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One person was taken to UMMC yesterday afternoon following a three-vehicle chain reaction crash on route 5 in Pembroke.  48-year-old Melody Zuppa of Hillcrest Drive in Amherst complained of neck pain and was taken to the hospital.  She was the driver of a car that had stopped to allow a car to make a left turn.  A truck driven by 21 year old Elias Seward of Gorton Road in Basom failed to stop and struck a second car which when struck the Zuppa vehicle.  Seward was ticketed.  The driver was the only occupant in each of the three vehicles.  There were no other injuries.

 

Orleans County drug enforcement officials made a big haul yesterday.  10 search warrants were executed yesterday in the county resulting in 38 arrests and the recovered of hundreds of prescription pills, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, scales, and packaging materials.  More than 30 thousand dollars in cash along with a handgun and several assault rifles were also recovered.  So far this year 51 persons have been arrested in 15 raids in Orleans County.

 

The appointment by Monroe County of a resident to the position of executive vice-president of the Western Regional Off-Track Betting board has drawn the criticism of Board Chairman, Richard Siebert.  Siebert says that James Smith’s supporters are trying to push the appointment through without advertising the 95 thousand dollar a year job. Smith earlier this year was acquitted of misdemeanor charges stemming from allegations during the time he was Monroe County Deputy County Executive.

 

In New York State driving with a blood alcohol level of above .18 percent is a felony and that has been applied to 58-year-old John Parker of the Phelps Road in Pembroke.  He was stopped on route 33 in Corfu last night for traffic violations and found to have a BAC of .21 percent.  He has been charged with aggravated DWI, a felony.

 

A new poll out in the race for New York Governor shows Democrat Andrew Cuomo holding a comfortable lead.  But the latest Siena College poll shows Republican Carl Paladino is gaining some ground.  The survey of likely voters shows Cuomo jumping out to a 24-percent advantage over Paladino, 56-to-32-percent.  Paladino picked up eight-percent from last week's Siena poll that included Conservative candidate Rick Lazio.  The latest Siena survey was also taken in the wake of Paladino's infamous confrontation with a reporter.  The poll finds a majority of New Yorkers, 60-percent, now consider Paladino "a loose cannon," while half of New Yorkers consider Cuomo "too much of an Albany insider."

 

Governor David Paterson helps kick off a new website to put businesses in a New York State of mind.  The governor says the site, New York First, targets companies looking to expand or relocate to the state.  Governor Paterson says the site is a one-stop-shop to cut through the red tape.  The content on the site brings together dozens of state agencies and cost over one-thousand-dollars to launch.

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