The Friends of Oneonta Theater have stepped up their commitment to keep the Oneonta Theater running for the foreseeable future.  Tom Cormier owns the building and has been operating the theater for the last 3 years, and had been concerned about keeping the venue open:


(Tom Cormier)


Cormier said that the theater will be used for as part of the Oneonta first night celebration new year’s eve, and an announcement will be made regarding the future operation of the theater at that time.


A new Quinnipiac poll released today shows that Governor Cuomo has a 74% approval rating of New York voters.  Cuomo received an 82% favorable rating from Democrats and 68% from Republicans, only 13% disapproved.  The polls were also favorable to US Senators Charles Schumer & Kirsten Gillibrand and President Obama, each receiving approvals from 2/3rds of those polled.


The state DEC will begin taking public comments today on their revised gas-drilling rules, even though the rules were not released by the November 29th deadline.  Public comments will be taken on the DEC website for 30 days, ending on January 11th. There are no plans for a public hearing.  The state has had a moratorium on shale gas development since 2008.


State Troopers in Oneonta arrested 17-year-old Charlmesha Graham of Albany, 18-year-old Mandisha Kelderhouse of Kingston, 18-year-old Cathie Labonte of Central Islip and 23-year-old Lavanessa Louis of Brooklyn for 2nd degree Harassment.  The arrests were the results of an altercation at Oneonta Job Core All were arraigned in the Town of Oneonta Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail on $150 cash bail.


There will be no moratorium on hydro-fracking in the village of Oxford, as the Village Board tabled the proposal during a special session this week.  The village board faced a potential lawsuit from the Central New York Landowner’s Coalition, which is a local group of landowners seeking to sign gas leases with energy companies when the state DEC lifts the moratorium on gas drilling.


The Broome county sheriff’s department responded to a residence in the Town of Chenango, following the report of someone being forcefully held against their will.  The investigation revealed that a male subject was locked in his bedroom by his roommate and had also been struck in the face.   The victim escaped & called for police assistance, Deputies arrested 33-year-old Larry Daniel of Binghamton on charges of 2nd degree unlawful imprisonments the 2nd degree harassment.   Daniel was arraigned in the Town of Chenango Court and remanded to the Broome County jail on $500 bail pending future court action.


State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced new regulations requiring nonprofit groups registered with the state, to report the percentage of their expenditures that go to federal, state and local electioneering. Those groups that spend at least $10,000 to influence state and local elections will be required to file itemized schedules of expenses and contributions & those disclosures will be released to the public.  Copies of today’s proposed regulations are available online at: www.ag.ny.gov/charity-disclosure-regulations.

State Troopers arrested 21-year-old Kami Luce of Kirkwood and 18-year-old Travis Mills of Port Crane for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  The arrest was the result of a traffic stop on Tow Path Road in Fenton, Luce and Mills were both issued Appearance Tickets returnable to the Town of Fenton Court to appear on January 3rd.


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