P.M. NEWS MONDAY 11-18-13

NYSEG reported wide spread power outages throughout the region, from last night’s high winds.  The Walton area had the largest number with about 1000 customers without power this morning that forced the cancellation of classes at the ARC of Delaware County Walton facilities, as well as the closure of the Walton central school district. Power has been restored to walton and most affected areas today.


Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators, Deputies and K-9 “Ozzie”, assisted by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and members of the State Police executed a Search Warrant at the Tammy Fairbairn residence in Bloomville.  Law Enforcement officers seized 130 bags of heroin, about $1100 in cash and Public Assistance Benefit Cards.  Investigators arrested 46-year-old Tammy Fairbairn of Bloomville, 20-year-old Nakota Lame of Bloomville and 26-year-old Alamin McMillon of Syracuse, for 1 count each of 3rd degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.  All 3 were arraigned & were remanded to the Delaware County Jail on bail, more charges are anticipated.


State Senator Tom Libous held a press conference in Binghamton today, he mentioned that he has discussed with Governor Cuomo his concerns about the proposal to close mental health facilities in Binghamton and Elmira, that would force some people to far away locations around the state, and force sex offenders into local group homes:


(Libous 11-18-13)


Libous said that he is also planning legislation to call for a freeze of the closing of mental health facilities until 2015 in order to come up with alternative plans.


State police in Sidney & the US Marshals fugitive task force apprehended 29-year-old Angelina Wilson of Conklin, who was wanted for absconding from the Pennsylvania Department of parole & probation, for her participation in gas station armed robberies around Halstead, Pennsylvania.  Wilson was caught while fleeing from a trailer park in Conklin, she was also found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle and syringe.   Wilson was arraigned as a fugitive from justice and remanded to Broome county jail pending extradition back to Pennsylvania.


The 2013-2014 HEAP season opens today, the federally funded program, is administered at the county level, it assists income eligible households in meeting their winter heating costs.  All applicants are encouraged to apply at mybenefits.ny.gov.


“Register Now” post cards are being mailed to 900,000 homeowners who have not re-registered for the “STAR” school tax relief program   those who have not re-registered will receive their postcards in the mail this week, reminding to register by the December 31st deadline.  Homeowners with basic STAR exemptions had to re-register this year after an investigation by the Tax department found that thousands received STAR Exemptions on more than one property.  Registrations can be performed at tax.ny.gov.


Assemblyman Cliff Crouch announced that he would be hosting 2 town hall meetings next week.  The first meeting will be the Town of North Norwich, at 5:30 PM today at the town hall at 188 County Route 23, followed by a town hall meeting for the Town of Nanticoke tomorrow night at 6:00 PM at the Nanticoke Town Hall at 755 Cherry Valley Hill Road in the town of Maine.


Congressman Gibson submitted comments to the State Department of Health regarding the draft midterm revisions to the New York City’s Filtration Avoidance Determination.   Gibson stated that the Land Acquisition Plan needs  to be decreased from $50 million to $20 million over the next 5 years.  Gibson also said that Reservoir levels should be maintained based on a scientific and technical review of NYC water needs, new infrastructure improvements, and an analysis of the risk facing Upstate communities. Contingency plans should also be put in place in the event of the potential of significant weather events.


Assemblyman Pete Lopez will be holding town hall meetings for area constituents this week.  Tonight’s meeting will be for the towns of Worcester and Decatur at 7:00 PM tonight at the Worcester Central School Auditorium at 198 Main Street in       Worcester.


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