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
Funeral services were announced for a Bainbridge teenager recently killed in two vehicle accident. 15 year old Brandy Smith was driving a Ford Focus that crossed the center line of County Route 35 in Oxford Aug. 4 and collided with a Dodge Caravan driven by 48-year old David Clark, of Oxford. Friends can call on the Smith family from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25, at CH Landers in Sidney
Johnson City Police charged a Greene man with third-degree criminal mischief following a domestic dispute Aug. 5. 24 year old Dan Gross was also charged with second-degree strangulation and second-degree criminal contempt. He is accused of going to his ex-girlfriend’s Johnson City home, where he allegedly argued with her, then threw her on the bed and began choking her. He then took her phone and smashed it. Gross fled the scene and later turned himself in. Gross was sent to the Broome County jail
An exhibit of 10 battle flags carried during the Civil War is on display in Abany. The exhibit called “1863: Loyal Till Death” has flags from units across the state, including two used during the Battle of Gettysburg. One of the flags belonged to the 119th New York Volunteers recruited from New York City and Hempstead that was captured when two men carrying it were mortally wounded. It was returned after the war by soldiers from a Georgia unit. The other belonged to the 146th New York Volunteers from Oneida County and flew during the fighting at Gettysburg’s Little Round Top. The flags will be displayed near the Capitol’s eastern entrance until next May
Congressman Chris Gibson will host a broadband symposium tomorrow at 9am at SUNY Cobleskill, bringing together local, state and federal resources to look at ways to expand broadband access. The symposium is open to all interested area residents and the issue has been a key priority for the Congressman since taking office. For more information go to Gibson.house.gov
The New York state department of health will issue state funded “safety net payments” to early intervention providers in response to provider concerns about the lack of payment of claims submitted to insurance companies. The department’s action is in response to a large number of insurance companies’ lack of compliance with recently enacted Early Intervention Program reforms. The Early Intervention Program provides services to children with developmental delays. About 69,000 children were served in the program in 2011-2012 across the state. For more information call (518) 473-7016
Emergency rooms and law enforcement are noticing increased Problems with prescription painkillers and heroin in Delaware County & surrounding areas in recent months. Dave Ramsey of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County said that doctors, law enforcement & parents all have roles in trying to reverse this trend among teens:
More information drug abuse, underage drinking and interventions are available by calling the council at 746-8300 or checking out their website at adaconline.org.
State police at Troop C in Sidney are continuing the investigation, after the discovery of a dog left at the side of state route 28 in the town of Franklin last weekend. The male mastiff was left at the site with food & water, he was taken to the Delaware valley Humane Society in Sidney, police are following up based on evidence left at the scene.
The Norwich Common Council will hold a special meeting tonight at 6:00 at the city offices, for the purpose of conducting 2 public meetings. The common council will hold a hearing on the a proposal to override the states 2% property tax cap, the 2nd public hearing will be on the proposed 2013 city budget, which seeks a 9.8% tax increase.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 30-year-old Randy Moore of Portlandville for 2nd degree Criminal Contempt, following an investigation into a complaint on State Route 28 in Portlandville. Moore was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable in the Town of Milford Court on December 18th; he was turned over to the City of Oneonta Police Department, for action on a City of Oneonta Court warrant of arrest.
Congressman Maurice Hinchey made one last trip around the Broome county portion of his congressional district yesterday to say goodbye to long time supporters. Hinchey decided to retire at the conclusion of this year’s session, after 20 years in Congress, which followed a lengthy stint in the state legislature. Hinchey’s district was split up into surrounding districts during the re-districting process this year, his constituents will be served by 2nd term republican congressmen Chris Gibson in the Hudson valley, and Richard Hanna in the southern tier.
The Boys & Girls Club of Sidney announced that the Sidney Youth Basketball Program is returning on Saturdays Morning starting on February 2nd, 2013 at the Sidney Middle and Elementary Gym. The program is open to all Sidney students in kindergarten to 6th grade. The fee for registering is $10 and registration forms can be picked up at the Boys & Girls Club on the 2nd floor of the Sidney Civic or at www.bgcsidney.com. Registration forms need to be returned the Club by January 4th, information call (607) 561-2311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Federal Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions of 3 people who killed a Mohawk valley officer in 2006. The court decided today that to upheld the convictions of Toussaint Davis, Marion Pegese and Robert Ward for the 2006 death of New Hartford Police Officer Joseph Corr. The trio had argued that their case should be re-tried due to legal errors, the court decided otherwise.
The New York Wine and Grape Foundation reported that 2012 was a record setting year for that industry. The foundation stated that 17 new licenses were issued in 2012, bringing the number of wineries to 328 with nine more still pending. In international wine competitions, New York wines received 88 “Best” designations, 565 gold medals, and 80 “double gold” medals which require unanimous decisions by the judges. Governor Cuomo recently held a wine & spirits summit in Albany to seek input on ways that the industry can expand 2012 levels.
Governor Cuomo said yesterday that the state will have to file for an extension for Thursday’s deadline on hydrofracking rules, which could mean the DEC would have to issue an updated set of proposals. Joint Landowners Coalition of New York president Dan Fitzsimmons said that the delays might be costing the state millions of dollars in tax revenue:
The coalition issued a statement claiming that they are cautiously optimistic that an end is in sight to the over four and a half year long regulatory process & they are encouraged that the Governor and DEC have a plan to avoid expiration of
the regulatory review process.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27-year-old Shawn Wheeler of Earlville on an active Bench Warrant for failure to pay fines. Wheeler was arraigned in the Village for Sherburne Court and was released on his own recognizance after he paid his fines.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a court victory in defense of the State’s gun safety laws. In a unanimous decision, a 3-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a constitutional challenge to New York’s handgun licensing statute, ruling that the law requiring individuals to demonstrate “proper cause” to obtain a license to carry concealed handguns in public does not violate the Constitution’s Second Amendment.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 46-year-old Michael Stevens of New Berlin for Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Motor Vehicle. Stevens was charged after deputies uncovered a loaded rifle following a traffic stop in the Town of New Berlin. Stevens was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of New Berlin Court at a later date.
Newly re-elected congressman Chris Gibson, stated that he has joined a growing number of Republicans in congress to abandon the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” forwarded by party leader Grover Norquist last year. Gibson represents Otsego & Delaware Counties in his new district, he had signed the pledge last year, but he said that he recognizes the need for more flexibility in his position. Richard Hanna represents Chenango & Broome Counties in Congress and recently won re-election as well, he did not sign Norquist’s pledge last year, and will not sign it this year.
State Police conducted graduation exercises Tuesday for its 2012 Basic Canine Handler School, at the State Police Academy in Albany. The 12 graduates include members from the New York State Police, Albany County Sheriff’s Department, Otsego County Sheriff’s Department and the Schenectady Police Department. The graduation is the culmination of 20 weeks of training at the Division Canine Training Facility located in Cooperstown, the state now has 74 Canine Units counting these weeks’ graduates. Among those graduating teams, Otsego county sheriffs department Deputy Keith Sheldon and his canine partner “Ricky”
The Oneonta city planning commission will hold their next meeting this evening. The commission is scheduled to hear 3 cases; the meeting begins at 7:00 PM in the 2nd floor common council chambers at Oneonta city hall.