P.M. NEWS TUESDAY 11-26-13

Sidney village police have arrested 27-year-old Jordan O’Neill of Sidney, following the report of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the hand Monday night.  O’Neill was charged with 2nd & 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon & falsely reporting an incident.  O’Neill was arraigned in Sidney Village court and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $10,000 cash bail pending future court action.  State police assisted Sidney police in the investigation.


The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce is recruiting for participants in their Christmas parade, to beheld on December 14th at 6:00 PM.  Bainbridge Chamber President John Payne explains:

(John Payne 11-26-13)

The parade will end at the village green, where children can meet with Santa; the numbers to call to participate in the parade are 967-8700 or 316-6854.


Assemblyman Cliff Crouch announced that he would be hosting 3 town hall meetings, in Kirkwood, Windsor and Triangle.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd at the Kirkwood Town Hall at 5:00 PM, at the Windsor Town Hall at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 4th and the Triangle Town Hall on Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 PM.


Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36-year-old Brian Copeland of Norwich on a charge of 4th degree Criminal Mischief.  Copeland was arrested after deputies responded to a domestic dispute in the Town of Norwich; Copeland is accused of destroying property of the victim during an altercation.   Copeland was arraigned in the Town Norwich Court and was released and ordered to appear in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date.


New York lawmakers who pledged to go without salaries during the 16-day partial government shutdown in October never missed a paycheck. All members of Congress were paid on their usual salary schedules because of the timing of their pay periods. Most of New York’s 27 House members and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, made no pledge to forgo their pay during the shutdown.


New York has given state police 32 tall, unmarked SUVs to better peer down at drivers’ hands, part of an aggressive attack on texting while driving that also includes steeper penalties and dozens of highway “Texting Zones,” where motorists can pull over to use their devices. New York  has banned text messaging for all drivers and prohibits using hand-held cell phones. this year The state toughened penalties for motorists caught using hand-held devices, increasing penalty points on the driving record from 3 to 5, along with tickets that carry fines of up to $200.


U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is introducing legislation to toughen the penalties against telemarketing companies that violate the “do not call” rules. Schumer says spammers are taking advantage of new technology and legal loopholes,  he proposes that the penalties be increased to $20,000 dollars for each violation and jail time for repeat offenders. Since August, the FTC has logged as many as 200,000 robo-call complaints a month.


A government watchdog group is calling for limits on money individuals and corporations can give candidates in state elections.  The New York Public Interest Research Group blames the state’s political scandals on lax limits, poor enforcement and loopholes. They claim that individual limits per candidate should be $2,600 per election with a $1,000 corporate limit to any campaign committee during an election cycle. NYPIRG submitted its proposals to the state’s newly formed Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, which is scheduled to issue a preliminary report December 1st.



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