“The Future Of Talent” 2-day workshop & performance will run Friday & Saturday at the Foothills performing Arts Center in Oneonta, for young people who would like to showcase their talent in front of talent evaluators out of New York City & Los Angeles. Tara Judd of Triple Threat Talent explains:


(Tara Judd 5-1-14)


Judd said that there is a chance for last minute entries to participate, they can register through Triple Threat Talent Tour.Com. Tickets for the performances are available at 431-2080 or at foothillspac.org.


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to require railroads to provide detailed information about hazardous materials to local emergency responders, while Governor Cuomo sent a letter to President Obama outlining steps compiled by state agencies to reduce the dangers oil trains pose. Both of those requests came before a CSX train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia yesterday, forcing evacuations of residents and office workers.   Cuomo has been calling for increase transparency with regards to crude oil shipments by rail since a North Dakota train explosion earlier this year.


This past winter create a large number of large potholes, which has contributed to complaints of damaged tires and rims on many vehicles. Between today and November 15th, motorists who have hit a pothole had damage, can seek reimbursement from the state for repairs. The state does have legal immunity for pothole claims during the winter season, so the claims can only apply to damage caused on state roadways outside of the winter season. More Information is available at dot.ny.gov.


Governor Cuomo announced $794 million for child-care subsidies for this year. Child-care subsidies are available for eligible families to pay for services to enable a parent or caretaker to work. Each year, local social service agencies distribute the funding. Eligible families are awarded funding based on family size, income and the reason for care. To be eligible for assistance a family of two must have an income below $30,360 annually. A family of five must have an income below $54,000. Go to ocfs.ny.gov


The Chenango County Sheriff’s department arrested 20-year-old Vincent Brower of Smyrna, on charges of Forgery, Escape, and Criminal Contempt & Resisting Arrest. Brower is accused of altering a prescription and having the prescription filled in Sherburne. Brower is also facing the other charges due to an incident during his arraignment on the Forgery charge. Brower faces court action shortly.


The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20-year-old Amanda Sgroi and 18 year old Daniel Brown Jr. of Otselic, on animal cruelty charges. The pair is accused of leaving animals caged in their residence for several days without food or water. All animals were seized and relocated at a local animal rescue. Sgroi and Brown were released on appearance tickets until a later Court date.


New Yorkers with higher electric bills have complained to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, after many New Yorkers saw increases of 60 to 75%. Schneiderman said that the National Grid had increased demands to electricity during the harsh winter, he is advising New Yorkers to who are struggling to pay those bills to contact the power company to set up a payment plan. State law allows for consumers to spread out bills in monthly installments for up to one year, alleviating some of the financial strain.


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