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NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York congressman known for pressing to protect the environment has died. Former Rep. Maurice Hinchey was 79. His family says in a statement on his Facebook page that the Democrat died Wednesday at his home in Saugerties, in New York's Hudson Valley. The family had announced in June that Hinchey had a rare, progressive neurological condition. Hinchey retired from Congress in 2013, after 20 years there.

NEW YORK (AP) - Protesters say four activists at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade jumped over barriers and briefly sat down in the street to protest the end of a program that extended protections to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. A spokesman for activist group Cosecha says they sat down near the start of the parade at about 9:10 a.m. Police quickly escorted them back. Spokesman Roberto Juarez sys the four are recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Police in New York state say they're stepping up traffic enforcement through the holiday weekend. State troopers will supplement regular patrols statewide looking for drivers who are speeding, impaired or texting. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says local police agencies also will take part in the enforcement effort.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York officials are asking state residents to think locally when choosing a Christmas tree. State agricultural officials say there are 875 farms in upstate New York that sell more than 300,000 trees a year. The Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York website lists local farms.

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