Several area fire companies responded to a fire at the Hillcrest Roller Rink on West Main Street in Sidney overnight. Firefighters from Sidney, Wells Bridge, Deposit, Mount Upton, Walton, Trout Creek, Oneonta, Unadilla, Masonville, Franklin and Bainbridge responded to the fire, which was reported at around 11:40. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Congressman Chris Gibson will join state and local officials at 10:30 This Morning at the Masonville Town Hall for the announcement of an award from the National Association of State Agencies for Surplus Properties. The town of Masonville is being honored for its innovative repurposing of a surplus Army truck for use as a town dump truck and snow plow, which saved town taxpayers more than $200,000.
Sidney Village Police arrested 51 year old Wesley Eignor of Sidney for 7 counts of failure to provide food & drink to impounded animals, in violation of State Agriculture & markets law. Eignor is accused of not providing food and & water to 3 dogs, 3 cats and a bird for an extended period of time, he was arraigned & will reappear in Sidney Village Court at a mater date.
State agencies spent more than $316 million on overtime in the first 6 months of 2014, a jump of $22 million over the same period in 2013, according to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. State employees worked more than 7.8 million overtime hours, up 7.6% over the same period in 2013. The total cost of overtime as a percentage of gross payroll rose slightly, from 3.9 to 4.3% in the first 6 months of 2014. Last year, overtime at state agencies rose to a record $611million, up nearly 16 percent over 2012. The largest amount of overtime came from the Department of Corrections, Office of Mental Health, and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities & the Department of Taxation & Finance.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Bassett Medical Center today from 12:30 to 6:30 PM. The drive will take place at the Bassett Hall auditorium in Cooperstown, registration is requested at 547-3701, and walk-ins will also be welcome.

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