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Could New York force insurance companies to drop fossil fuels?

Hurricane Ida cost Christina Pace in more ways than one. She’d been running a home daycare in South Ozone Park, Queens, for more than 15 years when the 2021 storm hit New York. Her basement was inundated with three feet of water, wrecking half the space she uses for the daycare and leaving ...

Hochul wrongly says Buffalo killer used a bump stock

ALBANY — Around an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a ban on bump stocks, Gov. Kathy Hochul wrongly said a gunman who carried out a racist massacre in her hometown of Buffalo had used the gun accessory that can allow semiautomatic rifles to shoot as fast as a machine gun. Hochul, ...

Next slate of prison closures could be announced soon

Gov. Kathy Hochul has the power to close up to five more state prisons this year, and the decision on which facilities will be shuttered is expected to come soon, according to some state lawmakers. During a press conference on public safety Thursday, Hochul answered a reporter’s question ...

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 ...

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 ...