The American Red Cross has opened a shelter today in Moore Oklahoma & they are looking to open more shelters, following the recent storms & tornadoes that destroyed homes, businesses & schools.  The Red Cross is accepting donations for the affected Oklahoma residents, People who wish to make a donation to support the Red Cross response can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


The State Labor Department reported that unemployment fell to 7.3% in April.  Locally, Chenango County’s rate dropped 1.1% to 7.6% in April, Delaware County dropped 1.2% to 8.2% and Otsego County’s rate dropped 1.1% to 7.1%.  The entire southern tier region dropped 4/10th to 7.8%.


A recent survey of paddlers, who participate in the General Clinton canoe regatta, showed that a high percentage would approve of moving the 70-mile races to Sunday, and drop all races on Memorial Day Monday.  Current general Clinton regatta chairman John Harmon comments:


(John Harmon 5-21-13)


Harmon said that there were several other things to iron out regarding moving the Sunday sprint races to Saturday, which traditionally belonged to the scout races, there is a chance that those issues could get ironed out & the changes made for next year.  John Harmon’s full interview on the subject during WCDO’s Regatta coverage this Saturday & Sunday.


State Police at Norwich arrested James Fox, Jr. of Greene for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle and on an active warrant from Binghamton for Criminal Contempt.   The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on State Route 12 in Greene, Fox was issued tickets, arraigned in the Town of Greene Court and was then turned over to the City of Binghamton Police Department.


Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver apologized for the mistakes that were made in the handling of sexual harassment charges against former Assemblyman Vito Lopez:


(Silver 5-21-13)


Silver announced a series of reforms that will be implemented as soon as the legislation is introduced this week for passage before the end of this session.


Officials at the State department of Motor Vehicles report that the crackdown on repeat drunk drivers since the implementation of new rules last September, has removed 3,164 dangerous motorists being kept of the state’s highways.  The DMV reviewed 3,891 applications for relicensing from individuals with more than 2 alcohol or drug-related driving offenses on their record, 1,658 were permanently denied relicensing and about 1,500 others were denied relicensing for another 5 years, another 699 drivers were relicensed but required to use an ignition interlock.


State Troopers in Binghamton arrested 44-year-old Robert Snedeker of West Windsor for Felony DWI. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on I-81 in Binghamton; Snedeker was arraigned in the Town of Conklin Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.


The Sidney central school district will hold their kindergarten orientation at the elementary school this evening.  The program will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the cafeteria, following the presentation, there will be a question & answer session.


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