WCDO NEWS MONDAY 8-3-15

State Police initiated a traffic stop on I-81, after a pursuit of a Kia Sorrento at Whitney Point, 5 suspects fled the vehicle on foot. The suspects were found to be in possession of multiple stolen credit cards and identifications for numerous people throughout the United States, they were also wanted for questioning in Oneida County, for suspected bank fraud. State Police arrested 18-year-old Denzel Sanon, 28-year-old Brandon Williams& 24-year-old Brandon Smith of Florida, for 7 counts each of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property; they were arraigned in the Town of Fenton Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail pending a bail hearing. State Police are still looking for the remaining 2 suspects who had fled the vehicle; they were seen outside a business in the Whitney Point, Anyone with any information is asked to contact the State Police at 775-1241.

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Governor Cuomo on Friday announced the 5 applicants that will be awarded 2-year licenses to manufacture and distribute medical marijuana in New York State. Bloomfield Industries, Columbia Care NY, Empire State Health Solutions, Etain and PharmaCann scored highest. Empire State Health Solutions will grow in Fulton County and dispense locally in Johnson City in Broome County.
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On Saturday night, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 55-year-old Penny Corns of Cooperstown for driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while intoxicated, criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, operating with insufficient tail lamps, and moving from lane unsafely. The arrest followed a traffic stop on State Route 8 in the Town of Deposit. Corns was released on appearance tickets returnable to Deposit Town Court at a later date.
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State Police & the Sidney Emergency squad responded to a 2-vehicle accident on state route 7 & Main Street at around 12:10 this afternoon. A full size SUV & a full size van collided; both vehicles were towed from the scene. The Investigation by State Police is continuing, WCDO News will have more details as they become available.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that policies implemented following the Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summits have saved New York distillers over $424,000 in fees over the past three years. These savings have been reinvested back into these small manufacturing businesses and encouraged new entrepreneurs to enter the market. In the last year alone, the number of farm distilleries has increased by more than 25 percent from 62 to 78. In 2011, New York had had only 10 such distilleries.
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On Friday, Delaware County Deputies arrested 60 year old John Morton of Franklin for Aggravated unlicensed operation & Resisting Arrest in the Village of Walton. Morton is accused of passing through a safety checkpoint and refused to stop when as deputies instructed him, they discovered that Morton had his license suspended. Morton refused to comply with officers and and resisted arrest, he was arraigned in the Town of Hamden Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $1,500 cash bail.
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The next regular meeting of the Oneonta Parks & Recreation Committee will be held today. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at the common council chamber on he 2nd floor of Oneonta City Hall.
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the Broadway Theater League & Broadway In Binghamton will hold their annual “Test Drive Your Seat” event at the Forum Theater in Binghamton Wednesday. Tina Niles of NAC Entertainment explains:

(Tina Niles 8-3-15)

This years shows include 42nd Street, The Producers, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Annie & Riverdance, tickets are available at 772-1391, and more information is available at broadwayinbinghamton.com.
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The B-G Athletic Committee will be meeting at 5:30 PM followed by the B-G Facility Committee at 6:30 PM. Both meetings will be held in the District Conference Room.
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WCDO NEWS FRIDAY 7-31-15

Binghamton Police arrested 36-year-old Dushon Goldwire of Binghamton, he has been charged with attempted murder, following a report of shots being fired Thursday morning. Binghamton Police responded to 25 Pearne Street, where 6 rounds were fired, Goldwire will be arraigned in City Court, the investigation is continuing, and police are asking anyone with information to call 772-7080.
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Binghamton Fire Investigators have determined that it was a cigarette that caused the fire on the roof of the East Middle School in Binghamton on July 23rd. 8 workers were trapped but not injured by the fire, several classrooms below sustained damage. The Binghamton Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire in about an hour, as well as remove the roofers who had no other way down. No injuries were reported.
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A trial date of November 16th has been set for former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos & his son Adam, in a Manhattan federal courtroom. Skelos is accused of using his political influence to get his son a no-show job with a malpractice insurance company; he was previously accused of threatening an environmental technology company if his son was not hired as a consultant. Dean Skelos stepped down as head of the State Senate after his initial arrest in May, his deputy Senate leader Tom Libous was convicted of lying to the FBI about using his political influence get his son a job with a White Plains law firm.
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45-year-old Robert Wheeler of Milford has been charged with 3rd & 4th degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing more than $4,000 worth of auto parts and accessories. Wheeler was charged following a complaint that he ordered 2 shipments of auto parts last year and refused to pay for them. Wheeler faces court action on August 4th.
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Improvements to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s sporting license-issuance and game harvest reporting system are in place in time for this year’s hunting season. The DEC also changed the Deer Management Assistance Program to streamline the program and expand opportunities for landowners needing deer management assistance. The 2015-16 hunting and trapping licenses go on sale on August 10 and are valid beginning September 1, 2015. 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 Oneonta department of public service announced that they would be reconstructing the sub base & pavement on Valleyview Street & 6th Street starting on Monday at 7:00 AM. Work will be performed between 7:00 AM & 6:00 PM on weekdays; the project is expected to be completed by September 1st. The department also announced that they will be replacing a portion of the water main & services & all of the pavement on 8th street starting on august 10th 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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The State DOT today announced that the right lane on I-81 northbound near the Exit 5 interchange at Front Street is closed to through-traffic until Monday morning at 11:00 AM, to accommodate the shuttle busses being used for the annual Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally. I-81 northbound through-traffic will be shifted to the left and center lanes near Exit 5, the right lane will be used as a dedicated shuttle bus acceleration lane to enter and exit the highway, Motorists are advised to use extreme caution during Spiedie Fest, & they should be aware of slow moving traffic, & high traffic volume.
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Delaware County Public Health and The Village of Sidney Police will be providing a Car Seat Safety Event at the Sidney McDonalds tomorrow from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. 73% of car seats are used or installed incorrectly; Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will be there to show how to correctly install and use a child’s safety or booster seat. There is no fee, for this service, participants should bring the vehicle owner’s manual and car seat manual to the event. More information is available at 832-5200.
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P.M. NEWS THURSDAY 7-30-15

The New York City DEP is continuing with the monitoring and repair efforts related a turbid discharge below the Cannonsville Dam. Late last week, construction crews and geotechnical engineers began repairs they drilled a series of relief wells to provide an alternate path for the groundwater that’s under pressure, and prevent that water from moving up through the original bore holes. These relief wells will also end the mobilization of fine sediments that are causing turbidity in the West Branch Delaware River. The relief wells will be cased, screened and filtered to ensure only clear water is pumped from them. On Wednesday, Engineers noted a reduction in the turbid flow from the rock embankment once the first well began pumping, a sign that it had successfully tapped into the pressurized groundwater. Updates are available to the public at the NYC Watershed facebook page.
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Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos & His son Adam have pleaded not guilty at arraignment today in Manhattan, to the latest charges against them in a federal corruption case. Skelos was arrested earlier this year and was forced to leave his leadership position, he still retains a seat in the State Senate, he is accused of using his political power to get his son a no show job at an insurance company.
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State Police arrested 33-Year-old Jacob Perez of Brooklyn for Criminal Trespass & Harassment, after troopers had responded to a trespass complaint on July 13th at a home on Meadow Crest, in the Town of Unadilla. The investigation determined that Perez had walked into the home of a known woman without permission and began arguing with her. After a brief struggle with a man, who told him to leave, Perez fled the house and then drove away. He was located and arrested with a warrant. Perez was arraigned at the Town of Unadilla Court and released.
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New State Assembly Democratic Speaker Carl Heastie is making the rounds upstate today. Heastie made an appearance in downtown Binghamton this afternoon with Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, his visit comes a day after new State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan appeared in Cooperstown, both parties are looking to win the 52nd State Senate district following the conviction of Republican Tom Libous, who held that seat since 1988.
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Broome County Executive Debbie Preston announced that she would not run for the 52nd state senate seat. Preston released a statement saying that she was flattered that her name was considered by area Republicans, but she has decided to stay in her current position.
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44-year-old Thomas Newman of Binghamton was found guilty on several drug charges in Broome County Court after a 3-day trial. Newman was convicted on several counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, & criminally using drug paraphernalia, Newman was arrested after police executed a search warrant at his home and seized Oxycodone pills, cocaine and a digital scale. Newman is being held in the Broome County Jail pending sentencing on October 2nd.
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A.M. NEWS THURSDAY 7-30-15

Chenango County Sheriff’s department arrested 23-year-old Nathan Thurlow of Earlville for 2nd degree Rape, Criminal Sexual Act and Endangering the Welfare of a child.   Thurlow was arrested following a complaint alleging that he engaged in Sexual conduct with a female under the age of 15. Thurlow was arraigned in the Town of Sherburne Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail.

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Chenango County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Maryland man for charges of unlicensed operation and Unlawful possession of marihuana. 44-year-old Robert Mancuso of Pasadena Maryland was arrested following a traffic stop in the Town of Norwich, Deputies found Mancuso to be operating the vehicle with a suspended New York License, & was found to be possession of marihuana. Mancuso was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court on the listed charges and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail.

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P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 7-29-15

State Police arrested 49-year-old Timothy Roche of Binghamton, for 1st degree Attempted Rape & Unlawful Imprisonment. Roche was arraigned in the Town of Binghamton Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail. More details are expected to be released shortly & the Investigation is continuing.
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State Police arrested 21-year-old Noel Smith of Binghamton, for endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person & Sexual Abuse. Troopers received a report of sexual abuse by an employee at the Broome Developmental Center in the Town of Dickinson; Smith is accused of sexually abusing an adult client. Smith was issued appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Dickinson Court on August 4th.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested a former Hancock area man Tuesday morning, for failure to comply with the State Sex Offender Registration Act. 32-year-old Walter Lewis was arrested for Failure to Report an Address, he is a Level 2 Sex Offender who was already being held in the Delaware County Jail on an unrelated Parole Violation charge, he is accused of failing to register an email account accessed through a smart phone. Lewis was arraigned & was remanded back to the Delaware County Jail on $500 cash bail pending a Felony Hearing Thursday.
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The Norwich Fire department responded to a working structure fire this afternoon, the fire was reported at around 1:45 at a house at Natoli Avenue & Steers Lane. Fire fighters from Norwich, north Norwich & Preston were called in, WCDO news will have more details as they become available.
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The State DOT today announced that the right lane on I-81 northbound near the Exit 5 interchange at Front Street will be closed to through-traffic beginning at 12 Noon on Friday through 11:00 AM Monday for the Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally. I-81 northbound through-traffic will be shifted to the left and center lanes near Exit 5, the right lane will be used as a dedicated acceleration lane for Exit 5 northbound on-ramp traffic for shuttle busses to enter and exit the highway at the Spiedie Fest. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution during Spiedie Fest, & they should be observant of slow moving traffic and sudden stops as high traffic volumes are anticipated.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that New Yorkers now have the opportunity to print a temporary license from the DMV website when they renew or replace their driver licenses, learner permits, or non-driver identification card online. This service will provide a quick, convenient way to get a temporary license, without making a trip to the DMV, allowing drivers and residents to be able to prove a new license is on the way. The printable documents are similar to, and are valid as, one from the DMV, but with the added convenience of printing from home. The temporary license, permit or non-driver identification card is valid for 60 days, moiré information is available at the DMV website or with a MyDMV account.
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A series of new towers with new equipment are going up around Delaware County, to improve the County’s Emergency Management communications. EMS Director Steve Hood explains:

(Steve Hood 7-29-15)

Hood said that they hope to have to new system up & running in 2 years, over 12 to 15 tower sites.
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A.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 7-29-15

Governor Cuomo invites Sidney area residents to participate in the State Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program on Wednesday August 12th at 6:00 PM at the Sidney High School Auditorium. Each family that attends will receive a Disaster Preparedness Backpack containing an AM/FM Radio, Flashlight, drop cloth, Light Stick, 2 D Batteries, First Aid Kit, Face Mask, Goggles, 6 packs of Drinking Water, Food Bars, Blanket, Duct Tape, Work Gloves, Water Bottle Registration is requested at prepare.ny.gov/training-events, Click on the Register box next to the Sidney event listed and fill out the short registration form, Then choose the Delaware County Sidney location from the drop down menu. More information is available at 721-8751.
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State Police at Sidney are investigating the theft of some gold jewelry and gold coins that were taken from a home in the Town of Sidney, sometime after July 6th. Among the items missing, a 1960’s era gold charm bracelet with 5 heart-shaped gold charms, with “Henry”, or “Jeanette” engraved, a Gold ring with a heart and diamond chip in the heart-shaped setting, a Gold necklace with a gold heart-shaped pendant & 2 gold bullion one-ounce coins. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 561-7400.
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There will be a Red Cross blood drive at Tri-Town Regional Hospital, Sidney today. Donation time will be between 1:00 to 6:00 PM; appointment can be made at RedCrossBlood.org, or by calling 1-800-RedCross. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
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WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 7-28-15

51-year-old Joyce Mitchell pleaded guilty to 2 charges in connection with helping inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escape the Clinton Correctional Facility in June. Mitchell was a tailor shop instructor who provided the inmates with tools hidden in frozen hamburger meat, she pleaded guilty today to promoting prison contraband and criminal facilitation. She could serve a sentence of 2 1/2 to 7 years in prison.
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Republican area Assemblyman Cliff Crouch announced that he would not run for the State Senate seat vacated by the federal conviction of Tom Libous for lying to the FBI. Crouch released a Statement where he stated that he wished to remain in his current Assembly seat; former Broome County Executive & former state DMV Commissioner Democrat Barbara Fiala announced that she would seek the seat
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State Police arrested 21-year-old Tyler Backus of Binghamton, for Criminal Possession of a Weapon, after Troopers responded to a Broome County 911 report of a dispute with a man holding a gun in Conklin. Troopers observed Backus driving away from the scene, he was stopped and arrested. Backus was arraigned in the Town of Chenango Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail with no bail set.
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The Delaware County Department of Economic Development announced the results of the 2015 grant funding provided through the County’s Agricultural Micro-enterprise Program, which will encourage the investment of $625,000 and the creation of 28 new jobs. Local business receiving funding include Muddy River Hops of Sidney, which seeks to establish a New York State licensed Farm Brewery & on-farm processing plant. Also, Vulto Creamery of Walton will need to purchase a small custom milk hauling truck to transport the milk to their creamery, and create 2 more jobs, & Unadilla Hops will be opening a hop processing facility at their Sidney hop farm for the purpose of pelletizing and packaging hops for their farm and other local farms.
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The Chenango Arts Council announced the acceptance of Request for Proposals from New York State artists for exhibition in the Mariea Brown and Raymond Loft Galleries, located in CAC facilities at 27 West Main Street, Norwich. The proposal deadline is January 6th, 2016, with a jurying process occurring mid-January for exhibition in the following year. There is no fee for submission, and CAC staff is available for technical assistance with the application process. Also, the Arts Council, the Norwich Business Improvement District and the Norwich Rotary Club, announced a “Call for Artists” for the Chenango Public Arts Initiative for this fall, Artists of all mediums are encouraged to submit applications by August 14 for a September 11th opening. More information is available at chenangoarts.org, or 336-ARTS.
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NBT Bancorp announced reported net income for the 2nd quarter of 19.3 Million dollars, up from 18.2 million in the 1st quarter, but down from 27.6 million in the 2nd quarter of last year.
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the Chenango County Health Department will hold a free rabies clinic for dogs cats & domesticated Ferrets tonight. the clinic will run form 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the town of Columbus garage, more information is available at 337-1673.

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P.M. NEWS MONDAY 7-27-15

During yesterday’s National baseball hall of Fame induction ceremonies, inductees John Smoltz & Randy Johnson wanted to include messages or importance into their induction acceptance speeches. Smoltz if the first member of the Hall of Fame that went through the “Tommy John” Surgery, that is now affecting about 40% of professional pitchers, affecting younger & younger pitchers, he warned parents of this growing amount of surgeries on y0oung arms:

(John Smoltz Message)

Randy Johnson acknowledged working with the USO & Wounded Warrior Project since retirement from baseball, and he had one special poignant message to deliver at the end of his speech:

(Randy Johnson Message)

Smoltz & Johnson were inducted along with Pedro Martinez and Craig Biggio into the Baseball Hall of Fame at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown yesterday.
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This Year’s Rock in the Park center at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge raised more than expected for the Chenango County SPCA. Rock In the Park Organizer Jason Hall comments:

(Jason Hall 7-27-15)

Hall said that they will likely raise money for the Chenango SPCA again next year; they have previously raised money for Toys for Tots.
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 53-year-old Sonia Ramirez of the Bronx & Ottawa Illinois following a traffic stop in the Town of Hancock early Saturday morning. A Deputy stopped the Ramirez vehicle for speeding, an odor of marihuana emanated from the vehicle. Ramirez was charged with Speeding, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Throwing Refuse on the Highway. Searches led to the seizure of ½ ounce of cocaine, a quantity of marihuana, & 499 glassine envelopes containing heroin. Ramirez was arraigned & was ordered held on $75,000 cash bail or $150,000 bail bond pending a felony hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Deputies estimate the seized cocaine; heroin and marihuana destined for the streets of the Village of Sidney had a street value in excess of $10,000.
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State Police arrested 38-year-old Jeremy Astalos of Afton for 3rd degree Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Criminal Mischief. Troopers responded to a Chenango County 911 report of a domestic dispute on Hillside Drive in Afton. Astalos is accused of punching his wife in the face and smashing her cell phone so she could not call for help, the alleged incidents occurred in front of a child. Astalos was arraigned in the Town of Afton Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 property bond pending court action today. An order of protection was placed against Astalos by the court.
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Governor Cuomo signed two pieces of legislation that strengthen the State’s support of people with disabilities. The Governor also signed a proclamation, marking the 25th anniversary of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act. One law codifies protections for people with disabilities who are refused access to places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, retail stores, recreation or entertainment venues and hospitals. The 2nd law directs the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to examine state laws and regulations pertaining to military family members and suggest any necessary improvements to better serve the families of people with developmental disabilities.
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The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance today announced that more than $7 million has been awarded to help provide legal assistance to people who have been denied federal disability benefits. Locally, the Delaware County Department of Social Services received $16,941
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The City of Oneonta held a public hearing this afternoon on a moratorium for accepting applications for permits for the issuance of site plan reviews or variances fro billboards. The facilities-technology-operations-community improvement committee also held their regular meeting today, and the zoning & housing board of appeals will hold their next meeting tonight at 7:00 PM at City Hall.
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