State Police, arrested 20-year-old Amir Ebadullah-Aslamkhan of Vestal after the execution of search warrant led to the discovery marihuana, weapons & cash. State Police charged Ebadullah-Aslamkhan with Criminal Possession of Marihuana; Criminal Possession of a Weapon, & Criminal Possession of a Weapon, police confiscated 13 pounds of marihuana; $35,000 in Cash, a loaded assault weapon; 2 shotguns, ammunition, 2 switchblades; as well as scales and packaging used in the sale of marihuana. Ebadullah-Aslamkhan was arraigned in the Town of Vestal Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail. The investigation is continuing and further arrests are anticipated.
New Yorkers may get 2 tax-rebate checks. Last year, the state Legislature and Governor Cuomo agreed to provide a $350 rebate check to middle-class families this fall, for families who have children under 18. Cuomo’s new proposal for a property-tax freeze would include another rebate check to homeowners in communities where local governments stay within the property tax cap, for households with incomes less than $500,000 a year. Both rebates would come in this mail this fall.
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today kicked off the income tax season, new this year is that 85% of taxpayers can e-file their state returns for free. The Department is accepting e-filed income tax returns for the 2013 tax year through its Web site at tax.ny.gov starting today. The filing deadline is April 15th again this year.
Sidney fire fighters responded to a fire at the Bishop residence on Back River road between Sidney & Tryons Corners yesterday afternoon. Occupants escaped without injury, damage was minimal and the house is reparable. No injuries among firefighters were reported.
New York State received mixed grades in a national review of tobacco control measures. The American Lung Association gave New York two “A” ratings for smoke-free air and having a cigarette tax, but said the state failed in tobacco prevention and cessation coverage, and the legislature fails to sufficiently fund the state’s tobacco control program. New York cut funding for the program by $2 million in 2013, Tobacco use is the #1 cause of death in the state.
Delaware County Economic Development and Friends of the Upper Delaware River are conducting a study of the economic impact of the cold-water fishery on the Delaware River’s East and West Branches. The study has been underway since late last year, and an on-line survey is being conducted to gather further information that could quantify the economic impacts, which could be more than $200 million. The survey may be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com; it’s also available from Delaware County Economic Development, or at 746-8595.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced federal legislation to establish a program, to be run by the Social Security Administration that would give workers about 2/3rds of their salaries for up to 12 weeks in a family crisis. The proposal would supplement the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act that protects workers who take unpaid leave for family emergencies. Gillibrand said the program would be self-sufficient and not add to the federal budget. There are no Republican co-sponsors to the legislation, but Gillibrand said she would work in to get bi-partisan support.
A group from the Circle Drive Alliance Church in Sidney will be holding fundraisers over the next few months, so that 13 of them can go to Peru, to assist with Children who are stuck living at a garbage dump. The next fundraiser is a Pie Auction tonight at the Circle Drive Alliance Church at 6:30 PM; more information is available at 437-5799.
The Bainbridge Chamber Of Commerce & Bainbridge Rotary will co-sponsor the 1st Annual Bruce Haak Memorial Rally at General Clinton Park. Event Organizer Phil Canonaco explains:
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Canonaco said that the event is free on Sunday at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.