The sentencing of convicted murderer Ganesh Ramsaran of South New Berlin has been scheduled for October 31st in Chenango County Court. Ramsaran was convicted last Tuesday of 2nd degree murder in connection with the December 2012 killing of his wife, Jennifer. Ramsaran could face 25 years to life in state prison.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old Mark Barrett of Smithville for Felony DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle and Moving from lane Unsafely. Barrett was charged following an accident on State Highway 235 in the Town of Coventry, where he is accused of swerving off of the road, striking a guide rail, crashing in a creek & fleeing the scene of the crash. Barrett was arraigned in the Town of Coventry Court and ordered to the Chenango County Jail on $5000 bail and $10,000 Bond, he faces action in Coventry Town Court at a later date.
The Chenango County Sheriffs department 28 year old Jared Smith of New Berlin was arrested for violation of unlawfully growing of Cannabis. Smith was charged following a complaint of marihuana plants growing in the backyard of a residence in the Village of New Berlin, following a complaint from an area business. Smith was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of New Berlin Court at a later date.
Governor Cuomo announced New York State has been awarded a $22.4 million “GEAR UP” grant by the U.S. Department of Education, to help low-income and at-risk students receive college preparation beginning in 7th grade through high school. Participating school districts will have the opportunity to prepare students through the Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools program, which includes training science, technology, engineering and math careers, targeted to at-risk, disadvantaged students.
U.S. Representative Richard Hanna announced a $120,000 grant for the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University. The money will be applied toward the study of mental health, with an emphasis on training to meet the needs of 16 to 25 year olds. Another emphasis will be placed on rural and other vulnerable populations. In New York State, suicide is the leading cause of injury or death for children ages 10 to 14. Around 200,000 children live with serious mental health conditions.
U.S. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand called on the federal Department of Justice to allow the state to begin part of its medical marijuana program early to treat children with forms of epilepsy and other seizure disorders. State health officials, at the request of Governor Cuomo, asked the federal government for permission to begin receiving the drug from out-of-state manufacturers even before the formal state program begins.
Former New York Governor George Pataki is indicating he may run for president. Pataki, who served for 3 terms from 1995 to 2006, met recently with David Koch, the billionaire businessman and GOP backer. Pataki was a relatively unknown state lawmaker when he beat 3 term Governor Mario Cuomo in 1994. He easily won reelection in 1998 and 2002, but endured slumping popularity ratings in his final term, and chose to not run again.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a consumer alert about a scam targeting school districts across New York & 21 other states. The scam involves a bogus company named Scholastic School Supply mailing phony invoices to school districts in the hope of receiving payments without rendering goods or services. 5 upstate district contacted the Attorney General’s Office to file complaints. School districts are encouraged to file a complaint at 800-771-7755 or ag.ny.gov.
The sentencing of convicted murderer Ganesh Ramsaran of South New Berlin has been scheduled for October 31st in Chenango County Court. Ramsaran was convicted last Tuesday of 2nd degree murder in connection with the December 2012 killing of his wife, Jennifer. Ramsaran could face 25 years to life in state prison.
Amphenol & Lockheed Martin officials discussed the F-35 Lightning II interactive cockpit demonstrator that was unveiled today at Amphenol Aerospace in Sidney. Amphenol senior vice president Gary Anderson commented:
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Congressman Chris Gibson & Richard Hanna also spoke at this morning’s events & both expressed their continued support for Amphenol & Lockheed Martin:
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The F-35 cockpit demonstrator simulates the fighter aircraft’s advanced technologies and combat capabilities in an interactive environment.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 20-year-old Ethan Bass of Downsville for DWI, Refusal to Take a Breath Test, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Parking in the Roadway & Failure to Keep Right following an accident where the driver fled the scene. The accident occurred Tuesday on County Route 2 in the town of Andes, where Bass is accused of failing to negotiate a curve in the road, entering the opposing lane, driving into a cornfield & then re-entering the road. Bass was arraigned in the Town of Andes Court and was released pending future court action.
Checks worth $350 are being mailed this week to more than 1 million residents with kids. The checks will go those with a child under 17 as of 2012, with household adjusted gross incomes between $40,000 and $300,000. The checks will be 1 of 2 rebates going to New Yorkers in advance of the November 4th elections. The 2nd check for property taxpayers will go out next month. It will refund residents for this year’s growth in school property taxes.
The Enterovirus, a rare virus that showed up in Central New York two weeks ago, has now spread to every region of the state, according to the state Health Department. The department advised New Yorkers to take precautions to protect children, especially those with asthma and other respiratory problems. People should follow these precautions: Wash hands often with soap and water, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. For more information go to health.ny.gov.
New York State has amended its labor law to authorize job absences by volunteer firefighters and ambulance personnel during declared states of emergency. According to the association, more than 80 percent of the state is covered by volunteer firefighters. Over the past several years, more than one-third of the 1,800 departments have been deployed to other parts of New York on mutual aid assignments. The law, effective Dec. 22, is intended to protect volunteers against possible retaliation by employers for responding to federal or state emergencies such as severe storms.
Governor Cuomo today announced that New York State leads the nation in reducing both crime and incarceration rates over the past 2 decades, according to a study based on data from the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI, which shows that New York’s imprisonment rate has dropped 24% since 1994 and that the crime rate also declined by 54%. New York State has a 62% decrease in reported crimes from 1990 through 2012.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a body was found Thursday morning on Classic Street in Sherburne. The body of a female victim was discovered, further details are expected to be released later this afternoon.
An Otsego County man, charged with shooting his father, was sentenced yesterday. Michael Buck pleaded guilty to 1st degree manslaughter in June, for the fatal shooting of his 64-year old father, Joe Buck. Buck attempted to withdraw his plea earlier this month, but the motion was denied. Buck was sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
It was a successful week for the Delaware County Fair this year, despite 2 days with rain. County fair organizer John Jackson told WCDO News that they were pleased with the results:
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Jackson said that The County Fairs Ultimate Idol winner was Joanna Yaeger from Horse Heads, also 214 participants in the 5K run/walk & 10K run, both Demolition Derbies were sold out, the Easton Corbin, Danielle Bradbery show drew about 3000 folks. Next years Delaware county fair will run from August 17-22.
Sue Andrews has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Bassett Medical Center effective September 1, 2014. Andrews, who has been with Bassett’s Division of Finance for 34 years and vice president since 2008, will succeed Nicholas Nicoletta, who announced last month that he is retiring December 31, 2014 as CFO of Bassett Medical Center and Corporate CFO of Bassett Healthcare Network. Andrews is a native of Sidney.
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Oneonta Job Corps Academy; they are holding a variety of events to celebrate this month throughout the region. Spokesperson Lynn Price told WCDO News what prospective students can expect:
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Tonight, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Damaschke Field, the Oneonta Job Corps Academy students will take on staff in a baseball game, plus refreshments, games, contests and fireworks, as well as more information for the public on the Oneonta Job Corps Academy, the event is free to the public. More information is available at 431-1455.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Department arrested 40-year-old Richard Maricle of Oxford for Criminal Mischief & Criminal Contempt. Maricle was arrested following an investigation of domestic dispute in the Town of Oxford, where he is alleged to have destroyed property belonging to the victim and violated an order of protection. Maricle was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court & was ordered to the Chenango County Jail on $250 bail pending future court action.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation to Expand and strengthen services for veterans, active service members and their families. The new law eases the transition to a new school for children of military families that relocate as a result of military orders, lowers the cost of higher education for Veterans receiving benefits under the GI bills, and offers military family members greater flexibility with professional licenses received from other states or jurisdictions. The new law also strengthens the supplemental burial assistance provided by the state to military families when a service member dies in combat or as a result of injuries sustained on the battlefield.
A $117,000 federal grant will allow the Greater Binghamton Airport to conduct a study on sustainability. Congressman Richard Hanna announced the grant Monday, which will identify ways to reduce environmental impacts, realize economic benefits and improve community relations. The grant will help develop a sustainability policy for the airport to address the problem long-term. The study is expected to establish baseline figures to help the airport set goals.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District Board of Education is currently seeking individuals interested in filling the remaining year (one) of a board member term of office. A School Board candidate must be a qualified voter and district resident at least 18 years old, interested candidates should contact the District Clerk at 967-6321 by September 2nd.
60-year-old Almond Upton of Florida was indicted in Broome County Court on 11 charges, including 1st degree murder. Upton is accused of killing State Trooper Christopher Skinner during a May 29th traffic stop, Upton intentionally struck Skinner with a pickup truck while the trooper was conducting a routine traffic stop on I-81. Upton will also be arraigned on the indictment in Broome County Court.
The State Office of Mental Health and the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Coalition are sponsoring a “safeTALK” Suicide Prevention Training on Thursday August 14th at Delaware County Public Safety Building in Delhi. Delaware county public heath director Bonnie Hamilton told WCDO News that the program was planned as statistics show that suicides are up significantly in Delaware County this year:
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Registration for this training is due tomorrow through Delaware county public health at 832-5200.
Fire officials have determined the cause of a fire in Windsor Monday morning at an apartment building on Old State Route 17. Investigators said a seven year old child found a lost lighter and set a couch on fire. When fire fighters arrived on scene, they saw flames coming from the first floor of the building extending into the second floor. Fire officials said three of the four apartments were occupied, but everyone made it out safely.
Firefighters from South New Berlin, Mount Upton, Norwich & New berlin responded to a structure fire at 2364 State Highway 8 in the town of Norwich. Initial reports suggested that one person may have been trapped inside, that was later confirmed as false. Emergency crews shut down route 8 for about 4 hours.
Congressman Richard Hanna announced a nearly $2 million federal loan for the City of Norwich to make upgrades to its water storage facilities. Norwich also received a $750,000 grant through the USDA for the project. The funds will be used to demolish the old storage tank and valve vault, and replace them with new ones; Work is also scheduled on an access road from Wheeler Avenue to the new tank.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation to better protect children by adding school coaches to the field of professionals required to report suspected abuse to authorities. This bill will also require coaches who currently hold or apply for a temporary coaching license or professional coaching certificate to complete two hours of training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. The law had previously been unclear on whether individuals in these positions must report suspected cases of abuse.
State Police at Norwich arrested 53-year-old Todd Stockton of Sherburne for 3rd degree Grand Larceny and Falsifying Business Records, following a State Department of Labor investigation, which determined he had stolen $9,261 in insurance benefits from the State Department of Labor. Stockton was issued tickets for Village of Sherburne Court August 14th
Governor Cuomo signed legislation to better protect school crossing guards from assault while on the job, offering them similar protections to that of police officers and firefighters. Any assault on a school crossing guard, resulting in physical injury while performing his or her duties, will now be raised to a violent felony.
P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 6-25-14
Congressman Richard Hanna will be the Republican Party nominee after yesterdays’ Primary win over Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. Hanna is looking to win his 3rd term in the November election, Tenney could still mount a challenge to Hanna as a third party candidate, no democrats have announced a run for the 22nd congressional district.
The State Labor Department released unemployment rates for May. The state’s private sector job count rose by 106,500 from May 2013 to May 2014. The state’s unemployment rate in May was unchanged at 6.7%, remaining at its lowest level since December 2008. In May, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,568,600, an all time high. Locally, Chenango County’s rate is 5.7%, Broome County 6.4% Delaware County 6.3% and Otsego County 5.3% unemployment last month
Governor Cuomo will approve extending a tax credit for cleaning and redeveloping industrial sites. Lawmakers last week voted to extend the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, which was due to expire at the end of next year. The program, which provides tax breaks to developers who clean and build on contaminated land, is now set to expire at the end of March 2017
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced that his office will sponsor a gun buyback in Binghamton on Saturday, June 28 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, as part of his statewide gun buyback program. The Attorney General’s Office will be accepting working and non-working, unloaded firearms in exchange for compensation on site. This Saturday’s gun buyback will take place at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 478, located at 65 Carroll Street in Binghamton, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
A heavily traveled section connecting Route 17 with I 81 northbound will shut down Monday for at least three months, as work continues on the state DOT Prospect Mountain project. Starting Monday at 9 a.m., the Route 17 eastbound ramp to I-81 northbound will close for reconstruction through October. A detour will be posted directing motorists from Route 17 east to Exit 72 at Front Street, then to I-81 North. Front Street’s configuration will be altered to create two travel lanes. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes wherever possible
The State University of New York said H. Carl McCall was reappointed as trustee and chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees. The State Senate confirmed his appointment this week. McCall’s term expire June 30th, 2021. Previously McCall was New York State Comptroller from 1993 to 2002
Parents are reminded after the school year ends, children remain eligible for free meals at hundreds of sites around New York State this summer. State agencies are working with nonprofit and private partners to increase awareness of the Summer Food Service Program. Governor Cuomo also issued a proclamation marking July as Summer Meals Month to highlight the issue. The State Education Department has an interactive map online with information on the summer meal sites in New York State at.nysed.gov or by calling1-800-522-5006
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County will be sponsoring farmers’ markets for the 2014 season in Sidney, Walton & Deposit. The Deposit Market will be August 21st & September 18th from 10:00am-2:00pm, the Sidney Farmers Market will be Every Tuesday from July 1st to September 30th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the Walton Market will be on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from July 2nd to October 15th from 10:00am-2:00pm.
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.
Governor Cuomo today announced $75.6 million in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funding for 33 projects that will enhance mobility and safety on roadways across the state. Locally, $3.4 million is allocated for a project along Route 8 in the towns of Norwich, New Berlin and Columbus to flatten curves, widen shoulders and improve sight distance. High-friction surface treatments will be installed on downgrades. The list of Highway Safety Improvement programs is available at dot.ny.gov/safety.
Congressional Candidate Claudia Tenney to Hold Meet and Greet in the Bainbridge Town Hall, starting at 7:00 PM. There will be time for question and answer period & time to personally meet Tenney, who is challenging Incumbent Republican Congressman Richard Hanna in a Primary for the 22nd Congressional District.
Delaware county public health will hold a free rabies clinic today in Walton. The clinic will run from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Walton Town Highway Garage for dogs, cats & domesticated ferrets.
The Sidney Chamber of Commerce will honor their choices for “Citizen of the Years” & Business of the Years “ tonight. Long time Firefighter Barry Cole was chosen as Citizen of the year, he told WCDO News that he just likes to help people:
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Video Entertainment Plus was chosen as the “Business of the Years” Owner Andy Matviak comments:
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The Awards will be given out at tonight’s annual Sidney Chamber Of Commerce dinner at the Sacred Heart Church on Liberty Street starting at 5:30 PM.
New York State is no longer requiring transgender people, to offer proof of surgery, when asking the state to change the gender on their birth certificate. The state will now issue a new birth certificate, if the person provides an affidavit from a medical provider, stating they have received “appropriate” treatment. The policy change had long been sought by advocates, who say an individual’s official gender, shouldn’t depend on whether they had a medical procedure. Five states have already made similar policy changes.
Cal Harris, the Tioga County businessman who has been convicted of murdering his wife twice, spoke for the first time in a special interview with CBS. Facing his third trial in the fall, Harris gave his first TV interview to the 48 HOURS program. The interview will air Monday at 10 p.m. Michele Harris went missing the night of Sept. 11th, 2001. Although amidst a bitter divorce, Michele and Cal were living in the same Tioga County home when she vanished after leaving a boyfriend’s house. Harris has been convicted twice of murdering Michele, but both cases have been thrown out on appeal.
State Troopers arrested 34 year old Craig West of Windsor for 3rd & 4th degree Criminal Mischief 3rd, Disabling Equipment to Prevent Request for Emergency, & 2nd degree Harassment. The arrest resulted from a complaint in Windsor, where West has allegedly engaged in a physical altercation, and smashed a phone that the victim was using to get help from Police, damaged other property and injuring the victims head & jaw. West apprehended and arrested, he was arraigned in the Town of Colesville Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail on bail, an order of protection has been requested against him.
Greek yogurt maker Chobani has laid off employees at its plant in Chenango County, but has also charted a new direction for growth. Chobani would only say it reduced certain positions at the plant in New Berlin, as well as temporary positions at the facility in Idaho. The local plant will continue to produce for east coast customers, as well as markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chobani also opened a new business service center in Norwich.
National Guard members may soon have the right for memorial headstones, thanks to a push from Rep. Richard Hanna. The House of Representatives passed the Guard Units and Reservists Deserve Remembrance Act. The act allows National Guard and Reserve members, who have served more than six years, to receive a memorial headstone or marker when they pass away. The GUARD Remembrance Act is part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It will head to the Senate for a vote.
Chenango county sheriff’s department and State Police arrested 33-year-old Douglas Scherr of Budd Lake, New Jersey, at a residence in the Town of Afton. Scherr was a reported as a Fugitive from Justice out of the State of New Jersey on an active arrest warrant for Arson, he was arraigned in the Town of Norwich court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail without bail pending court action today.
Vendors are still needed for this year’s general Clinton canoe regatta in the park for the Memorial Day weekend. Regatta Chairman John Harmon explains:
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Harmon said that there would be plenty of rides on the Midway, as well as musical acts performing throughout the weekend, the 3rd annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Saturday afternoon and of plenty of canoe racing from Friday night through the 70-mile endurance races on Monday.
Jury selection is underway in the latest trial of former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. Bruno is accused of taking bribes from a business associate who also had dealings with the state, while Bruno headed up the State Senate. Bruno was Acquitted of 5 charges & was found guilty of 2 others in his 2009 trial; the convictions were overturned on appeal.
Michael Kicinski of Earlville will not be on the Republican Primary ballot in the 22nd congressional district. Kicinski lost his spot because he did not have enough valid petition signatures from the district’s registered Republican residents, with several of the collected signatures being deemed invalid by the state Board of Elections. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and incumbent Richard Hanna will appear on the June 24th primary ballot.
The Sidney central school district announced that the Community Budget Presentation would be held on Thursday, May 8th at 6:00pm in the High School Library. The Annual Public Hearing for the School Budget will be Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00pm in the High School Library. The District Budget Vote and Election is Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the HS Auditorium Lobby.
Police agencies from across the state will head to Albany this week to pay tribute to those who have died in the line of duty. A ceremony will be held tomorrow at the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at the Empire State Plaza. Before the ceremony, there will be a church service for police officers that have died. That will be followed by a march to the Law Enforcement Memorial at the Plaza. The memorial is inscribed with the names of more than 1,300 police officers that have died in the line of duty across the state.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is asking the FDA to prevent a powdered alcohol from reaching store shelves. Schumer said “ Palcohol” can be mixed with water, sprinkled on food or even snorted and is easily concealed. Palcohol’s parent company Lipsmark disagrees, saying it will be sold under the same restrictions as liquid alcohol. Schumer said the FDA should intervene like it did with caffeinated, fruit-flavored alcoholic beverages that appeal to young people. The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau gave Palcohol label approvals April 8th, they were later withdrawn.
The village of Bainbridge board of trustees will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 5:00 PM. The purpose of the special meeting will be to select a consultant to update the comprehensive plan and provide grant-writing services for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
The Unatego Central School District Board of Education will hold their next meeting tonight, at the 7:00 PM at the Junior Senior High School in Wells Bridge.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department & Sidney Village Police arrested 27-year-old Michael Nodine of Sidney on an Arrest Warrant for Attempted Assault. Nodine is accused of assaulting and attempting to cause physical injury to another inmate at the Delaware County Jail last week. Nodine was being held in the Jail on $5000 bail on a pending rape charge, posted bail on April 17th and was released from jail. The assaulted inmate, also from Sidney, sustained minor injuries, which did not require medical treatment. Nodine was arraigned on the Attempted Assault charge and was sent back to the Delaware County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.
State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney has challenged incumbent Republican Congressman Richard Hanna to debates prior to the Republican primary for the 22nd Congressional District seat. A recent poll shows Hanna with a large lead over Tenney by 73% to 17% with 9% undecided. Tea Party activist Michael Kicinski of Earlville has also filed petitions to appear on the GOP ballot. He lost to Hanna in a primary in 2012. No democrats have come forward to run in this race.
Governor Cuomo today urged the federal government to recall a toy known as “Clingy Darts,” which poses a significant danger to children. The New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection found the children’s toy contains more than six times the federally allowable limit of the chemical known as DEHP. The toy is imported by Greenbrier International of Chesapeake, Virginia and is sold at stores throughout New York State, including Dollar Tree.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the state Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for governor this year, will be the keynote speaker at the Otsego County Republican Committee’s annual spring dinner. The $75-a-head dinner will be held May 15th at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown.
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released a letter to the White House Task Force pushing for better protection against sexual assault on college campuses. Gillibrand, along with six other U.S. Senators, are proposing action that would bring more transparency to the issue. The group prepared 3 recommendations for the task force, who are scheduled to make their own recommendations this week. Studies show nearly 1 in 5 women in college are victims of attempted or actual sexual assault.
New Yorkers are reminded that nearly 88,000 jobs are currently available and listed on the Jobs Express website. The site sorts thousands of jobs by region and occupation, and also allows users to search jobs based on zip code and travel distance. New businesses and job listings are added each day. A total of 7,700 businesses posted a new job order on the site in March 2014, an increase of 22 percent from March 2013. Go to jobs.ny.gov
The Town of Sidney Planning Board meeting is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at the Civic Center on Liberty Street in Sidney. The public is welcome.