The ribbon cutting for the Sherwood Landing project in Sidney was held this morning, the project is 32 rental units that have already filled up with residents who were put out by the flooding in recent years. Sidney Village Mayor Andy Matviak comments:

(Andy Matviak 7-15-14)

Sidney economic development director John Redente also commented:

(John Redente 7-15-14)

The project is located in the former Sherwood Height section; it’s the first phase of many projects reshaping the village of Sidney following the floods of 2006 & 2011.
A state judge dismissed 2 lawsuits that sought to force Governor Cuomo to authorize shale-gas drilling in New York. Supreme Court Justice Roger McDonough tossed the lawsuits, ruling that the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York and Mark Wallach, the trustee for Norse Energy, lack the authority to bring the legal challenge & because they did not suffer environmental harm. The state’s review of fracking is guided by the State Environmental Quality Review Act, which requires an extensive analysis when a government action could have an impact on the environment.
68-year-old Duane Merrill of Hamden died in a farming accident on Friday afternoon, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies reported to 2152 Chambers Hollow Road, where Merrill was baling hay when the tractor’s seat detached causing him to fall backward onto the ground between the tractor and baler, He became entangled in the machine and was killed.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Michele Huedepohl of Triangle for 3 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a child. Huedepohl was charged for allegedly forcing a 9 year old to smoke marijuana, and for allowing a 15-year-old female to smoke marihuana in her presence and in the presence of a 6-year-old child in the Village of Greene. Huedepohl was charged with 3 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a child & was issued appearance tickets for the Village of Greene Court and will appear at a later date.
Chenango county sheriff’s deputies arrested 45-year-old Jeffry Reynolds, following traffic stop in the Village of New Berlin. The deputy observed the Reynolds of almost causing a head on accident, deputies accused Reynolds was driving while intoxicated. Reynolds was taken into custody, processed & was released to a sober 3rd party. Reynolds was charged with DWI, Driving with a BAC of .08 or more, unsafe tires, no distinctive plate, and failure to yield right of way, he will appear in the Town of New Berlin Court at a later date.
New York will disclose the routes and schedules of freight trains hauling tanker cars filled with crude oil as they pass through New York on their way to coastal refineries. The State denied a request by CSX Transportation & Canadian Pacific Railway to sign a non-disclosure agreement; they began providing the information to the State Emergency Response Commission on June 7th. Safety concerns about the shipment of oil by rail has grown as the frequency of the shipments has grown. Senator Chuck Schumer is co-sponsoring legislation requiring the FEMA to form a panel to address derailments involving hazardous materials and crude oil tankers.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino challenged Governor Cuomo to 8 debates between now and Election Day. Cuomo may first face a Democratic primary, as Democratic candidate Zephyr Teachout will submit 3 times the number of petition signatures necessary to force a primary.

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