Governor Cuomo launched the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program to help communities hit hard Superstorm Sandy, Tropical Storm Lee & Hurricane Irene, to create and implement strategies for rebuilding and strengthening their communities against future extreme weather. Yesterday the governor announced that the state would put up 16 million dollars in flood relief for those affected in late June & early July after FEMA announced that they would not be assisting:


(Cuomo 7-18-13)


The Governor also announced that the State would award $250 million of the State’s FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to the New York Rising Communities to implement eligible projects for infrastructure or building improvements to protect communities from future extreme natural disasters.


State police at Oneonta arrested 44-year-old Sarah Helmes and 45-year-old David Helmes of Stuyvesant on felony drug charges Sunday in the town of Hartwick.  Both were charged with criminal possession of cocaine, Sarah Helmes also was charged with drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle, both face court action shortly.


The Broome County Health Department has confirmed two cases of E Coli, linked to people who went swimming at Cole Park in the Town of Colesville back on June 23rd.  Health department officials said that the 2 people affected are recovering, they also reported that the water at Cole Park is being monitored & is safe currently.  E Coli can be caused by cow manure affected vegetables, under cooked meat, or from run off after excessive rainfall in rural areas.


The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force arrested Scott Titus of Binghamton, for allegedly possessing Hydrocodone with intent to sell, while accompanied by his 3-year-old son.  Titus was held overnight in the Binghamton City jail pending action in city curt today.


The Broome County Sheriff’s department arrested 17-year-old Katlynn Carangelo of Vestal, for allegedly taking funds that were donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in retail established that she had been working at.   Carangelo was charged with 3 counts of Petty Larceny, she was released on an appearance ticket for Town of Union Court at a later date.


Hospice of Chenango County is offering a yearlong Caregiver School for those taking care of a chronically ill patient. Caregiver School will take place the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Hospice office at 21Hayes Street in Norwich.  The next session will be on August 10th. More information is available at 334-3556.


The next Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic For dogs, cats, and ferrets at will be held today in New Berlin.  The clinic will be held at the New Berlin Fire Station from 7:00 to 8:30pm.


State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli reported that the Personal Income Tax and business tax collections were down in  June compared to last year, but the state’s General Fund balance ended the month higher due to a $250 million regulatory settlement.  DiNapoli said that an increase in tax refunds to New Yorkers led to a 21.8 million dollar decline in state revenue & Business tax collections fell $97.2 million from 2012.  The full report is available at osc.state.ny.us.



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