State news in brief

Company apologizes after allegations

WALDEN (AP) — Angry Orchard has issued an apology and fired a manager at its Hudson Valley cidery following allegations of racial bias against black patrons who were celebrating a marriage proposal.

Cathy-Marie Hamlet wrote on Facebook that white security employees at the Walden cider garden interrupted her fiance as he was proposing to her Sunday, accusing him of stealing a T-shirt. Hamlet said she and her friends were approached multiple times by security personnel who made them empty their bags and pockets.

Hamlet said she was humiliated and left with her friends in tears.

In a statement, Angry Orchard said the situation was “badly mishandled” by employees. It announced staff training addressing “security awareness and unconscious bias.”

State leads nation in nonprofit jobs, wages

ALBANY (AP) — New York state leads the nation in nonprofit jobs and the wages they support.

According to a report released Tuesday by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, New York had more than 1.4 million nonprofit jobs paying more than $78 billion in 2017.

Nonprofit organizations employ nearly 18 percent of the state’s private-sector workforce, the third highest percentage in the nation after Vermont and Maine. Nonprofits employee 10 percent of private-sector workers nationally.

In some areas of New York, including the Mohawk Valley and the Southern Tier, nonprofits make up nearly one in four non-public sector jobs.

New N.Y. state troopers graduate

ALBANY (AP) — A new group of New York state troopers is graduating.

A ceremony is being held this morning in Albany for 228 new troopers.

The graduates completed 26 weeks of training at the Basic School for New York State Troopers. Recruits must complete more than 1,000 hours of training.

The new troopers will be posted around the state.

By Kerry Minor

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