Governor Cuomo will announce the Regional Economic Development Award Winners at Noon today. The event will be held at the Hart Theatre in the Egg Center for Performing Arts in Albany, the event was moved to today due to yesterday’s snow storm.
The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older who are uninsured today in Unadilla. The Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach will be available today from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Great American in Unadilla; appointments can be made toll-free at 1-888-345-0225.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive today in Walton. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative. Appointments can be made at the Red Cross Blood Donor App, redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS for today’s blood drive from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the United Presbyterian Church, 58 East Street in Walton.
Governor Cuomo will announce the Regional Economic Development Award Winners at Noon today. The event will be held at the Hart Theatre in the Egg Center for Performing Arts in Albany, the event was moved to today due to yesterday’s snow storm.
Governor Cuomo has until early next week to decide on 22 bills passed by lawmakers this year, including legislation that would require high schools to provide CPR training to their students & a bill to designate yogurt as the official state snack. The CPR bill would direct the state Education Department to require high schools to include CPR training & the use of automated external defibrillators in their curriculum. The Legislature passed 658 bills from January through June, Cuomo has signed 400 of them into law and vetoed none.
The FBI has ranked the cities of new York state, in regards to their crime rates, amount of law enforcement, paroled Sex Offenders and other factors, to determine the most dangerous cities to live in. Niagara Falls was named the most dangerous City in New York, followed by Schenectady, Newburgh, Rochester, Gloversville, Buffalo, Jamestown, Albany, then and Binghamton & Auburn.
The Red Cross will conduct a session of the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program tomorrow in Greene. The program will provide information on how to be prepared for various disasters. In conjunction with the Red Cross the event is also being hosted by the Greene Rotary Club, from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM at the Genegantslet Golf Club in Greene. More information is available at redcross.org.
The fire at 7 Cherry Street in Oneonta Monday Morning left 2 Oneonta firefighters with minor injuries. One firefighter was taken to Fox Hospital to receive stitches after his leg was cut with broken glass. He was treated and released. A second firefighter was treated at the scene after a piece of ceiling material came down on his head. The fire broke out in the attic of the uninhabited house at around 6:30 AM, damaging the attic and 2nd floor, it was extinguished by 8:00 AM, the West Oneonta, Franklin, Worcester, Sidney and Otego fire departments assisted Oneonta firefighters.
State Troopers from Deposit arrested 26-year-old Naylisha Harrell of Binghamton for False Personation. Harrell is accused of driving at about 92 miles an hour in a 65 miles an hour zone on State Route 17 in the town of Sanford & allegedly identified herself by a false name to keep the Trooper from finding out about her suspended license. Harrell was issued tickets to the Town of Sanford Court on November 24th.
Governor Cuomo announced members of a Task Force that will work to implement the plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York. The Task Force will be supplemented by two advisory groups, & will work to try to reduce the number of new HIV infections to 750 per year by 2020. The task force will meet 5 times beginning with the 1st meeting underway this afternoon until 5:00 this afternoon, All meetings will be made public and viewable via webcast on the governor’s website at governor.ny.gov.
Firefighters from Bainbridge, Masonville & Sidney are responding to a structure fire at 7 Railroad Avenue in Bainbridge this afternoon. The fire was called in at about 2:00 PM; WCDO will have more details as they become available.
Otsego County will be holding its annual Household Hazardous Waste Event for Small Businesses today from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Meadows Office Complex in Cooperstown. Businesses in Otsego County are eligible to bring hazardous materials to the collection day event; those that qualify will receive a subsidy of $50 for cost associated with collection from the County.
Delaware County Public Health & The Delaware County Drug Task Force will be hosting a free presentation “Emerging Drugs of Abuse”, today from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon at the Delaware County Public Safety Building in Delhi. The presentation includes how to recognize signs of drug abuse, and what to do if you suspect someone is using illicit drugs, especially heroin.
Governor Cuomo was joined by more than 250 first responders representing fire and police stations across New York State as part of the 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride yesterday. The 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride is designed to pay tribute to the strength, courage, and heroism of the police and fire department personnel who led the response and recovery efforts following the September 11th terrorist attacks. riders started out from Albany and Long Island, meeting at the Rescue 1 Firehouse in New York City, before traveling to the Ground Zero site., the riders were then invited to visit the September 11 Memorial and Museum
The Otsego County Sheriffs department arrested 26-year-old Dale Thompson of Oneonta in connection with dozens of Burglaries. Detectives learned that Thompson traveled to Boston Massachusetts, New Hartford & Albany with stolen property, & that he was also arrested for burglaries in North & South Carolina. Investigators searched Thompson’s apartment, and recovered stolen property from a Hartwick burglary, he Thompson was charged with 2nd degree burglary, grand larceny & criminal mischief. Investigators also accuse Thompson of forcibly breaking into several residences in Oneonta, Hartwick, Laurens and Pittsfield last month, taking thousands of dollars in coins & jewelry. Thompson was arraigned in Town of Oneonta court and was remanded to the Otsego county jail on $10,000 bail pending future court action.
State Police arrested 28 year old Derek Johnson of Binghamton for Felony Aggravated DWI with BAC result of .21%, more than three times the legal limit, following a traffic law stop for speeding on State Route 7 in Conklin. The arrest became a felony because he had a prior conviction for DWI within the last 10 years. Johnson was issued tickets for town of Conklin Court September 18
The AARP reports said many Baby Boomers plan to leave New York State as they retire and take a slice of the state’s economy with them. The survey shows 60% of working New Yorkers over 50 said they are likely to go elsewhere in retirement, taking an estimated $105 billion or more of annual spending. The statewide survey shows 40% worry about paying rent or mortgages, 56% are worried about paying property taxes, 51% worry about utility bills and most are looking for improvements in health care, housing, transportation and jobs for older residents.
The State Gaming Facility Location Board continues to listen to proposals today before they determine where new casinos will be located in 3 upstate regions. The commission is listening to 16 presentations overall from developers for a second day today in Albany, the Board will soon decide which Developers will open casinos in the Capital Region, the Catskills/Hudson Valley region & the Southern tier, The board is expected to announce a decision by the end of this month.
The state Health Department is confirming the first human cases of West Nile virus this season. Health officials said the virus was detected in five New York City residents, all over the age of 50. Three of the patients were hospitalized and have since been discharged. The other two cases did not require hospitalization. Most people infected with the mosquito-borne virus either show no symptoms or suffer a flu-like illness. A small number develop a serious illness that can lead to neurological damage. Protective measures against mosquitoes include eliminating standing water, using repellent, wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants and repairing doors and screens
The Broadway Theater League is holding their annual “Test Drive Your Seat” event at the Forum Theater in Binghamton Wednesday, from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM. Tina Niles of NAC Entertainment told WCDO News what shows are coming:
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Season tickets are on sale, more information is available at 772-1391 or at BroadwayInBinghamton.com.
OTSEGO COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING, SAID A LIMITED SUPPLY FARMER’S MARKET COUPON BOOKS, ARE AVAILABLE FOR ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS THRU SEPTEMBER 30TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS. A QUALIFYING HOUSEHOLD MAY RECEIVE ONE BOOKLET WITH $20 WORTH OF COUPONS. THE COUPONS MAY BE USED THRU NOVEMBER 30TH AT LOCAL FARMER’S MARKETS TO PURCHASE FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FROM PARTICIPATING VENDORS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 432-9041
Commerce Chenango will hold a special program for their members today in Norwich. Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate will discuss elections year issues at Fred’s Inn on Route 12 in Norwich from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM more information is available at 334-1402
The New York State Firemen’s association will hold their 142nd annual convention in Albany today through Friday. There will be an Awards ceremony, officer elections, lectures and field training for first responders from all over the state. The event will be held at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center at 660 Albany Shaker Road, in Albany.
State Troopers arrested 42-year-old Michael Lynch of Unadilla for Aggravated DWI with a BAC result of .19%. The arrest occurred after a vehicle stop for failing to keep right on County Route 23 in Sidney, Lynch was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Sidney Court on August 28th.
The State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit conducted a 72 hour road check at four locations along I-86 & State Route 17 last week. 795 inspections were conducted, 1,341 violations discovered and 167 vehicles taken off the road for safety violations. Vehicle violations included unsecured loads, brake violations, steering violations and serious lighting defects such as inoperable turn signals, stop lamps and improper transportation of hazardous materials. 38 drivers placed out-of-service were found to have violations including improper or no commercial driver’s license and hours of service violations including falsified log books.
The Chris Gibson for Congress campaign today invited the Sean Eldridge campaign to accept a geographically diverse debate schedule for the fall. Gibson’s campaign proposed A joint editorial board meeting in Poughkeepsie on September 26th, as well as debates on October 6th in Ulster County, October 16th or 23rd at WMHT in Albany, and October 14th or 20th are SUNY Oneonta.
The Delaware County Fair gets underway on Monday in Walton. Fair spokesman John Jackson told WCDO comments:
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The complete schedule of events is available at delawarecountyfair.org.
To vote in New York’s primaries next month, you must register to vote with a political party by August 15th for the September 9th priamry. mail-in forms must be postmarked by midnight August 15th & received by a board of election by August 20th. Those who have moved need to notify your county board of elections in writing no later than August 20th. You can register in-person at your local county board of election by August 15th.
Democratic prospective gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout was in court Thursday, as she tried to prove permanent residency in the state of New York. Teachout testified that she has been a law Professor at Fordham University in New York City since 2009 & resides in Brooklyn. Governor Cuomo’s supporters maintain that Teachout has not lived in New York state for the required 5 years in order to run for Governor, still has a recent Vermont driver’s license & a Vermont address listed on tax documents. Teachout is looking to force a Democratic Party primary against Cuomo prior to the November elections.
Federal government statistics show consumer spending in New York fell only slightly at the end of the recession, after more than a decade of gains and rebounded after 2009. There was a drop of less than 1 percent in spending from 2008 to 2009, compared to a decline of 2.5 percent nationally. From 2010 through 2012, spending rose12 percent, close to the 10.7 percent national average. The statistics show New Yorkers cut back on buying durable goods during the recession, not services. Consumption of services was up 6.8%, led by spending on housing, utilities and health care
New York has skipped out on $5.9 billion in school funding, leading to inequities in aid between rich and poor districts, and causing cuts in programs according to a new a report. New York spends the most per capita in the nation on schools, just over $19,000 per student. But the Alliance for Quality Education and other advocates said the state is still falling short. The groups claim New York hasn’t upheld a 2006 court order to increase aid to schools by $5.5 billion and has also not repaid schools for cuts made during the recession. New York froze aid to schools in the 2009-10 fiscal year then cut it by nearly $3 billion in the following two years.
The annual Gus Macker Tournament in Norwich is a little more than a week away on July 12 & 13th, and volunteers known as “Gus Busters” are still needed. Macker organizer Tom Revoir comments:
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Almost 400 teams have signed up to play in the 3 on 3-basketball tournament spread out along East Main Street in Norwich, those who would like to keep score or referee can call 336-9622
DCMO BOCES will hold an information night at the Sidney High School this month. Spokesperson Martha Brower told WCDO News that the information night could be a life changer for students:
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The Information night will be on Tuesday July 15th at 6:30 at the Sidney High School, more information can be obtained through the Sidney High School Distinct office.
There will be 2 days of July 4th related activities in Oneonta Friday & Saturday. Among the activities, Oneonta Outlaws baseball games, fireworks, & a parade in Neawha Park on Friday, and a skateboard competition and battle of the bands Saturday. The full lineup is available at hometown4th.com.
Former Vestal Town Supervisor Andrea Starzak was endorsed by Broome County Democratic Party to challenge State Senator Tom Libous in the November election. Starzak led the Town of Vestal from 2000 to 2005, she said she made the decision before Libous was indicted on one count of providing false statements to the FBI, and has already been circulating petitions. The 52nd Senate District includes all of Broome and Tioga counties, southern Chenango County and two towns in western Delaware County
For the 2nd year, New York State has required Governor Cuomo, other statewide elected officials, and members of the Assembly and Senate, to reveal to the public a salary range for their day jobs. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics made the 2013 financial disclosure forms public on its website. Disclosure is required for elected officials, some candidates, state public authority board members and state employees who make an annual salary of more than $90,000. Read more at jcope.ny.gov
Governor Cuomo said free tours of the Empire State Plaza in Albany are now being offered. The 30-minute tours are now being given at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, through October 30th, with no registration required. Also, existing State Capitol Tours have been expanded and two additional tours will be offered during the summer. The tours are timed so visitors can join a walking tour of the State Capitol just before or after exploring the plaza. For more information visit ogs.ny.gov.
The Walton Cruisers car club will hold their annual Classic Car Show & cruise around Walton Saturday. The Car Show will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday at the Delaware county fairgrounds, with Trophies in awarded in 18 classes, plus Best of Show, Hard Luck, Longest Distance and Largest Club. At 5:30 cars will Line up for the car cruise on the fairgrounds, at 6:00 cars will Cruise through Walton, more information is available at 865-4727.
Delhi will kick off its 41st Annual Fair on the Square Friday, with fireworks at dusk. The Delaware County Community Band and Community Choir will perform at 6:00 PM, other activities include children’s’ games, and the band “Blues Maneuver” will perform from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
The public will be introduced to the State Police canines in a new campaign. Starting today, 2 State Police canines will be featured each day on the agency’s Facebook page. It will feature a photo of the canine, where they and their handler are stationed and what they are trained to detect. State Police canines are named after fallen members of the New York State Police. Each post will also feature a photo of the fallen member and their story. The public can see the post at facebook.com/nyspolice
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Governor Cuomo yesterday honored 20 fallen police officers from law enforcement agencies across New York State, including 5 who died in 2013 in the line of duty. The names of the 20 officers join the 1,340 others who have been inscribed in the black granite walls of the Police Officers’ Memorial, which represents 140 police agencies statewide and five federal agencies. More than 400 people attended the remembrance ceremony, which was held at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
A bill that would require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops has passed a hurdle in the state Assembly. The Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee endorsed the measure. A vote of the full Assembly has not been scheduled. The bill would apply to genetically modified fruits, vegetables and processed foods, as well as items that contain ingredients like oil or sugar, that are derived from genetically engineered crops.
Legislation before state lawmakers would prohibit magazine publishers from automatically renewing a customer’s subscription without their consent. The bill is an attempt to protect consumers, by outlawing the practice by some publishers of requiring a reader to notify them, if they do not want their subscription renewed. Identical versions of the legislation have been introduced in both the Senate and the Assembly. No votes on the legislation have been scheduled
Richard Ball was confirmed by the State Senate as New York’s agriculture commissioner. The Senate completed Ball’s confirmation yesterday, he had been serving as acting commissioner since January. Ball has owned a 200-acre Schoharie County Farm for 2 decades & is a former board member of the New York Farm Bureau.
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino made a stop in Broome County yesterday advocating for natural gas drilling. Astorino said the State DEC reports at least 25,000 jobs could be created through natural gas drilling. Astorino claims he will allow natural gas drilling, if he becomes Governor, but would put public health first by setting up the proper regulations before moving forward. Astorino is challenging Governor Cuomo in the upcoming November election.
New York has the distinction of being the worst state in the nation for retirees, according to a new study from Bankrate.com. New York has the highest tax rates in the nation as well as the 4th highest cost of living. The state ranked poorly when it came to the general well being of its retiree population, with poor grades for the quality of health care. New York State has implemented tax cuts in this year’s budget reaching $793 million this year and $1.7 billion next year.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a $475,000 settlement with Office Depot, for improperly overcharging over 500 New York government entities. The investigation found that Office Depot had inadequate systems in place to ensure compliance with a promise to the state and overcharged by hundreds of thousands of dollars. The settlement ensures that every impacted agency will receive refunds for 100% of the overcharged amount. Office Depot was not renewed last year for a contract for office supplies with New York State.
The work at the Sidney High School Athletic Fields is continuing, with the weather cooperating so far. Sidney Superintendent Bill Christensen said that a good portion of the work will be completed after the current school year:
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Christensen said that the renovations to the athletic fields and Auditorium should be completed by the fall.
State lawmakers should receive the annual state revenue estimates, and get ready to get down to work on the state budget plan. Local assemblyman Cliff crouch explains:
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The deadline to get the state budget passed in April 1st.
The new 5-year federal farm bill has provisions to tackle Lyme Disease, with important research already being accomplished in New York. Congressman Chris Gibson explains:
Farmers who need assistance with learning all of the changes in the new farm bill can contact Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Governor Cuomo announced that the State DMV is making additional information available to prosecutors about a driver’s ticket history so that the prosecutors can make more informed judgments when considering a plea for a current driving charge. The information will be available for tickets issued during the past 10 years when the original charge was a point bearing violation, a drug or alcohol related offense, or was for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Currently, only data on convictions is available to prosecutors. Access to this information is restricted to District Attorneys, paralegals and investigators working under the supervision and control of the DA’s and other prosecutors authorized by a DA’s office.
US Senator Charles Schumer is calling on federal regulators to set guidelines to protect consumers as car companies collect personal information through “smart car” technology and sell it to third parties. Schumer announced Sunday that he’s asking the Federal Trade Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to establish guidelines requiring carmakers to notify drivers when they are being tracked and allow drivers to opt out completely from sharing information.
Governor Cuomo will hit the airwaves to promote his property-tax freeze. The governor will appear in a TV ad to push lawmakers to support his proposal to freeze property taxes for two years, if local governments and schools stay under the tax cap and move to streamline services. Cuomo said New York couldn’t thrive by having among the highest property taxes in the nation. He started a website to promote the tax freeze at cutpropertytaxes.ny.gov.
Maple producers in New York are planning open houses the last two weekends in March, but so far the season is off to a slow start because of frigid weather. The best weather for sap is daytime temperatures in the low 40s and nighttime lows in the 20s. This winter has been so cold that many producers haven’t been able to get any sap yet and they are several weeks behind.
Public meetings begin this week on proposals for high-speed passenger rail service in New York. The 1st of 6 hearings is tomorrow in Albany. Meetings are also planned in Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Utica and Poughkeepsie. The state Department of Transportation said 5 options are proposed in an environmental review required for federal funding. Under the options, trains would have top operating speeds of 79, 90, 110 and 125 mph. The costs of the plans range from $1.7 billion to $6.2 billion.
Governor Cuomo announced regulations that will better protect New York consumers who hire a tax preparer. The rules will reduce errors and omissions on tax returns, reduce fraud and increase the level of competence and ethics among preparers. The governor said that unethical preparers will advertise low fees & then increase them after the fact, they also seek to have refunds placed into their own accounts and then redistribute the money later, while stealing a portion of the refunds, more information is available at 518-530-HELP.
Governor Cuomo announced that state officials have launched a series of inspections to safeguard New York’s residents, communities, waterways and lands from potential serious incidents involving the shipment of volatile crude oil by rail throughout the state. The State DOT participated in a series of inspections at the Port of Albany and its adjacent rail yard, as well as inspections in Albany and Buffalo along rail tracks and in rail cars. The inspections stem from the volatility of crude oil from North Dakota and its significantly increased shipment by rail through the State. Governor Cuomo issued an executive order directing several State agencies to do a top-to-bottom review of safety procedures and emergency response preparedness.
Tickets are on sale today for the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic. 6 Hall of Famers will be joined by a roster of more than two dozen former major league players for a seven-inning legends game on Saturday, May 24th at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field. Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith return as team captains and managers. Tickets are available by phone at 1-877-726-9028 or at www.baseballhall.org.