Upstate airports to get $17 million from US government

ALBANY (AP) — The federal government is contributing about $17 million to upgrade airports in upstate New York.

The money is being allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. It will be used for renovations and improvements in 36 projects at facilities in the Hudson Valley, Albany area, Southern Tier and central, western and northern New York.

Rochester and the Finger Lakes are set to receive about $4 million, the Hudson Valley just over $3.5 million and the Albany Airport around $3.2 million. Western New York will get about $2 million, central New York around $1.5 million, northern New York about $2 million, and Edwin A. Link Field in Binghamton just over $587,000.

The funding was announced Wednesday by U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, both Democrats.

State cracking down on underage drinking at 2017 concerts

ALBANY (AP) — New York law enforcement is cracking down on underage drinking at summer concerts and festivals across the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced fake identification sweeps are beginning in time for the 2017 concert season.

Cuomo says Department of Motor Vehicles investigators and state police made 12 arrests May 18 at a Brad Paisley concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and 55 arrests at a Future concert at Darien Lake in western New York on May 24.

Authorities recovered fake licenses from New York, Rhode Island, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida.

Patrons under 21 using false documents to purchase alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for up to a year.

Nuclear fuel spill exercise set for upstate rail yard

MECHANICVILLE (AP) — Federal, state and local law enforcement, emergency and environmental protection agencies will be conducting a nuclear fuel spill response exercise at an upstate New York rail yard.

The transportation emergency exercise is being conducted Thursday morning at the Pan Am rail yard in the Saratoga County city of Mechanicville, on the Hudson River 18 miles north of Albany.

Authorities say the exercise will involve a simulated collision between a truck and a U.S. Navy spent nuclear fuel container moved by rail. Spent fuel from naval reactors is shipped by rail to the Idaho National Laboratory.

Agencies participating in the drill include the New York State Police, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in neighboring Schenectady County.