P.M. NEWS MONDAY 12-9-13

Governor Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at ½ staff today in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. In that attack, more than 2,400 Americans were killed, including 40 from New York State.  Nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers served in World War II.  Flags on all state buildings are lowered today to half-staff in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.


State troopers from Oneonta arrested 58-year-old Charles Kleingardner of Unadilla for 3rd degree assault.  Troopers responded to a reported dispute at a residence on Silman Cove Road in Milford, Kleingardner is accused of punching a relative in the eye causing an injury.  Kleingardner was issued a ticket returnable to the Milford town court on December 17th.


Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 36-year-old Travis Platt Jr of Delhi on a charge of 3rd degree Criminal Mischief.    Platt was arraigned in the Town of Walton Court & was remanded to Delaware County Correctional Facility on $500 cash bail and $1,000 bond. He will appear in Delhi Town Court Tuesday for a felony hearing.


Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies & Walton Police arrested 25-year-old Anthony Soules of Walton on an arrest warrant from Delaware County Family Court.  Soules was arraigned in Walton Village Court and sent to the Delaware County Jail on $1000 cash bail, he will return to Walton court at a later date.


The New York state tax commission formed by Governor Cuomo, failed to submit their report by the December 6th deadline last week.  Officials said that there is a split among members regarding tax cuts for all income levels, or tax cuts for the middle & lower classes only.


The state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced that his Office would audit New York’s system for documenting hate crimes after recent data showed a sharp increase across the state.   A November report from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services showed hate crimes in New York grew 30% between 2011 and 2012, to a total of 720 incidents last year.


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the EPA to delay a mandate that would force municipalities to replace fire hydrants after January 4th.  Schumer is taking issue with the EPA’s interpretation of a 2011 for hydrants to be included in the new reduced-lead drinking water standards. Schumer says replacing all the fire hydrants will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars unnecessarily.


Potential competitors for Upstate New York casino licenses are emerging. State officials will begin awarding casino licenses next year after voters passed a state constitutional amendment to allow Las Vegas-style casinos beyond Indian land. 4 Upstate licenses will be available, and more than twice that number of groups have expressed interest in operating a new casino in the Catskills, the Southern Tier or the Capital region.  Tioga Downs in Nichols is one of the interested businesses; the siting commission will begin accepting proposals early next year.


Broome County Executive Debbie Preston announced an upcoming auction of tax foreclosure properties throughout the County and in the City of Binghamton.  The auction is Saturday, December 14th, at the Holiday Inn Binghamton on Hawley Street starting at 10:00 am.  Auction bidders must register between 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM that morning.  The county has 135 properties, Last year; the County auctioned sold 103 properties for more than  $ 567,000.



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