WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 1-8-16

The Broome County Sheriff’s responded to 4 Light Road in the Town of Colesville on January 1st, for a reported fight. The suspects were eventually determined to be father and son Robert Woodward the 3rd & Robert Woodward the 4th, both arrested and charged with assault, they will appear in the Town of Colesville Court on a later date to answer to the charges.
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Assemblyman Cliff Crouch announced that people with developmental disabilities would now be able to open tax-exempt savings accounts because of a bill that he supported and was signed into law by the governor at the end of December 2015. Crouch said that these accounts would help pay for education, health care, housing, transportation and other needs that they may have. Crouch said that family members and friends of the owner of the account would be able to contribute to it.
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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer visited Oneonta earlier this week; Schumer gave an update about the potential to greatly improve Rural Broadband access shortly across the upstate counties:

(Schumer 1-8-16)

More details are expected to be released during the Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address next week.
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Sidney Center Improvement Group announced that they will be releasing a booklet shortly about the Carr’s creek watershed & their efforts for a more sanitary & fiscally responsible way to deal with wastewater. Group Spokesman Mike Sellitti comments:

(Sellitti 1-8-16)

Sellitti said that they have received Grants from the Chose Clean Water Coalition, & they will also be continuing with their annual clean up days to remove debris and other obstacles from the Carr’s Creek Watershed
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3 people were left homeless from a Wednesday morning trailer fire in the town of Laurens. Firefighters from Laurens, West Oneonta, Mount Vision & West Laurens responded to the fire at the Valley Stream Mobile Home, The fire was knocked down within 20 minutes, no injuries were reported.

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The Sidney Boys & Girls Club will be expanding the age group of children who can participate in the club Monday. Boys & Girls Club Board President Nick Mayo comments:

(Nick Mayo 1-8-16)

Mayo said that the board is searching for a new full time director for the club, which they hope to hire shortly.
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The Oneonta Department of Public Service will complete their curbside pick up of Christmas Trees next week. City residents are asked to place their trees at curbside no later than Monday Morning; more information is available at 432-2100.
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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 1-7-16

The State Legislature opened up the 2016 session in Albany Wednesday. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie outlined the Assembly Agenda for the year:

(Heastie 1-7-16)

Governor Cuomo will deliver his State of the State address to the Legislature on January 13th.
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Magic City Music Hall today announced their 2016 line up of events, with 11 concerts bundled up in a “MEGA TICKET” format. Magic City Owner Stu Green explains:

(Stu Green 1-7-16)

Green said that upcoming concerts will be by Justin Moore, The Outlaws, The Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, and The Charlie Daniels Band, also there will be a Super Bowl Bash on Sunday, February 7th, featuring NFL Legends, Lem Barney, Roman Gabriel, Tom Matte and Ray Perkins.
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The Chenango United Way has announced that the organization has met and surpassed its fall 2015 campaign goal. As of January 4th, they had raised $410,670, which is 102% of the $402,000 goal.
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the Guilford School Cafeteria at 6:30 PM. The Board of Education will also hold an additional special meeting on January 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the District Conference Room to meet with Alan Pole, Education Consultant, regarding the Superintendent Search.

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The State Legislature reconvened at the State Capitol in Albany this afternoon for the first day of the 2016 Legislative Session. Local Assemblyman Cliff Crouch comments:

(Crouch 1-7-16)

Assemblyman Pete Lopez also commented:

(Lopez 1-7-16)

Governor Cuomo will deliver his State of the State address on Wednesday January 13th in Albany.
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Former State Court Of Appeals Chief Judge Judith Kaye has died at age 77. Judge Kaye was also the first woman to serve on the Court of Appeals, & the first woman to serve as chief judge; she served in that post for 15 years before being compelled to retire after turning 70 in 2008;
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The Sidney Rotary Club & the Sidney High School will host a Heroin & Substance Abuse night on February 10th. Sidney Rotary Club Spokesperson Lorraine Keckeisen told WCDO News why this is planned & who is on the panel:

(Lorraine Keckeisen 1-7-16)

Panel discussions about prevention, intervention & recovery are scheduled. Registration is requested at 561-7712.
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State Police arrested 30-year-old John Markham of Chenango Forks for 3 counts of criminal contempt, aggravated harassment and trespassing, following 3 reports harassing an individual over period of a week. Markham allegedly violated an order of protection & left a threatening voice mail, he was arraigned in the Town of Fenton court and was remanded to the Broome County jail with no bail set, he faces court action on January 12th.
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State Police arrested 24-year-old Christian Passela of Greene, for criminal contempt and harassment. This arrest occurred after troopers were advised of an incident on December 30th where Passela allegedly followed the victim to work and drove erratically near them, which violated an order of protection. Passela will return to the Town of Greene court on January 26.

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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 1-6-16

The state’s medical marijuana program will launch as scheduled tomorrow, but with only 8 of the 20 approved dispensaries, according to the state Department of Health. Some of the companies that have received the five licenses from the state to grow, manufacture and dispense have run into permitting issues with the dispensaries, which are located in Onondaga, Erie, Albany, Ulster and Westchester Counties, and in Manhattan. Additional dispensaries will be opened shortly. Medical marijuana will be available to patients with chronic diseases including cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis as well as severe forms of epilepsy.
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State Police arrested 47 year old Frank Alfisi of Stamford, for aggravated driving while intoxicated with a B.A.C. result of .20% and the felony of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. This arrest occurred after troopers observed an unoccupied vehicle with minor damage left in the road way on Main Street in Stamford, troopers determined Alfisi had been driving with a suspended license when he drove into a small street sign and then left the vehicle. He was arrested at the vehicle owner’s home in Stamford, he was arraigned and was released after his $1,500 cash bail was posted. His next court date is pending.
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Assemblyman Pete Lopez & other Assembly colleagues announced efforts for the new “Spirit of ’76” bill, to allow for a piece of legislation that has garnered the sponsorship of 76 members of the Assembly and 32 members in the Senate to bypass the applicable committee and move to the Floor for a debate and up or down vote. the Bill was forwarded in response to the power wielded by former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was known to hold votes from coming to the floor in spite of large sponsorships.
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The Broome County Sheriff’s Office arrested 35 year old Jeremy Sickles of Whitney Point for Grand Larceny. Sickles is accused of taken a 2001 Pontiac from an ex-girlfriend’s residence in the town of Triangle last month, the owner of the vehicle received notification from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office that her car had been impounded and that Sickles had been arrested on separate charges. Sickles was arraigned & was remanded to the Broome County Jail pending future court action.
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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 1-5-16

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer visited with Oneonta & Otsego county leaders today, vowing to work with them to get the region designated as a “Foreign Trade Zone”:

(Schumer 1-5-16)

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig said that Senator Schumer’s is receptive to their idea to get the Oneonta Railyards redevelopment moving in the right direction:

(Herzig 1-5-16)

Plans call for the Otsego County IDA to apply for the proper grants in order to get the Foreign Trade Zone designation, other proposed plans would also help the town of Richfield with their development plans in addition to the Oneonta proposed projects.
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Governor Cuomo said that he would unveil a new state infrastructure strategy during the State of the State address:

(Cuomo 1-5-16)

The details of the plan will be released during the state of the state address on Wednesday January 13th in Albany.
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U.S Senator Charles Schumer will visit Otsego County today. Schumer is scheduled to meet with Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig as well as other county leaders to discuss economic development issues. More details are expected to be released this afternoon.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators today arrested 28 year old level three sex offender Brandon Reynolds of Walton, for failure to register his internet, e-mail and social media accounts. sex offenders in New York are required to register any and all internet accounts, social media accounts, screen names and e-mail accounts with the Sex Offender Registry. Failure to do so is a Felony. Reynolds is accused of maintaining an e-mail account which he failed to register. Reynolds had been incarcerated at the Delaware County Correctional Facility on a Parole Violation, he will be arraigned on the new charge in the Town of Delhi Court at a later time.
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State Police arrested 20 year old Sierra Hendrickson of the town of Maryland for criminal mischief & aggravated harassment. Hendrickson is accused of harassing an employee of Monroe Mufflers in Oneonta at his place of employment & his home uninvited. Her conduct intensified when she allegedly caused $4,000 worth of damage to the vicitms parked car, she was arraigned in the Town of Oneonta court and was remanded to the Otsego County jail in lieu of a $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 property bond. An order of protection was issued against her. Hendrickson’s next court date in the Town of Oneonta is on January 7, 2016.
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The Sidney High School will host a Heroin & Substance Abuse night on February 10th. Panel discussions about the problem will be held regarding prevention, intervention & recovery. More information is available at 561-7712.
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Officials at the Broome County DMV offices announced the opening of a Mobile DMV service at the Eastern Broome Senior Center in Harpursville. The unit will provide basic DMV services including processing licenses and registration. The Harpursville Mobile DMV will be open Mondays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Plans also call for another Mobile DMV unit in Windsor on Thursday’s from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. More information is available at gobroomecounty.com/dmv.
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The 2016 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Day at the Capitol will take place on Tuesday, February 9 in Albany, New York. This is an important day for those living with cancer and their family members and friends to come to the Capitol to tell their personal stories to their State Legislators. Our leaders must hear these stories so they can take appropriate action on cancer related issues and programs. Register now at www.acscan.org/nydac.

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State Troopers arrested 33 year old Eric Derrig of Waverly for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with heroin, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, & numerous Vehicle & Traffic charges following traffic stop on Route 17 in Owego. Derrig was found to be in possession of 643 bags of heroin, $354 in cash and a hypodermic needle. Derrig was arraigned & remanded to the Tioga County Jail without bail.
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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual State of the State Breakfast this morning. The event will begin at 8:00 AM at The Otesaga Resort Hotel of Cooperstown.
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The Oneonta common council will hold their next meeting tonight; the meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at the Council Chamber on the 2nd floor of city hall.
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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 1-4-16

Governor Cuomo today issued an Executive Order to protect homeless individuals from inclement winter weather where temperatures decline to 32 degrees or below. The order will ensure that homeless individuals are directed to shelter during inclement winter weather which can cause hypothermia, serious injury and death. It also requires homeless shelters to extend their hours of operations so that those without shelter can remain indoorsý. The State will assist local social services districts if they are lacking facilities, resources or expertise.
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Broome County Sheriffs arrested 31 year old Courtni Rozelle of Dickinson on a variety of drug charges, after pulling her over for driving a vehicle with a cracked windshield & driving without wearing a safety belt. Police accuse Rozelle of giving a false name, as she was wanted a warrant for her arrest & she was driving with a suspended license. Rozelle was charged with 3 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, plus Criminal Impersonation, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. She is being held at the Broome County Jail on $1,000 bail.
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A new law is in effect in New York State that will update the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights to add a provision that allows women to take reasonable, unpaid breaks at work in order to pump breast milk for up to three years following childbirth. Including this provision in the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights, which is publicly posted in maternal healthcare facilities, nurseries, maternity floors, and post-delivery rooms, would ensure that women are aware of this right and would prevent employers from discriminating against them based on their decision to express breast milk at work
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Colleen Ayres of River Street in Sidney is one of the first homeowners in the area to get her house elevated, a process that started on December 9th. Ayres told WCDO News about the process:

(Colleen Ayres 1-4-16)

Ayres said that she had to get Blueprints made up as her home is in the Sidney Historical Section of town, various landscaping and other projects will need to be performed to maintain the historical appearance once the elevation process is complete.
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State Police arrested 19-year-old Kobe Hanns of Conklin for felony-aggravated cruelty to animals, after troopers responded to a report of a dog being shot in the Town of Conklin. Hanns is accused of being in a dispute with his sister; he shot & killed her dog outside the residence. Hanns was arraigned in the Town of Conklin court and was remanded to the Broome County jail with no bail set at this time. His next court date is pending.
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State Police arrested 24-year-old Trevon Clement of Newark for unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and numerous other traffic violations, after a pursuit. This arrest occurred after a troopers first observed Clement speeding at almost 100 miles an hour, he continued try to flee Police at speeds up to 127 miles per hour on State Route 17, where he crashed into guide and stopped. Clement was arraigned at the Town of Chenango court and then remanded to the Broome County jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond, his next court date is pending.
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The Raymond Corporation of Greene has donated a forklift to the Conservation and Equipment technology program at DCMO BOCES. Students will have an opportunity to work with state of the art technology with a leading brand and the equipment enables instruction for 3 different classifications of forklift certification. The donation is valued at $5,250 dollars.
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The Broadway Theatre League, Broadway in Binghamton is delighted to announce that the national tour of “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT”, at the Forum Theatre in downtown Binghamton on Sunday, February 14th for 2 performances. Tickets are on sale now at the Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster. To charge by phone call 800-745-3000 or order on-line at ticketmaster.com. For more information call 607-778-6626 or visit our website BroadwayInBinghamton.com.
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The city of Oneonta Parks & Recreation committee will hold their next meeting this evening. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM in the Common Council Chambers at City Hall.
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A new state law that went into effect in the New Year will provide expanded access to health care by providing for the delivery of services via telehealth under Medicaid coverage and private insurance parity. 2 other new laws include dentists and physical and occupational therapists within the covered telehealth services under Medicaid. These practitioners would then be able to provide services from a distant location to benefit the patient where and when they need it most.
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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 12-31-15

State Police will crack down on impaired, distracted and speeding drivers during this New Year’s weekend. State Police will be focusing on speed enforcement, impaired driving, underage drinking, and distracted driving.
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Oneonta’s First Night 2016 kicks off at 6:00 pm tonight with a PARADE down Main Street Oneonta. Officials said that 7:00 pm; entertainment starts at venues such as the Foothills Performing Arts Center, the First United Methodist Church, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society and the Main Street Walkway & a FIREWORKS DISPLAY at 10:30 pm!
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Governor Cuomo announced that temporary lane closures associated with road and bridge construction projects on State highways will not be permitted now through Monday, at 6:00 AM. The lane closure restrictions have been put in place to accommodate motorists traveling for the holiday weekends.
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A variety of new laws go into effect tomorrow in New York State. The Business Income Tax rate will be lowered from 7.1 to 6.6 percent, saving businesses a total of $125 million. Also, New York State’s small business exemption increases to 5 percent for sole proprietors and farmers with at least one employee and a federal adjusted gross income that does not exceed $250,000. A new law that takes effect Saturday January 2nd that helps reduce the local property tax burden for veterans by authorizing an increase in limits to the real property tax exemption, Municipalities have the option of offering these exemptions to help veterans afford owning a home. The new limits take into account rising property values so that the savings offered with tax exemption, can continue to help eligible veterans.
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The Oneonta Family YMCA will host the 17th annual Frostbite 5K today. Race-day registration and number pick-up will be from. 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Oneonta YMCA. The race starts Market Street near the Sidney Federal Credit Union at 1:00 PM and ends at 1:45 PM, more information is available at 432-0010 or racewire.com.
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Medical marijuana dispensaries could open in New York State next week, but patients may still be waiting to get access after that time. When the Compassionate Care Act was signed into law, it set January 5th, 2016 as a target date for up to 20 dispensaries to open statewide. The Department of Health didn’t launch the patient registration system until last week, they also have not published a list of doctors trained to certify medical marijuana patients, making it difficult for patients to identify a qualified physician.
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31-year-old Daniel Mitchell of Sidney has been charged as the 4th person in connection with an alleged marijuana transaction that operated out of the Wal-Mart parking lot in Oneonta. Mitchell was arrested for allegedly leaving $250 in the unlocked pickup truck of Wal-Mart employee Jason Foster, who was arrested with his wife Alice for allegedly growing marijuana at their New Lisbon home, & selling marijuana it in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Mitchell was taken into custody by Sidney police and charged with conspiracy, he was sent to the Otsego County jail pending court action in town of Oneonta court January 21st. 28-year-old Joseph Lukeman of Mount Vision was also arrested in connection with the case for allegedly removing marijuana from the Foster home after the investigation by police was underway.
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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 12-30-15

Former New York Governor George Pataki told supporters on Tuesday that he is dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. The former governor never made it onto a main debate stage and has had trouble raising funds. Pataki flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 but did not enter the race..
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In memory of Trooper Christopher Skinner, The State Police are inviting the public to join them by giving blood at the 2nd annual Trooper Skinner Memorial American Red Cross blood drive today. Trooper Skinner was killed in the line of duty, while conducting a routine traffic stop on I-81 in the town of Chenango. The public can Donate Blood in Memory of Trooper Skinner from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM at the State Police Barracks at 84 Crescent Drive in Kirkwood today.
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Governor Cuomo announced that the minimum wage increase for State Workers would take effect beginning tomorrow. The increase will be implemented on the same phased-in schedule currently underway for fast food workers, all State workers will receive an hourly wage of at least $9.75 per hour for employees outside of New York City.
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Binghamton Police are looking for 2 suspects who robbed a woman Tuesday evening. One man was armed with a gun and the other with a baseball bat. The first suspect is described as a tall black male, wearing dark-colored clothing and a dark-colored bandanna covering his face, the 2nd suspect is described as a tall, light-skinned male in his 20s with a thin build, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored pants, and a bandanna covering his face. Anyone with information is asked to contact Binghamton detectives at 607-772-7080.
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Governor Cuomo announced that Taste New York has achieved the goal of tripling gross sales of participating vendors in 2015, to over 4.5 Million dollars. Additionally, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets partnered with Empire State Development to provide New Yorkers and visitors worldwide instant access to a list of all the Taste NY agri-tourism destinations through the I LOVE NY mobile app, bringing greater exposure to New York’s food and beverage businesses across the state. The Department also worked with Food Export USA and Empire State Development this year to ensure Taste NY products were included in the Governor Cuomo’s trade missions to Cuba and Puerto Rico.
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Chenango County Habitat for Humanity has been settling into their new office space located in the Klee House in Guilford. Officials remind residents that they can donate bottles and cans in the Habitat Bottle Shed at the Rte 12 Redemption Center in Norwich. Officials are also looking for more volunteers, interested parties can call 334-7492; more information is available at habitat.chenango.org.
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Governor Cuomo today announced $10 million in Public Safety Answering Points operations grants have been awarded to municipalities across New York State. The funding through State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will support 57 counties and the City of New York in improving 9-1-1 response and emergency dispatching. Locally, Broome County receives $209,000, Chenango County gets over $170,000, Delaware county received over $154,000 and Otsego County will get over $157,000.
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Syracuse Police have arrested 2 brothers from Binghamton for allegedly beating 2 men who were intervening on behalf of a homeless person being harassed Christmas Night. 18-year-old Nouman Khan and 20-year-old Hamza Khan, both of Binghamton, were charged with assault late Tuesday night after turning themselves in to police. Police reported that the victims intervened when a group of five men harassed a homeless man, 1 of the victims suffered a skull fracture. The Khan brothers were released on appearance tickets and ordered to appear in Syracuse City Court on January 20.

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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 12-29-15

Governor Cuomo today announced that an investigation by the Department of Public Service’s Consumer Advocate has resulted in 1,566 utility consumers receiving $950,700 in energy bill refunds from Ambit Energy, following customer complaints filed against the company. The investigation was launched after the Department of Public Service raised concerns over Ambit’s customer disclosure statements and renewal notices, particularly for customers who were moved from a guaranteed-savings plan into a variable rate plan charging significantly more. Ambit has made major adjustments to customers’ bills in an effort to both resolve concerns raised by the Department and satisfy customers who were charged more after being moved out of the guaranteed-savings plan.
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The Broome County Sheriff’s Office have charged a man with DWI, following an accident involving 3 tractor trailers Monday morning. The accident occurred on Colesville Road in Kirkwood, where a tractor trailer driven by 54 year old Daniel Masonic of Binghamton, crossed over the double yellow lines and struck two other tractor trailers who were headed the opposite direction. Masonic’s truck then went off the road, up an embankment, and struck a group of trees. Masonic’s BAC was .18%. He was issued tickets to appear at a later date in the Town of Kirkwood court.
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The Binghamton Mets have formally announced a new owner; Buffalo area businessman John Hughes & his group are the new owners of the team.

(John Hughes 12-29-15)

Hughes is the head of Evans Street Baseball, Incorporated, they will honor the player development contract with New York Mets through 2020, and the NYSEG stadium lease through 2022. General Manager Jim Weed and staff have been retained.
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The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to donate blood today. Appointments can be made with the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS. A Blood drive will be held in West Oneonta today from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at the West Oneonta Fire Department.
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The murder trial of 57-year-old John Guzy is scheduled to begin in late March in Chenango County Court. Guzy is accused of fatally shooting 26 year old Derek Prindle of Afton, and shooting in injuring Prindle’s father, 60 year old Derek Prindle, in a case of alleged road rage on October 27th 2014, on state route 7 in Bainbridge. Guzy turned himself in to state police at the Troop C headquarters after the shooting; he remains held at the Chenango county jail pending the upcoming trial.
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Empire State Development Announced that Amphenol Corporation in Sidney will receive $750,000 for propane to their Sidney factory while they wait for a natural gas pipeline to be built through the southern tier. The ESD Board approved of the Monday to divert up to $750,000 in an existing incentive package that allowed Amphenol to stay in Sidney after the 2 serious floods in 2006 & 2011. Amphenol operates a new closer to the I-88 Corridor, where they will be able to acquire natural gas service from the planned Constitution Pipeline.
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Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law that will help prevent future home fire deaths in New York State. The bill provides that batteries in battery operated single station smoke detecting alarm devices shall be non-replaceable, non-removable and capable of powering the devices for a minimum of ten years. The bill was proposed as Firefighters frequently encounter homes without smoke alarms or working smoke alarms, where residents fail to replace old batteries. The law goes into effect in 2017.
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State Troopers arrested 34 year old Nathaniel Dendler of Windsor for DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Inadequate Exhaust and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Dendler’s passenger, 19 year old Caleb Harris of Windsor was found to be in possession of heroin and suboxone and was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Both arraigned in the Town of Windsor Court, Dendler was remanded to the Broome County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail. Harris was released on his own recognizance.
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Binghamton Police arrested 41 year old Harry Johnson for 3rd degree Grand Larceny & Falsely Reporting an incident. Johnson is accused of reporting an armed robbery at Joseph Guardi Auto Sales in Binghamton, as he opened up the business Saturday morning. Detectives determined that a robbery did not happen, Johnson was arraigned and is being held in Broome County Jail.
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