Today is Election Day, with some contentious local elections garnering most of the attention.
In Delaware County, in the town of Sidney, 2 candidates are looking to replace controversial supervisor Bob McCarthy, they are Democrat Bill Heath & Republican Gene Pigford.
For the Sidney Town Council, 4 people are vying for 2 seats; they are Democrats Pete Cordes, & Paul Muratore and Republicans John Woodyshek & Jodi Proffitt.
In the Town of Franklin, 3 candidates are running for 2 seats on the town board, they are Republicans David Grant & Garrett Sitts & for the “Better Franklin” line, the candidate is Patricia Tyrell. In the Town of Masonville in the Supervisor’s race, Republican Michael Spaccaforno faces a challenge from Masonville First candidate Marie Sroka.
In Otsego County:
2 seats on the Town of Oneonta board will be decided with 4 candidates running: democrats Patricia Jacob & Andrew Stammell & republicans Brett Holleran & Fred Volpe. For the 2 town justice seats, the 3 candidates are independent Dawn Oliver & Republicans Sean Farrell & Bruce Smith.
In the Town of Unadilla 3 candidates are vying for 2 seats on the town Council, they are Democrat Jakkie Bickos & Republicans Roger Cecce, George Banta
In the Town Of Butternuts, supervisor candidates are Democrat Charles Eckleman & Republican Linda Grover.
In Chenango County, in the Town of Afton, 4 candidates are running for 2 seats they are Democrats Alan Steinberg, Rich Cuthbertson & Republicans Robert Tallmadge, and Chris Warren. In the Town Of Guilford, 2 seats are open on the Town Council; the 4 candidates are Democrats Kenneth Fogerty & Dolores Fuller & Republicans Tomas Ives & Barbara O’Dell
In the Town of Coventry 2 people are running for Supervisor, with George Westcott getting both the Republican & Democratic Party nomination, the Liberty Party candidate is Gwendolyn Hinman. For Town Justice, Democrat A. Bruce Warren faces Republican Joseph Agunzo, in the Town Council race, 2 seats are open, candidates are Democrat Jeffrey Vance, Republicans Robert Boudreau & John Wicks, for the Liberty Party, the candidate is George Broeg.
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Voters across the State will see several propositions on the ballot today, they include measures to allow 7 casinos to The Catskill & southern tier regions, another would allow judges in some courts to serve until the age of 80.
Binghamton police announced 2 arrests in connection with a homicide on Mygatt Street Monday. Fire fighters were called to 32 Mygatt Street around 6 a.m. Monday, they found a critically injured woman who said her boyfriend had just been murdered, the man’s body was discovered on the 2nd floor. Arrested Monday night were 21-year-old Julian Talamantez of Binghamton, and 25 year old Nigel Saunders of Binghamton, for 1 count each of 2nd degree murder & attempted murder.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that an Election Day hotline is up & running today, to help ensure that minority-language voters, people with disabilities and all eligible voters are able to cast an effective ballot during the today’s elections. The Hotline is 800-771-7755, it will be open today through 9:00 PM.
State spending was nearly $860 million lower than expected through the first half of the fiscal year while tax collections were just shy of projections, according to the Mid-Year report from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Spending from All Funds through the first six months was $64.1 billion, an increase of 6.9%, but was $859.4 million below projections. Tax collections rose by $2.8 billion, or 8.8%, thanks to 11.4% growth in personal income tax collections. The full report is available at osc.state.ny.us.
Today is Election Day, with some contentious local elections garnering most of the attention.
Sidney Town Supervisor candidates, Republican Gene Pigford & democrat Bill Heath will participate in tonight’s town debates at the Sidney library. 2 seats are open on the Sidney town board, Democrats Pete Cordes & Paul Muratore, and Republicans John Woodyshek & Jodi Proffitt will participate. Those who would like to submit written questions are advised to arrive to the Smart Community room at 5:30; the event will begin at 6:00PM. WCDO will be recording to nights debates for broadcast on Monday night at 6:00 PM, the debate will also be placed on the WCDO website.
Former Governor George Pataki, former Comptroller Carl McCall and union and business leaders will head the New York Tax commission set up by Governor Andrew Cuomo, to find ways to cut $2 to $3 billion dollars in taxes over the next few years. Cuomo commented at a press conference in Westchester County Wednesday:
The Commission’s recommendations will be due by December 6th for inclusion in the Governor’s 2014 State of the State message.
Flu season doesn’t technically start until December 1, experts are urging people to get their flu shot early after last year’s flu numbers rose across New York State. Anyone 6 months and older should get the shot every year. People younger than 5, and older than 50 have the highest risk of suffering complications from the flu. More information is available at health.ny.gov
New York is looking into creating its first statewide early warning system for tornados. A bill signed into law by Governor Cuomo directs a review into the feasibility of installing a system that could involve sirens at firehouses, schools, hospitals, sports facilities and other buildings to alert residents in areas statewide. The effort by the Legislature and governor comes after three years of severe weather that included hurricanes, floods and tornados. The warnings would also be spread in social media including text messages. The first report of findings and recommendations is due March 1st.
This year, Unadilla Laminated is celebrating 50 years of manufacturing in Sidney. Unalam will host an open house from on Tuesday, October 22 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. RSVP’s are requested by October 18th. More information is available at 369-9341
THE CHENANGO COUNTY arrested 3 people on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy, making a false written statement and Petty Larceny. Charged were 25-year-old Vanessa Furgison, 40-year-old Brian Smith and 30-year-old Heidi Moore, for allegedly stealing a prescription bottle from a victim’s purse while visiting that person’s residence in the village of new Berlin. All 3 were issued appearance tickets for town of New Berlin court at a later date.
State police in Oneonta arrested 39-year-old Michelle Anderson of Oneonta for aggravated DWI with a BAC of .23% and other vehicle and traffic law violations. While investigating a one-car accident on County Highway 60 in Oneonta, troopers determined the driver was intoxicated. Anderson was issued tickets or Oneonta town court October 22nd.
Commerce Chenango will co-host a “Meet the Candidates” Business After Hours on October 16th, at the Sidney Federal Credit Union Norwich branch. The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, registration fro the event is requested by October 14th at 334-1402.
4 people are running for 2 seats on the Sidney town board this year. Pete Cordes is the only incumbent running, under the democratic party line, he told WCDO News what he thinks needs to be done:
(Pete Cordes 10-3-13)
Cordes will participate in the town board debate at the Smart Community Room at the Sidney Library starting at 6:00 this evening. Town Supervisor candidates Gene Pigford & Bill Heath will also debate.
Governor Cuomo is reminding small business owners of the state’s annual MWBE forum today & tomorrow at the empire State Convention center in Albany, it’s the largest statewide event for minority & women owned businesses. Attendees will learn about the state procurement process, attend informational sessions and connect with decision makers from the public & private sectors; more information is available at governor.ny.gov
The Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Free Collaboration dinner to include Bainbridge, Sidney and Unadilla Chamber members on Monday, October 14 at Main Street Grill and Bakery, Afton with dinner at 6:00 pm. Reservations are being taken at 639-1274, the deadline to register is tomorrow.
The Chenango County Sheriffs Department arrested 44-year-old Mark Youngs of Plymouth on a charge of 2nd degree harassment. Youngs was charged following a complaint in the Town of Plymouth, he had previously advised by Deputies to leave the victim alone following an earlier incident. Youngs will appear in the Town of Plymouth Court at a later date.
Commerce Chenango, The Chenango Foundation, Inc. and the Advisory Committee of Leadership Chenango announced that Robert Wadsworth is the 2013 recipient of the Harry Tecklenburg Leadership Award. The award will be presented at the Kick-off Dinner for the Leadership Chenango Class of 2014 tonight at the Canasawacta Country Club in Norwich. Wadsworth served as Chairman and CEO of Preferred Mutual Insurance Company in New Berlin, from 1997 until his retirement in 2008.
Democratic and Sidney First Independent candidates for the upcoming town board election will hold a Meet & Greet night tonight be at the Sidney Memorial Public Library from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Current town board member Bill Heath is running for town supervisor, Pete Cordes is seeking re-election for his seat, and Paul Muratore is running for the other town council seat.
The state Health Department opened its hotline to help customers sign up for New York’s health-care exchange. The enrollment period runs from October 1st through March 31st. The exchange will provide health insurance to at least 1 million uninsured New Yorkers as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. The program will provide tax credits for individuals with incomes under $45,960 and families of four with incomes less than $94,200. The phone number for the “NY State of Health” program is 1-855-355-5777; more information is available at nystateofhealth.ny.gov.
The Firemen’s Association of New York offer a program called “the Higher Education Learning Program” which provides tuition reimbursement to students who are volunteer firefighters and attending college for up to 80 credit hours. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is October 1st; information on the program and how to apply is available at fasny.com.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the Guilford School Cafeteria at 6:30 PM. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:30 PM.
Residents in the town of Sidney will be voting for a new town supervisor in November, as incumbent Bob McCarthy is not running for a 2nd term. Republican Gene Pigford is running for town supervisor, who told WCDO news about his ideas:
(Gene Pigford 9-18-13)
Pigford pharmacy discount.com faces democrat & Sidney First Candidate Bill Heath for Sidney town supervisor on Election Day in November.
Governor Cuomo today visited the Village of Margaretville in Delaware County for a New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committee. Planning experts, community officials, and residents gathered to kick off the long-term rebuilding process following Tropical Storm Lee & Hurricane Irene in 2011 that devastated Margaretville. The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is designed to empower communities to create and implement their strategies to rebuild and prepare for future extreme weather. The governor was also planning to attend a NY Rising meeting in Staten Island, which was heavily damaged from Super storm Sandy.
State Troopers in Deposit arrested 19-year-old Travis Decamp of Sanford, for driving while intoxicated with a reportable BAC result twice the legal limit. The arrest followed an accident investigation on Old Route 17 in Sanford; Decamp was issued tickets returnable to the town of Sanford court on October 7th.
A total of $99,400 in cultural funding is available from the Chenango Arts Council for initiatives in Broome, Chenango and Otsego counties. Funding is available for grants up to $5,000 through the 2014 Decentralization Program. The grants provide support to community-based organizations, groups, collectives or artists. The deadline for the grant application is December 11th; Guidelines & applications are available at chenangoarts.org.
About 9,000 state workers could get a raise and a regular salary review if Governor Cuomo signs legislation proposed by state Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse. The bill would affect state workers designated as managerial or confidential, who are not represented by unions, & who have not had a raise since 2008. The proposal calls for the state to create a commission to analyze salaries of non-unionized state workers and report recommendations about pay changes every four years. Governor Cuomo has until September 27th to sign or veto the bill.
New York’s 16 medical schools have more students this fall than last year, including the first in a pair of three-year programs that allow students to graduate faster and with less debt. Associated Medical Schools of New York states that the 2,424 new medical students represent an enrollment increase of 120 over last year. More than half are state residents, nearly half are women and 3 percent are international students. Most programs last four years with annual tuition ranging from $30,000 to $50,000.
Congressman Chris Gibson and his Watershed Advisory Group released a position overview on the State Health Department’s draft midterm revisions to the New York City Filtration Avoidance Determination. Gibson said that the current plan by the city to purchase land in the watershed region is unacceptable, with the money used for land purchases better suited for flood mitigation and upstate economic development. Gibson also said that the reservoir should be set at levels that meet new York city’s drinking water needs without endangering watershed communities above & below dams, in order to prevent flooding. The revisions were published by the DOH in late August, and are currently in a public comment period.
Detectives with the Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 57-year-old Robert Baker of Plymouth for possessing a Sexual Performance by a child and possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a child. Detectives obtained a search warrant for baker’s computer following a lengthy investigation into a child endangerment complaint. Baker was arraigned in the Town of Plymouth Court and remanded to the Chenango county jail on $25,000.00 cash bail. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.
Chenango county sheriff’s deputies arrested 47-year-old Lee Bush of Pharsalia for 3rd degree Aggravated Sexual Abuse. Bush was charged following a complaint, accusing Bush of assaulting the victim with a foreign object. He was arrested and arraigned in Chenango County Court and released pending future court action.
Sidney town councilman Bill Heath has announced that he is running for Sidney town supervisor on the democratic and Sidney First party lines. Heath told WCDO News what he hopes to accomplish, if elected:
(Bill Heath 9-12-13)
Heath faces republican candidate Gene Pigford, incumbent Supervisor Bob McCarthy is not seeking re-election.
Broome County Executive Debbie Preston announced Wednesday that property taxes would increase 2.97% under the 2014 budget proposal. The proposed budget totals 375.7 million dollars, the increase was necessary due to unfounded mandates, & existing contract obligations with the county employees union contracts.
NYSEG officials report that about 1100 customers were without power this afternoon. The largest concentration was in the town of Butternuts where about 150 customers were without power following last night storms.
The state DEC is asking for the public’s help, in tracking the spread of a deadly viral disease in the deer population that is spread by tiny biting flies called midges. The agency is asking people to report sightings of sick or dead deer to help identify outbreaks, the virus leads to the symptoms in deer of fever, bruises in the mouth and nose, and swelling of the head, neck, tongue and lips, they may appear to be lame or dehydrated. A 2011 outbreak killed about 100 deer in the Catskill region.
Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 21-year-old Matthew Reynolds of Syracuse for Driving while intoxicated. Reynolds was charged following the report of a vehicle stopped in the roadway, and the diver asleep at the wheel in Sherburne. Reynolds BAC was more than twice the legal limit, he was released to a sober 3rd party and will appear in town of Sherburne court at a later date.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement with Sears, Roebuck and Co. over a deceptive refund policy that the retailer applied to consumers who participated in its “Come Back Cash” promotion. Consumers who purchased merchandise above a “qualifying threshold” amount were given a $10 or $20 promotional award card. However, if the consumer later returned some of the merchandise, Sears reduced the refund by a pro-rated amount of the value of the award card. The company has agreed to pay $150,000 in fines, Sears operates 45 stores in New York State.
Eric Schwartz, a former White House and UN adviser and public policy expert, will give a presentation Sept. 30 at Binghamton University. The free presentation is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Center. Schwartz, who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at BU in 1979, has served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration and UN Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.
Tri- town regional hospital in Sidney is celebrating nation emergency preparedness month, with a presentation Friday afternoon. Emergency preparedness specialist Laura Terriquez-Kasey, & tri town pharmacist Dave Van Valkenburg will discuss “BE PREPARED” KITS and informational pamphlets will be available.
Governor Cuomo is reminding small business owners that the early registration deadline for the state’s annual MWBE forum is September 15th. The forum will be held October 3rd & 4th at the empire State Convention center in Albany, it’s the largest statewide event for minority & women owned businesses. Attendees will learn about the state procurement process, attend informational sessions and connect with decision makers from the public & private sectors, more information is available at governor.ny.gov.
1 person was killed in a fire in Guilford. Last night’s fire was located in a trailer at 209 Joslyn Road, the fire was reported at around 11:40 PM, with firefighters from Guilford & Oxford responding. The identity of the deceased person will be revealed pending family notification and the conclusion of an autopsy, scheduled to be performed at Lourdes hospital in Binghamton this afternoon.
A lawsuit has been filed in state Supreme Court by a group of landowners against the Sidney Town Board for their February 13th moratorium against natural gas drilling. The lawsuit follows 2 recent decisions that ruled in favor of banning natural gas drilling in the towns of Dryden in Tompkins County and Middlefield in Otsego County, both decisions have been appealed to the state Court of Appeals. The moratorium was voted for by Sidney town council members Tobi Whitaker, Bill Heath & Pete Cordes, town supervisor Bob McCarthy voted against it, Councilman Eric Wilson did not vote. Court action will begin on September 6th.
Governor Cuomo will visit Broome County today to discuss the Start-Up New York Proposal and Economic Development Agenda at the Binghamton University Innovative Technologies Complex Engineering and Science Building the governor is scheduled to begin the discussion at 3:15 PM.
Delaware County Deputies investigated a one-car property damage auto accident Thursday on Palmer Hill Road in the Town of Franklin. 17-year-old Colin Adam of Walton lost control of his vehicle, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and travel down an embankment. Adam was issued a ticket for operating a motor vehicle out of class; he faces court action in the Town of Franklin Court at a later date.
State Police at Sidney arrested 20-year-old James Nering of Cooperstown, for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on Interstate 88 in Sidney; Nering was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Sidney Court on June 27th.
Delaware County Deputies investigated a two-car personal injury auto accident Sunday on State route 28 in the Town of Delhi. 59-year-old William Kraiza of Sidney Center crossed the double yellow line striking a vehicle being operated by 77-year-old Anthony Cosenza of Andes. Both Anthony & Mary Cosenza were transported to O’Connor Hospital in Delhi for minor injuries, Kraiza was issued traffic tickets for Failure to keep right and leaving the scene of a personal injury auto accident, both returnable to the Town of Delhi Court on July 16th.
State Police investigated a fatal head-on collision involving a Saturn and a tractor-trailer Saturday on State Route 13 in Dryden. 22-year-old Isaac Miller of Freeville was killed when his Saturn collided with the tractor-trailer driven by ALEXANDER SPAGNOLA of Tully. Spagnola was treated at Cayuga Medical Center for minor injuries and released. Investigators believe that Miller was intoxicated & drifted into the opposing lane and struck the tractor-trailer head-on. The accident is still under investigation.
The state legislature wrapped up the 2013 session Friday in Albany. Area State Senator Jim Seward commented on the close of the 2013 legislative session:
Seward said that he was also pleased that lawmakers restored 90 million dollars in funding for programs to help the developmentally disabled, he was disappointed that the assembly failed to act on measures to assist dairy farmers meet demand for liquid 1 milk by the growing Greek Yogurt industry in upstate New York.
The 2nd annual ”Teddy Memorial” will be held tomorrow at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge. The event starts at 9:00 am through 10:00 pm, activities include a baseball tourney, a 3 on 3 soccer tourney, chicken barbeque, bounce house and many other events. The event is in honor of Teddy Cherniak of Bainbridge, who suffered a fatal injury at the Bainbridge Memorial Day parade last year. More information is available at 320-4101 or on the teddy memorial Facebook page.
Tomorrow will be the annual Chenango County Dairy day in Norwich, featuring a parade & a number of activities at the County Fairgrounds. Parade Chairperson Karen Hoffman explains:
(Karen Hoffman 6-14-13)
Hoffman said that due to the high river levels, the “Duck Derby” has been rescheduled as part of this summer’s Chenango County Fair.
Delaware valley humane society will be holding a fund raising golf tournament in July. Humane Society Spokesman Bill Heath told WCDO News that they are looking for golfers to sign up by July 8th:
More information about the K-9 Golf tournament at the Afton Gold course is available at 563-9148.
The Sidney Village Police arrested 22-year-old Wesley Crawn of Bainbridge for criminal possession of a controlled substance. Crawn is accused of possessing SubOxone in an uncapped syringe, he was arraigned in Sidney village court and was remanded to the Delaware county jail on $10,000 cash bail, he faces court action on June 18th.
Delaware County Public Health and the Village of Sidney will be conducting a Car Seat Safety Event tomorrow from 9:00 am to Noon at the Sidney McDonalds. Parents are reminded to bring their children to the event and expectant parents are welcome as well. More information is available at 832-5200.
Delaware County Deputies investigated a 1-car property damage auto accident Tuesday in the Town of Meredith on Coe Hill Road. Deputies reported that 20-year-old Kaci Anderson of Delhi lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway and rolled over. No injuries were reported, no tickets were issued.
The Sidney village police arrested 59-year-old Kim Contreras of Sidney for 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Contreras is accused of possessing 40 Hydrocodone tablets, she was arraigned in Sidney village court and was remanded to the Delaware county jail on $50,000 cash bail, pending a June 18th court appearance.
State Police arrested Gary Conklin, of Harpursville for 3rd degree Assault. The arrest was the result of an incident on June 12th at the Red Apple Gas Station in Port Crane. Conklin was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Fenton Court on June 20th.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Advocates for Morris, the Butternut Valley Alliance, Otsego 2000 and the Otsego County Conservation Association, will hold a public information forum regarding the recent court cases regarding gas drilling bans or moratoriums in Middlefield and Dryden, and how those cases affect home rule authority in New York state. The forum will take place at the Morris Central School auditorium tonight from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, It will be followed by a question and answer session.
Governor Cuomo discussed enacting gun control legislation, during his state of the state address Wednesday in Albany. The governor said that he is a gun owner himself, and this bill will have nothing to do banning legitimate hunting rifles:
(Cuomo on Gun control)
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said that he agrees with the governor’s proposal:
(Silver on Gun Control)
The gun control legislation follows the sandy creek elementary school massacre in neighboring Connecticut several weeks ago.
The Sidney town board met last night, with supervisor Bob McCarthy, councilman Eric Wilson, and Town Attorney Joe Ermeti not in attendance. The remaining board members Tobias Whitaker, Bill Heath and Pete Cordes passed a resolution to enact a 1-year moratorium on gas drilling by hydrofracking. The resolution is being sent to the county for consideration.
The Chenango county sheriffs department is still investigating the disappearance of 36-year-old Jennifer Ramsaran of New Berlin December 11th. Ramsaran was heading to Syracuse for a shopping trip, her cell phone was found in the Town of Plymouth the following day, her minivan was found in the city of Norwich 4 days later. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriffs department at 337-1924; all calls will be kept confidential.
State senator Jim Seward will be at the Sidney central school district today. Seward will speak with students in the particiption in government callas starting at 9:30 that will be followed by a tour of the facilities with school officials.
The joint landowners coalition of Central New York announced that they have submitted their last set of comments to the DEC on natural gas development in the state. The comments were on the topics of protecting the environment, communities, and residents, and were compiled from input by environmental scientists, petroleum & civil engineers, chemists, toxicologists, organic & traditional farmers, medical doctors & attorneys, the complete comments are available at JLCNY.org. The DEC has received thousand of comments both for and against hydrofracking, as they get ready to release the final draft regulation in the coming months.