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The National Transportation Safety Board has begun releasing its final report in a nearly year-long study on the crash of Flight 34-07 in Clarence. Most of the blame today, is being placed on the pilots.Investigators with the NTSB say the Captain, Marvin Renslow, overreacted to warnings that his plane was entering an aerodynamic stall. They also faulted First Officer Rebecca Shaw for not taking preventative measures. Despite the chilly weather and pilot comments about ice on the wings, investigators say ice build-up was not a factor. Mechanical failures were also ruled out.

But conversation in the cockpit is being called the number one failure in the accident.
Colgan Air, the company that operated Flight 34-07, released a statement today saying the two pilots, quote, “had repeatedly demonstrated they knew what to do, and yet did not do it. We cannot speculate on why they did not use their training in dealing with the situation.”
Family members of the victims in last year’s crash were briefed in private today, ahead of the public report.
 
Senator Mike Ranzenhofer has announced that he is joining a task force in Albany to crack down on Medicaid fraud.
Currently, estimates show that Medicaid fraud costs the state about 5-billion dollars annually.
Ranzenhofer says the task force has a plan in place to try and fix the problem at the grassroots level, by visiting counties across the state and holding public hearings.
Ranzenhofer is the Senator for New York’s 61st district, which includes Genesee County.
 
State Police are ratcheting up the pressure once again on drunk driving.
The annual Stop-DWI-New York campaign kicks into high gear this week for the Super Bowl. According to a release, troopers will be out in force, utilizing heightened checkpoints and patrols to bring down drunk drivers.
This is the first of seven STOP-DWI crackdown periods throughout the year.
 
New York State has released numbers on the amount of cash your senators and assembly-people are spending. It’s part of the See-Thru New York campaign for transparency in government.
In the assembly, local representative Steven Hawley ranked 135th out of 155 members, spending $100,790 in the last legislative session. That number pales in comparison to New York City assemblymen, who spent anywhere from $600,000 to $800,000 on expenses in just one year.
Hawley says it takes responsibility to keep personal spending down. He also speculates that the freedom those Assemblymen show with spending is reflected in their reckless budget practices.
Senator Mike Ranzenhofer ranked 68th out of 69 Senators, spending just $29,000 in his first year in office.
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