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Where gas prices are highest in Central New York

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It seems like nothing is putting the brakes on gas prices. AAA was originally hoping that after Memorial Day, prices would ease slowly. Instead, higher oil prices have continued to drive costs at the pump higher.

Locally, commuters in Ithaca and Syracuse are paying the least, according to AAA, while drivers in Watertown are shelling out $3.15 a gallon. In Rome, it’s all the way up to $3.17 a gallon.

AAA says these elevated prices could last through the end of the month.

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As closures loom, No.Co. prison pops drop

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ALBANY — As Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration weighs likely prison closures later this year, thirteen correctional facilities in the North Country could be targets, with most operating far below their inmate capacity.

The number of men incarcerated in the region’s state-run prison complex has plummeted by nearly half over the last four years.

‘FISCALLY APPROPRIATE’

In the 2021 NYS budget, the state legislature authorized Governor Andrew Cuomo to close additional prisons this year “as is safe and fiscally appropriate,” according to DOCCS.

Recent state data shows the North Country currently houses roughly 7,300 men behind bars. That’s a 45% drop from 2017-2018, when the region’s inmate population was roughly 13,300.

BELOW CAPACITY

According to data from the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), ten out of the thirteen prisons in the North Country are operating below half-capacity.

Moriah Schock in Essex County is about 16% full. Altona Correctional in Clinton County is 30% full, while the state prison in Ogdensburg is about 35% full.

The facility operating at the highest capacity in the North Country is Great Meadow, a maximum-security prison in Washington County, which is 85% full with about 1360 incarcerated people.

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New York may crack down on fake vaccine cards

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Forging a vaccination card or providing fraudulent proof of immunity could soon be a felony in New York based on a measure approved Thursday by the Democratic-led Assembly.

The measure, yet to pass in the state Senate, would tighten forgery laws and penalties in New York. The bill would lead to felony charges for forging immunization records or possessing forged proof of an immunization with the intent to defraud.

The bill was approved as vaccination cards showing proof of a COVID-19 shot cycle could be gateways to returning to normal life, such as attending a sporting event or concert. Fully vaccinated people have also been advised by federal health officials that mask wearing is no longer necessary in most indoor settings, with the exceptions of mass tranist, hospitals and homeless shelters.

State officials in recent weeks have sought to add incentives, like free lottery tickets and a chance to enter a raffle for college tuition money, to encourage more people to get their COVID shots.

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Watertown veterans groups observe Memorial Day traditions

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) – Watertown’s VFW and American Legion posts Monday morning honored those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defending their country.

People gathered at the VFW on Bellew Avenue for the annual Memorial Day laying of wreaths and playing of taps.

It was followed by another ceremony at the American Legion on Sterling Street.

The post commanders say they hope people understand the importance of Memorial Day.

“Our youth today need to understand what made them have the freedoms that they have today,” VFW Post 1400 Commander Steve Roberts said, “and without that ultimate sacrifice that those veterans of the past have given, we wouldn’t have those freedoms that we have today and today is the day to thank those heroes and heroines that did what they did for us.”

A wreath-laying at the Arsenal Street Cemetery wrapped up the morning’s events.

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