State troopers arrested 17-year-old Landell Backus of Syracuse For 3rd Degree assault and criminal mischief, following a complaint at the Oneonta Job Corps.  Backus allegedly punched an employee in the face and damaged a computer.  Backus was arraigned in town of Milford court and was remanded to the Otsego county jail on $1,000 cash bail pending court action on august 13th.


State lawmakers received 1.8 million dollars in per diem expenses during the 6 month session that ended in June, a 28% drop from the year before.  Lawmakers had been criticized for doing little to check the legitimacy of lawmaker’s claims as to whether they were in Albany on a specific day, or needed to be in town on official business.  No receipts were previously required, state comptroller Tom DiNapoli said that lawmakers per diems continue to face review.


The Binghamton Mets announced that playoff tickets are now available for purchase.   Fans can buy tickets for the 2013 playoffs at the NYSEG Stadium box office, online at www.bmets.com or by calling 723-METS.  The Eastern League playoffs would start on September 4th.


An Oneonta woman was listed in fair condition at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown following an accident on county route 48 in the town of Otego Wednesday.  State Police reported that Annette Lapine of Oneonta lost control of her vehicle while turning a corner and crashed into a telephone pole, no tickets were issued.


The annual Toys for Tots golf tournament fundraiser will be held tomorrow at Canasawacta Country Club in Norwich with a   Shotgun start at 9:00 AM. The money raised by the event will assist with getting toys to underprivileged children in the region this coming Christmas.


Hospice Chenango announces the 2nd Annual “We Honor Veterans” motorcycle ride to benefit Hospice. The ride will take place this Saturday & the money raised will be allocated to provide services to Veterans who reside in Chenango County and opt for Hospice care. The ride and is open to any rider and passenger for a fee of $10.00 per person. Registration will begin at 9:30am at the American Legion Post at 29 Sheldon Street in Norwich.  More information is available about Hospice at hospicechenango.org.


The annual Masonville Rod & Gun Club will hold a “Youth Fishing derby” tomorrow from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Registration will be from *;00 to 9:00 AM, the derby is free & open to kids of all ages accompanied by an adult.  More information is available at 265-3456.


State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli today issued a report on the New York State Power Authority which questioned the authority’s travel expenses, ownership of a plane, & that 35% of employees earned more than $100,000 annually, which accounted for almost half of the authority’s expenses.  New York power authority operated 16 power plants providing low cost power to business and utilities, and employs of 1600 people.



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