Denise Nickerson, The Journal News

Denise Nickerson

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New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Denise:

New York boaters can now take safety course online

New Internet-based courses will allow New York boaters to obtain a safety certificate after completing an approved online course, the state Parks Department announced. → Read More

Home sales overall are up, but prices only rise in Rockland

Home sales continued to grow last month, helping the total housing sale market increase more than 5 percent during this year's first quarter, a report released Wednesday by the state Association of Realtors said. → Read More

As water main breaks rise in New York, cities to get state help

Harsh winter conditions were a challenge for water main systems and service lines in New York cities, who may soon get state help to pay for the unexpected expense of fixing busted pipes. → Read More

Heroin: N.Y. schools to get antidote

New York schools will soon receive kits to combat heroin abuse as part of the state's new $142 billion budget. The budget includes a program to outfit the state's 3,000 school districts with naloxone, a medication used to reverse the impact of opioid overdoses and help the user regain consciousness. → Read More

Reports show mixed sentiment on NY economy

Consumer confidence in New York reached its highest point in 8 years, a survey found → Read More

Online system created to help crime victims

Crime victims seeking compensation for expenses including medical, relocation and lost of funds can now file personal claims online, → Read More

Childhood poverty reaches 'epidemic' proportions in NY cities

Childhood poverty has reached "epidemic" proportions for all ethnic and racial groups in upstate New York cities, a report Friday from the Assembly Puerto/Rican Task Force found. 23 percent of New York's 4.2 million children under the age of 18 lived below the federal poverty line in 2014, the report said. → Read More

NY outlines $900M for parks by 2020

A plan to transform state parks by 2020 using $900 million includes money for a site in Dutchess County. → Read More

Heroin-prevention grants: $8.1M available for community groups

An $8.1 million, five-year federal fund will be used to help local community organizations raise public awareness for the 12 to 25-year-old age range, through statewide and local media campaigns, amid a growing heroin epidemic. → Read More

State offers free tax-filing centers for income-eligible residents

Families earning less than $60,000 in 2014 can e-file returns free at 80 N.Y. sites. → Read More

How about them apples? NY ranks 2nd in U.S. again

ALBANY – New York yet again ranks as the nation's second-highest producer of apples and third-highest producer of grapes, a recent USDA statistical report says. New York's apple industry has ranked second every year since 1996, and the state has been third in grape production since 1987, state officials said. Only California and Washington produce more grapes than New York annually; only… → Read More

Audit: NY lost $120M in prescription rebates

ALBANY – The state Department of Health could do more to maximize rebates from drug companies after auditors found that the department failed to collect nearly $120 million, a state audit Wednesday said. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said the department's failure to collect the rebates was due to its "ineffective policies and processes." "The Department of Health must be diligent in its pursuit of… → Read More

'Zombie' properties: Schneiderman re-ups push for bill

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is again pushing a bill to make lenders responsible for maintaining certain abandoned properties, expanding it to re-direct fines to towns that need more code enforcers. → Read More

Nyack trooper grad: 'I felt like I could help more people'

State Police on Tuesday had 226 troopers graduate from basic training, and they will report Thursday for field duty at barracks around New York. → Read More

NY health exchange surpasses 2 million enrollees

ALBANY – More than 2 million New Yorkers have enrolled in health insurance coverage through the state's exchange during this year's open enrollment period, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. Of those enrollees, 1.49 million picked Medicaid and 512,968 chose private insurance, the state said. "This is a tremendous milestone for the state's health exchange, and one that represents another important… → Read More

New York state recoups $30M for workers

Returned money for workers who failed to receive the proper minimum wage, overtime pay or fringe benefits reached an all-time high last year, with $30.2 million disbursed to about 27,000 workers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. → Read More

Pleasantville schools underreported violence; state audit

The state Education Department says it will adopt recommended changes → Read More

'Sign Up NY' for health insurance hits malls statewide

Health marketplace representatives will provide assistance through Feb. 14 → Read More

NY gets $6.2M to help domestic-violence victims

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state has received $6.2 million in federal grants to aid services for victims of sexual → Read More

New York bans tattoos, piercings on pets

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a bill into law that will ban tattoos and piercing on pets. The Legislature passed the bill in June that will prohibit animal piercing and tattooing with the exception for medical or identification purposes. → Read More