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Weapon registration deadline approaches

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Many gun owners expect the deadline for registering assault weapons under New York's strict new law to be largely ignored.
    
The state law passed soon after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in neighboring Connecticut immediately banned New York sales of semi-automatic weapons with detachable magazines and one military-style feature.
    
For an estimated 1 million older guns already owned by New Yorkers, including popular AR-15s, the law requires registration by April 15.
    
State police have established simple online registrations but refuse to say how many they've received.
    
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the gun law. When asked recently about registration, he said he didn't know.
    

Budget allots for program to train police in dealing with mentally ill

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's new budget allots $400,000 for a pilot program to train police officers in dealing with the mentally ill.
    
Mental health advocates proposed the training to help officers assess and de-escalate confrontations when called to incidents involving psychologically troubled people.
    
The so-called Crisis Intervention Team model is already used in some form by 2,700 jurisdictions nationwide.
    
It teams police officers with mental health professionals.
    
The program includes guidance for 911 dispatchers on gathering information on mental health and addiction issues.
    
It also includes 40 hours of training for patrol officers on topics like maintaining a safety zone while assessing the situation and avoiding the temptation to immediately answer a crisis with force.

Schoharie Central School District to hold budget meeting April 9

Budget discussions for 2014-2015 continue in the Schoharie Central School District.

Schoharie’s Board of Education is planning a special April 9 meeting to continue discussions.

One topic being considered is the possibility of a new elementary computer lab.

The voters are scheduled to have their say in the budget on May 20.

Emergency vehicles to get new 'red letter' license plates

This is what the new license plates will look like. - Gov. Cuomo's Office

The familiar color scheme of New York State license plates will soon change for emergency vehicles.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday they will soon have red letters.

The new plates will also have an “EM” sticker to help identify them.

The cars must be registered or controlled in the name of the agency or locality -- which will also be prominently displayed.

There will be no charge for the new plates.

However, the new plates will cost $9.75 to make for a total cost of $48,750 to the state.

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Tax season brings scam warning

As tax season goes into its final couple weeks, New York State is warning of tax collection scams.

They say scammers are calling victims, claiming to be from the IRS or State Tax Department and demanding immediate payment.

They also have seen an increase in so-called "phishing" emails trying to get people to hand over personal information.

You're advised to be careful about who you pay or provide personal information to.

Tech Valley High School stages 'Mulan' this week

Students from Tech Valley High School's production of  - Tech Valley High School

A reminder – students from Tech Valley High School are going to be performing in a stage production of “Mulan” this week.

The students all developed the idea, cast the show, obtained the rights and staged it.

The show will take place on April 4 and 5 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for kids 12 and under and seniors 65 and older.

A list of students involved with the play is below, courtesy of Tech Valley High School:

Fellow students taking part include:

•     Jenny Mosher, from Averill Park

•     Erik Clifford, from Ichabod Crane

•     Gary Peck, from Cobleskill- Richmondville

•     Eben Neuman, from Menands

•     Hanna Neuman, from Menands

•     Maddy Welty, from Averill Park

Carpenters union searches for apprentices

State Carpenters Local Union #370 is recruiting new apprentices.

The program’s jurisdiction includes Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie and Warren and Washington Counties.

You must be 17-years-old and have a high school diploma or GED to apply.

Applications can be picked up at 27 Warehouse Row in Albany from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Applications will be accepted from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.

For more information, please contact the NYS Department of Labor or call (518) (518) 438-0901.