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Cuomo signs bill safeguarding Lyme treatments

poughkeepsiejournal.com — Doctors who prescribe longer courses of antibiotic treatments for Lyme disease have new protections under state law today. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill late Wednesday that prohibits the state Office of Professional Medical Conduct from investigating a licensed physician based solely upon the recommendation or provision of a treatment that is not universally accepted by the medical profession.

Poughkeepsie man shot in neck, killed

poughkeepsiejournal.com — A 24-year-old City of Poughkeepsie man died after being shot in the neck Wednesday night, police said via news release. The victim's name has not been released yet. The City of Poughkeepsie 911 Center had received several reports of shots fired on Gifford Avenue in the City of Poughkeepsie.

New Paltz driver charged; struck pedestrian as they left party

poughkeepsiejournal.com — A New Paltz man was arrested for hitting a pedestrian while driving while intoxicated, according to a statement from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. Nicholas Bach, 28, was charged with second-degree vehicular assault, a felony; DWI, and DWI with a Blood Alcohol Content greater than .08 percent, both misdemeanors.
Dec 18, 2014

New Paltz driver charged; struck pedestrian as they left party pojonews.co/1ALX3Ue

Fishkill woman charged with violating order of protection

poughkeepsiejournal.com — A Fishkill woman was arrested for violating the terms of an order of protection, state police said via news release. Tricia Rajabipour, 41, was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, a felony. Rajabipour allegedly violated the terms of an active stay-away order of protection by going to the protected person's Town of New Paltz residence on Dec.
Dec 18, 2014

Fishkill woman charged with violating order of protection pojonews.co/16wAzxy

Police: Millbrook man had dealer license plate stolen from ex-employer

poughkeepsiejournal.com — A Millbrook man was arrested for using a dealer license plate, reported stolen from a car dealership he used to work for, state police said via news release. Trevor Staffa, 31, was charged with violating terms of his probation, a felony, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor.
Dec 18, 2014

Police: Millbrook man had dealer license plate stolen from ex-employer pojonews.co/16wzeqC

Wappingers district to put new $2.5M moving day plan up for vote

poughkeepsiejournal.com — The Wappingers Central School District will ask voters to approve a new project idea, after bids to relocate central offices came in $1 million over budget, officials announced via statement. To rid the district of rental costs, the board had decided to move central offices into Myers Corners Elementary School.
Dec 18, 2014

Not clear on some things; got call in to WCSD for answers: Wappingers to put new $2.5M moving day plan up for vote pojonews.co/16ws5GQ

Hopewell Junction man charged with 2nd DWI months after conviction

poughkeepsiejournal.com — A Hopewell Junction man was charged with felony DWI when police determined he was just convicted of driving while intoxicated this past May. In addition to the felony DWI charge, Kenneth Beheran, 32, was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, also a felony.
Dec 18, 2014

Hopewell Junction man charged with 2nd DWI months after conviction pojonews.co/16wlk83

Police: Wappingers man collected workers' comp while employed

poughkeepsiejournal.com — A Wappingers Falls man unlawfully collected workers' compensation benefits while gainfully employed, state police said via news release. Ronald Woody Jr., 43, was charged with third-degree insurance fraud and third-degree grand larceny on Wednesday. Woody's arrest stemmed from a complaint received by the New York State Workers' Compensation Board Fraud Inspector's Office, state police said.
Dec 18, 2014

Police: Wappingers man collected workers' comp while employed pojonews.co/16wj3cN

Cuomo vetoes bill to halt eradication of mute swans

poughkeepsiejournal.com — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have put a halt to state plans to eradicate a species of swan. Cuomo vetoed the measure late Wednesday that called for a moratorium on the state Department of Environmental Conservation's proposed management plan for mute swans.

One suspect in Wassaic Historical burglary still at large

poughkeepsiejournal.com — One of the two Poughkeepsie men who stole copper pipes from the Wassaic Historical Improvement Project is still on the loose, state police said via news release. The other, Davin Adams, 35, was charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, on Monday. Phillip Farrar, 55, is still wanted, police said.
Dec 18, 2014

One suspect in Wassaic Historical burglary still at large pojonews.co/16wgjvY

Police: Plattekill man sexually assaulted girls, ages 9 and 11

poughkeepsiejournal.com — A Plattekill man will be charged in two separate incidents after police said he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl. Rahsaan Perry, 33, was charged with predatory sexual assault against a child and first-degree criminal sexual act, both felonies, by City of Poughkeepsie police in regards to the incident with the 9-year-old, according to a news release.
Dec 18, 2014

Police: Plattekill man sexually assaulted girls, ages 9 and 11 pojonews.co/16w26iP

Dutchess legislator charged with sexual abuse still has not resigned

poughkeepsiejournal.com — Dutchess County Legislator Michael Kelsey, who was charged with sexually abusing two 15-year-old Boy Scouts, had not resigned from his post as of Wednesday evening, according to Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison. County officials have called for Kelsey to step down.
Dec 18, 2014

Legislator charged with sexual abuse hasn't resigned pojonews.co/16uts8X

Half Moon gets a Holland home

poughkeepsiejournal.com — The replica ship of Hudson River lore, the Half Moon, will get a new home. It's in Holland. Announcement was sent out by the New Netherland Museum stating that a long search for a home port had been found. It's the City of Hoorn in the Netherlands.

New York picks 3 casinos

poughkeepsiejournal.com — A state board Wednesday supported casinos in the Catskills, Finger Lakes and Schenectady, choosing not to pick a fourth project and spurning massive proposals from some of the world's gaming giants. The picks were surprising: The board dismissed six proposals for Orange County, the closest to New York City, and instead picked a smaller project in Sullivan County, called Montreign Resort Casino.

BREAKING: Sullivan County gets only valley casino

poughkeepsiejournal.com — The mid-Hudson Valley potentially could have received two casinos, but the board did not select any of the proposals from Orange or Ulster County. "Today's announcement that the Nevele project in Ellenville was not chosen as a future gaming site is truly disappointing news for the Hudson Valley," Ulster County Executive Michael Hein said in a statement.

Arlington wrestlers win at Beacon

poughkeepsiejournal.com — After losing Wednesday's opening contest, the Arlington High School wrestling team responded with three straight pinfall victories, on the way to a 66-16 win at Beacon. "They wrestled really well tonight, I thought," said victorious coach Fred Perry, whose Admirals host Pawling and Ardsley on Thursday.

Update: NY rules against hydrofracking

poughkeepsiejournal.com — Key players in the state's hydrofracking review are expected to attend, including state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top commissioners and advisers are set to meet today, Wednesday, at the state Capitol, two days after Cuomo said a decision on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas was imminent.

State: 95% of teachers received high marks last year

poughkeepsiejournal.com — Better than 9 of 10 teachers in New York received one of the two highest ratings in their annual evaluations last school year, according to new data released Tuesday by the state Education Department.

Officials call on lawmaker accused of Boy Scouts sex abuse to resign

poughkeepsiejournal.com — County officials are calling for Dutchess Legislator Michael Kelsey, R-Salt Point, who was charged Monday with sexually abusing two 15-year-old Boy Scouts, to resign from his post. Kelsey, 36, of Salt Point, was charged with felony first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanors, state police said.
Dec 16, 2014

Lawmaker accused of sexually abusing 2 boys was suspended from Boy Scouts in October, state police said. pojonews.co/1DGyjCG

Dec 16, 2014

Boy Scout statements detail Dutchess lawmaker's alleged sex abuse pojonews.co/1DGyjCG

Dec 16, 2014

.@DutchessCoGov Leg. calls for lawmaker Michael Kelsey, charged with sexually abusing 2 Boy Scouts, to 'step down' pojonews.co/1DGyjCG

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