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Ogdensburg man survived 19,000-volt shock during tree-cutting accident

HUNTER — An Ogdensburg man is lucky to be alive after surviving 19,000 volts flowing through his body from a power line in a tree-cutting accident while working in Greene County last month. The state Department of Environmental Conservation held a press conference June 7 to honor those ...

Gillibrand introduces bill to revive federal affordable internet program

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand wants to revive a program that provided low-cost internet to low-income households — the Affordable Connectivity Program. Initially authorized in 2021, the ACP provided $30 per month for internet service plans for eligible households making less than ...

Excellus requests approval to raise rates for thousands of members

Some Excellus customers may see increased rates as soon as January of next year as outlined in a request filed by the company on May 15. Excellus Health Plan Inc. — which does business as Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Univera Healthcare — is seeking approval of the Superintendent of ...

State deprioritizes tests, regents may soon be optional

ALBANY — Regents exams will soon be optional, after the state Department of Education announced Monday that it will move toward a more holistic review of student’s abilities when deciding to grant diplomas. In a meeting Monday, the state board of education presented a plan that, if ...

Hochul announces launch of New York Mobile ID

ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that the state Department of Motor Vehicles has launched the New York Mobile ID, a highly secure digital version of a state-issued driver license, learner permit or ID on a smartphone. The Mobile ID is a voluntary product designed for the ...