Chenango County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 5 suspects from Sherburne, New Berlin, Edmeston and Pittsfield for 1- count each of 2nd degree Burglary.  Arrested were 38-year-old Christina Clifford of Pittsfield, 20-year-old Travis Conklin of New Berlin, 19-year-old Samantha Savianeso of Edmeston, 20-year-old Samantha Marshall of Sherburne, & 18-year-old Isabella Gray of Edmeston, Following a weeklong investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.  All 5 are accused of entering the Milford Academy in the Village of New Berlin and stealing items ranging from clothes to electronic equipment.  Deputies reported that some of the items have been recovered; anyone with more information should contact the Sheriff’s Office.


Local lawmakers have met with Governor Cuomo’s staff and members of the state health department, regarding plans to close mental health facilities in Binghamton, Elmira & across the North Country, and move all of those patients to get care in Syracuse.  Assemblyman Cliff Crouch told WCDO News that better plans need to be formulated:


(Cliff Crouch 12-4-13)


Crouch said that he is also co-sponsoring a bill in the assembly that State Senator Tom Libous has forwarded in the Senate, to freeze mental health facilities closings for 2 years, in order to formulate a better plan that simply closing facilities and passing the problem into local hospital and jails.


The 3rd annual awards for the state’s regional councils will be announced next Wednesday at The Egg Theater near the state Capitol in Albany. The 10 regional councils will compete for $756 million in grants and tax breaks, including $150 million in capital aid and $70 million in tax credits. The $1.5 billion spent over the past two years for the regional councils supported 1,400 projects, and the Cuomo administration said it created or helped retain 75,000 jobs.


Oneonta police have arrested 23-year-old Anthony Placido or Newtown North Carolina, for 2nd degree criminal possession of a weapon, 4th degree conspiracy, and 1st degree attempted robbery, in connection with a November 14th incident on Gilbert Street in Oneonta.  Placido is being held on $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond in Otsego County Jail pending future court action.


New York financial regulators sent subpoenas to 16 online firms suspected of deceptive marketing by generating leads for illegal payday loans. The Department of Financial Services said the firms collect and sell personal information to payday lenders in violation of state law. The short-term loans are typically advances on a paycheck with high interest rates. Letters were also sent to debt collectors in New York, telling them not to collect on illegal payday loans.  For more information go to dfs.ny.gov.


The Moreland commission is proposing limiting the use of public funds to help pay for political campaigns to combat Albany’s misconduct. The commission also seeks lower limits for contributions, greater disclosure of legislators’ private law firm clients, and greater disclosure of who contribute to politicians and political parties. Governor Cuomo created the commission after the latest spate of corruption cases brought by federal prosecutors.  30 state officials have been involved in corruption cases over the last 7 years.






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