Delaware County Deputies investigated a motorcycle accident Monday in the Town of Tompkins on State Highway 10. 52-year-old Cindy Beteau of Deposit lost control of her motorcycle, struck the guardrail, she was thrown from the motorcycle and landed on the embankment. Beteau was air lifted to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City, & was listed in serious but stable condition
Oneonta city officials announced that the 2014 summer road paving & construction has started. Hours of work will be from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm including some weekends. No parking on streets during work hours. Paving will begin today along Maple Street; more information is available at 432-6465.
State Police arrested 27-year-old Thomas Krietsch of Richfield Springs for Reckless Endangerment, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and discharging a firearm over a roadway. The arrest followed an incident where Krietsch is accused of discharging a weapon near the State Police Barracks on State Route 20 in Richfield Springs. Krietsch was arraigned in the Town of Richfield Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail on bail pending court action on July 22nd.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced the arraignment of 34-year-old Tanya Johnson of Greene for failing to follow nursing home policy after a resident fell and injured himself, then lying to the facility about what happened. Johnson was charged with Falsifying Business Records, Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person and Willful Violation of Health Laws. The resident suffered abrasions to his tailbone & lower back last October in Broome County.
Hospitals and health systems in Central New York lost more physicians over a year period than any other upstate area, according to a report from the Healthcare Association of New York State. The survey covers September 2012 to September 2013, it found 552 physicians joined medical staffs in Central New York, while 715 left. 67% indicated physicians are leaving their respective communities because of retirement. UHS reported that they have 184 physicians and it is difficult to recruit doctors to rural areas, including Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich and Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton.
Bill Samuels may run for lieutenant governor against Governor Cuomo’s pick, Kathy Hochul. Samuels is the son of Howard Samuels of Ontario County, who invented the Hefty bag and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1974. Samuels himself ran for lieutenant governor in 2010, but dropped out and supported Cuomo’s choice, Robert Duffy. State Law dictates that lieutenant governor candidates can run independently in a primary, but they run jointly with the gubernatorial candidates in November elections.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging the USDA to pick a Cornell-developed software package to help farmers in the Northeast plan their crop insurance and price support participation. Schumer wrote Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, endorsing a joint proposal by Cornell, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Maine for a risk-management software package for farmers. The farm bill setting agriculture policy adopted by Congress last February set aside $3 million for online web tools to assist farmers. Schumer said help with financial decision-making is important in New York because farms are usually small and family-run.