State Police arrested 91 year old Edward Wist of Deposit for Forcible Touching and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  The investigation determined that the victim was a 13 year old girl. Wist was arraigned in the Town of Windsor Court and released without bail set.


Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced awards in Binghamton, to law enforcement agencies in the Southern Tier, to help law enforcement agencies purchase bulletproof vests.  The funding awarded today assists with the purchase of vests for the City of Binghamton Police Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Watkins Glen & Horseheads Police Departments, among others.  So far, the program has helped with the purchase of over 7,500 bulletproof vests for across the state.


Unless the state’s top court intervenes, there will be a Republican primary between incumbent State Senator Tom Libous and challenger Denver Jones in the 52nd senate district. A ruling issued by an Albany court, reversed an earlier decision that had invalidated hundreds of Jones’ petition signatures, Albany County Supreme Court Judge Tom McNamara’s ruling validated Jones’ petition with 1,019 signatures enough to qualify him to be on the ballot for the September 9th primary. The Republican candidate for the seat will face Democratic candidate Anndrea Starzak, the former Vestal Town Supervisor, in the November election.


The trial of Ganesh Ramsaran will begin in Chenango County court in Norwich next Tuesday; he is accused of killing his wife, Jennifer, in the couple’s South New Berlin home. The jury-screening process is expected to last all next week, and testimony is expected to begin the following week. Jennifer Ramsaran was reported missing by the husband on December 11, 2012, he body was found several months later in a wooded area in the town of Pharsalia.


Farm owners will be a bit happier with school tax bills this coming fall, following the institution of a tax cap by the state legislature and governor Cuomo. New York farm Bureau President Dean Norton comments:


(Dean Norton 8-28-14)


The bill was co-sponsored by area Assemblyman Bill Magee, who has chaired the Assembly Agriculture Committee for the last several years.


The state DEC said current fishing regulations would extend through the end of March 2015, with a new regulations guide available April 1st.   Fishing licenses are now effective 365 days from the date of purchase.  DEC commissioner Joe Martens said it made sense to adjust the dates of fishing regulations to coincide with April 1st opener of trout season.


The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Bainbridge Days activities this Saturday. Festivities will include bands performing in the park, vendors, crafters and a cruise in with peoples’ choice awards in three categories. Local businesses join in the fun by offering Labor Day specials and there will be village-wide lawn sales. A bounce house and dunk tank will give proceeds to benefit the BG school


A state program to finance affordable housing has contributed to delays in building and rehabilitating homes, because of the questionable selection and lax monitoring of construction projects. The audit by state comptroller Tom DiNapoli focused on the Low-Income Housing Trust Fund, where state money creates and preserves housing for low-income households. The program awards up to $44.2 million a year in loans & grants, auditors found projects representing about 4,400 housing units had experienced construction delays of at least 6 months because of the management of the state housing agency.


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