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Puppy Mills in New York

The ASPCA is currently leading a campaign to prohibit pet stores from purchasing puppies from “puppy mills.” According to the ASPCA, a puppy mill is a “large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.” Seven customers who purchased puppies from a Poughkeepsie pet store have reported their -->

Walmart Announces a 5-Day Black Friday

Black Friday is no longer on just Friday, according to Walmart. The world’s largest retailers says it will display discounted items such as TVs, tablets, toys, and other products over a five-day period at the end of this month and into the beginning of December. The reason behind this longer the retailer stretching out the -->

Despite December 2013 Metro-North Derailment, Commuters Still Not Worried

Following the December 2013 fatal Metro-North derailment, there has been a lot of talk in regards to the safety of the railroad and the changes that need to be made. However, despite the comments about the safety lapses that led to not one but five accidents, commuters still feel safe and remain calm. “I’ve been -->

More Scams Sweeping the Hudson Valley

Two scams involving chimney sweeps and one involving Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., have been reported by multiple residents and businesses in the Hudson Valley region. Chimney cleaners are supposedly going door-to-door offering to clean their chimneys. Home contracting schemes are frequently aimed at seniors, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office. Scammers will -->

Williamsburg Recycling Facility Fined $40,000 in Heat-Related Death of Employee

A Williamsburg industrial recycling facility got hit with a $40,500 fine by the federal government after a worker collapses and died of heat-related causes last July. Cooper Tank Recycling, a transfer station on Maspeth Ave., was cited for 8 “serious health and safety” violations. OSHA launched an investigation after Aldero Cosme, 64, died from heat -->

10 Former NHL Players Sue League over Serious Head Injuries

10 former NHL players are suing the league for negligence and fraud. The players filed their suit in federal court in Washington. One of the lawyers is Mel Owens, a former NFL player who has represented scores of other retired players in workers’ compensation cases. The hockey players include players like Rick Vaive and Darren -->

Common Knockout Game Turns Deadly When 60-Year-Old Woman Shoots 2 Teens After Being Attacked

Last Monday, a woman was attacked by 2 teenagers before she fired shots into the crowd assaulting her. Beulah Montgomery, 60, says she was walking home when 7 teens approached her. Montgomery initially thought they were going to try and steal her belongings but says instead she was hit by one of the teens. That -->

Saugerties Man Dies After Being Hit by Vehicle on 9W

A Saugerties man was hit a car yesterday evening and died when he was walking across Route 9W. Patrick Poliseno, 67, was hit northbound by a vehicle driven by Peter Gage, 55. No criminal charges have been filed but the investigation is continuing. Poliseno was treated by Diaz Ambulance before being taken to Albany Medical -->

Safety Panel Offers Guide to Address School Violence

After 13 meetings, the Ulster County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee has weighed in with a report detailing the resources needed to address potential school violence, according to an article in the Times-Herald Record. Following the Sandy Hook massacre last year, the committee included a variety of county law enforcement, educational and mental health officials. It -->

Help Us Stop Teen Texting & Driving

Earlier this year, we teamed up with CBS6 News in Albany to spread the word to high school students about the deadly consequences of distracted driving. Just last year, 7 Saratoga County teens were killed in crashes within a 30-mile radius. Andrew Finkelstein spoke to the students about the dangers of texting while driving and -->

FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fats from Food Supply

The FDA recently proposed actions to remove trans fats, the artery clogging substance and major cause of heart disease in the U.S., according to recent New York Times article. Under the proposal, the agency would declare partially hydrogenated oils, the source of trans fats, as unsafe. For companies, this means that they would have to -->

Navigation Systems Include Locations of Speed and Red-Light Cameras

Cameras for catching speeders and drivers running red-lights have been increasing nationwide. A chief supplier of navigation information, Navteq, has camera locations it its databases. According to a spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, these camera are indented to be deterrents, not “gotcha devices”. If a driver is aware that a speed camera -->

FDA Urging a Tighter Control on Painkiller Prescriptions

The FDA has recently recommended tighter controls on how doctors prescribe the most commonly used narcotic painkillers. These changes are expected to go into effect next year. The decision follows a debate over whether drugs containing the narcotic hydrocodone should be controlled as tightly as more powerful drugs such as OxyContin. The drugs being considered -->

3 Young Siblings, Their Father & Pregnant Woman are Victims in Horrific Accident Involving Driver on Cell Phone

A horrific accident in Lodi, California has taken the lives of 3 small children, their father and a pregnant woman. The multicar crash happened just after 5:20pm on Tuesday, October 22 at a busy intersection. The children were ages 12, 7 and 5. The father of the three children was also involved in the crash. -->

Truck Accident on Thruway Kills One

According to the Times Herald Record, an accident involving a tractor-trailer rig has killed one person and forced the closure of a section of the NYS Thruway. Police say that rig jackknifed after 3am this morning south of Exit 23 near Albany . the southbound lanes between Exit 23 and Exit 22 have been closed. -->

Fishkill Route 9 Accident Causes Morning Delays

An early morning accident on Route 9 just south of Dutchess Mall has backed up commuter traffic. The driver was taken to Saint Francis Hospital for an evaluation. Only one lane was open for north and southbound travel at 8am this morning. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a motor -->

Children & Guns: Accidents from Accessibility

The .45-caliber pistol that killed Lucas Heagren, 3, on Memorial Day last year at his Ohio home had been temporarily hidden under the couch by his father. But Lucas found it and shot himself through the right eye. “It’s bad,” his mother told the 911 dispatcher. “It’s really bad.” In Houston, a group of youths -->

Safety Advocates Feud Over Rear View Mirror Systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that it will add the rearview mirror video system to its list of recommended features under its New Car Assessment Program, designed to encourage car manufacturers to improve vehicle safety. The camera and monitor system allows drivers to see what is in behind them and what is in -->

Governor Cuomo Announces Designated Highway “Texting Zones”

On Monday, September 23, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that in the state of New York, there will be 91 designated areas on the Thruway (I-87) for texting, called “texting zones”. These zones will be existing at current rest stops, Park and Rides, parking areas and other similar safe stopping areas. The state will put up -->

Honda Recalls Vehicles Due to Defective Airbags

Honda is recalling 318,000 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. and 64,400 Acura MDX sport-utility vehicles in several nations for an airbag defect. The automaker stated that there have been no reported crashes related to the defect. Honda is also recalling 23,3000 Odyssey minivans in Canada. Honda has received complaints that the airbag opened unnecessarily in -->