A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 12-20-13

Governor Cuomo announced that the Greater Binghamton Health Center  will remain open to provide adults and children’s services to the local communities. Under a revised plan the Greater Binghamton Health Center will maintain 16 children beds,a Children’s Behavioral Health Center of Excellence for the Southern Tier will be established in Binghamton.  The Greater Binghamton Health Center will maintain 60 adult beds and add 60 new community residential beds. The savings which will be reinvested for the combined 108 new residential beds with supported housing and family care, plus other services.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested a 44 year old Hector Padilla Jr. of Stamford on drug and weapon possession charges, following a 7 month investigation.  Padilla was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and 3 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, for allegedly possessing heroin with intent to sell.  A Search Warrant was executed at Padilla’s residence; police seized 65 bags of heroin, a loaded handgun, a stun gun, prescription medications and nearly $700 in cash.   Padilla was arraigned and was ordered held on $30,000 cash bail pending further court action.  More charges are expected to be filed.


Traditions Resort & Casino of Johnson city is holding a community open house from 5:00 to 8:00 PM tonight at the Traditions ballroom.  The Walsh family plans to announce their intentions to apply for the Southern Tier’s Class III gaming license, following the approval by state voters to allow for 4 casinos to be built in the Southern Tier, Capital Region and the Catskills.


Operation Merry Christmas will have one more pick up event this weekend, for those who couldn’t make it last weekend due to the weather.  Pickups will be this Saturday at the Sidney civic center between 1:00 & 2:00 PM.



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