P.m. news Friday 12-19
New Yorkers oppose giving the state Legislature its first raise since 1999, and they remained split over whether the state should have moved forward with hydraulic fracturing, according to a Siena College poll. Voters oppose a legislative pay raise, 63 to 28%. Despite voters being evenly split upstate, the state’s tough gun-control law called the SAFE Act was supported, 58 to 33% statewide. Voters were also evenly divided on the Dream Act that would provide tuition assistance to illegal immigrants, with 44% supporting it and 48% opposing it. Governor Cuomo had a 58% to 37% favorability rating, up slightly from October.
Action has been taken against several retailers after an investigation revealed many were selling toy guns that appear to be real. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office sent cease and desist letters to stop the online sales and shipments of toy guns that do not have required distinguishing designs. State law prohibits the sale of imitation guns in realistic colors, unless it has a one-inch wide orange stripe running down both sides of the barrel. Some toy guns could be mistaken for real weapons by both law enforcement and the general public. Since 1997, at least four people have died when law enforcement mistook toy guns for the real thing.
Governor Cuomo announced that the next phase of New York’s Combat Heroin campaign. Starting today, public service announcements will begin airing in movie theaters across New York State & 10 new “Real Story” videos have been posted to the state’s Combat Heroin website, at combatheroin.ny.gov. The PSAs and new videos show New Yorkers sharing their stories of recovery and addiction, the PSAs will be shown in movie theaters through early January, The Combat Heroin website now has 22 videos of New Yorkers describing heroin or prescription opioid addictions. combatheroin.ny.gov/real-stories.
The state DEC is reminding New Yorkers that as of January 1st, old electronic equipment must be recycled, not thrown in the trash. That includes computers, cell phones, televisions, stereos and other devices that plug in or run on batteries. On DEC’s electronics recycling web page, consumers will find the brand of equipment they wish to recycle, as well as a link to the manufacturer’s recycling program web page and a toll-free number for information about recycling. Go to dec.ny.gov
About three quarters of public high school students in New York graduated on time in June, though graduation rates in the state’s largest cities remain far lower, according to data released by the state Education Department. A total of 76.4% of students who entered 9th grade in 2010 graduated with a diploma before June 2014, up slightly from the 74.9% who graduated within 4 years the previous year.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation opening the door for growing and researching industrial hemp in New York. The bill, introduced by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, creates an agriculture pilot program to study ways to cultivate and manufacture products with the multi-use crop. It passed both houses of the State Legislature in the spring. Colleges and universities, including Cornell, Binghamton University, may take part in New York’s research program.
The Sidney Moose lodge will host a meeting for area children with Santa tomorrow. Santa will appear from 1:00 to 3:00 PM following a lunch from noon to 1;00 PM, lunch is free to children 13 & under. the Sidney moose lodge is located at 20 east Main Street.
P.m. news Friday 12-19
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Binghamton University has broken ground on the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator, marking the start of construction on a major economic development project in downtown Binghamton. The incubator was endorsed as a priority project by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council and awarded $7 million to support the construction of the $19 million facility, which will provide a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem for emerging high-technology companies and is expected to enable more than 900 jobs within the next nine years.
Governor Cuomo announced the Farm to Fork Solutions Forum to focus on helping New York State food and beverage manufacturers grow their business. FuzeHub will host the forum and connect businesses with technical experts to identify solutions to overcome challenges to growth. To date, FuzeHub has assisted more than 450 manufacturing companies across New York. The Farm to Fork Solutions Forum will be held today at Rochester Institute of Technology from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.
As baseball’s best begin their quest for postseason celebrations, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate an unforgettable 2014 with a little help from its Otsego County friends and neighbors. The Hall of Fame will host Community Day on Sunday, Oct. 5, with all Otsego County residents admitted to the Museum free of charge during normal Museum hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum will host programs throughout the day as well as a 1:30 p.m. Cider and Donuts Reception featuring Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark and Museum President Jeff Idelson, who will share details on upcoming Museum initiatives and take questions from visitors.
New York State Assemblyman Cliff Crouch is among the inaugural class for the Unatego Hall of Distinction, which will be inducted during Homecoming activities tonight. Crouch graduated from Unadilla High School in 1963 & has served in the state Assembly since 1995. Crouch was selected for the inaugural class, along with Irmabelle Sheldon, Richard Licht and Perry Secor, who will be inducted posthumously. The induction of the first class will be during halftime of Unatego’s Homecoming football game tonight.
Several local fire companies responded to the fire at the Hillcrest roller Rink on West Main Street in Sidney last night. Fire fighters from Sidney, Wells Bridge, Deposit, Mount Upton, Walton, Trout Creek, Oneonta, Unadilla, Masonville, Franklin & Bainbridge responded to the fire, which was called out at about 11:30 PM. Sidney Fire Chief Greg peck told WCDO News that the cause of the fire is undetermined:
Peck said the Hillcrest fire fell on the same date as the Whitaker’s fire in Sidney in 2007.
State police will participate in a national crackdown “Drunk Driving, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The enforcement period will run from September 1st. Labor day weekend traditionally result sin heavy traffic, more accidents, serious injuries & fatalities. The State police goal is to maximize DWI Enforcement efforts to ensure that motorists are not injured or killed by an intoxicated driver. More than 10,000 are killed by drunk driving nationally each year.
Chenango county launched a new free “Have A Plan” Mobile App encourages people to have plan to get home safely if they’re impaired by alcohol or drugs. The app operates on Iphone, Android & Windows platforms, and targets the 18-34 age range, with features such as designated drivers, find a taxi cab by GPS, alcohol impairment estimator, various motor skills tests to assess impairment levels, and a “Report DWI” button that connects users to local 911 services. The App also offers a list of DWI facts, it can be found by searching the word “Chenango” in app stores.
State police arrested 32 year old Christopher Byrne and we year old Casey Jones of Coventry, for reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawfully growing cannabis, and possession of controlled substance outside its container. The arrests followed an investigation in the drug overdose of a 20-month-old child in Coventry; the child was initially treated at Wilson Memorial hospital in Johnson City & was transferred to Upstate Medical center in Syracuse. Byrne & Jones were arraigned in Coventry town court and were remanded to the Chenango county jail pending future court action; the child has been treated & released.
Binghamton University broke ground on their new $70 million dollars Smart Energy Research & Development facility this morning, at the Innovative Technologies Complex. The 114,00 square foot building will house the Harpur college of Arts & Sciences physics & chemistry departments, research will focus on energy efficient technologies including making solar power more economically competitive, reducing and using thermal energy generated by computers and other electronic device.
State police arrested 21 year old Samantha Smith of Oneonta for criminal impersonation & failure to have an interlock device, plus unlawful possession Marijuana, following a traffic stop for a defective tail light on state route 7 in Oneonta. Police accuse Smith of giving a false name to the trooper, the check of her identity showed that she was restricted to diving only vehicles with an interlock device due to a previous DWI arrest, she was also found to possess Marijuana. Smith faces court action in Oneonta court September 9th.
Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Candidate, Zephyr Teachout will appear at 5:15 PM today in front of the Court House at 92 Court Street in downtown Binghamton. Teachout is seeking to unseat Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary on September 9th. Teachout is a Law Professor at Fordham University in the Bronx and opposes Hydraulic fracturing.
Anndrea Starzak will host a party to celebrate the opening of her new campaign headquarters. Anndrea will address supporters on how she will bring good jobs, good schools, and good government back to the Southern Tier. The Official Office Opening Party is today 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Starzak for Senate Headquarters at 352 Clinton Avenue in Binghamton.
An Open House sponsored by Development Chenango will be held today at 17-19 South Broad Street, Norwich. The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The public is welcome to attend.
State Police arrested 50-year-old Clayton Condon of Bovina Center for Confinement of a Companion Animal in a Vehicle during Extreme Temperatures. The arrest resulted from a report of a dog located inside a tractor-trailer with no air conditioner or ventilation in Otego. Troopers determined that the dog had been in the locked tractor for 2 hours with an outside temperature at 85 degrees. Police gained entry & removed the dog, which was given water & required no medical attention. The dog was turned over to a friend of the owner; Condon will appear in Town of Otego Court on July 31st.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors announced changes to the rules for election for recently retired players, reducing the length of stay on the ballot for players from a maximum of 15 to 10 years, while installing a new balloting and registration process for Baseball Writers’ Association of America voting members. The changes are effective immediately and will be reflected in 2015 Hall of Fame voting.
The Anderson Center at Binghamton University will be the site for a concert by Boz Scaggs’ at 8:00 this evening. Anderson Center Spokesperson Roseanne Norris comments:
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Tickets are still available today by calling 777-ARTS or visiting Anderson.binghamton.edu, or their Face book page.
Oneonta police arrested two men from the state of Delaware after heroin was confiscated. 21-year-old Tommy Collins and 26 year old Keith Williams, both of Wilmington, Delaware were charged with 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, plus 4th & 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, following the execution of a search warrant Friday at 2 Ann Street in Oneonta. Oneonta police confiscated $604 in cash and 615 packets of heroin; Collins and Williams were held in the Oneonta City lockup pending arraignment.
A record amount of refunds went to people with unclaimed funds in New York last year. It also meant a 26 percent reduction in money to the state. The state Comptroller’s Office returned $422 million to claimants in the fiscal year that ended in March, a state record. But as more money went to people who had unclaimed funds, less went to the state’s budget, a drop of $187 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year. The Comptroller’s Office has a database to see if you are owed money, at osc.state.ny.us.
Swimming pool owners can help scientists track the spread of invasive Asian long-horned beetles by checking their filters. The state DEC is inviting pool owners to participate in its annual Asian long-horned beetle survey now through August 29th. The beetles have killed hundreds of thousands of trees across the country. Pool monitoring has the potential to become New York’s most effective method for detecting the pests. Participants check their pool filters and skimmers for the beetles and email pictures to dec.ny.gov.
Governor Cuomo announced that 5 businesses would expand or locate in Binghamton as a result of START-UP New York; they are projected to invest $2.3 million and create more than 80 new jobs in tax-free areas sponsored by Binghamton University. The 5 businesses will create jobs in biotechnology research and development, analytical laboratory instrument manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, audio and video equipment manufacturing, and software services. 41 schools have been approved for START-UP NY; more information is available at startup-ny.com.
The Otsego County Fair will begin their festivities tonight before the fair begins at 6:00 PM, as the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Fair Store and Museum. The 18th Annual Otsego County Fair Hymn Sing will start at 6:30 pm at the Grandstand, the rest of the fair activities begin Tuesday at the fairgrounds in Morris.
State Senator Tom Libous’ campaign submitted thousands of signatures from voters across the 52nd Senate District on three party lines to the New York State Board of Elections office in Albany this week. Libous will be running for re-election to the New York State Senate 52nd District as the candidate for the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties.
The “Hitmen” will hit the stage at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University this evening. Anderson Center Spokesperson Roseanne Norris explains:
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Tickets are available at 777-ARTS, Anderson.Binghamton.edu of through the Anderson center facebook page.
The 38th annual Unadilla Carnival Of Sales from the Unadilla Chamber of Commerce will be held tomorrow from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Unadilla Community House Field. There will be village wide lawn sales, artists, crafters, vendors, antique sales, a bounce house and games for children, plus a chicken barbecue by the Unadilla Fire department. Music will be performed by Mike Herman from 1:00 to 2:00 and the Roundhouse Rockers from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.
Governor Cuomo today signed legislation designed to combat the growing heroin and opioid epidemic in the State. Last week, the Governor and legislative leaders reached an agreement on 10 bills that include new programs and insurance reforms to improve treatment options for individuals suffering from heroin and opioid addiction; measures to strengthen penalties and put in place additional tools for law enforcement to crack down on the distribution of illegal drugs; provisions to ensure the proper and safe use of naloxone, an overdose antidote; and support for enhanced public awareness campaigns to prevent drug abuse. Governor Cuomo signed the legislation this morning during an event at Binghamton University in Vestal.
Republican voters will cast ballots Tuesday in a primary election to choose a candidate for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 22nd District. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Richard Hanna for the Republican Nomination in the 22nd Congressional District race; Polls will be open from noon to 9 PM Tuesday.
State lawmakers approved of a plan last week to allow for medical marijuana to be administered in a limited basis, for those suffering from extreme pain that is not helped by traditional pain reliever. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch said that he opposed the medical marijuana law for several reasons:
The law calls for the medical marijuana to be strictly regulated through 20 hospitals, & it will sunset in 7 years.
New York state wants to build over 100 new weather stations to better predict everything from flash floods to ice storms. The $23.6 million system could let planners and residents know when heavy rains, flash floods, tornadoes and other severe weather is headed their way. Since 2006, New York communities have sustained more than $36 billion in damages from severe weather. SUNY Albany, and the state Homeland Security department are working on a proposal for the 125 new weather stations across the state.
State lawmakers voted to outlaw pointing lasers at airplanes. The measure would make it a misdemeanor to shine a laser pointer at an aircraft. If the laser forced a pilot to change course or otherwise disrupt the flight, the crime would be a felony. The Senate and Assembly passed the legislation last week. Federal authorities report a big increase in the number of incidents, with nearly 100 occurring in the New York City area last year.
New York State’s private sector job count grew by 21,300, or 0.3% in May, according to the State Labor Department. The employment gain raised the State’s private sector job count to 7,568,600, an all-time high. The state’s unemployment rate held steady at 6.7%, remaining at its lowest level since December 2008. The State economy has added 466,000 private sector jobs, and experienced employment growth in 36 of the past 41 months. May also marked the State’s 18th consecutive month with private sector job growth.
Tax revenues in May were stronger than expected, and came in $838 million higher than projections, according to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The total receipts during the first 2 months of the new fiscal year remain below last year’s levels. Tax receipts of $4.1 billion in May were 1.6% higher than in 2013. Total tax receipts for April and May combined were $1.4 billion below year-ago levels, due to personal income tax collections falling sharply in April. The full report is at osc.state.ny.us.
This morning Governor Cuomo will be in Broome County, to sign legislation combating the state’s heroin epidemic. Governor Cuomo will sign the Legislation at Binghamton University at the ITC Center, at 10:30 AM.
Oneonta police arrested 20-year-old Shelby Mochrie of Davenport for allegedly selling heroin in the City of Oneonta. Mochrie was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, she was sent to the Otsego County Jail on $15,000 bail, and will return to court on July 9th.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29-year-old Mark Pittsley of Preston for Driving While Intoxicated and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Pittsley was charged following a traffic stop in the Town of Preston, his blood alcohol content was more than 3 times the legal limit; he was also in possession of marihuana. Pittsley was released & faces court action at a later date.
The Otsego County Sheriff’s Department arrested County Jail Inmate Cody Barnes for 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance. Barnes is accused of selling heroin in the City of Oneonta on two separate occasions in early January of this year, he was being held on $25,000 bail for allegedly brokering local drug deals, he was arraigned and sent back to jail on an additional $20,000 bail. Barnes faces up to 24 years in prison if convicted of the felony drug sales due to a previous felony drug conviction.
Oneonta police arrested 58-year-old James Hone of Oneonta following an incident earlier this month involving an envelope mailed to Oneonta City Court. Hone was charged with Aggravated harassment in connection with the February 3rd incident when court employees opened a letter containing a white powder. After an investigation, the substance posed no threat to court personnel. Hone was arraigned in Oneonta Town Court on Tuesday, he was sent to the Otsego County jail on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond bail.
The problem of heroin addiction has come back again, as it seems to now regain popularity every 20 years, in spite of its deadly reputation. Dave Ramsey of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Delaware county comments:
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Those in need of help regarding heroin or other substance addictions can access information through the council’s website at adaconline.org or by calling 746-8300.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua Stilson of Guilford for 2nd degree Aggravated Harassment, following an incident in the Town of Norwich. Stilson is accused of harassing an individual numerous times by electronic means, he was arraigned in the Town of Norwich court and released on his own recognizance, pending future court action.
The Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its February Business Development Event today at 7:00 pm, in the Susquehanna Room of the Bolster Community Center, 105 Main Street in Afton. Virginia Thompson from the New York State Small Business Development Center at Binghamton University will be speaking about free business management assistance for start-up or established businesses.
The Tony Award winning musical “American Idiot” featuring the music of Green Day, will be coming to the Broome County Forum in Binghamton on Thursday March 6th at 7:30 PM. NAC Entertainment spokesperson Tina Niles explains:
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Niles said that good seats are still available at the Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Governor Cuomo said $9.4 million would be awarded to local organizations that fight teen smoking. The state Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control will award amounts from $325,000 to $500,000. The money will go to 25 local organizations around the state over 5 years. Local organizations must submit applications by Tuesday. More information is available at health.ny.gov.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing legislation to help those wrongfully convicted of a crime, file claims against the state. Schneiderman said current law hinders those who were wrongfully imprisoned and then had their convictions overturned. The Unjust Imprisonment Act would strip away restrictions that block lawsuits, by people seeking financial damages, after being coerced into false confessions or exonerated by DNA evidence. The bill must pass the state Legislature to be enacted into law.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the District Conference Room at 6:30 PM. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:00 PM.
State police arrested 40-year-old Theodore Halstead of East Meredith for felony DWI with a BAC result of .19%. The arrest resulted followed a stop for speeding on State Route 23 in Davenport, Halstead was charged with Felony DWI because he had a prior conviction for DWI within the last 10 years. Halstead was arraigned in the Town of Davenport Court and released on his own recognizance.
Oneonta Police Department arrested 62-year-old Maxie Godfrey of Oneonta for 1st degree Criminal Sexual Act, for allegedly using forcible compulsion to engage in sexual acts with another person. Godfrey is currently being held at the Otsego County Jail on other related charges and is scheduled to reappear at a later date.
New York State of Health reported that 696,880 New Yorkers have completed their applications and 412,221 have enrolled for coverage since the launch of the Marketplace last October. 66% of New Yorkers who have enrolled to date were uninsured at the time of application. The open enrollment period for individuals runs through March 31st.
The Sidney school district Odyssey of the Mind teams will hold a performance tonight, starting at 6:00PM at the Sidney high school auditorium. Spokesperson Marissa Orezzoli comments:
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The Odyssey of The Mind regional competition will be held this Saturday the 15th at the Harold BOCES Campus on route 206 in Masonville, the state competitions are scheduled in April at Binghamton University.