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Cuomo announces $90 million investment to improve state parks, sites

Several local state parks are about to get a facelift.

On Earth Day, which was Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state will spend $90 million to improve parks and historic sites.

Thacher Park will see nearly $4 million of that.

The money will go toward creating a flagship visitor's center.

Renovations are also planned for Peebles Island and Saratoga Spa State Parks as well as the Olana State Historic Site.

This is third year of what the governor’s office calls a “sustained commitment” to improve the park system through the New York Work’s program.

Over the past two years, the program has pumped $265 million into 81 state parks and sites.

State Police: Greene County woman collected $16,800 in illegal benefits

WINDHAM – A woman is accused of collecting $16,800 in illegal unemployment benefits.

Police say Jacquelyn Todaro, 38, lied about her income from 2009 to 2012 – and also filed false documents with the Department of Labor.

Todaro is scheduled to appear in Windham Town Court next month.

Congressman Gibson hosts career fair

Congressman Chris Gibson from Kinderhook will open his campaign office Tuesday for the coming election.

That's going to be in Kinderhook on Route 9H.

And there are a couple of employment opportunities coming up.

Congressman Gibson is hosting a career fair for veterans and the general public in Greenport.

That will be at Columbia-Greene Community College starting at 10 a.m.

Employers will be on hand.

Schoharie students hope to win big with project

A group of Schoharie High School students are hoping to make history this month.

The four students presented a project at Catskill Regional History Day called, “Citizens’ Rights and Government Responsibility during Natural Disasters,” which focused on Hurricane Irene. 

Now the students, Emily Cooper, Sarah Cooper, Natalie Mitchell, Emma Smith-Trendell are taking the project to the NYS History Day competition in Cooperstown on April 28.

More about the students and the history competition can be found here.

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Police: Conn. man with 42 suspensions caught driving in Greene County

James Bookman Jr. - New York State Police

A Connecticut man with 42 suspensions on his license is caught behind the wheel in Greene County.

James Bookman Jr., 25, was stopped for speeding on I-87 in New Baltimore last Tuesday, but police are only releasing details now.

Police say Bookman gave them a fake name at first.

Further investigation led to his true identity.

Bookman was sent to the Albany County Jail.

He’s faces traffic and false personation charges when he appears in court on Tuesday.

South Cairo woman faces assault charges

A South Cairo woman is facing assault charges.

Police say Paula Werenczak, 26, hurt someone with a utility knife Wednesday, during a fight at the Best Western Hotel on State Route 9W in New Baltimore.

Werenczak fled the scene but was caught a short time later.

She was sent to the Greene County Jail in lieu of bail.

Handgun stolen in 2009 found in Albany

This is the gun that police say they recovered. - Albany Police Department

A stolen handgun missing for five years is found in Albany.

Quintril Clark of Albany, and Dezmon Smith and Christopher Dukes of Troy now face weapons possession and stolen property charges.

The men were caught after someone noticed a group with a gun walking near North Second and Walter Streets on Wednesday.

Officers were able to link the gun one stolen in 2009 from Greene County.

Smith faces an additional drug charge because police say he had cocaine on him.