The United Way of Delaware & Otsego counties will wrap up its annual fundraising campaign at the end of February.  The campaign currently sits at 91% according to executive director Terry Capuano:


(Terry Capuano)


Those who would like to pledge can call 432-8006 or log on at unitedwaydo.org and make a contribution through Pay Pal.


The Broome County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division has arrested 19-year-old Emmanuel Peterson of Brooklyn in connection with the robbery of the Manley’s Mighty Mart in the town of Dickinson on December 18th.  Peterson is accused of entering the store displaying a handgun and ordering the clerk to turn over money from the register, he is charged with 1st degree Robbery, and is currently in custody at the Broome County Sheriff’s Correctional facility on an unrelated robbery in Johnson City.   Peterson will be ordered to appear in the Town of Dickinson Court for arraignment.


US Senator Charles Schumer said he successfully petitioned the USDA to increase the availability of Greek yogurt, made by several companies in New York, including Chobani, in school meal programs.  The USDA committed to initiate a pilot program that could start in April, to increase school access to Greek Yogurts.  Chobani President & CEO Hamdi Ulukaya was one of many who helped launch the effort late last year:


(Hamdi 1-31-13)

If the current push is successful, Greek yogurt could become a permanent part of the USDA foods list for schools nationwide, due to its higher protein content.


New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has approved the Cuomo administration’s contract for new driver’s licenses that will have black-and-white photos produced by the highest bidder.  DiNapoli’s approval paves the way for CBN Secure Technologies of Virginia to produce the licenses with its winning bid of $38 million over the current contractor, De La Rue of England.


NYSEG reports that most of the power has been restored in the tri-county region, following last nights High winds. Chenango County, on a handful of homes were without power in Greene, oxford & New Berlin, the bulk of their outages were in Smithville, in Delaware County, 92 were out in the town of Tompkins.


Police agencies across the state are warning shoppers and business owners to be on the lookout for counterfeit money circulating. The United States Secret Service and other local police agencies are investigating approximately 50 reports of counterfeit currency being passed within the past month.  Tips to detect counterfeit money can be found at secretservice.gov and moneyfactory.gov.


Governor Andrew Cuomo’s popularity has plummeted following the passage of the state new tough gun law.  The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows the Democrat dropped from an approval rating of 74% in December to 59%.  Quinnipiac questioned 1,127 voters; the poll has a margin of about 3%


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