A.m. news Friday 12-19-14
Governor Cuomo announced the release of proposed regulations for the State
A.m. news Friday 12-19-14
Over $468 million in federal funding including in last week’s Omnibus Spending bill will go for 2 Presidential Helicopter construction projects. Lockheed Martin in Owego will participate in the construction along with Sikorsky Aircraft.
Governor Cuomo signed a bill to increase protections for pets across New York State. The bill prohibits the piercing or tattooing of all pets, including cats and dogs, to protect the animals from unnecessary harm, yet still allows the use of piercing and tattooing for identification purposes only, or where the piercing provides a medical benefit to the animal & is performed by a licensed veterinarian. The law will take effect in 120 days; Senator Tom Libous of Binghamton sponsored it in the State senate.
Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force arrested 33-year-old Tyrone Middleton & 38-year-old Angela Cooley of Binghamton, on drug charges. The 2 are accused of possessing crack cocaine packaged for sale, they were charged with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance & 1 one count of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia. Both were arraigned in City of Binghamton Court this morning.
Governor Cuomo said he expects a decision on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas to be made before the end of the year, pending the outcome of the Department of Health’s review on possible health related issues. The state instituted a moratorium on the practice under then-Governor David Patterson in 2008; hydraulic fracturing had been used in Western New York Counties since 1979.
The state Board of Regents requested a $2 billion increase in state education funding for the next fiscal year. In total, the Regents are asking the state to spend $24.4 billion on its education system next year, a 9 percent increase. The Regents’ proposal includes a request, for $678 million of the roughly $5 billion the state has received from legal settlements with various banks and insurers. The Regents’ request is in line with the $1.9 billion boost sought by the state Educational Conference Board, a wide array of groups, including school boards, superintendents and teachers. But it will ultimately be up to Cuomo and the Legislature to decide how much the state spends
Governor Cuomo today announced New York State has received $6.2 million in federal funds that will allow 90 community organizations, hospitals, police departments and district attorneys’ offices to enhance services and protections for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The grants will also support the work of health care professionals who are specially trained in examining sexual assault victims and collecting evidence that can be used by law enforcement, as well as allowing the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault to develop protocols and training that better address sexual assaults on college campuses.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Matthew Sieger of Bainbridge Tuesday for 2nd degree Burglary & Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Sieger is accused of breaking into someone’s home with another person & stealing several items. Sieger was arraigned in the Town of Coventry Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional facility on $2,500 cash bail, he’ll appear in the Town of Coventry Court at a later date to answer to his charges.
SUNY Oneonta is sponsoring a program called “Reducing Gun Violence,” tonight at 7:00 PM in the Red Dragon Theater on campus. The program will identify and evaluate remedies for reducing gun violence. After formal remarks by the panelists, a question-and-answer session will follow. The program is open to the public.
Members of the public learned how to administer Naloxone, a medication that counters the effects of drug overdose, during a free training session yesterday at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. Lourdes Hospital’s Youth Services Program in Binghamton hosted the free training session along with the Southern Tier AIDS Program. The medication is intended to revive someone experiencing an overdose of drugs like heroin, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin. Lourdes has planned another session for December 9th.
The National Weather Service kicked off its Winter Weather Awareness Week yesterday. The NWS recommends people stock up on a three-day supply of food and water, start planning alternate heating options and winterize cars. The National Weather Service recommends not only having proper tires, windshield wipers, and fluids but also stocking cars properly, in the event that you get stranded. You should have a warm blanket, a cell phone, a charger and non-perishable food in your car at all times.
New York legislators are now encouraging health care professionals to travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients. Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a program to provide financial incentives and other employment protections to those who volunteer. The state will work to make sure workers would have their pay, health care, and employment statuses continue when they get back.
The City of Oneonta and its Common Council reported that Mayor Richard Miller died Saturday morning at 10:25 AM in his home. Miller served as Mayor of Oneonta since 2009, before that he served as President of Hartwick College in Oneonta. Otsego County Coroner James Hurley’s report stated that Miller died from a self-inflict gun shot wound.
State Police announced that 16 year old Paige Lott-Urich of Endwell has been located in the Binghamton area and in good health. the 16 year old was reported missing since July 16th, she was locate after a flurry of calls & activity following a posting by State Police on their Facebook page.
Chenango County Sheriff’s Department arrested 39 year old Laura Griffin of Bainbridge for driving under the influence of drugs, following a traffic stop for moving violations in the Town of Norwich. Griffin just concluded visitation at the Chenango County Jail, where she was allegedly impaired. Griffin was processed and released to appear in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date.
The Otsego County Sheriffs department arrested 34 year old Harry Lee Wilkins of the Bronx following a traffic stop in Oneonta. Wilkins was found to be in possession of 770 envelopes containing heroin, he was charged with 2 counts of 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wilkins was sent to the Otsego County Jail on $50,000 bail, more arrests are anticipated
State Police CNET Unit and Vestal Police Department arrested 38 year old Kendall Smith of Binghamton after a search warrant led to the seizure of 245 packages of heroin, packaging materials and cash. Smith was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia, Smith was arraigned in Binghamton City Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
New York State agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming its public defense system is under funded and violates poor people’s rights to counsel. The state will establish a cap on the number of cases court-appointed attorneys may handle and will ensure defendants have lawyers at their first court appearance, among other reforms. The NYCLU sued the state in 2007 claiming New York has neglected its duty to provide attorneys to poor defendants by passing the job on to counties, which do not have the resources to ensure adequate representation. Under the settlement, the state will provide funding to ensure lawyers have time to meet with their clients & thoroughly investigate their case.
State Senate Democratic candidate Anndrea Starzak will unveil her Environmental Platform today at the solar powered home of Ken Fogerty at 746 Gospel Hill Road in Guilford at 3:00 PM. Starzak will announce her endorsement by the Sierra Club & she will accept the challenge by Southern Tier environmental groups to tour fracking sites in Pennsylvania.
6 Sidney area residents were arrested on drug trafficking charges Friday evening by members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Sidney Village Police Department and State Police, following a 5 month investigation, and the execution of a search warrant Friday. Arrested were 43 year old Gabriel Bonacci, on 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, for Heroin, 27 year old Rene Hurlburt of Unadilla, for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for Cocaine. Also arrested was 64 year old Donna Bonacci of Sidney for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to sell for the intended sale of cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs & marihuana. Police also charged 53 year old Belinda Davis of Sidney on 3 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for allegedly selling Oxycodone, 32 year old Randal Babcock of Sidney for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for allegedly selling Xanax & 34 year old Chad Walters of Mount Upton for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. All werearraigned & were remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail, additional arrests & drug charges are pending.
State Police & Vestal Police arrested 21 year old Kenneth Godfrey of Binghamton for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell. Members of CNET and the Vestal Police Department executed a search warrant on Godfrey, his vehicle and residence last Wednesday, seizing 371 envelopes of heroin, & cash. Godfrey was arraigned in City Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
YES! Safe Choices for Kids, from Senator Libous and Lourdes, will host over 500 students from across the Southern Tier at their YES! Ignites Training today at the Binghamton DoubleTree from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. YES! Leaders are trained to provide substance abuse prevention education to elementary school students, from Afton, Bainbridge-Guilford, Chenango Valley, Norwich, Windsor & other Broome & Chenango County school districts. Senator Libous will kick off the opening session with introductory remarks.
Unadilla Chamber of Commerce will have their next regular meeting at Unadilla Fire Station this morning at 8:00 AM. Unadilla Mayor Dave Welch will give update on Bishop Lot. Chamber members are encouraged to attend.
The Chenango County Farm Bureau will hold their 59th annual meeting this evening. The meeting will be held at 6:30 at the Silo Restaurant in Greene, the Guest Speaker will be Farmers Veterans’ Coalition president Jamie Critelli, who recently appeared on the Rachel Ray show.
Afton will be hosting the Four Chamber Mixer at Vincent’s Restaurant on Main Street in Afton on Monday starting at 6:00 PM, with the meeting to follow at 7:00. The meeting is a FREE event for members of Sidney, Unadilla, Bainbridge and Afton Chambers, An R.S.V.P to each chamber’s secretary is requested by today.
The Oneonta Outlaws announced a fundraiser full-length rodeo Saturday October 25 at 1 p.m at Damaschke Field in Oneonta. Millennia Entertainment is helping to co-promote and organize the event. The Saturday Showdown Tickets are $30 and children under 12 are free. Tickets are on sale now online at www.brownpapertickets.com. More information is available at 316-2870 or the Oneonta Outlaws office at 432-6326.
Tonight at the Floyd Maines Veterans memorial Arena in Binghamton, it will be PINK AT THE RINK with the Binghamton senators & the Portland Pirates, PRESENTED BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER. Game time is 7:05 PM with $2.00 DONATED per ticket to the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. The B-Sens uniforms will be pink in honor of breast cancer awareness and they will be auctioned off after the game.
Governor Cuomo announced several initiatives to encourage the continued growth of agribusiness across New York. The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund launched Tuesday and is now taking applications. The $614,000 Fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 for eligible farmers who participate in the production of an agricultural product on a commercial farm operation within New York. Funds can be used for up to 50 percent of project costs to lease or purchase farm machinery and equipment; for the construction or expansion of farm buildings or systems; Empire State Development, & the Department of Agriculture and Markets, will administer the Fund.
The New York State Office of General Services will hold surplus vehicle, highway equipment, and miscellaneous property auctions locally today & tomorrow. Auctions will be at 9:30 this morning at NYS Department of Transportation, 241 Colesville Road, Binghamton & at 1:30 today at the State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities at 249 Glenwood Road, Binghamton. Tomorrow’s auction will be at 9:30 AM at SUNY Delhi and 1:30 PM at the State Police Troop C headquarters on Route 7 in Sidney. A listing of auctions is on line at nysstore.com; specific items and terms of sale are at ogs.ny.gov.
The Chenango Arts Council has booked the Colonia Theater in Norwich on a number of Wednesday nights, for their “Chenango Film Series” starting tonight. Council director Diane Batson-Smith told WCDO News about the series:
(Diane Batson-Smith 10-15-14)
Memberships or more information about the Chenango arts council programs are available at Chenango arts.org or at 336-2787.
A Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic for dogs, cats, and ferrets will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Delhi Fire Hall, at 140 Delview Terrace. County Officials stated that will be the last Rabies Clinic for 2014, more information is available at 832-5200 or delawarecountypublichealth.com.
Governor Cuomo has until early next week to decide on 22 bills passed by lawmakers this year, including legislation that would require high schools to provide CPR training to their students & a bill to designate yogurt as the official state snack. The CPR bill would direct the state Education Department to require high schools to include CPR training & the use of automated external defibrillators in their curriculum. The Legislature passed 658 bills from January through June, Cuomo has signed 400 of them into law and vetoed none.
The FBI has ranked the cities of new York state, in regards to their crime rates, amount of law enforcement, paroled Sex Offenders and other factors, to determine the most dangerous cities to live in. Niagara Falls was named the most dangerous City in New York, followed by Schenectady, Newburgh, Rochester, Gloversville, Buffalo, Jamestown, Albany, then and Binghamton & Auburn.
The Red Cross will conduct a session of the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program tomorrow in Greene. The program will provide information on how to be prepared for various disasters. In conjunction with the Red Cross the event is also being hosted by the Greene Rotary Club, from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM at the Genegantslet Golf Club in Greene. More information is available at redcross.org.
The fire at 7 Cherry Street in Oneonta Monday Morning left 2 Oneonta firefighters with minor injuries. One firefighter was taken to Fox Hospital to receive stitches after his leg was cut with broken glass. He was treated and released. A second firefighter was treated at the scene after a piece of ceiling material came down on his head. The fire broke out in the attic of the uninhabited house at around 6:30 AM, damaging the attic and 2nd floor, it was extinguished by 8:00 AM, the West Oneonta, Franklin, Worcester, Sidney and Otego fire departments assisted Oneonta firefighters.
State Troopers from Deposit arrested 26-year-old Naylisha Harrell of Binghamton for False Personation. Harrell is accused of driving at about 92 miles an hour in a 65 miles an hour zone on State Route 17 in the town of Sanford & allegedly identified herself by a false name to keep the Trooper from finding out about her suspended license. Harrell was issued tickets to the Town of Sanford Court on November 24th.
Governor Cuomo announced members of a Task Force that will work to implement the plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York. The Task Force will be supplemented by two advisory groups, & will work to try to reduce the number of new HIV infections to 750 per year by 2020. The task force will meet 5 times beginning with the 1st meeting underway this afternoon until 5:00 this afternoon, All meetings will be made public and viewable via webcast on the governor’s website at governor.ny.gov.
Firefighters from Bainbridge, Masonville & Sidney are responding to a structure fire at 7 Railroad Avenue in Bainbridge this afternoon. The fire was called in at about 2:00 PM; WCDO will have more details as they become available.
22-year-old Julian Talamantez was sentenced Friday in Broome county court to 40 years in prison for 1st degree murder and 1st degree attempted murder, in connection with the attack on 22-year-old Jordan Dordell and his 19-year-old pregnant girlfriend in Binghamton. Talamantez and 25-year-old Nigel Saunders are accused of breaking into the Dordell home & beating, stabbing & setting fire to the victims, Dordell was killed and his fiancée was injured. Saunders faces trial on the same charges shortly.
Firefighters from several department responded to a house fire in the attic at 7 Cherry Street near West Street in Oneonta this morning. The fire was confined to the attic by firefighters, 2 firefighters suffered minor injuries & were taken to Fox Hospital for treatment. Fire Fighters from Oneonta as well as Franklin, Worcester, Sidney and Otego responded to the fire that was reported at around 6:30 this morning by a neighbor. The building was empty and was reportedly unoccupied, police are investigating; the cause of the fire has not yet been determined
Broome County sheriff’s department arrested 31-year-old Christopher Wolfson of Binghamton & 23 year old Sierra Barnett of Binghamton on drug charges following a traffic stop in the town of Chenango where Heroin was discovered in the vehicle. Wolfson was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Barnett was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, both were remanded to the Broome County Correctional Facility without bail pending future court proceedings.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division arrested 48-year-old James Kelsey of Lincklaen for Criminal Possession of Marihuana & Unlawfully Growing Cannabis. Narcotics Detectives responded Friday to the report of marihuana growing in plain view. The investigation also revealed additional marihuana plants on Kelsey’s property as well as 1 pound of processed marihuana in the residence. Kelsey is scheduled to appear in the Town of Lincklaen Court at a later date.
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance reminded New Yorkers who requested a filing extension, that the October 15th is the deadline to file their State income tax return. So far, 54% have yet to file with only 2 days to the deadline. Department officials are urging late filers to e-file in order to make it before the deadline, to avoid fines and additional fees, or to get refunds twice as fast. More information is available at tax.ny.gov.