State troopers in Norwich arrested 25-year-old Andrew Cushman of Plymouth, for 3rd degree grand larceny.  Police responded to the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department on State Route 23 in Plymouth, NY, for a reported theft of funds, Police accuse Cushman of stealing over $10,000.00 from the fire department’s bank accounts while serving as treasurer.  Cushman was arraigned at the Plymouth court and released with out bail required.


Governor Cuomo announced that households across the state could begin applying for heating assistance this winter through the HEAP Program starting on Monday, November 18th.  HEAP provides up to $650 for eligible households to pay for energy costs in order to keep their homes warm during the winter.  New York residents can check if they are eligible for HEAP, and numerous other benefits, by answering a few questions online at myBenefits.ny.gov.  Last winter, more than 1.4 million households throughout New York State received HEAP benefits.

The state Senate held a hearing yesterday in Albany to delve into issues raised about new testing standards for students and teachers. The hearing came as state Education Commissioner John King continues to be criticized for overseeing the “Common Core” initiative, which requires additional tests for students that are also used to evaluate the effectiveness of teachers. Several hundred teachers were also in Albany this week to receive  training about the new standards, which was implemented last school year


State Police at Sidney arrested 47-year-old James Farischon of Afton for DWI following a vehicle traffic law stop on State Highway 41 in Afton.  Farischon refused to submit to a chemical test.  He was arraigned in Afton town court and was released.   He will appear in Afton town court December 23rd.


Governor Cuomo signed 3 Consumer Protection bills this week.  The first bill would protect consumers from liability for unauthorized use of unsolicited convenience checks, which are mailed by credit card companies to account holders & are easy targets for unauthorized users looking to commit fraud. The second bill will require that offers by mail for the sale of monuments or memorials be clearly marked “SOLICITATION” in large boldface type at the top of any mailing unless the recipient has requested the solicitation. The third bill will ensure motorcycle owners are informed of the laws regarding unidentifiable motor vehicle parts at the time they register their motorcycles.


The Chenango County Toys For Tots Campaign is looking for donations; locations for drop off boxes, in their annual effort to help put Christmas presents under the tree for the children of families that are struggling this year.   Program coordinator Roger Barnhart explain:


(Roger Barnhart 11-14-13)


Again, the number to call to get a drop off boxes to collect donations is 226-3814, the number all other information about the Toys for Tots effort this year is 336-7897.


Chenango Street in Binghamton reopened this morning near the Department of Transportation’s Prospect Mountain construction project. The street had been closed to accommodate work on the project, which is reconfiguring the area where I- 81 and Route 17 come together.


Delaware County Deputies investigated a rollover accident in the Town of Walton.  56 year old John Wilson of Walton was driving on Upper East Brook Road in Walton at the time of the rollover, he fled from the scene but was later located and issued tickets for leaving the scene of a property damage accident, unsafe land change, speed not reasonable and prudent, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and driving an uninspected motor vehicle.  Wilson faces court action in Town of Walton Court on December 4th.



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