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NY Pols Pass Brianna’s Law Requiring Boater Safety Courses

New York State lawmakers have passed a bill dubbed Brianna’s Law — named for a Long Island girl killed in a boating crash — that requires boaters to take boater safety classes. The measure passed the New York State Senate last month and the state Assembly this week. The bill now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to sign it into law. “Accidents happen whether on land or on water, but having knowledge of boating safety and navigation laws will help keep those from turning deadly,” said Assemb. Kim Jean-Pierre (D-Wheatley Heights), a lead sponsor of the bill. Current law only...

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NY Senate Approves New Limo Regulations

The New York state Senate passed a package of limousine regulations Thursday following deadly limo crashes in Schoharie and Long Island. Democratic state Senator Tim Kennedy of the Buffalo area’s 63rd district stood alongside the families of limo crash victims as he outlined the regulations at the capitol. “From requiring seatbelts in every vehicle carrying nine or more passengers, to mandating commercial driver’s licenses and drug and alcohol testing for drivers for for-hire vehicles...

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New York Construction Workers Remain at Risk Without Legislative Action

With this year’s legislative session in full-swing in Albany, special interest groups have resumed their attacks on laws designed to keep workers safe on construction sites. Construction and insurance trade groups, seeking to shed accountability and pad their pockets, have argued that labor protections like the Scaffold Safety Law are somehow undermining worker safety. However, a recent data analysis by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH) confirms that stronger safety requirements in New York City are helping to reduce on-the-job fatalities while worker deaths continue to rise in other, less-regulated parts of the state. In 2017, the most recent...

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Senator Accuses Popular Trampoline Parks of “Trying to Hide” Deaths and Injuries

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing to regulate trampoline parks amid mounting concern over their risks.  A California police officer filed a lawsuit last week after he was temporarily paralyzed at a trampoline park outside San Francisco in 2013. A recent "CBS This Morning" report revealed six deaths since 2012 and a number of severe injuries at the popular parks. Two weeks ago, CBS News' Meg Oliver went to a Chicago-area trampoline park to assess the potential dangers. Less than an hour before her arrival, Jason Freewalt, a healthy young dad and former college football player, suffered serious injuries to his legs. The 42-year-old...

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Juror Says $2B Award in Roundup Cancer Trial Was Intended to Have ‘Punch-in-the-Gut Effect’

Jurors awarded $2 billion in punitive damages Monday to a California couple who alleged that their longtime use of Roundup weed killer caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The case is the third time the maker of Roundup has been found liable for causing cancer, report the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and the Recorder. The verdict is the largest so far. Juror Doug Olsen told reporters that the verdict was intended to have a “punch-in-the-gut effect” on the maker of Roundup, according to coverage by the Recorder. Bayer AG acquired Roundup maker Monsanto last year. Plaintiffs in the case are Alva and Alberta Pilliod, whose cancers are in remission....

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New State Rules Face Challenge in Curbing Illegal Dumping

The DEC now requires detailed tracking of construction and demolition debris leaving New York City in the wake of illegal dumping at Roberto Clemente Park. Spurred by illegal dumping at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood, the state Department of Environmental Conservation enacted its first major overhaul of solid waste management regulations in more than 20 years. Since early 2018, most New York City construction and demolition debris — like the 40,000 tons of contaminated material dumped at Clemente — now requires enhanced analysis from the facilities that process and reuse it, and enhanced tracking of the trucks that take it away. Any load from...

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Superbug Fungus Sickens More Than 300 In New York State

There is concern from the Centers for Disease Control following an outbreak of a potentially deadly drug-resistant germ in area hospitals. More than 300 cases have been reported in New York. Candida auris, a yeast fungus, was only discovered in 2009 but has quickly spread globally. When it comes to the United States and here in our area, the CDC says New York has 309 confirmed cases, New Jersey has 104 confirmed cases and Connecticut has one. The CDC says Candida auris is a problem because: * It can cause bloodstream infections, wound infections, ear infections. * It can kill you. * It is often resistant to...

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NYPD: Woman Struck and Killed by Bus in Lower Manhattan

A federal court clerk from Melville who excelled at law and friendship, winning the love and admiration of her colleagues and professors, died after being struck by a private bus Thursday evening in lower Manhattan, officials said. The driver, Xi Chen, 50, of Manhattan, remained at the scene, and was arrested and charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian and exercise due care, according to the NYPD. Kimberly Greer, 28, was hit while trying to cross Leonard Street in a marked crosswalk about 7:30 p.m., according to police. The court complaint states that video surveillance shows Greer was walking across the street while the pedestrian signal...

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FDA Warns Against Teething Necklaces, Bracelets Over Choking, Strangulation Concerns

The Food and Drug Administration is warning parents not to give their children teething necklaces or bracelets that are commonly used to relieve pain or provide sensory stimulation. The FDA made the announcement Thursday, saying it has received reports of death and serious injuries caused by the teething jewelry, including strangulation and choking. In one case, the FDA says an 18-month-old  boy was strangled to death by his amber teething necklace during a nap. The products in question are produced and sold by a large number of manufacturers and individuals. The beads of the products may be made with various materials such as...

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Man Decapitated Falling Onto Manhattan Subway tracks While Walking Between Cars

A man fell to the the tracks at a Manhattan subway stop and was struck and killed after trying to walk between the train cars. An unidentified 25-year-old man was hit by a southbound 2 train and pronounced dead at the scene, the New York Daily News reports. The fatal accident happened before 11pm at Chelsea station at 23rd Street and 7th Avenue on Wednesday night. Southbound 1 and 2 trains have been diverted to traveling express due to the disruption from the accident, the New York City Transit Twitter account posted. By Michael Nam [DailyMail]...

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