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Cohoes couple illegally collected more than $16,000 in benefits

COHOES- A married couple from Cohoes admit to collecting Medicare, food stamp and low incoming housing benefits they weren’t entitled to.

Hayatullah Amirijan and Lailuma Meherdil pleaded guilty in Albany County Court Tuesday.

Amirijan admitted to grand larceny and Meherdil pleaded guilty to welfare fraud.

The two failed to report income while filling out applications to receive social security benefits.

The couple collected more than $10,000 in Medicare and food stamp benefits on top of almost $6,000 in low income housing assistance from the Cohoes Housing Authority.

The two face up to 6 months in prison as well as full restitution.

Schneiderman: pharmacy tobacco selling unacceptable

ALBANY - New York's attorney general says it's hypocritical for drugs stores to keep selling tobacco products, and at least 26 other attorneys general agree with him. That's why they're "urging" major pharmacy chains to get tobacco off their shelves.

In pointing out that pharmacies and drug stores are increasingly marketing themselves as a source of community healthcare, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says it sends a mixed message to continue selling tobacco products.

"Once chains are doing the right thing, becoming health care providers and not health care destroyers" Schneiderman says, "there is a lot of pressure that can be brought to bear in a variety of ways."

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing 480,000 Americans a year. Twenty million Americans have died prematurely as a result of smoking since 1965.

Police: Cohoes man arrested, BAC more than 3x the legal limit

Michael Vautrin faces Aggravated DWI charges - Waterford Police

WATERFORD – Waterford Police say they caught a Cohoes man driving drunk on Saturday.

Police arrested Michael Vautrin after a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

Police say Vautrin refused sobriety testing and was arrested.

The investigation later determined the 31-year-old had a blood alcohol level of .26 percent. That’s more than 3 times the legal limit in New York State.

He faces DWI and aggravated DWI charges.

Polls close on Crimea secession vote

The polls have closed in Crimea. Sunday, voters were to decide whether or not to leave Ukraine and join Russia. The vote is widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea peninsula to Russia.

Most Crimeans are ethnically Russian. Kiev calls the vote illegal and western governments, including the U.S., have threatened sanctions on Russia if it goes through.

The measure has triggered the worst east to west crisis since the cold war.

Kate Graney is part of the faculty at Skidmore College, specializing in Russia, the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and ethnic conflict.

She says the vote in Crimea only appears to give residents a choice whether to join Russia.

“The way Russia has precipitated this vote with the introduction of troops, the blanketing of propaganda. I think you will see an overwhelming vote for joining Russia,” says Graney.

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Cuomo encourages people to visit historic women's rights locations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is encouraging people to celebrate Women's History Month by visiting historic women's rights locations around New York state.
New York is home to Seneca Falls, where the country's first women's rights convention took place in 1848, and Hyde Park, where Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt lived
Cuomo says the state's Path Through History initiative organizes more than 500 heritage sites across the state, including those important in the women's rights movement.
A full list of the women's rights history sites can be found at www.PathThroughHistory.ny.gov.

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Cohoes-Waterford Elks Lodge gears up for 'Vegas Night'

If you’re feeling lucky, The Cohoes-Waterford Elks Lodge is gearing up for a Vegas Night.

The dice will roll on April 4 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The elks lodge is located at 45 North Mohawk Street, Cohoes.

Fish Fry in Cohoes

COHOES - The Cohoes/Waterford Elks are hosting Fish Fries every Friday from now through Good Friday.

Dinner prices range from $5 to $12.50 per person.

You can eat in or take out.

For more information call 235-3222.