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NEW YORK (TNS) — Gov. Kathy Hochul was joined by NFL greats from New York’s three pro football teams on Thursday to urge fans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — although they didn’t exactly agree on whom to root for on Sunday.

ANGELICA — “The end of the Civil War was near when quite accidentally a hero who sneezed abruptly turned a retreat into victory.”

On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, people across the country and in much of the world reminisced about where they were, how the world was then and how it is now.

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ALBANY — New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, who was a leading defender of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has submitted his resignation, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday.

President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer have based the future of the entire Democratic agenda on a trick. And now many Democrats are increasingly concerned — terrified, actually — that the trick won’t work.

ALBANY (TNS) — In recent Facebook campaign ads, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik claims that offering a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants would doom her Republican Party.

President Joe Biden last week launched a full-throated defense of his tax plan built around two points: The rich are cheating and the IRS can’t catch them. As a result the top 1% has evaded $160 billion in taxes, he said.

LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus County lawmakers voted Wednesday to add nearly 11,600 acres in eight towns, plus acreage in the cities of Olean and Salamanca, to the land set for aerial spraying of adulticide for mosquitoes that carry Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus.

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ALBANY — New York state has stopped paying legal bills for state employees who worked for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he faced ongoing investigations on the state and federal level.

WELLSVILLE — Allegany County’s largest hospital is asking residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as case counts rise and more than a third of inpatient treatment is for those with the disease.

The Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau is pleased to announce this week’s featured Youth Citizenship Award recipient is Olivia Payne. Olivia is the daughter of Betsy Scurr and the granddaughter of Dale and the late Emilene Scurr and is a senior at Franklinville Central School.

The Potter County Education Council, Tri-Co Connections, the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging, the Seneca Highlands CTC and local school districts are continuing to team up to implement a county-wide program called Seniors 2 Seniors.

OLEAN — Cattaraugus County plans to begin aerial spraying to kill mosquitoes carrying eastern equine encephalitis over the entire town of Conewango and parts of four surrounding towns Wednesday night.

ALBANY (TNS) — New York’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund has roughly $9 billion in debt, more than double what the state took four years to repay following the Great Recession that ended in 2009.