Governor Cuomo delivered his annual state of the state address this afternoon, to a joint session of the legislature in Albany:




The state of the state address kicks off the 2013 legislative season, the governor will deliver his executive budget proposal in the next couple of weeks.


Bainbridge officials announced that village crews have found the source of the leak, in a field behind the former Borden plant on Guilford Road.  The leak has been repaired, all water has been turned back on, and the conserving of water is no longer necessary.  Officials appreciated the cooperation from village residents & they suggested that only those who had dirty water in the last few days could voluntarily boil water for the remainder of the day today only.


Binghamton Fire Department officials believe that the fire that destroyed the former Pa’s Woodshed building last week was arson.  Officials have determined that at least 3 separate fires were started at about the same time inside the building on Montgomery Street last week.   The building had been vacant at the time of the fire; investigators will try to determine who may have started the fire that completely destroyed the structure.


Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act, the Internal Revenue Service announced today it plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on January 30th.  The IRS originally planned to open electronic filing this year on Jan. 22; more than 80 percent of taxpayers filed electronically last year. Updated information will be posted on IRS.gov.


The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 37-year-old Jared Backus of Afton on an active bench warrant out of the Town of Norwich.   Backus was arrested for failing to appear for a scheduled Court date last month to answer to a Petty Larceny charge, he was arraigned in the Town of Oxford court & was remanded to Chenango County Jail on $1,000 bail and scheduled to appear in the Town of Norwich court at a later date.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has won litigation against retailers selling deceptively labeled designer drugs. The Supreme Court decision holds business owner John Tebbetts responsible for selling deceptively labeled drug products to consumers from his 8 upstate head shops, & for denying that the products were meant for human consumption.    Schneidermann’s lawsuit attempted to stop the sale of “Bath Salts” and “Synthetic Marijuana” in violation of the state’s labeling laws.


Chenango County Health Department is providing Free Flu shots for anyone age 6 months and older. Due to the early onset and increasing number of flu cases occurring in Chenango County and surrounding Counties, the County Health Department will be waiving the $10.00 fee for a flu shot. More information is available at 337-1660.


The Otsego County Chamber announced that Nominations are now being accepted for The Distinguished Business Award sponsored by NBT Bank & for The Eugene Bettiol Distinguished Citizen Award.  The nominations will be accepted until January 31st, the forms can be found at otsegocountychamber.com.  The award winner will be announced the night of the chamber’s annual dinner later this year.



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