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Monday, August 25, 2014 - Updated: 10:30 AM

Relatives reeling after crash kills 5

HEMPSTEAD (AP) -- Family members are devastated following the deaths of three children, their mother and their grandmother in a Long Island highway crash.

Charles Knapp of the state police says investigators are working to determine whether speed and alcohol were factors in the wreck Saturday night on the Southern State Parkway in Babylon.

Myriam Lebrun of Brooklyn was driving when the car smashed into a tree.

Also killed were her mother, Yolande Moise; and her children: 14-year-old Marquis Jeanty, 9-year-old Marcel Jeanty and 8-year-old Kayla Jeanty.

Man killed when live wire hits him

WESTFIELD (AP) -- State police say a public services superintendent for a western New York community has been electrocuted while trying to move a low-hanging live wire.

Troopers say 62-year-old William Boneberg was working on Route 20 in the Chautauqua County town of Westfield early Saturday afternoon when a live electric line broke, fell and landed on him.

Boneberg was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner. Police say his death has been ruled accidental.

NY fishing touted in new TV tourism ads

ALBANY (AP) -- New York's finest fishing waters from Long Island to the Thousand Islands are featured in a TV tourism ad unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the weekend.

Cuomo was in the Finger Lakes hosting the Bassmaster Governor's Challenge on Owasco Lake while the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament was taking place on Cayuga Lake. It was one of a series of tourism promotional events held by Cuomo around the state, which have included snowmobiling in Tug Hill and whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks.

The television advertisement is narrated by actor and director Ed Burns. It invites people to visit some of New York's 7,500 lakes and ponds and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams.

Cuomo's office says fishing generates $1.8 billion for New York's economy and employs 17,000 people.

NY products in new vending machines

SYRACUSE (AP) -- New vending machines featuring New York's homegrown products have been introduced at the State Fair and will soon be added at state-run highway rest areas across the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says proceeds from the machines at the fair will benefit the Food Bank of Central New York.

The State Department of Agriculture and Markets coordinated with the New York State Automatic Vending Association on the initiative at the fair.

The New York State Commission for the Blind will implement the rollout of the rest of the machines in cooperation with the Department of Transportation shortly after the fair.

Products include Finger Lakes Fresh sliced apples, Heluva Good Cheese, Chobani yogurt, Barkeater Chocolates, and Stone Cold Creamery Shakes. The selections will change to feature more New York products.

Hyde museum gets French prints

GLENS FALLS (AP) -- A Texas law school professor has donated an extensive collection of 19th century French prints and books to a museum in upstate New York.

The donation of 94 items from Tobin Sparling was the second major donation this year to the Hyde Collection of Glens Falls. Earlier this year, the museum received 128 photographs by 14 significant photographers from former presidential adviser George Stephanopoulos.

Hyde Collection Director Charles Guerin tells the Glens Falls Post-Star that the Sparling collection is a thorough spread that covers the 19th century of French print-making.

Guerin said there will be an exhibition of some of the Sparling collection from mid-January to Mid-March. An exhibition of some of the Stephanopolous photographs will follow from Mid-March to Mid-May.

Sparling graduated from Glens Falls High School.

Man dies, woman injured in I-87 crash

COLONIE (AP) -- A Schenectady County man has died and a woman has been injured after a 2006 Dodge Viper crashed along Interstate 87, the Adirondack Northway.

State police say 43-year-old Matthew Fiske of Rotterdam was driving the Viper south around 10 p.m. Saturday when he apparently struck a guide rail in the town of Colonie. The vehicle went off the highway and down an embankment before hitting a tree.

Fiske was killed in the crash. His passenger, 43-year-old Colleen Seidel of Clifton Park, was taken to Albany Medical Center. Troopers said her injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

Hasidic village sues to block casino

ALBANY (AP) -- A Hasidic Jewish village has mounted a legal challenge seeking to halt a casino proposed for Orange County in upstate New York, arguing that officials in nearby communities failed to consider the environmental impacts of the project when they signed on in support.

The lawsuit filed by the village of Kiryas Joel alleges that the proposed Live! Hotel and Casino in South Blooming Grove would burden the local sewer system and generate traffic, noise and other negative impacts for the surrounding area.

Kiryas Joel is a community of 23,000 about 50 miles north of New York City. In the lawsuit the village notes that its population is mostly Hasidic, and that casino gambling is "contrary to the religious beliefs of this community."


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