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.
Norwich police and Chenango county Sheriff’s deputies arrested 33-year-old Travis Rifanburg of Norwich and 30 year old Kajuan Bunn of Brooklyn, following an investigation into heroin trafficking in Norwich. Police officer & sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at 21 Plymouth Street in Norwich, Packaged heroin was seized during the search, Rifanburg was charged with criminal nuisance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. Bunn was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and unlawful possession of marijuana.
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division has arrested 21-year-old Eric Sturdevant of Port Crane for 2nd degree Burglary. Sturdevant is accused of burglarizing a home in the Town of Colesville on October 12th he was arraigned in the Town of Colesville Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail pending future court action.
The Platinum Street Ballers will be back in Sidney this year, as part of an annual fundraiser for the Sidney Boys & Girl’s club on Saturday November 9th at the Sidney High School Gym. Club Director Trish Tyrell comments:
Tickets are available at the boys & girls club in the Civic Center, the Sidney Great American, VEP, Sidney Flowers & Gifts, & Hometown Pizza in Franklin, the money raised will help the Boys & Girls club continue to operate their programs for area youth.
Chenango County Sheriff’s department arrested a Town of Colesville resident and a Town of Afton Resident on charges of 3rd degree Burglary 3rd, Conspiracy and Criminal Sale of Marihuana. The arrests followed a complaint from a civilian at Davy Field in the Village of Afton, who found 2 people inside a concession stand building; She was able to stop one of the subjects and contacted Sheriff Cutting, who responded to the location and took the 14-year-old male into custody. He was able to locate the second individual a short distance away and took the second 14-year-old male into custody as well. Both defendants were released on juvenile appearance tickets and released to the custody of their parents.
State Troopers arrested 18 year old Italyia Circelli of Arverne for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle & 20 year old Sydnee Girard of Freeport for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrests were the result of a traffic stop on State Highway 17, in Hancock; Circelli was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 property bond. GIRARD was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Hancock Court on October 21st.
New York state spending dropped for the 2nd year in a row, but its debt hit a record $63.5 billion in the last fiscal year. The annual Financial Condition report from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s report found state spending fell 0.3% in the 2012-13 fiscal year from the prior year. But since 2009, state spending outpaced inflation, growing a total of 9.5%. New York is the second most indebted state in the country.
Tuesday marked the beginning of the enrollment period for Medicare. Seniors can choose from a number of Medicare plans for their insurance or keep their existing plan through December 7th, each choice carries slightly different benefits and some plans have changed since the previous year. More detaisl are available at Medicare.gov
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a 1-vehicle fatal motor vehicle accident Sunday in the Town of Delhi. 18-year-old Michael Ackerman of South Kortright was operating a pick up truck Northbound on State Hwy 10 the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway, struck a tree and caught fire. Ackerman was killed in the crash; the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by K-9 “Ozzie” executed a Search Warrant in the Town of Franklin Thursday, at Snake Hill Road. A search of the property led to the seizure of 7 marihuana plants, several drying marihuana plants, approximately one ounce of processed marihuana, a quantity of hashish, drug paraphernalia and several long guns. Deputies arrested 33-year-old Lee March of Otego for Criminal Possession of Marihuana and Unlicensed Cultivation of Marihuana; he was arraigned in the Town of Hamden Court and was released on recognizance pending further court action.
State senator Jim Seward & Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller unveiled a plan to make Oneonta’s lights more efficient. Seward mentioned the plan at an Oneonta press conference Friday:
The legislative grant obtained by Senator Seward, included in a 2012 senate resolution, is being used to replace outdated high pressure sodium street lights with new energy-efficient LED fixtures. The new “green” fixtures will provide substantial energy savings for the City of Oneonta and will also reduce long-term maintenance costs.
State troopers arrested 46-year-old Michael Clark of Port Crane for 3rd degree assault & endangering the welfare of a child. The arrest followed the report made to the Broome County Child Protective Services, where Clark is accused of striking & injuring a 9 year old victim. Clark was arraigned in the town of Fenton court and remanded to the Broome county jail in lieu of $1500 bail.
Delaware County Sheriff Deputy’s investigated a one-car roll over motor vehicle accident on State Highway 97 in the Town of Hancock. Deputies arrested 36-year-old Matthew Buehler of Olympia Washington For Aggravated DWI, as Buehler registered a BAC of .22%. Buelher was also ticketed for speed not reasonable and prudent, he was released & will appear in the Town of Hancock Court on October 7th.
Tax revenues for the first five months of the state fiscal year were $69.8 million over updated budget projections, according to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Year-to-date tax collections are up 10.3 percent from the same period last year, due to strong Personal Income Tax collections, which are up by more than 13%.
The Binghamton Senators announced that tickets for individual regular season games are on sale this week. Single game tickets for the general public will go on sale Wednesday, at 10:00 AM for all 37 regular season home games at the Broome County Arena. Tickets are available at the Broome County Arena Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, or at 722-SENS or Online at binghamtonsenators.com or ticketmaster.com.
State Police are investigating a strong-armed robbery, which occurred last Thursday afternoon on Main Street in Johnson City. Police reported that an unidentified woman was getting into her vehicle when a male subject grabbed her purse and fled on foot. The woman chased the suspect and observed him getting into the passenger seat of a dark colored Pontiac and drive towards Endwell. The suspect is further described as being a black male in his early to mid 20’s, average build, wearing a dark shirt and pants and a black head covering. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police BCI at 754-3854.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for the 2nd degree murder trial of Anthony Taglianetti of Virginia. Taglianetti is charged with fatally shooting 51-year-old Keith Reed Jr. in Chautauqua County last September. U.S. Marshals arrested Taglianetti in Virginia 8 days after Reed’s murder. Reed previously served as a principal in Sherburne-Earlville Central School District prior to becoming superintendent of the Clymer Central School District.
Delaware County Deputies responded to Sherman Hill Rd in the Town of Franklin regarding a domestic incident complaint. Deputies arrested 27-year-old Danielle Lister of Walton for Criminal Mischief, Harassment and Endangering the welfare of a child. Lister was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Franklin Court at a later time.
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bill that would require the USDA to maintain adequate staffing and increase testing at the facilities that produce beef, pork, and poultry products. The bill also would require the agency to improve standards to protect against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. More information is available at gillibrand.senate.gov.
Catholic Charities will hold a fundraiser on September 28th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, at the Chenango County fair grounds, to benefit their “Roots & Wings” program. Executive director Robin Beckwith explains:
The event is called “Bands, Brew & Barbecue”, as local musical acts, micro-breweries and barbecue business will be on hand to help raise funds, over 14,400 households have been assisted by the “Roots & Wings Program. More information is available at 334-8244.
State senator Jim Seward co-sponsored a proposal called “The Funding Emergency Relief Now” bill, to assist property owners when FEMA or other funding is denied, with a refundable state income tax credit against property taxes paid where properties have suffered value-reducing damage. The bill calls for a state task force on flood prevention and mitigation, enhanced funding through the Environmental Protection Fund for soil and water conservation districts, National Guard directed and supported construction assistance in communities where flood mitigation measures have been identified, and requiring a simplified and expedited process for the state share of any reimbursable flood-related costs by local governments. The legislation is expected to be voted on next year.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation that will expand the ban on the type of chemicals used to make dangerous bath salts. The law comes after several high-profile deaths in New York City this summer involving the synthetic drugs. The state Legislature in June passed a bill that adds new compounds used to make synthetic drugs to the state’s banned substance list. The governor last year issued an executive order to ban the sale and possession of synthetic drugs under the state’s public health law.
Heavy rains and isolated hail storms caused power outages as they moved through the WCDO listening area on Labor Day Monday. Localized flooding was reported on many small streams and low lying areas. There was isolated basement flooding in the Whitney Point to Walton corridor and areas north including South New Berlin that had multiple calls. Water also flooded roads in many areas including State Highway 80 and Dunham Road in Smryna, and multiple roadways were covered in the Franklin and Walton areas. We remind you to use caution and pay attention to road conditions when travelling throughout the area today.
An apartment building fire in Castle Creek sent two to the hospital early Sunday morning. The fire broke out around 5 a.m. in one of the Glen View Apartment basement apartments. The two people living in that apartment were taken to Wilson Hospital for smoke inhalation. The fire ran up the left side of the building and the complex is destroyed. Seven fire departments responded and had the fire under control around 5:30 a.m. The investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing.
A house fire claimed four lives on Elmira’s south side Friday night. The Elmira Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of Morrow Street, where four people, ages 17, 10, 7 and 5 were located inside the home and were transported to local hospitals for treatment. All four lated died from injuries sustained in the fire. Close to 200 family and friends held a candlelight vigil for them Saturday night.
The Delaware county clean sweep disposal days will be Friday September 20th for farms & businesses and Saturday September 21st for households. Those wishing to register by phone can start today, according to county solid waste manager Sue McIntyre:
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the number to register again is 865-6474, phone registrations will be taken through September 13th.
A black bear was found in Endicott late Sunday night. Police personnel, along with the Fire Department shut down Main Street for about 10 minutes Sunday night to clear the area for the bear, which was first spotted on Adams Avenue and eventually made its way through 10 blocks of the village. Police said the bear was above the average 250 pound size, weighing in between 300 and 350 pounds.
Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown released the second beer of its “Game of Throwns” series, which is related to the HBO TV series, during a tasting event at the brewery Monday. The beer is a deep, dark brew called Take the Black Stout. It joins the first “Game of Throwns” beer that was released back in March called Iron Throne Blonde Ale.
Congressman Chris Gibson will appear in Oneonta this morning, to meet with veterans at 10:00 AM at the Veteran’s club at 279 Chestnut Street. Congressman Gibson will give an update on veteran’s issues before Congress and take questions.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 34-year-old Hayes Cutting of Bainbridge on a Parole Warrant & for Resisting Arrest. Cutting was located in Bainbridge, & after deputies informed Him that he was being placed under arrest for Parole Violation for a previous charge of 2nd degree Assault, he attempted to flee the scene on foot. Cutting was taken into custody a short distance away and charged with Resisting arrest. Cutting was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility without bail and will appear at a later date in court for the additional charge.
The next Delaware county Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic for dogs, cats, and ferrets at will be held today at the Franklin Fire Hall on Main Street. The clinic will run from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. More information is available at 832-5200 or delawarecountypublichealth.com.
The Annual Franklin Trek will be making a stop at the Northeast Classic Car Museum today at approximately 1:30pm. The Trek features over 50 vintage Franklin automobiles, made in nearby Syracuse from 1903-1934, on a one-week driving journey to various Central New York highlights. Trek participants will tour the Northeast Classic Car Museum, which has nearly 30 Franklins. More information is available at classiccarmuseum.org or at 334-2886.
The Sidney chamber of commerce will hold their next regular meeting today. The meeting will begin at 7:45 this morning at the Sidney golf & country club, chamber members & directors are encouraged to attend.
State Police in Oneonta investigated a fatal ATV accident that occurred at 114 Stonybrook Road in the Town of Otego Sunday. 42-year-old Timothy Lewis and 49 year old Debra Chickerell, of Otego, were traveling on a dirt driveway, when they lost control of the ATV and overturned causing both the operator and passenger to be ejected off the ATV, into a parked vehicle in the driveway. Lewis was transported to Fox Hospital and was pronounced dead, Chickerell was transported to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown and treated for a broken left arm, broken ribs and brain hemorrhage. The investigation is continuing.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 57-year-old Steve Eiler of Franklin on 1 count of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation for allegedly operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Eiler is accused of failing to pay a fine from Town of Oneonta Court.
Governor Cuomo signed a bill that strengthens Leandra’s Law and provides new safeguards to keep drunken drivers off New York’s roads. The update makes it a felony to drive drunk on a conditional license. The bill also limits the circumstances in which a court can waive the installation of an interlock device to only when a person under oath attests that he or she is not the owner of a motor vehicle and will not operate any vehicle during the period of the interlock restriction. The legislation also expands the requirements for the use of ignition interlock devices by making youthful offenders subject to the same ignition interlock requirements that are now applicable to adults.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation that would require public and private colleges in New York State to provide written information on fire safety and sprinkler systems to students residing in college-owned or operated housing. The notification would include a description of the fire safety system for the student’s housing facility, including whether or not the housing facility is equipped with a fire sprinkler system. The legislation followed a fire in 2012 at Marist College where 3 people died in a fire in an off-campus housing unit.
Delaware county DPW announced that county route 23 in the town of Sidney would be closed Tuesday in order to replace a culvert. The closure will be between quarry road and Marble Alley between 7:30 and 4:00 PM. The detour ill be river road to crane hill road.
A coalition of environmental organizations has sued the state Department of Environmental Conservation against the state’s effort to roll back dairy farm regulations in order to support the needs of Greek yogurt manufacturers across the state. The Sierra Club, Riverkeeper and Citizens Campaign for the Environment claim the state violated the federal Clean Water Act with plans to increase the number of cows that farms can maintain without having to comply with waste-management regulations. Governor Cuomo announced the plan to change those rules last year, at the “Yogurt Summit” in Albany, New York is the leading maker of Greek yogurt among all 50 states.
New York is banning trade in shark fins starting next summer in an effort to protect the marine predators. The fins are used in Popular Chinese Soup, An estimated 73 million sharks are killed worldwide to meet the market demand, Governor Cuomo said that the Sharks are caught, their fins are cut off and the sharks are returned to the ocean to die, a procedure that he called inhumane & upsetting to the oceanic eco-system.
State Police at Sidney arrested 36-year-old Brian Johns of Franklin, for Criminal Possession of a Control Substance, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. The arrest resulted from a traffic accident investigation on State Route 357 in Franklin where Johns was found possessing 11 packets of heroin in his vehicle. Johns was also accused of operating the vehicle while impaired by drugs and without the permission of the owner. Johns was arraigned in Town of Delhi Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
The Chenango county Department of public works will be holding their annual household hazardous waste collection day on September 14th, but residents with items to dispose of, need to register quickly, according to spokesperson Pat Pittsley:
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Pittsley said that the DPW offices would be open starting at 7:00 AM each day for those looking to register. More information is available at 337-1792.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 28 year old Kyle Braman of Binghamton for 1 count each of 2nd degree Rape, Criminal Sexual Act and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest followed an investigation into an incident in the Village of Sherburne in July where Braman allegedly performed sexual acts with a 14-year-old female. Braman was arraigned in the Town of North Norwich court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional facility on $10,000 cash bail until his next court appearance of July 26th.
The State Police Special Investigations Unit arrested 49-year-old Anthony Vaccaro of Windsor, for Grand Larceny and Falsifying Business Records. Vaccaro is accused of stealing, transporting and re-selling stolen fuel to cash paying customers at a discounted rate; he is accused of stealing over $80,000 dollars worth of fuel. Vaccaro was indicted by a Grand Jury and he was arraigned and was remanded to the Tioga County Jail on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond pending additional court action.
The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York held a rally at the Holiday Inn Arena in downtown Binghamton Tuesday, they called on Governor Cuomo & State lawmakers to allow natural gas drilling to proceed again after the 5 year wait: Coalition spokesman Dan Fitzsimmons comments:
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch & Broome County Executive Debbie Preston attended yesterdays’ rally, Governor Cuomo stated that he would make a decision on Hydraulic Fracturing by next year’s elections.
Governor Cuomo today announced more than $1.8 million to provide low-income senior New Yorkers with access to farmers’ markets across the state. The funding will provide over 100,000 seniors with access to healthy food at 470 farmers’ markets. Eligible recipients must be age 60 or older and meet the income eligibility requirement. More information is available at 1-800-554-4501.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 57-year-old James Winfield of Franklin for 3 counts of 4th degree Grand Larceny. Winfield is accused of using a credit card that did not belong to him and purchased items at a Franklin business; he was arraigned sent to the Delaware County Jail on 250 cash bail or $500 bond pending action in Franklin Town Court at a later date.
Governor Cuomo announced that $2.75 million has been awarded under New York’s College Access Challenge Grant Program to help low-income students across the State enter and complete college. The services will be offered largely through community-based, not-for-profit organizations and will assist 24,655 students and families statewide. Binghamton City School District will conduct five tours with 20 low-income students on each trip. Students will visit several schools, including SUNY colleges in Oneonta & Delhi among others. Information is available at HESC.ny.gov/CACG.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 57-year-old Marcelino Otero of McDonough for 4th degree Criminal Mischief. Otero is accused of damaging the victim’s cell phone who was attempting call police for assistance during a domestic dispute. Otero faces court action shortly.
High graduation ceremonies will be held in the tri county area today through Sunday. Commencement exercises begin tonight in the Windsor district at 6:30 PM, followed by the Afton graduation at 7:00 PM in the gymnasium, Franklin at 7:00 PM in the High School auditorium, in the Unatego at 7:00 pm at the High School Football field or the gymnasium if the weather turns. Also holding 7:00 PM commencement exercises, the Laurens, Milford, Morris & Deposit school districts.
The House of Representatives voted against a new 5-year farm bill with a vote of 195 in favor and 234 opposed. Area congressman Chris Gibson voted in favor of the bill, which would have helped upstate dairy farmers meet the growing demand for liquid 1 milk by the growing yogurt industry, it also called for increased funding to combat Lyme disease. It’s the 2nd straight year that Congress has failed to get a farm bill passed; agriculture is New York State’s top industry.
Broome County sheriff’s deputies have charged 41 year old Scott Jones of Sherburne for DWI & driving with a blood alcohol content 3 times above .08%. Jones was charged following an accident Thursday night where his vehicle collided with a UPS truck in the town of Colesville at the intersection of Walling Road and Route 7. Jones faces court action at a later date.