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Ready. Set. Splash! Sullivan water park opens today

THOMPSON — Sullivan County’s two-year wait for an indoor family water park will end Friday, and the Town of Thompson property's operators hope it opens with a splash. Tourists staying at the $180 million-plus Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark’s 324-suite luxury hotel, and local visitors who can buy


Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless receives funds

MONTICELLO, NY — The Knights of Columbus Council #14560 donated $1,500 to the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless (SCFH). The money will go toward repairing the federation’s parking lot. In a statement, the Knights of Columbus urged others to donate what they can to help revitalize the SCFH’


Rapper Kodak Black arrested at border in upstate New York

LEWISTON, N.Y. – New York state police say rapper Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as he tried to cross from Canada into the United States near Niagara Falls.


NYPD cop and suspect shot after wild exchange of gunfire in Hudson Heights

A police officer has been shot in Manhattan, according to law enforcement sources. The cop was responding to a call of a man wildly shooting into the air at 181st Street and Wadsworth Avenue in Hudson Heights when he took a bullet to the arm Thursday, the sources said.


Local 445 workers OK two-year contract with Sullivan County

MONTICELLO — Workers in one of Sullivan County’s bargaining units overwhelmingly approved a two-year contract. Members of Teamsters Local 445 cast 394 votes in favor of the deal and 34 against, according to a news release from union representative Jerry Ebert.


Empire open to bringing electronic gaming to Orange, but odds long

Empire Resorts would seek to operate electronic gaming in Orange County if an influential state legislator pushes a plan to give Catskill Off-Track Betting Corp the right to do so.


Teamster employees of Sullivan County ratify new contract

MONTICELLO – By a 394 to 34 vote margin, Sullivan County Teamer government workers have approved a two-year contact that raises pay $1,500 retroactive to January 1, 2018. Pay will increase another $1,500 for 2019.


Family Mourns 7-Year-Old NYC Boy Fatally Pinned Between Van and School Bus

A 7-year-old boy who was fatally pinned between a van and a school bus was a straight-A student who was always smiling, his aunt said. Cameron Brown was walking between a red van and a yellow school bus on Gipson Street in Far Rockaway Wednesday afternoon when he was pinned by the van, police said.


Mueller Report: Read full, redacted report here

WASHINGTON — After years of investigating, the Department of Justice released a 400-page redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report Thursday. The report covers subjects ranging from questions about Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election to whether President Donald Tr


GROSS! Worms Found in Cups At McDonald’s in New York State

You never know just how sanitary a restaurant may be when you choose to dine out. Unsanitary, or just plain disgusting, might be a better words to describe what was found on two separate instances at a McDonald's in Western New York.


Tops investing $40M in upstate New York stores

Tops Friendly Markets is putting millions of dollars into some of its stores in upstate New York. The announcement comes months after the chain closed several stores in our area.


St. Patrick's Cathedral arrest: Man had 2 gas cans, prior arrest and 1-way ticket to Rome

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- A man arrested after attempting to enter St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan with two gasoline cans and lighter fluid Wednesday night was also arrested at a church in New Jersey Monday and had booked a one-way ticket to Rome, according to police.


Middletown council endorses effort to keep ICE agents away from courts in NY state

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — The Common Council in this Orange County city has joined the chorus of opposition to federal immigration officers arresting undocumented immigrants in and near courts in New York state.


On Easter, as always, I’m a proud egg farmer

KENOZA LAKE, NY — Early on Easter, as always, I’m a proud egg farmer. I’d say I’m a pretty typical 26-year-old in most respects, so it’s amusing to see how surprised people are when they find out I’m an egg farmer.


Short-Circuit 'Likely Caused' Notre Dame Fire: Police Official

Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark.


It’s (finally) happening at the hub

LIBERTY, NY — Cat Wilson danced to the podium at the Catskills Food Hub on Friday afternoon—a reflection of how it feels to cut the ribbon on a project that’s been many years and speedbumps in the making.


NYPD officer wounded, suspect dead in New York City shooting

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan (WABC) -- Authorities are investigating after a suspect was killed and an NYPD officer was shot in the arm in Washington Heights on Thursday afternoon.


Ask the Expert: Does New York State tax Roth IRA withdrawals?

I've had a Roth individual retirement account since 2009, and I'm in my 70s. I took a distribution for the full amount last month. I know there's no federal tax on the interest income, but what about New York State taxes on the interest?


Paterson girl allegedly kidnapped, raped by unauthorized immigrant

An unauthorized Mexican immigrant was arrested in a traffic stop in Ohio on Tuesday transporting a 15-year-old Paterson girl he had allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


Report: NY state agencies overtime pay highest in a decade

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state agencies paid nearly $787 million in overtime for more than 18 million extra hours worked by state employees in 2018, according to a new report released Thursday by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.