Firework laws tend to be relaxed around this time of year in the state of New York. Certain types of fireworks are usually allowed to be used legally around the fourth of July. But if cities feel the fireworks present a danger, they do have the right to opt out of that program. 

Middletown police chief Ramon Bethencourt says the city is going to crack down on the use of fireworks this year. The police will be giving out tickets and making arrests when they feel it is needed for what is being described as a "no-nonsense" approach.

This is always a hot debate in the Hudson Valley every year, about who's using fireworks responsibly and which towns will let you get away with what. I don't see it as a big deal, but I know a lot of people do. If you need to get your firework action on, you should know that the Newburgh City Council just voted not to ban the use of fireworks during the fourth of July period.