P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 1-31-14

The Oneonta Police Department, announced several arrested at the Motel 88 at 340 Chestnut Street in Oneonta yesterday.  24-year-old Adam Scully of Oneonta was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance & 4th degree Conspiracy, 24-year-old Robert Gaudino was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance & 4th degree Conspiracy, 19-year-old Dylan Gaudino of Oneonta for was charged with 4th degree Conspiracy.  Oneonta Police confiscated 146 bags of heroin, prescription medications that did not belong to the suspects, and $700 in cash, all 3 were remanded to the Otsego County Correctional Facility to appear at a later date.


The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York announced today that the Mountain States Legal Foundation has agreed to assist with their lawsuit against the New York State.  The coalition lawsuit demands that the DEC identify a date when the Environmental Impact Statement on hydrofracking will be completed and permit applications will be processed. Coalition president Dan Fitzsimmons told WCDO News that activists have slowed down this process with unsubstantiated claims:


(Dan Fitzsimmons 1-31-14)


Fitzsimmons said that if the state fails to comply on or before February 13th the Mountain State Legal Foundation would file an Article 78 Petition asking a court to compel DEC to complete the statement pursuant to the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act.


Delaware County Sheriff Deputies arrested 38 year old William Caputo of Walton for Promoting Prison Contraband. Caputo is accused of attempting to introduce suboxone into the Delaware County Jail, he will answer to the charge in the Town of Delhi Court at a later date.


Sidney residents in the flood prone areas are urged to meet with village economic development director John Redente in the next 2 weeks, to figure out which of several options that they can chose regarding their property.  Redente told WCDO that their options are much better than before:


(John Redente 1-31-14)


State officials met with about 200 village residents Wednesday night, those interested in setting up an appointment can call 561-2320.


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said federal authorities are releasing $50.6 million more to provide home heating aid to New Yorkers.  Families whose incomes are 150% of the federal poverty level or lower are eligible for assistance.  For more information on the program go to otda.ny.gov.


The state Legislature is wrapping up its first week of budget hearings. The Senate and Assembly fiscal committees held their fourth hearing yesterday on Governor Cuomo’s proposed $137.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting in April. The hearing yesterday addressed transportation issues. Previous hearings this week looked at local government, the environment and education. The budget is due April 1st.







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