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Thursday, June 26, 2014 - Updated: 7:35 AM

Fish die off in Canandaigua Lake

CANANDAIGUA (AP) -- A bacterial infection is being blamed for killing fish in one of the Finger Lakes.

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that more than 1,000 dead fish have been removed from Canandaigua Lake's public shoreline in the past few days.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation took fish samples Monday and preliminary test results showed that the fish are suffering from columnaris. The bacterial infection is affecting mostly smaller fish like sunfish and perch.

State health officials say there is no danger to humans swimming in Canandaigua Lake during the fish die-off.

There is no treatment for the fish disease and it is generally left to run its course.

Approvals given for two valley casinos

WOODBURY (AP) -- Two proposed casinos in the Hudson Valley have received approval from local officials less than a week before developers must submit their applications.

Caesars Entertainment is thanking the Town of Woodbury for voting on a resolution Wednesday to support its proposed casino in Orange County, about 60 miles from Manhattan.

Also in Orange County, the Middletown Times Herald Record reports that the town board in Tuxedo voted Wednesday night to adopt a resolution in support of a proposed casino from Resorts World Orange County, a subsidiary of Genting Americas.

Local approval is required for applicants seeking one of four casino licenses expected to be granted in upstate New York this fall.

Applications are due Monday.

More than a dozen development groups are expected to seek a license.

Heavy rains flood the Albany area

MECHANICVILLE (AP) -- Heavy rain caused local flooding in the Albany area and one small Hudson River city declared a state of emergency.

Mechanicville in Saratoga County declared the emergency Wednesday night after a one-two punch of roughly three inches of rain and a water main break. Drivers are asked to avoid city roads until 10 a.m. Thursday and residents are being advised to boil their water.

A line of thunderstorms caused local flooding and road closures over a wide swath of eastern New York.

Ex-teacher gets five years for child porn

CENTRAL ISLIP (AP) -- A retired New York City high school teacher has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing a large cache of child pornography.

Alfonso Marino apologized to the court during his sentencing Wednesday in federal court in Central Islip.

Prosecutors say investigators found 10,000 video files and 200,000 photo files on Marino's computer, hard drives and discs.

He was arrested in September 2012.

He had faced 10 years in jail. His lawyer told Newsday that he had hoped for a more lenient sentence for his client because Marino had not physically harmed any children.

Police: Man tried to blow up group home

WEST NYACK (AP) -- A Rockland County man is accused of sexually abusing a woman at a group home and then trying to blow up the building with the victim and 12 other people inside.

A 23-count indictment charged Ethan Jimenez-Colon with attempted rape, multiple sexual abuse and attempted murder.

The Journal News says Colon lived at the West Nyack home for adults with developmental disabilities with 10 residents and three staff members.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that Colon entered the woman's room on May 28 and May 29 and sexually abused her.

Prosecutors say he then turned on the gas burners in the kitchen and ignited the oven in an attempt to cause an explosion.

He's being held without bail pending arraignment. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

NY board to mull Tappan Zee plan

ALBANY (AP) -- A New York state board is set to consider Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to use $511 million in loans from a clean water fund to help finance the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

The state's Environmental Facilities Corp. is scheduled to take up the proposal at a meeting Thursday.

The Democratic governor's plan has come under fire from environmental groups who say it's wrong to use funds for drinking water, sewage and other water projects for the $3.9 billion bridge project. The Environmental Protection Agency has called the proposed use of the funds "unconventional."

Cuomo says the loans will fund measures associated with the new bridge to protect the Hudson River and marine life.

Rangel assured of one more hurrah

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rep. Charles Rangel has emerged from a bruising primary in his self-proclaimed last campaign squeaking to victory.

With 100 percent of the vote counted in unofficial results, Rangel led state Sen. Adriano Espaillat 47.4 percent to 43.6 percent, a difference of fewer than 2,000 votes.

The Associated Press called Rangel the primary winner based on information Wednesday from the city Board of Elections on ballots cast that were not included in the election night tally. The number of absentee and provisional ballots wasn't sufficient for Espaillat to make up the difference.

The official vote count in the Democratic primary won't begin until July 2.

Rangel says he's "fired up and ready to go!"

Man faces charges in death of dog

MINEOLA (AP) -- A suburban New York man is facing an animal cruelty charge after his dog was found dead inside a hot car.

Nassau County prosecutors say 36-year-old Ian Kassof of Valley Stream was arraigned Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and was released without bail. He faces up to one year in jail if convicted.

Kassof's attorney said he had to go to work and had no place to leave the dog, which he had rescued from the Town of Hempstead shelter. He said he walked the dog and gave it water during the day.

Prosecutors say Kassof left the mixed-breed pit bull-boxer in a hot car for hours.

They say one window was open about four inches for air.

The incident happened June 4 in Island Park.

Preliminary findings show the dog died after a seizure caused by overheating.


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