Some new information has come to light regarding the escape of the two Prisoners from the Dannemora Correctional Facility. Governor Cuomo issued a press release, indicating that surviving escapee, David Sweat, had said that he and his accomplice, Richard Matt, had originally planned to flee to Mexico with a prison worker named Joyce Mitchell. Confirming the original story, Sweat said that he and Matt were to kill Mitchell's husband in return for her help in their escape. Mitchell remains jailed. When she backed out of the plan, Sweat and Matt headed out on foot toward Canada, and ended up splitting up just a few days before Matt was killed and Sweat was shot and captured. Sweat's condition had been upgraded to serious, and Albany Medical Professionals said his injuries did not require immediate surgery. Another prison employee, Corrections Officer Gene Palmer, faces charges for the escape as well, and has waived his right to a preliminary hearing, so the case could go ahead with grand jury action, according to 7 News. Palmer is facing charges of tampering with evidence and official misconduct, as well as promoting prison contraband.
New York State has officially banned hydrofracking. The Department of Conservation participated in a seven year review and released their findings on Monday, saying that the oil drilling procedure poses significant threats to air, water, and other natural resources, and could have serious negative effects on public health. Additionally, their findings statement says that there are no alternatives in the hydrofracking method that could alleviate these fears or concerns.
The State Wage Board has held their first meeting in New York's capitol and has agreed with the Governor's original suggestion to raise fast food workers' wages substantially. 7 News says that although board members have not yet agreed on how high the pay rate should go or when it would go into effect, they understand concerns raised by workers, who say that they have trouble making ends meet with fluctuating schedules and low pay. The state minimum wage is set to rise to 9 dollars an hour. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown added to the voices, saying that a wage hike will be recommended, but not one that would result in layoffs.
The Ogdensburg Walgreen's Store has officially closed its doors as of 10 pm last night. Corporate officials say that the move came as a result of a declining customer base and a push by the parent company to streamline operations elsewhere. The closure will effect 20 employees, who have either been laid off or transfered to another store.
Brockville city police are on the look out for a young man who assaulted two people with bear spray Sunday night. Officers were called to an unnamed coffee shop around 8:25, where earlier a 19 year old man had sprayed a male and a female with what police believe was bear repellant. The man is wanted for assault with a weapon but no physical descriptors were provided by police. Police are also seeking a suspect in a tire slashing incident. Officers say that at 9:10 Sunday morning, all four tires were slashed on a car parked at the owner's residence in the south end of the city. The incident occurred sometime over night.