WCDO News Thursday 8-13-15

AFTER A 5 YEAR INVESTIGATION, TWO BINGHAMTON MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED, INCLUDING ONE FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER. STATE POLICE ARRESTED 25 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY ELLIS AND 26 YEAR OLD DUSTIN BUCKLEY. BOTH ARE CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH A HOME INVASION BURGLARY THAT OCCURRED IN SEPTEMBER OF 2010 IN THE TOWN OF BARKER, NEAR BUFFALO. TROOPERS SAY A 50 YEAR OLD WOMAN WAS ASSAULTED AND SEVERLY INJURED, SUFFERING BLINDNESS IN ONE EYE AND PARTIAL HEARING LOSS. ELLIS IS CHARGED WITH 2ND DEGREE ATTEMPTED MURDER AND FIRST DEGREE BURGALARY. BUCKLEY IS FACING A FIRST DEGREE BURGALARY CHARGE. BOTH MEN ARE BEING HELD IN THE BROOME COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BAIL.

DELAWARE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE NEW YORK CITY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ARRESTED A BROOKLYN MAN TUESDAY. 31 YEAR OLD DONULD RUDD WAS ARRESTED BY MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK CITY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT UPON HIS RELEASE FROM RIKERS ISLAND CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. RUDD WAS THEN TURNED OVER TO DELAWARE COUNTY DEPUTIES IN KINGSTON, NY AND ARRESTED AGAIN ON A WARRANT ISSUED BY DELAWARE COUNTY COURT IN NOVEMBER OF 2014 AFTER HE FAILED TO APPEAR FOR HIS COURT HEARING. A FORMER BINGHAMTON RESIDENT, RUDD OWES MORE THAN 12 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION ASSOCIATED WITH 2010 CONVICTIONS FOR CRIMINAL MISCHIEF. RUDD IS BEING HELD IN THE DELAWARE COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY WITHOUT BAIL.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she doesn’t want to run for president or governor here in New York. Gillibrand has built a national profile in recent years, working on top-tier issues such as combating sexual assault in the military and allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve openly. Gillibrand would be a formidable Democrat should she enter the race for governor which is open once again in 2018. A strong campaign fundraiser, she would likely face competition for the Democratic nomination from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman should Gov. Andrew Cuomo not run for a third term.

18 year old Dayne Feehan didn’t know much about being a professional before this year. Now, he and a fellow Windsor High School student have received recognition for their management decision-making skills. Feehan and 17 year old Matthew Colosi competed June 29-July 2 in the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Chicago. They placed in the top 15, roughly in the top 2 percent of competitive FBLA chapters, in the Management Decision Making Competition

A man who was caught driving drunk did not have a license, according to the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office. 41 year old Zacharias Fuller of Schenevus, was arrested after a one-car accident on Race Street in the village of Schenevus. He was charged with DWI, as well as aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He also faces several other misdemeanors and traffic violations. Fuller will appear in the Town of Maryland Court at a later date

An estimated 40,000 people are expected to attend the Chenango County Fair in Norwich. The fair runs until Sunday. This year, more than ever, fair-goers will get a lesson in agriculture, which is one of the cornerstones of the county. Read more at chenangocountyfair.homestead.com

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS REMINDS ELIGIBLE BLOOD DONORS OF A BLOOD DRIVE TO BE HELD AT THE UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN WALTON TODAY, FROM 11:30 AM TO 5:30 PM. DONORS OF ALL BLOOD TYPES – ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH TYPES A, B, AND O NEGATIVE ARE NEEDED. VISIT RED CROSS BLOOD.ORG OR CALL 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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WCDO News Wednesday 8-12-15

Local leaders will hold a New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program in Sidney Today at 6:00PM at the Sidney High School Auditorium. The program provides citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters. Each family that attends will receive a NYS Disaster Preparedness Backpack containing numerous essential items. This event is open to those who pre-registered; more information is available at 721-8751.
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Free rabies clinics will be held today for dogs, cats & domesticated ferrets. In Franklin at the Franklin Fire Hall from 4 to 6pm and in Oneonta at Neahwa Park from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Previous vaccination certificate must be presented to receive a 3 year booster.
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The New York City DEP announced operations at the Cannonsville Reservoir have returned to normal. On Monday, the DEP stated it had resumed downstream releases under the Flexible Management Program on August 5th. It is no longer diverting drinking water from the reservoir and is relying on the Pepaction and Neversink reservoirs to balance storage. A preliminary investigation indicated that drilling in the reservoir had released ground water under natural pressure and caused an upward flow of water and sediment into the West Branch Delaware River.
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The Delaware County Fair will be held in Walton August 17th through the 22nd. Fair representative John Jackson told WCDO about their popular children’s day Wednesday August 19th:

(John Jackson Fairkids)

Last year near 80,000 thousand people attended the Delaware County Fair in Walton. The Chenango County Fair in Norwich is running today through Sunday. Tonight there will be live music with “American Pride” Statler Brothers tribute.
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A Harpursville Man was charged with drug possession after being pulled over Tuesday evening for driving with a loud muffler. Broome County Sheriff’s deputies said 25 year old David Saruaw had been acting nervous during the traffic stop on Upper Court Street in Kirkwood. He ultimately admitted having heroin in the car after being questioned. Deputies then seized 20 packets of heroin and Saruaw was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He will appear in Kirkwood Town Court at a later date
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Both the leader of the State Senate and Speaker of the Assembly have been charged with crimes, but even if they are convicted of federal corruption charges, both Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver will still be eligible to receive their state pensions. This past spring, both the Senate and the Assembly passed bills that would revoke pension for elected officials convicted of a felony but they could not agree on the wording at this time. The Assembly wanted only elected officials to lose their pensions but the Senate wanted all state employees who were convicted of a felony to lose their pensions.
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The results are in for the 2015 Common Core tests. The state Department of Education released the numbers for the math and English language arts tests that were given to students in grades three through eight. Scores for math went up slightly since 2013. The percentage of students who scored at the proficient level was 38 percent. That’s a 7 point increase over 2 years. While the scores do not count towards the students’ grades, they are factored into teacher evaluations.

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WCDO News Tuesday 8-11-15

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1 Lions Park Lane in Greene will hold a community preparedness event tonight in Greene. Spokesperson Elain Sherman explains:

(Elain Sherman 8-11-15)

Sherman said that they go into more detail on each issues, than the state does at their emergency preparedness events.
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THE CHENANGO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT ARRESTED A NEW BERLIN MAN SUNDAY FOR AGGRAVATED DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED. 46 YEAR OLD JEFFREY REYNOLDS WAS STOPPED FOR A MOVING VIOLATION IN THE VILLAGE OF NEW BERLIN AND WAS FOUND TO HAVE A BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT OF MORE THAN 3 TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT. HE WILL APPEAR IN TOWN OF NEW BERLIN COURT AT A LATER DATE.
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A TOWN OF SHERBURNE RESIDENT WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK FOR A VARIETY OF CHARGES AFTER HE BROKE DOWN A DOOR TO A RESIDENCE AND ATTACKED A FAMILY MEMBER. 39 YEAR OLD JOHN BUSH WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY, CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, CRIMINAL OBSTRUCTION OF BREATHING AND HARASSMENT DURING A DOMESTIC DISPUTE. HE WAS ARRAIGNED IN TOWN OF SHERBURNE COURT AND REMANDED TO THE CHENANGO COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY IN LIEU OF 25 HUNDRED DOLLARS BAIL. HE WILL APPEAR IN COURT AT A LATER DATE.
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THE NEW YORK STATE FAIR WILL UNVEIL A NEW MEMORIAL DEDICATED TO THE MILITARY WORKING WAR DOGS ON ARMED FORCES DAY. AN IRAQ WAR VETERAN WILL TELL THE STORY OF HOW HIS SERVICE DOG SAVED HIS LIFE. ARMED FORCES DAY WILL ALSO INCLUDE MILITARY BANDS AND MILITARY VEHICLE DISPLAYS. THE WAR DOG MEMORIAL WILL BE UNVEILED AT 11AM ON SEPTEMBER 3RD DURING THE STATE FAIR.
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New details on the Delaware County couple that were involved in a fatal crash on Sunday in Otego when the golf cart they were driving was struck by a freight train near County Route 48 in Otego. New York State Police are reporting that the golf cart hit the side of the locomotive around 2:54 PM on Sunday afternoon. State Police are still investigating the circumstances of the case – hoping to find out why the couple hit the side of the train. They are unsure at this time if perhaps the cart was unable to stop at the time of the accident. Troopers have reported that it does not initially appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor. Charles Turk, 57, of Bloomville was killed in the accident. His wife, 58 year old, Cynthia Turk had 2 broken femurs. She is in stable condition at this time and her injuries are not life threatening. The Turk’s dog was also killed in the accident. WCDO will have more updates as they become available.
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The Broome County Special Investigation unit arrested 19-year old Jeana Dimeo of Binghamton yesterday after she was found with over 100 grams of crack cocaine. Officials executed a search warrant on Monday on Frederick Street in Binghamton where they found approximately 119 grams of power cocaine and crack cocaine along with packaging material. Dimeo was charged with 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree – a felony. Also, 2 counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia – a misdemeanor.
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Those who would like to vote in their party’s primary election on September 10th, need to register in person to their county board of elections by this Friday August 14th, or by mail with a postmark no later than August 15th. Several Primaries will be held through the region on the 10th for a variety of positions, with the winners to be placed on the General Election Ballot in November.
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There will be 3 area Free Rabies clinics locally in the next 2 days. One will be held today from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Sidney Fire Station at 74 River Street, a 2nd one will be held at the Afton Town Garage from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, another will be tomorrow afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Franklin Fire Hall at 351 Main Street.
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The Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School District Board of Education Audit Committee will meet tonight at 6 PM at the high school. The regular board of education meeting will follow at 7 PM in Room D-104
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DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER THE NYSEG “LIVE-LINE” DEMONSTRATIONS AT THE CHENANGO COUNTY FAIR HAVE BEEN MOVED TO TONIGHT AT 8:30PM AND TOMORROW AT 10:30AM AND 1PM. THESE ELECTRICAL SAFETY DEMONSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN A FAVORITE OF FAIRGOERS FOR MANY YEARS.
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THE NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME IN COOPERSTOWN WILL HOST A BLOOD DRIVE FRIDAY, AUGUST 14TH IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE AMERICAN RED CROSS AND BASSETT HEALTHCARE. THE DRIVE WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 9AM TIL 3PM IN COOPER PARK ADAJACENT TO THE HALL OF FAME IN A RED CROSS BLOOD MOBILE. ALL BLOOD DONORS WILL RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION TO THE HALL OF FAME MUSEUM ON FRIDAY.

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WCDO News Monday 8-10-15

An accident in Otego on Sunday afternoon has left a Delaware County man dead and his wife severely injured. Otego Fire Department officials reported that the man and woman involved were apparently trying to drive a golf cart across the railroad tracks on a private agricultural crossing at the east end of the village and struck the Canadian Pacific train. The 2-engine train was pulling 31 freight cars. Oneonta State Police said that 57-year old Charles Turk of Bloomville was found dead under the overturned golf cart. His wife 58-year old Cynthia Turk was found lying nearby with 2 broken legs. Mrs. Turk was airlifted to Albany Medical Center. The investigation is continuing. She is listed in serious but stable condition at this time. The couple had been camping near the railroad tracks over the weekend. Medical personnel from Otego Fire and Rescue squads as well as Cooperstown Medical Transport, Otsego deputies and State Police all reported to the scene of the crash.
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Improvements to the state DEC’s sporting license-issuance and game harvest reporting system are in place in time for this year’s hunting season. The 2015-16 hunting and trapping licenses go on sale Today and are valid beginning September 1st, Licenses and permits can be purchased at dec.ny.gov/permits, through the online License center at licensecenter.ny.gov or by calling 1 (866) 933-2257
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The City of Oneonta will be painting the deck of the Pedestrian Bridge adjoining the 2nd level of the parking garage to the Main Street arcade walkway beginning this morning, The bridge will be closed today & Tuesday, during that time, Main street can be accessed from the Muller Park Stairs or by lower Chestnut Street. More information is available at 432-6465.
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The Oneonta department of public service announced that they would be replacing a portion of the water main & services & the entire pavement on 8th street starting today. Work is scheduled from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM weekdays; a completion date has not been determined. More information is available at 432-6465.
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Over 80 aviation enthusiasts came together at the Chenango Airport this past weekend to fly remote controlled planes. 300 R.C. planes took to the skies to help raise money for the Southern Tier veterans support group.
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The Otsego County Fair drew record crowds last week.
Organizers say over 31-thousand people attended the annual fair at the Otsego County Fair grounds in Morris. The Chenango County Fair in Norwich kicks off it’s 6-day fair tomorrow.
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New York State had more than 9 million total jobs in 2014, a state record, but the increase was largely in New York City and the statewide labor force continues to decline. Battling back from the recession in 2008 and 2009, New York has added 538,000 jobs since 2009 and last year had the strongest growth since 2000 with 143,000 jobs added. The other upstate regions including the Finger Lakes and the Hudson Valley added jobs at rates less than half the national average during the same stretch. Jobs increased 2.4 percent in the Hudson Valley, 2.1 percent in the Finger Lakes and 1.5 percent in Western New York over the 5-year span, but were down 2.2 percent in the Southern Tier.
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New York State is looking to be in good shape to meet President Obama’s mandated cut in carbon emissions from power plants. The state is on track to meet the mandate – which calls for a 32 percent nationwide cut – more than a decade before the Federal Clean Power Plan’s 2030 deadline. In June, the state committed to 3 major energy benchmarks for the next 15 years: reducing all greenhouse-gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels, decreasing energy consumption in buildings by 23 percent from 2012 levels and making sure half of the state’s energy is produced from renewable sources.
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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School district will be holding it’s annual mandatory parent-student meeting for JV and Varsity athletics in the Fall season. The meeting will be held at the high school auditorium tonight at 6 PM. All necessary paperwork for participation will be provided at the meeting. Fall sports offered at B-G are: Volleyball, Football, Soccer, Cheerleading and Golf.

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P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 8-7-15

73-year-old Wilbur Allen of Mount Vision was pronounced dead at Bassett Hospital, following a farm accident in Edmeston. Allen was working with another man loading a farm tractor on a vehicle Tuesday evening at around 6:00 PM, Allen fell underneath & was struck by the vehicles, he was transported to Bassett hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
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The Sidney Elks Lodge will host their annual Car Show behind the lodge on River Street in Sidney tomorrow. Car Show Organizer Mark Little comments:

(Mark Little 8-7-15)

Little said that there would be more classes & more trophies this year, including a Ralph Cuozzo Senior Memorial trophy in honor of the late local businessman and antique car collector.
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The Delaware county Fair talent show registration deadline is this weekend. Talent Show Coordinator Stacy Van Tyle explains

(Stacy Van Tyle 8-7-15)

The Talent Show will be held on Tuesday August 16th at the County Fairgrounds in Walton. More information is available at 287-9228.12:01 PM 8/7/2015
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The B-G central school district is seeking community members interested in serving on a Capital Project facility Committee, to meet on Monday August 17th at 5:30 PM in the District conference room. The following meeting will be held on august 31st at 6:30 in the district conference room, interested participants can call 967-6321.
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The Otsego County Planning Department has received a $660,800 grant from the New York State Division of Homes & Community Renewal to replace dilapidated owner-occupied mobile homes in the county with new, modern, energy-efficient manufactured homes. Eligibility requirements are: the Applicants’ annual household incomes may not exceed 80% of the county median, Applicants must own the existing mobile home: renters in trailer parks are not eligible. The property must be the owners’ permanent, year-round residence, Properties with outstanding liens or mortgages are not eligible, also Property and school taxes must be current. More details are available at otsegocounty.com or 286-7244.
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A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 8-7-15

Governor Cuomo announced the passage of emergency Health Department regulations combating the sale of synthetic marijuana in New York State. The regulations expand the existing list of banned substances to include new chemical compounds that drug producers have been making since 2012. Between June 7th and August 1st, New York experienced a tenfold increase from last year in emergency department visits and poison control center calls due to synthetic marijuana. The Department of Health continues to partner with State Police and other law enforcement agencies to crack down on the use of these synthetic drugs as they evolve. The regulations will take effect upon receipt and filing with the Department of State.
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Oneonta Police arrested 47-year-old John Nack on 3 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Nack is accused of possessing heroin, amphetamine pills with intent to sell on Wednesday, Nack was arraigned in Oneonta city court and was remanded to the Otsego county jail without bail pending future court action.

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WCDO NEWS THURSDAY 8-6-15

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Mark Pullyblank & William Clements were sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Binghamton for violating the Clean Water Act, both were sentenced to probation and fined a total of $12,000, they were working as project managers for Crane-Hogan Structural Systems, which was contracted to tear down the parking garage at the Binghamton Governmental Center in 2008 and 2009. The company discharged large quantities of concrete and concrete slurry into the Susquehanna River, the company was ordered to pay a fine of $500,000
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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Girlfriend, TV Food Network star Sandra Lee, has been hospitalized for complications from her recent double mastectomy. Lee was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night the 49-year-old Lee had the surgery in May after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis through a routine Mammogram. Cuomo left a Billy Joel concert at Nassau Coliseum early to be with Lee when he learned of her hospitalization.
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The City Of Oneonta Will be painting the deck of the Pedestrian Bridge Adjoining the 2nd level of the parking garage to the Main Street arcade walkway beginning Monday morning, The bridge will be closed all day Monday & Tuesday, during that time, main street can be accessed from the Muller Park Stairs of by lower Chestnut Street. More information is available at 432-6465.
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Chenango County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 2 men Wednesday following a trespass complaint in the Town of North Norwich. Deputies arrested 19-year-old Daqon Holmes of Utica & Dashire Jackson of Utica following a 911 complaint from a male in North Norwich who claimed that the 2 would not leave his residence until he paid them $250 dollars. After arrival to the scene, detectives located the defendants, Holmes fled on foot, he was located and taken into custody without further incident, Holmes and Jackson were charged with criminal trespass, they were arraigned in the Town of North Norwich Court, they were remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1000 cash bail.
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The State DEC adopted new regulations to address varying deer populations in portions of the state. DEC Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced that several modifications to the Deer Management Assistance Program were designed to ease the application process for landowners while providing greater flexibility for DEC to administer the program. The full list of changes to the rules can be found a dec.ny.gov.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that the new, redesigned NASCAR license plate series will be available to order at the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International, taking place this weekend. Representatives from the State DMV will be on hand at the race to provide customer service, including to help visitors order the custom plates, renew their registrations, assist with address changes, schedule road and vision tests, and complete web transactions. Details are available at dmv.ny.gov.

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The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting TODAY in the District Conference Room at 6:30 PM.

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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 8-5-15

Governor Cuomo announced the State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The Speed Week campaign runs today through next Tuesday August 11th. Speeding is listed as a contributing factor in nearly one third of all fatal crashes in New York State. In 2013, 352 people were killed and nearly 19,000 injured in speed related crashes statewide. During “Speed Week”, Troopers will also be watching for distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating New York’s Move Over law.
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New York State is on alert for a virus that’s killed millions of birds in the Pacific Northwest & Midwestern U.S. Experts believe it could land in the northeast, but steps are being taken to try to stop the new type of Avian Flu, which barely gives any warnings. The Risk foe Avian Influenza is increasing as all types of birds migrate through the region. Health departments are taking proactive steps before the first case has been reported.
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State police in Binghamton arrested 56-year-old Sally Adams of Binghamton for Aggravated DWI, with a BAC result of .31, almost 4 times the legal limit. Troopers responded to the report of an intoxicated drivers on Pierce Creek Road in the Town Of Conklin, Adams will appear in Conklin town court on august 11th.
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A State Ethics Board that was created to address Albany’s lingering corruption problem, squabbled over perceived Meddling by Governor Cuomo, with some members vowing to oppose any effort to hire a new executive director with any ties to Cuomo. Members of J-COPE have reportedly disagreed over the selection process to select a new executive director following the resignation of Letizia Tagliafierro. J-COPE is looking to appoint the 3rd executive director in the last 4 years, the agency oversees the enforcement of the state’s ethics rules & financial disclosure requirements, the executive directors is picked by a vote of the commissions 14 members, 6 of which are picked by the governor & the other 8 picked by legislative leaders.
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New York State will likely emerge as 1 of the states to reap big benefits from President Obama’s plan to fight climate change with new emission limits on Coal Fire Plants. New York should be able to comply easily, as the state currently generate only 3.5% of its electricity from coal, at the same time, the state’s economy will likely benefit from new jobs from the emerging renewable energy projects in both wind & solar power. New York’s energy plan is due by September of 2016; the public will have a change to comment on the plan before it is approved.
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Democrats picked Barbara Fiala & Republicans have picked Fred Akshar as their choice to run in the special election for the vacant seat in the state senates 52nd district. Denver Jones is seeking to get his name on the ballot, he ran as a Republican in 2014 against then incumbent Tom Libous, but lost, Jones is looking to get on the ballot under the “Taxpayers Party” Line. Rich Purtell was selected by the Libertarian Party to run for the seat.
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Oneonta police responded to the report of a broken window at a business at 224 Main Street, eyewitnesses claimed that 3 young males broke the window by kicking it. One of the 3 suffered lacerations; police followed a trail of blood to 300 Main Street where they discovered that 21 year old Evan Bowker required medical attention. Bowker was treated at Fox hospital & was released, he was charged with criminal mischief, he was held pending arraignment in Oneonta City Court.
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The B-G Central School District is seeking Community members interested in serving on a Capital Project Facility Committee. The next meeting will be held on August 31, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the District Conference Room. Interested community members should contact the District Office at 967-6321.
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The Sidney Community Band will hold their next Don Clayton Trails Side Concert tonight at 6:30, under the pavillion in Keith Clark Park in Sidney. D.J. Wooden is tonight’s featured performer, the concerts are held every Wednesday night through the summer months.
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The Oneonta Department of Public Service announced the closing of the James Georgeson Drive entrance to Neahwa Park until further notice, due to an apparent settling beneath the road surface. DPS & the City Engineering Department will be conducting exploratory investigations to determine the cause & extent of the problem, until the problem is rectified, the road will remain closed, and The Park can still be accessed at the Neahwa Place entrance near the Main & River Street Intersection. More information can be obtained at 432-6465.

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