Governor Cuomo delivered his combined “State of the State” address & executive Budget presentation to a joint session of the legislature in Albany this afternoon. In His Summation, the Governor quoted his recently departed father & former Governor Mario Cuomo:
Cuomo is proposing about 100 proposals for the legislature to consider in the 2015 session.
The 3rd murder trial for Cal Harris will begin with Jury selection Thursday in Schoharie County Court. Harris had 2 previous guilty pleas overturned on appeal & he is now being tried for the 3rd time for the September 2001 death of his estranged wife Michelle. A judge granted a request to have the third trial moved out of Tioga County INTO Schoharie County.
A Middletown man has been charged after he allegedly bulldozed his own $160,000 home. James Rhein was charged with criminal mischief and was released on $300 bail for allegedly knocking down his own house with a rented bulldozer, without a permit & all of his family possessions inside. Rein’s wife Diane Andryshak said that her husband was dissatisfied with the quality of renovations in the home; the case has drawn nationwide media attention.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced that his office reached a settlement with Vacation Tours USA, over a false advertising scam targeting consumers across New York State. The company sent letters to consumers telling them they had won a vacation package, including airfare and lodging, and invited them to attend a seminar at a local hotel. Once at the hotel, consumers were subjected to a sales presentation conducted by a third-party company instead of being given vouchers for free airline tickets and hotel stays. Seminars were conducted in several municipalities, including in Binghamton. If consumers believe they were a victim of this scam, they can contact Attorney General Schneiderman’s Office by calling 1-800-771-7755 or 607-721-8771.