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NY Airport boardings climb and officials credit winter
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2018-04-17    0 views
With storms and heavy snowfall during the winter,
New Yorkers are constantly encouraged to fly to
warmer areas for an escape.

According to data released this week
by Albany International Airport,

the number of passengers between
Jan. and Mar. this year increased by 1.5%
compared with the same period last year.

The main reason for the increase was
this year's long winter and brutal snowstorms.

American Airlines saw the highest increase
this March, up 7.7% from last year.

Southwest Airlines increased by 7.1%.
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NTD TV Henry Yan reporting in New York
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NY State Comptroller Says He's Stopped $24M in Tax Refunds
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2018-04-17    0 views
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
announced this week

that his department has blocked $24 million

in fraudulent or questionable personal income
tax refunds, AP reported.

DiNapoli said many taxpayers in question claimed
refundable credits based on incorrect information

For example, giving the wrong number of
dependents or undisclosed income.

Auditors also stopped $3.3 million in
false tax filings made by tax preparers.

The tax deadline for this year is April 17.

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NTD TV Henry Yan reporting in New York
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NY Governor Announces $18.5 Million in Funds to Fight MS-13 Gang Activity in Long Island
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2018-04-12    0 views
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he added an addition $18.5 million to the city's 2019 fiscal budget in order to cut off MS-13 recruitment and other gang-related activities on Long Island.

The funding will include $16 million to be used for expanding comprehensive after-school youth programs, case management programs, and job opportunities to help at-risk youth avoid being pulled into a life of crime.

$2.5 million in funding will also support the Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative; which help provides law enforcement agencies and community organizations with the resources to help stop gun and gang-related activities on Long Island.

"New York will not tolerate the monstrous acts and fear that MS-13 has brought to our communities, and by focusing on educating and protecting our young residents, we are furthering our efforts to drive out these violent criminals," NY Gov. Cuomo said at Wednesday's announcement.
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New York State Parks to Hire 1,000 Lifeguards
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2018-04-12    0 views
The beaches and swimming pools of New York State Parks welcome more than 25 million swimmers every year. And with the summer season approaching, the NYS Recreation and Historic Preservation Department is hiring more than 1,000 lifeguards to ensure swimmers are safe while they enjoy their swims.

Candidates are required to obtain several certifications from the American Red Cross, including courses in lifeguarding and CPR. Applicants outside of Long Island must be at least 16 years of age, while applicants in Long Island must be a little older, 17 years of age, to apply. People applying for the first time must pass an initial interview before being considered.

According to NYS Parks' statistics found on their website, lifeguards rescue around 4,000 swimmers from drowning every year.

More information about the recruitment can be found on their website.
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Twitter Account Let's Followers Call out Bad New York Drivers
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2018-04-11    0 views
Drivers and pedestrians in New York City can now call out drivers in the city that they observe driving dangerously to a new Twitter account called "How's My Driving NY".

The account as created by Brian Howald in March. He uses the account to call out and track drivers who make dangerous or illegal maneuvers on the road.

Howald has also asked that New York City officials provide additional channels for citizens of the city of report reckless and dangerous drivers to their insurance companies. He hopes that this will eventually lead to more serious ramifications such as citations and even revoking driver's licenses belonging to repeat offenders.

The account already has around 900 followers and nearly 2,000 tweets. And it have been gaining more followers by the day.
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JetBlue flight attendant who ditched 60 pounds of cocaine at airport sentenced to time served
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2018-04-11    0 views
JetBlue flight attendant Marsha Reynolds used her flight attendant job to attempt to smuggle 60 pounds of cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport in 2016. The small suitcase was worth nearly $3-million.

Reynolds, a six-year employee of the airline, attempted to take advantage of airports lose security protocols when it comes to airline staff. The day she was caught, however, she had been selected for a random security screening by airport police.

Upon being randomly selected, the airline hostess dropped her suitcase, threw off her heals and fled the quickly airport. She was arrested two days later in New York.

She has been cooperative in reporting drug traffickers to authorities, and as a result a judge on Monday sentenced the 33-year-old to time served. She will remain in custody for another three years before her release.





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At Least 8 Infected with E. coli in New Jersey
aric.chen
2018-04-11    0 views
The New Jersey Department of Health confirmed at least six people have been diagnosed with E. coli.  advertising The New Jersey State Department of Health said there were six cases of E. coli in the counties of Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Warren in New Jersey.

They believe that the germs originated from a Panera Bread chain bakery.

Currently, the New Jersey Department of Health is investigating Panera bread chain. The bakery has so far refused to give a response.

The incubation period averages 3 to 4 days for E. coli infections.

Symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever and vomiting may also occur.

Experts suggest that food must be cooked, not to drink contaminated water, to wash hands before meals, and to maintain personal hygiene in order to prevent E. coli effectively.

Reporting With NTD's Tingting O
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Report: Thieves Dressing Up as Mail Carriers to Rob Postal Workers in Manhattan
aric.chen
2018-03-26    0 views
Thieves seeking to steal people’s letters in New York City have gone beyond porch pirating.
Instead of opening mailboxes or taking packages from doorsteps, they’re stealing postal workers mail carts.