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NY adding cameras for drivers running red lights

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed bills to expand the use of traffic cameras at intersections to catch drivers running red lights.

Bills recently approved by the Legislature will continue programs in New York City, as well Suffolk and Nassau counties and Rochester through 2019.

Sponsors say New York City's cameras, first authorized in 1994, have reduced crash injuries and violations and more than 8 million vehicles have been cited for violations.

Other bills signed Tuesday authorize five-year programs in New Rochelle, Mt. Vernon, Albany and Yonkers.


Upstate NY man charged in death of brother

PULASKI, N.Y. (AP) - A 29-year-old upstate New York man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a vehicle crash that killed his older brother.

Casey Billings, who originally was charged with DWI, also faces an attempted burglary charge as a result of the fatal accident in early May that took the life of 41-year-old Christopher Billings.

State police say Christopher Billings was a passenger in a Ford pickup truck driven by his brother as they fled after attempting to break into a drug store in Mexico, New York.

Troopers say the pickup traveled off the west shoulder of a two-lane highway, traversed a large ditch, and struck two utility pole guard wires and two trees.

Casey Billings was arraigned in Town of Hastings Court and released to appear at a later date.


Albany airport to get nearly $4 million upgrade

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Albany International Airport is getting nearly $4 million in federal money for runway repaving and other upgrades.

The Department of Transportation award was announced Tuesday by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko.

The money will be issued as a multi-year grant, with $1.2 million in fiscal year 2014. The remaining funds will be added through amendments which are subject to future appropriations through fiscal year 2015.


NY agencies collecting more gender data

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will help the state better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender New Yorkers.

A new report Wednesday identifies eight agencies, including the Department of Health, collecting or updating their data systems to gather those demographics.

New York's Office of Mental Health in 2011 began including sexual orientation and gender identity questions on admission forms at state mental health facilities, using it in a training curriculum for clinicians intended to improve treatment for LGBT people.

In 2012, the state Office for the Aging updated its system to ensure including LGBT seniors, whom research indicates are likelier to live alone and lack some vital support systems.


Deaf educator and pioneer Robert Panara dies at 94

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A man who lost his hearing as a child and became a leading educator of the deaf and a pioneer of studies of deaf culture has died. Robert Panara was 94.

Longtime friend and colleague Harry Lang says Panara died of natural causes Sunday at the Rochester, New York, nursing home where he lived.

His career included teaching at Gallaudet University and the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was a founder of the school's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He also was a founder of the National Theater of the Deaf in Connecticut in the 1960s.

When he retired from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in 1987, the college named its theater after him and created a scholarship fund in his honor.


Fisherman reels in record drum on Lake Ontario

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A fisherman from western New York has been credited with catching a record-breaking freshwater drum in Lake Ontario.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says James VanArsdall of West Henrietta caught the fish in Irondequoit (uh-RAHN'-duh-kwoyt) Bay in Monroe County on June 14. The fish measured 33.5 inches and weighed 26 pounds 9 ounces.

Officials say it breaks the previous state record by more than 2 pounds.

Freshwater drum are also referred to as "sheepshead" and live in large rivers and lakes. They are easily identified by their pronounced blunt head.

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