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New York House Republicans call for documents in civil nursing home inquiry

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The Republican members of New York’s House delegation on Wednesday called on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to release records that had been part of the Justice Department’s civil rights inquiry into publicly run nursing homes in the state.

The request for documents comes after the Department of Justice signaled it would not pursue an investigation under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act stemming from the deaths of nursing home residents in New York and other states.

“The people of New York and the thousands of families of nursing home residents who tragically lost their lives due to these unconscionable actions are rightly demanding answers,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “They deserve full transparency from the Department following the decision to not open a CRIPA investigation, which was provided without any justification in a July 23, 2021 letter to our offices.”

Lawmakers signing onto he letter seeking the documentation included Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Republican candidate for governor.

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People Inc. opens new affordable housing with disability services on Buffalo’s East Side

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — People Inc. celebrated the opening of a new mixed-income affordable housing apartment complex on Buffalo’s East Side Monday.

Located at 1166 Jefferson Avenue, the two-building complex has 90 units, 16 of which offer support services from People Inc. for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live independently.

“When I heard I got the apartment, I knew that the independent life I deserved was in reach,” said Shanell Davis, a resident who relies on a wheelchair. “After moving into the apartment, I finally have the life that I always wanted. I love the fact that I can come and go as I please without having to worry about the barriers of stairs.”

There are 71 one-bedroom apartments and 19 two-bedroom apartments. There will also be 16,000-square feet of ground floor commercial space.

The $31 million project was funded by the NYS Homes and Community Renewal, which is the state’s affordable housing agency, NYS Housing Finance Agency JP Morgan Chase Bank, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, City of Buffalo HOME Program, NYS Empire State Development, NYS Energy Research and Development Authority, and NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

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In Manhattan, Daily Sweeps Target Homeless New Yorkers

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A key piece of New York City’s economic recovery from the pandemic, many experts and city leaders contend, will be the return of office workers and tourists to Manhattan. As officials seek to secure that recovery, they have increasingly sought to clear the population of homeless people off the borough’s streets.

On some days, city workers clear dozens of encampments. Advocates said that the sweeps are doing harm by upending homeless residents’ lives through aggressive tactics that discourage people from seeking or accepting the city’s help.

“They are trying to make life so miserable on the streets that people will come into shelters, but that is a cruel and ineffective approach,” said Josh Dean, the founder of Human.nyc, a policy group focused on street homelessness.

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New York airports in line for $937M under infrastructure bill

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Airports across New York state are set to receive a combined $937 million in federal funding under the infrastructure bill that is being finalized in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday said.

The money is part of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal comes on top of $142 million for electric vehicle charging stations, $1.9 billion for bridge repairs and $11.5 billion in additional reauthorizations.

“The bipartisan infrastructure deal will be a building and jobs boon for critical New York needs from Plattsburgh to Jamestown, and everywhere in between,” Schumer said. “Whether it’s critical bridge or highway repairs, safety improvements at our airports or for water systems, this deal represents massive investments that will rebuild and revive the Empire State’s infrastructure. From clean drinking water to upgraded sewer to repairing bridges and highways, there is more work to be done, but billions are on the way to move on it and create good jobs while advancing critical projects.”

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NY Fire Chief Wants Answers from State in LODD

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WATERTOWN, NY—Fire Chief Matthew Timerman is not satisfied that state fire administrators have not initiated an internal investigation into how city firefighter Peyton L.S. Morse died after he suffered a medical emergency while training at the state fire academy in early March.

Stressing it’s been five months since the young firefighter died, Chief Timerman said Wednesday he’s requesting that the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control immediately begin an investigation into what led to Mr. Morse’s death.

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New York launches revamped rental assistance application process

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The application process for New York’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program has been harrowing for many people struggling to make their payments.

State Senate Housing Committee Chair Brian Kavanagh said the online portal has had numerous issues including glitches, a complex application and inability to save and resume at a later time.

“Even though there is a big challenge here, in many, many thousands of renters and landlords that are supposed to benefit from this, but it’s been really perplexing to a lot of us why we can’t get at least some of this money out a lot sooner than today,” Kavanagh, D-Manhattan, said.

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Video: Heroic Actions of New Yorkers Lift Car Off Infant in Store Read More: Video: Heroic Actions of New Yorkers Lift Car Off Infant in Store

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In video you have to see to believe, a number of heroes saved the life of an 8-month-old girl who was pinned underneath a car after an alleged drunk driver drove through a Hudson Valey store.

On Friday around 8:30 a.m., members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to 124 Lake Avenue on a motor vehicle accident. A man driving a 2005 Hyundai Elantra was traveling northbound on Morningside Avenue and turned westbound onto Lake Avenue. While doing so, he struck a curb, a parked vehicle, two pedestrians, and then continued to accelerate into the storefront of a barbershop.

Officers Fusco and Samoyedny were in a nearby bagel shop getting breakfast when they heard the collision and went to investigate and found a 36-year-old woman down in the wreckage of the crash inside the barbershop.

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HUDSON VALLEY MAN TRAPPED AFTER EXCAVATOR ROLLOVER

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A 54-year-old Hudson Valley man is fighting for his life after an excavator rolled over in Sullivan County.

On Wednesday around 12:40 p.m., New York State police from the Wurtsboro barracks responded to Dump Road in the town of Mamakating for a report of an excavator rollover and entrapment. Upon arrival, troopers observed Mamakating EMS already on the scene.

The victim, Kevin McCombs, 54, from Liberty was entrapped. Units worked for more than an hour to remove McCombs, who was pinned between the cab and boom machine, officials say.

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New law raises age of consent for marriage to 18 in New York

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A bill raising the age of consent for marriage in New York to 18 was signed into law on Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The new law is meant to build on a prior bill backed and approved by Cuomo in 2017 that was aimed at ending child marriages, but allowed for 17-year-olds to be married with the consent of parents and the courts.

“This administration fought hard to successfully end child marriage in New York and I’m proud to sign this legislation to strengthen our laws and further protect vulnerable children from exploitation,” Cuomo said. “Children should be allowed to live their childhood and I thank the many legislators and advocates who worked diligently to advance this measure and further prevent forced marriages in this state.”

The law approved four years ago raised the age of consent in New York from 14 to 18, with the judicial requirement for 17-year-olds in New York. The measure at the time was meant to address concerns over arranged marriages found in some religious communities that allowed teens to be married, often to older men.

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Greenfield-based sculptor participating in New York art exhibit

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SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — A Greenfield-based sculptor is currently showcasing his craft alongside other emerging artists in a weekly pop-up gallery in northern New York.

The Abstract Adirondack art gallery has welcomed sculptor Joshua Ruder to its group of artists exhibiting through Sept. 16 on Thursday afternoons, from 4 to 7:30 p.m., in the gardens and on the porches of the McClellan Cure Cottage at 391 Park Ave. in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

Ruder is a figurative sculptor who works mainly in carved stone and welded steel. Although he is based in Greenfield, he has family connections in the Adirondacks, according to a press release from the art gallery. Ruder explores the possibilities and limitations of combining steel, stone, ceramics, plaster, wood and glass, often incorporating found objects into his work.

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