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New York police found hundreds packed into a club. It was an illegal ‘fight club,’ they said.

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When deputies from the New York City Sheriff’s Office broke into a Bronx warehouse late on Saturday, they say they found more than 200 people packed inside, many without masks. Purple and red neon lights bathed empty plastic cups and food containers on the floor.

In the center of the room, behind metal barriers, men in boxing gloves threw jabs at each other. A video posted to social media shows the mostly unmasked crowd cheering as two fighters chase each other in the ring.

The gathering, which police said exceeded the limit of nonessential social gatherings limited to 10 people and also violated unrelated coronavirus regulations, was an underground fight club called “Rumble in the Bronx,” authorities told the news site Gothamist.

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DOT To Close All Lanes Of I-84 For 1 Hour

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FISHKILL, NY — The state Department of Transportation will be removing and installing utility wires which will necessitate the closing of all lanes of Interstate 84 for one hour this week.

The DOT said motorists should expect all east- and westbound lanes on I-84, between Exit 44 (Route 52) and Exit 46B (Route 9) in the town of Fishkill, will be closed between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Friday.

The closure is weather permitting; the alternate weather day is Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Motorists should use the posted detour of Rout 9 and Route 52.

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Early voting surge continues in Ulster, with more than 11K votes as of Tuesday

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KINGSTON, N.Y. — Early voters continued their surge at the polls this week, with more than 11,000 casting ballots throughout Ulster County in four days.

Democratic Ulster County Board of Elections Commissioner Ashley Dittus reported Wednesday that despite changes made to address long wait times at polling places, those times remain at about two hours.

According to the Ulster County Board of Elections, 11,311 votes have been cast Saturday through Tuesday. In 2019, the first year of early voting in the state, 7,442 voters cast ballots early over 10 days.

This year so far as of Tuesday, 2,860 votes were cast at the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center in Kingston; 2,161 at Mescal Hornbeck Community Center in Woodstock; 2,572 at New Paltz Community Center,; 2,237 American Legion Post 193 in Highland, and 1,481 at Ellenville Public Library.
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Day 2 of early voting draws more long lines at Westchester polling sites

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Long lines at polling places continued on Day 2 of early voting in New York.
Voter Kirsti Pisso made sure she was outside the Westchester County Board of Elections no later than 8 a.m. Sunday. She was born in Australia and became a U.S. citizen two years ago.
“I just want to know that my very first vote as a U.S. citizen – particularly this election – is going to be received and counted. So I’m not taking any chances,” she says.
Pisso was not the only one who got there bright and early.
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Four alternatives unveiled for Poughkeepsie interchange

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Transportation Council, in consultation with state, county, and local agencies, has unveiled four planning concepts for the Route 9/44/55 interchange in Poughkeepsie. The proposed designs, which are the product of work done by the project team, show a range of possibilities for reconfiguring the interchange.

The concepts are long-range ideas, not actual engineering level designs, and can be viewed online at the project website at www.poughkeepsie94455.com/virtual-meeting.

“I often drive through this location and can say first-hand that it’s a challenge to negotiate the weaves on and off Route 9 – and that’s coming from a resident, so how much more challenging is for visitors to our area? It will be a challenge to secure the federal and state funds necessary to ultimately construct any one of these concepts, but we need to start somewhere, and the first step is to create an informed, bold vision of what might work,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

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Dutchess County to explore youth court

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POUGHKEEPSIE – A proposal by Legislator Craig Brendli in July to establish a Dutchess County Youth Court was tabled by the Republican majority of the legislature until Tuesday night when a modified draft was passed by the entire 25-member board.

The original plan called for the creation of a youth court as a diversion to court for first-time youth offenders where they are represented, tried, and sentenced by their trained peers.  Similar programs exist in Putnam and Ulster counties.

The resolution passed on Tuesday night calls for the study to be conducted to determine the feasibility of a youth court or youth restorative justice program.  Town of Wappinger lawmaker Joey Cavaccini said that the original proposal was too narrow, and the study is a better idea.  “I want to see what types of programs are available for youth before committing to establishing a youth court.”

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CDCR Reports Deuel Vocational Institution Shutting Down Due To COVID-19 State Budget Cuts – Weekly Highlights – Breaking Down COVID-19 in CDCR

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This week, we are highlighting a narrative from Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, New York.

Adapting to life in a 30-man communal cell has not been easy for Corey Devon Arthur. As a maximum security prisoner for over two decades, Arthur had inhabited a single-person cell— an environment free from the lack of privacy, stress, and smells of his new residence.

“A cell was and is where I feel most at home,” said Arthur in an editorial published by the Marshall Project.

But Arthur’s living condition changed significantly following his reclassification as a medium A security prisoner. In the eyes of prison officials, Arthur is no longer considered dangerous enough to warrant his own cell.

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Speedway honors first responders and remembers 9/11

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KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Nineteen years ago, the nation suffered a devasting attack when Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners, crashing two of them into New York City’s Twin Towers and another into the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

The fourth, United Airlines Flight 93, was taken over by courageous passengers who tragically perished retaking control of the craft. It fell out of the sky into a field in Somerset County, PA before the hijackers could crash it into its intended target.

On Saturday, September 12, Bethel Motor Speedway (BMS) continued its annual tradition of a first responders salute presented on the track during intermission between practice sessions, hot laps and the evening’s schedule of races.

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J.C. Penney Will Remain Open in Poughkeepsie Longer Than Expected

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It looks like customers in the Hudson Valley will have more time to shop at J.C. Penney.

The national department store chain announced in June that they would be shutting down their location in the Poughkeepsie Galleria. In 2015 the retail company closed its store at the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston. Since then, there have been numerous closings and layoffs across the country, including the shuttering of the Palisades Center location in 2017. Now, with the Poughkeepsie Galleria location closing, the only store left will be in Middletown at the Galleria at Crystal Run.

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DC Ranked Among Best in Nation for Technology Use During COVID-19

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Dutchess County has been ranked among the best in the nation for its innovative technology used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Digital Counties Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties has ranked Dutchess County as the number two mid-sized county government for its use of technology.

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