WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 2-3-16

The City of Oneonta Police Department Detective Division & State Police BCI arrested 18-year-old Duquan Davis of Oneonta for 1st degree Robbery, 1st degree Burglary, Criminal use of a Firearm, 2nd degree Assault & Menacing, following an investigation into an incident in January. Details have not yet been released and the investigation is still ongoing.
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The State Liquor Authority issued suspensions to Legends Filling Station at 84 Main Street and Choice Ultra Lounge at 3-5 Market Street, both in Oneonta. State officials received complaints of alcohol being served to under aged patrons; both were shut down on Saturday. Both establishments were fined $3000 last year for similar complaints.
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The Oxford Police Department is continuing with a multi-step program to try to get help for those with heroin or Opioid addictions, rather than put them in jail for a short period, release them and repeat the cycle of dependency. Oxford Police Chief Richard Nolan Comments:

(Oxford Police Chief Richard Nolan 2-3-16)

Chief Nolan said that they do have grant money coming to set aside an area for this aspect of the program; on February 13th they will hold another Narcan training session for first responders.
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State Lawmakers are looking at the Education portion of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal. Area Assemblyman Pete Lopez said that a key portion of the education equation, is to get the teacher evaluation portion right:

(Lopez 2-3-16)

Lawmakers are looking at getting the budget completed for the begining of the state’s fiscal year, which is April 1st.
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State Police at Oneonta arrested 47-year-old Donald Reutter of the town of Maryland, for felony DWI, Reutter was observed weaving while driving on State Route 7 in the Town of Oneonta. The arrest is a felony due to a prior conviction for DWI within the last 10 years. Reutter was arraigned in the Town of Oneonta court and was remanded to the Otsego County jail. His next court date in the Town of Oneonta is on February 25, 2016.
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Governor Cuomo today launched a new web-based service that will help connect New Yorkers struggling with addiction to treatment. The State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services’ Bed Availability Dashboard application collects the information from treatment providers daily and makes it available in real-time on the agency’s website. More information is available at 1-877-8-HOPENY, or Text HOPENY or Visit oasas.ny.gov/accesshelp
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Oneonta Police investigated a burglary at 73 Center Street Monday night, following an investigation, the resident, 27 year old Alexander Coffran was charged with Criminal Possession of a controlled substance & criminal possession of marijuana, after 9.6 lbs of marijuana was recovered as police investigated the robbery call from that address. $300 worth of concentrated cannabis and $2,377 in cash was seized. The investigation into the burglary is ongoing.
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Governor Cuomo today launched the Municipal Restructuring Fund, a $25 million program to assist local government and school officials with developing projects that will lead to property tax reductions. Projects will be ranked by metrics that include potential impact across local governments, service delivery areas and municipal functions, and have potential for long-term property tax savings. Local governments interested in partnering with the Department of State, should contact the Division of Local Government Services, at 518-473-3355
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The town of Guilford is currently seeking candidates to fill openings on their planning board, board of assessment review, & the Mount Upton Park committee. Those interested should call the Guilford Town Clerk’s office at 895-9966; the deadline of applications is today.

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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 2-2-16

The state assembly passed the Paid Family Leave Act today in Albany. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie comments:

(Heastie 2-2-16)

The bill is expected to face stiffer opposition in the Republican led State Senate.
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State Lawmakers are continuing to tackle the education portion of the proposed executive Budget. Area Assemblyman Cliff Crouch said that there is good & bad in that he wishes that the Gap Elimination Adjustment was gone once & for all:

(Crouch 2-2-16)

Some lawmakers are proposing legislation to get rid of the Gap Elimination Adjustment in this year’s budget.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators today arrested 30-year-old Johnny Uhl, an inmate at the Delaware County Correctional Facility. UHL was charged with one count each of Promoting Prison Contraband and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, for possessing crack cocaine inside the Jail. Uhl remains incarcerated, he was recently arrested in connection with a Meth Lab operating in the village of Walton in January, he faces arraignment on the new charge in the Town of Delhi Court at a later time.
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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of their 2016 Annual Awards: New York Central Mutual Insurance is honored with The NBT Bank Distinguished Business of the Year Award. John Remillard is honored as the Eugene A. Bettiol, Jr. Distinguished Citizen, for his years as President and CEO of Fox Hospital. Oneonta Family YMCA is honored with the Quality of Life Award, the annual celebration will be on Thursday, March 3rd at 5:45 PM at The Hunt Union Ball Room at SUNY Oneonta, reservations are now being accepted at 432-4500 Extension 207 or e-mail: kelly@otsegocc.com.
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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware county will be conducting NYSERDA’s free energy workshops entitled “EMPOWER Save Energy, Save Dollars.” Those attending will learn how to reduce energy bills with low-cost or no-cost actions. The next Workshop is Saturday, February 27th from 10:00AM to 12:00 noon at the Hamden town Hall on State Route 10, Preregistration is available with Cornell Cooperative Extension-Delaware County at 865-6531 or EMAIL: vsd22@cornell.edu. More information is available at ccedelaware.org.
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The Next General Clinton Canoe Regatta meeting will be held today. The Regatta Meeting will be held at the Highway 7 Bar and Grill at 6:30 PM, the Race Committee Meeting will begin and at 7:30 PM the Regular meeting will start.
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A Village of Oxford resident was arrested by the Chenango County Sheriff’s on an active Arrest Warrant for 3rd degree Assault. Deputies arrested 39-year-old David Anderson on an active arrest warrant issued from Village of Oxford Court. Anderson was arraigned in the Village of Oxford Court & he was remanded to the custody of The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of $1,500 cash bail. Anderson is to re-appear in the Village of Oxford Court at a later date.
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A City of Syracuse resident was arrested by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd Degree. Deputies made traffic stop operated by 42-year-old Tomas Rouse, in the Town of McDonough for failure to keep right. Rouse was allegedly operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, he was also found to possess marihuana. Rouse was arraigned in the Town of McDonough Court and released. Rouse is to reappear in the Town of McDonough Court at a later date to answer to his charges.
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The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Town of Pharsalia woman for Driving While Intoxicated. Deputies responded to an accident on County Road 47 in the Town of Pharsalia, where 48-year-old Mary Blaylock was allegedly operating the vehicle while intoxicated. Blaylock was released to a sober third party and is to appear in the Town of Pharsalia Court at a later date.

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Several area fire departments responded Monday Afternoon to as brush & grass fire at 227 Garlick Road in Afton. The fire was knocked down in about an hour, no injuries were reported.
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Governor Cuomo today announced the New York State Department of Health will offer advanced lab testing for individuals with symptoms who have travelled to areas where Zika virus infection is ongoing. This will be done by the Wadsworth Center – one of only three state laboratories in the nation with the ability to conduct this kind of advanced testing – and will also include screening and confirmatory tests for antibodies against Zika and other related viruses. Additionally, the state has launched a new information hotline (1-888-364-4723) for New Yorkers to call and learn more about the virus.
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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 2-1-16

State Police investigated a 1-vehicle rollover accident on I-86 in the Town of Windsor late Thursday night. 22-year-old Andrew Fuerteperez of The Bronx drifted off the roadway in his SUV & rolled over into a ditch. The rear seat passenger, 19-year-old Darien Frias of The Bronx was ejected, as he did not have his seat belt on. He was transported to Wilson Hospital with skull fractures & died from his injuries Friday. The front seat passenger, 19-year-old Samantha Figueroa of The Bronx suffered a shoulder injury, Fuerteperez was transported to Wilson Hospital with a head laceration, he was treated & released. The investigation is continuing.
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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office conducted an audit of Otsego County’s rising costs for those needing temporary housing. Officials house individuals in motels for $50 a night and families in the Shelter for $75 a night per individual without a discount for families. DiNapoli’s office recognized that external factors contributing to the difficulty in finding reasonably priced permanent housing within the County, such as the decline in the economy, 2 local colleges with students using off-campus housing and the increase in tourism due to the baseball camps in the Cooperstown and Oneonta areas. The Comptrollers recommendations include collecting relevant data necessary to monitor The program’s performance, Evaluate the use of the Shelter to determine if it’s meeting their goals in a cost-efficient manner & Contact neighboring counties to identify critical differences in the strategies employed for temporary housing.
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Governor Cuomo announced that 76West is now accepting applications for innovative, clean-energy businesses to locate or create jobs in the Southern Tier. The competition includes 4 years of annual $1 million grand prizes, to create jobs, attract entrepreneurs and support the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy. Each year, 76West will distribute a total of $2.5 million in prizes, consisting of a $1 million grand prize, one $500,000 award and four $250,000 awards. Additional support and services may also be available, including mentorship and incubator space.
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The Catskill Area Hospice has announced that their annual Celebrity party will be held on Friday, July 1st featuring Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The event will take place at the 6th Ward Athletic Club field in Oneonta, tickets for the general public go on sale February 12th at CAHPC.org.
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State Senator Republican are expected to battle the Governor Again this year on the “Dream Act” State Senator John Bonacic comments:

(Bonacic 2-2-16)

The Dream Act was proposed by Governor Cuomo Last year & passed in the State Assembly but failed to gather support in the State senate.
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The Oneonta Parks & Recreation Committee will hold their next regular meeting today. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at the Common Council Chamber in City Hall.
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The American Cancer Society Relay for Life team captain meeting will be held tonight at the United Methodist Church in Sidney at 5:30 PM. This year’s Tri-Town Relay for Life will be held on May 14th at the General Clinton Park in Bainbridge, more information is available at 563-9634.
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The annual Delaware County Fair dinner was held Saturday at the Walton fire house. Fair Board member Danny Hodges said that they have a headliner for the Saturday night concert this year:

(Danny Hodges 1-30-16)

Hodges said that they expect to announce the opening act for the Saturday night Frankie Ballard concert shortly.
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Congressman Chris Gibson’s name continues to be mentioned as a possible Republican Gubernatorial candidate; Gibson told WCDO News that if he plans to run, he has to make a decision soon in order to raise enough money to go against Governor Cuomo large campaign fund:

(Gibson 1-30-16)

Gibson was in Walton Saturday for the annual Delaware county Fair dinner. Gibson declined to run or another term in Congress
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State Police Arrested 22 year old Anthony Viviano of Deposit for driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marihuana and other traffic tickets. The arrest occurred after troopers received a report of pickup truck possible being driven by an intoxicated person on State Route 79 in the Town of Colesville. The trooper located the pickup truck a short distance away in a ditch, Viviano was found to unlawfully possess about seven grams of marihuana. He consented to a test of his blood for drugs at Wilson Hospital, the lab results are pending. Viviano was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Colesville Court on February 3rd.
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There will be a Red Cross blood drive at Tri-Town Regional Hospital, in Sidney today. Donation time will be between 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. You may make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org, or by calling 1-800-RedCross. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 1-29-16

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old Jodi Babcock of Bainbridge, who was stopped for operating a suspended vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and loud exhaust. During the course of the traffic stop hypodermic needles & heroin were found. Babcock is accused of possessing the heroin with intent to sell, she was also wanted on a bench warrant by the City of Norwich Court. Babcock was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, along with vehicle and traffic violations. She was arraigned in the Town of Bainbridge Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail. The Sheriff’s Narcotics Division and Village of Sidney Police Department assisted with the Investigation.
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Vice President Joe Biden & Governor Cuomo today met today, to discuss the governor’s plan to expand Paid leave. Biden said that Paid Leave, increasing the Minimum Wage are all about common human decency:

(Biden 1-29-16)

12 week paid leave is 1 part of the Governor’s 2016 agenda that the state legislature will deal with in the current session.
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The State Department of Health today confirmed 2 additional cases of Zika virus in New York, bringing the total to seven. All of the infected patients are travelers returning to New York from countries where Zika virus is ongoing. Zika virus cannot be transmitted by casual person-to-person contact. Infected mosquitoes primarily transmit Zika virus, there is very limited chance of local transmission in New York during the winter. pregnant woman who have traveled to a country where Zika is ongoing, & are experiencing fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis, should contact their health care provider. Additional information on Zika is available at health.ny.gov/diseases.
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The Kennedy Performing Arts Center of Sidney will hold their Annual Winter Showcase tonight at the Sidney High School. Spokesperson Nikki Kennedy explains:

(Nikki Kennedy 1-29-16)

The showcase begins at 6:30 PM tonight.
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Boys & Girls 14 & younger are invited to participate in the Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw event Saturday in Sidney. Registration with parental consent begins at 10:00 AM at the Sidney High School Gym; the winners will be eligible to participate in the district & state competitions.
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Governor Cuomo announced that the ReCharge NY program, which utilizes low-cost power from the New York Power Authority to spur economic development, has supported 400,000 jobs since its inception 5 years ago. The Power Authority has awarded ReCharge NY power to 741 business operations, including 71 not-for-profit enterprises. Those allocations support 400,948 jobs and $33.2 billion in commitments for new capital investment. More information is available at nypa.gov/RechargeNY.
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The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce and other area organizations are teaming up for the annual Bruce Haak memorial Sleighride Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The event will continue even if there is no snow, as arrangements have been made to bring wheeled units to General Clinton Park.
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The CASH Coalition of Otsego and Delaware Counties has announced that residents who meet income eligibility requirements will be able to prepare and file their state and federal income taxes for free. MyFreeTaxes is a service available to individuals and families who made under $62,000 in the 2015 tax year. The program is available beginning January 31st at CDO Workforce Offices in Oneonta, Delhi & Sidney, The Sidney Federal Credit Union Delhi Branch on Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, & at the Huntington Memorial Library at 62 Chestnut Street in Oneonta. Appointments are required at 432-0061.

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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 1-28-16

P.M. NEWS THURSDAY 1-28-16

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $60,000 one-year grant to Chenango Health Network to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer and to assure that women in Chenango County are screened and receive follow-up care. Chenango Health Network’s Every Woman Counts in Chenango County Campaign is a local community-based effort to encourage and help women to have breast cancer screenings. More than 650 Chenango County women are actively participating in this program. More Information is available at 337-4128 or chenangohealth.org.

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Lawmakers in Albany are conducting budget hearings this week, getting information from each state department on their needs for the upcoming fiscal year. Assemblyman Pete Lopez comments:

 

(Lopez 1-27-16)

 

Lawmakers have until April 1st to complete their work on the proposed 1456 billion dollar executive budget proposal.

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With peak flu season right around the corner, and an increase in the number of flu cases reported statewide, the State Department of Health reminds New Yorkers that it’s not too late to get their annual flu shot. Flu season occurs primarily from October through May. The current season has been mild so far but cases are on the increase, with 369 flu-related hospitalizations in the State. Over the last 4 years, there have been a total of 26 pediatric flu deaths in New York and an average of more than 7,767 flu-related hospitalizations per year. More information about influenza is available at health.ny.gov/diseases.

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82 school districts have been designated as fiscally stressed under New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System, for the fiscal year ending on June 30th 2015. The 8 school districts were classified in “significant stress” none of those were in the local tri-county area.   The 2nd level, entitled “Moderate Stress” included the Unatego School distinct, The Cooperstown district was listed as susceptible to fiscal stress. School districts found to be in fiscal stress are operating with low fund balances, a pattern of operating deficits and limited cash on hand & are more likely to have a shrinking property tax base, low budget support and a low graduation rate.

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a Town of Otselic resident was arrested by Chenango County Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance and Promoting Prison Contraband.   30 year old Steven White was found to be in possession of controlled substance while being booked into the Chenango County Jail, he is scheduled to appear in the Town of Norwich of Court at a later date.

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Governor Cuomo today announced $11 million is available to protect soil and water resources through the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program. These grants will assist farmers in implementing the best management practices to address water quality challenges in priority watersheds throughout New York State while increasing productivity and economic activity. County Soil and Water Conservation Districts can now apply for the AgNPS Program through agriculture.ny.gov.

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The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department & State Police announced that 7 people were sent to jail on felony drug charges following the discovery, dismantling and clean-up of an active meth-lab at 116 East Street in the Village of Walton Tuesday night. Police executed a search warrant, 7 adults and 3 children were removed, and the children were provided medical evaluation for potential contamination of toxic chemicals and were placed into emergency foster care. Police seized an active meth lab, prescription medications, cocaine, marijuana and public assistance benefit cards. Sheriff’s Investigators arrested James Nash, of Walton; Amanda Bicknell, of Walton; James Klinegardner of Tennessee, Brooklyn Alford of Walton; Tammy Lewis, of Walton; Johnny & Emily Uhl of Swan Lake, on a variety of drug charges plus Endangering the Welfare of a Child. All 7defendants were returned to the Delaware County Jail on $150,000 cash bail or $300,000 property bond.
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The Oxford Police Department has teamed up with “Truth Pharm” to try a different approach to the growing heroin problem; they will be holding a free Narcan training session for anyone interested at the Oxford High School at today 5:30 PM. Oxford Police Chief Richard Nolan comments:

(Oxford Police Chief Richard Nolan 1-28-16)

Chief Nolan said that they will also be holding another session in more detail for first responders in February, they are also receiving grant money to set aside an area for people struggling with addiction to come & talk with Police & Volunteers on how to get treatment to beat the heroin addiction.
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New York State Office of General Service Commissioner RoAnn Destito Will Outline Governor Cuomo’s 2016 State of the State Agenda at SUNY Oneonta at 3:00 PM today. The presentation will be given at the Morris Conference Center in the Craven Lounge.
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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will hold their next Business After-Hours meeting today. The event starts at 6:00 pm at Stella Luna Ristorante located at 58 Market Street in Oneonta.

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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 1-27-16

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today issued a consumer alert following a recent uptick in local reports of telephone scammers posing as officials from the Internal Revenue Service. The scams target seniors, students, and first-generation Americans, the caller claims to be an IRS agent, police officer, or even a member of the Attorney General’s Office, they tell the victim that unless the debt is paid immediately, they will be arrested & they will insist on payment through a Green Dot Card Money Card or Western Union Money-Gram. The IRS and Legitimate Government Agencies Never Demand Payment by Phone, the Attorney General’s office also reminds residents to never give out personal information over the phone to unsolicited callers.
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The Delaware County Sheriff’s department arrested a number of people who were allegedly operating a meth lab in Walton. The investigation is ongoing & details are expected to be released shortly.
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Governor Cuomo and Assembly Leadership are looking to include some Forfeiture Money from New York City Criminals into the state budget plan again this year, for inmates for higher education. State Senator John Bonacic comments:

(Bonacic 1-27-16)

Bonacic said that forfeiture money should be returned to the state budget to help taxpayers.
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The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision & the State Department of Civil Service will be holding an exam for its latest correction officer recruitment effort. While the exam will be held on April 9th, the application deadline for this examination is February 24th. Those interested must be 21 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of New York, and possess a high school diploma or GED. Those interested in applying for the position of correction officer trainee, one may apply online or download the examination information and applications at the Department of Civil Service website at cs.ny.gov/exams, more information can be found at doccs.ny.gov/.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Davenport man following their investigation of domestic incidents that occurred on the evening of January 19th and the morning of January 20th, but were not reported until later on January 20th. Deputies arrested and charged 39 year old Lewis Bassett of Davenport, with two counts of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child,  Bassett was arraigned in the Stamford Town Court he was released on his own recognizance pending future court proceedings.
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Governor Cuomo announced the opening of 85 free tax filing assistance sites across New York State. These new locations will add to the expanding network of sites that help eligible New Yorkers file timely and accurate returns at no charge. The State is offering 1,200 sessions at 85 locations, each staffed by State Department of Taxation and Finance tax experts who are available to assist eligible New Yorkers with electronically filing their 2015 taxes. To find free electronic filing assistance near you, call 518-457-5181 or visit tax.ny.gov/fsa.
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State Police arrested 32 year old Darilyn Cabrera of Rochester for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Troopers reported that Cabrera failed to move over as she drove past a trooper responding to a roadside issue on State Route 17 in the Town of Hancock. Cabrera was found to have 25 suspensions on 15 different days& she was wanted on an active bench warrant for assault in Newburgh. Cabrera was arraigned & was remanded to the Delaware County jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 property bond pending future court action.
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Governor Cuomo today announced a partnership between the New York State Department of Health and the State University of New York to help college faculty, staff and students identify sexual assault and interpersonal violence, as well as learn safe methods of intervention. This collaboration is the latest in a long line of efforts by Governor Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” campaign to end sexual violence on college campuses. For additional information on the “Enough Is Enough” campaign, visit ny.gov/programs.
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Delaware County Deputies arrested and charged 37 year old Julia Coan of Oneonta Sunday, for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and felony Aggravated DWI with a Child. Coan was arrested following a one-car personal injury motor vehicle accident on State Highway 28 in the Town of Meredith involving Coan who is accused of driving in an impaired condition with a child less than seventeen years old within her vehicle. Deputies were assisted in their investigation by a Sidney Village Police Department. Coan was issued tickets and released on her own recognizance to return to the Town of Meredith Court on February 3rd.
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The State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for December 2015. The State’s unemployment rate stayed at 4.8% in December, Locally, Chenango County had 5.1% unemployment, Delaware County had 5.5% and Otsego County 4.9% in December.
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The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce will hold another “Reunite Bainbridge” Meeting today. Bainbridge Chamber President John Payne explains:

(John Payne 1-27-16)

Payne said that the meeting would begin at 7:00 PM at the Bainbridge Town hall theater.
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The Windsor Central School District will hold a Drug Awareness Night tonight at the Middle and High School. More information is available at 655-8250.

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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 1-26-16

New York State of Health is encouraging uninsured New Yorkers to enroll in a plan by January 31st. More than 2.7 million people are enrolled in health insurance through NY State of Health, including 1.9 million enrolled in Medicaid, and 827,000 enrolled in non-Medicaid coverage. Consumers who do not enroll in a QHP by January 31 will be unable to enroll in a QHP for the remainder of 2016 unless they have a qualifying “life event” such as marriage, losing employer coverage or, under a new law that takes effect this year, they become pregnant. Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan, which is new in 2016 for lower income New Yorkers, is open all year.
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Former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout has announced her candidacy in the 19 congressional district. Teachout recently moved to Duchess County & is seeking to replace Republican Chris Gibson, who announced he would not seek another term in Congress. Republicans Andrew Heaney & John Faso have also announced their intentions to seek the congressional seat; assemblyman Pete Lopez recently withdrew from the race due to family health issues & will seek re-election in the state assembly.
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State Police arrested 30-year-old Anthony Torres of Oneonta for 3rd degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. Troopers responded to a 911 report of a dispute at a home on County Highway 11 in the Town of Laurens. An investigation determined that during a physical argument with his girlfriend Torres pushed her down and choked her. Torres was arraigned at the Town of Laurens court and was released without bail required. His next court date is pending.
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The City of Oneonta has announced that a public informational meeting will be held to discuss the proposed construction of the Neahwa park entrance improvement project. The meeting will be held on February 2nd in the city hall common council chambers on the 2nd floor of city hall. More information is available at 432-6465.
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The town of Sidney zoning board of appeals will hold a meeting at the Sidney civic center today a 5 :00 PM. the meeting is open to the public.
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The CASH Coalition of Otsego and Delaware Counties has announced that residents who meet income eligibility requirements will be able to prepare and file their state and federal income taxes for free. MyFreeTaxes is a service available to individuals and families who made under $62,000 in the 2015 tax year. The program is available for use on any home computer or public computers that are available for use beginning January 31st at CDO Workforce Offices in Oneonta, Delhi & Sidney, The Sidney Federal Credit Union Delhi Branch on Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, & at the Huntington Memorial Library at 62 Chestnut Street in Oneonta. Appointments are required at 432-0061.
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Lawyers for former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam filed a motion in federal court requesting to have their convictions tossed out and a new trial granted. Both were convicted of bribery, extortion and conspiracy charges back on December 11th, Dean Skelos was found to have used his political influence to arrange payments and jobs for his son. They are scheduled to be sentenced on March 3rd.

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The Assembly Republican Conference released a report on heroin abuse, called the Heroin Elimination & Prevention Plan, following 7 forums across the state. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch comments:

(Crouch 1-26-16)

Assemblyman Pete Lopez Comments:

(Lopez 1-26-15)

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin deaths have quadrupled in the decade between 2002 and 2013, and according to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, New York accounts for about 20% of federal drug seizures every year.
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The GO-EDC committee of Oneonta will hold their next meeting today, at 4:00 PM in the conference room of the Hampton Inn off of River Street. The meeting will include a review of their mission statement & the guest speaker will be Sean Jordan, the Executive Director of MVEDD.
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At 12:00 PM, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will outline Governor Cuomo’s 2016 State of the State Agenda During Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Binghamton University, Old Union Hall at 400 Vestal Parkway East in Vestal.
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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 1-25-16

A Rally was held Saturday at the River Club in Afton with about 300 + Constitution Pipeline supporters. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch attended:

(Crouch 1-25-16)

The Constitution pipeline is expected to traverse the southern tier along the I-88 Corridor from Pennsylvania into the New England markets, with local availability to Am phenol in Sidney among others, along the route.
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State Police arrested 35 year old Andrew Adams of Oneonta for 2nd degree Assault, 4 counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated with children under the age of 16, 4 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, Driving while ability impaired by drugs, plus harassment & several other traffic violations. This arrest occurred after an Otsego County 911 report of an erratic driver on Interstate 88 westbound who crashed into a guide rail near mile marker 33 in the Town of Sidney. Adams had his four children ages 8-12 in his car with him, with No injuries were reported. Adams also became disorderly and punched at troopers during processing. Adams was arraigned at the Town of Sidney court and was remanded to the Delaware County jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 property bond. His next court date in the Town of Sidney is on February 26th.
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The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32 year old Jeremy Morris of Oneonta & 24 year old Amanda Tolbert of Oneonta on a variety of charges in Cooperstown on January 13th. Morris was driving without a license, when he was stopped deputies found hypodermic needles, drug packaging materials, two firearms & ammunition, he was also accused of selling heroin in Oneonta. Morris was charged with Possession of a hypodermic instrument, Criminal possession of a weapon, Criminal contempt, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, & Criminal sale of a controlled substance, he was returned to the Otsego County Jail on $50,000 cash bail and $100,000 bond. Tolbert was charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument & she was wanted on an active Family Court arrest warrant. Tolbert was arraigned in the Town of Otsego Court and taken to the Otsego County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.
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The Windsor district will hold a Drug Awareness Night this Wednesday, January 27th at the Middle and High School. To reserve your seat and to choose your small group sessions for the Windsor event, call 655-8250. The Deposit district will do hold a Drug Awareness Night on Thursday, February 4th. To reserve your seat and to choose your small group sessions for the Deposit event, call 467-8509
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The American Cancer Society Relay for Life announces an information team captain meeting will be held on February 1st at the United Methodist church in Sidney. The meeting will begin at 5:30 PM. This year’s Tri-Town Relay for Life will be held on May 14th at the General Clinton Park in Bainbridge, more information is available at 563-9634.
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36 year old Rafael Figueroa, of Saugerties was convicted Friday of felony drug trafficking following a trial in Delaware County Court. The jury deliberated for about 30 minutes before reaching its verdict, Figueroa was found guilty of 3 felony charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for trafficking of cocaine into Town of Middletown. Figueroa was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility without bail pending sentencing.
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Otsego County Sheriff’s Department along with other law enforcement agencies arrested 45 year old Harry Edmond of Oneonta on a variety of drug charges. Edmond is accused of selling marijuana and crack cocaine; He attempted to flee when officers executed a search warrant. Officers seized 9 1/2 pounds of processed marijuana, a small quantity of crack cocaine, an electronic digital scale, a stun gun and $16,852 in cash. Edmond was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana, criminally using drug paraphernalia & criminal possession of a weapon.
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State Police investigated the report of a forcible rape in the Town of Union. 31 year old Joseph Mancini of Endwell was arrested for 1st degree Rape & Criminal Sex Act; Mancini was arraigned in the Town of Union Court and remanded to the Broome County jail without bail.
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The Unadilla Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 4-Chamber mixer on Monday, January 25th at the Unadilla House Restaurant, Main Street Unadilla. Social/appetizers at 6 pm. Brief reports from the chambers will be given.
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The town of Guilford is currently seeking candidates to fill openings on their planning board, board of assessment review, & the Mount Upton Park committee. Those interested should call the Guilford Town Clerk’s office at 895-9966; the deadline of applications is February 3rd.

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