Media Coverage

Hundreds arrested and one death during Phish weekend at SPAC

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Over the course of the three-day Phish concert held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy says hundreds of arrests were made and one person died from a drug overdose.

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Body recovered from lower Niagara River

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

NYS Park Police have recovered a body from the lower Niagara River near Devil's Hole.

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, authorities were called to the fishing docks near the Power Authority. Crews remain on scene at this time. So far, the body has not been identified.

It is possible that the body belongs to a 23-year-old UB student who is presumed drowned after falling into river, or a woman who committed suicide and was swept over the falls.

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Park police attempt to crack down on illegal activity at SPAC during Phish weekend

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Phish “phans” streamed into the city over the weekend, stretching their celebration from Saratoga Lake to Saratoga Spa State Park.

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State Park Police say UB student fell in river Saturday as search continues

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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Governor Cuomo signs amendment to NY Safe Act for retired police officers

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The PBA is pleased to report that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new law exempting law enforcement retirees from certain provisions of the SAFE Act, namely those provisions restricting ammunition capacity.  The PBA, led by President Manny Vilar, joined other law enforcement organizations in intense lobbying on this issue and we are happy to achieve the very goal our members requested.  You can read more about the Governor’s signing here.

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Wilderness Rescue on Nippletop Mountain

Monday, July 08, 2013

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Police continue the search for woman in Hempstead park

Monday, July 08, 2013

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Police, FBI, Forest Rangers searching for missing Utica boy in the town of Marcy

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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Fort Plain woman remains missing after flash flooding

Monday, July 01, 2013

A Fort Plain woman was missing after flash flooding tore through parts of upstate New York, including Herkimer and Montgomery counties, officials said Saturday.

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Oswego County Search and Rescue Academy Graduates 15

Monday, July 01, 2013

Fifteen students of the county’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Academy recently completed their final field testing and certification, culminating classroom and field work that started in March and entailed more than 90 hours of instruction.

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University Police Departmen makes arrest in South Campus robbery

Monday, July 01, 2013

University Police arrested 26-year-old Jonathan A. Huitt and charged him with the early-morning robbery of a Buffalo woman on her way to work Wednesday.

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New Hyde Park Man Sentenced for Setting Upstate Fire

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Lance G. Muckenhaupt to serve 60 day prison sentence on weekends, pay $28,000 in restitution.

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Owner And Driver Indicted On Felony Environmental Crimes

Friday, June 28, 2013

Attorney General Schneiderman Busts Owner Of Brooklyn Oil Tank Cleaning Company And Driver For Abandoning Five Tanker Trailers Filled With Waste Oil On Brooklyn Streets

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Other news pieces on this story are found in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the Wall Street Journal.

 

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Kings County DA Announces $2.8 Million Settlement for the Illegal Dumping of Contaminated Water

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Brooklyn, June 13, 2013 –Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced Jack Abel and Avi Abel, the father and son owners of Sepco Industries, Inc. , a subsidiary of Watermark Designs, LLC., pleaded guilty on the corporation’s behalf to a New York Environmental Conservation Law prohibiting the unlawful discharge of industrial waste and for repeated failure to file corporate tax returns.   

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Another alligator sighted in Long Island river

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Long Island environmental officials say they are looking for another alligator seen in a river.

According to Newsday, state Department of Environmental Conservation say the gator was reported on Sunday night and was confirmed by officers on Wednesday. The sighting is the fifth in the same area of the Peconic River where DEC officials captured four alligators in April.

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SUNY Maritime Honors Three Staff Members

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The SUNY Maritime College Nation salutes three of our fellow SUNY Maritime College staff members, 2 of which, were chosen to receive the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, while the other received the President's Award for Peer Leadership. These recognitions are presented annually to both Professional Service and Classified Service individuals. Patricia Berger, Michael Perdoncin and Michael Forese are role models for all who are a part of the SUNY Maritime community.

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Outdoor News Commends Environmental Conservation Officer Tim Fay for Saving Two Hunters

Friday, June 21, 2013

Posted in the New York Cuffs & Collars of Outdoor News on June 14th, 2013

On Jan.20 at 11:20 a.m., ECO Tim Fay was watching two waterfowl hunters hunting from a small, 14-foot camouflaged duck boat on the Long Island Sound near the Northport National Grid power plant. From his vantage point on top of a 50-foot bluff, ECO Fay watched as the hunters, about 200 yards offshore, began navigating through extremely rough seas due to nearly gale force southwest winds. 

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In overnight surprise, Senate exempts retired cops from SAFE Act

Friday, June 21, 2013

Without warning, the state Senate approved a bill early Friday morning that would exempt retired law enforcement officers from new ammunition restrictions in New York’s new gun control law, the SAFE Act.

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38 percent increase in assaults, threats on wildland LEOs

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Park rangers, wildlife refuge workers and U.S. Park Police experienced more assaults and threats from visitors last year than in 2011, according to a group that represents federal resource workers.

A total of 591 incidents were reported by six land and water agencies in 2012, up 38 percent from the previous year, the group says. More than one-quarter of the incidents involved some sort of violence against the employee or officer, the report by the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility says.

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Landowner Sentenced for Illegally Dumping in Upstate New York

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NEW YORK LANDOWNER AND NEW JERSEY SOLID WASTE COMPANY  SENTENCED FOR ILLEGALLY DUMPING IN UPSTATE, NEW YORK

WASHINGTON – Cross Nicastro, Dominick Mazza, and his company, Mazza & Sons Inc., were sentenced today and yesterday in federal court in Utica, N.Y., for conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act, Superfund statute, and to defraud the United States by illegally dumping thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated construction debris on a 28-acre piece of property on the Mohawk River in upstate New York.  In addition, the Mazza defendants were also sentenced on charges of obstructing justice and making false statements to law enforcement. 

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