Governor Cuomo announced that 8,900 New Yorkers had their driver licenses suspended for failing to pay State taxes. The crackdown is the result of legislation signed last year to encourage those who owe more than $10,000 to settle up with the Tax Department. Tax collections increased by $56.4 million, new Yorkers can Contact the Tax Department at tax.ny.gov or call (518) 862-6000 to arrange a payment plan.
Congressman Chris Gibson will be in Delaware & Otsego Counties today. At 8:30 AM, he will attend the Walton Middle School “Career Fair”; he will speak about his service in the Army and Congress. At Noon, the Congressman will attend the Cooperstown Rotary Meeting at The Otesaga Hotel, where he will address Rotarians at their weekly meeting.
On Friday the state Senate passed its Budget Resolution, which includes the Public Assistance Integrity Act, to stop EBT recipients from buying alcohol, tobacco and Lottery tickets with public assistance funds. The resolution also contains the “BRIDGE” Bill, where Money placed in the dedicated highway fund can only be used for that, and not as a debt service on DMV administrative costs. The resolution adds $811.9 million in school aid, expands Universal Pre-K, restores $541 million to the Gap Elimination Adjustment, seeks to make the 2% property tax cap permanent & adds no new taxes of fees.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Department arrested Gary Conklin of Harpursville on a warrant for 2nd degree Criminal Contempt. Conklin is accused of violating an order of protection during a domestic dispute in the Town of Smithville. Conklin was arraigned in the Town of Smithville Court and Held at the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail; he’ll reappear at a later date.