Governor Cuomo today detailed a proposal to create a Financial Restructuring Board to help distressed local governments manage their finances. The proposal includes an alternative binding arbitration process that municipalities and unions could voluntarily opt for to resolve contract issues in an expedited procedure.


(Cuomo 5-15-13)


The Governor said that the Board would include the State Budget Director, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Comptroller, and one private sector restructuring professional. They would also provide an alternative to the binding arbitration process for police, fire, or deputy sheriff unions if municipalities and unions agree.


Oneonta Troopers arrested 23-Year-old Anthony Stevens of Otego for Criminal Obstructed Breathing, Unlawful Imprisonment, Criminal Mischief and 2nd degree Harassment.  The arrest resulted from a complaint of a domestic incident in Otego,  Stevens was arraigned in the Town of Oneonta Court and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Otego Court tomorrow to answer to the charges.


The 2nd annual Family Day Festival will be held this Saturday at general Clinton Park in Bainbridge.  Mollianna’s mission Director Melissa Matthews told WCDO news some of the scheduled events:


(Melissa Matthews 5-15-13)


There will be a $10.00 fee for parking Saturday, with the proceeds going to Mollianna’s mission, which assists families that have lost a pregnancy or an infant.


This Saturday is National Veteran’s Assistance day & Armed Forces Day, and veterans will eat free Saturday at the Sidney American legion.  Spokesman Larry Halbert explains:


(Larry Halbert 5-15-13)


There will be a nominal fee for family members to eat; more information is available at 237-4762 or 563-8031.


Governor Cuomo today kicked off Round 3 of the Regional Economic Development Council, he hosted council co-chairs and local economic development officials in Albany to detail the third round of the process and officially launch the 2013 competition.  The councils have spurred economic development in the first 2 rounds with $1.5 billion in investments to support more than 1,400 projects, and creating or helping retain an estimated 75,000 jobs.  10 regions compete for 5 awards of $25 million and the remaining will compete for the balance of $25 million. Each region is also eligible for up to $10 million in tax credits the winners will be required to demonstrate the Implementation of the Strategic Plan, & how development and job creation will be added through the investment.


A public hearing will be held this evening by the Oneonta city planning commission.  5 groups are seeking special use permits to utilize area structures as fraternities or sororities; the hearing begins at 6:00 PM at the Asa Allison Municipal Building at 4 Academy Street.



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