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Crackdown on Illegal Dumping

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the largest takedown of alleged illegal dumping offenders in state history. The State Department of Environmental Conservation led an ongoing multi-agency crackdown on the illegal disposal of construction and demolition (C&D) debris and strengthened New York's solid waste regulations to deter illegal dumping, address this growing threat, and help protect New York's water quality, especially downstate. "Illegal dumping poses a serious threat to our environment, and New York will not allow any unscrupulous businesses to continue to harm this state," Governor Cuomo said. "We have made significant progress in protecting New York's communities and resources with the largest takedown of alleged illegal dumping, and as we continue to work to stop this alleged criminal behavior, we are sending a clear message to potential polluters that their…
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ICE arrests 32 sex offenders in Long Island during Operation SOAR

Long Island, NEW YORK: - Officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 32 convicted sexual predators during a 10-day period, ending Aug. 3 in Long Island in an enforcement effort dubbed “Operation SOAR” (Sex Offender Alien Removal). In the course of Operation SOAR, ERO officers apprehended 32 individuals with past criminal convictions ranging from sexual abuse to attempted rape. Of those arrested, 12 are registered sexual offenders. Each taken into custody is currently being detained pending the completion of removal proceedings. "ICE’s continuing commitment to making our communities safer is underscored by operations like this one targeting sexual offenders. These actions focus our resources on the most egregious criminals and promote public safety in the communities in which we live and work,” said Thomas R.…
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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – Opioids Present Unprecedented Threat, Sessions Tells Southcom Summit

SummitNavy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of Southern Command, hosts a one-day opioid summit at Southcom headquarters in Miami, Feb. 8, 2018. Participants included Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other agency officials and experts in public health and law enforcement. Southern Command photo WASHINGTON, DC: Feb. 9, 2018 By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity. The nation is facing an unprecedented threat from opioids, with tens of thousands of people dying each year in the United States in overdoses involving the substance, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said yesterday in Miami at  Southern Command. “It’s a tremendous threat to us; it’s something we’ve never seen before,” Sessions said in opening remarks at the one-day meeting at Southcom headquarters. Sessions said 52,000 people in the United States died of overdoses in 2015. The…
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FLU – Deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) is above the system-specific epidemic threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Surveillance System.

Atlanta, GA: Based on National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) mortality surveillance data available on January 25, 2018, of the deaths occurring during the week ending January 6, 2018 (week 1) were due to P&I. This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of for week 1. Background: Weekly mortality surveillance data include a combination of machine coded and manually coded causes of death collected from death certificates.  Percentages of deaths due to P&I are higher among manually coded records than more rapidly available machine coded records. Due to the additional time needed for manual coding, the initially reported P&I percentages may be lower than percentages calculated from final data.  Previous longer backlogs in manual coding have been resolved and death records are now coded within 10 days from receipt of a…
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Big Pharma: Deceived, Hooked Millions, Made Billions – Mayor de Blasio Announces Lawsuit Against Nation’s Largest Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Purdue, Teva, Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson, Jansesen named in multi-million lawsuit to hold companies responsible for epidemic of fatal overdoses NEW YORK CITY, NY:  —Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray announced a the City had filed a lawsuit today in New York State Supreme Court to hold manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids to account for their part in the City’s ongoing deadly opioid epidemic. The lawsuit aims to recover half a billion dollars in current and future costs the City will incur to combat this epidemic. In 2016, more than 1,000 people in New York City died in a drug overdose which involved an opioid, the highest year on record. More New Yorkers died from opioid overdoses last year than from car accidents and homicides combined.…
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County Executive Curran & Health Commissioner Eisenstein: It’s Not Too Late to Get Vaccinated

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein today urged all residents six months of age and over who have not yet received their annual flu shot to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Over the past several weeks, cases of influenza have significantly increased, and are widespread. “The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe symptoms,” said County Executive Curran. “Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves, but those around them, including people at high risk for serious complications, like babies, pregnant women, older adults and those with certain chronic medical conditions.” “Even though the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can vary from year to year, vaccinated individuals who contract the…
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Seventeen alleged members and associates of MS-13 indicted for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking

At least three homicides were prevented during the seven-month long investigation into gang operations in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas (MINEOLA, )  - James J. Hunt, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Division of the DEA and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced today that 17 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) gang have been indicted by a grand jury on various charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and drug trafficking in Nassau County and nationally. The 17 defendants are charged with various crimes in the 21-count indictment, including Murder in the Second Degree, Operating as a Major Trafficker–both which carry potential life sentences–and Conspiracy in the Second Degree. All 17 defendants face up to 25 years to life in prison…
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Hurricane Sandy New York Bight Flow

Hurricane Sandy New York Bight Flow A geographic phenomenon called the “New York Bight” will magnify a hurricane’s effects on the land. The New York Bight occurs because the New York and New Jersey coastlines meet at a right angle. The New York Bight will guide storm surge directly into New York City, amplifying flooding and related damage. The following TIPS are provided by NYC Emergency Management Hurricane Safety Tips Before a Hurricane Develop a plan with your household members that outlines what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes. Use Ready New York: My Emergency Plan at  If you have a disability, access or functional need, make sure your plan addresses how your needs may affect your ability to evacuate, shelter in…
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ATLANTIC STRONG – 5 years After Hurricane Sandy 30 foot + Cyclone Surge Killed 233

Atlantic Strong – On October 29, 2012, a 10,000 mile Atlantic Ocean cyclone resulted in Hurricane Sandy's Eastern Seaboard flooding and catastrophic failure from Cyclone Surge of 30-40 feet from Seaside New Jersey flowing north through Staten Island into New York City and Hoboken NJ. Sandy's Atlantic Strong strike resulted in 143 direct deaths and a total of 233 deaths in 8 countries. See affiliates videos Seaside Strong  New Jersey Strong  
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Historic Occurrences – 1938 Great New England and Long Island Express Hurricane killed 682+ people

The majority of the storm damage was from storm surge and wind. The winds reached up to 150 mph with waves surging to around 25–35 feet high. The 1938 New England Hurricane (also referred to as the Great New England Hurricane and Long Island Express) was one of the deadliest and most destructive tropical cyclones to strike Long Island, New York and New England. The storm formed near the coast of Africa on September 9, becoming a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale before making landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on Long Island on September 21. It is estimated that the hurricane killed 682 people, damaged or destroyed more than 57,000 homes, and caused property losses estimated at US$306 million ($ billion in 2017). Damaged trees and buildings were still seen in the affected areas as late as 1951. It remains the most powerful and deadliest hurricane in recorded New England history, eclipsed…
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Coast Guard to Install Radio-Activated Sound Signals in Connecticut and Long Island

NEW LONDON, Conn. - A 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Coast Guard Station New London transits near the New London Ledge Light at the entrance to the Thames River on April 14, 2017. Station New London's Area of Responsibility (AOR) includes the Thames River and the northeastern section of Long Island Sound. ( Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier) NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound will be replacing traditional sound signals (foghorns) with marine radio-activated sound signals at eight different locations across Connecticut and three locations on Long Island. Mariners that require the use of sound signals during periods of reduced visibility will be able to activate them on demand by momentarily turning their VHF-FM radio to channel 83 and key…
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ICE arrests 32 sex offenders in Long Island during Operation SOAR

NEW YORK – Officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 32 convicted sexual predators during a 10-day period, ending Aug. 3 in Long Island in an enforcement effort dubbed “Operation SOAR” (Sex Offender Alien Removal). In the course of Operation SOAR, ERO officers apprehended 32 individuals with past criminal convictions ranging from sexual abuse to attempted rape. Of those arrested, 12 are registered sexual offenders. Each taken into custody is currently being detained pending the completion of removal proceedings. "ICE’s continuing commitment to making our communities safer is underscored by operations like this one targeting sexual offenders. These actions focus our resources on the most egregious criminals and promote public safety in the communities in which we live and work,” said Thomas R. Decker, field…
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Federal Government Announces Leases for New York Offshore Wind

The United States Department of Interior has announced today that it is moving forward with their plan build wind off the coast of New York. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Interior Department plan to lease 79,350 acres for offshore wind in a December 15 commercial wind lease sale. The New York Wind Energy Area starts approximately nautical miles (nm) from Jones Beach, NY. From its western edge, the area extends approximately 24 nm southeast at its longest portion. The turbines may also be visible from Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Wind energy is clean, creates jobs, and will help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. While New York plans to have offshore wind, BOEM also gave leases off of New Jersey, but without financing rules the Christie Administration will block these projects from happening.…
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