P.M. NEWS MONDAY 1-20-14

State Senator Tom Libous and Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger have reached a deal with Governor Andrew Cuomo to set aside $10 million in the 2014-15 State Budget to begin developing a $60 million School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy in Johnson City.


(Libous 1-20-14)


The school will eventually enroll 240 pharmacy students, as well as dozens of professors and support staff, and more researchers as pharmaceutical innovations come along.  The Governor will reveal more details of the plan this week in his Executive Budget Proposal.


Oneonta police are investigating acts of vandalism Saturday night.  Police reported that the third base dugout at the Doc Knapp Field was set on fire, and the Swart-Wilcox House, Riverside Elementary School and a vehicle were vandalized with graffiti.  The fire was reported at around 7:20 Saturday night, anyone with information is asked to contact police at 432-1111.


25-year-old Jaclyn Wesley of Binghamton woman, will be sentenced Wednesday in Broome County Court, after being convicted last year for 3 counts of 1st degree vehicular manslaughter, as well as DWI.  Wesley was the driver of an SUV that plunged into the Chenango River from I-88 on may 20th 2011, killing her 3 passengers: 25 year old Rob Moorehead of Port Crane, and Binghamton residents 45 year old Robert Marshall and 39 year old Carri Michalski.   Wesley could receive the maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison; she had Blood Alcohol Content of  .13 at the time of the incident.


A joint meeting of the Otsego County Conservation Association and the League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, January 29th at the First Presbyterian Church at 25 Church Street in Cooperstown.  County Planning Director Karen Sullivan will discuss the actions taken by Otsego County this past year in dissolving its contract with MOSA. Sullivan will also outline some of the county’s plans moving forward with regard to recycling, composting and future initiatives.  The meeting is free and open to the public; more information is available at 293-6654. 


Commerce Chenango is hosting DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald to Norwich this week, to present Governor Cuomo’s state budget proposal.  McDonald will deliver the presentation at the Northeast Classic Car Museum at 24 Rexford Street in Norwich Thursday morning at 10:30.  RSVP’s are required to Kara Grippen, kara.grippen@exec.ny.gov.


The Chenango Arts Council has announced that longtime Executive Director Victoria Calvert Kappel will be leaving the organization at the end of June.  Kappel has been Executive Director since 1999; a selection committee will be formed in the coming weeks to conduct a national search for the next executive director.


State wildlife officials drafted an updated black bear management plan. The agency’s goal is to stabilize the bear population in most areas, reduce population in a few areas and prevent them from getting established in areas where conflicts with people would be likely.  Public comments will be accepted until February 21 at dec.ny.gov


The Chenango county sheriff’s department is hosting a community blood drive today at their headquarters in Norwich.  The blood drive runs from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at 279 Upper Ravine Road in the Training room.  Appointments are requested at 1-800 red cross or at redcrossblood.org.

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