P.M. NEWS MONDAY 2-24-14

Delhi Police responded to the Sunoco gas station in the Village of Delhi Friday for a reported robbery.  Police had a description of the vehicle leaving the scene, it was located by state troopers in Stamford, who gave chase & apprehended 41-year-old Jamel Wilson of Hobart.  Wilson was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, & Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, he was turned over to Delhi Police & was charged with 3rd degree Robbery, Petty Larceny, and 2nd degree Harassment. Wilson was arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail.


The Broome County Sheriff’s department responded to a 2-vehicle accident on I-81 Northbound lanes near the Chenango Bridge exit early this morning.  Preliminary reports are that a tractor-trailer carrying a milk tanker crossed the median & hit another vehicle, shortly before 6 a.m. Monday.  The tractor trailer landed on its side, spilling milk onto the roadway & median, the unidentified driver was extricated from the vehicle & the driver of was taken o an area hospital, the driver of the car was also taken from the scene & was brought to an area hospital.  The State DOT had to close 1 lane of traffic for the clean up, the investigation is continuing.


Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies Arrested 18 year old Gabriel Williams of Franklin for 2nd degree Menacing, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Petty Larceny, the arrest was the result of an investigation into a domestic incident in the Town of Franklin.  Williams was arraigned in the Town of Hamden Court & was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $2,500 Cash Bail or $5,000 Property Bond.


Governor Cuomo announced Empire State Development has approved more than $9 million in New York State Broadband Grants to support 5 projects to expand broadband access to y 33,000 households, 4,500 businesses and 55 institutions across Upstate counties.   During this approval round, Time Warner Cable, will receive approximately $5.3 million to expand services.  Local projects receiving funding the Otsego County Wireless Network for $558,940.


State tax collections through the first 10 months of the state’s fiscal year increased 4.2% from last year, but were below projections due to the timing of Personal Income Tax payments, according to the January 2014 cash report by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Tax collections of $58.3 billion through January 31st were $2.4 billion higher than last year, but $413.3 million below projections in the Executive Budget proposal.


Governor Cuomo said he would sign a bill, if it passes the legislature, to allow state financial aid programs to cover college tuition costs for kids of illegal immigrants. The governor previously has said he supports a federal DREAM Act, but had not taken a position on a state version. While the Assembly intends to pass the measure again this week, it is unlikely there are enough votes in the Senate to send it to Cuomo’s desk


State attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the Homeowner Protection Program has worked with 23,760 New Yorkers in the past 15 months, resulting in 6,660 approved and pending loan modifications. Since October 2012, it has helped fund 36 legal aid groups, and 56 housing counseling agencies, to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure. Schneiderman has recently proposed legislation to require lenders take responsibility for properties, abandoned by mortgage holders behind on payments, instead of waiting until the foreclosure process is complete. There are now more than 15,000 “zombie properties” statewide, with about 1,000 in the Southern Tier.

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