A.M. NEWS Tuesday 12-24-13

A.m. news Tuesday 12-24-13

62-year-old  Barry Renert has been apprehended by the Richmond City Police Department in Virginia, shortly after midnight.  Renert was remanded to the Richmond City Jail, he was wanted for yesterday’s shooting at the 7th Inning Stretch store at 137 Main Street in Cooperstown.  Renert is expected to be extradicted back to Otsego county to face court action.


Another gas station robbery was reported in Binghamton, as police were called to the Mirabito store at 1178 Vestal Avenue last night.  A man armed with a gun walked into the gas station and demanded money, the suspect is described as white, standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall and with a thin build, wearing white sneakers, gray sweatpants, orange sun glasses, a black mask and a winter hat.  Police said he was last seen on foot on Mitchell Avenue.


The River Club in Afton will offer a free Christmas day buffet again this year, for area families that may have fallen on hard times.  Buffets will be offered from 12 noon to 2:30pm. Reservations, or requests to have meals delivered can be made at 639-3060.


Sidney Area churches are teaming up for a free Christmas dinner for those in need on Christmas day. The free Christmas Dinner will be held at the River Street Fire Station, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Christmas day.


State wildlife managers tallying results of the 2013 big game season said hunters killed slightly more deer than last year, but not enough to meet population reduction goals in targeted areas. The state DEC said the number of deer killed is about 1 percent higher than last year. The DEC tried to increase the number of antlerless deer killed to reduce deer populations in many areas.


Today is the latest deadline to sign up for the Federal Affordable Care act through the state’s health exchange, for coverage starting January 1st.  About 135,000 people have enrolled and 363,000 have completed applications. The last day for enrollment in coverage for next year is March 31st.  More information is available at nystateofhealth.ny.gov.


Schools and villages May face additional cuts to their budgets next year, as the property-tax cap will be 1.6%.   The tax cap is calculated every year based on rate-of-inflation projections from the state Budget Division. The cap is either 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.


Governor Cuomo today announced that the locations of 116 winter farmers’ markets – the total at an all-time high in New York State – can now be found on the state’s open data website at Open.ny.gov. This comprehensive data transparency website will help provide New Yorkers with a user-friendly way to search for farmers’ markets near their homes this winter season.


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