NEWS 7-2-14

An indictment was unsealed Tuesday morning in Federal Court, accusing State Senator Tom Libous of using his political influence to get his son a job with a law firm in Westchester County, following an investigation by the FBI and The IRS.   Libous is accused of giving   false statements to investigators, his son Matthew is charged with 6 counts of charges of impeding or obstructing the IRS and filing false tax returns. Following yesterdays’ arraignment in a federal court in Westchester County, Senator Libous released a statement: claiming that he has spent 26 years working for the people of his district, and he will continue to do so.   Libous claimed his innocence from the charge; his office issued a statement that Libous intends to run for re-election this year, as originally planned.


NYSEG Customers were without power earlier today, after heavy storms moved through Central New York yesterday afternoon. Falling trees, downed power lines and flooded roads were reported in Norwich and other area communities, 1 Norwich home was heavily damaged when a tree fell through it, according toe the Chenango county emergency operations center. About 3700 NYSEG Customers were without power during the height of the storm yesterday. The latest NYSEG Updates are available at
The District 5 Ultimate Idol contest will get underway shortly, where area singers can showcase their abilities, with finalists possibly making onto the TV Talent show “The Voice” Lisa Jones of the Otsego County fair explains:

(Lisa Jones 7-2-14)

The fairs participating in the Ultimate Idol contest are Afton, Madison, Broome, Otsego & Delaware Caseloads continue to grow in family courts in New York State, and the lack of family court judges has caused a major backlog, but some relief is on the way. Family courts in 16 counties across the state will get help. Lawmakers recently approved a bill allowing for the addition of 20 new judges by 2015 and five more by 2016. Locally, a new family court judge will take office January 1, 2015 in Broome County, and a new family court judge will be seated in 2016 in Delaware County
The New York State Fair’s new “Up Close With…” series kicks off at the 2014 Fair with stories from some of the former children from the TV series “The Brady Bunch,” and from some of the comedians featured in the roundtable on the late-night “Chelsea Lately” talk show. The events take place August 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Empire Theater of the Art & Home Center. General admission tickets to each event are $20 and will only be available at the State Fair Box Office beginning July 18th
Now that he has been acquitted on corruption charges, former State Sen. Joe Bruno wants the state to reimburse him for $2.4 million in legal fees. Bruno, the former Republican majority leader, filed for the money with the state attorney general, under a statute that permits recovery of legal expenses, by state employees, accused of criminal wrongdoing related to official duties. Bruno was acquitted of receiving kickbacks disguised as consulting fees. Bruno led the GOP majority in the state Senate for 14 years before stepping down in 2008
Delaware county department of public works announced that oil & stone operations would begin on various county roads starting Monday July 7th. The work will begin on county road 18, followed by 33, 16, & 14. The 2nd round of oil & stone operations will then be performed on county roads 22, 23, 21, 17, 28 & 26, the operations should be concluded in 3 weeks, weather permitting. More information is available at 746-2128.
The Town of Masonville will be conducting a dog enumeration starting August 1st, State law requires that ALL dogs over the age of 4 months MUST be licensed within the municipality they are “Harbored” in, any dogs found to be unlicensed after Aug 1st will be subject to an additional $5 enumeration fee and could also receive an Appearance ticket + fine. More information is available at 265-3537
The National weather Service Storm prediction Center has designated the tri-county region as a slight chance for Severe Thunderstorms until 7:00 PM this evening. The primary threat will be for damaging winds, with flash floods, hail & isolated Tornadoes as a slight possibility, but which cannot be ruled out. Storms today may produce locally Heavy Rainfall due to the moist atmosphere. Stayed tuned to WCDO for the latest updates.

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