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Agency cleans up fuels spilled by Irene

SCHOHARIE (AP) -- New York State's environmental chief said crews are busy cleaning up fuel spills following Tropical Storm Irene, including a major one in Schoharie County that sent diesel, gasoline and other fuel spilling from massive tanks.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens toured the site Tuesday where floodwaters lifted and tipped over a 60,000-gallon tank and two 20,000-gallon tanks at a storage site in Schoharie, 26 miles west of Albany.

Contractors vacuumed up what they could at the Ottman and Enders facility. But officials don't know yet how much fuel escaped or how far it spread. Some may have gone into nearby Schoharie Creek.

Martens said his agency has responded to 430 spills since midnight Sunday.

In Rye, Westchester County authorities said 99 residents and three businesses at an apartment complex will be displaced for weeks after a fuel tank ruptured during the storm.


Police fatally shoot man brandishing knife

POINT LOOKOUT (AP) -- Police on Long Island say a man was shot to death after he charged at officers with a 12-inch knife.

It was the second shooting in two days involving Nassau County police. The first man survived.

Police did not identify the man who was fatally shot early Tuesday outside a home in Point Lookout. Marie Doerbecker told Newsday that the victim was her son, Kurt Doerbecker, 23. Doerbecker was a psychology major at Queens College who played for the college's baseball team in 2010, according to Newsday, which cited the college's website.

On Monday, police wounded Brandon Pasker of Hempstead after he allegedly stole a patrol car and led officers on a high-speed chase.


Storm's effects delay start of colleges' classes

STONY BROOK (AP) -- At least four Long Island colleges have delayed the start of classes as they deal with the effects of Tropical Storm Irene.

Stony Brook University, Suffolk County Community College, Farmingdale State College and Old Westbury State College are either dealing with cleanup and power outages or giving students more time to travel safely in the aftermath of the storm, according to Newsday.

Farmingdale had been slated to open Saturday but will now start on Tuesday. Stony Brook and Suffolk Community will open on Tuesday instead of Monday. At Old Westbury, classes will begin next Wednesday instead of Monday.

At Adelphi University in Garden City, students' move-in day has been moved from Sunday to Monday, but classes will begin on schedule next Wednesday.

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