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Middle school sub accused of sexually abusing 2 girls

Associated Press

(AP) — A Long Island substitute teacher has been accused of sexually abusing two girls in his classroom.

Police say James Servin was arrested Thursday. He's to be arraigned Friday in Hempstead on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, forcible touching and sexual abuse.

Police Chief James Salerno says it allegedly happened last month at Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School in the Nassau County hamlet of Port Washington.

113-foot blade falls off New York windmill, lands in field

FENNER, N.Y. (AP) — An energy company says it's trying to determine why a 113-foot-long blade fell off a windmill in central New York.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (bit.ly/1SLu5kk) that officials in the Madison County town of Fenner say it appears the blade fell off Thursday morning at Enel Green Power-North America's wind farm. The blade landed near the 200-foot-tall structure located in a field.

Town official say they believe a bolt may have failed on the 187-ton windmill, one of 20 located at the Fenner Wind Farm, which was built in 2001 on a hill 15 miles east of Syracuse.

Local officials say the windmill that lost the blade is the same one that collapsed in December 2009.

Company officials say they're working with the turbine supplier to investigate what happened.

Western New York postal carrier admits to role in drug ring

Associated Press

(AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 26-year-old western New York postal carrier has pleaded guilty to her role in a drug distribution ring.

Briana Fugate has admitted she carried boxes of drugs shipped to specific addresses and passed them to other members of a drug-trafficking ring for money. Authorities announced Thursday that she pleaded guilty in federal court in Buffalo to bribery, marijuana distribution and delay of mail.

What’s the catch? NNY schools left wondering if new aid will help or hurt

- Watertown Daily Times

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed aid increase could be further undercut by a new aid category that could hurt schools more than help them, area school leaders said.

As part of the governor’s proposed $2.1 billion increase over the next two years, which has been criticized for being a lower yearly increase than the last two years, a category for community school aid will be opened to many Northern New York schools.

Since Mr. Cuomo’s announcement in early January, school administrators and state legislators have been left wondering how the new aid category could be used.

NYPA takes public comment on hydropower allocation contract for Alcoa

- Massena Daily Courier

MASSENA — Alcoa officials said Thursday that they value the opportunity to receive low-cost hydropower from the New York Power Authority in exchange for maintaining their operation in Massena.

“We recognize that New York has the opportunity to make this investment in a number of different places across the state, and we are grateful that you have chosen to make it here in Massena,” Robert Lenney, Alcoa Massena Operations smelting and location manager said during a public hearing held by NYPA on the proposed contract for the sale of hydropower to Alcoa.

Court upholds Gouverneur man’s 21-year prison sentence for killing infant

- Massena Daily Courier

CANTON — A state appellate court Thursday upheld the conviction and 21-year state prison sentence of a former Gouverneur man who killed his ex-fiancee’s infant in 2013.

Gary L. McKenzie II, 24, is serving his sentence at Attica Correctional Facility after pleading guilty in St. Lawrence County Court in May 2014 to first-degree manslaughter. McKenzie admitted that he caused the death of 7-month-old Braylin W. Chambers on July 16, 2013.

Gillibrand, Schumer announce employee-assistance benefits for Alcoa workers


MASSENA — U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer jointly announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Labor has approved Trade Adjustment Assistance certification for laid-off workers of Alcoa.

The decision will allow up to 205 workers, including those laid off in prior rounds of Alcoa cutbacks in Massena, to receive a number of program benefits.

“I fought to get this federal assistance for Alcoa workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own and now deserve every opportunity to get the retraining and the support they need to find their next job and continue providing for their families,” said Sen. Gillibrand in a Thursday news release. “This Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance will provide Alcoa workers with new training and help them acquire the right skills to find new jobs. These workers should have never been faced with this problem in the first place and I’ll continue fighting to make sure they have every available resource to find new jobs and succeed.”

Northern New Yorkers have one year until 10-digit dialing takes effect

- Massena Daily Courier

Roughly a year from now, residents across Northern New York will need to always dial an area code — 315 or the new 680 — when making local calls.

Starting Feb. 11, 2017, all people who live within the 315 service area will need to dial 10 digits (area code plus number) for every local call they make; currently, any telephone with a 315 area code that dials another number in the same area code only needs to use seven digits.

U.S. payday lending crackdown brings race car driver's arrest

- Reuters

U.S. authorities on Wednesday launched a broad offensive against abusive online pay lenders, arresting three people tied to the industry, including a race car driver, for allegedly exploiting more than 5 million cash-strapped consumers.

Prosecutors said Scott Tucker, who competes on U.S. and European racing circuits, ran a $2 billion enterprise that used sham relationships with Native American tribes to claim immunity from state enforcement actions over its lending practices.

Indian treaty enforcement could benefit from Oregon occupation

Albert Bender - People"s World

I will not dwell on the on the Oregon takeover, insofar as the occupiers are concerned. But, unwittingly, what they have done could be of benefit to the Indian Treaty movement. This is because of the treaties that have remained unratified by the U.S. government. (This article does not delve into other paramount issues such as: treaty enforcement, treaty protection, expansion of treaty sovereignty, renegotiation of treaties, the making of new treaties and the violations of the agreements already in existence, by the federal government. Of the 371 treaties made between the U.S. and Native nations, all have been violated by the feds.)

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