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Matt's Fish Fry in Cohoes destroyed by fire

Matt's Fish Fry in Cohoes was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning. - Nicole Hart / WNYT

COHOES - A well-known eatery in Cohoes burned to the ground Wednesday morning.

Flames at Matt's Fish Fry on Saratoga Street was first spotted shortly after 4 a.m.

The eatery closes at 7 p.m. so firefighters aren't sure how long the restaurant had been burning.

The building is destroyed.

The fire chief says it's a big loss for the community, especially this time of the year.

 “Especially this time of the year, the lent's here. One of the guys said they actually got fish from this guy. It's gonna be a big loss,” says Chief Joseph Fahd.

No one was injured.

Fire investigators say it was probably started by an electrical problem in furnace room.

The owner of business says he plans to rebuild.

SUNY College of Nanoscale Science And Engineering welcomes guidance counselors

SUNY College of Nanoscale Science And Engineering is welcoming Capital Region guidance counselors on Tuesday morning.

The guidance counselors will take a tour of the facility and review and learn about the opportunities the college can provide to students.

The counselors come from Albany, Amsterdam, Averill Park, Ballston Spa, Broadalbin-Perth, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Brunswick, Clifton Park, Cohoes, Colonie, Craryville, Davenport, Duanesburg, Fayetteville-Manlius, Hoosick Falls, Guilderland, Lansingburgh, Latham, Mayfield, Northville, Queensbury, Red Hook, Saranac Lake, Schodack, Sharon Springs, and Voorheesville.

New York officials looking for ways to battle heroin abuse

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A legislative task force in New York is taking a look at ways to address the rise in heroin and opioid abuse.
    
Beginning Tuesday, the Senate task force is holding 12 forums around the state to gather information about the increase in opiate use.
    
The bipartisan task force was created to recommend better treatment and prevention programs.
    
Tuesday's forum is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood Campus.
    
The task force is chaired by Republican Sen. Phil Boyle, who leads the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

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Weapon registration deadline approaches

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Many gun owners expect the deadline for registering assault weapons under New York's strict new law to be largely ignored.
    
The state law passed soon after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in neighboring Connecticut immediately banned New York sales of semi-automatic weapons with detachable magazines and one military-style feature.
    
For an estimated 1 million older guns already owned by New Yorkers, including popular AR-15s, the law requires registration by April 15.
    
State police have established simple online registrations but refuse to say how many they've received.
    
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the gun law. When asked recently about registration, he said he didn't know.
    

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Budget allots for program to train police in dealing with mentally ill

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's new budget allots $400,000 for a pilot program to train police officers in dealing with the mentally ill.
    
Mental health advocates proposed the training to help officers assess and de-escalate confrontations when called to incidents involving psychologically troubled people.
    
The so-called Crisis Intervention Team model is already used in some form by 2,700 jurisdictions nationwide.
    
It teams police officers with mental health professionals.
    
The program includes guidance for 911 dispatchers on gathering information on mental health and addiction issues.
    
It also includes 40 hours of training for patrol officers on topics like maintaining a safety zone while assessing the situation and avoiding the temptation to immediately answer a crisis with force.

Easter bunny coming to Cohoes-Waterford Elks Lodge

Bring the kids to the Cohoes-Waterford Elks Lodge and meet the Easter bunny.

The guest of honor will be at a special Sunday brunch on April 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cohoes Waterford Elks Lodge on 45 North Mohawk Street.

Adults are $7 | Children 4 to 12 are $4 | and children under 4 are free.

Emergency vehicles to get new 'red letter' license plates

This is what the new license plates will look like. - Gov. Cuomo's Office

The familiar color scheme of New York State license plates will soon change for emergency vehicles.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday they will soon have red letters.

The new plates will also have an “EM” sticker to help identify them.

The cars must be registered or controlled in the name of the agency or locality -- which will also be prominently displayed.

There will be no charge for the new plates.

However, the new plates will cost $9.75 to make for a total cost of $48,750 to the state.