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The Oakfield Fire Department is getting out of the ambulance business.
The volunteer department says it will end its ambulance service on December 31st, turning over all of its calls to Mercy EMS.
Oakfield Fire Department President Mike Ognibene says the community will be well served:
“Mercy EMS has done a great job since taking over.It benefits us more to be there to help them which we still can do with our rescue truck. We can go there and assist them, but they would do all the medical things.”
Ognibene said the Oakfield department has three EMT’s and should have at least 10 to provide the ambulance service.
He said it was difficult to find recruits for the ambulance service because the training commitment now approaches 200 hours.

A veteran Niagara Falls police woman has been suspended from her job over accusations that she roughed up a Darien Lake concert goer.
Officer Kelly Alcorn was originally charged with misdemeanor harassment, which allowed her to stay on the job while her case went through the legal system.
But now, the Genesee County D-A’s office has upgraded the charge to felony assault.
The 47-year-old Alcorn is accused of beating up on Elizabeth Dake of Farmington during a country music concert at Darien Lake last August.

Eastman Kodak might finally be close to selling off its portfolio of patents.  
The "Wall Street Journal" says a consortium of bidders has offered over 500-million dollars for approximately eleven-hundred digital imaging patents. 
Kodak is required to get at least 500-million dollars for the patents in order to qualify for loans it needs to get through Chapter 11. 
The company has been trying to sell the patents at the right price for over a year.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is withholding judgment on a report that seems to indicate The report indicates the White House plans to ask Congress for about 50 billion dollars in hurricane relief for all states, much lower than the 82-billion dollars New York, New Jersey and Connecticut combined have asked for.  New York State will get a lot less than it wanted in Hurricane Sandy relief funds.   

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