WCDO NEWS TUESDAY 3-31-15

Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested and charged a Hancock area Sex Offender with a felony violation the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act. 50 year old James Blackham was charged with failing to submit an updated photograph to the Sex Offender Registry within 20 days of his registration anniversary. Blackham is a Level 1 Sex Offender, Blackham was issued an Appearance Ticket to appear in the Town of Delhi Court on April 7 to answer the charge.
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The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for February 2015. Rates are calculated following procedures prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s unemployment rate relies in part on the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month. The State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8% in February 2015, Locally, chenango’s rate was ar 6.9%, Delaware countyu’s rate was at 7.3% & Otwsego county’s rte was at 6.8% in february.
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State Lawmakers are wrapping up work on budget bills in order to get the budget passed by the midnight deadline tonight. Area State Senator John Bonacic said that there were 2 items of interest that he was happy to see get funding:

(Bonacic 3-31-15)

The State Budget spending was 142 billion dollars; it included increased state aid to school districts and the ethics reform package that Governor Cuomo pushed for following the arrest of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in February on federal corruption charges.
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26-year-old Nigel Saunders of Binghamton was sentenced in Broome county court Friday to 25 years to life in prison, for 2nd degree murder. Saunders & Julian Talamantez were arrested for breaking into a Binghamton area home, beating & stabbing the 2 occupants and setting fire to the residence in 2013, Jordan Dordell was died following the attack, his fiancée was injured. Talamantez was sentenced to 40 years in jail for his role in the killing in Broome County Court last October.
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Police in Broome County are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man recovered from the Susquehanna River in the Town of Union Sunday night. The Autopsy report said that the man pulled from the river was white, about 18-25 years old and weighing 150 pounds, with tattoos on both hands. The left hand tatoo spelled out the word “Fear” and on the right hand were the numbers 9,2,3, and 12 written on each knuckle. Anyone with information is asked to call Broome County Sheriff’s detectives at 778-2053.
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Law Enforcement officials attended the Funeral services this morning for State Trooper Glen Woods, who passed away due to natural causes last week. the 45 year old trooper worked for Troop C at the Endwell barracks, Donations can be made to the “Glen Woods Family Scholarship Fund” at NBT Bank of Vestal.
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The Attorneys General of New York, Oregon, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas filed lawsuits against Orbital Publishing Group, Inc. and a ring of interrelated New York and Oregon companies for mailing millions of unauthorized and allegedly misleading magazine and newspaper subscription notices to consumers nationwide. The solicitations were sent without the permission of the publishers and stated that consumers were receiving “one of the lowest available rates,” when, in fact, they were being charged, in some cases, more than double the publication price. The companies then pocketed the difference. New yoork residents who were a victim of a magazine or newspaper subscription scam, can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-771-7755.
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WCDO NEWS MONDAY 3-30-15

Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced an agreement on the 2015-16 State Budget. The Budget agreement includes landmark education reforms and investment, an ethics package with the nation’s strongest disclosure laws for legislators with outside income, and new investments in rebuilding and growing the state’s economy, including $1.5 billion for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative and $500 million to make New York the first in the nation to have statewide broadband. Full details and language to be released later today.
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A Stamford Probationer was arrested on a Probation Violation Warrant after being tracked for miles through the woods by Delaware County Deputies, K-9 “Ozzie”, Probation Officers and a New York State EnCon Officer. 25 year old Jesse Papas of Stamford fled from a window of his residence and ran into the woods, without footwear, as Probation Officers attempted to execute their warrant Friday morning. Papas was tracked by K-9 “Ozzie”, and was taken into custody, in the Schoharie County Town of Gilboa. Papas was transported to A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta, Upon his release from Fox Hospital, Papas was arraigned & was remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail, pending his next scheduled court appearance on April 14.
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On Thursday afternoon Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a woman on drug charges as a result of their investigation of a 911 call reporting a female acting strangely. Deputies arrested and charged 28 year old Jennifer Day of Hobart with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Deputies located and seized a liquid substance from the residence, identified as PCP. Day was transported to an area hospital Tuesday evening for medical evaluation and treatment. Day was arraigned and was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1000 cash bail pending further court action.
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22-year-old Dennis Cutter of Oneonta has been charged by Oneonta Police in connection with a series of thefts from cars around the city last week. Cutter was charged with 3rd & 4th degree grand larceny, plus criminal mischief and petty larceny. Cutter faces arraignment in City of Oneonta court shortly.
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Town Supervisors, Village and City Mayors, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals Chairmen, Zoning Enforcement Officers in Otsego, Schoharie and Delaware Counties are reminded to register soon for the Land Use Training Workshops for Local Government Officials on April 9th at the Meadows Complex in Cooperstown. The Otsego County Planning Department will host training classes on two separate evenings beginning in April. Both classes will be presented by representative of the New York State Department of State. These classes may meet the state training requirement for local government officials. Both workshops will be held at the Meadows Office Complex, County Highway 33W next to the County Public Safety building. The two workshops are described as follows: Session One is from 4:30 pm—6:30 pm for a Zoning Board of Appeals Overview, Session Two is from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm regarding Rural Planning. online registrations are accepted at otsegocounty.com or by calling 547-4225 during business hours.
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an agreement with Pennsylvania-based retail giant GNC to implement new standards in authenticating herbal supplements, ensuring their purity, and educating consumers about their chemical content. GNC will perform DNA barcoding on the “active” plant ingredients used in its products; implement testing for contamination with allergens and post prominent signage advising consumers of the processed, chemical nature of extracts. GNC will be required to implement these new procedures in all of its more than 6,000 stores nationwide.
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The New York State Common Retirement Fund has committed an additional $30 million to Primary Venture Partners to invest in state-based companies, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced today. The commitment will be made through the pension fund’s In-State Private Equity Investment Program; the pension fund has invested $786 million in 298 companies and has supported nearly 4,000 jobs across the state through this Program.
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P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 3-27-15

Governor Cuomo repeated that ethics reform remains the top issue in relation to a new state budget, and that reports that there is a deal close at hand with the state senate republican leadership is premature. Cuomo said that the second major issue in the budget is education, & how to address and fix a broken education bureaucracy. The state budget is due April 1st, the governor said he would not sign a budget without ethics reforms; the State Assembly Leadership is in agreement with the Governor on that issue.
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The General Clinton Canoe Regatta committee has announced who is being inducted into the Regatta Hall of Fame this year. Hall of fame committee member Greg Davie comments:

(Greg Davie 3-27-15)

The inductees will be honored during a special ceremony on Saturday May 23rd, during the General Clinton Canoe Regatta Memorial Day weekend.
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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced today his office approved 1,786 contracts valued at $2.1 billion and approved more than 2.5 million payments worth more than $8.8 billion in February. His office also rejected 204 contracts and related transactions valued at $1.1 billion and more than 4,000 payments valued at nearly $8.2 million due to fraud, waste or other improprieties.
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Opportunities for Otsego will be getting 3 million dollars in federal funding, according to US Senators Charles Schumer & Kirsten Gillibrand. The funding will be used for the county’s Head Start Program.
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The “Take A Shot at Diabetes” fundraiser is being held Saturday in Norwich to raise money for those suffering with Diabetes locally. Terry Potter of Millennia Entertainment explains:

(Terry Potter 3-27-15)

Tickets are available at NBT Bank, Hummel’s office supplies in Norwich or at Brown paper tickets.com.
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New York State get expand its power base in Washington, following the retirement of Harry Reed as leaders of US Senate Democrats. Reed announced that he will not seek re-election for the US Senate, & will retire at the end of 2016; Reed told reporters that his preference to succeed him would be New York senator Charles Schumer.

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A.M. NEWS FRIDAY 3-27-15

A Town of Sidney woman was arrested by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office on an active Arrest Warrant for Criminal Sale Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession Controlled Substance. 34 year old Amber Chesebro was arraigned and is being held on $30,000 cash bail in the Chenango County Correctional Facility.
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On Thursday morning Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested and charged a Walton area Sex Offender with a felony violation the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act. 46 year old Dennis Henderson voluntarily surrendered to the Sheriff’s Office and was charged with failing to submit an updated photograph to the Sex Offender Registry within 20 days of his registration anniversary. Henderson was arraigned in Town of Delhi Court and was released on recognizance pending further court action.
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A Town of Greene resident was arrested by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office for Forgery and Conspiracy. 26 year old Muriel Davis was charged with 3rd degree Forgery 3rd and 6th degree Conspiracy, for allegedly depositing a counterfeit check to the NBT Bank, she & 1 other subject then withdrew the full amount of the counterfeit check deposited. Davis was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Greene Court at a later date.
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P.M. NEWS THURSDAY 3-26-15

State Police arrested 17-year-old Travis Bowee of Otsego for Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Mischief, Petty Larceny and Harassment, following the investigation of a domestic dispute. Bowee is accused of grabbing & pushing a victim while she was holding onto a baby, grabbing a cell phone & shattering a glass door. Bowee was arraigned in Town of Otsego Court & was remanded to the Otsego Count jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,500 property bond.
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State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos told reporters in Albany today that tremendous progress has been made with Governor Cuomo on an ethics reforms package. Skelos said that he expects ethics reform to be completed my march 31st, as part of the state budget package. Governor Cuomo has said that he would not sign the budget without the ethics reforms, following the arrest of former Speaker Sheldon Silver in February on corruption charges.
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31-year-old Brendan Barrett appeared in Broome County Court today, he is accused of killing 18-month-old Camryn Davies of Harpursville on December 9th, 2013. Barrett was charged with 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, & 2 counts each of assault & endangering the welfare of a child, a bail hearing will be held tomorrow in Broome County Court.
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The 3rd Murder trial of Cal Harris is entering its 8th week in Schoharie County Court, with more witnesses still scheduled to be called. Harris was convicted twice before in Tioga county court for the murder of his estranged wife Michelle around September 11th of 2001. Harris’s attorney has requested mistrials 8 times during the course of this latest trial.
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The City of Oneonta Police Department is investigating a series of thefts from vehicles between Wednesday and the early this morning. The larcenies occurred on London Avenue, River Street, Luther Street, Burnside Avenue, Chestnut Street, Pearl Street, and Kearney Street. Police said that items taken included money & electronics, Police are also investigating a report of a stolen vehicle from the River Street area. Anyone with information is asked to call 432-1111. The investigation is continuing.
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New York State’s private sector job count increased by 16,400, or 0.2% to over 7.75 million in February, a new all-time high. The statewide unemployment rate in New York was unchanged at 5.8% in February, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor.
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Agricultural leaders are hoping to see cuts restored to the state budget for agricultural programs; the governor’s original budget plan cut or eliminated funding for a variety of needed programs. Jeff Williams of the New York farm bureau said that farmers need these programs in order to maintain their status as a leader in production for many crops:

(Jeff Williams 3-26-14)

Williams said that Dairy farmers are gearing up for an expected decrease in the price they receive for liquid 1 milk, after receiving a relatively good price for an extended period.
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A.M. NEWS THURSDAY 3-26-15

Police in Broome County arrested 3 people on drug charges. Arrested were 28 year old Jessica Titus, 17 year old Maria Champion-Cruz & 35 year old Richard Madison on a variety of drug charges & conspiracy, for allegedly bring illegal drugs to Broome County from New York City by bus, with intent to sell in the Binghamton area. The arrests were made following an investigation by the Broome County Special Task Force & Binghamton Police, they confiscated 130 grams of unpackaged, pure heroin and about 52 grams of powder cocaine, all 3 are being held at the Broome County Jail without bail.
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Governor Cuomo announced that the State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of 22 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The nominations include 1 Delaware County property: the 1st Congregational Church in Walton, which was built in 1840 & is significant for its distinctive example of mid-19th century Neoclassical church architecture.

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WCDO NEWS WEDNESDAY 3-25-15

State Budget Conference Committees ideally need to get their worked wrapped up this week, if lawmakers & the governor want the annual spending plan enacted on time. Area assemblyman Cliff Crouch Comments:

(Crouch 3-25-15)

Governor Cuomo has tied ethics reforms for lawmakers to the budget this year, the assembly leadership is going along with the Governors reforms, the State Senate leadership might also agree in the coming days. The governor made the reforms his top priority following the arrest in February of then-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges.
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A “Protect Our Schools” demonstration will be held in Oneonta Tomorrow afternoon as part of a campaign by parents & teachers regarding state mandates on schools, excessive testing of students and the possible closing of schools or consolidating school districts. Kjersti Van Slyke-Briggs is an area parent that co-founded the “Oneonta Area for Public Education” group, she is one of the co-organizers of Thursday’s event in Oneonta & she told WCDO News that there are a list of concerns parents have in addition to the controversial common core curriculum:

(Kjersti Van Slyke Briggs 3-23-15)

Area schoolteacher Michelle Decker said that tying students test scores, with a high failing grade of 85, to teacher effectiveness is not a good way to evaluate teachers:

(Michelle Decker 3-23-15)

The demonstration will begin at 4:30 Thursday at the former Center Street School In Oneonta, more information is available at NYSAPE.org.
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The State Assembly passed legislation to firm up laws regarding a women’s right to access health care regarding reproduction issues, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie comments:

(Heastie 3-25-15)

The bill moves onto the State Senate for consideration, similar bills have failed to gather support in the State Senate in previous sessions.
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Governor Cuomo today announced that nearly 300 restaurants across the state have taken the Pride of New York Pledge, almost tripling the number of restaurants actively supporting New York State agricultural products and beverages since last year. The Pledge is part of the Governor’s Taste NY initiative and was created to increase the sourcing, marketing and education of New York State grown and made products. More information including a list of participants is available at governor.ny.gov.
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Students in the DCMO BOCES region will have access to college courses at no cost. WCDO’s Jim Tomeo has details:

(Jim 3-25-15)

Jim’s text: A free college degree option was the topic of discussion at a parent orientation meeting held at Unatego Central School recently. The Unatego District and Tompkins Cortland Community College have teamed up & high school students will have the opportunity to take SUNY courses without cost, towards a Business Administration Associate’s Degree. A publication explaining the program is available at the DCMO BOCES website at www.learnatboces.com.
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Family Planning of South Central New York announced a new service, Long Acting Reversible Contraception, is now available at their Norwich Health Center at 5 Cortland Street. An informational forum will be offered at the Health Center on Friday, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. The public is invited to attend and light refreshments will be served.
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A.M. NEWS:

The Sidney Chamber Of Commerce is holding their annual “New Member Coffee Hour” this morning from 7:30 to 8:30 AM.  The meeting is held at Trackside Dining at 88 Main Street, all Chamber members & directors are urged to attend.

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P.M. NEWS TUESDAY 3-24-15

Bidding has been opened up for a casino in the Southern Tier by the state Gaming Commission. The commission chose only 3 casino bids instead of 4 in December, bypassing the Southern Tier entirely, in favor of a casino to be placed in Seneca County, about 85 mile north of the region. Governor Cuomo requested that the commission re-open the bidding process for a southern tier casino; Tioga Downs in Nichols would be considered a front-runner for that southern tier casino.
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State Police arrested 54-year-old Scott Wade of Binghamton in connection with 2 bank robberies that occurred on November 14, 2012 and November 28, 2012 at the First Niagara Bank, in Conklin. Wade has been indicted by a Broome County Grand Jury on 2 counts of 3rd degree Robbery; he was arraigned in Broome County Court & was remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
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The Governor and the legislative leaders are in the midst of ongoing budget discussions, which have intensified as the budget deadline approaches. Governor Cuomo repeated that ethics reform is a top priority and that he wouldn’t sign a budget without ethics reform legislation included. The Assembly leadership agreed with the Governor’s ethics package, the state senate has not yet agreed with the Governor’s plans for ethics reform. The push for the reforms followed yet another arrest of a top-level state lawmaker, when Sheldon Silver was arrested in February on federal corruption charges.
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State Senator Jim Seward announced senate passage of a legislation that targets criminals who stage auto accidents & fake injuries in order to collect on false insurance claims.

(Seward 3-24-15)

The bill is named after Alice Ross of Queens, who died in a staged accident in 2003; Assemblyman David Weprin of Queens sponsors the bill in the state assembly.
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The Cooperstown girl’s basketball team won their 1st New York state Class c title in school history last Sunday in Albany, by defeating Northern Adirondack 61-34. The team was welcomed back into town with a Main Street Parade, Lady Hawkeye’s Head Coach Mike Niles comments:

(Mike Niles 3-24-15)

Cooperstown graduates only 1 senior from this year’s team that finished with a record of 25-1. The full interview of Coach Niles with WCDO Sports Director Nate Lull can be heard at WCDOSPORTS.COM.
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The Upstate New York rock group Orleans will perform at the Chevy Court at the New York State Fair at 2:00 PM on Friday, August 28th. Officials said that former members of the Southern Rock Band Little Feat would join Orleans. Orleans was formed in Woodstock in 1972, and had major hits in the 70’s with “Dance With Me,” “Love Takes Time,” and “Still the One”. The Fair has previously announced Chevy Court shows with Everclear & Rick Springfield on August 27th, The Oak Ridge Boys, September 1st & Meghan Trainor on September 3rd.
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