The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival took place in 1969 on the famous property known as Max Yasgur's farm, which was part of the rolling hillsides of the Hudson Valley. Almost 46 years later, the same farmland is now known as the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Over this past Memorial Day weekend, a festival called Mysteryland USA brought a new generation of music lovers to the grounds. The crowd was much smaller than in 1969; the weather was too cold for many to camp out, and some of the revelers ended up with felony drug charges lodged against them by the New York State Police.
Drug dragnets are a good public relations tool for local law enforcement authorities, but whether they bring about a lasting reduction in drug trafficking activities in the particular locality is highly questionable due to decades of experience indicating just the opposite. Recently, a drug sweep by New York authorities resulted in 21 arrests on drug charges in the Tompkins County area. Several state agencies joined with the Tompkins County Sheriff's office in conducting the investigation and the sweep.
It appears that the job of legislation is being upended by the scandals of corruption in Albany. The majority leader of the New York Senate, Dean G. Skelos, and his son are widely expected to be arrested by federal prosecutors in the few days. They will be charged with the criminal offense of public corruption under federal law.
Everyone has domestic disputes, but the law steps in when the conflict becomes threatening to the security of one or more family members. Incidents of domestic violence in New York are often reported by neighbors in response to loud noise and arguing that signifies something is extraordinarily amiss. The incident is alternatively often reported by the victim of the assaulting behavior.