A.m. news Tuesday 11-4-14
It’s Election Day, with the big races on the ballot. The race for governor pits incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, against Republican Rob Astorino & Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins is on the ballot again. In the State Attorney General’s race, Incumbent democrat Eric Schneiderman faces Republican John Cahill. In the race for State Comptroller, incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci. In races of local interest, for the 19th Congressional District, Republican Incumbent Chris Gibson faces democrat Sean Eldridge. In the 52nd State Senate district, Incumbent Republican Tom Libous faces Democrat Anndrea Starzak. In the State Assembly in the 121st Assembly District, incumbent Democrat Bill Magee faces a challenge from republican John Salka. In Sidney, Republican Loddie Marsh is running on the Democratic party line, while Jody Proffitt carries the Republican spot on the ballot for a town council seat. In Oneonta, Patricia Kent faces independent David Rowley for a town board seat. InFranklin, Republicans Donald Smith and Lisa Huyck are vying for two seats on the town council against independents Donald Hebbard and Bryan Babcock. There are also 3 propositions on the ballot; 1 proposal seeks to reform the redistricting process to an independent commission. The 2nd measure have lawmakers receive copies of proposed legislation digitally rather than on print out, the 3rd would allow the state to borrow up to $2 billion for high-speed Internet, equipment & high-tech security features for schools.
Bassett Healthcare Network has established a call in line for patients concerned that they may have been exposed to Ebola – that number is (607) 547-5555 or toll free (877) 547-1745. The number is a resource for patients who have traveled internationally or had close contact with someone who recently traveled internationally and was ill. Patients who fit this criteria and are feeling ill or who have questions about possible symptoms are asked to call the Ebola call in line at Bassett to be connected with a clinician trained to help them.
The 2015 General Clinton Canoe Regatta kickoff meeting will be held tonight in Bainbridge. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at the Highway 7 Bar and Grill in Bainbridge.
Insurance company AIG has agreed to pay New York state $35 million to settle claims that two former subsidiaries did business without licenses and misled regulators about their operations in the state. The deal was announced by the state Department of Financial Services. It comes after a $60 million settlement in March with MetLife, which purchased the subsidiaries from AIG. Authorities had alleged subsidiaries American Life Insurance Co. and Delaware American Life Insurance Co. sought customers in New York without licenses and without telling regulators. Under the settlement, AIG will drop a legal challenge to the state’s probe and the state will not proceed with charges or a lawsuit
A.m. news Tuesday 11-4-14
Hundreds attended a memorial for Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller yesterday, the memorial was held at the Foothills Performing arts Center, Miller took his own life in his home on Saturday October 25th.
Governor Cuomo announced the rate that employers pay to State’s workers’ compensation system is dropping again in 2015, resulting in savings to all employers totaling $45 million. The savings are a result of the 2013 Business Relief Act which has cut the assessment rate for employers by 30% over the last 2 years.
9 former major league players and one former executive comprise the 10-name Golden Era ballot to be reviewed and voted upon December 8th at the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego for induction into the National baseball Hall Of fame. Among those who are being considered, Gil Hodges, who was named to 8 All-Star Games in an 18-year big league career with the Dodgers and Mets, winning three Gold Glove Awards, & as a manager, Hodges led the 1969 Miracle Mets to the World Series title.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation that will expand access to potentially lifesaving medication for students and school personnel in the event of an emergency. The new laws include provisions that will allow schools to administer epi-pens to students without prescriptions in emergency situations and that will allow students diagnosed with asthma, allergies and/or diabetes to self-administer prescribed medical treatments. One new law authorizes schools to possess and administer auto-injectable epinephrine, in an emergency situation, even if the recipient of such treatment does not have a prescription.
Governor Cuomo announced nearly 40 million dollars in grants to reduce water pollution and to protect bodies of water across the state; the grants will support 134 projects, with 23 million dollars going to projects that seek water pollution control by preventing floods and storm water runoff, which can carry pollutants into streams and lakes. More information is available at governor.ny.gov.
The sentencing of Ganesh Ramsaran is postponed until December 1st in Chenango county court. Ramsaran was convicted of 2nd degree murder for the death of his wife Jennifer in December of 2012, he is being held in the Chenango county jail without bail since his conviction on September 23rd.
A Bainbridge man has died following a rollover crash Tuesday night on I-88 in the town of Fenton, after he struck a deer. 35-year-old Sean Coleman was pronounced dead at Wilson Memorial Hospital of massive head trauma. Police investigators believe that Coleman hit the brakes after colliding with the deer & lost control, overturned and landed on the right shoulder of the highway. Police said that Coleman was found about 30 feet from his vehicle; an unidentified passenger suffered only a minor injury and was treated at an area hospital & was released.
Local fire departments are urging area residents to make sure that they carbon monoxide alarms are working properly. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths nationwide, with about 200 new Yorkers being hospitalized each year. Those who are poisoned tend to exhibit flu like symptoms; a New York state law from 2010 requires carbon monoxide alarms in residential properties as wall as hotels, dorms & nursing homes.
Governor Cuomo announced the establishment of a strategic fuel reserve at 6 locations in the upstate counties, to ensure that gas & diesel fuels are available to emergency responders in the event of an emergency like severe storms. The reserve terminals are positioned to rapidly provide service to all areas of upstate in the event of a declared emergency. About 2.5 million gallons of gas & diesel will be housed and supplied to emergency responders if their own fuel supplies are disrupted.
The Otego fire department responded to a structure fire early this morning at 2:38 AM, at 17 Forster Street. The fire was reported in the basement, the fire was extinguished in a little over an hour, and no injuries were reported.
An autopsy conducted at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton on 26-year-old Derek Prindle of Afton determined that the cause of death was from a gunshot wound to the chest, the death ruled as a homicide. State police are looking of eyewitnesses to the shooting in the parking lot of Peak Fitness in the town of Bainbridge Monday between 1:00 & 1:30 PM; they can call Troop C at 561-7400. Former New York City police officer and John Guzy of Bainbridge has been charged with 2nd degree murder, he is being held in the Chenango county jail without bail pending court action Friday.
A Delaware county sheriffs deputy was involved in a head on crash on state highway 10 in the town of Walton that resulted in a serious injury to the driver of the other vehicle. Deputy Stephanie Proffitt was taken to Delaware valley hospital in Walton where she was treated for a leg laceration & was released. The 2nd driver, 27year old Amber Phraner of Walton was airlifted to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City where she was listed in critical condition. The investigation is continuing.
Governor Cuomo directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff today in honor of the 61 men and women who lost their lives to Superstorm Sandy. Governor Cuomo also asked for a moment of silence in memory of those who were lost as well as the countless others whose lives were disrupted, at 8:00 tonight, marking the approximate time when the storm surge first began in New York.
The village of Bainbridge will hold 2 community meetings, regarding the revision of the village’s long-term plan. A meeting for the village’s business community will be held tonight at 6:30 in the Bainbridge town hall, a community meeting for residents will be held on Wednesday November 19th at 6:30, at the Bainbridge Town hall. More information is available at 267-8541 or 435-5334.
A meeting of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee will be held today, featuring a presentation about the new parking lot at Glimmerglass State Park. The meeting begins at 1:00 PM in Classroom A of The Meadows Office Building & is hosted by the Otsego County Planning Department. This event is free and open to the public.
Peak Fitness on State Route 7 in Bainbridge is open for business today, one day after a shooting took place in the parking lot out front that resulted in 1 death & 1 injury. Peak Fitness Manager Aric McKown comments:
(Aric McKown 10-28-14)
State Police reported that 26 year old Derek Prindle of Afton died, his father 60 year old Derek Prindle of Afton was taken to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City for a gunshot wound, 56 year old John Guzy of Bainbridge has been charged with 2nd degree Murder & is being held without bail pending future court action, the investigation is continuing.
NBT Bancorp reported 3rd quarter net income of $10.9 million, down from $19.3 million for the same period last year. NBT’s core net income for the third quarter, however, was $19.8 million, up more than 2% from 1 year ago. As of September 30th, NBT Bancorp Inc. had total assets of $7.9 billion, 155 banking locations in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Maine.
A panel created by Governor Cuomo laid out a plan to guide the spending of a $2 billion bond for increasing technology in schools, but voters will have to approve the borrowing next Tuesday. If approved, school districts would submit specific plans on how they would spend their share of the bond, on equipment like whiteboards, laptops and tablets; installing high-speed or wireless Internet; or installing “high-tech security features” in schools.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman introduced a new program titled “Grandkids Against The Grandparent Scam.” The con involves grandparents receiving a phone call from someone purporting to be their grandchild, who is in trouble with the law and in need of money in a hurry, the unsuspecting grandparents wire money to a specific address under false pretenses. More information is available at oag.state.ny.us.
State Police will conduct a special traffic enforcement effort during the Halloween weekend. The effort will begin on Thursday and continue through Sunday, Drivers can expect sobriety checkpoints, additional patrols, underage drinking and sales to minor’s enforcement. Last year, there were more than 1,300 accidents, 6 people were killed, 324 were charged with DWI and more than 21,000 tickets for speeding, distracted driving & other traffic violations were issued.
State tax collections of $34.2 billion through the first half of the fiscal year were nearly $610 million higher than projected and the state collected nearly $3.5 billion from financial settlements through September, according to the state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. A copy of the mid-year report can be accessed at osc.state.ny.us.
New York State of Health has released an instructional video for New Yorkers currently enrolled in the state plan, detailing how they can stay enrolled or update their coverage for 2015. The video can be found at info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/RenewalVideo
State Police responded to a road rage shooting in the parking lot of 2907 State Route 7 in the Town of Bainbridge, Monday afternoon at around 1:30. 26 year old Derek Prindle of Afton was taken to Tri Town Hospital in Sidney, where he later died, his Father; 60 year old Derek Prindle of Afton was taken to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City and is being treated for a gunshot wound. 56 year old John Guzy of Bainbridge has been charged with 2nd degree Murder, he was arraigned in the Town of Bainbridge Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail. The investigation is continuing.
Governor Cuomo released guidelines for the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa, that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered Friday. Cuomo said the health care workers who had contact with Ebola patients will be quarantined at home and receive twice-daily monitoring from medical professionals if they have no symptoms. Family members will be allowed to stay, and friends may visit with the approval of health officials. The state will also pay for any lost compensation, if they are not paid by a volunteer organization
The South New Berlin, New Berlin, Mt. Upton, Gilbertsville and Sidney Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at 1265 County Road 18 in Mount Upton last night around 7:30. First crews found a fully involved structure fire, Crews knocked the fire down, and the investigation is continuing.
The Delaware County Board of Elections announced that the last day to mail in an absentee ballot is today, for the upcoming Election. The last day to deliver in person an absentee ballot application is Monday November 3rd & the last day to postmark an absentee ballot is November 3rd. The Delaware county Board of Elections office in Delhi will be open this Saturday, November 1st; more information is available at 746-2315. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, Polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Democratic incumbents in state races all have leads of at least 20 points over their Republican opponents heading into the closing days of the 2014 campaign, according to a new Siena College Poll. Governor Cuomo leads Rob Astorino 54-33% with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins up to 9%. Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman increased his lead over John Cahill 55-35% & State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has a 58-31% over Bob Antonacci.
The 2nd round of New York State rebate checks have been delivered in recent days. The checks will provide rebates to homeowners on school property taxes if their local district stayed under the state tax cap, which limited the growth in taxes to less than 2% this year. In 2012, The State tax department sent about 1 million checks each worth $350 for people with a child under 17, who met the income eligibility.
The Chenango Arts Council will host the “Wee Witches and Wizards of Norwich” on Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public and will include a “Gothic Stories and Spoken Word Open Mic Contest” from 2:00 to 4:30, A costume contest will follow at 4:30 for ages 3-18, followed by the YMCA Parade at 7:00 pm. More information is available at 336-ARTS or at chenangoarts.org
The National Pastime’s marquee event will come home to Cooperstown as the World Series Gala returns to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Saturday. The Grandstand Theater will host the family-friendly event featuring ballpark food and soft drinks, trivia, raffles, prizes and screening of Fox’s live broadcast of Game 4 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants & the Kansas City Royals in san Francisco Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., Tickets are available at 547-0397 today from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Tri-County Tea Party Patriots will hold a Public Meeting tonight at 7:00 PM at the Bainbridge Town Hall Theater. Several guest speakers are scheduled, refreshments will be served.
Governor Cuomo addressed health care workers on Tuesday, as the state readies them for any possible cases of Ebola reaching the state:
So far, no cases of Ebola have been reported in the state, the governor has designated 8 hospitals to handle all cases that may be diagnosed.
2 Otego men were arrested on felony sex-crime charges. 26-year-old Marco Lizarraga was charged with 2nd-degree rape, and his brother, 26 year old Antonio Lizarraga was charged with criminal sexual act, they were also charged with unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child. The brothers are accused of sex crimes against an Oneonta girl younger than 16, and accused of providing alcohol and marijuana at a party, they were sent to the Otsego County jail on $2,500 bail each
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Department arrested 23-year-old Justin Brownell of Nineveh for 2nd degree Burglary & Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Brownell is accused of breaking into the victim’s residence and stealing several items, he was arraigned in the Town of Coventry Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional facility on $2,500 cash bail. Brownell is to reappear in the Town of Coventry Court at a later date to answer to his charges.
The village of Bainbridge announced that they would hold 2 meetings, regarding the revision of the village’s long-term plan. A meeting for the business community will be held on Wednesday October 29th at 6:30, a community meeting for residents will be held on Wednesday November 19th at 6:30, both meetings are at the Bainbridge Town hall. More information is available at 267-8541 or 435-5334.
Governor Cuomo, Senator Libous, Assemblyman Crouch, and Norwich Mayor Joe Maiurano announced a Citizen Preparedness Training Program on Saturday November 15th at 1:00 AM At the Norwich High School Auditorium. Doors will open at 10:00 AM, the program seeks to provide citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Each family that attends will receive a NYS Disaster Preparedness Backpack. To register for the training, go to prepare.ny.gov/training-events.
On Election Day there will 3 propositions to vote on. 1 proposal seeks to reform the redistricting procedure where a commission would be set up to determine the lines of state legislative and congressional districts. The 2nd measure would make it acceptable for state legislative bills to be distributed to lawmakers electronically, rather than in physical printed-out form. Proposition No. 3 is the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014, which would grant the state permission to borrow up to $2 billion for capital projects that includes installing high-speed Internet in schools, provide classrooms with learning technology equipment and equip school buildings with high-tech security features.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s department arrested 18-year-old Amiel Reynolds of Afton for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Reynolds is accused of being in possession of a set of vehicle keys that had been reported stolen. Reynolds was arraigned in the Village of Afton Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional facility on $250 cash bail. Reynolds is to appear in the Village of Afton Court at a later date.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies & the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29 year old Jonathan Hopkins of South Plymouth on an arrest warrant issued by the Delhi Town Court. Hopkins is a Level 3 Sex Offender, he was charged with 1 count of Failing to Report a Change of Address within 10 days and 1count of Failing to Verify an Address every 90 days. Hopkins was arraigned & was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
State Senator Tom Libous announced his “Crash Zone Safety Act” in Afton, to help keep emergency responders safer while they’re saving lives on the highway.
The new bill would establish a specific 500-foot emergency speed zone for the crash site and beef up penalties for violators. The law also creates an education program so new and experienced drivers are more aware of roadside hazards and how to keep emergency workers safe.
Governor Cuomo and Republican foe Rob Astorino will square off in a debate tonight at 8:00 p.m. Cuomo, Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian candidate Michael McDermott will field questions from a moderator & 3 reporters, it will be aired on PBS TV stations across the state.
Governor Cuomo & Vice President Joe Biden met yesterday in New York City, to discuss the state’s efforts in developing infrastructure to deal with future harsh weather conditions:
This phase of the infrastructure upgrades includes holding Master Plan Design Competitions, for LaGuardia, Kennedy & Stewart airports, to bring them up to current standards.
New York State spending rose 3.3% to $137.5 billion while State-funded debt fell slightly to $63.3 billion, according to the annual report released by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The report found that since 2010, state spending has grown 8.4%, which is in line with inflation rates, New York was the 2nd most indebted state after California, and ranked 5th among all states in debt per person. The report can be found at osc.state.ny.us.
Sidney village police arrested 55-year-old James Butler of Sidney for Possession of Sexual Performance by a Child, Possession of Obscene Performance by a Child and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Butler was arraigned in Sidney court and was remanded to the Delaware county jail without bail pending future court action.
State Police arrested 19-year-old Garret Lyons of Arkville for Criminal Mischief, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon, after Troopers responded to a domestic dispute report at a residence in the town of Middletown. Lyons is accused of punching and choking the victim, and keeping the victim from using a phone to get help. Troopers also found Lyons to unlawfully possess a gravity knife; he was arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court pending future court action.
The State Board of Regents approved new options for students to meet the state’s high school graduation requirements. The new regulations create alternate tracks students can choose to earn a high school diploma. These include Career and Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; the Arts; Bi-literacy; and Humanities. The new regulations also establish a two-year Global History and Geography course requirement and modify the design of the Global History and Geography Regents Exam. For more information go to nysed.gov.
The Gaming Facility Location Board met last night but no decision or announcement regarding casino license recommendations was made. In the Eastern Southern Tier region, Traditions Resort & Casino, in the Town of Union, Tioga Downs, an existing Nichols racino, and Lago Resort & Casino, in Seneca County, are competing for a casino license. The location board is expected to make its recommendations late this month. The Gaming Commission would then review the board’s recommendations and issue the final licenses. New York State can issue up to four licenses in the three upstate regions. No region can get more than two licenses.
The Oneonta Common Council will hold a meeting tonight. Housing projects, a proposed purchase of a ladder truck and personnel actions are among business on tonight’s agenda. The council will meet in City Hall on Main St., at 7 p.m. The public is welcome
New York will receive $4.3 million for programs that serve domestic violence victims across the state. The funding is provided through the Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, which support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of programs to prevent domestic violence. It also provides shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as services for underserved populations throughout the state.