The murder trial of 33-year-old Michael Buck is scheduled to begin July 7th in Otsego County Court. Buck is alleged to have killed his father, 64-year-old Joe Buck in an incident September 21st in their Middlefield home. Buck received a bullet wound to his face, and Police reported that 2 handguns were involved in the incident. Buck is charged with 2nd degree murder, 1st degree criminal assault, criminal use of a firearm and 2 counts of 3rd degree criminal weapons possession


62-year-old Barry Renert faces an Otsego county grand jury today, for the alleged attack on Cooperstown shopkeeper Vincent Carfagno, at the “7th Inning Stretch” on December 23rd.  Renert was charged with 2nd degree burglary after he was returned to New York, following his capture in Richmond Virginia.  Renert is being held in the Otsego county jail on $500,00 cash bail or $1 Million dollars bond.


Governor Cuomo said New York hopes to pick the developers and sites for 4 upstate casinos, and he hopes to get the process going shortly:


(Cuomo 1-14-14)


Cuomo said that the state Gaming Commission will pick the five-member siting board that will put out requests for proposals on the upstate casinos, the 4 casinos would be placed in the Southern Tier, the Albany area and in the Catskills.


Governor Cuomo has signed a bill to establish a new state license for providers of applied behavior analysis services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The new law will help individuals and families find quality providers that have met stringent academic and training requirements, while also ensuring State regulation and continuing oversight of these providers, who work closely with a vulnerable population.


Delaware County Economic Development announced that several successful Delaware County projects; will receive funding through the state’s  Consolidated Funding Applications. Greene Lumber’s electric capacity enhancements, the redevelopment of the former Wissahickon facility, and the Village of Walton’s Main Street Revitalization Program are all receiving funding, through the program, which allows for applicants to seek funding from several agencies by completing one application.  More information is available at the County’s Economic Development website at www.dcecodev.com or by calling 746-8595.


Beginning this month, a new law is in effect regarding screening infants for Congenital Heart Defects.  The law stipulates that all newborns will be screened; the test only involves a small sensor on the baby’s foot to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood.


Governor Cuomo today announced nearly $21 million would be available for New York’s dairy farmers by helping them to produce renewable energy and improve their business operations. The funding will help dairy farmers convert farm waste to energy and develop individualized business and environmental plans to reduce operating costs and increase profitability. The funding for these efforts stem from recommendations made at the Yogurt Summit in 2012.  Funding for the Dairy Acceleration Program will be increased by $850,000, in addition to the $1 million announced by the Governor this past August. More information is available at  ansci.cornell.edu.


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