State senator Tom Libous announced that the recent $90 Million dollar restoration of funding for the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, would keep about half their program s targeted for cuts, to continue to operate. Libous said that many who are being treated at the Broome County facilities can not be acclimated into the communities in group homes:
Libous said that locally, the restored funding helps, programs like Achieve, Southern Tier Independence Center, Norwich ARC and the Handicapped Children’s Association, but the plans to close the Broome Developmental Center has not been changed. Senator Libous has a petition for constituents to sign to keep Broome Developmental Center Open at TOMLIBOUS.COM/STOPTHECLOSING.
In response to periodic inquiries from the public, the State Police advises residents that neither the State Police, nor any agency authorized by it, ever solicits donations from the general public. A recent example of the results of an investigation into the questionable practices of a telemarketer soliciting for a purported charity using the name, The Fraternal Order of New York State Troopers, resulted in the fundraising corporation and its owner being barred from soliciting charitable contributions in New York State and required the Fraternal Order to pay its remaining donations to a legitimate charity. The State Police receives its funding through the State Budget only.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 49-year-old Kevin Nickerson of Coventry on an active Arrest Warrant. Nickerson is accused of menacing a police officer on August 30th, he faces court action shortly.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Cody Warner of Preston on a charge of 4th degree Grand Larceny. Warner was arrested after he allegedly stole and cashed multiple checks from a family member . Warner was issued an appearance ticket to appear at the Town of Preston Court on a later date.