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On Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo shamelessly transferred the responsibility for the unfortunate death of his state’s nursing home coronavirus to President Trump, arguing that he was simply following the lead of the CDC.

Cuomo has recently received heavy criticism of the now-reverse March 25 Guideline on nursing homes, which states:

“No occupant [of a nursing home] shall be refused re-entry or entry to the NH [nursing home] solely on the grounds of a verified or alleged diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or surrender.

Last week, Rep. Elise Stefanik called for a federal investigation into Cuomo’s incompetent treatment of the nursing home issue.

To date, over 5,800 residents of the nursing home and adult care facilities have died from Covid-19.

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REPORTER # 1: There is a call for a federal survey of the state’s handling of the nursing home situation, specifically the March Executive Order, which allows COVID-positive patients back to nursing homes. In reflecting on those remarks, I was curious why the executive order was made at the time?

GOV. ANDREW CUOMO: Look, this is a political season, I ‘m going to get it. I’ve been abstaining from politics. I’m not going to get into politics back and forth, but anyone who needs to know why the state did it for COVID patients and nursing home is that the state followed President Trump ‘s instructions from the CDC. And they’re expected to question President Trump. I think that’s going to stop the conversation.

QUESTION: Would you misunderstand the numbers? And that’s the allegation you ‘re making, that you’re trying to change the numbers and make —

GOV. CUOMO:—Let’s do it one at a time. Your first question, why did that happen to the state? Since the state adopted President Trump’s CDC instructions, all right? That’s the resolution. No numbers have been modified.

REPORTER # 2: But, governor, you have shown willingness to thwart President Trump at other times. How didn’t you foil him on the March 25 memo? Why did you follow the CDC guidelines? So you’re sorry for that?

GOV. CUOMO: Oh, oh, not at all.

REPORTER # 2: I mean, considering the death toll?

GOV. CUOMO: Ok, you’ve got to consider the facts. I know you ‘re the New York Times, but the facts are still facts, aren’t they? Except in the Days, all right? Those are the truth. The CDC guidelines claimed that a nursing home should not discriminate against a COVID resident because the problem at the time was hospital capacity, right? Remember the capability of the hospital? And we have dramatically increased hospital capacity.

When a person doesn’t need an emergency bed in a hospital when they’re not desperately sick because they do — it will take two weeks to check negative because you’re no longer critically ill, it’s best to have a hospital bed and make someone stay there for two weeks in a hospital bed because they don’t require a hospital bed and they’re not desperately ill, they ‘re simply trying to test negative for the antigen. Second, a nursing home can not accept a patient who is not qualified to take care of.

In the case of a COVID condition, the nursing home will say, “I can quarantine, I can separate, I have the right staff, I have the right PPE,” or that the nursing home will not accept the condition because, on the third level, we also had substitute rooms. Any nursing home who says, “I can’t handle the COVID patient,” for whatever reason, I don’t know what the excuse is, “I don’t have the workers, I don’t have the energy, I’m overstressed, I don’t have the PPE,” we do have substitute beds. Because of this, we’ve had alternate rooms. We never got to a point where we bumped up against the power. So every nursing home will just say, “I can’t handle a COVID person at my hospital.”

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CLAVERACK, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Following an incident that left three staff members injured at Brookwood Secure Center for Youth in Claverack, the union representing most of the workers is calling for change.

The incident took place on September 15.

New York State Police and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene. They were able to quickly gain control of the situation, but three staff members suffered minor injuries.

On Monday, CSEA is demanding the New York State Office of Children and Family Services take steps to improve safety at the facility.

They are calling on the state to move the most violent residents over the age of 18 to a more secure facility.

“OCFS must take immediate steps to better protect the workers at Brookwood from the most dangerous people under their care,” said CSEA President Mary E. Sullivan. “We cannot allow these violent attacks on workers to continue, and we need more staff now to protect the workers and residents.”

Sullivan said the move would provide a safer environment for the younger residents and offer the best chance for reform.

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Check your freezer: 14 tons of DiGiorno pizzas recalled over allergy concerns

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(U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service)

(NEXSTAR) – A DiGiorno customer’s complaint about finding the wrong pies in a box labeled as pepperoni pizza has led to the recall of roughly 27,872 pounds of pizza.

Nestle USA Inc. is recalling the frozen DiGiorno Crispy Pan Crust pies because they may actually contain a different type of pizza – DiGiorno’s “three meat” frozen pizza –  which is made with a textured soy protein that is a known allergen, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers,” FSIS announced Sunday in a news release. “Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.”

The pizzas under recall were all produced June 30, 2021, have a lot code of 1181510721 and a “best by” date of March 2022. They also have the establishment number “EST. 1682A” printed on them. See the images below:

The potentially mislabeled pizzas were shipped to retailers and distribution nationwide.

The FSIS is asking people to check their freezers for the recalled pies and either throw them away or return them to the store where they were purchased.

As of Monday there hasn’t been a report of injury or illness.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Bonita Cleveland, Consumer Services Manager at Nestle USA, at 1-800-681-1676 or [email protected]

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Price Chopper/Market 32 offering COVID-19 booster shots

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (WWTI) — Price Chopper/Market 32 is now offering Pfizer’s COVID vaccine boosters in its pharmacies. Those that are eligible for the booster can schedule an appointment on the company’s website.

Price Chopper/Market 32’s vice president of pharmacy Scott Guisinger said he was proud the company is able to continue doing its part to protect community members.

“Price Chopper/Market 32’s community pharmacies are pleased to continue doing our part to protect our communities from COVID-19,” Guisinger said. “We encourage those who qualify for a booster to get one and those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so immediately so they can help protect themselves, their families and their communities.”

The Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose can be administered six months after the initial series completion. The Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommend the Pfizer COVID-19 booster for the following groups:

  • Those 65 years of age or older
  • Residents of a long-term care facility
  • Those 18 through 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions, meaning one of the following:
    • Cancer
    • Cerebrovascular Disease
    • Chronic Kidney Disease
    • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
    • Dementia or other neurological conditions
    • Down syndrome
    • Diabetes Mellitus: Type 1 and Type 2
    • Heart Conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies or hypertension)
    • HIV
    • Overweight (BMI ≥25 kg/m2)and Obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2)
    • Pregnancy and Recent Pregnancy
    • Smoker: Current and Former
    • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
    • Substance use disorders
    • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease
  • Those 18 through 64 years of age who are at a greater risk because of their occupational or institutional settings, such as frontline workers including grocery workers, health care workers, caregivers for frail or immunocompromised people, people in homeless shelters and people in correctional facilities.

Those who received Moderna or Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations are not eligible for a booster dose at this time. More information about the Price Chopper/Market 32 vaccine program is available on Price Chopper/Market’s 32’s website.

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WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Congress is taking another step toward helping veterans exposed to toxic burn pits.

Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz of California pushed to have measures addressing the military’s use of toxic burn pits in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. Those measures will expand eligibility to those that serve in Egypt and Syria, enhance training about health effects, increase exposure reporting and help in the pursuit of alternatives to military burn pits.

Ruiz said while this is an important step, he is still working to get a comprehensive burn pit bill brought to the House floor. Ruiz said that bill would stop requiring veterans to prove their condition is a direct result of burn pits.

“[It would] put the burden of proof on the VA to prove that it wasn’t,” he said.

Ruiz is working with bipartisan senators, like Republican Marco Rubio of Florida and Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York to get that portion funded. But progress has been stalled on Capitol Hill.

Washington Correspondent Kellie Meyer asked Rubio what’s getting in the way.

“Cost,” Rubio answered.

Ruiz said paying for war must include care of service members when they return.

“We need to provide them the care and benefits that they need. It is a commitment, it is a promise, it is the right thing to do so money should not be the issue when it comes to taking care of our veterans who have sacrificed so much in service to our country,” he said.

The House and the Senate have yet to vote on the measure.

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Ask Amy: Adults want to gently nudge niece into the world

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Dear Amy: At the beginning of the pandemic, my husband and I took in a niece of ours who had been living with other family members after having some mental health problems and leaving college.

Life with her parents is, in my opinion, the cause of much of her mental health problems.

In short, she can’t go home.

However, my spouse and I are looking forward to an empty nest (our youngest is in his senior year at out-of-state university), and we need to find the best way to gently nudge her out into the great big world on her own.

She has a job but has not done much to continue with her college education. We discussed it initially and she took two classes, but hasn’t taken any others.

She was able to make enough money to buy her own car because we aren’t asking for rent, so she could take herself anywhere.

I think it would be better if she lived somewhere closer to home so she could visit if she wants.

Right now, she is 2,500 miles from home, and I can tell she misses her mother and her siblings, who are still there.

Tough love will not be good for this young lady since she is not healthy enough mentally to be given ultimatums or deadlines.

We talk about it often and can’t come up with a plan on our own. We’d appreciate your recommendations.

— Almost Empty-Nester

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GOP blocks bill to keep government going; new try ahead

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked a bill to keep the government operating and allow federal borrowing, but Democrats aiming to avert a shutdown pledged to try again — at the same time pressing ahead on President Joe Biden’s big plans to reshape government.

The efforts are not necessarily linked, but the fiscal yearend deadline to fund the government past Thursday is bumping up against the Democrats’ desire to make progress on Biden’s expansive $3.5 trillion federal overhaul.

It’s all making for a tumultuous moment for Biden and his party, with consequences certain to shape his presidency and the lawmakers’ own political futures.

Success would mean a landmark accomplishment, if Democrats can helm Biden’s big bill to passage. Failure — or a highly unlikely government shutdown and debt crisis — could derail careers.

“You know me, I’m a born optimist,” Biden told reporters Monday, as he rolled up his sleeve for a COVID-19 booster shot. “We’re gonna get it done.”

Monday’s 50-48 vote against taking up the bill fell well short of the 60 needed to proceed over a GOP filibuster. Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer switched his vote to “no,” a procedural step to allow him to bring the measure back for consideration, which he said would happen this week.

With days to go, Democrats said they will try again before Thursday’s deadline to pass a bill funding government operations past the Sept. 30 fiscal yearend, stripping out the debate over the debt limit for another day, closer to a separate October deadline.

Meanwhile, the real action is unfolding behind the scenes over the $3.5 trillion measure, with Biden and his Democratic allies in Congress seeking a once-in-a-generation reworking of the nation’s balance sheets.

From free pre-kindergarten and child care subsidies for families with small children to dental care and hearing aids for seniors with Medicare, there’s a lot in the president’s proposal — all to be paid for with higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

With Republicans solidly opposed, Democrats are rushing to trim the total and win holdouts within their own party.

“We just have to make difficult choices,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats during an evening caucus meeting, according to a person granted anonymity to discuss the private session.

As the overall price tag comes down, Pelosi said the president is “working on that piece,” referring to talks underway with the Senate. Despite the rush to amass votes, Pelosi said the House Democrats would not move ahead on a bill until it is acceptable to their colleagues in the Senate. “We’re not there yet,” she said.

Exiting the caucus meeting, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the chairman of the Way & Means Committee, said as momentum builds toward Thursday, he was expecting a new total amount: “Let’s pop the number.”

Building on a separate $1 trillion bipartisan public works package that’s already cleared the Senate and is heading for a House vote, also Thursday, Biden is seeking major spending for health care, education and efforts to tackle climate change. The total price tag, he contends, is actually “zero” — covered by the expected increase in tax revenue.

He is personally calling fellow Democrats in Congress an effort to resolve differences and bring his sweeping domestic policy vision forward.

Ticking off the weighty list of goals along with meeting the other deadlines, Biden said, “If we do that, the country’s going to be in great shape.”

Biden, Pelosi and Schumer conferred in the afternoon on the path forward and will “continue their close coordination over the coming days,” the White House said in a readout of the call.

But Republicans say it’s real spending that can’t be afforded, and a reflection of the Democrats’ drive to insert government into people’s lives.

And so far, the bill is also too big for key Democrats whose votes are needed in the face of the GOP opposition. Two Democratic holdouts, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have said they won’t support a bill of that size. Manchin has previously proposed spending of $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion.

Progressive lawmakers said they’ve already compromised enough with more centrist Democrats, but in one potential development, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, confirmed she and Sinema have been in talks.

With all Republicans opposed, Democratic leaders can’t spare a single vote in the 50-50 Senate, relying on Vice President Kamala Harris to break a tie to pass the eventual package.

All this comes as other deadlines swirl this week to pay for government operations and allow more borrowing or risk a devastating federal shutdown or debt default — though those dire scenarios appear unlikely.

The bill Senate Republicans rejected Monday night would have funded government operations temporarily, to early December, while also providing emergency funds for Hurricane Ida and other disaster relief and for Afghan refugees.

Republican leader Mitch McConnell rejected that approach because Democrats also included a provision to suspend the debt limit, which would allow continued borrowing to pay off the nation’s bills.

Once a routine matter, raising the debt limit is now a political weapon of choice wielded by Republicans to attack Democrats — even though both parties have been responsible for piling on debt.

“The Democrats will do the responsible thing — the right thing, the thing that has been done for decades by both parties — and vote yes,” said Schumer ahead of the vote.

He called the Republican opposition “unhinged.”

McConnell has said he wants to fund the government and prevent a devastating debt default, but wants to force Democrats to split the package in two and take the politically uncomfortable debt ceiling vote on their own.

“Republicans are not rooting for a shutdown or a debt limit breach,” he said.

The House began debating the public works bill late Monday, and while it won bipartisan support in the Senate, House Republican leaders are wary of supporting it. Donald Trump, the former president who tried and failed to secure an infrastructure deal when he was in the White House, is rallying opposition to it.

As Pelosi huddled privately Monday with House Democrats, it was clear she is pressing ahead to move as swiftly as possible on Biden’s broader package.

Biden’s proposal is to be paid for by increasing the corporate tax rate, from 21% to 26.5% on businesses earning more than $5 million a year, and raising the top rate on individuals from 37% to 39.6% for those earning more than $400,000 a year, or $450,000 for couples.

While Democrats are largely in agreement on Biden’s vision — many ran their campaigns on the longstanding party priorities — stubborn disputes remain, including how to push toward cleaner energy or to lower prescription drug costs.

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Associated Press writers Hope Yen, Alan Fram and Kevin Freking contributed to this report.

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Pfizer to submit COVID-19 vaccine data in children in matter of ‘days,’ CEO says

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(NEXSTAR) – Pfizer’s CEO says the company is close to submitting results of COVID-19 vaccine trials among children ages 5-11 in a bid to become the first vaccine maker to gain regulatory authorization.

“I think we are going to submit this data pretty soon. It’s a question of days, not weeks,” Albert Bourla told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

Earlier this month, Dr. Peter Marks, the FDA’s vaccine chief, said he was “very, very hopeful” that children in that age range could receive vaccinations against COVID-19 by the end of of the year, or sooner.

Marks said he hoped the FDA would be able to analyze Pfizer’s study results “in a matter of weeks.”

As the delta variant continues to rip through unvaccinated populations, including school-aged children, many parents, teachers and public officials are anxiously awaiting expanded access to the vaccine. Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are among people who weren’t vaccinated.

With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, U.S. health authorities said they’re confident there will be enough for both qualified older Americans seeking booster shots and the young children for whom initial vaccines are expected to be approved in the not-too-distant future.

The spike in demand — expected following last week’s federal recommendation on booster shots — would be the first significant jump in months. More than 70 million Americans remain unvaccinated despite the enticement of lottery prizes, free food or gifts and pleas from exhausted health care workers as the average number of deaths per day climbed to more than 1,900 in recent weeks.

Federal and state health authorities said current supply and steady production of more doses can easily accommodate those seeking boosters or initial vaccination, avoiding a repeat of the frustratingly slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across the country early this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hitmen let mom get child out before killing 7 in Juarez home, newspaper says

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Meth trafficking behind massacre, burning of bodies inside home on Division del Norte neighborhood, police say

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – A group of sicarios allowed a woman to retrieve her 2-year-old son before murdering her brothers and some guests, then setting fire to their corpses inside a home in Juarez, Mexico, over the weekend, a newspaper reported.

The unidentified woman told El Diario she and a female friend had been consuming crystal meth inside the home, left momentarily to the store, then came back to find armed men holding people inside the house hostage. The woman told the newspaper the men let her get her child out but she couldn’t convince them to spare her brothers.

The gunmen killed five men and a woman inside the house Saturday after fatally wounding a seventh victim and injuring three others in the backyard, Chihuahua state police told Border Report on Monday. The attackers then set the six bodies inside the house on fire.

Drugs sales appear to be the motive behind the Saturday night attack, police said.

“A solid line of investigation points to the sale of drugs,” said state police spokesman Alejandro Rubalcava. “Investigators have compiled statements regarding drug sales in that home, specifically crystal methamphetamine.”

Juarez police investigate the scene where six men and one woman were shot to death inside the Division del Norte neighborhood. Six of the bodies were set on fire. (Border Report photo)

The spokesman said no arrests had been made as of late Monday morning. A total of 20 people were murdered between Friday and Monday in Juarez, a city used by two drug cartels – La Linea and Sinaloa – as a staging point for drugs into the United States and where domestic or in-house drug sales have skyrocketed in the past few years as well.

Residents of the Division del Norte neighborhood told KTSM they had repeatedly complained to police about drug activity at the home, but never got a response. Residents said a group of four or five men with guns and rifles arrived at the home late Saturday in a white Chevrolet Suburban before shots rang out.

Juarez police officials in the past have blamed drug cartels for attacks on civilians who police believe are involved in illegal activities and aren’t giving a cut to the cartels. Last month, members of one such organization allegedly burned cars in four junkyards and left a sign accusing the owners of selling stolen vehicles, El Heraldo reported. Authorities later arrested members of La Linea on arson charges.

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These are the remains of the home where seven people were killed in Juarez, Mexico, this past weekend. The bodies were set ablaze inside the house. (Border Report photo)

Last year, members of a criminal organization shot and cut off the hands of a man they accused of stealing auto parts, La Verdad reported. A sign warning other alleged thieves was left next to the man, who survived the assault. The warning was signed by the New Juarez Cartel.

Juarez has recorded more than 1,000 homicides this year, including 91 so far in September.

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FULTON COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Cases of COVID-19 and ensuing quarantines have led to temporary cancellations of bus routes for some students in both the Johnstown and Gloversville school districts. Buses carrying secondary students in both districts won’t be running for the next eight school days.

“I didn’t expect this at all. It was either transport him, or have him be remote,” said Cassie Freese, a Johnstown parent.

Some parents in both districts were told Sunday evening that their children’s buses would temporarily stop running over the next several days.

For Freese, that means a completely different daily routine. Monday morning, she had to bring her son to work for a half hour at 7, but with school opening at 7:30, she had to leave work before returning. After leaving work at noon, she had to return downtown at 2:30 to pick him up.

“I mean how many people can go to work and just leave to go take their kid, you know? It’s really rough, I hope it doesn’t continue. It’s okay for the short time being, but long term, we can’t do it,” she explained.

The temporary cancellations are impacting over 300 secondary students in the two districts, which are served by buses from HFM BOCES.

“This quarantine of bus drivers, which is already kind of a decimated staff, makes it even harder to make sure those transportation routes can take care of our students,” said Johnstown Superintendent Dr. William Crankshaw.

In Gloversville, the superintendent says most impacted students were in the classroom Monday. He’s asked counselors and administrators in both the middle and high school to reach out to effected students who were not.

“So we can do everything we can to get these kids in school, or make sure the synchronous learning efforts are effective,” David Halloran said.

NEWS10 reached out to HFM BOCES transportation but have not received a statement.

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WHITE CREEK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – In the southern Washington County town of White Creek, an out-of-use factory may be in line for a new – and newly legal – line of use.

Businessman Tim Lorito came before the Warren-Washington Industrial Development Agency with a pitch, now approved for a public hearing, leaving it up to the townspeople whether the former Morcon Tissue facility at 879 Route 22 will be the future site of a growing and processing facility for recreational cannabis production.

White Creek Supervisor James Griffith is hoping the public will say yes.

“It’s not really the expansion of marijuana,” Griffith said during a phone call on Monday. “It’s the expansion of agriculture and agritourism.”

The facility would create at least 25 jobs with a base pay of $35,000/year, between growing marijuana flower and extracting oils to then be sold to companies that manufacture other forms of recreational cannabis, such as edibles.

That would leave a big impact in the roughly 2,500-resident community, between Cambridge and Hoosick Falls. Griffith is especially interested in the impact a plant like that could have for area students who want to enter the workforce or a trade profession after graduating high school.

“They’re going to stay in the area, and we want to have jobs for them so they can have a sustainable life,” he said.

He’s also interested in working with existing horticultural programs at WSWHE BOCES to bridge that gap.

The project is a $5 million endeavor, and Lorito is examining mortgage tax and payment-in-lieu-of-taxes options with the IDA.

The White Creek location would be the second cannabis enterprise for Lorito, who currently operates a 10,000 square foot building in Oregon. The Morcon building offers plenty of space for the new plan, which includes use for a 14,000 square foot building for growing, and another 6,000 for processing.

Anything produced by the new facility would have to be sold by licensed sellers within New York, by part of state law established when recreational marijuana was legalized in the state in the spring.

Those dispensary licenses haven’t been distributed yet, but when that part of the process gets going, those businesses and farms will build relationships on their own, keeping the money within financial ecosystems in the state.

“So you won’t be able to sell in Massachusetts, won’t be able to sell in Vermont, won’t be able to sell in New Jersey.”

New York will begin accepting growing applications in January. As long as the community approves the new enterprise, all Lorito will have to do is apply and wait.

As far as the public vote – which does not have a date, but which Griffith said should take place within the next few weeks – public opinion is something the supervisor feels good about.

“I know that some people are completely against marijuana, but the reality is that in New York it is legal,” Griffith said. “They are going to set parameters on growing and cultivating and retail, and ultimately, the positive thing is the jobs.”

Meanwhile, Griffith is also the general manager of the Aviation Mall in Queensbury, and said that federal law would not allow him to invite a marijuana dispensary to operate within the mall at this time.

But, things could always change.

“There is a bill in the house that Chuck Schumer introduced just two weeks ago to allow less restrictive banking for companies working on business with marijuana industries,” he explained.

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