WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 10-15-15

Tioga Downs in Nichols received the news from the State Gaming Facility Location Board, to go ahead with plans to expend for a full-scale casino, The board denied their bid last year, and gave the Southern Tier Casino license to the Lago resort about 85 miles north of the region. Groundbreaking on the expanded casino facilities is expected to be announced shortly.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that the State Liquor Authority has approved a host of advisories to help support the continued growth and development of New York’s beverage manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers. Governor Cuomo convened the state’s 3rd Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider Summit last week, where industry participants raised specific legislative and regulatory issues facing the industry. Bainbridge Native & Binghamton Brewing Company Owner Kristen Lyons participated in the summit:

(Kristen Lyons 10-15-15)

The new State Liquor Authority advisories are posted at sla.ny.gov, more information about the state’s growing beer, wine, spirits and cider industries is available at taste.ny.gov.
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Area Republican Congressman Richard Hanna made national headlines today, as he joined Kevin McCarthy in suggesting that an investigation into the Benghazi incident may have been an effort to damage Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. In a radio interview in Utica yesterday, Hanna implied that McCarthy was forced to withdraw his bid for House Speaker, by his Republican peers because of his statements regarding the political damage that they tried to inflict on Hillary Clinton & her presidential bid.
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State DOT officials today announced the scheduled reopening of the Interstate 81 southbound ramp to State Route 17 westbound, a major milestone in the $135 million project to reconstruct the Prospect Mountain Interchange of State Route 17 and I-81 in the city of Binghamton and town of Dickinson, Broome County. The I-81 southbound ramp to Route 17 had been closed since December 2014. An estimated $164 million project to reconfigure Interchange 4 will begin next spring and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
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The New York State unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in over seven years in September, according to statistics released today by the State Labor Department. The statewide unemployment rate fell from 5.2% to 5.1% in September, the lowest level since April 2008, the state also added 11,400 private sector jobs in September.
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The State DEC today urged outdoor adventurers to suspend exploration of caves and mine sites that serve as homes for bat hibernations. Human disturbances are harmful to the state’s bat population since the arrival of the disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has killed more than 90% of hibernating bats in New York. Officials warned that if you encounter hibernating bats while underground, leave the area as quickly and quietly as possible. 2 species of bats are currently protected under federal and state endangered species law, including the northern long-eared bat, which was prevalent in New York, but the current population for this formerly common bat is approximately 1% of its previous size.
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The Norwich Business Improvement District announced a full line up of events for the annual Pumpkin Festival on Friday, October 23rd through Saturday the 24th in Norwich. On Friday, from 5:30-7:00pm is the Giant Pumpkin Contest-Weigh In, On Saturday; events include a Pumpkin Bake-Off Contest, the YMCA Halloween Parade, Horse & Wagon Rides, and music with Kaitlyn Jackson and the Hometown Ban& The Beadle Brothers, followed by fireworks at the end of the evening.
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Commerce Chenango will hold a “Meet the Candidates” session on October 27th. As part of the SFCU Business After Hours event. The session will be held at the SFCU Norwich branch, at County Road 32 & State Highway 23, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, among those confirmed to attend are State Senate candidates Fred Akshar & Barbara Fiala, among several local Norwich and Chenango County candidates. RSVP are requested by October 23rd at 334-1402 or johara@chenangony.org
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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual ceremony to honor the Small Business of the Year award & the Breakthrough Business of the Year today. The award winners will be honored at the Chamber’s Small Business Banquet at The Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown.
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On Saturday night, October 10th, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 23 year old Erick Daly of Queens with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, following traffic stop on State Highway 17 in the Town of Hancock. Troopers initially stopped Daly for driving 83 mph in a 55mph zone, Deputies found Daly to be in possession of marijuana and an electronic stun gun. Daly was arraigned in the Hancock Town Court and was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500 bail.
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FEMA is reminding policyholders who filed Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claims that the last day to request a review of their claim is today. If you feel your Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claim was underpaid, ask FEMA to review your claim by calling 866-337-4262 between 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
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The Oneonta police department special response team is scheduled to work in cooperation with the Greater Plains Elementary School to conduct a school lockdown drill today. The event will provide the Oneonta SRT Team the opportunity to train in full gear, and it will give students & faculty a chance to become familiar with evacuation procedures in case of an emergency.
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting Today, in the District Conference Room at 6:30 PM.

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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 10-14-15

A man arrested by Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Investigators on September 29th on a heroin possession charge was arrested again on Tuesday & charged with 2 additional felony drug charges. 31 year old Sean Dingle of Binghamton and Queens was charged Tuesday with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, with intent to sell & Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, for allegedly possessing and selling heroin in the Town of Sidney in September. Dingle was arraigned in Town of Sidney Court on the new charges; his previous set $50,000 bail was subsequently raised by Judge Rose, who remanded Dingle to the Delaware County Jail on $250,000 cash bail.
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Delaware County Sheriff Deputies arrested 63-year-old Patricia Carlson of Delhi on a bench warrant issued by the Town of Delhi Justice Court for Failing to Appear at her scheduled court date October 9th. Carlson was arraigned at the Town of Delhi Justice Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond. A felony hearing has been rescheduled for Friday in the Delhi Town Court.
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Bassett Healthcare, Delaware County Public Health & Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Rural Health Care Alliance will present speaker Mark Fenton tonight at 6:30 PM at SUNY Delhi’s Farrell Hall. Bassett spokesperson Amy Beveridge explains:

(Amy Beveridge 10-14-15)

Among the topics Fenton is expected to discuss making comminutes healthier by developing walking & biking trails, how to provide safe routes to schools and the economic, environmental & public health benefits of being active.
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The State Attorney General’s office will be doing a presentation on “Senior Scams” this afternoon at 2:00 PM at St. James Manor, Oneonta. The event is open to the public. More information is available at 432-4500 extension 207.
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Springbrook will host an “Informed Decision Making” workshop today in the Events Room at their Campus on State Route 7 in Oneonta. The main goal of the workshop is to provide training for direct support professionals in understanding how to properly guide the people they support through the decision making process. The workshop is a half-day event from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and again from 1:30 to 4:30 PM.
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced that his office has obtained an order dissolving Angel’s Gate animal hospice and rehabilitation charity & directing that the charity’s real property be sold with the proceeds to be paid to another charity whose mission is the protection and care of animals. Acting Supreme Court Justice John Lambert ordered the appointment of a receiver to sell the property held in the names of Angel’s Gate, Inc. and Susan Marino in the Town of Meredith. Schneiderman’s Office previously brought a proceeding against Angel’s Gate and Marino to dissolve the corporation because they had failed to file legally required financial reports related to the handling of their charitable funds.  Marino and Angel’s Gate had raised over $3.1 million from donations; Marino mismanaged the funds while continuing to live on the property as her primary residence, without any oversight by an inactive Board of Directors.
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State Police at Oneonta arrested 25-year-old Britney Fraser of Oneonta for criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle & possessing a controlled substance in a non-original container. 21-year-old Ashley Harty of Sherburne was also charged with 3 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marihuana. The arrests occurred after a vehicle stop when Fraser was observed failing to stop for approaching traffic as she drove onto State Route 7 in the Town of Oneonta. Troopers detected the odor of marihuana & a search was conducted, troopers accuse Fraser of possessing half of a narcotic and driving with a suspended license. Harty was found to unlawfully possess marijuana, heroin and cocaine. Fraser and Harty were arraigned at the Town of Oneonta court and both were remanded to the Otsego County jail on $400 cash bail or $800 property bond, pending Town of Oneonta court on November 12th.
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State Police at Binghamton arrested 34-year-old Melissa Ipson of Liverpool for criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while ability impaired by drugs and possessing a controlled substance in a non-original container. This arrest occurred after a trooper observed Ipson appearing disoriented as she sat in her vehicle at a gas pump and then drove to a parking space at the Mirabito on Castle Creek Road in the Town of Barker. An investigation determined that she was driving while impaired by drugs and unlawfully possessed over 2 grams of cathinone bath salts. Ipson was arraigned & was remanded to the Broome County jail without bail set at this time.
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The Oneonta Town Board will consider a presentation of a proposed budget for 2016 during a meeting at 6:30 PM today, in The Town Hall in West Oneonta.
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Delaware County Public Health Services announces that the next free Rabies Vaccination Clinic For dogs, cats, and ferrets today from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Delhi Fire Hall at 140 Delview Terrace. This will be the last rabies clinic for 2015 for Delaware County; more information is available at 832-5200 or delawarecountypublichealth.com.
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The Sidney Fire Department will host their annual Open House tonight at the River Street Fire Station, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The fire department will have a live burn demonstration, an auto extrication demonstration, aerial ladder rides, the Sidney Police Department will conduct their child-fingerprinting program, & refreshments will be available.
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The United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties, the Oneonta Lion’s Club and Hannaford of Oneonta, will be holding a food drive at the 2015 Oneonta Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 31st at 7:00 PM. All food and monetary donations will be given directly to Opportunities for Otsego and the Salvation Army Food Pantry to help defray the loss that both agencies will incur this year by the Holiday Train not making its annual visit to Oneonta. Volunteers from United Way will be on hand at the Halloween Parade with shopping carts donated by Hannaford to collect non-perishable food items. More information is available at 434-2458. Those who would like to donate prior to the parade can call the United Way at 432-8006.
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The Oneonta Department of Public Service announced that flushing of water mains would continue on the low service in the Town of Oneonta, west of West End Avenue, for the next 2 weeks. Water users may experience a temporary change in water color or pressure; more information is available at 432-2100.
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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 10-13-14

New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul continues delegation meetings with elected officials at various health care facilities throughout Puerto Rico to further Governor Cuomo’s commitment to assist with the health care crisis. At 4:00 PM the Lieutenant Governor and State Elected Officials Hold a Press Conference with the Puerto Rican Delegation.
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Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties will celebrate the grand opening of a new office at 19 Union Street, Sidney with an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 4:30-7 p.m. The public is invited to stop at Coldwell Bankers’ fifth office, located in the Community Bank Building, to meet the staff and learn more about the region’s largest real estate company. The event will include office tours, refreshments and live music. Jackie and Steve Rose, two of the most well respected real estate professionals in the Sidney area, are managing the new Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties office.
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State Police responded to a report of a motorcycle accident on State Route 28 in the Town of Exeter. 86-year-old Herbert Black of Remsen was operating his motorcycle on State Route 28 when he entered a curve in the roadway, he was unable to maintain his lane and struck a street sign & was ejected and suffered serious injuries to his head, neck and chest. Black was transported to Bassett Hospital where he was pronounced deceased, no autopsy would be required.
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On Monday October 8th, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies and State Police responded to a reported bomb threat at the DCMO BOCES, Harrold Campus, in the Town of Masonville. The bomb threat was discovered written on a bathroom wall. The building was evacuated, a search found no explosive devises. Deputies have determined that a 14-year-old male was responsible for making the written threat. The youth and his legal guardian were subsequently issued a juvenile appearance ticket for the Delaware County Probation Department where the juvenile will answer a charge of Filing a False Report in the First Degree.
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State Police in Norwich observed a 2007 Hummer traveling on State Route 12 in the Town of North Norwich; the vehicle matched the description of a stolen vehicle from Utica, and had been in a pursuit earlier in Oneida County. Several attempts to stop the driver were made and were stopped for safety reasons as the suspect approached the City of Norwich and then the Village of Greene. Troopers reported that as the vehicle entered Broome County, 2 Tire Deflation Devises were deployed, the front tires were disabled & the suspect continued to the Town of Chenango, and then fled the disabled vehicle and ran into the woods, A search by a State Police & Broome County Sheriff’s K-9 teams led to 17 year old La-Tee Baker of Utica, who was located near Otsinigo Park. Baker was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of stolen property, he was arraigned at the Town of Chenango court and remanded to the Broome County jail with no bail set at this time.
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The Oneonta police department special response team is scheduled to work in cooperation with the Greater Plains Elementary School to conduct a school lockdown drill on Thursday. The event will provide the Oneonta SRT Team to train in full gear, and it will give students & faculty a chance to become familiar with evacuation procedures in case of an emergency.
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The New York State Office of Information Technology Services is offering a number of resources and activities to help all users learn more about cyber security and how to safeguard themselves from cyber-based threats. The 2015 Cyber Security Toolkit features awareness resources geared to a broad audience, including government, businesses, schools, and the general public. New York ITS is also coordinating a statewide cyber security poster contest for students in grades K through 12 promoting online safety, winners will be featured on the ITS website and entered into a national contest, more information on the poster contest is available at its.ny.gov/eiso.
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The Assembly Minority Task Force on Heroin Addiction & Community Response will hold a regional forum aimed at identifying problems and weaknesses in current efforts to combat the rampant heroin epidemic. Local Assemblyman Cliff Crouch & other lawmakers will participate on Tuesday, October 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the SUNY Broome Decker Health Science Center in Room D201. Representatives from rehabilitation and treatment organizations and facilities, law enforcement and criminal justice, and those with firsthand experience dealing with heroin addiction have been invited to attend and provide feedback.
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The Commerce Chenango College & Career Connection Day will be held tomorrow at the Morrisville State College Norwich Campus, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Commerce Chenango spokesperson Jill O’Hara explains:

(Jill O’Hara 10-13-15)

More information about the college & Career Connection Day is available at 334-1402.
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The city of Oneonta FTO-CIC committee will hold their next meeting this afternoon at 4:00 this afternoon, the Oneonta Finance/Administration committee will hold their next meeting at 5:00 PM, both meetings will be held at Oneonta city hall.
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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 10-12-15

Former Vice President Al Gore joined Governor Cuomo last week to announce 4 actions to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across New York State. First, Governor Cuomo signed a Memorandum of Understanding between states, provinces and cities worldwide to affirm their commitment to help keep the earth’s average temperature from increasing 2 degrees Celsius by 2100. Secondly New York and the other northeast regional greenhouse gas cap and trade states have demonstrated that carbon markets are a powerful tool for reducing the pollution contributing to climate change. 3rd, Cuomo announced a commitment to bring solar to 150,000 more homes and businesses by 2020. The Governor also announced that the SUNY system would install renewable energy, at each of its 64 campuses by 2020.
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Governor Cuomo announced the launch of a new $1.4 million Climate Resilient Farming grant pilot program created to support projects that mitigate the environmental impact of agriculture-related activities and increase the resiliency of farms throughout New York State in the face of a changing climate. Initiatives include $175 million for 5 large-scale clean energy projects to increase electricity generation from renewable energy sources, and a $3 million clean energy competition for colleges and universities in New York State. Applicants for the Climate Resilient Farming grant program must submit their proposals through the Grants Gateway system at grantsgateway.ny.gov by December 14th.
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Governor Cuomo has already assigned a group of people to a task force come up with changes to the state’s Common Core program, a vital part of those changes will be the ways that Teachers are evaluated:

(Cuomo 10-12-15)

Cuomo said that the reports by the Task Force will give him a report in December, the changes will be part of the State of the State address in January
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On October 20th, in the Smart Community Room at the Sidney Memorial Library, a candidate’s forum will be held beginning at 6:30 PM. Organizer Amanda Heaney-Smith comments:

(Amanda Heaney Smith 10-12-15)

The Delaware County Family Court Judge candidates are Porter Kirkwood & Gary Rosa, the 4 candidates for 2 Sidney town board seat include incumbent Bill Heath, former town council member Eric Wilson, plus Jeannette Hinckley & Loddie Marsh.
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The Sidney Fire Department will host their annual Open House this Wednesday at the River Street Fire Station, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The fire department will have a live burn demonstration, an auto extrication demonstration, aerial ladder rides, the Sidney Police department will conduct their child-fingerprinting program, & refreshments will be available.

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The State Attorney General’s office will be doing a presentation on “Senior Scams” this Wednesday at 2:00 PM at St. James Manor in Oneonta, NY. The event is open to the public; RSVP’s are requested at 432-4500 extension 207.
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Springbrook will host an “Informed Decision Making” workshop on Wednesday, in the Events Room at Springbrook’s Community Campus, at 5588 State Highway 7 in Oneonta. The workshop is a half-day event and is being offered from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. and again from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, participants only need to attend one of the sessions, as they are identical. To register or for more information, email to kirstens@nysacra.org.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding policyholders who filed Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claims that the last day to request a review of their claim is Thursday October 15th. If you feel your Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claim was underpaid, you can call FEMA before October15th at 866-337-4262.

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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 10-9-15

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office & Sidney Village Police arrested 38-year-old Richard Swislosky of Sidney following a sting operation and the execution of a search warrant on a vehicle in the Village Sidney Thursday. Swislosky was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, & 9 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, he is accused of possessing heroin with intent to sell, & of possessing 9 counterfeited $20 bills. Investigators seized heroin, a color printer/copier & Swislosky’s vehicle; he was arraigned in the Village of Sidney Court and was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility without bail pending further court action.
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Area assemblyman Pete Lopez announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for the 19th congressional district seat. Current Congressman Chris Gibson announced that he would not seek re-election in 2016, for that congressional seat, and will pursue other interests. Lopez will face a challenge from former Assemblyman John Faso for the Republican nomination.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website has won the 2015 Pinnacle Award from the National Association of Government Web Professionals. The DMV won in the state and non-governmental organization category, and also picked up a Members’ Choice distinction. Available services include ordering replacement driver licenses, renewing registrations on mobile devices, signing up to receive license and registration renewal reminders via email and text, and carrying out more than 35 other transactions. Customers completed more than 5.5 million transactions on the website last year.

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This will be the last weekend of the year for Action at I-88 Speedway in Afton. Track spokesperson Denise Page explains:

(Denise Page 10-9-15)

Races will begin both Friday & Saturday nights at 7:00 PM; more information is available at I88speedway.com.A
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The Taste of the Catskills Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday, at the Maple Shade Farm in Delhi. The Festival will include food from local farms, restaurants & Micro-Breweries & Live music. On Sunday, Catskill Mountainkeeper will screen their documentary “Catskill Park,” More information & ticket purchases can be accessed at TasteoftheCatskills.com.
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The B-Sens open their regular season Saturday, when they host the Albany Devils at 7:05 PM. Binghamton Senators Team president Tom Mitchell expects a good season this year:

(Tom Mitchell 10-9-15)

Tickets are available by calling the Binghamton Senators at 722-7367, or at the Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
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The Deposit Chamber of Commerce will host a special day for area children Sunday. Children can enjoy Free Cotton Candy, pumpkin face painting, a Jump House, a Zoo Mobile, a Free Bike giveaway, as well as vendors and Music from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM on Front Street in Deposit.
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The Bainbridge Rotary club will hold their 3rd annual Fall Festival Saturday at General Clinton Park. Rotary Spokesperson Doddy Crissell explains:

(Doddy Crissell 10-9-15)

The event will run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday.

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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 10-8-15

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies Arrested 26-year-old Amy Brooks of Sidney & 26-year-old Mark Rathbun of Franklin Tuesday. Brooks was tracked down by Canine Ozzie after she fled from Rathbun’s residence into the woods, Brooks was arrested on the Village of Sidney Court Bench Warrant for Violation of the Terms of her Release on charges of 2nd degree Burglary & Petty Larceny, she was additionally charged by deputies with Resisting Arrest. Rathbun was charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration. Brooks was arraigned in the Town of Franklin Court & was ordered held on $7,000 cash bail, Rathbun was also arraigned in the Town of Franklin Court & was ordered to be held on $2,000 cash bail.
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Tonight at 6:30 pm there will be a free training on Heroin & Opioid Overdose Prevention at the Sidney Fire Department on River Street. The training will be provided by the Southern Tier Aids Program, it will include how to learn the signs and symptoms of heroin and opioid overdose, how to use NARCAN to respond to an overdose situation & participants can receive a Free NARCAN kit. The event is open to the community. Registration is requested at 829-3000.
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The Leadership Chenango Kick-off Dinner will be tonight at the Canasawacta Country Club in Norwich, with Registration at 5:00 PM& the Dinner at 6:00 PM.

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The Oneonta Police Department announced the arrest of 2 people on drug charges after they served a search warrant at 195 Main Street Wednesday morning. Arrested were 34-year-old Nelson Canales of Oneonta & 31 year old Jamie Osborne of Oneonta, for Criminal possession of a controlled substance, Canales was also charged with 2nd menacing. The Oneonta Police uncovered crack cocaine, prescription narcotics & 2 replica firearms. The Otsego County Sheriff’s Department assisted Oneonta Police with the investigation.
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State Police arrested 26 year old Christopher Kuiper of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawfully fleeing police in a vehicle, reckless driving and several other charges, after a trooper observed a Nissan making an illegal U-turn on I-81 in the Town of Dickinson. Kuiper allegedly failed to stop for pursuing troopers, he is accused of driving at speeds up to 90 miles an hour through the Prospect mountain work zone to State Route 17, he braked hard and his vehicle was struck by state police vehicle. Kuiper exited the vehicle was arrested without incident. Kuiper was found to unlawfully possess Percocet and marihuana; he was arraigned & was remanded to the Broome County jail on $1,000 cash bail. Police stated that the pursuit lasted 4 minutes and covered 9 miles.
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Governor Cuomo announced that over $32 million in federal highway safety grants have been awarded to 541 highway safety programs throughout New York State to improve overall highway safety and reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries due to crashes. Locally, funding will go to the Binghamton police department, Broome County Sheriffs department, Deposit Police, Sidney village police, Delaware county sheriffs department, Oneonta city police and the Otsego county sheriff’s department. The funding was awarded to New York State by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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The Chenango Arts Council announced a 20% increase in funding from the New York State Council on the Arts for the 2016 Broome, Chenango & Otsego Decentralization Grant Program. $129,280 is available to non-profit organizations and artists who partner with an eligible non-profit for cultural initiatives in 2016. Funding is available for grants up to $5,000 each to support Community Arts and Arts Education grants in Broome, Chenango and Otsego counties. The deadline for 2016 grant application is Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Opportunities are for projects through December 31, 2016. More information is available at Chenangoarts.org or 336-ARTS.
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The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older that are uninsured Friday. The Bassett mobile Screening Coach will be available from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Family Planning of Oneonta, 37 Dietz Street in Oneonta. Appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225.
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Friday through Sunday, Hartwick College in Oneonta will celebrate True Blue Weekend 2015. The weekend opens Friday with the Hartwick Golf Classic at the Oneonta Country Club, the True Blue Kickoff Party; a Men’s Soccer game on Elmore Field, Saturday includes the Golden Jubilee breakfast, and feature a series of tours and alumni presentations. A Pep Rally Parade and Varsity Football game, Sunday will feature the College’s annual memorial gathering in the Shineman Chapel House, as well as a Legacy Family breakfast, more information on and the full schedule are available at HartwickAlumni.org/TrueBlue or 431-4064.
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Lake Placid officially opened today; they welcomed several USA Luge athletes for the first official runs of the season this morning. The Olympians will be practicing at the Lake Placid site each morning through the end of this month. World cup racing will be held at Lake Placid in December.
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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 10-7-15

State Police arrested 58 year old Arthur Veprovsky last night, following a stand off at Lower Third Brook Road in Walton. Police responded to the report of a domestic dispute that led to a lengthy stand off. After several hours, Veprovsky was taken into custody and was processed late last night; more details are expected to be released shortly.
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Governor Cuomo and state leaders attended the 3rd Beer Wine & Cider Summit today in Albany, the governor said that changes in antiquated laws could help get upstate product into the New York City Bars, restaurants & Hotels:

(Cuomo 10-7-15)

The growth of the industry in the last three years has been dramatic, even with the impediments into the New York City market. Locally the growing of hops and the growth of microbreweries has assisted in growing the local economy. Among those participating in the summit today were local lawmakers, Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Bill Magee.
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37-year-old Dushon Goldwire of Binghamton has been indicted on a charge of attempted murder, in connection with a July 30th shooting in Binghamton. Goldwire is accused of attempting to shoot 26-year-old Michael Perez following a confrontation, Perez was not injured. Goldwire faces court action in Broome County Court shortly.
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The sentencing of former State Senator Tom Libous has been postponed until after Libous completes another round of Chemo Therapy. U.S. District Judge Vincent Briccetti today scheduled Libous’s sentencing back to November 24th, from October 30th, Libous was found guilty of lying to the FBI regarding using his political influence to get his son Matthew into a politically connected White Plains Law Firm, he faces up to 5 years in prison. Matthew Libous is serving a 6-month sentence for tax fraud.
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The next free Otsego County Rabies clinic will be held today in Otego. THE clinic will run from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Otego Fire Department.
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Sidney Native, Author & long time Broadcaster Chuck D’Imperio will be the guest tonight at the Bainbridge Historical Society meeting. The Meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the Bainbridge Museum at 38 South Main Street; more information is available at 967-8546.
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The New York State Police will conduct graduation exercises for its 2015 Canine Handler Basic School at the State Police Academy in Albany Thursday afternoon. The 12 graduates include members from the New York State Police, Schenectady Police Department and Warren County Sheriff’s Office. State police officials stated that
Trooper Darrell Dening, & Canine Kin & Trooper Timothy Kressly & Canine Bryant will be assigned to Troop C.
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced agreements with Auburn Community Hospital in Auburn and Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, in Binghamton that will bolster their language assistance and financial aid services. Both hospitals serve increasingly diverse communities Schneiderman said that implementing and revisiting language assistance and financial aid policies would work to ensure the hospital’s services remain available to individuals regardless of their English proficiency or ability to pay.
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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 10-6-15

Governor Cuomo Renewed his call this weekend for national lawmakers to pass gun control legislation, following the latest mass shooting in Oregon, and the shooting of his Legal Aide Carey Gabay last month during gang violence at a New York City Parade:

(Cuomo 10-6-15)

Cuomo said that New York has some of the toughest gun control laws on the books, but people sneaking in guns from other states can easily undermine them.
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State police responded to 2106 Richmond Road in the Town of Union, where they uncovered a methamphetamine-manufacturing lab. Police arrested 34 year old Andrew Honnick of Endicott, with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance & Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine & 47 year old Martine Ritz of Endicott, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, & Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine. Police also charged 47-year-old Robert White of Endicott with Unlawful Possessions of Marihuana. Honnick and Ritz were arraigned and remanded to the Broome County Jail with out bail. White was arraigned and sent to the Broome County Jail in lieu of $250.00 cash bail.
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Governor Cuomo signed legislation to strengthen financial support for the families of terrorist attack victims. The new bill will allow insurers to waive commission fees associated with the purchase of annuity insurance for families affected by any terrorist attack on the United States, expanding on the current law which only allows a waiver for families affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks. Insurers will now be able to offer their services pro-bono and provide further financial relief to families.
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Wall Street’s profits were strong in the first half of 2015 at $11.3 billion, and may have positioned New York City’s securities industry for a good year despite recent economic developments, according to a report by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Despite new regulations and the high cost of legal settlements related to the 2008 financial crisis, securities industry profits were strong in 2013 and 2014, averaging $16.3 billion annually they were even stronger during the first half of this year by 29% over last year.
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Last month, the Canadian Pacific Railway completed the sale to Norfolk Southern of more than 280 miles of track from Schenectady, through the Southern Tier to Sunbury, Pennsylvania. The sale meant that Canadian Pacific ceased rail operations on that corridor as of September 18th, it also means that the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will not operate on that line in the communities formerly visited by the Train, Canadian Pacific announced that they will make 1 final donation to the food pantries affected by the sale in the southern tier this year.
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Operation Merry Christmas Sign-ups are underway for the coming holiday season. The giveaway day this year will be on Saturday, December 12th. More information is available at 967-8119, 563-8119 or on the Operation Merry Christmas Facebook Page.
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A fire at 1133 Webb Hill Road in Davenport destroyed the Gannon residence yesterday. Firefighters from Davenport, Pindars Corners, and East Meredith Fire Departments responded to call, which went out at around 10:45 Monday morning. Officials said that the homeowner was not home at the time, no injuries among firefighters were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold the GET SET Energy Efficiency Workshop on from 6:00-7:30 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension on State Route 10 in Hamden tonight. More information is available at 865-6531 or ccedelaware.org.
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The Broadway Theater League is celebrating a major anniversary this year, with a season of classic Broadway shows, starting tonight & tomorrow night at the Forum Theater in Binghamton, according to Tina Niles of NAC Entertainment:

(Tina Niles 10-16-15)

Tickets are still available for “42nd Street” at the Arena Box Office & Ticketmaster.com.
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The Oneonta Common Council will hold their next regular meeting tonight. The meeting will get underway at 7:00 PM at the common Council Chambers at Oneonta City Hall.
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a SPECIAL Board of Education Meeting this evening in the District Conference room at 6:30 PM to discuss the contract of a particular individual.

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