’s explosive claim that Barack Obama tapped Trump’s telephones during last year’s election, although they won’t say where that information came from and left open the possibility that it isn’t true. In televised interviews, Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump firmly believes the allegations he made on Twitter over the weekend. The aides said any ambiguity surrounding the issue is all the more reason for Congress to investigate the matter. “We’d like to know for sure,” Sanders, deputy White House press secretary, told NBC’s “Today” show. The House and Senate intelligence committees, and the FBI, are investigating contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russian …

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Congress to investigate Trump allegation of Obama wiretap

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/ Go to Source Article WASHINGTON — Key members of Congress say they will honor President Donald Trump’s request to investigate his unsubstantiated claim that Barack Obama overstepped his authority as president and had Trump’s telephones tapped during the election campaign. A U.S. official said the FBI has asked the Justice Department to dispute Trump’s allegation, though no such statement has been issued. Obama’s intelligence director also said no such action was ever carried out. Trump’s startling claim of presidential abuse of power, made without evidence in a series of tweets early Saturday, capped a week in which the positive reaction to his address to Congress quickly evaporated amid the swirl of allegations – and revelations – about contacts between …

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New York ski resorts aim for 100 percent renewable energy

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/ Go to Source Article (AP) — New York’s three state-owned ski resorts are pledging to generate 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2030. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the commitment to transition Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface ski areas to 100 percent renewables is part of a broader state push to ramp up the use of clean energy, like wind and solar. The Democratic governor has committed… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Federal Reserve official warns of digital currency’s risks

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/ Go to Source Article (Reuters) – A top U.S. Federal Reserve official on Friday raised caution about central banks issuing digital currencies as they are vulnerable to cyber attacks and criminal activities along with privacy issues that still need to be addressed. “A digital currency issued by a central bank would be a global target for cyber attacks, cyber counterfeiting, and cyber theft,” Fed Governor Jerome Powell said in prepared remarks at a conference held at the Yale Law School on payment technology. A digital currency such as bitcoin would be a “prime target” for global criminal activities including money laundering, Powell said. He added central banks would need to keep track of digital currency issuance but could raise …

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Trump: Not to blame for 'sad end' to 'Celebrity Apprentice'

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/ Go to Source Article This Dec. 9, 2016 image released by NBC shows Arnold Schwarzenegger, the new boss of “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” at a press junket in Universal City, Calif. Schwarzenegger said Friday that he’s through with “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” and he’s blaming President Donald Trump for the television reality show’s recent poor performance. The former California governor said he wouldn’t mind working with NBC and producer Mark Burnett again “on a show that doesn’t have this baggage.” (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP) (Credit: AP) (AP) — In typical Donald Trump fashion, the president tweeted Saturday that his replacement at the “The New Celebrity Apprentice” reality television show is to blame for its poor ratings and not, as …

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Schwarzenegger on 'Celebrity Apprentice': I quit

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/ Go to Source Article NEW YORK — Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that he’s through with “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” and he’s blaming President Donald Trump for the television reality show’s recent poor performance. The former California governor said he wouldn’t mind working with NBC and producer Mark Burnett again “on a show that doesn’t have this baggage.” Schwarzenegger replaced the president as host of the show, but Trump remained as an executive producer. The president taunted Schwarzenegger for the show’s recent poor performance in the ratings, even mocking him during an address at the National Prayer Breakfast. The show, which wrapped up its 15th season last month, averaged fewer than 5 million viewers per episode. That was lower than …

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The Golden Age of Email Hacks Is Only Getting Started

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/ Go to Source Article As governor of Indiana, Mike Pence conducted state business using his personal email account. An AOL account. So of course someone hacked it. With a phishing scam. This story offers no end of rolling punchlines, the kicker being the vitriol the vice president showed during the campaign toward Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. More importantly, as the Indianapolis Star first reported, it represents a troubling security lapse by a high-ranking public official. The batch of emails released by the state of Indiana reveals that Pence’s AOL inbox hosted plenty of sensitive material, up to and including the arrests of terror suspects. You can pull any number of threads here, split all kinds of hairs about the relative vulnerabilities …

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VP Mike Pence defends his use of private email as Indiana governor

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/ Go to Source Article Vice President Mike Pence defended himself Friday after it was revealed he used a private AOL email account to conduct official state business while serving as governor of Indiana. CBSN’s Reena Ninan and Tony Dokoupil have the details. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and …

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Schwarzenegger won't return to 'Apprentice'

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/ Go to Source Article The actor and former California governor hosted this season’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which took a ratings hit. Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/67523/ Find more videos like this at www.newsy.com Follow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideos

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Pence defends use of private email account as governor

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/ Go to Source Article The vice president said he “fully complied” with Indiana laws.

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VP Mike Pence used private AOL email to conduct state business

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/ Go to Source Article WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct public business as Indiana’s governor, according to public records obtained by the Indianapolis Star. The newspaper reported Thursday that emails provided through a public records request show that Pence communicated with advisers through his personal AOL account on homeland security matters and security at the governor’s residence during his four years as governor. The governor also faced email security issues. Pence’s AOL account was subjected to a phishing scheme last spring, before he was chosen by Donald Trump to join the GOP presidential ticket. Pence’s contacts were sent an email falsely claiming that the governor and his wife were stranded in the …

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Pence Responds To Use Of Private Email Account

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/ Go to Source Article Vice President Mike Pence after said he is in full compliance with Indiana’s laws after public records revealed that he used a private email account to conduct public business as Indiana’s governor. (March 3) Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNews The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. AP is the …

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Fundraising innovation: Less risk in games of chance

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/ Go to Source Article By SEAN WILKINSON, CPA // Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes to remove the red tape restricting nonprofit organizations’ fundraising efforts through raffles and other games of chance. The FY2018 Executive Budget will update outdated bureaucratic laws that will increase the potential of charitable organizations searching for support. Organizations that depend on these revenue-generating streams will benefit tremendously in the years to come. Sean Wilkinson: Game on, governor. For example, the American Legion, a veteran’s organization, currently raises money by selling pull-tabs, operating bingo games and selling virtual racing tickets for virtual horses, cars or dogs. Funds raised are donated toward a variety of programs such as veterans’ programs, Girl Scouts, sponsored youth events and more. Governor …

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Alaska’s Pebble Mine and the Legend of Trump’s Gold

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/ Go to Source Article The company developing the Pebble Mine, in southwest Alaska, sees a promising future for itself under the Trump Administration, but Wall Street disagrees.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY AL GRILLO / AP Last summer, I walked alone across a magnificent slice of southwest Alaska, over hilly tundra pocked with lakes and ponds and sliced through by meandering creeks. There were caribou and eagles, wolves and bears, and just then millions of sockeye salmon were surging up from Bristol Bay to spawn in one of the world’s last great wild nurseries. But there were also metal pipes jutting out of the ground every few hundred yards, scattered like tombstones across the landscape. They marked the locations of some of the …

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Vandals Hit Jewish Cemetery in Rochester, NY

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/ Go to Source Article As many as 16 headstones were damaged this week inside a Jewish cemetery in Rochester. New York’s governor has ordered the state police’s Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate. (March 3) Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNews The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. AP is the largest and most …

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I’m Marching to Fight the Alarming War on Science. Join Me

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/ Go to Source Article Two new public marches and demonstrations focused on science and climate change have been scheduled for April. I plan to be at both. WIRED OPINION About Peter Gleick (@petergleick) is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, a MacArthur Fellow, and a hydroclimatologist. A disturbing array of fundamental social and human values are under assault in the United States. These values—basic human rights, amicable international relationships, environmental justice, free speech, separation of church and state, an open and independent media, and more—form the bedrock of what makes our country special. Yet these values are being undermined in an unprecedented assault by the Trump administration and by politicians who see an opportunity for an …

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Governor Cuomo Announces New Features to New York State Veterans' Mobile App to Improve Veteran Support

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/ Go to Source Article Governor Cuomo announced a number of new high-tech features to the NYS Veterans’ App that will improve access to state programs and services for veterans and their families. Albany, NY – March 2, 2017 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a number of new high-tech features to the New York State Veterans’ App that will improve access to state programs and services for veterans and their families. In February 2016, New York launched a free mobile app to help the state’s 834,000 veterans, along with their family members, to conveniently connect with valuable services and programs in their local communities. “These new features will help make it easier and more convenient for New York veterans to learn …

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AP Top Stories March 3 A

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/ Go to Source Article Here’s the latest for Friday, March 3rd: Sessions recuses self from Russia investigation; Newspaper reports Pence used private email for state business as Governor; Perry, Carson sworn in to cabinet; Powerful winds hit New England. Stay up to date with daily round ups: http://smarturl.it/APTopStoriesSubscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. AP …

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Celebration of unity held on Long Island after JCC bomb threats

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/ Go to Source Article PLAINVIEW, Long Island (WABC) — A celebration of unity was held on Long Island Thursday night after Jewish Community Centers across the country and in the tristate area were the target of bomb threats. A candlelight vigil took place at the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview which was threatened on January 18th. An interfaith coalition is condemning the rise in anti-Semitic threats. In New Jersey Friday, Governor Chris Christie will be among those gathering at a vigil at a JCC in Tenafly. (Copyright ©2017 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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VP Pence's private email use under fire

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/ Go to Source Article Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account for official business during his time as Indiana governor. Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/67506/ Find more videos like this at www.newsy.com Follow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideos

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Rick Perry Sworn In As Energy Secretary

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/ Go to Source Article Enlarge this image Energy Secretary Rick Perry was sworn in Thursday, apparently having come to terms with heading the agency he once wanted to abolish. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is now the 14th U.S. Secretary of Energy, despite having once pledged to eliminate the Department of Energy. Or at least, he tried to pledge to eliminate the department — including once when he couldn’t think of its name. Perry was confirmed Thursday by the Senate in a 62-37 vote. During his confirmation hearing, Perry said, “My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking.” That …

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Moody’s Investors Service Report

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Man loses husband, father in Illinois tornado

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/ Go to Source Article OTTAWA, Illinois — Two people died in Ottawa, Illinois, after a tree fell on them as a tornado passed through the town Tuesday night. The LaSalle and Peoria county coroner’s offices identified the two victims as 76-year-old Wayne Tuntland, of Ottawa, and 31-year-old David Johnson, of the 400-block of State Street in Ottawa. Tuntland, his son and Johnson, his son’s spouse, were working in their backyard when a tree uprooted by the tornado landed on them. Tuntland was crushed by the tree and died at the scene. Johnson suffered severe head trauma and was transported to OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa. He was then transferred by Life Flight Helicopter to OSF Saint Francis …

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Senator Boyle Announces High-Speed Broadband for Babylon Town Barrier Beaches

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/ Go to Source Article NYS Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County) today announced that a state-awarded project will bring high-speed broadband to the Town of Babylon’s Barrier Beaches. Bay Shore, NY – March 1,  2017 – New York State Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County) today announced that a state-awarded project will bring high-speed broadband to the Town of Babylon’s Barrier Beaches. The New NY Broadband Program’s Round II Grants recently awarded $867,281 to Altice N.V., and leveraged $216,821 in privately matched funds, for a total public-private investment of just over $1 million to bring Captree Island, Oak Island, Oak Beach, Gilgo Beach, and West Gilgo Beach into the digital world. Senator Boyle said, “This is a big victory …

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Michigan Ends Water Subsidies To Flint Despite Mayor's Opposition

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/ Go to Source Article Enlarge this image The Flint Water Plant water tower in Flint, Mich. The state has paid more than $40 million in credits for the unsafe water in an effort to ease the burden for residents. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption toggle caption Carlos Osorio/AP Starting today, the people of Flint, Mich., will have to bear the full cost of the water flowing through their pipes. It’s a frustrating prospect for Flint residents, who have been struggling with a crisis over lead-laced water that started nearly three years ago. “We have seniors that are already making decisions between buying medication or paying their water bill,” as one Flint resident told Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody. For about a …

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$1.5 billion expansion of Jacob Javits Center underway in Manhattan

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/ Go to Source Article NEW YORK (WABC) — The gleaming new expansion of the Jacob Javits Center will take on a modern state of the art look. There will be more space and new jobs. New opportunities for New York City, officials say, in attracting the highly competitive convention business. “The kind of convention center that brings business to New York from around the world,” said Howard Zemsky, Pres. Empire State Development. Breaking ground on the new expansion, Governor Andrew Cuomo believes the project is needed for New York to stay competitive. “If you want to be a major player as a convention center it’s a significant commitment and a significant undertaking,” Governor Cuomo said. Opening in 1986 when …

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Cuomo calls for special elections for 2 legislative seats

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/ Go to Source Article New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling a special election for this spring to fill two empty legislative seats. The Democratic governor told reporters Tuesday that he wants the special election to be held May 23. The winners of the two races will fill legislative seats formerly held by Democratic Sen. Bill Perkins of Harlem and Republican Assemblyman Joseph Saladino of Long Island. Perkins was elected to the New York City Council and Saladino was picked to serve as town supervisor of Oyster Bay. Share this:

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Scores of vehicles egged by vandals in North Brunswick

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/ Go to Source Article NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (WABC) — A town in New Jersey is under assault. The weapon are eggs. A never-ending supply of them is being thrown by suspects that are targeting cars. Now officers in the town of North Brunswick are scrambling to find these egg vandals. “I tried scraping it off,” said Akshi Patel, egging victim. These are not the kind of eggs you want first thing in the morning. For about a week, residents in North Brunswick have been greeted by eggs on their cars. They are caked on, with runny yolks and shells everywhere. There was even a whole egg that landed on the grass. “I was told not to leave on …

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Democratic response to Trump speech

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/ Go to Source Article Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear gave the Democratic response to President Trump’s speech to Congress, criticizing the president for loading up his Cabinet with Wall Street insiders. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS …

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New York State Legislature to hold public hearing on Indian Point shutdown

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/ Go to Source Article ALBANY, New York (WABC) — The New York Legislature will meet on Tuesday at a public hearing on the impact of the shutdown of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. The shutdown, which will occur by April 2021, was announced last month by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Tuesday’s hearing is slated to evaluate the shutdown’s impact on electrical grid reliability, jobs and local tax revenue, and the details on how the site will be decommissioned. Indian Point currently produces approximately 25 percent of the electricity used in New York City and Westchester County. (Copyright ©2017 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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Puerto Rico governor announces new measures to fight crisis

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/ Go to Source Article February 28, 2017 7:18 PMBy The Associated Press   By DANICA COTO (Associated Press) (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor announced Tuesday that he will eliminate subsidies, shrink the number of public agencies by nearly 75 percent and increase the cost of some government services to reduce spending and boost revenue as ordered by a federal control board amid an economic recession. Gov. Ricardo Rossello outlined those and other planned changes during his first state of the union… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie unveils $35.5 billion spending plan in final budget

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/ Go to Source Article TRENTON, New Jersey — Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday proposed a $35.5 billion budget for New Jersey, although he failed to include a sweeping education funding overhaul he touted last year. Christie unveiled the proposal before the Democrat-led Legislature in his final address as governor outlining the state’s spending blueprint. Christie is term limited and is set to leave office in January. Christie’s 2018 budget is 2.6 percent larger than last year’s $34.6 billion plan.The budget leaves most spending flat, but includes a more than $600 million increase in the state’s public pension payment, from $1.9 billion in the current fiscal year to $2.5 billion. Christie touts the change as a record for New …

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie set to unveil final budget proposal

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/ Go to Source Article TRENTON, New Jersey — Republican Chris Christie is set to unveil his final budget proposal as governor. Christie will deliver his budget address Tuesday to the Democrat-led Legislature. The current fiscal year’s $34.5 billion budget expires June 30. Unlike last year when Christie and lawmakers faced an impasse over transportation funding, this year’s spending blueprint lacks the same drama. Christie’s proposal also comes as the contest to succeed him is well underway, and as he begins to consider what’s next in his own career. Christie has indicated he plans to make the state’s public pension payment. One question that could be answered Tuesday is whether the two-term, term-limited governor will put forward his so-called fairness …

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Donald Trump Learns That Reforming Health Care Is “Complicated”

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/ Go to Source Article Trump’s White House is staffed with political neophytes, and the President himself is so inexperienced that he only yesterday determined that health care is a “complicated” issue.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY EVAN VUCCI / AP “I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” President Donald Trump told a group of governors at the White House yesterday. “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” Trump is not an overly complicated rhetorician. He uses a few key phrases—call them Trumpisms—to convey ideas that he wants listeners to believe are universal. When he uses the often mocked expressions “many people are saying” or “a lot of people think,” for example, what he really means is that he …

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Cuomo Calls for Probe Into Latest Wave of JCC Threats

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/ Go to Source Article Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday directed state authorities to investigate bomb threats made to a handful of New York’s Jewish Community Centers, including one on Long Island that was targeted Monday morning. The governor is ordering State police to collaborate with local and federal agencies to investigate the threats and arrest those responsible. The rash of threats, which began nationwide in January, has unnerved Jewish communities—a religious group that is consistently the target of the most hate crimes, according to FBI statistics. “I share the pain and the outrage of so many New Yorkers who are affected directly and those who are sickened by watching these attacks unfold,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We will …

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Trump nominee for ambassador to China expected to improve bilateral relations

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/ Go to Source Article In December, President Donald Trump nominated the Governor of the state of Iowa, Terry Branstad, and he continues to promote his choice.

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Flood-Prone Nassau Expressway to Get $130M Overhaul, Cuomo Says

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/ Go to Source Article Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that a flood-prone section of Nassau Expressway in the Five Towns will be rehabilitated sooner than expected and that the state would pour $130 million into the project. Nassau Expressway, also known as Route 878, runs from western Nassau County into Queens, carries 56,000 vehicles daily and is a designated evacuation route for more than 400,000 people. The plan, which was borne out of post-Superstorm Sandy NY Rising discussions, calls for the beleaguered one-mile stretch to be elevated to mitigate flooding while improving upon existing drainage. Cuomo said the project would be fast-tracked to begin in 2019 as opposed to its original start date of 2025. The governor was critical …