P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 9-20-13

Governor Cuomo announced that $48 million in grants have been awarded for transportation improvements across the State, which will leverage an additional $80 million in federal, state and local funding. The grants are funding projects that will improve transportation infrastructure and support economic development.  Grants are being awarded locally for the Eaton Airport in Norwich for a New maintenance Vehicle, for the Sidney Municipal Airport for Fuel farm upgrades, for New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway Corporation to Relocate interchange between CSX & NYS&W to NYS&W property to improve safety & service on both lines. Other local projects include the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society, for the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad Rehabilitation. more information is available at governor.ny.gov.


Chenango County Habitat for Humanity and the Cornish family will attend a house dedication tomorrow, at state route 206 in West Bainbridge.  This will be a dedication for the 5th house completed by Chenango county habitat for humanity, the dedication ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. and an Open House will follow from 11 a.m. till 12-noon.  More information about Chenango County Habitat for Humanity is available at habitat.chenango.org


A $1.1 million federal grant will bring new pavement to Greater Binghamton Airport’s west apron. U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Rep. Richard Hanna announced the $1.1 million dollar grant from the federal Department of Transportation. The 168,000-square-foot asphalt apron is separate from the runways and taxiways. There, aircraft load and unload, and are boarded, parked and refueled. The pavement currently shows signs of distress and requires rehabilitation.


Newly retired people in Harpursville, Port Crane, Afton and Sidney can attend a series of workshops at the Eastern Broome Senior Center. The Positive Aging Academy will run from 12 to 2 p.m. Thursdays from October 3rd to November 7th at 27 Golden Lane in Harpursville. Register is accepted at 778-6206


A CHILD PASSENGER CAR SEAT CHECK WILL BE HELD TOMORROW FROM 10:00 AM TO NOON AT the Oneonta AAA at 195 ONEIDA Street.  Parents are reminded to bring the  INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR their SAFETY SEAT AND their vehicle  THE EVENT IS SPONSORED BY THE OTSEGO COUNTY health department & SHERIFF’S Department.


New York added 22,700 private-sector jobs in August, but the unemployment rate rose as more people try to re-enter the workforce.   New York’s unemployment rate rose from 7.5 percent in July to 7.6 percent in August. The national rate was 7.3 percent in August. The number of unemployed New Yorkers rose from 717,400 to 729,700 between July and August.


New York electric customers will get a small credit on an upcoming bill, as the state Public Service Commission approved of a 1-time credit to electricity bills of up to $3.00, depending on usage.  Regulators reported that the credit steams from a settlement that included a $110 million dollar civil penalty against constellation Energy commodities Group, on grounds that the power producer manipulated wholesale energy sales in 3 regional markets.  The credit will be passed on as soon as utilities received the funds.


September is Emergency Preparedness Month. Emergency responders remind resident to have a plan with family members as to where to meet following an emergency, they should also have a disaster kit with 3 days worth of food, a can opener, clothing, medications and hygiene items.  The Red Cross will hold an Emergency Preparedness Fair tomorrow at Binghamton University from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.



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