Today is Election Day, with some contentious local elections garnering most of the attention.
In Delaware County, in the town of Sidney, 2 candidates are looking to replace controversial supervisor Bob McCarthy, they are Democrat Bill Heath & Republican Gene Pigford.
For the Sidney Town Council, 4 people are vying for 2 seats; they are Democrats Pete Cordes, & Paul Muratore and Republicans John Woodyshek & Jodi Proffitt.
In the Town of Franklin, 3 candidates are running for 2 seats on the town board, they are Republicans David Grant & Garrett Sitts & for the “Better Franklin” line, the candidate is Patricia Tyrell. In the Town of Masonville in the Supervisor’s race, Republican Michael Spaccaforno faces a challenge from Masonville First candidate Marie Sroka.
In Otsego County:
2 seats on the Town of Oneonta board will be decided with 4 candidates running: democrats Patricia Jacob & Andrew Stammell & republicans Brett Holleran & Fred Volpe. For the 2 town justice seats, the 3 candidates are independent Dawn Oliver & Republicans Sean Farrell & Bruce Smith.
In the Town of Unadilla 3 candidates are vying for 2 seats on the town Council, they are Democrat Jakkie Bickos & Republicans Roger Cecce, George Banta
In the Town Of Butternuts, supervisor candidates are Democrat Charles Eckleman & Republican Linda Grover.
In Chenango County, in the Town of Afton, 4 candidates are running for 2 seats they are Democrats Alan Steinberg, Rich Cuthbertson & Republicans Robert Tallmadge, and Chris Warren. In the Town Of Guilford, 2 seats are open on the Town Council; the 4 candidates are Democrats Kenneth Fogerty & Dolores Fuller & Republicans Tomas Ives & Barbara O’Dell
In the Town of Coventry 2 people are running for Supervisor, with George Westcott getting both the Republican & Democratic Party nomination, the Liberty Party candidate is Gwendolyn Hinman. For Town Justice, Democrat A. Bruce Warren faces Republican Joseph Agunzo, in the Town Council race, 2 seats are open, candidates are Democrat Jeffrey Vance, Republicans Robert Boudreau & John Wicks, for the Liberty Party, the candidate is George Broeg.
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Voters across the State will see several propositions on the ballot today, they include measures to allow 7 casinos to The Catskill & southern tier regions, another would allow judges in some courts to serve until the age of 80.
Binghamton police announced 2 arrests in connection with a homicide on Mygatt Street Monday. Fire fighters were called to 32 Mygatt Street around 6 a.m. Monday, they found a critically injured woman who said her boyfriend had just been murdered, the man’s body was discovered on the 2nd floor. Arrested Monday night were 21-year-old Julian Talamantez of Binghamton, and 25 year old Nigel Saunders of Binghamton, for 1 count each of 2nd degree murder & attempted murder.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that an Election Day hotline is up & running today, to help ensure that minority-language voters, people with disabilities and all eligible voters are able to cast an effective ballot during the today’s elections. The Hotline is 800-771-7755, it will be open today through 9:00 PM.
State spending was nearly $860 million lower than expected through the first half of the fiscal year while tax collections were just shy of projections, according to the Mid-Year report from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Spending from All Funds through the first six months was $64.1 billion, an increase of 6.9%, but was $859.4 million below projections. Tax collections rose by $2.8 billion, or 8.8%, thanks to 11.4% growth in personal income tax collections. The full report is available at osc.state.ny.us.
Today is Election Day, with some contentious local elections garnering most of the attention.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 25-year-old Tanya Osman of Coventry on a Bench Warrant and Resisting Arrest. Osman is wanted on the warrant from Chenango County Court for failing to comply with the conditions of her probation following a conviction for Aggravated DWI. Osman is accused of refusing to open her door to the deputy and then attempted to hide once the deputy entered the residence. Osman was arraigned in the Town of Coventry Court & was remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $500.00 bail, pending future court action.
Oneonta city police arrested 53-year-old Rebecca Gartung of Oneonta on a charge of felony 2nd degree assault. Gartung is accused of getting into an altercation Wednesday morning with an unidentified 43 year old woman near Muller Plaza, and swinging a bag of bottle at her, one broken bottle resulted in a leg contusion, the woman was treated at Fox hospital.
State Senator Jim Seward & Assemblyman Cliff Crouch have both commented against New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King’s decision to cancel public forums on the implementation of the ‘Common Core’ learning platform and new state testing assessments. Crouch said that he hosted an Education Summit at Chenango Valley High School that featured a panel of administration and education professionals and the topics of discussion included the Annual Professional Performance Reviews, Common Core, state testing, and how unfunded mandates take the focus off of educating students.
Governor Cuomo congratulated 7 New York breweries that won medals at the Great American Beer Festival, which took place in Denver, Colorado earlier this month. This year’s Bronze Medal in the Belgian Style Abbey Ale Category were Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown. 21 New York State breweries took part in this year’s Great American Beer Festival, more information about New York craft beers, is available at taste.ny.gov..
A state judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the wording of New York’s casino ballot proposition, ruling the challenge was filed too late and didn’t have legal merit. The ruling from state Acting Supreme Court Justice Richard Platkin clears the way for the referendum to stand as is, with New York voters going to the polls to approve up to seven private casinos on November 5th.
It’s been almost 20 years since Bresee’s in Oneonta closed. Developers said at the building’s ribbon cutting yesterday that the new space will feature 12 new apartments ranging from 650 to more than 2,000 square feet. The upper floor apartments will also feature rooftop decks. The more than $6 million project received $2.2 million in funding from the state’s Restore New York grant program. New retail space has already begun opening up and residents will be able to move into the apartments in March
Jury selection is completed for the murder trial of a Virginia man charged with killing the Clymer School District Superintendent Keith Reed Jr. Anthony Taglianetti is charged with 2nd degree murder for the fatal shooting of Reed, who previously served as a principal at the Sherburne Earlville school district. Taglianetti is accused of driving to Clymer, New York in September 2012 and shooting Reed outside his home, he was arrested in Virginia a week after the shooting.
The Central New York Coalition for Life will present the New York State Right To Life Convention in Oneonta Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at the Holiday Inn on route 23. Information or Registration for the event is available at nysrighttolife.org or at 518-434-1293.
State senator Tom Libous announced that the recent $90 Million dollar restoration of funding for the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, would keep about half their program s targeted for cuts, to continue to operate. Libous said that many who are being treated at the Broome County facilities can not be acclimated into the communities in group homes:
Libous said that locally, the restored funding helps, programs like Achieve, Southern Tier Independence Center, Norwich ARC and the Handicapped Children’s Association, but the plans to close the Broome Developmental Center has not been changed. Senator Libous has a petition for constituents to sign to keep Broome Developmental Center Open at TOMLIBOUS.COM/STOPTHECLOSING.
In response to periodic inquiries from the public, the State Police advises residents that neither the State Police, nor any agency authorized by it, ever solicits donations from the general public. A recent example of the results of an investigation into the questionable practices of a telemarketer soliciting for a purported charity using the name, The Fraternal Order of New York State Troopers, resulted in the fundraising corporation and its owner being barred from soliciting charitable contributions in New York State and required the Fraternal Order to pay its remaining donations to a legitimate charity. The State Police receives its funding through the State Budget only.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 49-year-old Kevin Nickerson of Coventry on an active Arrest Warrant. Nickerson is accused of menacing a police officer on August 30th, he faces court action shortly.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Cody Warner of Preston on a charge of 4th degree Grand Larceny. Warner was arrested after he allegedly stole and cashed multiple checks from a family member . Warner was issued an appearance ticket to appear at the Town of Preston Court on a later date.
Stamford Mayor, 65 year old Michael Jacobs, died unexpectedly Saturday when he collapsed at the annual Delaware County Republican pig roast at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Walton. Jacobs, a lawyer with Jacobs and Jacobs in Walton, had started his third term in March. He died of a heart attack at Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton. Village Trustrees are meeting this afternoon in Stamford to appoint and acting mayor.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested a wanted man along with a Town of Coventry man for weapons, drugs, and burglary charges. 29 year old Eric Nelson of Afton and 29 year old Rory Tanner from Coventry allegedly stole an AR 15 rifle along with a 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun from a residence on Tracy Rd in the Town of Bainbridge. The two then sold the AR 15 which was later recovered by police. Nelson then sold the 12 gauge shotgun to an undercover police officer in the Town of Coventry. At the scene officers located hypodermic needles and heroin residue. Nelson was also arrested on an arrest warrant for two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Nelson was arraigned in Town of Bainbridge Court and sent to the Chenango County Jail on $3,000 bail. Tanner was arraigned in Town of Coventry Court and sent to the Chenango County jail on $5,000 bail.
A small earthquake has shaken homes in the Adirondacks region near Lake George. US Geological Survey monitors say the magnitude 2.7 quake happened near the Warren County town of Warrensburg at about 9:30 a.m. yesterday. Local emergency centers got calls reporting shaking and a rumbling sound, but no damage.
Governor Cuomo’s three straight on-time budgets, which cut more than $13 billion in deficits, raised New York’s credit outlook to positive at Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s Aa2 rating may rise if the legislature can keep passing balanced budgets on time. In March, lawmakers approved a third consecutive spending plan before the April 1 deadline for the first time since 1984.
This year’s freshman class at the State University at Oneonta arrived this past weekend. The class will have about 1,100 students out of an applicant pool of over 12,000. The high school average for an average student from this class is over 91%. The average combined SAT score is over 1130. This year’s freshman class includes 28 students from Otsego County, 10 from Chenango County and 8 from Delaware County. The freshman class at Hartwick College in Oneonta will arrive August 29th.
New York has made gains in job growth since the recession in 2009, but the pace is still behind the national average. State comptroller Tom DiNapoli said for the first time in six years, national job growth rates have exceeded those in New York. New York added 110,000 jobs between June 2012 and June 2013, but the national job growth rates exceeded New York’s in nearly every major employment sector. Overall, New York’s job growth declined to 1.8 percent in 2012 from 2.1 percent in 2011, while the national rate increased. Read more at osc.state.ny.us
Revitalizing upstate New York’s economy will be the focus of The Business Council of New York State’s 2013 Annual Meeting September 25-27 at The Sagamore Resort on Lake George. The Annual Meeting provides three days of information and entertainment, creating a forum focusing on improving the state’s business climate and economy. This year’s agenda focuses on the economy, education, politics, and healthcare. For more information, call 1.800.358.1202
The State Department of Health announced revisions to the New York City water system’s 2007 Filtration Avoidance Determination have been drafted and will be released for public review and comment. Among the components are watershed protection programs in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene and Lee in 2011. They include provisions for New York City to fund a local flood hazard mitigation program. It also includes an increased number of stream restoration projects.
The 2013 Hazardous Waste Collection Days for Otsego County households will be Friday September 13th. at the Unadilla Town Highway Building. The second collection will be at the Meadows Office Building in Cooperstown on Saturday September 14th. You must pre-register August 27th through Spetember 10th. You can register online at OtsegoCounty.com/solidwaste, or by calling 547-4228.
Governor Cuomo today announced $1 million in funding available to law enforcement agencies to video record criminal interrogations. The grants will be available through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), for either the purchase and installation of video recording equipment for police departments and sheriffs’ offices that have not yet implemented the practice, or allow agencies to upgrade older equipment to ensure it functions properly. More information is available at governor.ny.gov.
A group of people have been walking since Friday along state route 7 from Albany to Binghamton, to deliver a petition to the federal court house to judge Thomas McEvoy in Binghamton on July 23rd. the 133 mile “Journey For Justice” is sponsored by Project Salam, in support of Yassin Aref of Albany, whose supporters claim that he was entrapped through the efforts of the FBI in 2006, & convicted as a terrorist, and are seeking his release from prison. Recently, Aref’s attorneys filed for documents through a “Freedom of Information Law” request & learned about secret evidence used to misidentified Aref as an Al-Qaeda agent. The journey is expected to pass through the WCDO Listening area over the next several days. More information is available at projectsalam.org
State Troopers in Oneonta arrested 35-year-old Dennis Brown of Richmond, Virginia, for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on State Route 28 in the Town of Milford; Brown was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Milford Court on August 6th.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will hold his 3rd forum on the New York Safe Act this Saturday; he discussed the likelihood of any more changes coming to the new law this year:
Crouch will be joined by Delaware County sheriff Tom Mills and others at the event Saturday at the Walton High School.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 22-year-old Nicole Curtis of Walton on a Family Court Warrant issued by County Court Judge Becker. Curtis was arraigned in Delhi Town Court and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility to await further court proceeding.
The Oneonta common council will hold their next regular meeting tonight. The meeting gets underway at 7:00 PM in the 2nd floor council chambers at Oneonta City Hall.
The incidence of confirmed rabies cases of raccoons in the tri county area continues to increase. Free rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets are taking place at the Coventry Town Garage today from 5:30 to 6:30pm, Wednesday at the Morris Fire Department from 6 to 8pm and Thursday, at the New Berlin Fire Station from 7 to 8:30pm.
State Troopers arrested 49-year-old Juan Cartagena of Windsor for Driving While Intoxicated. Cartagena refused a breath test after being pulled over during a traffic stop on State Route 11 in Kirkwood last weekend, he was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Kirkwood Court on July 30th.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that 54 million has been awarded to 20 recipients to finance large scale solar energy projects across New York State. The new projects will add 64 megawatts to the state’s solar capacity and will make New York the leader in solar energy generation. The closest sites to the Southern Tier are Cornell University in Ithaca and SUNY Cortland. For more information on this plan, visit ny-sun.ny.gov
New York officials plan to overhaul the state’s psychiatric services over the next four years by consolidating 24 inpatient hospitals statewide into 15 regional centers and establishing more than two dozen outpatient service hubs. The consolidation plan, released by the Office of Mental Health on Wednesday, also includes closing psychiatric hospitals in Elmira and Binghamton in 2014. The plan is expected to save $20 million the first year. The state spends about $6.6 billion, including federal funds, annually on mental health treatment.
A Binghamton man was charged with felony second-degree strangulation following a dispute on Willow Street with a family member, according to Johnson City police. 33 year old Kareem A. Davis is accused of threatening to kill a woman, and then grabbing her by the neck and choking her, causing her to pass out. Davis was arraigned in village court and sent to the Broome County jail.
Many activites for the entire family are happening in around our area. The Afton Fair and Agricultural Expo opens today at 9am at the Afton Fairgrounds with animal exhibits, floral judging, harness racing, a children’s bicycle drawing and the K Bar F Rodeo at 7:30pm this evening. Admission is only $1 per person with children 5 and under free. The Fair continues through Sunday and the complete schedule can be found online at The Afton Fair Dot Com. Also, Unadilla will have their Free Summer Concert for this week, tonight from 6:30-8pm on the Community House Lawn. Montebank Brothers will provide the entertainment, and bring a dish to pass and your own table service, as there will be a community picnic starting at 5:30pm. For dessert The Unadilla Chamber of Commerce will hold a strawberry social during the concert. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the firehouse on Clifton St. Plus, The Chenango County Blues Fest Summer series kicks off tonight in Norwich with New Riders of the Purple Sage taking the stage at 7pm in East Side Park. The series continues weekly on Thursday nights through August 1st. The complete schedule for the series can be found at chenangobluesfest.org.
The supply of types O positive and O negative blood at the American Red Cross is at very low levels. Eligible donors with type O blood are asked to donate blood today at a Blood Drive at Guernsey Memorial Library in Norwich, at 3 Court Street, from 9:00 to 2:00 pm. Appointments can be made at 1-800-RedCross or redcrossblood.org.
Commerce Chenango will hold their next networking luncheon today at Lewis’s restaurant in Sherburne. Registration begins at 11:30, more information is available at 334-1402.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold the Re-Organizational Board of Education Meeting today in the Guilford School Cafeteria at 6:30 PM. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:30 PM.
The incidence of confirmed rabies cases of raccoons in the tri county area continues. Pet owners are reminded that your pets must be vaccinated. Free rabies clinics are taking place next week at the Coventry Town Garage on Tuesday, July 16th from 5:30 to 6:30pm, Wednesday the 17th at the Morris Fire Department from 6 to 8pm and Thursday, July 18th at the New Berlin Fire Station from 7 to 8:30pm. The clinics are for dogs, cats and ferrets.
State regulators are looking for feedback on proposed changes to freshwater fishing rules. The DEC has identified potential changes based on discussions with anglers, biologists, and fisheries managers. Now the DEC is seeking additional angler feedback. Many changes under consideration would eliminate special regulations that didn’t achieve their intended purpose. Highlights include increasing year-round trout fishing opportunities at specific streams and establishing catch-and-release fishing at a few additional streams. To view the potential changes and provide input, go to dec.ny.gov
State Police CNET Team and Vestal Police arrested 2 Johnson City residents for drug possession, following the execution of a search warrant Wednesday morning. Charged were 34 year old Kevin Turner & 36 year old Kevin Andrews for 3rd degree Criminal Possession of Marihuana, Turner was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia. Police seized 12 ounces of marihuana, plus cocaine, scales, packaging material and over $1,300 in cash. Both were arraigned in the Village of Johnson City Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail. The investigation is continuing.
Governor Cuomo reported that $438 million in funding would be included in the 2013-14 Budget under the CHIPS program. Funding will go to municipalities all over the state for various road and bridge repairs. Local counties will see a 15 to 20% increases in CHIPS money in the new state budget for the fiscal year that starts on April 1st.
The state assembly returns to Albany today, to vote on budget bills. The state senate wrapped up their session before the Easter & Passover vacation period early Wednesday morning, the budget totals 143 billion dollars, the assembly will work to complete the budget votes prior to the deadline, on Monday.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 79-year-old Robert Huntley of Greene for 2nd degree Driving While Intoxicated. Huntley was arrested following a traffic stop on State Highway 41 in the Town of Coventry; he was issued an appearance ticket and released to a sober third party. Huntley will appear in the Town of Coventry Court a later date.
Fresh off of last nights performance of “Rock Of Ages” at the Broome County Arena, Stephen Michael Kane, a 2004 graduate of Chenango forks will host the Devin Spears Scholarship Talent Showcase at the Endicott performing Arts Center Saturday at 8:00 PM, Kane told WCDO News why it is important to him to host this event for the 2nd straight year:
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Kane was the first ever recipient of that scholarship, he has been working steadily in various road companies of Broadway musicals for the last several years.
There are a few tickets left for Saturday night’s performance of a special tribute of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Foothills Director Huemac Garcia comments:
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Garcia said that the show consists of 5 young Broadway veterans, who re-create the music and stories of the great era of The Four Seasons, complimentary chocolates, snacks and champagne are available at the pre show happy hour beginning at 6:00 pm Saturday, the show begins at 8:00 pm
State troopers in Norwich arrested 25 year old Robert Robertson of Coventry for 3rd degree Assault, 2nd degree Unlawful Imprisonment, 4th degree Criminal Mischief 4th and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest resulted from a dispute on State Route 206 in Coventry; Robertson was arraigned in the Town of Coventry Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch is inviting sportsmen, businesses and constituents to join him at the New York 2nd Amendment Day in Albany on February 28, consisting of a legislative day from 9:00 A.M. to 12:45 PM at the LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING and a rally in the West Capitol Park at the south swan street side, beginning at 12:00 Noon. The rally follows the recent passing of the New York Safe Act by the legislature following the Sandy Creek Elementary School shooting in neighboring Connecticut.
Delaware County Deputies investigated a 1-car property damage auto accident in the Town of Hamden. 18-year-old Brynna Elliott of Marathon was operating her motor vehicle when she left the snow-covered roadway and struck an earth embankment causing her vehicle roll over. There were no reported injuries and no traffic summons issued.
Delaware County Deputies arrested 29-year-old Jason Grizzard of Hobart for 4th degree Criminal Mischief and 3 counts of endangering the Welfare of a Child. Grizzard is alleged to have jumped on the hood of a car and smashing the vehicles windshield. He was released on an appearance tickets returnable on March 12th at 6:00 PM in the Town of Stamford Court.
A benefit is being held for Donavan Lema of Afton, who lost his mother in a car accident in which he was a passenger, on January 28th. The event will be held at the Sidney moose lodge on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, more information is available at 604-4272 or 829-3917.
The Sidney chamber of commerce is accepting nominations for the 2013 citizen of the years and business of the years. Nomination forms as well as lists of past award recipients is available at the chamber website at sidneychamber.org or by calling 561-2642. Nominations are requested by march 14th, the winners will be honored at the chamber’s annual dinner of June 7th.
Police and hospitals are noticing an increase in the abuse of prescription painkillers at an alarming increase. Dave Ramsey of the Alcohol & drug abuse council of Delaware county comments:
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New York state passed legislation last year to begin the “I-Stop” program, where prescriptions are sent electronically to pharmacies where databases can track the prescribing and dispensing of controlled prescription drugs to patients, in order to stop suspected abuse or diversion and provide doctors and pharmacists with real-time information on a patients’ prescription drug history, & who might be “doctor shopping”.
There will be a Sidney school district Capital Project Presentation open to the public on Tuesday, January 8th in the HS Auditorium at 6:00pm. Superintendent Bill Christensen told WCDO News about the project:
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At Tuesday’s open house, Christensen and the architects will be present to talk about the project and answer questions from the public.
The Tri-Town Theater is looking to unearth local talent, with their “First Saturday” open Mike nights starting tomorrow in Sidney. Spokesperson Andrea Whiteside explains:
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The First Saturday Coffee House nights will be held at the new location for the Tri Town Theater at the former Masonic Temple on Union Street in Sidney, more information is available at 563-8690.
Republican Assemblyman Pete Lopez will be sworn in as the representative for the new 102nd Assembly District. The ceremony will be held at the Schoharie County Courthouse in the Village of Schoharie at 6:00 p.m. tonight.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 19-year-old Justin Pezzino of Greene for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Pezzino was charged following a traffic stop in the Town of Greene, he was given an appearance ticket for the Town of Greene Court at a later date.
The Delaware County Sheriffs Office arrested Michael Janitz of Oneonta, on a New York State Parole Warrant. Janitz was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility to await further proceedings from New York State Division of Parole.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 26-year-old Diana Essig of Coventry on an active Arrest Warrant out of the Town of Bainbridge Court for 2nd degree forgery & Petty Larceny. Deputies arrested Essig after she was released from the Chenango County Correctional Facility on unrelated charges; she was arraigned at the Town of Bainbridge Court & was remanded back to the Chenango County Jail on $1,000 cash bail. She is to reappear in the Town of Bainbridge Court at a later date.
The Sidney town board has called a special meeting for Thursday January 10th at 7:00 PM in the Sidney civic center board room. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the draft moratorium on gas drilling, it will be distributed to board members, if it is acceptable to the majority of the board, it will be sent to Delaware county for a general municipal law review.
State Police in Norwich arrested 62 year old MICHELE KEECH of Greene for 3rd degree Arson, and Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. The charges stem from an investigation after patrols responded to a report of a despondent woman at 700 State Route 206 in the Town of Greene, the Investigation revealed that KEECH had set fire to the basement of her residence, causing extensive damage and killing 33 dogs located inside. KEECH was arraigned in the Town of Coventry Court and released on her own recognizance pending future court appearances.
Governor Cuomo announced that the Thruway Authority has stopped plans for a 45% toll hike for large commercial vehicles. The move follows extensive lobbying by the New York farm bureau, who argued that the massive hike would have made it too costly to transport upstate produce and other food throughout the state.
State DOT crews will be performing bridge maintenance on Interstate 81 northbound over the Chenango River, between exits 4 & 5 in Binghamton, beginning at 9 AM today. Motorists will encounter an alternating lane closure within the work zone. Traffic delays are expected, the work is anticipated to be completed by 3:00 PM today.