WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 11-4-15

The results are in for key races from yesterday’s elections: in the 52nd State Senate race, Republican Fred Akshar defeats Democrat Barbara Fiala. For Delaware County Family Court Judge, Gary Rosa defeats Porter Kirkwood. In the Chenango County District Attorney’s race, Joseph McBride wins reelection over Zachary Wentworth. For Town of Franklin Supervisor Jeffery Taggart is re-elected, in the Town of Harpersfield Supervisor, Jim Eisel is re-elected, in the Town of Guilford the Supervisor will be George Seneck, in the Town of Oxford, Supervisor Lawrence Wilcox is re-elected, & for the Sidney Town Board, the 2 seats will go to Republicans Eric Wilson & Jeannette Hinckley over Loddie Marsh & incumbent Bill Heath.
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Governor Cuomo announced the beginning of a new, statewide cooperative effort to crack down on illegal credit/debit card skimmers at gas pumps across New York, seeking to end criminals’ ability to empty the bank accounts of their victims. With card data theft incidents on the rise across the country, the State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Weights and Measures Bureau is conducting New York’s first-ever training and sweep of gas station dispensers across the state to proactively protect consumers and gas station owners. Agriculture and Markets staffers will train county weights and measures officials to spot skimming devices in their communities.
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The Next Commerce Chenango Business After Hours is today, with M&T Bank at their 118 State Hwy 320, Norwich branch, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. More information is available at 334-1402.
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Governor Cuomo announced that during the first 10 months of 2015, New York State recouped and returned $25.1 million to approximately 22,600 workers who originally were not paid the proper minimum wage, overtime pay or fringe benefits. This amount puts the state on pace to exceed the record $30.2 million disbursed to 27,000 workers in 2014. The State Department of Labor announced that more than 80% of all investigations are now completed within 6 months, in the Southern Tier region, $209,000 was returned to 293 workers.
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Assemblyman Cliff Crouch stated today that the Kraft manufacturing plant in Walton under review for closure needs to stay open. Crouch said that there are 150 local jobs as well as a methane digester project being pursued by the Village of Walton at stake. The methane digester project is being pursued through the Regional economic Development Council as a cost-saving measure for Kraft & as well as the Walton school district, to save on heating costs paid by area taxpayers. Crouch joins Governor Cuomo & U.S. Senator Schumer in trying to get Kraft Heinz from closing the Walton plant, and 2 others in the state, following a merger of the 2 food industry giants.
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State Police arrested 26-year-old Scott Losee of Sherburne for 3rd degree assault, criminal mischief and unlawful imprisonment, after troopers responded to a domestic dispute that occurred on November 2 in Sherburne. Losee allegedly assaulted his girlfriend causing an injury to her face. He also smashed her cell phone and kept her from leaving the home. Losee was arraigned in the Town of Sherburne court and was released without bail required. His next court date in the Town of Sherburne is on November 18, 2015. The court issued an order of protection against Losee.
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New York Farm Bureau has come out with its annual “Circle of Friends,” naming 158 State Legislators to their annual list. The award is an indication of the individual lawmaker’s support of New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau, based upon each legislator’s voting record on issues of agricultural importance. The “Circle of Friends” local recipients for 2015 are State Senators John Bonacic & Jim Seward & Assembly members Cliff Crouch, Gary Finch, Pete Lopez, Donna Lupardo & Bill Magee.
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State Senator Jim Seward will be in Worcester Thursday at the I-88 rest stop. Officials from the State DOT will join Seward and other local leaders to officially reopen the fully rehabilitated I-88 rest stop closed in 2010 due to budget constraints. Officials will also provide an update on work to reopen the I-88 rest stop in Wells Bridge.
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The New York State Office of General Services today announced that the surplus vehicle, highway equipment, and miscellaneous property auctions scheduled for Friday, November 12 in Unadilla was cancelled and will not be rescheduled. A listing of other New York State auctions to be held throughout the state can be found at nysstore.com. Specific items and terms of sale are available at ogs.ny.gov.
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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 11-3-15

Today is Election day, with interesting races In the 52nd State Senate race, Delaware County’s First Ever family Court Judge race, Chenango County District Attorney, and town supervisor races in Franklin, oxford, Harpersfield & Guilford & Town Council races in Sidney, & Franklin locally. Polls will be open until 9:00 tonight.
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The Medical Marijuana Expedited Access bill that would expedite patients’ access to medical marijuana has been sent to Governor Cuomo’s desk, he has until November 11th to sign or veto the bill. The state Legislature passed the bill in June, it would give preferential access to medical marijuana to Terminally ill patients, and would be strictly regulated.
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State Police arrested 23-year-old Cody Mabe of Pharsalia for fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, resting arrest and several other traffic violations. This arrest occurred after a short pursuit that started when a trooper observed Mabe driving without a front license plate and attempted to make a traffic stop on State Route 23 in the Town of Pharsalia. After refusing to comply, Mabe drove away. The pursuit ended when he drove near his home and fled into the woods. He was arrested shortly after. Mabe was arraigned in the Town of Pharsalia court and was released without bail required. His next court date in the Town of Pharsalia is on November 5, 2015
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Governor Cuomo & U.S. Senator Charles Schumer are urging the leadership at Kraft-Heinz to spare 3 New York plants that may be on the chopping block, following the merger of the 2 industry giants. One of the plants operates in Walton and employs about 150 people.
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The General Clinton Canoe Regatta Committees will meet this evening in Bainbridge. The Meeting will be held at the Highway 7 Bar and Grill, the 6:30 Race committee meeting, it will be followed at 7:30 with the Regular meeting.
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The Unatego Cue & Curtain Theater group will have performances of Cinderella this coming weekend. Director Sandy Bonczkowski comments:

(Sandy Bonczkowski 11-3-15)

Bonczkowski said that about 35 students are participating in the performance, they started auditioning & preparing back in June.
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The Oneonta Common Council will hold their next regular meeting tonight at City Hall. The meeting will get underway at 7:00 PM & is open to the public.
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The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual awards dinner this weekend, chamber spokesman Bruce Kellogg explains:

(Bruce Kellogg 11-3-15)

More information is available by calling the Bainbridge Chamber at 967-8700.
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Oneonta Police Department arrested 23-year-old Jeremiah Vonberg of Oneonta for 1st degree Rape & Criminal Possession of a weapon. Vonberg was arrested following an investigation of an incident on October 17th. Vonberg was held pending arraignment in the City of Oneonta court,
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State Police arrested 41-year-old Robert McLintock of Edmeston for criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marihuana. This arrest occurred after a traffic stop for driving with a brake lamp not working on State Route 20 in the Town of Richfield. During the stop it was determined that he unlawfully possessed an unregistered handgun and marihuana. McLintock was arraigned and was released without bail required pending court action on November 4th.
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stated that his office is operating a statewide Election Day Hotline today. Voters encountering barriers to access at their polling sites can report those issues to the Attorney General’s Office by calling the hotline at 800-771-7755, from 6:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. today.
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Sidney Town Clerk Lisa French announced that she is running for Sidney town clerk unopposed. French pointed out that recent published reports suggested that she was running for Sidney Town Supervisor, which is not up for election this year.
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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 11-2-15

Tomorrow is Election day, with quite a few interesting races in an “Off Year” In the State Senate race in the 52nd district; Republican Fred Akshar & Democrat Barbara Fiala are running to fill the seat left vacated by the conviction of long time Senator Tom Libous.
Delaware County will have a Family Court Judge for the first time; the candidates are Democrat Gary Rosa & Republican Porter Kirkwood. In Chenango County, for District Attorney, incumbent Joseph McBride faces Zachary Wentworth. Several Town Races will be decided by voters Tuesday, in the Town of Sidney; Eric Wilson, Jeannette Hinckley, Loddie Marsh & incumbent Bill Heath are running for 2 seats on town board
In the Town of Franklin, for town Supervisor, incumbent Jeffery Taggart faces Epifanio Bevilacqua & 3 people are running for 2 seats on the town board: Dwight Bruno, Donald Hebbard and Donald Smith. In the Town of Harpersfield for Town Supervisor, incumbent Jim Eisel faces a challenge from Edward Pick Jr. Eisel is chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors; a Pick Victory would mean a change at the top of Delaware County Government. In the race for Town of Guilford Supervisor, George Seneck faces Jeffrey MacCormack & for Town of Oxford Supervisor Frederick Lanfear faces Lawrence Wilcox.
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Governor Cuomo announced the results of Child Passenger Safety Week seat check events, during which 88% of the 931 seats inspected were found to be improperly installed, 112 had been installed correctly. Child safety seat checks are coordinated by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee in cooperation with state and local law enforcement and community safety partners year round, either by appointment or at events conducted throughout the year. Future scheduled events can be found at safeny.ny.gov.
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The Kansas City Royals captured their second-ever World Series title and first in 30 seasons after a 5-game Series with the New York Mets. Artifacts from Royals will arrive in Cooperstown to take a permanent place at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, among the Artifacts, a Jersey worn by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, a Glove used by Royals catcher and World Series Most Valuable Player Salvador Perez, Spikes worn by Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, a cap worn by Royals closer Wade Davis, & a bat each from Mike Moustakas, & Alcides Escobar. additional artifacts from the 2015 Postseason will be featured in the Autumn Glory exhibit, which will be on exhibit through the 2016 Postseason and is scheduled to open in later this month.
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the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18 year old Austin Reynolds, of Sherburne, for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Third Degree and Unlawful Possession of Alcohol; Person Under 21 years of age, after participating in a Stop DWI check point in the Town of Delhi. Reynolds was released with appearance tickets where he will appear in the Town of Delhi Court at a later date.
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Delaware County Sheriff Deputies responded this weekend to a Trespass in progress at the Bagels and Cream located on Elm St in the Village of Delhi. Upon arrival, Deputies found a male subject sleeping on the floor in the dining area. Deputies arrested Travon Gaddis age 18 of New Rochelle, New York for Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree. Gaddis is to reappear in the Town of Delhi Court at a later time to answer the said charges.
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The Trial of former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver begins today in a Manhattan federal courtroom. Silver is accused of taking $4 million in bribes and kickbacks disguised as legal fees from 2 separate law firms, while serving as Assembly Speaker. . Questioning of potential jurors is scheduled to begin on Monday. The Trial of Former State Senate Leader Dean Skelos will start later this month.
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The city of Oneonta announced that the final paving of Asphalt on 6th Street is scheduled for today. 6th Street will be blocked off after the morning drop off period and should be re-opened in time for afternoon pick ups, any delays or changes will be communicated to the school offices.
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The Maines Broome County Arena will host Let’s Make A Deal Live tonight at 7:30 pm, ticket information is available at the Arena box office, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800 745 3000.
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Special Board of Education Meeting today, in the District Conference room at 6:00 PM.

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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 10-30-15

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that State Police, local and municipal law enforcement agencies will increase patrols to crack down on drunk driving and underage drinking this Halloween weekend. The special traffic enforcement detail will begin today and continue through Sunday. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2009 to 2013, 43% of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes across the U.S. on Halloween night were in crashes involving a drunk driver. Motorists can expect to see a number of sobriety checkpoints and additional patrols. Troopers will also conduct a special enforcement detail to crack down on the sale of alcohol to minors.
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State Senator Jim Seward will be in Oneonta today at the City Public Safety Building in Oneonta, along with Assemblyman Bill Magee, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, and Oneonta Fire Chief Patrick Pidgeon to inspect the fire department’s recently delivered ladder truck. Both Seward and Magee secured a total of $500,000 in state funds to assist in the purchase of the new truck.
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The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York is urging residents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as daylight saving time approaches. Officials with the Association stated that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be cleaned to remove any debris that could prevent them from working properly. Older alarms that have removable batteries should receive a new pair. More information is available at fasny.com.
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On Sunday, the Chenango County American Legion will host a joint visitation by the Legion’s State Commander James Yermas, & State Auxiliary President Jan Mahoney among others. the leaders will visit Oxford’s Fort Hill Post 376, the Veterans’ Home at Oxford, the Chenango County Sheriff’s Department in Norwich, followed by a reception & dinner at the Lieutenant Warren Eaton, DSC Post 189, at 29 Sheldon Street, Norwich.

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Governor Cuomo commemorated the three-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and released a report detailing the continued progress made by New York State. It underscores the advancements made in rebuilding homes, businesses, and large-scale infrastructure projects in communities and neighborhoods, as spearheaded by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. More information can be found at stormrecovery.ny.gov.
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26-year-old Timothy Green of New Berlin has been charged with forgery and Grand Larceny following an investigation by the State office of the Inspector General. Green was a substitute worker for the New York State Office for the People with Developmental Disabilities in Norwich, he is accused of submitting fraudulent time sheets for work that he did not do, which resulted in over $39,000 in payments. Green was arraigned in the Town of Guilford court and remanded to the Chenango County jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 property bond.
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the City of Oneonta began investigating a decrease in sanitary sewer flow into the wastewater treatment plant, as compared to historical averages. On Monday, a flow variation was identified in the line between Market Street and Neahwa Park, on wedensdya an outside contractor was brought in with equipment sufficient to inspect the line, and a partial collapse of the underground 30” sanitary sewer line flowing near the Millrace was identified. a significant quantity of untreated wastewater has emtered the Millrace & emergency measures are underway to have the line bypassed and repaired as soon as possible. The public should avoid recreational activities in the Millrace and Susquehanna River downstream from the pipe break. Updates will be provided by the City, they can be viewed at nyalert.gov or at 432-6450.
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State Police at Sidney arrested 36 year old Brandi Brown of New Berlin for the felony DWI with a BAC result of .16% which is twice the legal limit. This arrest occurred after traffic stop for failing to keep right on State Route 8 in the Town of Guilford. Brown was arraigned at the Town of Guilford court and was released without bail required. Her next court date in the Town of Guilford is November 12, 2015.
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a brochure offering tips to New Yorkers buying health insurance coverage for next year, entitled “Shopping For Health Insurance Coverage” Which is being released in advance of the New York State of Health Marketplace’s open enrollment period starting on Sunday. Schneiderman encourages consumers to take advantage of this open enrollment period to evaluate how their current health plan, whether it will change, or to consider what other options are available. Open enrollment through New York State of Health begins on November 1 through December 15th, for coverage effective January 1st.
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Bainbridge area dentist Dr. Michelle Gifford is participating in a program that will protect area smiles from the cavity monster, and send smiles to troops overseas, following Halloween Trick or treating this weekend. Spokesperson Trish Hippenstiel explains:

(Trish Hippenstiel 10-30-15)

The candy collection will be at Dr Gifford’s office at 10 Whitney Way in Bainbridge on Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. More information is available at 967-8200.
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The Afton Fire Department will host a Pancake Breakfast tomorrow morning at the Fire Station on Spring Street. The Breakfast will run from 7:00 AM until 11:00 AM.
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A “Meet The Candidates” event will be held tonight in Guilford. Candidates for Town Supervisor & The Town Board will meet with interested town residents beginning at 6:30 PM.
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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 10-29-15

The Common Core Task Force announced its public meeting schedule, which includes 12 meetings across New York State beginning today in New Rochelle. The Task Force will then host 10 simultaneous regional listening sessions where members of the public are invited to deliver testimony. Following the presentations, Task Force members will engage in a Question & Answer period. The sessions will be open to members of the public and press and video of the session will be posted on the Task Force website. One session will be held in each region of the state (total of 10 meetings). Regional meeting details will be available on the Task Force website early next week.
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State Police arrested 32 year old Phillip Williams of Endicott, who had made threats to hurt himself and others, and was armed with a rifle. Troopers attempted a traffic stop in Owego, Williams failed to comply, entered Pennsylvania & returned to Owego, where a pursuit eventually ended on State Route 434. Williams was arrested after a brief struggle after he threatened and menaced approaching police officers with a rifle. Williams was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, menacing a police officer, assault, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, aggravated harassment 2nd and numerous traffic violations. He was arraigned and was remanded to the Tioga County jail with no bail set.
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The Tri Town News is moving to 85 Main Street , Suite 1 in Sidney, which can be accessed at the side entrance on Smith Street. The Tri-Town News will be open at new location on Monday, November 2 at 9:00 am. The office at 5 Winkler Road will be closed today & Friday, for the move. News items may be left in the mail box at the Winkler Road location and will be picked up through Sunday.
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State Police at Oneonta arrested 53-year-old Octavian Obeada of Sidney for driving while impaired by drugs. This arrest occurred after an Otsego County 911 report of an erratic driver on Interstate 88, in the Town of Oneonta. Obeada was taken to Fox Hospital for a blood draw and the lab results are pending, he was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Oneonta court on November 10th.
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Oneonta police announced that a 76-year-old Daniel Heath has died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle at Main and Chestnut streets Wednesday morning. Police reported that the accident occurred at 10:18 AM Wednesday when 34 year old Mark Federov of Maryland was turning left from Main Street onto Chestnut Street, & did not see the Heath, Federov was issued a ticket for not yielding the right of way to a pedestrian, the investigation is continuing.
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New York State will soon require all students in the 7th and 12th grades to be vaccinated against meningitis, after Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law this week. The governor signed the legislation, 20 other states already require the shot as part of standard immunizations. Statistics show that more than 1,000 people contract the disease each year, 10% to 15% die from the disease.
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The U.S. Geological Survey confirms a magnitude 2.5 earthquake hit Fulton County, just before 5:00 PM Wednesday. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 2 miles west of Johnstown. There are no reports of damage or injuries.
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The state DEC announced that some deer management permits will be available to hunters again starting Sunday. The permits allow hunters to take antlerless deer in specified wildlife management units as a way to control populations. The permits will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis at state hunting license sales outlets. The application fee is $10. A list of units with available permits can be accessed at dec.ny.gov.

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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 10-28-15

New York State’s crisis with heroin will require attention from several factions of society in the coming year. Area Assemblyman Cliff Crouch recently serviced on a task force that went around the state seeking input, one of the problems is that those seeking treatment following an overdose are not getting adequate coverage to tackling the problem:

(Cliff Crouch 10-28-15)

Crouch also said Heroin has become very cheap for users, that Law Enforcement officials can not simply arrest heroin users & expect that to correct the problem. The task force will compile their findings & seek to pass legislation next year to tackle the issue.
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Sidney Village officials still need to talk to a good percentage of property owners in the flood prone River Street area about their options for their homes, as part of the plan to get people out of harms way before future flooding strikes. Mayor Andy Matviak comments:

(Andy Matviak 10-28-15)

Matviak said that FEMA recently stepped up and made money available for those who wish to Elevate their homes in much of the affected area, making that a more realistic option than before. Those who want to schedule meeting with village officials can set up appointments at 561-2320.
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Governor Cuomo committed another $5,000,000 to the Catskills for promotion purposes next year. Delaware County Chamber President Ray Pucci said that promotion has to be aimed a different type of tourist than those that visited in past decades:

(Ray Pucci 10-28-15)

Pucci said that the governor also committed to moving the “Adirondack Challenge” of the last several years, to become the “Catskills Challenge” next year.
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State Police & New Hartford Police executed a search warrant at the Word of Life Christian Church in Chadwicks this morning. Bruce and Deborah Leonard face manslaughter charges in the beating death of their son, 19-year-old Lucas Leonard in the church earlier this month. 4 other church members face assault charges in the beating of the couple’s other son, 17-year-old Christopher Leonard.
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The Broome County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in Port Dickinson for running a stop sign. 37 year old Neil Wesley of Port Dickinson was charged with DWI, Operating with a BAC over .08% BAC, Refusing to submit to a Pre Screen Breath Device, Passing a Stop Sign, and driving an Uninspected Motor Vehicle. He was released to appear at a later date in the Town of Dickinson Court.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Office & State Police arrested 21 year old Devyn Clum of Bloomville for 2nd & 3rd degree Arson, for intentionally setting fires in Bloomville on Halloween night, 2012, & for 2nd degree Burglary & Petty Larceny, for allegedly breaking into a seasonal residence in Bloomville this summer & stealing power tools. Clum was arraigned and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $75,000 cash bail pending future court action
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The City of Oneonta, Cleinman Performance Partners & Asbury Gardens announced plans to build a memorial park to Oneonta’s late Mayor Dick Miller. Plans call for a memorial at the southwest corner of the intersection of Main Street & the Lettis Highway. Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig comments:

(Gary Herzig 10-28-15)

Herzig said that the project should be completed at the end of spring; the plot of land is next to a Victorian House currently occupied by the Benson Insurance agency.
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The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older who are uninsured. Today from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Walton Family Planning, 130 North Street, Walton appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225.

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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 10-27-15

State Police responded to a fatal Motor Vehicle Accident on County Route 8 in the Town of Pittsfield. Troopers discovered 50 year old Guillermo Soto of Morris had apparently lost control of his vehicle for an unknown reason, and struck a tree, he was found deceased in the driver’s seat with his seat belt on. Otsego County Coronor’s office responded to the scene and Soto was taken to Fox Hospital in Oneonta for a possible autopsy. The investigation is ongoing.
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State Police arrested 33 year old Howard Archer of Unadilla for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs and criminal possession of marihuana 5th, they also arrested 58 year old John Barkman of Sidney for unlawful possession of marihuana, after a vehicle stop when Archer was observed speeding on State Highway 8 in the Town of Unadilla. Police detected the odor of marijuana & a search of the vehicle and two occupants was conducted, they were issued tickets returnable to the Town of Guilford court on November 3rd.
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For every dollar New York sends to Washington it receives about 91 cents back in federal spending, compared to a national average of nearly $1.22, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. New York ranked 46th in the nation in its balance of payments between the amount it generated in federal taxes and the amount of federal government spending it received. , New York contributed $10,896 per capita in tax revenue to the federal budget, nearly a third more than the national average, and received an estimated $9,885 in per capita federal spending, slightly below the nationwide average.
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State Police arrested 29-year-old Veronica Winchell of Andes, for menacing, criminal mischief, resisting arrest & harassment 2nd and 51 year old Marc Goodkin of Andes for 3rd degree Assault. Troopers responded to domestic dispute in Andes, Winchell physically resisted being handcuffed, & during processing Winchell damaged a window blind. Bother were arraigned & were remanded to the Delaware County jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 property bond, they face court action on Thursday.
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the City of Oneonta & Cleinman Performance Partners & Asbury Gardens announced plans to build a memorial park to Oneonta’s late Mayor Dick Miller. Plans call for a memorial at the southwest corner of the intersection of Main Street & Lettis Highway, with year round plantings, benches, a walkway & a sculpture garden.
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The Broome County Sheriff’s Office & State Police arrested 24-year-old Ruslan Opatskyy of Binghamton in connection with the armed robbery at the Mirabito Gas Station in the Town of Windsor on Thursday. Opatskyy has been charged with 2nd degree robbery & faces court action in the Town of Windsor Court at a later date. Opatskyy and Catherine Boyea-Kaninsky, 21 of Port Crane were also charged with 2nd degree robbery for the armed robbery at the Kwik Fill Gas Station in Port Crane last Tuesday.
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The Chenango County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 78-year-old Frank Kriz of Oxford with 2 counts of Identity Theft, for allegedly opening 5 lines of credit using other people’s information. Kriz was arraigned in the Town of Oxford Court and was released on his own recognizance to return at a later date.
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The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Michael Beckwith of New Berlin for 2nd degree Harassment & Resisting Arrest. Beckwith is accused of making several threats towards arresting Deputies & for resisting arrest. Beckwith was arraigned in the Town of North Norwich Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $500 cash bail. Beckwith is to reappear in court at a later date to answer to his charges.
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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, along with several local Norwich and Chenango County candidates.
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The Chenango County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting date is tonight at the Silo Restaurant in Greene. A short film entitled “Every Farmer” produced by New York Farm Bureau will be shown. There will be FFA students and teachers from several schools present along with NY State Legislators & local officials. Agriculture is still the number one industry in New York State and Chenango County.
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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 10-26-15

State Police arrested 30-year-old Todd Hamilton of Unadilla for menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 35-year-old Nathan Diamond of Unadilla and 33-year-old Jodi Babcock of Sidney for criminal possession of a controlled substance on Thursday. Troopers responded to report of a two men fighting in a car in Preston. Hamilton was driving, he allegedly tried to stab Diamond with a knife, and Babcock called 911. The 3 were found to be in possession of heroin, they were arraigned in Town of Oxford court and were remanded to the Chenango County jail on bail pending court action Tuesday.
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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced that Tax collections of $38.2 billion through the first half of the fiscal year were $675.6 million higher than the latest projections largely due to strong personal income tax receipts. The General Fund ended the first half of the year with a balance 33% higher than the year earlier, largely because of legal settlement dollars. Tax receipts through the first six months were 11.7% higher than the same period last year, and collections in September were 16.2% higher than a year earlier.
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State Senator Jim Seward will be in Oneonta this afternoon, at City Hall he will be joined by City of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Acting City Manager Meg Hungerford, and other city officials. Seward will discuss his mandate relief legislation that would provide state aid to Oneonta and other SUNY-host municipalities.
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Governor Cuomo announced an additional 5 million dollars to be spent to advertise the outdoor activities & vacation spots in the Catskills next year:

(Cuomo 10-26-15)

Cuomo also announced that the Adirondack challenge would move to the Catskills next year, to further publicize the Catskills.
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State Police and the Broome County Sheriff’s Department arrested 2 people Friday, after a string of convenient store armed robberies. State Police arrested 24 year old Ruslan Opatskyy of Binghamton & 21 year old Cathrine Boyea-Kaninsky of Port Crane for 2nd degree Robbery 2nd. Both are accused of committing the October 20th armed robbery of the Kwik Fill Gas Station in Port Crane, they were arraigned in the Town of Fenton court and held without bail at the Broome County jail. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.
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State Police arrested 19-year-old Daniel Dumond of Milford for DWI & unauthorized use of a vehicle. The arrest occurred after troopers responded to a single car accident on Upper Dutch Hill Road in the Town of Milford. Dumond was driving while intoxicated when he rolled the vehicle, he was driving the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am without permission from the owner. Dumond was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Milford court on November 3rd.
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The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and State Police arrested 32-year-old Erin Harrington of Unadilla, on charges of forgery & petty larceny. Harrington is accused of stealing money from the Sidney Youth Football Program following a recent fundraising event. Harrington is further accused of then trying to cover up her theft by creating a fictitious document purporting to be from the Sheriff’s Office to try to convince officials that the money had been stolen from the Harrington residence during a burglary that did not happen. Harrington was also issued traffic tickets charging her with operating an uninsured motor vehicle with a suspended registration. Harrington was and released on recognizance pending a future appearance in the Town of Sidney Court.
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The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office graduated 6 new officers professionally trained in equine mounted patrol activities. The mounted patrol was re-established in 2012,it is made up of a team of officers from various law enforcement agencies throughout the County. the horses will be used for searches in Delaware County where much of the county is not accessible by conventional methods.
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Pathfinder Village of Edmeston, announced that a Donor & press event for the new $1.2 million Dr. William Streck Community Health Center would be held on Friday November 6th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. The new 3,800 sq. ft. Streck Health Center is just east of Pathfinder Village, off of NYS Route 80, Pathfinder Village will lease the new facility to Bassett Healthcare Network, which will oversee medical operations. The new health center replaces an older, smaller clinic in Edmeston, and is expected to offer expanded access to healthcare services to area residents.
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