NY aircraft, vessels and people aiding
hurricane response

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Air National Guard is heading to Texas and Louisiana, bringing aircraft, vessels and manpower to respond to Hurricane Harvey.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday he deployed the emergency personnel to aid the recovery effort.

Rescue teams, maintenance and support staff from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard is responding, along with three rescue helicopters, a rescue plane and several boats and watercraft.

Harvey arrived on land in Texas Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm. It further weakened while moving inland.

Heavy rains are resulting in major flooding that is expected to cause dangerous conditions for the millions of people who live in the storm’s path, particular in and around Houston.

Former treasurer gets jail time; stole from fire company

HUDSON (AP) — The former treasurer of a volunteer fire company has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $58,000 in restitution for embezzlement.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says 46-year-old Gail Cesternino stole money from the West Ghent Volunteer Fire Company in Columbia County to bankroll her personal cookware business. She pleaded guilty to falsifying business records.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the crime was exposed by state auditors and investigators.

DiNapoli said it’s the latest joint investigation under a partnership between the attorney general and comptroller’s office that has resulted in dozens of convictions and more than $11 million in restitution.

New York gets 31 conservation officers and 9 forest rangers

PULASKI (AP) — New York has 31 new environmental conservation officers and nine new forest rangers.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says they all graduated from the agency’s 21st Basic School for Uniformed Officers and received diplomas Friday in Pulaski.

The academy ran for 28 weeks with training and coursework in environmental conservation law, physical conditioning, firearms, wildlife identification, search and rescue, wildfire suppression and other skills.

Across the state in 2016, environmental conservation officers responded to over 26,000 calls and issued 22,000 tickets for crimes ranging from deer poaching to corporate toxic dumping and illegal mining.