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.
P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 6-25-14
Governor Cuomo announced that more than 96,000 jobs are currently available and listed on the State’s Jobs Express website at jobs.ny.gov. The site sorts jobs by region and occupation, and also allows users to search jobs based on zip code and travel distance. The occupational categories with the most jobs listed now are: Sales, Clerical and Secretarial, Management, Computer and Mathematical, and Healthcare Practitioner and Technical. Currently, there are 4,550 jobs listed in the Southern Tier.
Michael Buck pleaded guilty to 1st degree manslaughter in Otsego County Court following an incident September 21st at the Middlefield home that Buck shared with his father, 64 year old Joe Buck. Joe buck was killed, Michael Buck suffered a gunshot wound to the left cheek. Under the agreement Buck will be sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by 5 years of post-release supervision. Buck had been indicted on 1 count each of 2nd degree murder, 1st degree assault, & criminal use of a firearm & 2 counts of 3rd degree criminal weapons possession.
A Franklin woman was arrested Tuesday night after fleeing an officer who had initiated a traffic stop for a headlight that wasn’t working. The chase started on Main Street in Oneonta at about 9pm, and continued into Franklin when it was called off due to road conditions. The driver was picked up by state police at her residence in Franklin and turned over to Oneonta police. 39 year old Patricia McNeilly was charged with 2nd degree reckless endangerment, 3rd degree unlawful feeling a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, 3rd degree aggravated unlicensed operation and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. McNeilly was arraigned in Oneonta city court and released pending a future court appearance
The Utica School of Commerce will begin classes at the Tri-Town Regional Hospital building on Pearl Street in Sidney this month. USC Vice President Done Reese explains:
(Don Reese 6-5-14)
USC will hold an open house the Sidney location Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, classes will begin June 16th.
State Police in Deposit were dispatched to a tractor-trailer rollover this morning at around 4:30 a.m. by exit 81 on Route 17 East. The unidentified driver veered left to avoid hitting a car that cut in front of it, but the tractor-trailer went off the road and rolled on its side. The tractor-trailer was carrying about 24,000 pounds of candy bars. Route 17 East, between exits 80 and 81, was reduced to one lane and re-opened this afternoon. The driver suffered minor burns to his arm. No tickets were issued and police are investigating.
The Chenango County Health Department will hold a community awareness presentation this evening on ticks & Lyme Disease from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Bainbridge Town Hall. A Rise in the number of ticks has been reported In Afton & Bainbridge, the event is open to the public, more information is available at 337-1673.
The AARP released a poll showing 80% of voters, over the age of 50, think state consumers need an independent advocate to protect them from utility rate increases. The AARP and other consumer groups are pressing the state Senate, to vote on legislation that was passed by the Assembly last month, to create an Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate. Roughly 40 states have an independent utility advocate. The state legislature will wrap up its current session later this month.
Firefighters from Masonville, Sidney, Walton, Trout Creek, Sidney Center, Bainbridge, Deposit & Mount Upton fire companies responded to a fire at the Briggs residence on state route 8 between Sidney & Masonville. The fire was reported at about 8:30 Thursday morning, officials said that the house suffered fire, smoke & water damage, no one was home when the fire broke out, no injuries among firefighters were reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
The state Senate passed legislation to make all honorably discharged military veterans eligible for a high school degree. “Operation Recognition,” already allows veterans of World War II, Korea and the Vietnam wars to get diplomas, the legislation would expand eligibility to other veterans who didn’t complete their formal education. The bill was sent to the Assembly.
Chenango County Sheriffs Deputies arrested 24-year-old Cassandra LaTour and 41-year-old Brett Brooks following an investigation into a reported larceny at a Norwich business. Both were charged with Conspiracy and Petty Larceny for allegedly entering a business with the intent of stealing property. LaTour was also charged with 3rd degree Burglary, Brooks was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date, LaTour was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court and will reappear at a later date.
Broome County Executive Debbie Preston will undergo surgery next week at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Preston announced her diagnosis of lung cancer 2 weeks ago, she will go to Sloan Kettering on Sunday and will have the upper left lobe of her lung removed the Monday. She plans on spending much of next week at Sloan Kettering before heading home to recover.
U.S. Postal Service letter carriers will be collecting non-perishable food items tomorrow, as part of the national Stamp Out Hunger program. Food items can be left by mailbox’s for pickup, all donations will stay in local comminutes.
The Chenango Soccer Club is sponsoring a soccer camp August 4th through the 8th at the Chargers Fields on Route 12 in Oxford. Registration must be completed by July 18th to receive the t-shirt. Campers must bring their own lunch, water bottle, cleats, and shin guards everyday. More information is available at 334-5038 or at oneplussoccer.com.
State Troopers will be conducting a child car seat safety check detail tomorrow from 10:00am till 2:00pm, outside the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, Troopers will be stationed in the parking lot near Ruby Tuesday’s, they will inspect your current child car seat and making sure that it is properly installed. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to bring their child, a current car seat, their vehicle and vehicle manual.
The Town of Hartwick will hold its annual Clean Sweep event from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday. The Town will be collecting Used electronics, televisions, tires, scrap metal and white goods, used appliances, backyard waste, mattresses, furniture; leaves and grass clippings; and returnable bottles and cans. Regular trash & household Hazardous waste will not be taken at this event.
The Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s Outreach Committee is hosting a chicken and biscuits benefit dinner and Chinese Auction Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:00 PM at the church 37 West Main Street in Norwich. Proceeds will go to the Chenango County Relay For Life July 18th & 19th at the county fairgrounds in Norwich, more information is available at relayforlife.org/chenangocountyny.
36-year-old Jeremy Barrett of Deposit pleaded guilty in Broome County Court to 2 counts of sexual conduct against a child. Barrett admitted to sexual contact with 3 under aged girls, he faces sentencing on August 1st.
The General Clinton Canoe Regatta will bring back youth Wrestling at this years activities in General Clinton Park. Regatta Chairman John Harmon explains:
(John Harmon 5-8-14)
Harmon said that the matches would all be under a tent in the park, the wrestling matches were a very popular event at the Regatta in the 1980’s.
The State Senate Task Force on Heroin & Opiod addiction will hold another public hearing tomorrow, to gather more input on the growing problem. The task force will be in State Senator John Bonacic’s District:
Friday’s hearing will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello, those who were unable to attend the Oneonta event are invited to testify at Friday’s event.
The Delaware county Sheriff’s Office now has a drug drop-0ff Box In their Front Lobby at 280 Phoebe Lane in Delhi. Sheriff Tom Mils announced that Mallinckrodt’s Hobart plant is responsible for the prescription drug take-back collection box. County Residents are invited to safely and legally dispose of unused or unwanted prescription drugs at the Delhi Location, in order for these items to stay out of the wrong hands. The box may be utilized to dispose of prescription medications, however, Needles and liquid medicine cannot be discarded in this box. More information is available at 746-2336.
Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy announced that he would not seek re-election with Governor Como this year. Duffy notified Cuomo Wednesday that he would not be on the ticket, he sited back & leg pain as being issues that were impinging on his ability to travel as much as the job requires, he also stated the desire to be closer to family in the Rochester area. No replacement by Governor Cuomo has been announced.
State Police arrested 34-year-old April Florance of Kirkwood, for DWI & Unlawful possession of Marijuana. Police reported that Florance drove the barracks to make a complaint; the desk Trooper detected a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. Troopers determined that Florance also in possession of marijuana in the police station. Florance refused to submit to a breath test, she was arraigned & was and remanded to the Broome County Jail pending future court action.
Federal auditors say New York should repay $60.8 million in Medicaid reimbursement, for unallowable costs for room and board for taking care of developmentally disabled people. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general said repairs, maintenance, utilities, and property-related costs should have been excluded, in calculating Medicaid payment rates at state-operated residences. The audit recommends the state Health Department refund the $60.8 million federal share of those costs.
State lawmakers voted for tougher penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident. The state Senate voted in favor of legislation to impose up to seven years of prison on a motorist who flees the scene of an accident resulting in an injury. Currently, the crime carries a sentence of up to one year. The fines and potential prison sentence for leaving the scene of a fatal accident would also be increased. Similar legislation is pending in the state Assembly.
Officials with the Constitution Pipeline, Leatherstocking Gas Company & Amphenol in Sidney announced a plan to get natural gas services to Amphenol’s new plant, as well as to towns and businesses along the 125-mile proposed route along the I-88 Corridor. The Constitution Pipeline would run from northern Pennsylvania to parts of New York State for eventual distribution into New England. Amphenol in Sidney would be one of the four “tap” locations, meaning natural gas would come directly into the facility. Construction of the pipeline could start in January 2015 pending federal approval.
Conference committees are getting to work this week on various aspects of the state budget proposals. Area Assemblyman Bill Magee is on the conference committee overseeing agriculture; he said that the amount of money that farmers get relates to how much education aid is increased;
Magee once again chairs the assembly Agriculture Committee; he said that he is relatively confident that the state budget will be passed on time again this year.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 31 year old Gerard Johnson of Walton on a warrant from the city of Oneonta Court for failure to pay a fine for his arrest on a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Johnson was turned over to the City of Oneonta Police Department for further processing & subsequent court action.
State Police of Norwich arrested 47-year-old Mathew Bates, of Plymouth for 2nd degree Harassment. The arrest followed an investigation into a recent dispute in the town of Plymouth, Bates was arraigned in the Town of Sherburne Court and released on his own recognizance & will reappear in court on March 28th.
State Police in Deposit arrest 42-year-old Patrick Brown of Deposit for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Criminal Mischief. The arrest occurred after a dispute Deposit, where Brown is accused of choking the victim and keeping the vic9tm from notifying police. Brown was arraigned in the Town of Deposit Court and released on his own recognize, an order of protection was issued by the court against Brown.
A new insurance program set to replace an older safety net built on farm subsidies could make life easier for all farmers in New York State. The Margin Protection Program will serve as an optional insurance plan farmers can buy into. The plan will replace the Milk Income Loss Contract, which acted more like a subsidy for farmers when the milk price dropped below profitable levels. US Senator Charles Schumer visited a farm in Sherburne to promote the plan, and promise assistance in helping farmers understand it. The new insurance plans will take effect in September.
State Police arrested 27-year-old Jason Harvey of Groton on 1 count each Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance & Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine. Harvey is accused of manufacturing Methamphetamines in his residence, he was arraigned & was remanded to Tompkins County Jail on $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 secured bond pending court action March 21st.
The Southern Tier Parents against the Common Core are holding a presentation on March 31st. The event will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Vestal Library; concerned parents are encouraged to attend. More information is available at parents against cc.com
State Police remind drivers to not drink and drive again today, as they will continue their efforts to crack down on drunk driving on Saint Patrick’s Day. Drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints; additional DWI patrols and Police will also be ticketing distracted drivers using handheld electronic devices. State Police remind residents that if they are drinking at a party, to have a designated driver, and if you are driving & witness an obviously impaired driver, top call police immediately.
Firefighters in Deposit responded to 39 Elm Street Sunday morning. One occupant suffered burns and was taken to an area hospital. Firefighters from 4 area departments responded, deposit firefighters had to respond Sunday afternoon after hot spots rekindled, no injuries were reported.
Cornell Cooperative Extension will sponsor three Farmers’ Markets in 2014, one in Walton, one in Sidney and one in Deposit. The Deposit Farmers Market Will be on August 21st & September 18th from 10:00am-2:00pm. The Sidney Farmers Market will be Every Tuesday, between July 1st and September 30th from 10:00am-2:00pm, and the Walton Farmers Market will be held on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from July 2 through October 15, from 10:00am-2:00pm. More information is available at 865-6531.
Registrations for Sidney central school district students eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall will continue this week. Parents are requested to call 561-7728 to set up an appointment; birth certificates, immunization records & proof of residency are required.
The Unatego school board of education will hold a budget workshop this evening. The session will begin at 7:00 PM in room 93 of the Middle-Senior High school in Wells Bridge.
The latest winter storm to hit the area has been a complicated one for forecasters to pin down, Sidney high school meteorologist Rich Townsend comments:
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WCDO will have area delays or postponements tomorrow morning, demanding on what the storm leaves behind.
Efforts are being coordinated to assist Gordon & Jeanne Shields of Guilford, who lost their home to a fire early Tuesday morning at 459 Keech Road. The family dog woke up all family members, at around 1:15 AM Tuesday, they all escaped, but the house was heavily damaged. Monetary donations are being accepted through the Bainbridge branch of Sidney Federal Credit Union at 967-7101, clothing, toiletries, & bedding for the family of 3; plus dog & cat food are needed. Investigators have not yet released the cause of the fire.
The passing of budget bills is underway in both houses of the state legislature this week, with good news for the region, according to area Assemblyman Bill Magee:
Magee said that once the budget bills are passed, the conference committees will get to work on various segments of the budget, Magee said he expects the budget to be on time for the 4th year in a row.
The state Labor department announced that local unemployment rates soared in January, opposite the state & national trends. Locally, Chenango County’s unemployment rate was 7.4%, up 1.2 % from December, Delaware County’s rate rose 1.4% to 8.1% and Otsego County’s rate was 7.4%, also up 1.4% from the month before. Statewide, the unemployment rate was 6.8%; nationwide it was at 6.6%
Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 45-year-old Robert Rice of Greene for DWI, Driving with a BAC of .08% or higher and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Rice was stopped in the town of Smithville for a moving violation. He was found to be operating the motor vehicle in an intoxicated state. Rice was taken into custody; processed, and released to a sober third party he will appear in the Town of Smithville Court at a later date.
Norwich police arrested 27-year-old Jory Page of Sherburne following the investigation into a domestic dispute. Page is was charged with 1st degree criminal contempt, 2nd degree menacing, reckless endangerment, 4th degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child and petty larceny, he is accused of violating an order of protection and threatening another person. Page was being held pending arraignment on the charges.
State Troopers in Deposit arrested 29-year-old Nicole Mills of Deposit for Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance & Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument. The arrest occurred after a traffic stop on State Route 17 in Sanford, Mills was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant from the Town of Sanford Court, she was also found to possess a small amount of heroin and a hypodermic syringe. Mills was arraigned in the Village of Deposit Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail on bail.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Jessica Levesque of Afton on 2 counts of endangering the Welfare of a Child. A Deputy responded to the report of loose dogs, & while attempting to locate the owner of the dogs a young infant could be heard crying inside of a residence. Numerous attempts to get someone to answer the door were unsuccessful. Once inside Levesque was located with 2 infants, a wood stove was operating within feet of the infant, with a burning piece of wood hanging out of the stove & with a door that did not contain the fire. Levesque was issued an appearance ticket for Afton Town Court at a later date.
State Police in Greene arrested 28-year-old William Ray of Greene for DWI with a BAC result of .17%, more than twice the legal limit. The arrest followed a traffic stop for speeding on State Route 41 in Greene; Ray was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Greene Court on March 20th.
Governor Cuomo announced that consumers who faced enrollment problems and other issues after signing up for health insurance with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield would receive 3 weeks of free coverage. The agreement follows a Department of Financial Services probe into complaints about Empire sending out member ID cards late, failing to send out bills on time, and other issues. Empire has agreed to provide three weeks of free coverage to consumers who enrolled through NYSOH and paid for coverage for the month of January, but did receive care during that period. More information is available at the DFS Hotline at (212) 480-6400 or (800) 342-3736.
Firefighters from Deposit, Sidney, Masonville & Trout Creek responded to a fire at 4785 Route 8 in Deposit Friday night. The fire was reported at around 10:00 PM, the unidentified homeowner was taken to Wilson Hospital for treatment of injuries, the house was listed as a total loss, the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Franklin Fire department announced the passing of Franklin Assistant Chief James Wilber, who succumbed to a Heart Attack responding to a Motor Vehicle accident Sunday morning. Chief Wilber was involved in Fire and EMS service for over 40 years with Franklin & Wells Bridge Fire departments.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 39 year old Rollins Crane of North Norwich on 4 counts of Endangering the welfare of the a child. Crane was found to be acting in a manner that was found to be injurious to a child less than 17 years old. The children were removed from the residence and placed into the custody of another family member. Crane was taken into custody without incident and arraigned in Town of North Norwich court where he was released until a later court date.
Reactions from area lawmakers are in following Tuesday’s executive budget proposal by Governor Cuomo in Albany. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch responds:
State senator Jim Seward also commented:
Lawmakers will get to work on the budget plan; the deadline to pass it is April 1st.
48-year-old William Danielson of Preston pleaded not guilty to 5 felony counts in Chenango County Court this morning. The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office accused Danielson of attacking his former girlfriend Lucinda Knoll in front of their son at the Maple Grove Trailer Park in Norwich on December 27th, she died from injuries sustained in the attack 2 days later. Danielson is charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder, 1st degree robbery, plus 1st & 2nd degree assault, he remains held in the Chenango County Jail pending additional court action.
About 150 people attended the Oneonta Area for public education meeting in Oneonta Saturday, to register their concerns with lawmakers about the Common Core and other newly enacted issues in public education. Co-founder of the group (pronounced “Shirs-tee) Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs comments:
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The message following several such forums reached Governor Cuomo’s ears; he mentioned the need for change during his executive budget proposal Tuesday afternoon:
VanSlyke-Briggs said that area lawmakers Jim Seward, Cliff Crouch & Congressman Chris Gibson all expressed support At Saturday’s Oneonta forum, for the changes to the Common Core and the eliminating of many of the newly implemented tests for students.
State police in Deposit arrested 25-year-old O’Neil Bower of Rochester for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of marihuana. The arrest followed a stop for speeding at 81 miles an hour in 55 miles an hour zone on State Route 17 in Hancock. Troopers discovered that Bower had a driver license that was suspended 9 times, they also found to Bower unlawfully possessed marihuana. Bower was arraigned in the Village of Hancock Court and released after paying his $100 cash bail.
State police in Oneonta arrested 21-year-old Brittany Alfarano of Oneonta for driving while intoxicated with a reportable BAC result of .15%. The arrest resulted from investigating a 1-car accident on Interstate 88 in Oneonta; troopers accuse Alfarano of also texting on her cell phone when she crashed. She was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Oneonta Court on January 28th.
Governor Cuomo wants to spend $10 million dollars in the next state budget, to establish a new database of police information that departments across the state could share online. The database would make it easier for police agencies to share crime information & coordinate responses across jurisdictions without having to request information & wait for a reply.
State Police reported that 43-year-old Christopher Lampert of Enfield was killed after being hit by a car on state route 79. Lampert was hit by a vehicle driven by 21 year old Michael Soule of Enfield Wednesday evening, police said that no charges will not be filed, the investigation is continuing.
Calvin Harris will face his 3rd murder trial, this time it will be heard in Schoharie County. Harris’s attorney’s were seeking a change of venue following 2 convictions in Tioga county court, for the September 11th 2001 murder of his estranged wife Michelle Harris, whose body has never been found
The southern tier regional economic development council discussed their focus for 2014 at a meeting at Binghamton University Thursday. Topics included an update of progress on previous projects, & a review of projects in the most recent round of competitive state funding. In December, the council received an award of 81.9 Million dollars from the state; more information is available at regionalcouncils.ny.gov.
Governor Cuomo announced the award of $67 million dollars for 63 bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use paths transportations enhancement projects across the state, as a way to encourage tourism and economic development. The funds cover 80% of the cost of each project, with the remaining 20% coming for the project’s sponsors. The project includes $406,000 for the South Otsiningo Riverfront Trail in Broome county, and $825,000 for the Front Street Streetscape Improvements in Deposit.