WCDO NEWS MONDAY 10-30-17

Casey Callahan was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison In Otsego County Court today, for the murder of his wife Elizabeth in 2000. Pennsylvania. An Otsego County jury convicted Callahan of 2nd degree murder recently, for running over his wife with an 18-wheeler at a gas station on Route 17 in Pennsylvania; the case was tried in New York as prosecutors said that Callahan plotted to murder his wife in Otsego County.
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Governor Cuomo activated the State Emergency Operations Center and has directed all state agencies to take precautionary measures and mobilize personnel in order to monitor and prepare for severe weather. Representatives from Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Emergency Management, plus the DOT, DEC, State Police & many others have all been direct to immediately report to the Emergency Operations Center following the activation.
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State Police arrested 28-Year-old Philip Dionisio of Mamaroneck early Sunday Morning for Felony DWI and other traffic violations. Troopers responded to a report of a car in a ditch off of Newton Town Road, in the Town of Bainbridge, Dionisio is accused of Driving while Intoxicated when he drove into a ditch; the arrest is a felony due to a prior DWI conviction. Dionisio was arraigned in the Town of Afton Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 property bond.
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As Daylight Savings Time comes to an end on November 5, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York urges all citizens to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure their homes are properly prepared for an emergency. Alarms equipped with either removable or sealed-in batteries both need to be tested. Removable batteries should be replaced, and sealed-in batteries should be checked to confirm they are functioning. Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law that will take effect in 2019 that will require all smoke alarms sold in New York State to be equipped with sealed-in, non-removable batteries that last for at least 10 years.
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The State Legislature may be making a return trip to Albany in the coming weeks. Governor Cuomo said last week that the state is facing a 4 billion dollar deficit in the budget that could require legislative action.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that the Excelsior Scholarship application for students to attend SUNY or CUNY tuition free this spring semester will open today, Monday, October 30th and will be open until December 4th. Recipients of the Excelsior Scholarship’s spring awards will join the more than 210,000 students already attending a public college or university in New York State tuition-free, and the 45,000 students deemed eligible for the Scholarship in the fall. Applications are available at hesc.ny.gov/excelsior.
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The Bainbridge Town Hall will be undergoing some renovations Tuesday through this Friday. Town Officials remind area residents that the building is still accessible during the renovations through the rear entrance.
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28-year-old Justin Crandall of Sidney confessed to 3 counts of sexual exploitation on a plea bargain arrangement in Federal Court Friday, his wife, 27-year-old Jessica Crandall pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Sexually Exploit a Child. The couple were arrested by the FBI and State Police after they executed search warrants at their Sidney residence and found the explicit videos on cell phones. Jessica Crandall still faces other charges & additional court action. Justin Crandall will face sentencing on February 23rd.
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State Police and local law enforcement have increased patrols to crack down on impaired driving and underage drinking through Halloween on Tuesday. The enforcement campaign includes sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols; officers will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road.
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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 10-27-17

State Police at Oneonta arrested 43 year old Jason Wright of Oneonta, for Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Public Lewdness. Troopers responded to a report of a naked man exposing himself from an apartment on Chestnut Street, Wright is accused of exposing himself in a lewd manner while standing near a window, he was also found to unlawfully possess a handgun inside the apartment. Wright was arraigned in the Town of Oneonta Court and was remanded to the Otsego County Jail on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 property bond.
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State Police arrested 28 year old Jonathan Holt of Brooksville, Maine for Criminal Possession of Marihuana and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Troopers conducted a traffic stop of a 2005 Honda CRV, which was observed speeding on I-88 in the Town of Milford. The vehicle was searched after troopers detected the odor of Marijuana, with a passenger, Holt allegedly possessing over one pound of marihuana, plus hashish and hallucinogenic mushrooms. Holt was arraigned in the Town of Milford Court and was remanded to the Otsego County Jail on $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 property bond.
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Foothills Performing Arts Center will hold their biggest Fundraiser of they year Sunday, which will include Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, Foothills spokesman Bill Youngs explains:

(Bill Youngs 10-11-17)

Tickets for the Taste of New York event and the Gilbert Gottfried show are available at 431-2080 or foothillspac.org.
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The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce will honor their annual winners of the Citizen of the Year & Business of the Year Awards. This year’s Citizen of the Year is June White, who has been involved in many area events in Bainbridge:

(June White 9-27-17)

The Business of the Year is Snips & Snails Consignment shop, owned by Lori McGraw:

(Lori McGraw 10-27-17)

The annual dinner & awards ceremony will be held at the Sundown Golf & county Club in Guilford Saturday night at 6:00 PM.
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The African Children’s Choir will be performing at the Binghamton First Assembly Church Tonight at 7:00 PM, as part of a national tour, that has performed all over American & Canada since April. Tour Leader Keira Carnie explains:

(Keira Carnie 10-25-17)

The African Children’s choir performance tonight is free; the church is located at 225 Washington Street in Binghamton.
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The 19th Annual Norwich Pumpkin Festival gets underway today & Saturday in Norwich. The pumpkin weigh in contest is being held this afternoon until 7:00 tonight; there will be a variety of tournaments, entertainment by musicians, magicians, dance groups and more with Saturday’s event ending with fireworks.
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Broadway in Binghamton presents “A Gentleman’s Guide To Murder” for 2 performances this Sunday at 3:00PM & 7:30PM at the Broome County Forum in Binghamton. Tina Niles from NAC Entertainment explains:

(Tina Niles 10-27-17)

Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or at 1-800-745-3000.
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The National Drug Take-Back Day will be tomorrow from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Residents can dispose of old and unused medicines, in their original containers at various locations, including the Sidney Police Department, Norwich City Police Department, Oneonta City Police, The Bainbridge Town Hall, and at the Otsego, Chenango & Broome County Sheriff’s Departments.
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The Sidney Town Board & Supervisor Gene Pigford announced that they would hold a ribbon cutting & public tours of the town’s new Municipal Building at 44 Grand Street, this Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. The building formerly housed the offices of the Mirabito Fuel Group & Mang Insurance.
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The Chenango Arts Council and Friends of Rogers are teaming up for “Bat Appreciation!” during the 19th annual Pumpkin Fest in Norwich. Beginning at 6:00 tonight, the interactive presentation will take place in the Mariea Brown and Raymond Loft Galleries, where it will be on display through November 3rd. The interactive presentation is offered free of charge, donations are welcome to support future programs by the Chenango Arts Council.
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Delaware County Board of Elections reminds voters that absentee ballot applications can be picked up at their office in Delhi, or downloaded from their website. The Board of Elections will also be opened on this Saturday & Saturday November 4th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon for absentee voting. Also, the board reminds Sidney Center voters that the polling site from District 1 & 3 Voters has been changed to the new Sidney center Fire Department Building on County Route 35. More information is available 832-5321.
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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 10-26-17

Governor Cuomo announced a new statewide initiative to examine cancer patterns and the potential causes of cancer in 4 regions across the state that have a higher incidence of certain cancers. The Department of Health will be reviewing cancer data, potential demographic and occupational factors, and will consult with the DEC on environmental factors contributing to the cancer clusters.
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New York State today filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for violating the federal Clean Air Act by failing to curb ground-level ozone pollution that blows into New York from upwind states. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that at least 1 in 3 New Yorkers breathe air with unhealthy levels of smog pollution. The EPA’s own studies demonstrate that pollution from states upwind of New York contributes substantially to the state’s dangerous smog problem.
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The Oneonta Police Department is asking the local public for assistance, following possible acts of vandalism. The Police Department announced that the bathrooms at Neahwa and Wilber Parks sustained damage within the last few days. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Detective Division at 432-1111 or submit an anonymous tip on the department’s facebook Page. to local.nixle.com/tip/city-of-oneonta. Any information will be confidential.
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New York residents stand to lose more than $72 billion in reported deductions for income and property taxes if proposals to change the federal tax code are implemented, according to a report issued today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Among the deductions the administration has targeted are those for state and local taxes, New Yorkers reported more than $72 billion in such federal deductions in 2015, including $51.7 billion for income taxes and $20.9 billion for property taxes.
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The New York State Parks Department has updated their maps for this weekend, regarding the Fall Foliage season. The full map can be found at iloveny.com.
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State Police arrested 34 year old Michael Graziano of Oneonta, for Grand Larceny and Falsifying Business Records, after troopers were advised of a theft by an employee that had occurred at Springbrook in the Town of Milford. Graziano allegedly falsified business records to steal over $7,000 in pay; he was arraigned in the Town of Milford Court and was release on his own recognizance. His next court date is on December 12th.
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State Senator Fred Akshar, & Assembly Members Donna Lupardo and Cliff Crouch will hold a public Town Hall Meeting today, to discuss the ongoing repurposing of the Broome Developmental Center to provide substance abuse treatment to individuals struggling with addiction. Officials from the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Syracuse Behavioral Health, Broome County Department of Social Services and the Broome County Health Department will answer questions and address concerns related to the repurposing project. The event will run from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Chenango Valley High School.
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Governor Cuomo announced $7.5 million to construct, rehabilitate and improve the homes of 367 income-eligible families across New York. The funds are awarded through New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s Affordable Home Ownership Development Program, administered by the Affordable Housing Corporation. In the Southern Tier, a $600,000 grant will go to Delaware Opportunities for the acquisition and rehabilitation of approximately 15 homes located on scattered sites in Delaware County. $290,000 grant to M-ARK Project, for the acquisition and rehabilitation of approximately 10 homes located in Delaware County.
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Governor Cuomo has signed legislation to remove barriers for businesses in New York seeking brand label registration for alcoholic beverages. Currently, the law requires brand label registrations to be filed by certified mail, registered mail or overnight mail. Under the bill the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law will permit brand label registration applications to be submitted electronically and filed every three years, rather than every year. The bill also permits the Authority, or third party, to charge a processing fee for electronic submissions.
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Delaware County Public Health will be sponsoring a free EPA Certified Lead Renovator 8-Hr. Training Course today at the Walton Town Hall. ConTrax, LLC is conducting the class. The class is sponsored by Delaware County Public Health; it will include all course materials, manual, refreshments, lunch and certificate of completion. Free tuition offered on a first come basis, with preference given to Delaware County residents, businesses, rental property owners, home improvement contractors and their employees.

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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 10-25-17

State Police executed a search warrant at 5435 and 5186 Elk Creek Road in the Town of Meredith, following an investigation into the illegal growing of marijuana. Police seized approximately 500 harvested Marijuana Plants, about 100 pounds of processed marijuana, plus 34 grams of hashish, a digital scale, $1166 in cash, 7 long guns, 2 Security surveillance systems. Police arrested 59-year-old Richard Lane of Walton, 48 year old Edward Lane of Meredith, & 61 year old Clayton Rockefeller of Meredith, for Criminal Possession of Marijuana, all 3 were arraigned in the Town of Davenport Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $2500 cash bail or $5000 bond.
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The African Children’s Choir will be performing at the Binghamton First Assembly Church Friday Night at 7:00 PM, as part of a national tour, that has performed all over American & Canada since April. Tour Leader Keira Carnie explains:

(Keira Carnie 10-25-17)

The African Children’s choir has been performing for over 30 years, and has performed for Queen Elizabeth at her Golden Jubilee, and has performed with Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Mariah Carey & Keith Urban. Friday Nights show is free; the church is located at 225 Washington Street in Binghamton.
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Sidney village officials were notified that a squirrel in NYSEG Substation was responsible for yesterday’s power outage, which affected 350 Sidney Customers & 60 Bainbridge customers. The power outage disrupted several area businesses along Delaware Avenue, generators were used to power up traffic signals at State Route 8 & Delaware Avenue, Sidney Police also directed traffic at other affected locations. NYSEG Reported that power was restored at about 7:30 PM Tuesday.
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The Pouring of the Concrete has started, as part of the Sidney Main Street Revitalization Project. The concrete is being poured in a way to allow Main Street Businesses to remain open for their customers, the 1 side of Main Street that is being worked on currently is expected to be concluded in the next 2 weeks, the work for the other side of Main Street will begin early next year.
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The State office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services announced the opening of the new Voices Recovery and Community Outreach Center at 340 Prospect Street in Binghamton. The center will provide free support and services for people who are in recovery from a substance use disorder and for their families.
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Hartwick College officials have announced The Hartwick College Founders’ Award, a guaranteed tuition grant of $10,000 per year, which will be awarded to each newly enrolled 1st year and transfer student who is a resident of New York State. Grants will be awarded to new students beginning in the fall of 2018. Students who enroll in the College’s innovative 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program are also eligible for this award. No special grant application is required; students only need to apply for admission to Hartwick and file the FAFSA form.


The State DEC announced that remaining Deer Management Permits in several Wildlife Management Units would be available to hunters beginning November 1st. The DEC will re-open the permit application process on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters may apply for up to two additional permits at any DEC license sales outlet beginning Nov.
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Governor Cuomo signed legislation to extend property tax exemptions to eligible United States veterans to include school taxes. Currently, state property tax laws provide partial property tax exemptions to qualified veterans of the United States Military; however, this exemption does not apply to school taxes. In 2013 and 2016 the alternative veteran’s property tax exemption and Cold War property tax exemption were amended to give school districts the options of allowing the exemption, now, all 3 veteran’s property tax exemptions would be applied to school taxes.
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The State Department of Labor released preliminary unemployment rates for September. The State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 4.8% to 4.9% in September, Locally, Chenango County had 4.7% unemployment, Delaware County had 5% & Otsego County had 4.4%.
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The Next Tri Town Coalition on Substance Abuse Prevention will be tonight at the Sidney High School cafeteria at 6:00 PM. Sarah Buttice of Fox Hospital will discuss smoking cessation programs & initiatives like “Stop Targeting Our Teens”.
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CDO Workforce and BEAM are offering a free interviewing workshop today at 10:00 AM at the CDO Workforce Center, at the 2nd Floor of the Sidney Civic Center. Reservations are requested at 832-5776, but walk-ins are welcome. The Interviewing Workshop is in time to prepare for the Southside Mall Job Fair later today from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.
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State Police arrested 67-year-old Thomas Smith of Oneonta for Criminal Contempt, after troopers were contacted by a person with an order of protection against Smith. Smith is accused of calling or arriving at that person’s home in Otego several times; he was issued a ticket to appear in the Town of Otego Court on November 9th.
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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 10-24-17

Governor Cuomo today announced that applications from non-profit non-public schools and day care centers, are now being accepted for the $25 million Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant program, for grants to strengthen security and prevent hate crimes or attacks against these facilities because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. The grant is administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, & could provide up to $50,000 for security upgrades. Applications are due by December 18th.
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The Chenango Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition in collaboration with The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office & The Norwich City Police Department will hold 3 National Drug Take-Back Month Events this Saturday. The events will be held between 10:00 AM & 1:30 PM at the Norwich Police Department at 18 East Main Street, the Bainbridge Town Hall at 33 West Main Street & the Smyrna Town Hall at 7 East Main Street. Unwanted or expired medications will be accepted at the event, organizers remind those bringing in the unwanted meds, to have them in their original containers.
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Governor Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would ban gravity knives. The Governor stated that overly broad language in the legislation would have applied to too many knives. A compromise on the bill failed to be passed in the final days of the 2017 session of the legislature in Albany, Cuomo said that bill approved by lawmakers was not a sufficient improvement from a previous plan that tightened up the definition of a “gravity knife.” The proposed compromise by the governor’s office would have addressed issues raise by police departments and added protections for workers who carrying knives as part of their jobs.
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8 of the Baseball’s most recognizable voices have been named as the finalists for the 2018 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The 8 finalists for the 2018 Award include Joe Buck, Bob Costas, Al Michaels, & Joe Morgan, the winner will be announced on December 13th at baseball’s Winter Meetings and will be honored during the July 28 Awards Presentation in Cooperstown.
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ACHIEVE Broome-Chenango-Tioga welcomes the community to visit their Chenango Day Habilitation facility, at 214 County Route 44 in Norwich on Tuesday November 2nd for light refreshments provided by Canasawacta Country Club and an introduction to ACHIEVE and the services they provide.
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High winds led to a number of power outages across the Southern Tier overnight & into Tuesday afternoon. NYSEG reported that about 350 customers were without power in the town of Sidney & about 60 in the Town of Bainbridge, as of 2:00 this afternoon. NYSEG Crews were working on restoring power as quickly as possible.
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Amphenol in Sidney announced this afternoon, that due to the power outage at the Main facility, 2nd shift has been cancelled 2nd shift employees should not report to work. 3rd shift employees should report as normal. All Plating employees on both shifts should report to work as normal.


Governor Cuomo signed legislation adding electronic cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans their use everywhere that smoking tobacco products are prohibited. The bill would reduce the exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals for e-cigarette users and those around them. Under current law, only smoking substances containing tobacco, including cigars, cigarettes or pipes, are restricted in public places.
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The Chenango County Farm Bureau the 62nd Annual Meeting is starting at 6:30 PM tonight at the Silo Restaurant in Greene. State Senator Fred Akshar, a representative from Senator Seward’s office and Assemblyman Cliff Crouch have been invited.
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The Chenango County Health Department announces another Flu Vaccination Clinic to be held today. The Clinic will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Bainbridge Firehouse. Registrations or more information is available at 337-1660.
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NBT Bancorp reported record net income for both the 3 months & 9 months periods ending September 30th. Net income for the last quarter was $22.9 million, up from $21.4 million for the 2nd quarter of 2017 and up from $20.0 million for the third quarter of last year. Net income for the 9 months of 2017 was $64.5 million, up 9.7% from $58.8 million for the same period last year.

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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 10-23-17

Delaware County Board of Elections reminds voters that absentee ballot applications can be picked up at their office in Delhi, or downloaded from their website. The Board of Elections will also be opened on Saturday October 298th, & November 4th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon for absentee voting. Also, the board reminds Sidney Center voters that the polling site from District 1 & 3 Voters has been changed to the new Sidney center Fire Department Building on County Route 35. More information is available 832-5321.
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The Sidney Town Board & Supervisor Gene Pigford announced that they would hold a ribbon cutting & public tours of the town’s new Municipal Building at 44 Grand Street, this Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. The building formerly housed the offices of the Mirabito Fuel Group & Mang Insurance.
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The New York State Preparedness Corps will conduct disaster preparedness training on Tuesday November 7th at the Sidney Public Library. The Training is free, & will cover how to prepare for a disaster, how to respond to one & how to recover as quickly as [possible. There will 2 sessions, one from 3:00 to 4:30 PM for senior citizens & another for the general public from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. The Tri County Senior Center & The Sidney United Way sponsors the Disaster Training, pre-registration is requested at 563-8065, or in person at the Senior Center.
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Democratic Attorneys General from 17 states are calling on Congress to abandon NRA-backed legislation that would allow concealed-carry gun permits issued in one state to be valid in all states. The top prosecutors in states like New York, Pennsylvania and Iowa warn that reciprocity measures under consideration in Congress “will lead to the death of police officers and civilians, the proliferation of gun traffickers, and acts of terrorism” in a letter sent to congressional leaders.
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Governor Cuomo and US Senator Charles Schumer are teaming up to denounce a tax overhaul proposal from Republicans in Washington that they say would hurt middle-class homeowners. They urge the state’s Republican Congress members to oppose what they said is a partisan attempt to hurt big Democratic states such as New York and California. Republicans argue their plan would also increase the standard deduction and reduce business taxes in an effort to spur the economy. Negotiations over the proposal are continuing in Congress.


Governor Cuomo signed legislation to deliver health care benefits to volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers. Currently, volunteer firefighters are eligible for accidental disability and death benefits through Workers’ Compensation if they are injured in the line of duty. Under the bill, volunteer firefighters who contract lung, prostate, breast, lymphatic, urinary, neurological, melanoma & many other types of cancer will be automatically eligible for health benefits if: Upon entry to volunteer, a physical exam did not show any evidence of the cancers; Individuals have at least 5 years of service fighting structure fires; and the firefighter is currently active or has been within the last 5 years.
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Heather Franklin was back in Chenango County Court Friday, she is facing charges along with her husband Ernest Franklin, for allegedly killing their adopted son Jeffrey on March 1st, and setting their home on fire to cover up the murder. The Franklins will be tried separately, in early 2018.
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Governor Cuomo announced that $1.25 million in funding is available through two grant programs designed to assist farmers across the state. The New Farmers Grant Fund helps new and early-stage farmers, and the New York State Veterans Farmer Grant Fund supports farms owned and operated by military veterans. Additional resources for new or prospective farmers are available on the Department’s website, agriculture.ny.gov,
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An Informational meeting will be held this morning at 10:00 AM regarding the current situation with the Main Street Revitalization project. The public is invited to attend & participate, the meeting will be held in the Civic Center 1st Floor Board Room.
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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 10-20-17

A large cast of actors from all over the Southern Tier will perform in the Afton Community Theater’s production of Shrek The Musical for 3 performances starting tonight at the Afton Central School. Director Brandy Engle comments:

(Brandy Engel)

The shows will be tonight at 7:00 PM, Saturday Night at 7:00 PM, & Sunday Afternoon at 2:00 PM.
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A Sidney 5K Walk or Run will be held this Sunday at 1:30 PM, to raise money for the fight against childhood cancer. Sidney Heath Education Teacher Jonathan Yurka explains:

(Jonathan Yurka 10-20-17)

The event will be held between the Sidney High School & Middle school buildings Sunday afternoon with a variety of food & entertainment also scheduled.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies & the State Division of Parole located and arrested 33 year old John Barnett of Margaretville & charged him with being a Fugitive from Justice. Barnett was wanted from the Prince Edward County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office on 5 counts of Violation of Probation for failure to pay restitution following burglary and larceny convictions. Barnett was arraigned and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail pending extradition to the State of Virginia.
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Governor Cuomo today announced grant awards totaling $2.3 million for urban forestry projects in communities across New York. The grants are funded through the state Environmental Protection Fund and are part of New York’s ongoing initiatives to address invasive species, climate change and environmental justice. Locally, in Otsego County, the City of Oneonta will recieve $50,000 for their Emerald Ash Borer Preventive Maintenance Program, $42,240 for their Planting of Street Trees as part of the Market Street Project & another $50,000 for their General Tree Maintenance Program
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The Great Afton Area Chamber Of Commerce announced that they are hosting the next 4-Chamber Meeting on November 1st at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Hoghway 7 Bar & Grill in Bainbriodge, Commerce Chenago CEO Steve Craig willbe the guest speaker.

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A fundraiser is being held Sunday in Sidney, for a recently departed Masonville resident who lost a battle with cancer. The Benefit for Kenny Cutting will be held at the American Legion beginning at 1:00 PM, to assist the family with bills associated with the illness. There will be a $5.00 charge at the door, plus donations will also be accepted.
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The Jericho Arts Council announced the return of the popular Bluegrass Music act “Zink & Company” Saturday night. The show will begin at 7:00 PM at the Bainbridge Town Hall Theater, tickets will be available at the door, tickets can be reserved at 288-3882, more information about this & other shows are available at jerichoarts.com.


Senator Fred Akshar will be hosting 3 more “Face Time With Fred” town hall meetings on Saturday and Monday. Community members are invited to attend the informal meetings to discuss important state and local issues or to watch a live stream and ask questions through Akshar’s Facebook Page. The meeting will be held Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at Aiello’s Restaurant, 2677 Main Street in Whitney Point, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM at the Oxford Fire Department, and on Monday, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at 10898 NY State Route 38 in Newark Valley.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and K-9 Ozzie assisted the Delaware County Corrections Officers with a routine Jail Search, which revealed that William Effner was in possession of a powdery substance believed a crushed prescription medication, that he may have acquired from another inmate. Investigators arrested Effner for Promoting Prison Contraband; he will be arraigned on the charges in the Village of Delhi Court Tuesday.

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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 10-19-17

Oneonta City Police arrested 28-year-old Andrew Tenace of Oneonta for allegedly selling heroin last month. Tenace turned himself in to police Tuesday Afternoon, he was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, & criminal sale of a controlled substance. Tenace was observed by undercover officers making a sale downtown on September 8th, he was arraigned in Oneonta Town Court & was sent to Otsego County jail on $10,000 cash bail.
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Hartwick College announced a partnership with the Peace Corps, establishing New York State’s first college-level program, to prepare interested students for careers or volunteer service abroad. New York has 449 residents currently serving overseas, making it the Peace Corps’ 2nd highest volunteer-producing state. 5 Hartwick alumni are currently in the Peace Corps, serving in various countries in Africa. 110 Hartwick alumni have served since the Peace Corps since it began in 1961. More information on the Hartwick Peace Corps Program is available at 431-4414.
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This year’s Delaware County Clean Sweep will be held Friday & Saturday, for those looking to get rid of various household chemicals properly. Event coordinator Sue McIntyre of Delaware County Solid Waste explains:

(Sue McIntyre 10-19-17)

Farms & Businesses will drop off their unwanted chemicals tomorrow; Households will drop their waste off on Saturday.
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Audits of municipal water systems estimate local governments are losing millions of dollars in revenue due to water loss, inaccurate meters or improper billing, according to a report issued today by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. 161 local government and 7 public authority water systems were audited from January 2012 through May 2017, with 22 with water loss issues and estimated repairs that could yield as much as $2.2 million in savings. Several local governments had insufficient revenues to operate their water systems, many due to incorrect billing. A review of 16 municipalities with revenue or billing deficiencies revealed that corrective action could increase revenues by more than $400,000.
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The Village of Sidney Board of Trustees announced that they would have an informational  meeting Monday at 10:00 AM in the Civic Center Board Room regarding the ongoing Main Street Revitalization Project, The 3rd meeting of the series will be held on Monday November 6th at 10:00 AM at the Civic Center.

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The Guilford Town Board will hold their next meeting this evening. The board will meet at 7:00 PM at the town Hall; they are scheduled to review the 2018 tentative budget proposal.


Sidney Emergency squad responded to the report of a small plane crash into the Acco Parking Lot in Sidney Wednesday Afternoon. Sidney Fire Chief Sean Sands explains:

(Sean Sands 10-19-17)

Chief Sands said that the investigation has been turned over to the FAA for the cause of the crash; the names of the 2 occupants were not released.
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State Police arrested 20 year old Tyler Gano of Davenport for Menacing a Police Officer. The arrest was made following the execution of an arrest warrant on an unrelated charge at a residence on County Highway 10 in the Town of Davenport. Gano is accused of displaying a knife towards troopers; he was arraigned and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $10,000.00 bail.
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