State Senate today passed the “Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act” to educate and support the individuals who provide healthcare to loved ones. The legislation was co-sponsored by Senator Jim Seward:

(Seward 4-22-15)

Companion legislation has also been introduced in the State Assembly.
Bainbridge area residents are invited to participate in the next “Reunite” Bainbridge meeting Monday, Bainbridge Chamber President John Payne explains:

(John Payne 4-22-15)

Payne said that there are a number of projects already being discussed from the previous “Reunite Bainbridge” Meeting, including assisting with their wildlife preserve, road signage and the possibility of a “Boys & Girls Club”.
The State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for March. The state’s private sector job count increased to 7,753,700, which is an all-time high, the state’s unemployment rate fell from to 5.7% in March, and the lowest level since August 2008. Locally, The Greater Binghamton area rate was at 6.3% in March down 7/10’s from March of last year.
The office of State Senator Tom Libous announced that the senator has had successful back surgery. During Senator Libous’ recovery from recent surgery to repair a detached screw in his spine, it was discovered that additional follow-up surgery was needed. That surgery took place on Monday, & Senator Libous is in contact with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, his Senate staff and voters in his district by phone and email. Libous will return to work in Albany when cleared by his doctor.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced that audits identified a total of $513 million in improper Medicaid payments and untapped revenue opportunities over a 4-year period. Auditors identified another $361 million in questionable transactions that will require further review and actions to prevent overpayments or recover costs. The state expects to transition the majority of Medicaid spending, services, and enrollees to managed care by 2016, but recent audits by DiNapoli’s office highlight the need for more effective oversight of managed care organizations
The Sidney Police Department arrested 19-year-old Michael Fairbairn of Sidney early Sunday morning for 3rd degree, Petty Larceny and Criminal Mischief; Fairbairn was arrested during a Burglary at the American Legion at 22 Union Street in the village of Sidney. Fairbairn was apprehended hiding near the scene with items taken during the burglary. Fairbairn was arraigned at Sidney Village Court and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash bail. Sidney Police was assisted by State Police and Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.
Inclement weather forced the postponement of tonight’s game between the Binghamton Mets and Erie SeaWolves at NYSEG Stadium. The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, August 25th. Ticket holders for tongiht’s game can redeem them for a ticket of equal or lesser value to any future 2015 regular season home game, excluding July 4th.

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The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an ATV accident Tuesday afternoon in Hamden. An 11 year old Hamden boy, was traveling south on Stoddard Hollow Road when he lost control of the vehicle while attempting to make a right hand turn off of the roadway, causing the ATV to overturn in a ditch, pinning the operator. The operator’s 9-year-old brother was a passenger on the ATV; he was not injured and ran to home to call 911. Both were children were wearing helmets at the time of the accident. The ATV operator was airlifted to Albany Medical Center by LifeNet helicopter with head injuries, deputies believe excessive speed was a factor.
The Chenango county health department announced a spring schedule for rabies clinics. The first clinic will be held on Wednesday April 22nd at the Guilford highway garage from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, a complete list is available at co.chenango.ny.us.

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The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office reported this afternoon that 19-year-old Harlie Christian of Morris has been found. Earlier today the Sheriff’s department reported that Christian left her parents residence in the Town of Morris Sunday, 19 at about 12:00 Noon, to return to Herkimer County Community College where she attends classes. The Sheriff’s Office reported at about 1:00 this afternoon that Christian was interviewed & is safe, and the case is now considered closed.
State Police also reported today that a Teenager missing since April 3rd has been found safe. 17-year-old Hanna Tatro of Massena has been located, Tatro was reported missing as a possible runaway, Police are not releasing specific details at this time, but they do consier the case to be closed..
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s educational campaign of “The Empty Chair.” The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee launched “The Empty Chair” educational campaign, which symbolizes the missing high school senior on graduation day. The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office will be putting out educational material this week in an effort to educate teen drivers and combat teen motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for people ages 16-24. More information is available at dmv.ny.gov/younger-driver.
The 2nd annual Youth for Christ 5K joker run will be held this weekend in Unadilla. Spokesperson Dorothy Davidson explains:

(Dorothy Davidson 4-21-15)

Registration is from 8:30 to 10:00 AM Saturday at the Unadilla Elementary School, the race begins at 10:30, and goes from the school to the Youth For Christ Center at 16 Watson Street in Unadilla.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will offer Greek yogurt as a meat alternative in school lunches nationwide this fall, after a successful 12-state test with Chobani and The Upstate Niagara Cooperative of Buffalo. The USDA decided to make Greek yogurt a permanent part of its national school lunch program after a 12 state pilot program concluded that the Greek Yogurt has ample nutritional value, and that there’s sufficient demand from school children. Chobani became the #1 seller of Greek Yogurt; they recorded more than $1 billion in annual sales and they employ more than 2,000 people.

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Governor Cuomo arrived in Havana, as part of the New York State Trade Mission to Cuba Monday. Cuban government leaders & business leaders greeted the Governor, who is traveling with New York Business leaders, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie & other members of the state legislature. In the afternoon, the Governor delivered remarks at the opening of a business roundtable meeting between New York and Cuban industry leaders representing a variety of sectors.
The Delaware County Public Health Services will hold a Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic today for dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets today. The Clinic will be held at 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Hancock Town Hall.

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P.M. NEWS MONDAY 4-20-15

Governor Cuomo departed New York with the NYS Trade Mission to Cuba this morning, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, as well as other lawmakers and business leaders joined Cuomo’s trade mission trip to Cuba. The Governor & others are meeting with high-level Cuban leaders throughout the day today.
An increase in the abuse of synthetic marijuana, led to Governor Cuomo issuing a health alert for the state. Cuomo’s office stated that there were more than 160 people have reportedly been hospitalized due to abusing the drug, most of the abuse has been by teens or young adults. Cuomo’s banned the selling of Synthetic marijuana & bath salts in 2012.
Hartwick College will host its first Local Trade Fair Thursday, with More than 25 local businesses promoting their products and services, spokesperson Kerri Green said that there a some spaces open for interested area small businesses to sign up & participate:

(Kerri Green 4-20-15)

The Event is free & open to the public; more information is available at 431-4998.
More than 115,000 available jobs are now listed on the State Labor Department Jobs Express website at jobs.ny.gov. The site sorts thousands of jobs by region and occupation, and also allows users to search jobs based on zip code and travel distance. The 115.000 job listings are a new record high, with new listings added every day.
On Friday, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Gardner Road in the Town of Colchester for a reported violation of an order of protection, issued by the Delaware County Family; Deputies arrested 33-year-old Roger Vernold of Downsville for Criminal Trespass, Criminal Contempt, and Aggravated Harassment. Appearance tickets were issued for Town of Colchester Court at a later date.
Sidney village officials announced hydrants flushing would continue for the next 2 weeks. Flushing throughout the village will be from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM daily, residents may experience roily water during those hours.
The annual Big Wheels Golf Tournament, held at the Delhi College Golf Course, will take place on Friday, May 8, 2015, according to the Big Wheels tournament committee. The event serves as a primary fundraiser for programs and services, which provide assistance to Delaware County senior citizens.  Applications for the tournament can be obtained by contacting the Delaware County Office for the Aging at 607-746-6333.
Today at the Boston Marathon, WCDO Sports Director Nate Lull finished the 26-mile race in 3 hours 19 minutes & 1 second, with a pace of 7 minutes 35 seconds per mile.

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A.M. NEWS MONDAY 4-20-15

A City of Newark, New Jersey resident was arrested for 3rd degree assault and criminal mischief in Chenango County. Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 37 year old Daniel Lynch following an incident that occurred in February, Lynch is accused of being involved in a physical altercation with the victim at a business in the Village of Smyrna, where he allegedly caused a physical injury and damaged property. Lynch was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Smyrna Court at a later date.
The Otsego County Conservation Association will hold its annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26 in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building at 101 Main Street, Cooperstown. The official collection dates for the OCCA garage sale will be today through Thursday. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. more information is available at 547-4488 or e-mail admin@occainfo.org.
The Sidney Dollars for Scholars Scholarship application process closes at midnight on Sunday, April 26th. Sidney Dollars for Scholars has money to award; the scholarships application period will be closing at midnight on Sunday, April 26th. Applicant can apply Online now is the time by logging into the Scholarship America website scholarshipamerica.org.

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P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 4-17-15

State Police have released information in a fatal Otsego County motor vehicle accident that occurred yesterday on US Route 20 in the town of Richfield. 20 year old Kaitlin Mercier of Huntington, Massachusetts was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident. 22-year-old Amanda Conley of Brattleboro Vermont was a passenger in the vehicle; she was taken to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown with a broken right leg and bruises. The investigation is continuing, the results of an autopsy are expected shortly.
State Police arrested a Broome county man after uncovering another meth lab in Endwell today. 21-year-old Dakota Askew is charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. State Police executed a no-knock search warrant at Askew’s home at 38 North Avenue B in Endwell, chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine were located & removed, Askew was
Governor Cuomo has been seeking a new way to evaluate teachers the last 2 years, by tying test scores to teacher effectiveness. Area Assemblyman Cliff Crouch said that this whole controversy about evaluating teachers was unnecessary:

(Crouch 4-17-15)

Governor Cuomo said earlier this year that the students were passing state tests at a 40 percent rate, but the teacher evaluation was at 98%, he contended that those numbers don’t add up, the state’s teachers union disagrees.
The Norwich Dollars For Scholars 5K Event will be held tomorrow at the Norwich High School Track, on Midland Drive. The event will begin at 10:00 AM, Prizes, water and snacks will be provided. more information is available at 334-5653 extension 3
The Sidney Federal Credit Union is offering free paper shredding services at their Sidney headquarters on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Those who would like to shred any unwanted papers, documents, junk mail cancelled checks or similar paper items can bring those in to have them destroyed. The service is for any interested area resident, it will be held at the 42 Union Street SFCU only.
The Chenango United Way is seeking donations to create a locally based Chenango County board game. This game will be similar to Monopoly and will highlight businesses and nonprofits across the county. 500 of the games will be produced by the Chenango United Way and sold at local events. Interested business can get more information at 334-8815.

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A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 4-17-15

Chenango County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 2-car accident on State Route 12 in the town of Oxford last night. 51-year-old Richard Swanson of Staten Island pulled out a driveway into the path of a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Heather Bradley of Binghamton, at around 9:20 last night. Swanson was charged with DWI; Bradley was taken to Wilson hospital with minor injuries.
The Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 2nd annual dinner meeting on Sunday, at 6:00 PM at the Afton Golf Club. The chamber will honor their “Citizen of the Year”, Gloria Harvey of Afton, and “Business of the Year”, MR Construction of Nineveh. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will be the Guest Speaker.
The Morrisville State College Leadership Training Seminar will be held this morning in Norwich. The event runs from 10:00 to 11:30 at the SUNY Morrisville Norwich Campus, in the Community Room at Follett Hall.
The Otsego Academy at Pathfinder Village in Edmeston will hold their next Open House for prospective students Saturday. The event runs from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Kennedy Willis Center at Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, more information is available at 965-8377 extension 154.

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