Reactions from area lawmakers are in following Tuesday’s executive budget proposal by Governor Cuomo in Albany.  Assemblyman Cliff Crouch responds:


(Crouch 1-22-14)


State senator Jim Seward also commented:


(Seward 1-22-14)


Lawmakers will get to work on the budget plan; the deadline to pass it is April 1st.


48-year-old William Danielson of Preston pleaded not guilty to 5 felony counts in Chenango County Court this morning.  The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office accused Danielson of attacking his former girlfriend Lucinda Knoll in front of their son at the Maple Grove Trailer Park in Norwich on December 27th, she died from injuries sustained in the attack 2 days later. Danielson is charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder, 1st degree robbery, plus 1st  & 2nd degree assault, he remains held in the Chenango County Jail pending additional court action.


About 150 people attended the Oneonta Area for public education meeting in Oneonta Saturday, to register their concerns with lawmakers about the Common Core and other newly enacted issues in public education. Co-founder of the group (pronounced “Shirs-tee) Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs comments:


(Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs 1-22-14)


The message following several such forums reached Governor Cuomo’s ears; he mentioned the need for change during his executive budget proposal Tuesday afternoon:


(Cuomo 1-22-14)


VanSlyke-Briggs said that area lawmakers Jim Seward, Cliff Crouch & Congressman Chris Gibson all expressed support At Saturday’s Oneonta forum, for the changes to the Common Core and the eliminating of many of the newly implemented tests for students.


State police in Deposit arrested 25-year-old O’Neil Bower of Rochester for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of marihuana.  The arrest followed a stop for speeding at 81 miles an hour in 55 miles an hour zone on State Route 17 in Hancock.  Troopers discovered that Bower had a driver license that was suspended 9 times, they also found to Bower unlawfully possessed marihuana.  Bower was arraigned in the Village of Hancock Court and released after paying his $100 cash bail.


State police in Oneonta arrested 21-year-old Brittany Alfarano of Oneonta for driving while intoxicated with a reportable BAC result of .15%.  The arrest resulted from investigating a 1-car accident on Interstate 88 in Oneonta; troopers accuse Alfarano of also texting on her cell phone when she crashed.  She was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Oneonta Court on January 28th.


Governor Cuomo wants to spend $10 million dollars in the next state budget, to establish a new database of police information that departments across the state could share online.  The database would make it easier for police agencies to share crime information & coordinate responses across jurisdictions without having to request information & wait for a reply.

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