A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 1-11-13

Governor Cuomo discussed enacting gun control legislation, during his state of the state address Wednesday in Albany.  The governor said that he is a gun owner himself, and this bill will have nothing to do banning legitimate hunting rifles:

(Cuomo on Gun control)

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said that he agrees with the governor’s proposal:

(Silver on Gun Control)

The gun control legislation follows the sandy creek elementary school massacre in neighboring Connecticut several weeks ago.


The Sidney town board met last night, with supervisor Bob McCarthy, councilman Eric Wilson, and Town Attorney Joe Ermeti not in attendance.  The remaining board members Tobias Whitaker, Bill Heath and Pete Cordes passed a resolution to enact a 1-year moratorium on gas drilling by hydrofracking.  The resolution is being sent to the county for consideration.


The Chenango county sheriffs department is still investigating the disappearance of 36-year-old Jennifer Ramsaran of New Berlin December 11th.  Ramsaran was heading to Syracuse for a shopping trip, her cell phone was found in the Town of Plymouth the following day, her minivan was found in the city of Norwich 4 days later.  Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriffs department at 337-1924; all calls will be kept confidential.


State senator Jim Seward will be at the Sidney central school district today.  Seward will speak with students in the particiption in government callas starting at 9:30 that will be followed by a tour of the facilities with school officials.


The joint landowners coalition of Central New York announced that they have submitted their last set of comments to the DEC on natural gas development in the state.  The comments were on the topics of protecting the environment, communities, and residents, and were compiled from input by environmental scientists, petroleum & civil engineers, chemists, toxicologists, organic & traditional farmers, medical doctors & attorneys, the complete comments are available at JLCNY.org.  The DEC has received thousand of comments both for and against hydrofracking, as they get ready to release the final draft regulation in the coming months.




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