Congressman Chris Gibson announced the House of Representatives passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act and streamlines training services by eliminating 15 duplicative programs, reducing administrative costs for states, and improving transparency and accountability by creating new performance standards. It also reauthorizes the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to improve employment outcomes and job skills among adults and people with disabilities. The bill passed by a vote of 415-6. The Senate 95-3 recently adopted an amended version of the bill.
Local counties will get more than $185 million in state and federal homeland security grants, to support infrastructure protection, sustain anti-terrorism programs, and enhance emergency preparedness and response. Otsego County will receive $500,000 for improvements and enhancements to merge 911 public safety-answering systems, and fund the implementation of new technologies for data sharing, greater operating efficiencies, and regional consolidation. Otsego, Delaware, Chenango and Broome counties, will share in $108,000 in a Hazardous Materials Grant program.
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer, and Kirsten Gillibrand will introduce the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, and protect coverage of other health services from employers who want to impose their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits. The legislation would ensure no boss can use their personal belief, to limit what health care services an employee has access to.
The 38th annual Unadilla Carnival of sales will be held Saturday around the downtown area. Unadilla Chamber spokesperson Linda Bickos explains:
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The Unadilla Carnival of Sales will run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday.
If Congress doesn’t replenish the Highway Trust Fund by the end of the month, roadway and bridge projects in New York stand to lose millions in reimbursements. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said the state needs up to $11 billion to keep various projects on schedule, if the Fund remains in limbo, without new funding from Congress, there would be a moratorium on new state highway projects and the jobs that come along with them. Schumer is urging his colleagues to support continuing the Highway Trust Fund for state projects
State Senator Jim Seward has filed nearly 4,000 signatures on nominating petitions for re-election as state senator representing the 51st senatorial district. Seward filed 3,099 signatures for the Republican Party nomination, 605 for the Independence party nod and 171 for the Conservative party designation. Seward was first elected to the state senate in 1986. So far, no democrats have announced their intention to unseat Seward in the general election.
THE ANNUAL 2014 FREE UNADILLA SUMMER CONCERT WILL BE HELD TONIGHT FROM 6:30 TO 8:00 PM WITH MUSIC BY THE ‘HULSE BROTHERS BAND’. THE CONCERT WILL BE HELD ON THE LAWN OF THE COMMUNITY HOUSE ON MAIN ST. IN UNADILLA. THE UNADILLA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION IS ACCEPTING DONATIONS AT UHA, PO BOX 808, UNADILLA, NY 13849
THE NBT BANK SUMMER FREE CONCERT SERIES, PRESENTED BY THE CHENANGO BLUES ASSOCIATION. WILL BE HELD IN EAST PARK IN NORWICH. THE CONCERT WILL BE THE ‘CRIS JACOBS BAND’ PERFORMING AT 7:00 PM.