Regional Lawmakers are responding to governor Cuomo’s plans that were outlined in yesterday’s “State of The State” address in Albany.  State Senator Jim Seward of Milford said that he liked the tax cut agenda:


(Seward 1-9-14)


State senator Tom Libous of Binghamton also responded favorable to the governor’s tax plans:


(Libous 1-9-14)


Libous said that he was a bit surprised that the Governor did not mention Hydrofracking during the speech, which has been on hold in New York for over 5 years.  Next, the governor will unveil his executive budget proposal to lawmakers on January 21st.


The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office along with the City of Norwich Police Department arrested three individuals Wednesday, following a lengthy investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine.  Charged were 32-year-old Tarik Patterson of Utica, 41-year-old Mary Franklin of Norwich and 36-year-old Rachel O’Neill of Norwich, for 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Law enforcement confiscated 6 individual Baggies of crack cocaine weighing approximately seven grams, cash, and drug paraphernalia.  All 3 were arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail on cash bail pending court action in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date.


The Delaware county board of supervisors have re-elected Jim Eisel of Harpersfield as chairman of the board for another term.  Walton Supervisor Bruce Dolph was selected as the county budget director.


US Senator Charles Schumer is asking the federal government to release more than $35 million to subsidize home heating for New Yorkers affected by a run of frigid weather. Schumer said some money from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is currently being held back. As of November, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services only obligated $316 million of the $351 million available for state residents this winter. With cold weather across the state, he says the money should be released now


New York’s long-term energy plan focuses on increased use of renewable energy and clean technology, while reducing consumer utility bills. The plan, released this week for a 60-day public comment period, calls for expanding use of natural gas instead of oil to reduce air emissions. But it doesn’t include expanding gas production through hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale. New York has had a moratorium on fracking since an environmental review was launched in 2008. Six public hearings will be held on the plan.


The Catskill Mountains Film Festival announced that they are accepting submissions for the festival exhibition & competition. The event will take place on May 2nd through May 4th primarily on the SUNY Delhi campus but also at suitable venues in Delaware County.   More information is available at catskillmountainsfilmfestival.org.


The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the Guilford School Cafeteria at 6:30 PM. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:00 PM.



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