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Michael T. Baldwin Reports, 8/18/21

Cannabis at The NYS Fair

New York’s legalization of recreational marijuana means it will be allowed at the New York State Fair (that’s per a report from CNY Central). A Fair spokesperson confirms that anywhere tobacco use is permitted, adult use of marijuana will be permitted. The 18-day New York State Fair begins Friday and ends on Labor Day.

Cuomo Files For Pension

The New York State Comptroller’s Office says the governor has officially filed for retirement, effective Sept. 1. As the law stands right now – Gov. Cuomo will be eligible to receive a state pension. The comptroller’s office says, as of July 31st, he has a little over 14 and a half years of service credit – which could translate to a payout of about $50,000 dollars a year. Some state lawmakers are trying to enact legislation that would strip the pension of anyone who is convicted of impeachment charges, but it’s not clear how much support that has.

Flooding Rains From Fred

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Allegany County until Thursday morning. Widespread heavy rain of 1 to 3 inches with localized amounts of 4 inches is expected as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred impact the Southern Tier to the Finger Lakes and into the North Country today and tonight. Runoff from heavy rain may cause rapid rises on creeks and   streams, leading to flash flooding. The heavy rain may also result in flooding of poor drainage areas and low-lying areas.

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