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Shelters sought for dogs in cruelty case

WALLKILL (AP) -- Authorities have seized dozens of dogs from a woman accused of animal cruelty and are trying to find shelters for another 31 still living on her Orange County property.

Rescue groups began removing the animals from Sylvia Panetta's home following her arrest on April 30. Initially there were more than 70 dogs at the home. Many were malnourished or sick.

The Times Herald-Record reported that another 18 Rottweilers were removed Thursday.

Jamie Gaebel of the Mountain Rottie Rescue group said help is still needed caring for so many animals.


Girl, 4, dials 911, helps save brother

AMITYVILLE (AP) -- When they talked about calling 911 in Grace Varley's prekindergarten class, she must have been listening.

The 4-year-old Long Island girl calmly dialed for help Wednesday after her younger brother choked on a piece of chicken and passed out.

A police officer who lived near the family's home was on the scene within moments. Officer John Adriella dislodged the food and got the child breathing again.

Gracie is being hailed as a hero. The police sergeant who took her call told Newsday that she was "cool and collected" on the line.

For a few minutes, the situation was desperate. A grandmother taking care of the children was unable to clear the boy's airway and had carried the child outside as she yelled for help.


Historic Navy Yard gets new high-tech jobs

ALBANY (AP) -- An industrial park at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard is getting nearly 300 new jobs.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have announced that two high-technology tenants are moving into the facility on the Brooklyn waterfront. The new tenants are Crye Precision, which makes body-armor and clothing for the U.S. military, and a manufacturer called New Lab.

The new effort will make use of machine shops that date back to World War II.

The 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard has 275 businesses and 6,000 workers. That's up from 230 businesses and 3,600 workers in 2001.


Tax collections beat projections

ALBANY (AP) -- In more evidence of a slow, uneven recovery, New York State tax collections have been higher than projected but still less than a year ago.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said tax collections for April, which is the first month of the state's fiscal year, were almost $500 million above what was predicted in the state budget adopted in late March.

But the amount collected was more than $330 million short of one year ago for the same period.

DiNapoli said it's too early to say if the collections are showing a trend of beating projections.