Assemblyman Cliff Crouch announced that grants are available for businesses impacted by flooding from Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee through New York State’s Small Business Storm Recovery Program. Businesses are eligible to apply for low-interest loans, as well as grants of $50,000 or more to help replace machinery, moveable equipment, inventory, furniture and fixtures. Also available is assistance with the day-to-day expenses that entrepreneurs need to run their businesses. More information is available at nysandyhelp.ny.gov.


State Police remind the public to apply to take the upcoming Trooper Examination.  more than 26,000 people have signed up to take the exam, which will not be offered for another 4 years.  Those interested in becoming a Trooper can apply on-line at NYTROOPER.com by Midnight Sunday September 8th.


Delaware County officials are continuing to acquire funding for new towers, buildings & radio equipment to upgrade the 911 emergency system.  Delaware county Emergency services coordinator Richard Bell explains:


(Richard Bell 9-6-13)


Bell said that the project should be completed by late 2015 or early 2016.


The River Club in Afton is planning to continue and augment their free Christmas meals for the hard hit residents of the area, with a fundraising golf tournament this Saturday at the Afton golf course followed by a fund raising dinner at the River club.  River Club owner Jack Flannery explains:


(Jack Flannery 9-6-13)


More information about the Golf Tournament, the fundraising Dinner or the free Christmas meals can be obtained at 343-3195 or 639-3060.


STATE COMPTROLLER Tom DiNapoli released the results of an audit for the village of Unadilla board.  The report stated that the Board adopted budgets that included overestimated expenditures, underestimated revenues, and the appropriation of fund balance to finance operations in 3 of the last 6 years, the funds were not available. DiNapoli’s recommends that the board should adopt realistic budgets that are based on the previous years’ trends in actual revenues and expenditures, should estimate their ending fund balance, avoid plans to use more than they have available.


DOT officials report that the State Route 17 eastbound ramp to Interstate 81 northbound will close tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Crews will be performing steel girder work, and Route 17 eastbound will be reduced to 1 lane between the Airport Road exit 71 and the I-81/route 17 interchange.


Whether its flooding, tornadoes or a fire, a disaster or emergency can hit at any time. September is Emergency Preparedness Month. Emergency responders remind people to have a plan. Know where you are going to go and how to meet up with family members. People should also have a disaster kit with items such as food and a can opener, clothing, medications and hygiene items. You should have enough to last 72 hours, since often times, emergency responders need time to set up supplies and resources. The Red Cross has organized an Emergency Preparedness Fair on September 21st at Binghamton University from 11 to 4


The state tourism industry is getting ready for the autumn travel season.  The “I LOVE NEW YORK” fall foliage color reports begin September 11th and continue until the end of the foliage season, in early November. Each Wednesday reports are updated online to provide the latest information on foliage color conditions in each region of the state, at iloveny.com.


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