Governor Cuomo announced more than $45 million in funding for the Vital Access/Safety Net Provider Program to support projects over the next 3 years by 37 facilities that were selected due to financial condition and critical role in providing services to their elderly population.  The VAP program was established by the Medicaid Redesign Team, the Department of Health will immediately begin working with the facilities to establish goals & track progress, locally, Facilities receiving funding include A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, with over $ 3 million dollars, and Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton, with  $ 221,000.


New York Farm Bureau members along with the Feeding America Food Banks have donated almost 8.4 million pounds of food this year.  Farm Bureau also handed over a nearly $1,000 cash donation from nine County Farm Bureaus within the Food Bank of Central New York’s 11 county area. The announcement was made at the first day of the Farm Bureau’s 2013 State Annual Meeting in Syracuse yesterday.


Family Planning of South Central New York will sponsor Free HIV & Free Emergency Contraception days today in Walton & tomorrow at their Sidney location.  The event coincides with “World Aids Day”; more information is available 723-5130 extension 232.


The Otsego county Chamber of Commerce will host the Holiday Open House at NBT Bank today.  The Holiday Open House will run from 5:00p.m. To 7:00 p.m. at the 1 Wall Street Oneonta location, more information is available at 432-4500 extension 207.


The Sidney chamber of commerce will hold their next regular meeting this morning.  The December Meeting will begin at 7:45 am at the Sidney Golf & country club.


The Otsego county department of health will hold a free rabies vaccination clinic today in Cooperstown.  The event will be held at the SPCA facility in Cooperstown between 4:00 & 6:00 PM.  More information is available at 547-4230.


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