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
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle accident on Preston Center Road near County Road 4 in the Town of Preston Monday afternoon. Deputies reported that a 20-year-old male fell off of a moving motor vehicle; he was transported by helicopter to Wilson Hospital and is in critical condition. The accident is still under investigation.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office investigated a 1-car motor vehicle accident involving 3 occupants on State Highway 320, near the intersection of Tiffany Road in the Town of North Norwich Last night. The vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a ditch. Two occupants of the vehicle were transported by ambulance to the hospital. The other occupant was transported by helicopter to Wilson Hospital and is in critical condition. The accident is still under investigation.
The State DEC, Cornell University & the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service have confirmed emerald ash borer Beatle in both Westchester and Broome counties. The beetle was found in DEC-deployed traps just north of the city of Peekskill in Westchester County, and southeast of Binghamton in Broome County. The DEC urges residents and municipalities to inventory their ash trees and inspect them for signs of infestation. Homeowners and municipalities can contact the nearest DEC Forestry Office for technical assistance and management recommendations to prepare for the latest threat. More information is available at DEC.Ny.Gov.
THE USC Open house will be held today until 6:00 PM. The event will be held on the 2nd Floor of the Tri-Town Regional Hospital on Pearl Street in Sidney. The public in invited to tour the newly expended facility, learn about the Spring 2015 class offerings and programs in a number of concentrations.
The Sidney memorial public library, along with their Masonville & Sidney Center Branches, will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of overdue book fines. Those who bring in an overdue book along with a food donation per book, will have overdue fines waived, the donated food items will go to area food banks for the upcoming holiday season.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 31-year-old Jody Currie of Oneonta for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Alcohol and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop in Milford, Troopers accuse Currie of driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol, he submitted to a urine test with the lab results pending. Currie was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Milford Court on November 25th.
New York has been declared “Wine Region of the Year.” The honor was bestowed by Wine Enthusiast magazine, citing the quality of New York wines, the tremendous growth of the industry, and improved business climate. The state was selected locations in France, Italy, Washington state California. Governor Cuomo has hosted 2 Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider Summits to help the businesses grow. There are now more than 375 wineries in New York State.
P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 7-25-14
Tomorrow will be the Sidney chamber’s annual Arts and Music Festival, with a full line up of events on Main Street in Sidney. Sidney Chamber Spokesperson Kerri Green explains:
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Green said that a shuttle bus will be available for those who want to attend both the Arts & Music Festival & Cullman Community Day Saturday.
Saturday will feature the Cullman Community Day at Keith Clark Park in Sidney. Cullman Director Amy Williams explains:
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The Cullman community day will feature a Team Time Trial Bike race from Sidney to Afton & back, spokesman and participant Ed Curley comments:
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Curley said that teams could still register up until 8:00 tomorrow morning for the race, and the pavilion in Keith Clark Park.
Saturday is the deadline for Delaware county Girls to sign up to participate in this year’s Delaware County Fair Pageant, coordinator Stacy Dibble explains:
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Details are available at delawarecountyfair.org, the Fair begins on August 11th at the Fair Grounds in Walton.
6 former players & managers will be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this weekend. Former managers Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa & Joe Torre will be inducted, along with former Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine & slugger Frank Thomas, the ceremonies will be held at 1:30 Sunday afternoon at the Clark Gymnasium in Cooperstown.
About $80 million for 17 construction projects at some New York community colleges is hung up because the state budget approved in March inadvertently dropped the funding from the spending plan. A “clean-up” budget bill never materialized before the Legislature ended its session last month, so projects at about a dozen colleges, including Broome, will temporarily be without the funding. Broome Community College is without $5 million for the SUNY Broome Hospitality Center to be built at the Carnegie Library in downtown Binghamton. State lawmakers are not expected back before January.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division arrested an 18 year old Takell Henry of Utica for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, following a traffic stop in the Town of North Norwich. During a narcotics investigation Henry allegedly sold crack cocaine to an undercover Police Officer, he was arraigned in the Town of North Norwich Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $25,000 cash bail pending future court action.
Cornell University and Owego’s Lockheed Martin, are among seven research teams, awarded project grants to develop technologies that will improve New York State’s electric grid. Governor Cuomo announced a total of $3.3 million will go toward seven smart grids. The governor said the smart grid technologies will use innovative methods to reduce the risk of power outages, lessen environmental impacts and energy consumption, as well as lower the cost of power delivery
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo announced her campaign for a sixth term in the State Assembly at a fundraising event last night at En-Joie Golf Club. Lupardo was first elected to the assembly in 2004. She has no primary opponent, and is unopposed in the November election. In Albany, she is chair of the committee on children and families, and a member of the committees on environmental conservation, higher education, transportation, veterans affairs, and economic development
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 41-year-old Paula Adams of Otsego County for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance & Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Adams was charged following a traffic stop in the Town of New Berlin, after an individual was spotted in the vehicle with an active arrest warrant for an unrelated charge, During the stop, Adams was found to be operating the motor vehicle with a suspended license, and she was also found to be in possession of the narcotic Suboxone. Adams was arraigned in the Town of Columbus Court; she faces court action at a later date.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is receiving items used in the World Series, which ended last night with the Boston Red Sox 3rd world championship since 2004. Officials at the Hall will receive a Bat used by David Ortiz, Spikes worn by closer Koji Uehara, a Jacket worn by Manager John Farrell, a Catcher’s helmet and mask worn by David Ross, a Glove used by shortstop Stephen Drew, batting gloves used by Xander Bogaerts & a bat used by Jonny Gomes. The Museum will open the exhibit dedicated to the 2013 Red Sox in early December in Cooperstown.
A new study on prison health care costs shows New York 13th among states in spending for inmate care. The study by The Pew Charitable Trust and MacArthur Foundation shows New York spending rose 33% to nearly $5,900 for a prisoner’s medical care in 2008. The report says inmates have higher incidence of mental illness and chronic and infectious diseases like AIDS and Hepatitis C than the general population that are costly to treat. New York was among the few states getting Medicaid reimbursements, getting $4.5 million through 2012
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s Office found more than 25% of the real estate is exempt from all local taxes, totaling $680 billion. The study found some municipalities had less than 10% tax exempt, while others had more than 60%, 41% is government-owned property, 28% individual homeowners with special exemptions and14% for non-profits. Industrial and commercial properties account for 9 percent, and agriculture and public housing another 8 percent of tax-exempt property.
The state smoking ban was toughened when a new law made it illegal to smoke on the grounds of hospitals and nursing homes. The new law will makes it illegal to smoke within 15 feet of a building’s entrance or exit and 15 feet from the start or exit of the property of the facility. The state Clean Indoor Act prohibited smoking indoors in almost all workplaces went into effect in 2003.
The state DEC is conducting a statewide deer hunter survey in an effort to provide improved deer hunting experiences. All who receive the survey are encouraged to take the time to complete and return it as soon as possible. The survey is being conducted for DEC by Cornell University in Ithaca. More information is available at dec.ny.gov
State police say New York cialis canadian drugs ammunition sellers will have to register with the state by January 15th. The law enacted this year banned large-capacity magazines, required federal background checks for private gun sales and banned selling some popular semi-automatic rifles while requiring current owners to register them by next April 15th. Once the database is established, dealers will have to record transactions and report them, complete with dates, names, ages, occupations and residences of buyers and sellers.
State Police at Oneonta are investigating a grand larceny at the Mirabito Convenience Store at State Route 23, Oneonta. Police stated that on Monday at 5:40 a.m., a lone black male entered the store and grabbed an undetermined amount of cash from the cash drawer when it was opened by the cashier. The suspect then left the store through the front entrance door and fled the scene on foot in an easterly direction. There were no weapons displayed or threatened. He is described as a black male, wearing jeans and a dark colored jacket. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at 432-3211.
A new law prohibits people from smoking on a playground in New York. The law prevents smoking at playgrounds between sunrise and sunset. Also, people can not smoke when children under the age of 12 are present on a playground. The law aims to protect children from the dangers of toxic chemicals found in secondhand smoke.
By producing 692 million pounds of yogurt, New York surpassed California as the top producer in the US in 2012. A $1.5 million gift from Chobani to Cornell University in Ithaca will support research and workforce training in dairy quality to help maintain New York’s competitive edge. The funding will be used to create opportunities for faculty, students, and staff, including food safety and quality workshops as well as graduate student support for relevant research initiatives.
The Delaware County Office for the Aging will be conducting its annual public hearing, at 9:00 am at the Public Safety Building, at 280 Phoebe Lane in Delhi. Staff members from the Delaware County Office for the Aging and Delaware Opportunities will discuss their service plan for seniors in the year 2014. The hearing will be open to seniors, community leaders and the general public.
The Otsego county Chamber of Commerce will hold their 14th Annual Small Business Banquet tonight in Cooperstown. The Banquet is at The Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. Congressman Chris Gibson will share some opening remarks. The dinner will start at 7:00 pm. More information about the chamber is available at 432-4500.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the District Conference Room overnight cialis at 6:30 PM. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:30 PM.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation to prohibit pharmacies and retails stores from selling cold medications containing Dextromethorphan to anyone under 18 unless they have a prescription. The new law addresses the problem of teens using the cough suppressant to get high, its use & abuse could lead to short and long term health risks including agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, and even death. All retail establishments selling DXM will be required to request proof of age unless the customer appears to be more than 25 years of age, or they could be subject to a fine of $250 for each violation.
THE NEXT GENERAL CLINTON CANOE REGATTA MEETING WILL BE HELD Tonight, AT THE Highway 7 Bar & Grill in Bainbridge at 7:00 PM FOR the annual Kickoff meeting. Regatta Chairman John Harmon is inviting anyone interested to the meeting, to bring in any new ideas for the 2014 REGATTA. Harmon said that they would be putting together committees in order to keep the regatta growing.
4 candidates are running for 2 seats on the Sidney town board on Election Day. Today, we hear from democratic candidate Paul Muratore & his ideas for running for the town board:
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Muratore will participate in the town board forum this Thursday evening at the Sidney library smart community room,
The Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council & Oneonta River Corporation, will host their 2nd presentation regarding potential economic development projects today. Heath Markus Green of Cornell University will head-up a presentation on revitalizing part of the old D&H Rail-yards in Oneonta at Foothills Performing Arts center at 4:30 PM.
The “Bands, Brews & Barbecue” event will be held tomorrow at the Chenango county fair grounds, the help raise funds for the Chenango county catholic charities “Roots & Wings” Program. Program director Robin Beckwith explains:
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The event runs form 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM tomorrow, with various local bands, microbreweries & restaurants participating.
The Delaware county department of emergency services is continuing with their plans to upgrade the counties antiquated communications system. County EMS director Richard Bell explains:
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Bell said that the upgrades should be completed by spring of 2016.
The Greater Greene Chamber of commerce announces the 27th annual Greene apple fest put on by the First United Methodist Church of Greene. The event will take place Saturday between 9:00 AM & 4:00 PM. More information is available at fumcgreene.com/applefest.
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit of the Laurens Central School District. DiNapoli’s report said that the district has accumulated reserve balances in excess of the district’s average needs and has accumulated significant total fund balance, including reserves. For the fiscal years 2007-08 through 2011-12, the district’s total fund balance increased to $3.6 million, with reserves at nearly $3 million, or 82 percent of the fund balance. Copies of the audit are available at openbooknewyork.com.
Governor Cuomo announced more than $900,000 in federal funding, provided by the USDA, to support research projects ranging from improving the resiliency of New York’s crops, to expanding the reach of the state’s agriculture sector. The funding includes $154,000 to support the state’s wine and grape industry. The funding will provide state assistance for specialty crop programs including research, promotion, food safety, and nutrition. Several of the grants were awarded to Cornell University in Ithaca. For more information go to govenor.ny.gov
US senator Charles Schumer urged the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs to review their mental-heath protocols. Schumer will recommend the VA to set up a Joint Emergency Psychiatric Response Center that will work with the Department of Defense, local and state law enforcement. The call follows the Washington D.C. Navy Yard shootings earlier this month by former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis. There are 8 VA Medical Centers and 35 community-based outpatient clinics in upstate New York. Schumer will recommend the national response centers be open 24 hours a day to help identify vets that need help.
The American Red Cross of the Southern Tier will host a babysitters training class for youth ages 11 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Red Cross office at 620 E. Main St, Endicott. To register visit redcross.org.
“50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL” is coming the toe Broome County Forum in Binghamton for 1 performance only on Wednesday November 13th at 7:30 PM. Tickets went on sale today at the Arena Box Office, Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 and BroadwayInBinghamton.com. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy of books has shattered sales records & tickets for this show are expected to sell out briskly.
Broome County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 38 year old Donnette Russell of Bainbridge Monday on charges of DWI, reckless endangerment, aggravated DWI, criminal mischief & leaving the scene of a personal injury incident. Deputies responded to the report of an intoxicated driver in a driveway in the town of Chenango, when they arrived, the driver struck trees, a garage, a parked car and the caller, who was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. Deputies later spotted Russell on Upper Front Street, she was apprehended and is accused of having a BAC of .30, and she was taken to the Broome County Jail without bail pending court action.
38 year old Michael Degnan of Port Crane has been indicted on additional charges. Degnan was arrested for allegedly raping a 14 year old earlier this year; the new charges include 1st-degree rape, 2nd degree rape, 4 counts of criminal sex acts and endangering the welfare of a child. Degnan remains in the Broome County Jail.
The Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council & Oneonta River Corporation, will host 2 commerce building programs that could have an impact in the Oneonta Area. Dr. Carlena Ficano of the Hartwick College economics department will present a report on the profitability of local commercial hops production today at Foothills at 4:30 PM. The 2nd presentation will be on Tuesday, October 1st, where Heath Markus Green of Cornell University will give a presentation on revitalizing part of the old D&H Rail-yards in Oneonta. Green’s presentation will be held at Foothills Performing Arts center at 4:30 PM.
Frequent fliers will be able to move through several key upstate airports quicker when the Transportation Security Administration begins offering expedited screening in Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo-Niagara, Rochester and Westchester County. Pre-approved passengers that are a part of the program get to use select screening lanes and do not have to remove shoes, belts and can keep laptops in their case. The TSA says 15 million Americans have taken advantage of the program since it launched nearly two years ago. To find out if you’re eligible for the program, visit www.tsa.gov.
The Latest Siena Poll out yesterday said that consumer confidence in the state of New York and the rest of the country sank during the month of August, putting overall sentiment in the state was at it’s lowest level since December of 2011.
Broome county is putting out a request for proposals from private management companies to take over the operation of the BC Transit Bus system. The system has been battered by service cuts and fare increases in the last few years, so the county is now looking at private management to save money. The bid request would likely go out sometime in the next two weeks. The county said it will look at bid options, and then make a decision whether or not to move forward. The county said it has no plans for a fare hike or major service cuts in its 2014 proposal.
Senator Charles Schumer announced a plan yesterday to make Cornell University a center for excellence in dairy safety. He says Cornell has the strongest dairy program in the state and deserves the opportunity to lead the nation in safety protocol. The plan would facilitate joint research ventures between the government and Cornell and would bring Cornell’s research to the national stage more quickly, and to federal regulators who set the standards for dairy safety techniques and practices.
The Bainbridge-Guilford School Board will hold their next meeting on tonight at 6:30pm in the Guilford School cafeteria. The business portion of the meeting will begin at 7:30pm. The public is welcome.
Area homeowners have until the end of this year to renew their eligibility for the STAR school tax exemption program. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli estimated 13 million dollars in fraud and abuse levitra sales uk in the Basic STAR program; the state legislature then mandated that all Basic STAR recipients re-enroll this year to receive the benefit next year. The change does not affect Enhanced STAR program for senior citizens who own homes.
Last Christmas, the River Club in Afton served up free meals for underprivileged residents of the area, this year, they are holding a fundraising golf tournament this Saturday, to raise money to also give gifts as part of the free Christmas meal this year. River Club owner Jack Flannery explains:
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Those who are interested in participating in the golf tournament, or the dinner this Saturday, can call Jack Flannery at 343-3195 or the River Club at 639-3060.
The state labor department announced the Unemployment Insurance Early Repayment program for those who have collected overpayments of unemployment benefits they were not entitled, and wish to avoid additional penalties. Effective on October 1st , Claimants who knowingly collected overpaid benefits will not only have to pay the overpayment back and be assessed forfeit days against future UI claims, but also be charged a 15% monetary penalty on the overpayment or $100, whichever is higher. More details are available at labor.ny.gov
Delaware County Deputies investigated a one-car personal injury accident Saturday on County Highway 26 in the Town of Hamden. 19-year-old Daniel Monsen of Merrick, Long Island lost control of his vehicle, striking an embankment and rolling over. Monsen was transported to O’Connor hospital in Delhi, with lacerations to his hand, no tickets have been issued.
The Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council & Oneonta River Corporation, will host 2 presentations that could lead to a positive economic impact in the Oneonta Area. Dr. Carlena Ficano who is a Hartwick College professor of economics, will present a report on the profitability of local commercial hops production, on Wednesday, September 25th at Foothills at 4:30 PM. The 2nd presentation will be on Tuesday, October 1st, where Heath Markus Green of Cornell University will head-up a presentation on revitalizing part of the old D&H Rail-yards in Oneonta. Green’s presentation will be held at Foothills Performing Arts center at 4:30 PM.