New York Secretary of State Cesar Peralis will tour the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown tomorrow afternoon at 2pm, according to Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson.
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The visit will highlight the importance of the Hall as a tourist destination and will celebrate the cultural diversity of the sport with a special tour of the “Viva La Baseball” exhibit, honoring the Latino contributions of the game.
The local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans is looking for volunteer drivers to transport local veterans. DAV member, Ernie Thompson explains…
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Volunteer drivers must have a valid drivers license and will receive a complete physical at no cost. If you can help with transportation for our local Disabled veterans, call 764-8134, that’s 764-8134.
Lt. Governor Bob Duffy is expected to be Governor Cuomo’s running mate again when Cumo runs for re-election next year. Sources say Duffy is fully committed to the ticket. An announcement on a final decision is expected by the end of the year.
The New York State Police are continuing their efforts to find qualified candidates eligible to take the upcoming State Trooper Exam in October. Qualifications and salary information can be found at the New York State Police recruitment website at NYTROOPER.com. The deadline for registration for the upcoming exami is September 8.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is urging Gov. Cuomo to sign legislation to provide more oversight of the state’s private special-education providers. In June, the state Legislature passed a bill to authorize the state comptroller to audit special education programs for preschoolers with disabilities every five years. DiNapoli’s office has conducted 15 audits since 2007 of preschool special-education providers, finding cases of fraud and misuse of public money. Eight of the providers have been referred to prosecutors for potential criminal charges. The state Education Department said it didn’t have a team of auditors to check how the public money is being spent on the programs.
Better communication and transparency are among the fixes New York state has demanded from its utilities in response to recent severe storms. Gov Cuomo detailed recent actions by the state Public Service Commission, directing utilities to have better emergency plans in place, communicate more effectively with customers and work better with each other. The actions stem from recommendations made by the Moreland Commission to investigate the electric utilities’ management, preparation and response to Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The PSC requiring NYSEG and five other companies to address these issues in revised emergency response plans by Dec. 15.
Governor Cumo signed a bill that allows the state to suspend people’s drivers license if they owe $10,000 or more in state income taxes. New Yorkers who are unable to pay their back taxes in full can make a payment arrangement with the state. Drivers can apply for a restricted license if they need one to get to work. For more information, call the tax department at (518) 862-6000.
The State Health department announced revisions to the New York City water system’s 2007 filtration avoidance determination have been drafted and will be released for public review and comment. Among the components are watershed protection programs in response to the devastation caused by hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee in 2011. They include provisions for New York City to fund a local flood hazard mitigation program. It also includes an increased number of stream restoration projects.

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