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
Oneonta fire fighters responded to a blaze at 34 Watkins Avenue Sunday morning. No one was home when the fire broke out, it was reported by neighbors at around 8:40 AM. Fire crews from West Oneonta, Otego, Worcester, Sidney and Franklin were called in, the Joseph family will be staying with relatives, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
State Troopers arrested 32-year-old George Astalos of South New Berlin for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop in Hancock; Astalos was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Village of Hancock Court at a later date.
State Police conducted an underage drinker initiative detail across Chenango County Saturday, which resulted in no arrests for the underage sale of alcohol. Stores in compliance included the Mirabito Quickway stores of Norwich & Oxford, Valero in Oxford & Norwich, Hess express in Norwich & North Norwich, the Sunoco Convenience Express, in Norwich, as well as the Xtra Mart in Greene, Taylor’s Mini-Mart Norwich, Kwik Fill, Norwich, the Norwich Country Store & Kitchen, & USA Gas Mini Mart in Greene.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a book deal with HarperCollins, to write an account of his life and his time as governor of New York. Cuomo’s book is scheduled to hit bookstores next year,
A Binghamton man has admitted to receiving heroin through the mail in January. The package was collected by Edward Ciarleglio of Binghamton it was delivered by an undercover police officer. The package contained narcotics, opiates and heroin. Ciarleglio pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin.
Promote Oxford Now invites local residents to attend their meeting on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 PM at 6 On The Square, in downtown Oxford. Residents are requested to share ideas, and offer suggestions. Refreshments will be served. More information is available at http://PON.oxfordny.com or at 843-2121.
New York State continues to offer homeowners free energy assessments, in order to make their homes efficient, and to save energy. Brad Pacalis with the Public Policy and Education Fund of the Southern Tier explains;
Those who would like more information regarding the home performance with energy star program, and available grants, can call during normal business hours at 723-0110, or visit upgradeupstate.org/southern tier.
State lawmakers worked to make things easier for dairy farmers, as they struggle to meet the increased demands from the wildly growing Greek yogurt industry. Assembly agriculture committee chairman Bill Magee Explains;
New York recently became the largest producer of yogurt in the 50 states, beating out California by about 15%.