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State to Train Elderly to Protect Against Fraud

(NEW YORK) -- The state is working to try to protect elderly New Yorkers from fraud.

"Older individuals are the most vulnerable populations to scams, and it is estimated that various schemes cost seniors in America more than $3 billion per year," Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said Wednesday.

The governor has dispatched the state's Division of Consumer Protection to conduct training sessions for New Yorkers on how they can protect themselves against fraud.

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Vestal Man Arrested for Drunk Driving 

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- New York State Police arrested a Vestal man Sunday for driving while intoxicated.

Troopers in Binghamton pulled over 19-year-old Joel N. Singh when he didn't stop at a red light on Court Street, according to officials.

An investigation concluded that Singh was under the influence, though the motorist refused to submit to a breath test.

Police issued tickets returnable to the City of Binghamton Court on Sept. 5.

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Broome County to Implement Special DWI Labor Day Patrols 

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Broome County officials are deploying special patrols to combat drunk driving on area roadways on Labor Day weekend.

The effort, which started Friday, Aug. 15, is part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" National Crackdown.

Local law enforcement "will be out in full force," officials said.

"We encourage people to get out and enjoy one of the last weekends of summer, but do so responsibly and remember if you plan on consuming alcohol, have a plan to and from your destination using a designated driver, taxi, or by walking," said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  "Whatever you do, please don’t drive."

During 2012's Labor Day Weekend, one in four crashes involved a driver or motorcycle operator with blood alcohol content of .15 or higher -- nearly double the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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NY State's Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged

(NEW YORK) -- Last month the unemployment situation across New York Sate didn't change much, the state's Department of Labor said Thursday.

According to the latest job numbers by the Department, New York State's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.6 percent from June to July.

In New York City the unemployment rate inched downward from 7.9 percent in June to 7.8 percent in July. For the rest of the state the rate moved in the opposite direction, as it went from 5.6 percent to 5.7 percent for the same period.

The national unemployment rate stood at 6.2 percent in July, up 0.1 percent from a month earlier.

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City Outsources Lawn Maintenance Duties to Two Firms

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Binghamton has outsourced lawn trimming duties at over a hundred city properties to two firms.

In an announcement Wednesday, the city said it has awarded two bids for lawn maintenance on approximately 125 city-owned properties.

Great Choice Lawn Care, of Johnson City, and Empire Property Management, of Binghamton, were selected out of the three companies that responded to the city’s request for proposals.

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Binghamton Police Seek Two in Fraud Investigation

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Police in Binghamton are seeking the public's assistance with identifying and locating two wanted men.

The men are wanted for questioning in connection with a fraud investigation, police said.

Police have released surveillance video of the men, and anyone with information on them is asked to contact Binghamton Police Detective Division at (607)-772-7080.

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Pair Sought in Johnson City Larceny

Johnson City Police Department(JOHNSON CITY, N.Y.) -- Police in Johnson City are seeking the public's help with identifying and locating a pair being sought in connection with a recent larceny at a local business.

The larceny occurred at the Johnson City Wine and Liquor store.

On Tuesday, police released surveillance photos of a man and a woman being sought in the investigation.

Anyone with information on the two people is asked to contact Johnson City Police at 798-9318 extension 233.

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Gov. Cuomo to Head NY Delegation on Trip to Israel

(NEW YORK) -- New York leaders will be making what's being called a "unity" trip to Israel this week.

According to a release from the governor's office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with Senate Majority Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, will leave Tuesday for Israel, where the delegation will meet with the Israeli leadership and visit Israelis affected by fighting taking place.

The release said the trip aims to reaffirm New York State's "support in light of the continued threat of attacks by Hamas and other terrorist organizations."

The trip will be from Tuesday through Thursday.

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Report: State Owes NY Schools Nearly $6B

(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- The state owes New York schools billions of dollars, according to a report released Thursday by the Alliance for Quality Education and Opportunity Action.

The report is titled, "Billions Behind: New York State Continues to Violate Students’ Constitutional Rights," and it says that the state is behind on its payments to schools, owing a total of $5.9 billion in Foundation Aid and Gap Elimination Adjustment funding.

The report adds that the state owes 2.3 times more to schools with high needs than wealthy schools.

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State Police: Man Used Stolen Credit Card at Binghamton Store

New York State Police(CHENANGO, N.Y.) -- Authorities are seeking the public's assistance with identifying and locating a man being sought in connection with the use of a stolen credit card in Binghamton.

According to New York State Police, last Saturday a man used a stolen Discover credit card to purchase over $1,600 worth of Lowe's gift cards and a Pepsi at a Lowe's Store, located at 1318 Front Street.

State Police have released surveillance photos of the man being sought, and anyone with information on the case is asked to contact authorities at (607) 749-1617.

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