Assembly members are calling on Governor Cuomo to waive registration fees and up to $1,000 worth of state sales tax on vehicles purchased by those whose previous vehicle was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Assemblyman Pete Lopez was one of the members of the bipartisan coalition calling for the measure:


(Lopez 1-30-13)
The group is also pushing for rebates on sales tax already paid on such purchases.

Governor Cuomo announced that the Department of Health would issue proposed regulations to ensure that the unique needs of pediatric patients are respected by requiring that hospitals communicate critical test results in plain language to parents before a child is discharged from the hospital. The regulations also require hospitals to post a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” letting parents and patients know of the important protections provided by these regulations.


Chenango County Sheriff Office arrested 27-year-old JoVonne Woolever of Sherburne for criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Woolever was charged as deputies were investigating a domestic dispute it was found that Woolever was in possession of prescription pills that she did not have a prescription for, she was taken into custody without incident, processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear at a later date.


State Senator Jim Seward has received his senate committee assignments.  Seward will once again chair the senate insurance committee, and will serve on the senate committees for agriculture, Education, finance, Health, Higher education, Mental Health and Rules.


Springbrook announced that they would be building community homes in the village of Sidney this spring.  Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy and her staff hosted an event at Angus & Ale this afternoon about the project:


(Patricia Kennedy 1-30-13)


The 2 new community homes will be located in the Sherwood Heights section of Sidney on Johnson Circle & Bird Avenue; Kennedy said that they should be open this summer.


Governor Cuomo today announced that more than 280 groups across the state have signed on to support the Women’s Equality Agenda. New Yorkers can go to NY4Women.com to sign up to support the 10-point plan, calling for Pay Equity, Stopping Sexual Harassment in All Workplaces, Allow for the Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Employment and Credit and Lending Cases, Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws, End Family Status Discrimination, Stop Source-of-Income Discrimination, Stop Housing Discrimination for Victims of Domestic Violence, Stop Pregnancy Discrimination, Strengthening Order-of-Protection Laws & Protecting a Woman’s Freedom of Choice.


The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 20-year-old Mark Neubauer of Greene for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  Neubauer was charged following a traffic stop in the Town of Oxford where he was found to be in possession of marihuana. Neubauer was given an appearance ticket for a later date in the Town of Oxford Court.


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