35-year-old Mark Alimar of Guilford was indicted by a Chenango County Grand Jury for the 2nd time in recent months, the latest charge was for intimidating a witness. Alimar was indicted in February for robbery, burglary and unlawful imprisonment, in connection with a December 31st incident where he was accused of forcibly entering a home, stealing a cell phone and pointing a gun at the victim.
Delhi Village Police arrested 27-year-old Megan Walters for allegedly having numerous unanswered traffic tickets & a suspended drivers license. Walters was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding, she was arraigned & was sent to the Delaware County Jail on $1,000 bail.
Governor Cuomo today announced $40 million in State funding to help local governments make necessary repairs to highways and bridges following this year’s exceptionally harsh winter. This funding was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget, is a special one-time allocation to compliment the $438 million in existing State support for local transportation infrastructure. All counties, cities, towns and villages will receive capital assistance through the program.
Congressman Chris Gibson announced that his campaign is submitting 11,000 individual petition signatures today to the New York State Board of Elections for his re-election. The signatures will enable Gibson to qualify for the Republican, Conservative, and Independence Party’s ballot lines, if the Board finds that the correct number of signatures is valid. Gibson will likely face democrat Sean Eldridge, who announced earlier this week that he has enough signatures to run as the Democratic candidate for the 19th congressional district.
The United States Department of Agriculture has announced sign-ups for its farmer and rancher disaster assistance programs, which have been reinstated as part of the recently passed Farm Bill. USDA officials stated that implementation of disaster relief programs have been a priority to ensure there is a safety net for farmers affected by natural disasters, more information is available at usda.gov
New York state Storm Recovery Housing Programs Will end on Friday, all residents with homes in the 100-YEAr Flood Plain should be aware of the programs which can buy out homes regardless of the level of damage. The programs Can help pay for repairs, rehabilitation, or elevation that may have already been completed, or are still needed. Homeowners must apply by tomorrow at 1-855-697-7263 or stormrecovery.ny.gov.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney until 6:00 PM tonight. All donors in April can enter to win a $250 gift card to use toward a rainy day getaway. Appointments for future blood drives can be made at 1-800-Red Cross, walk-ins are also welcome.
The state Department of Taxation and Finance incurred more than $6 million in overtime costs last year when it had massive delays in processing tax returns filed on paper. The department struggled to meet the demand of paper tax returns after it hired a third-party vendor to handle the work, an audit by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office found 90% of returns were late and 22% had serious errors. The tax department solved the problem, but not before incurring overtime costs and struggling to get returns finished promptly. The audit comes as 2013 tax returns are due Tuesday.