P.M. NEWS MONDAY 5-19-14

Tomorrow, residents across the state will vote on school budget, and elect candidates to school boards.  Most of the area school districts kept their tax levy increase at 1% to 2%, the Sidney school district actually has a decrease of 2.5% in their tax levy, Norwich & Greene have 0% increases, the Walton central school district is requesting a 5,5% increase, & the Greene school district is seeking a 3% increase.  School board races will be on the ballot in the Oneonta, Oxford & Unadilla valley district.


The Sidney village police arrested 44-year-old Ralph Fuller of Walton for predatory sexual assault, 1st degree burglary, & criminal possession of a weapon, Fuller is accused of breaking into a Sidney residents home, using a taser and raping the victim, he is being held in the Delaware County Jail without bail pending future court action.


State and local law enforcement will hit the roads looking for people who are not wearing seat belts, as part of the “Click It or Ticket” Campaign through the end of May. In New York State, drivers and passengers can be fined if they are caught without their seat belt. Drivers can even receive points on their license. 21% of highway deaths in the State happen to occupants who were not buckled up.


The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum hosts the 6th Hall of Fame Classic Weekend this coming weekend.  The Classic will be played Saturday, and will feature representatives from all 30 Major League Baseball teams. Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith will serve as managers and coaches for the Memorial Day Weekend legends game.  The festivities will start with a parade down main street in Cooperstown at noon, to Doubleday Field where the Home Run Derby starts at 1:00 and the game will start at 2:05 PM. Tickets are available by calling at 1-877-726-9028 or baseballhall.org, or at Doubleday Field starting at 8:00 AM Saturday.


Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno was acquitted on all charges relating to alleged political corruption on Friday.  The jury in this 2nd trial deliberated for about 4 hours, Bruno was convicted of the fraud charges in 2009 in a trial at which jurors acquitted him of five other fraud counts and could not decide on a sixth count.  Bruno plans to ask state taxpayers to reimburse his legal expenses which cost into the millions.


The Northeast Classic Car Museum and NBT Bank announced interior improvements at the Museum, which are being underwritten by NBT Bank.  The donation will enable the Museum to upgrade and enhance its banquet facility, revamp a catering preparation area, enclose a storage area, install a sliding door room divider, purchase matching chairs and tables to complete seating for 250 people, and purchase a new 14′ X 10′ projection screen. The new NBT Bank Event Center will provide a multifunction area for future large events.


Howie Hawkins of Syracuse won the Green Party nomination for governor of New York again. Hawkins won the nomination on Saturday in Troy. In 2010, Hawkins received 59,906 votes, more than any other 3rd party candidate who ran against Democrat Andrew Cuomo.  The centerpiece of the Green Party is a proposal to build a 100 percent clean energy by 2030, which they claim could create 4.5 million new jobs over the next 15 years.


The Robert W. Harrold BOCES on Route 206 in Masonville will have their annual open house tomorrow, to highlight student accomplishments this year.  BOCES Work Base Learning Coordinator Danielle Macy comments:


(Danielle Macy 5-19-14)


WCDO will be broadcasting live from the annual BOCES open house from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday.




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