P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 6-25-14
Congressman Richard Hanna will be the Republican Party nominee after yesterdays’ Primary win over Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. Hanna is looking to win his 3rd term in the November election, Tenney could still mount a challenge to Hanna as a third party candidate, no democrats have announced a run for the 22nd congressional district.
The State Labor Department released unemployment rates for May. The state’s private sector job count rose by 106,500 from May 2013 to May 2014. The state’s unemployment rate in May was unchanged at 6.7%, remaining at its lowest level since December 2008. In May, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,568,600, an all time high. Locally, Chenango County’s rate is 5.7%, Broome County 6.4% Delaware County 6.3% and Otsego County 5.3% unemployment last month
Governor Cuomo will approve extending a tax credit for cleaning and redeveloping industrial sites. Lawmakers last week voted to extend the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, which was due to expire at the end of next year. The program, which provides tax breaks to developers who clean and build on contaminated land, is now set to expire at the end of March 2017
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced that his office will sponsor a gun buyback in Binghamton on Saturday, June 28 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, as part of his statewide gun buyback program. The Attorney General’s Office will be accepting working and non-working, unloaded firearms in exchange for compensation on site. This Saturday’s gun buyback will take place at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 478, located at 65 Carroll Street in Binghamton, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
A heavily traveled section connecting Route 17 with I 81 northbound will shut down Monday for at least three months, as work continues on the state DOT Prospect Mountain project. Starting Monday at 9 a.m., the Route 17 eastbound ramp to I-81 northbound will close for reconstruction through October. A detour will be posted directing motorists from Route 17 east to Exit 72 at Front Street, then to I-81 North. Front Street’s configuration will be altered to create two travel lanes. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes wherever possible
The State University of New York said H. Carl McCall was reappointed as trustee and chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees. The State Senate confirmed his appointment this week. McCall’s term expire June 30th, 2021. Previously McCall was New York State Comptroller from 1993 to 2002
Parents are reminded after the school year ends, children remain eligible for free meals at hundreds of sites around New York State this summer. State agencies are working with nonprofit and private partners to increase awareness of the Summer Food Service Program. Governor Cuomo also issued a proclamation marking July as Summer Meals Month to highlight the issue. The State Education Department has an interactive map online with information on the summer meal sites in New York State at.nysed.gov or by calling1-800-522-5006
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County will be sponsoring farmers’ markets for the 2014 season in Sidney, Walton & Deposit. The Deposit Market will be August 21st & September 18th from 10:00am-2:00pm, the Sidney Farmers Market will be Every Tuesday from July 1st to September 30th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the Walton Market will be on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from July 2nd to October 15th from 10:00am-2:00pm.
P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 6-25-14
Chenango county sheriff’s department and State Police arrested 33-year-old Douglas Scherr of Budd Lake, New Jersey, at a residence in the Town of Afton. Scherr was a reported as a Fugitive from Justice out of the State of New Jersey on an active arrest warrant for Arson, he was arraigned in the Town of Norwich court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail without bail pending court action today.
Vendors are still needed for this year’s general Clinton canoe regatta in the park for the Memorial Day weekend. Regatta Chairman John Harmon explains:
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Harmon said that there would be plenty of rides on the Midway, as well as musical acts performing throughout the weekend, the 3rd annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Saturday afternoon and of plenty of canoe racing from Friday night through the 70-mile endurance races on Monday.
Jury selection is underway in the latest trial of former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. Bruno is accused of taking bribes from a business associate who also had dealings with the state, while Bruno headed up the State Senate. Bruno was Acquitted of 5 charges & was found guilty of 2 others in his 2009 trial; the convictions were overturned on appeal.
Michael Kicinski of Earlville will not be on the Republican Primary ballot in the 22nd congressional district. Kicinski lost his spot because he did not have enough valid petition signatures from the district’s registered Republican residents, with several of the collected signatures being deemed invalid by the state Board of Elections. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and incumbent Richard Hanna will appear on the June 24th primary ballot.
The Sidney central school district announced that the Community Budget Presentation would be held on Thursday, May 8th at 6:00pm in the High School Library. The Annual Public Hearing for the School Budget will be Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00pm in the High School Library. The District Budget Vote and Election is Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the HS Auditorium Lobby.
Police agencies from across the state will head to Albany this week to pay tribute to those who have died in the line of duty. A ceremony will be held tomorrow at the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at the Empire State Plaza. Before the ceremony, there will be a church service for police officers that have died. That will be followed by a march to the Law Enforcement Memorial at the Plaza. The memorial is inscribed with the names of more than 1,300 police officers that have died in the line of duty across the state.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is asking the FDA to prevent a powdered alcohol from reaching store shelves. Schumer said “ Palcohol” can be mixed with water, sprinkled on food or even snorted and is easily concealed. Palcohol’s parent company Lipsmark disagrees, saying it will be sold under the same restrictions as liquid alcohol. Schumer said the FDA should intervene like it did with caffeinated, fruit-flavored alcoholic beverages that appeal to young people. The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau gave Palcohol label approvals April 8th, they were later withdrawn.
The village of Bainbridge board of trustees will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 5:00 PM. The purpose of the special meeting will be to select a consultant to update the comprehensive plan and provide grant-writing services for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
The Unatego Central School District Board of Education will hold their next meeting tonight, at the 7:00 PM at the Junior Senior High School in Wells Bridge.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department & Sidney Village Police arrested 27-year-old Michael Nodine of Sidney on an Arrest Warrant for Attempted Assault. Nodine is accused of assaulting and attempting to cause physical injury to another inmate at the Delaware County Jail last week. Nodine was being held in the Jail on $5000 bail on a pending rape charge, posted bail on April 17th and was released from jail. The assaulted inmate, also from Sidney, sustained minor injuries, which did not require medical treatment. Nodine was arraigned on the Attempted Assault charge and was sent back to the Delaware County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.
State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney has challenged incumbent Republican Congressman Richard Hanna to debates prior to the Republican primary for the 22nd Congressional District seat. A recent poll shows Hanna with a large lead over Tenney by 73% to 17% with 9% undecided. Tea Party activist Michael Kicinski of Earlville has also filed petitions to appear on the GOP ballot. He lost to Hanna in a primary in 2012. No democrats have come forward to run in this race.
Governor Cuomo today urged the federal government to recall a toy known as “Clingy Darts,” which poses a significant danger to children. The New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection found the children’s toy contains more than six times the federally allowable limit of the chemical known as DEHP. The toy is imported by Greenbrier International of Chesapeake, Virginia and is sold at stores throughout New York State, including Dollar Tree.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the state Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for governor this year, will be the keynote speaker at the Otsego County Republican Committee’s annual spring dinner. The $75-a-head dinner will be held May 15th at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown.
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released a letter to the White House Task Force pushing for better protection against sexual assault on college campuses. Gillibrand, along with six other U.S. Senators, are proposing action that would bring more transparency to the issue. The group prepared 3 recommendations for the task force, who are scheduled to make their own recommendations this week. Studies show nearly 1 in 5 women in college are victims of attempted or actual sexual assault.
New Yorkers are reminded that nearly 88,000 jobs are currently available and listed on the Jobs Express website. The site sorts thousands of jobs by region and occupation, and also allows users to search jobs based on zip code and travel distance. New businesses and job listings are added each day. A total of 7,700 businesses posted a new job order on the site in March 2014, an increase of 22 percent from March 2013. Go to jobs.ny.gov
The Town of Sidney Planning Board meeting is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at the Civic Center on Liberty Street in Sidney. The public is welcome.
10 hazard mitigation projects are scheduled for federal funds for projects to get people out of traditionally flood prone areas. 1 of the projects is the Sidney Green Plain Project, Sidney Mayor Andy Matviak explains:
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Matviak said that 22 million dollars in federal funds would be used for the Plankenhorn farm project for River Street area residents, another 5 to 6 millions dollars will be used to purchase 73 damaged properties in that section of the village.
A trial-level judge in Albany has ruled that New York’s new gun law does not violate the Second Amendment. The decision from state Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara also rejected legal claims that the gun law was improperly pushed through the legislature by Governor Cuomo. Cuomo issued a “message of necessity” that allowed lawmakers to vote on the measure without the usual waiting period for the consideration of bills. The law bans high-capacity magazines and many semi-automatic firearms.
Governor Cuomo announced a commission to explore how to invest a proposed $2 billion bond to upgrade technology in classrooms and fund construction for pre-kindergarten classrooms. The commission will come up with recommendations on how the money should be spent. The bond will need voter approval in November. Cuomo announced a $2 billion bond for his smart schools initiative to bring wi-fi, tablets and upgraded computers to schools and fund construction for new pre-kindergarten classroom space. It was approved in the new state budget.
2 Republicans have filed to run in a June 24th Republican primary against incumbent Congressman Richard Hanna. Democrats failed to meet a state deadline for fielding a candidate to run in November against Hanna in the 22nd Congressional District. The Conservative Party and Working Families Party also failed to field candidates, while Hanna filed petitions to secure the Independence Party line in November. State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and tea party activist Michael Kicinski are running in the primary as conservatives.
The New York Comptroller’s Office reports stopping more than $24 million in questionable personal income tax refunds so far this year, finding 7,482 improper filings, 18% more than last year. The office has audited and approved 4.8 million state refund requests, totaling $4.3 billion, with another 346,000 refund requests for $352.5 million expected to be paid soon. In 4,805 instances, involving income totaling just over $16 million dollars, taxpayers claimed ineligible refundable credits, such as for fake or an inflated number of dependents, or understated income.
The Sidney Boys & Girls club is putting together fundraisers in conjunction with this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life event next month. Club Director Trish Tyrell said that the next fundraiser is tomorrow:
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Tyrell said that the club would be participating at the Relay Fro Life event at general Clinton Park, along with members of the new Senior Center at the Sidney Civic Center.
Governor Cuomo is reminding New Yorkers that nearly 88,000 jobs are currently available and listed at jobs.ny.gov. The site sorts jobs by region and occupation, & allows users to search jobs based on zip code & distance. There are 96 career centers around the state, which can be found at labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator. Employers can list jobs at labor.ny.gov/hire. Currently, there are 3,946 jobs listed in the Southern Tier region.
The Broome County Sheriff’s department arrested 2 Chenango county residents, for allegedly using heroin in Otsiningo Park Saturday, following a complaint from a citizen. 21 year old Michael Verry of Greene was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, & 1 count each of Obstructing Governmental Administration & Resisting Arrest, 24 year old Amber Halko of Oxford was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a Hypodermic instrument. Police confiscated drug paraphernalia, several packages of heroin, hypodermic needles, & controlled prescription drugs, Verry was arraigned & was remanded to the Broome County Jail on bail, and Halko was released on an appearance ticket.
The Delaware County District Attorney’s office announced the arrest of 40-year-old David Rogers of Sidney Center, for 1 count each of Forcible Touching & Endangering the welfare of a child. Rogers is a Level 1 sex offender, he was arraigned in the Town of Sidney Court and sent to the Delaware County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 cash bail & he will reappear in the Town of Sidney Court at a later date. The Village of Sidney Police Department assisted in the investigation.
The Delaware County District Attorney’s office & the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department arrested 24 year old Timothy Nodine of Hobart for 3rd degree Burglary, 4th degree Grand Larceny, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Sale of a Firearm & Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest followed a 7-month investigation into the disappearance of property from a local estate.
The State Senate has passed legislation assisting disabled veterans who own businesses in New York State, State Senator John Bonacic comments:
Governor Cuomo had proposed similar legislation, it is expected that he would sign the Senate Bill into law if it reaches his desk.
The New York Gaming Facility Location Board has selected a Cincinnati, Ohio law firm to analyze the gambling industry and assist with the review and evaluation of the casino applications. The selection of an outside consultant was mandated by law to avoid a conflict of interest, casino bids will be due in June & by August, the siting board will review and evaluate submissions & then chose up to 4 casino licenses, with at least one facility each in the Capital region, the Catskills and the Southern Tier.
State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney of New Hartford announced today that she would mount a Republican primary challenge against incumbent Republican congressman Richard Hanna in the 22nd Congressional District. Tenney joins Michael Kicinski, of Earlville, and Michael Vasquez, of Binghamton, Hanna has already won the endorsement of all 7 county Republican committees in the 22nd district.
The Delaware County Community Services Board seeks proposals For Mental Health Department consolidation. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals for the consolidation of the Adult Mental Health Clinic, Children and Family Services and Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services to be located at 1 rental location of at least 10,000 sq. feet. Interested parties may contact Cynthia Heaney, at the Delaware County Mental Health Department at 865-6522 for proposal and submission requirements.
State Police arrested 21-year-old Dustin Mangino for 4th degree Arson & Criminal Possession of Marihuana. The arrest follows a joint investigation by State Police and the Broome County Fire Investigation Unit into a house fire at 2705 Yale Street in Endwell. Investigators determined that the fire was recklessly caused by Mangino while cooking Butane Hash Oil in the kitchen, he sustained 2nd degree burns to his face and arms. A search warrant uncovered over 2 pounds of Marihuana. Mangino was arraigned in the Town of Union Court, he was released on bail, the investigation is continuing.
State budget negotiations continue among state leaders and through conference committee work, with 8 more days to go before the end of the fiscal year. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch said that there are difficult issues still to be decided:
Crouch said that thinks that the work will be completed by the April 1st deadline for the 4th year in a row.
New York has added financial information from more than 500 state and local public authorities, on openbooknewyork.com to make government information available. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said the authorities responsible for billions of dollars of taxpayer assets and money, often do business outside of public view. The comptroller’s office added state payment data to the website at that includes about 10,000 new payments daily, listing the agency submitting the request, the amount and recipient. It also details revenue, spending, debt and property tax cap information for local governments, going back as far as 1999. Nearly 50,000 state contracts and amendments can also be searched, along with major spending categories for state agencies.
State leaders agreed to enact a law that would award 6% of state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans. Governor Cuomo’s office said the initiative is more robust than the federal program, which pledges 3% of contracts to businesses of Disabled veterans. The state will create a Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development within the Office of General Services to facilitate the program.
Governor Cuomo issued a warning to employers not complying with the state’s minimum wage laws, failure to comply can result in fines, charges and criminal punishment. Resources, including one-on-one support and a streamlined reporting process, are available to help businesses comply with the minimum $8.00 per hour now in effect. The minimum wage in the State will increase to $8.75 this December 31st, & $9.00 on December 31st 2015. The Department of Labor is offering additional resources at labor.ny.gov.
A Siena College poll shows Gov. Cuomo has a big lead over the only Republican in the race, yet his job performance rating has declined since last fall. Cuomo leads Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino 61% to 26%, Cuomo’s job performance rating is 46% down from 2% since last month. the State Senate and Assembly each had a 39% favorability rating.
Refunds, totaling almost $760 million, may be waiting for an estimated 900,000 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2010. The IRS said to collect the money; a return for 2010 must be filed with the IRS no later than April 15th. The IRS estimates half the potential refunds, for 2010, are more than $571.
The harsh winter weather froze housing sales across New York in February, according to the monthly housing report by the New York State Association of Realtors. Closed sales in New York dropped almost 6 percent this February compared to one year ago, falling from 5,681 to 5,346. But the statewide median sales price rose nearly 7 percent, from $217,000 to $232,000. For more information go to nysar.com.
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney will decide this week whether to go forward with a Republican primary challenge against Congressman Richard Hanna. Tenney’s supporters started circulating petitions recently, to pick up the 1,250 signatures needed to gain a spot on the June 24th primary ballot, and the petitions are due by April 10th.
Yesterday meant that area lawmakers were sworn into office. In Oneonta, state Senator Jim Seward, and assembly members Bill Magee and Claudia Tenney were sworn in. In Broome County, County Executive Debbie Preston took the oath of office at the Forum Theater in Binghamton, along with All 15 county legislators.
Officials in Oneonta were delighted with the turnout for Oneonta First Night festivities on Monday night. Organizers said that the streets were filled with celebrants, with about 25 entertainments acts at 14 different downtown locations after main street parade at 4:00 PM Monday, and ending with fireworks at about 10:30.
Broome County arrested Laura Sturgeon, after she & a friend took a 2009 Toyota pick up truck for a test drive from an auto dealership in the Town of Union, and did not return it for more than 4 hours. Deputies say she took a four-hour test drive. Deputies found Sturgeon and the vehicle around 8:30 p.m. at a gas station in the Town of Union, deputies reported that Sturgeon had used the vehicle for shopping; she was charged with one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle & will appear in the Town of Union Court at a later date.
The Oneonta common council will hold their next regular meeting this evening. The council is expected to act on Mayor Dick Miller’s recommendations for appointments to city positions; the meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the common council chambers on the 2nd floor of city hall.
Reports out of Washington today suggest that a 1-year extension of the 2008 farm bill will be implemented before midnight tonight, which would save dairy farmers from getting a lower price for their milk and consumers from paying 8 dollars or more a gallon retail. Chenango county farm bureau president Bradd Vickers told WCDO news that congress should have passed a new 5-year farm bill months ago:
A new farm bill is put together every 5 years in Washington; the new congress will have a year in 2013 to get a new measure passed to protect one of the nations largest industries.
A new sales tax exemption designed to encourage solar energy use and a law to provide new protections for domestic violence victims are new state laws that take effect tomorrow. Other measures that take effect on New Year’s Day include laws that help craft brewers distribute their products, prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and authorize new ways for colleges to provide health insurance for students.
State Troopers arrested 48-year-old Robert Quinn of Kirkwood for 4th degree Criminal Mischief and 2nd degree Harassment, from a dispute on Johnson Road in Kirkwood. Quinn was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Kirkwood Court on January 10th, he was then turned over to the Village of Deposit Police Department, which had an active arrest warrant for him on separate charges.
Commerce Chenango announced that its economic development affiliate, Development Chenango Corporation, has been awarded $250,000 to establish a Main Street grant program in the Village of New Berlin. The $334,000 program will make improvements to 6 commercial buildings that will be renovated. The New Berlin Main Street grant was 1 of 5 projects announced during Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council awards ceremony, other awards include a $275,000 grant to Sunrise Family Farms in Green, $30,000 to Greene for a sewer collection engineering study; nearly $100,000 to DCMO BOCES for training unemployed individuals for health-related careers; and a $2.3 million Recharge New York power allocation for an expansion project by Golden Artist Colors in Columbus.
State Police investigated a fatal motor vehicle collision, which occurred on Sunday afternoon on State Route 366 in the Town of Dryden. Troopers reported that 20-year-old Victoria Howell of Groton lost control of her vehicle and entered the eastbound lane, striking a vehicle operated by 48-year-old James Caywood of Elmira. Ms. Howell was transported to Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca where she died from her injuries, Caywood was not injured in the collision. No charges have been filed.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 24-year-old Alexandria Johnson of Maryland, for Driving While Intoxicated. Johnson was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Maryland Court on January 8th.
3 state lawmakers will appear at swearing in ceremonies in Oneonta on New Year’s Day. State Senator Jim Seward and Assembly members Bill Magee and Claudia Tenney will be sworn in to office during an event at Foothills Performing Arts Center on Market Street. The event will begin at 1:00 PM, Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller will be master of ceremonies.