WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 12-8-15

New York Farm Bureau will hold their 59th State Annual Meeting today & tomorrow at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. Delegates from 52 county Farm Bureaus will gather to debate and vote on public policy resolutions, there will be educational opportunities for members, recognition of distinguished leaders past and present, a benefit auction for the NYFB Foundation for Agricultural Education and special remarks from agricultural leaders. Elections will also be held for state director positions.
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Businesses in New York have benefited from the economic recovery, but workers in the state have not benefited as much, according to a Fiscal Policy Institute study. The report states that New York businesses saw profits rise by an average of 61-percent between 2001 and 2013. But workers in the state saw wages increase less than half as much, just 29 percent, in the same time period.
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The fourth Cal Harris’ fourth murder trial is expected to begin March 28, and the trial will be moved from the Schoharie County Court to the state Supreme Court in Schoharie County. Judge Richard Mott was assigned to the case in a decision by the state’s Third Judicial District. The 3rd trial was presided over by Schoharie County judge George Bartlett, it ended in a mistrial, and Harris was convicted twice in Tioga County Court for murdering his estranged wife Michelle around September 11th 2001.
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The anti-bullying “Sweethearts & Heroes” presentation with professional MMA fighter and Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Tom Murphy will be presented to Oxford Academy Middle school students Wednesday. Beginning at 12:15 & again at 1:40 PM. Oxford Middle School principal Kathleen Hansen explains:

(Kathleen Hansen 12-8-15)

Principal Hansen also said that Broome County Area Native Rick Yarosh will gives a message about overcoming adversity and turning a negative situation into a positive one, Yarosh is familiar to many area residents, he is a retired sergeant with the U.S. Army from Windsor, who was injured in Iraq with burns over most of his body, more information is available at sweetheartsandheroes.org or on their facebook page.
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area performer & music teacher Dana LaCroix has been volunteering with the Garden Groove Project in Binghamton where urban children learning about gardening and growing food. LaCroix decided to get her music students involved in a project to raise money for the Garden Groove Project, she told WCDO news ABOUT IT:

(Dana LaCroix 12-8-15)

LaCroix also said that the The Garden Groove Kids will perform at the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club Christmas Party, at 70 River Street, Oneonta this Saturday, December 12th, at 1:00 pm. The event is organized by First Night Oneonta, where download cards will be on sale to help raise funds for this project. more information is available at GardenGroove.org.
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Area Resident Gene Schmidt is coordinating the 3rd Christmas Community Dinner on Christmas Day at the Sacred Heart Parish Center on Liberty Street in Sidney, for anyone interested. Schmidt said that so need volunteers & donations:

(Gene Schmidt 11-8-15)

Schmidt said that last year theyserved about 250 dinners on Christmas day.
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Governor Cuomo announced the launch of the Employee Training Incentive Program, that will incentivize employers to provide skills training for their employees that upgrades, retrains or improves the productivity of their workforce, by providing tax credits to help offset the cost of training. Tax credits will be awarded for costs associated with eligible training programs for current and new employees or for internship programs for current students, recent graduates, and recent members of the armed forces, and are issued after training is completed. The Application can be accessed at apps.cio.ny.gov.
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New York Farm Bureau members along with the Food Bank Association of New York State announced today that 11.6 million pounds of food and farm products have been donated by New York Farm Bureau members this year through the month of November. That translates to nearly 10 million meals being provided to New Yorkers in need. And with a month to go in the donation effort, the large number is expected to climb. In addition, the New York Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee gave a $200 contribution today to the Food Bank Association of New York State.

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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 12-7-15

The State University Police at SUNY Oneonta arrested 20 Brandon Negron of New Windsor in connection with a threatening message posted to the Yik Yak social media platform Saturday. Negron is SUNY Oneonta student, he was charged with making a terrorist threat, & 2nd degree aggravated harassment, following a joint investigation by Oneonta Police Department and State Police. Police were notified Saturday evening of the threatening post, which threatened violence for today, police searched Negron’s residence and no weapons were found, Negron was arraigned this morning in Oneonta City Court and released on bail. He remains enrolled at SUNY Oneonta while the college follows its student conduct process.

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Governor Cuomo today announced the successful completion of another round of targeted crude oil tank car and rail inspections intended to improve public safety and reduce potential dangers associated with the transport of fossil fuels across New York. Last week, state and federal teams examined 541 crude oil tank cars, approximately 207 miles of track, and 80 switches. The inquiry uncovered four critical defects and 38 non-critical defects, which inspection teams took immediate action to correct and repair.

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Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting announced support today for Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, who last week called on his county’s residents with valid licenses to carry their weapons publicly, in case of a mass shooting.   Sheriff Cutting said he supports the legal right of those with permits carry fire-arms to do so, to ensure the safety of themselves & their loved ones, but be knowledgeable of the laws of New York with regard to carrying a weapon and when it is legal to use it. Cutting becomes the latest New York Sheriff to support Sheriff Van Blacum’s controversial call, following last week’s San Bernadino California mass shooting.

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On December 2nd Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 64 year old Timothy McGrath, of Roscoe, for driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving with a blood alcohol content of .18% or greater following a report of a suspicious vehicle made by employees of the Hamden ARC. McGrath was later released on traffic tickets returnable to Hamden Town Court at a later date.

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NYSEG has sent helicopter crews to conduct routine inspections of transmission lines and natural gas transmission line rights of way for many years; NYSEG announced today that they are evaluating how drones can assist in ensuring safe, reliable service to customers. Officials said that helicopters were limited in how close they could get to check on substations and lines damaged by sever storms, they have begun with a program of drone inspections at 36 NYSEG substations in Western New York.   Nyseg officials said that the results are encouraging & have been operated by Coutts Brothers of Randolph, Maine who are licensed commercial pilots.

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The Chenango Arts Council will hold an open house Sunday December 13th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at their 27 West Main Street Norwich location.   More information is available at 336-ARTS or chenangoarts.org.

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Governor Cuomo stated that on Saturday night, the Unit 2 reactor at the Indian Point Nuclear Facility was forced to shut down due to a reported power loss to several control rods. The company reports that there was no radioactivity released to the environment. The Governor directed the Department of Public Service to investigate and monitor the situation and a team was on site Sunday to begin work on the situation.
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Broome County Sheriffs Deputies arrested 18-year-old Jenna Harris of Spencer for DWI after she crashed into a utility pole early Sunday morning, on Main Street in Westover. Deputies reported that Harris crossed into the opposite lanes, went over the curb and sidewalk, then hit and snapped a utility pole. Harris was arrested without incident; she refused to consent to a chemical breath test. Harris was released to appear in the Town of Union court at a later date.
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Bainbridge area organizations are teaming up for a Christmas parade & many other activities this coming Saturday. Bainbridge Chamber Of Commerce President John Payne explains:

(John Payne 12-7-15)

Payne said that anyone interested in participating in the parade should line up at around 4:00 pm Saturday afternoon.
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Various Oneonta committees will hold meetings today. The FTO-CIC committee will meet at 4:00 PM, the Finance -Administration committee at 5:00 PM and the Parks & Recreation Committee at 7:00 PM. All 3 committees will meet in the Common Council Chambers in City Hall.
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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 12-4-15

State Police arrested 45-year-old Michael Clark of Port Crane for criminal sexual act. On April 29, Troopers received a report of child abuse from the Broome County Child Protective Service, Clark is accused of sexually abused his 4 children in 2011, they were less then 11 years old. Clark was being held in the Gowanda Correctional Facility on an unrelated charge, he was arraigned at the Town of Fenton court and then remanded back to his correctional facility, pending future court action.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 63-year-old Patricia Carlson of Oneonta following a Motor Vehicle Accident, for aggravated driving with a blood alcohol content of .18% or greater. Lab tests confirmed Carlson’s BAC to be .32%, 4 times the legal limit. Carlson was arraigned at Delhi Town court and was released on her own recognizance.
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State Parole Officers & Broome County Sheriff’s department arrested 5 people on various drug & weapons charges Thursday at the Econo Lodge in the town of Dickinson. Arrested were 38 year old Terrance Brown of Dickinson., 27 year old Patrese Reid of Brooklyn, 24 year old Lauren Steckler of Binghamton, 23 year odl Breeanna Ortiz of Afton & 25 year old Gabrielle Bohn-Blodgett of Binghamton. Authorites seized heroin, marijuana, hypodermic needles, heroin packaging materials, scales and s stolen Pennsylvania State Police handgun. All fcee court action at a later date.
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The Chenango Arts Council presents ” Cocktail Hour: The Show” at the Martin W. Kappel Theater at 27 West Main Street, Norwich Saturday night. Chenango Arts Council Executive Director Diane Batson Smith comments:

(Diane Batson Smith 12-4-15)

The show will start at 7:00 PM Tickets are available at chenangoarts.org, or at the Box Office at 336-ARTS.
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The “I Am Dreaming of a Cancer-Free Christmas” Holiday Bazaar will be held on December 5th at the Sidney American legion. Organizer Amanda Bunzey explains:

(Amanda Bunzey 12-4-15)

Bunzey said that last year they raised $4000, this year’s event would run from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the event is sponsored by the NBT Bank, NBT-Mang Insurance Relay For Life team.
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The 2015 Afton Village Christmas Parade Saturday, December 5th, @ 5:30pm (line-up for parade is in the parking lot by bus garage on Court Street @ 5:00pm sharp) anyone is welcome to participate in parade.
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The Unadilla Rotary will host the “Come to Unadilla” event Saturday, which includes Breakfast at the Unadilla Methodist Church, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the Library, a Local business Scavenger Hunt, Horse and wagon rides, Musical entertainment, Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Community Center from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
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Chenango Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary will again host Breakfast with Santa tomorrow from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the hospital’s cafeteria. The morning includes a full breakfast buffet and free photo with Santa, courtesy of NBT bank. Proceeds from Breakfast with Santa go to the UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to help support hospital services, facilities and programs.
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O’Connor Hospital will host its 17th Annual Holiday Parade and Open House on Saturday at 11:00 AM, it will begin at SUNY Delhi at 2 Main Street finish behind the Senator Charles D. Cook county office building at 111 Main Street. Following the parade the community is invited to O’Connor Hospital for free refreshments in the hospital café. More information is available at 746-0591.
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The next free Chenango County rabies clinic will be held tomorrow at the city of Norwich Fire Station. The clinic will run from 9:30 to 11:00 AM.
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Foothills Performing Arts Center will feature “Ornament” tonight in downtown Oneonta. Foothills Director Bill Young’s comments:

(Bill Youngs 12-4-15)

The doors open at 6:00 with food available prior to the Show at 7:00 PM. More information is available at 431-2080.
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The Sidney Chamber Of Commerce will hold their annual Jolly Holly days Christmas Parade Friday night. Chamber Spokesperson Kerri Green comments:

(Kerri Green 12-2-15)

Green said that awards & cash prizes would be awarded after the parade.
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Destination Oneonta Annual Tree Lighting Event is scheduled this evening from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Main Street. There will also be a Meet and Greet at the Welcome Center for the incoming and outgoing City, Town and County Representatives, Main Street will be closed beginning at 4:00 pm.
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The Toys for Tots Train will be in Bainbridge Saturday. Bainbridge Chamber Of Commerce President John Payne Comments:

(John Payne 12-4-15)

Donations for Toys for Tots will be accepted at that time, The Train will leave at about 12:40, it will then arrive in Oneonta at about 1:30.
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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 12-3-15

Governor Cuomo today announced that the New York State Police issued more than 14,000 tickets as a result of increased enforcement efforts this Thanksgiving weekend. Troopers issued a total of 14,468 tickets during the Thanksgiving campaign, including 5,910 for speeding, 715 for distracted driving, and made a total of 218 DWI arrests.
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Following Yesterday’s Tour of Sidney by lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul, Sidney village officials are close to wrapping up their discussions with residents in the Flood prone River Street Area. Village Economic Development Director John Redente comments:

(John Redente 12-3-15)

Plans call for a spruce up of the downtown area, development of the Plankenhorn road area, a Green Plain Area in the Keith Clark Park area as well as the elevation or buyouts of homes in the Lower River Street area.
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State Police responded to an armed robbery at the USA Mini Mart Gas Station on State Route 12 Chenango Forks. troopers are currently looking for 2 white males, approximately 5’7” to 5’9” tall with thin builds. The first suspect was wearing a blue sweatshirt, jeans, and a camo ski mask. The second was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and a dark colored mask. A weapon was displayed and the suspects were last seen exiting the gas station on foot running to the north. Anyone with information should call State Police at 775-1241.
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State Police arrested 23 year old Jeffrey Bieber of Milford for 3rd degree assault & criminal obstruction of breathing, after a domestic dispute complaint that occurred in the Town of Milford. Bieber is accused of physically assaulting an ex-girlfriend and choking her during an argument. Bieber was arraigned and was released pending court action on January 1st.
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that holders of gift cards purchased from the former retailer Radio Shack could now file claims seeking to recover the unused balance on their cards. Consumers who have unused Radio Shack gift cards with a balance can go to the website OldRadioShackGiftCards.com to obtain a claim form which they can submit electronically or by mail. The claims process is part of a settlement agreement previously approved in the U.S. Bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware and supported by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, 23 other states, and the District of Columbia.
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Governor Cuomo today announced the designation of 11 new Brownfield Opportunity Areas in communities across New York State. The program helps participants develop revitalization strategies focused on returning dormant and blighted areas into productive communities of economic growth and development. Projects in these areas will be given priority status for grants and the project developers may access additional Brownfield Cleanup Program tax credit incentives. in the Southern Tier, the Endicott Johnson Industrial Spine in Binghamton & Johnson City, with 17 potential brownfield sites near UHS Memeorial Hospital & near the desiognated area of the future Binghamton University School of Pharmacy, gets a $155,000 grant. The Brandywine Corridor in Binghamton contains a 100-acre area with 18 brownfield sites, a $1 75,500 BOA Program grant will go toward that project
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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Autumn Glory exhibit opens tomorrow. the Museum will celebrate the Royals’ 2015 World Series title & Artifacts donated by the Royals will be featured in the exhibit. Among the items will be a Jersey worn by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer in Game 5, a Glove used by Royals catcher and World Series Most Valuable Player Salvador Perez, Spikes worn throughout the Series by Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain , Road cap worn by Royals closer Wade Davis, a Bat used by Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, & a Bat used by Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.
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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 12-2-15

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul toured the flood-damaged areas of the village of Sidney today with village officials, regarding the plans for the River street area residents and the area itself. Hochul commented about the tour to WCDO News:

(Kathy Hochul 12-2-15)

Mayor Andy Matviak said that it is important for high-level state officials to see where they are at with their plans and maybe get the process moving along at a quicker pace:

(Andy Matviak 12-2-15)

Matviak said that they are still working with FEMA, and they have also spoke individually with most of the homeowners in the River Street area about buy-outs, elevations and the possible development in the Plankenhorn Road area.
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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited Norwich this afternoon following the tour of Sidney; she met with Business Leaders at Commerce Chenango, toured the Business district, convened a Women’s Roundtable at the Artist’s Pallet, & toured the Northeast Classic Car Museum.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that during the past year, 43 new farm breweries have opened their doors in New York State, bringing the state’s total number of operational farm breweries to 106. Additionally, the Governor’s Farm Brewery law, which created a new license for craft brewers that use New York grown ingredients and included an exemption on brand label registration fees for small brewers, has saved brewers nearly $1 million to date. Aside from the 106 farm breweries, New York is now home to 133 micro-breweries, up from just 40 in 2011, and 39 restaurant breweries, up from 10 in 2011. Additionally, eight farm breweries have opened off-site branch stores, a practice which was also authorized under the Governor’s law.
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Governor Cuomo announced a 60% decrease in alcohol-related traffic fatalities since Governor Mario Cuomo raised New York State’s drinking age to 21 exactly 30 years ago. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth who drink alcohol are more likely to experience alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries; school, social, legal, and physical problems; abuse of other drugs; and death from alcohol poisoning.
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The Trial of Former State Senate Majority leader Dean Skelos continues in a Manhattan Federal Courtroom. Skelos is accused of using his political influence to get his son Adam No-Show jobs with politically connected firms in exchange for political favors. Skelos’s trial follows the recent conviction of former deputy Majority leader Tom Libous of Binghamton and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on similar corruption charges.
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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visits Sidney & Norwich today. Hochul will meet with Local Officials and will Tour Sidney Green Plains site, in Norwich, Hochul will convene a Roundtable with Business Leaders at Commerce Chenango this afternoon, she will then tour downtown Norwich, convene a Women’s Roundtable to Discuss Governor Cuomo’s Initiatives at the Artists Pallet, & she will tour the Northeast Classic Car Museum.
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Oneonta Police & State Police arrested 27-year-old Jason Cousins from Unadilla for Burglary, Attempted Robbery, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Assault, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property & Menacing, following a home invasion in Oneonta. Cousins is accused of displaying a stolen handgun, taking property & striking & injuring 1 of the victims. Cousins fled the scene and was apprehended and taken into custody, the investigation is continuing.
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State police announced that they would host a community-policing meeting on Wednesday December 2nd at the Stamford Fire Department from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Police will discuss law enforcement operations, & the mission priorities of the state police, the school liaison program, traffic safety plus community & police interaction. There will be a question & answer period.
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Otsego County Chamber of Commerce hosts the NBT Bank Holiday Open House today from 5:00 TO 7:00 pm at NBT Bank’s Wall Street Oneonta Branch location.
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Otsego County will hold a free rabies clinic today at the Susquehanna animal shelter on State Route 28 in Cooperstown, for dogs, cats & ferrets. The clinic will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
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The Sidney Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting is schedule for this morning at 7:30 AM. The meeting will be held at the Sidney County Club.
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The Oneonta Airport Commission Work group will have their next meeting today. That meeting will begin at 4:00 PM at the Airport.
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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 12-1-15

The City of Oneonta Police Department arrested 41 year old Kindell Worley of Oneonta for 2nd degree Burglary & 4th degree Grand Larceny. The arrest follows the report of a stolen vehicle from October 26, 2014, Worley is accused of entering a residence, stealing items including the keys to a vehicle and then driving the vehicle outside of Oneonta where it was abandoned. Worley was arraigned in Otsego County Court and was released on his own recognizance.
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Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted on Monday as a federal jury in Manhattan found Silver guilty of all 7 counts he faced for fraud, extortion and money laundering. The conviction comes as Silver’s counterpart in the Senate, former Majority Leader Dean Skelos, faces his own corruption trial in the same federal court. Both men resigned their leadership posts but continued to work as lawmakers; Silver automatically loses his seat as a result of his conviction.
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In recognition of World AIDS Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo today made a series of announcements regarding the next phase of New York State’s Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic in the State. The Governor is committing $200 million in new funding toward HIV/AIDS efforts, in addition to the $2.5 billion in public funding that the state currently directs toward addressing the disease. He is also calling on the federal government to increase its contribution nationwide for housing assistance for people living with HIV and AIDS.
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Tonight from 6:30-8:30, Opportunities for Chenango’s Community Forum about drug addiction will be held in Norwich. Organizer & Moderator Donna Wood-Craig comments:

(Donna Wood Craig 12-1-15)

The event will be in the Guernsey Library Community Room.
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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced today his office approved 215 contracts valued at $109 million and approved 1.7 million payments worth $5.8 billion in October. His office also rejected 45 contracts and related transactions valued at $31 million and more than 6,900 payments valued at $3.6 million due to fraud, waste or other improprieties. DiNapoli’s office has approved approximately 16,200 contracts valued at $142 billion and approved 25.5 million payments worth $107 billion. His office has also rejected 1,660 contracts and related transactions valued at $4.4 billion and 33,100 payments valued at $127.5 million through October.
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Commerce Chenango & NBT Bank will co-host the Business After Hours Holiday Spectacular today at NBT Bank, 52 South Broad Street, Norwich. The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, featuring holiday music, food, beverages and door prizes. Attendees are being asked to bring a non-perishable food item to help Roots & Wings stock their food pantry.
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The United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties is hosting a “Ladies Night Out” on December 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Council Rock Brewery located on Rt. 28, Cooperstown. The United Way will be raffling off gift baskets and drawing for the winner of a Coach® purse at tonight’s event..
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The General Clinton Canoe Regatta Committee Meetings will be held today at Highway 7 Bar and Grill in Bainbridge. At 7:00 The Race committee meeting begins, then at 8:00 The Regular meeting will begin.
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The Tri-County Senior Center in Sidney is sponsoring a drive to collect Socks for Seniors. The socks will be distributed to shut-in senior citizens locally Collection boxes are located at Trackside Dining, Lemon Tree Hair Salon and the Sidney Senior Dining Center at the Civic Center. The deadline to drop off socks is Wednesday, December 16th.
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Firefighters from Masonville, Sidney, Trout Creek have been called to a fire at Pine Hill Road & State Route 8 in Masonville. WCDO News will have more details as they become available.

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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 11-30-15

Governor Cuomo announced that the State is launching new security measures at Planned Parenthood sites across New York State. The State Police began increase patrols at Planned Parenthood locations across the state on Friday and on Monday will visit the more than 60 Planned Parenthood clinics and locations throughout New York to assist with security and emergency planning measures.
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Chenango County Sheriff’s office arrested 31-year-old Andrew Gould of Sherburne for 3rd degree Assault, following an altercation with a Town of Sherburne. Gould is scheduled to appear in the Town of Sherburne court at a later date.
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The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season. To make an appointment to donate blood, people can download the Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. A blood drive will be held in Oneonta today from 12:00 Noon until 6:00 PM at Hartwick College.
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting on Monday, November 30, 2015 in the District Conference Room at 6:30 PM. Please note the change of date from the original meeting schedule. The Board of Education will also hold an additional meeting on December 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the District Conference Room to meet with Alan Pole, Education Consultant, regarding the Superintendent Search.

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Oneonta Police Detectives arrested 24-year-old Montaville Richardson of Oneonta on charges of 1st degree rape, 2nd degree burglary, following an investigation into a sexual assault that in the City of Oneonta last Thursday. The investigation revealed that Richardson allegedly entered the home of an acquaintance without permission and performed sexual acts with the victim without her consent. Richardson was held at the City of Oneonta Police Department until arraignment at the City of Oneonta Court.
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Jury deliberations were underway in a Manhattan Federal Courtroom this morning, in the trial of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver’s trial is into the 5th week with the jury set to resume deliberations today. Silver was elected speaker of the New York State Assembly in 1994, he was forced to step down as speaker after his arrest in January on federal corruption charges.
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Governor Cuomo announced that Patricia Groeber (Pronounced “Grober”) has been appointed First Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Police, which places her second in command of the 4,800 member Division. The appointment, made by Superintendent Joseph D’Amico, marks the first time that a female member has been appointed to the position in the 98-year history of the State Police. First Deputy Superintendent Groeber will oversee the daily operations of all aspects of the Division, including Field Command, Administration, Employee Relations and Internal Affairs. She first joined the State Police on September 22, 1986
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The City of Oneonta Police Department is proudly hosting its 3rd annual toy drive for needy children in our community. If you would like to donate a toy for a boy or girl aged 1-15, we will gladly accept! Please drop off all toy donations to the Oneonta Police Department at 79 Main Street by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15th. All proceeds will be turned over to the Salvation Army for distribution.
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New York State allocated $1 million in the current state budget for the 2nd round of the New Farmers Grant Fund, to support beginning farmers. farms and farmers need to meet certain criteria, including having a farm operation of 150 acres or less, which produces an agricultural product as defined by the Guidelines; The 2015 Guidelines and Application for the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund are available at esd.ny.gov. More information is available at 746-8595.
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State Police arrested 26-year-old Bryan Eichhorn of Laurens, for Felony DWI, driving without a locking device & other traffic violations. This arrest occurred after troopers observed Eichhorn failing to stop at a stop sign & speeding on Otsego County Route 10 in the Town of Laurens. Eichorn has a conviction for DWI within the last ten years; he was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Laurens court on December 7th.

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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 11-27-15

State Police responded to an Otsego County 911 report of a 2 vehicle accident on State Route 166 in the Town of Roseboom. 35 year old Lillian Fuller of Roseboom attempted a U-turn & struck a Nissan driven by 52 year old Ray Coco of Mayfield, The Nissan struck a mailbox then came to rest as in a ditch. Fuller was transported to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown with a possible fractured foot and back pain, Coco was transported to Bassett Hospital with fractured ribs and a fractured back, His passenger 62 year old William Hayes of Gloversville, was transported to Bassett Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Alcohol and drugs where not a factor in this accident. The investigation is ongoing.
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Saturday is Small Business Saturday, where people are encouraged to Christmas shop with their local merchants. Commerce Chenango President Steve Craig explains:

(Steve Craig 11-27-15)

Commerce Chenango is also inviting the community to stop by their offices at 15 South Broad Street in Norwich, as they celebrate 1 year in that location with an open house from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday.
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The Village of Oxford will meet in Lafayette Park for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Sunday, at 5:00 PM. Plans call for lights, music, roasted chestnuts, caroling, and refreshments, highlighted by the lighting of the 12-foot evergreen tree.
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An anti-Muslim activist from Arizona who may be armed and headed for the Muslims of America community known as Islamberg, in the town of Hancock. The FBI has issued a warning to area law enforcement agencies that Jon Ritzheimer could be headed to Hancock, according to a report in today’s “New York Daily News”. Ritzheimer posted a threatening video online last week after he learned of he was referred to as an American Terrorist in “The Islamic Post”. Former Tennessee Congressional Candidate Robert Doggart targeted Islamberg for an attack earlier this year; the FBI stopped him, he is under house arrest.
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State police has arrested an Oneonta man on two felonies counts. 57-year-old Richard Lindsley was charged Wednesday morning with menacing a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon, a loaded firearm, said troopers who were responding to a domestic dispute. He will face court action at a later date.
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A Town of Guilford resident was arrested by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office for Harassment, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Deputies & State Troopers arrested 21-year-old Gaven Nicholoff following a Domestic Disturbance in the Town of Guilford; Nicholoff is accused of damaging items in a residence and preventing the victim from calling 911. Nicholoff tried to flee the residence and resisted arrest, he was placed into custody and found in possession on his person to have drug paraphernalia, he was arraigned in the Town of Oxford court and is being held on $500 cash bail.
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The Chenango County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Town of Sherburne man for driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop in the Town of North Norwich. Deputies stopped a vehicle on State Hwy 12 in North Norwich operated by Matthew Quinn. Quinn was found to be operating the motor vehicle with more than a .18% BAC, he was arrested without incident and processed before being released on appearance tickets to family members. Quinn has a later date in the Town of North Norwich Court.
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The Sidney chamber of commerce announces that the holiday Business After Hours program will be held on December 15th, at SFCU at 42 Union Street in Sidney. RSVP’s are requested by Tuesday December 1st at 561-2642.
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The Bainbridge Chamber Of Commerce has a variety of scheduled events for Saturday,. Small business Saturday will be celebrated with a “Vendors without Store fronts” event at the town hall from 9:00 to 1:00, 5 new businesses will be highlighted for the New Business Meet & Greet & the Christmas trees lighting will be held at 4:30 for the trees on Main Street.

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