A.m. news Tuesday 11-4-14
It’s Election Day, with the big races on the ballot. The race for governor pits incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, against Republican Rob Astorino & Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins is on the ballot again. In the State Attorney General’s race, Incumbent democrat Eric Schneiderman faces Republican John Cahill. In the race for State Comptroller, incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci. In races of local interest, for the 19th Congressional District, Republican Incumbent Chris Gibson faces democrat Sean Eldridge. In the 52nd State Senate district, Incumbent Republican Tom Libous faces Democrat Anndrea Starzak. In the State Assembly in the 121st Assembly District, incumbent Democrat Bill Magee faces a challenge from republican John Salka. In Sidney, Republican Loddie Marsh is running on the Democratic party line, while Jody Proffitt carries the Republican spot on the ballot for a town council seat. In Oneonta, Patricia Kent faces independent David Rowley for a town board seat. InFranklin, Republicans Donald Smith and Lisa Huyck are vying for two seats on the town council against independents Donald Hebbard and Bryan Babcock. There are also 3 propositions on the ballot; 1 proposal seeks to reform the redistricting process to an independent commission. The 2nd measure have lawmakers receive copies of proposed legislation digitally rather than on print out, the 3rd would allow the state to borrow up to $2 billion for high-speed Internet, equipment & high-tech security features for schools.
Bassett Healthcare Network has established a call in line for patients concerned that they may have been exposed to Ebola – that number is (607) 547-5555 or toll free (877) 547-1745. The number is a resource for patients who have traveled internationally or had close contact with someone who recently traveled internationally and was ill. Patients who fit this criteria and are feeling ill or who have questions about possible symptoms are asked to call the Ebola call in line at Bassett to be connected with a clinician trained to help them.
The 2015 General Clinton Canoe Regatta kickoff meeting will be held tonight in Bainbridge. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at the Highway 7 Bar and Grill in Bainbridge.
Insurance company AIG has agreed to pay New York state $35 million to settle claims that two former subsidiaries did business without licenses and misled regulators about their operations in the state. The deal was announced by the state Department of Financial Services. It comes after a $60 million settlement in March with MetLife, which purchased the subsidiaries from AIG. Authorities had alleged subsidiaries American Life Insurance Co. and Delaware American Life Insurance Co. sought customers in New York without licenses and without telling regulators. Under the settlement, AIG will drop a legal challenge to the state’s probe and the state will not proceed with charges or a lawsuit
A.m. news Tuesday 11-4-14
An Otsego County man, charged with shooting his father, was sentenced yesterday. Michael Buck pleaded guilty to 1st degree manslaughter in June, for the fatal shooting of his 64-year old father, Joe Buck. Buck attempted to withdraw his plea earlier this month, but the motion was denied. Buck was sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
It was a successful week for the Delaware County Fair this year, despite 2 days with rain. County fair organizer John Jackson told WCDO News that they were pleased with the results:
(John Jackson 8-19-14)
Jackson said that The County Fairs Ultimate Idol winner was Joanna Yaeger from Horse Heads, also 214 participants in the 5K run/walk & 10K run, both Demolition Derbies were sold out, the Easton Corbin, Danielle Bradbery show drew about 3000 folks. Next years Delaware county fair will run from August 17-22.
Sue Andrews has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Bassett Medical Center effective September 1, 2014. Andrews, who has been with Bassett’s Division of Finance for 34 years and vice president since 2008, will succeed Nicholas Nicoletta, who announced last month that he is retiring December 31, 2014 as CFO of Bassett Medical Center and Corporate CFO of Bassett Healthcare Network. Andrews is a native of Sidney.
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Oneonta Job Corps Academy; they are holding a variety of events to celebrate this month throughout the region. Spokesperson Lynn Price told WCDO News what prospective students can expect:
(Lynn Price 8-19-14)
Tonight, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Damaschke Field, the Oneonta Job Corps Academy students will take on staff in a baseball game, plus refreshments, games, contests and fireworks, as well as more information for the public on the Oneonta Job Corps Academy, the event is free to the public. More information is available at 431-1455.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Department arrested 40-year-old Richard Maricle of Oxford for Criminal Mischief & Criminal Contempt. Maricle was arrested following an investigation of domestic dispute in the Town of Oxford, where he is alleged to have destroyed property belonging to the victim and violated an order of protection. Maricle was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court & was ordered to the Chenango County Jail on $250 bail pending future court action.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation to Expand and strengthen services for veterans, active service members and their families. The new law eases the transition to a new school for children of military families that relocate as a result of military orders, lowers the cost of higher education for Veterans receiving benefits under the GI bills, and offers military family members greater flexibility with professional licenses received from other states or jurisdictions. The new law also strengthens the supplemental burial assistance provided by the state to military families when a service member dies in combat or as a result of injuries sustained on the battlefield.
A $117,000 federal grant will allow the Greater Binghamton Airport to conduct a study on sustainability. Congressman Richard Hanna announced the grant Monday, which will identify ways to reduce environmental impacts, realize economic benefits and improve community relations. The grant will help develop a sustainability policy for the airport to address the problem long-term. The study is expected to establish baseline figures to help the airport set goals.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District Board of Education is currently seeking individuals interested in filling the remaining year (one) of a board member term of office. A School Board candidate must be a qualified voter and district resident at least 18 years old, interested candidates should contact the District Clerk at 967-6321 by September 2nd.
State Troopers arrested 24 year old Denver Colegrove of Otego for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, after responding to a 1 car roll over accident on Dutch Hill Road in Otego. Colegrove was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Otego Court on August 21st.
ACCO brands in Sidney announced that they would be adding 25 full time hourly manufacturing positions at their Sidney facility immediately. Job growth was attributed to the recent relocation of ACCO brands day-Timer operations form Allentown Pennsylvania to the Sidney facility. More information is available at accobrands.com.
Governor Cuomo announced the recipients of $340 million in full-day pre-kindergarten funding for 81 school districts and Community Based Organizations statewide, opening full-day classroom slots to nearly 37,000 children. The funding is the first installment as part of the State’s commitment to invest $1.5 billion over 5 years to build a Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten program.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 56 year old Douglas Caesar of New Berlin for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance for allegedly possessing cocaine in the City of Norwich. Caesar was released on his own recognizance to return to the City of Norwich Court at a later date.
The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older who are uninsured. The Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach, will be available today from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce at 5 Main Street Delhi, Appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225 for your appointment.
The Chenango Arts Council announces that Diane Batson-Smith be Executive Director effective July 1st, replacing Victoria Kappel who announced her retirement in January. Batson-Smith has enjoyed a varied career in the arts including her own repertory company in Roanoke, Virginia, an independent film producer, Senior Producer & Project Supervisor for Dreamworks SKG, & a studio executive for Walt Disney Productions, and a Co-Producer for Paramount Pictures.
The New York Better Business Bureau is warning residents of summer scams, involving discount paving jobs from door to door salesman. Salesmen promise discount paving jobs, begin the process, only to find out they don’t have enough materials, promise to come back, & never return. Consumers are then left with a partial job, when they’ve paid for more. The Bureau said to watch out for anyone who pushes for a quick decision, requires cash only sales, or has an unmarked vehicle with out of state plates. A list of legitimate contractors can be found on bbb.org
Greater Maywood Rural Community Services is hosting a “Raise the Roof” fundraiser at Covered Bridge Gardens today, with a spaghetti dinner & Blue Grass music, starting at 5:00 PM. $10.00 donations are requested.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host a blood drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross & Bassett Healthcare, on Saturday, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Cooper Park adjacent to the Hall of Fame in a Red Cross bloodmobile. Blood donors will receive free admission to the Museum on Saturday. Volunteer donors who have not donated within the last 56 days of June 7 are eligible to donate blood on Saturday. The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday as it observes summer hours through the day before Labor Day.
Delaware county Public Health will hold a free rabies clinic today in Masonville. The clinic for dogs, cats & domesticated ferrets runs from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Masonville Fire Hall