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Greene County firefighters rescue pair stranded on zip line

HUNTER, N.Y. (AP) - Firefighters in the Catskills have rescued two people who were stranded on a homemade zip line about 40 feet above the ground.

Greene County Sheriff Greg Seeley tells media outlets that the two people dangled from the line for more than an hour in frigid weather Sunday afternoon before they were rescued by firefighters using ropes and ladders. Two other people were stuck on platforms on trees at either end of the line and had to be rescued.
Seeley said gusty winds had caused the zip line to malfunction. No one was injured, but the four were treated for cold exposure at the scene.
The zip line is behind a residence in the Catskill Mountain town of Hunter, about 40 miles southwest of Albany.
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Thousands of chickens lost in blaze

Officials are investigating what caused an early morning fire at Lasher's Chicken Farm in Catskill, Sunday.

Fire fighters responded to the scene around 2:00am. One of the hen houses was completely destroyed. Officials estimate between 6,000 and 8,000 chickens were lost in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but does not appear to be suspicious. No word on what losses the farm will face.


Counties challenge Cuomo's SAFE Act

 CATSKILL--The resolution is Greene County's retaliation.  It maintains that gun ownership is an inalienable right of the people of Greene County.  And infringing on those rights affects a significant population in the towns surrounding the Catskill Mountains: hunters.

"These laws are going to make criminals out of the very decent sportsmen in Greene County," explains Wayne Speenburgh, the legislature Chairman.

Chairman Speenburgh is a Republican.  Sitting to his left during Friday's announcement of the resolution, appropriately, is the Legislature's Minority Leader, a Democrat, who also supports the resolution calling on Albany to repeal the SAFE Act.

Assembly pushes for $9.00 minimum wage

ALBANY - After seeing an increase of only a dime in the last six years, there is reason for optimism for millions of minimum wage earners across the state. On Thursday, state assembly leaders said they want to make New York's minimum wage $9.00 an hour, a 24% increase.

If there is a new minimum wage, where ever it winds up, it will most certainly have an impact on peoples' lives and businesses.

You'd be hard pressed to find any wage earner adverse to a minimum wage pay raise, especially if you ask them at the gas pump.

"Everything is going up," said Skip Robertson of Albany, filling up his car outside a Menands Stewart's Shop. "Regardless of which way you look, everything is going up, everything but the pay check."

NY exhibits draft of Washington's Farewell Address


NY says 2012 hunting season was safest on record

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State officials say last year's hunting season in New York had the fewest number of shooting incidents on record with 24 people shot.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says two people died in hunting incidents, each when they were shot by another member of their hunting party. Of the 24 shooting incidents, just over half were self-inflicted.

NY spending $3.6M to create 4 food hubs upstate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will spend $3.6 million to create four new food distribution hubs across upstate New York, creating 150 jobs and giving farmers new opportunities to get their products to consumers.

Cuomo says the funds will be used to create food hubs in Canastota in central New York, Groton in the Finger Lakes region, Kingston in the Hudson Valley and Canton in the North Country. An existing food hub in Riverhead on Long Island is getting $500,000 to renovate a building.
The other locations will use the state money to purchase trucks, processing equipment and freezer storage.
Farmers can use the new hubs to get their locally grown produce to food distributors.
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