The Latest Quinnipiac Poll shows Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to maintain a 2-to-1 advantage over his Republican challenger Rob Astorino in New York’s gubernatorial race. The poll has Cuomo ahead 56% to 28% over Astorino. The poll finds that many voters remain unfamiliar with Astorino, or Democratic Party challenger Zephyr Teachout.
Voters can expect new ballot lines this November, next to the familiar Democratic and Republican parties, as candidates seek to attract single-issue voters and get their names on the ballot two, three or even four times. Yesterday was the deadline for groups hoping to create ballot lines to submit petitions to state election officials. New lines expected on the November ballot include the Women’s Equality Party and Stop Common Core. New York election law allows candidates to run on multiple lines, with the number of votes for each line added together for a candidate’s total tally.
Deposit Fire Fighters responded to a fire this morning at around 1:45 at 172 Front Street. All occupants escaped without injury, Hancock and Windsor Fire Departments also responded to the fire, the cause of fire remains under investigation.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation to Expand and strengthen services for veterans, active service members and their families. The new law eases the transition to a new school for children of military families that relocate, lowers the cost of higher education for Veterans receiving benefits under the GI bills, & offers military family members greater flexibility with professional licenses received from other states or jurisdictions. The new law also strengthens the supplemental burial assistance provided by the state to military families when a service member dies in combat or as a result of injuries sustained on the battlefield.


The state labor department released the unemployment statistics for the month of July. State wide, the rate was at 6.8%, locally, Chenango county’s rate dropped 9 10ths to 5.7%, Delaware county dropped 1.1% to 6.6% and Otsego County dropped 9/10ths to 5.7%.

Foothills Performing Arts Center has tickets on Sale now for a Motown Revue act that will be performing on September 19th. Foothills Executive Director Bill Youngs explains:

(Bill Youngs 8-20-14)

Tickets are available at FoothillsPAC.org or at the theater Box office on Market Street in Oneonta.
Area United Way programs and the Sidney Boys & Girls club are teaming up for the 2nd school supplies give away at the Sidney civic center this coming Friday afternoon. Trish Tyrell of the boys & girls club told WCDO news how people or organizations could donate to the cause:

(Trish Tyrell 8-20-14)

The giveaway will be first come first served from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the boys & girls club on Friday.
The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, even as thousands of people answered the urgent call to donate last month. Through the end of July, the Red Cross saw an increase of 7.5 percent in the number of donors giving blood. Despite the increase, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations come in, maintaining the urgent need. Call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment or for more information

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