GO-EDC of Oneonta has rescheduled their Land-bank information meeting for tonight, regarding rundown or abandoned properties. The meeting will be held at 6:00 PM at Hartwick College at the Shineman Chapel
Governor Cuomo today vetoed legislation that would have authorized state pension credits for peacetime military service. The legislation would have amended current law that provides up to three years credit toward state pensions for military service during hostilities. They would have to pay 3 percent of their compensation during those military years to the retirement system. The governor said it’s an unfunded mandate on local governments that would incur $57 million in near term obligations
The Bainbridge Girl Scout service unit 365 is having their semi annual community giveaway on November 15th. Drop off times will be Friday November 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM or Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9:00 AM. The Community give away will be 9:00 to 12:00 at Greenlawn Elementary School in Bainbridge.
Governor Cuomo announced the availability of 93 virtual tours for popular destinations across the state that will help visitors plan their getaway. The virtual tours offer 360-degree views of scenic vistas, popular attractions and campgrounds, making it easy for prospective visitors to plan a trip. Tourism is a powerful economic driver in Upstate New York, and Governor Cuomo has made it a priority to promote travel and extended stay in Upstate.
The Guilford town planning board will hold their next regular meeting this evening. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall at 223 Marble Road in Guilford.
A former variety store manager is accused of stealing $1,872 and creating false business entries. 39 year old Christopher Fillmore of Maryland, New York, was charged with grand larceny and falsifying business records from a store on State Route 28. Fillmore faces up to four years in prison if convicted on those charges. Fillmore surrendered to the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office Friday, but deputies said he drove himself to the department illegally. His license had 14 suspensions on six different dates. He was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and unlicensed operator
The majority of New Yorkers newly insured through the Affordable Care Act known as “Obamacare” are happy with their coverage, according to a new survey by the State Health Foundation. 92% of New Yorkers who are newly insured are completely or somewhat satisfied, 23% said it was very or somewhat difficult to find a doctor’s office or a clinic that would accept them as a new patient. The next open enrollment period begins this Saturday
GO-EDC of Oneonta has rescheduled their Land-bank information meeting for tonight, regarding rundown or abandoned properties. The meeting will be held at 6:00 PM at Hartwick College at the Shineman Chapel
The Otsego County Sheriffs department arrested 34 year old Harry Lee Wilkins of the Bronx following a traffic stop in Oneonta. Wilkins was found to be in possession of 770 envelopes containing heroin, he was charged with 2 counts of 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wilkins was sent to the Otsego County Jail on $50,000 bail, more arrests are anticipated
State Police CNET Unit and Vestal Police Department arrested 38 year old Kendall Smith of Binghamton after a search warrant led to the seizure of 245 packages of heroin, packaging materials and cash. Smith was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia, Smith was arraigned in Binghamton City Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
New York State agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming its public defense system is under funded and violates poor people’s rights to counsel. The state will establish a cap on the number of cases court-appointed attorneys may handle and will ensure defendants have lawyers at their first court appearance, among other reforms. The NYCLU sued the state in 2007 claiming New York has neglected its duty to provide attorneys to poor defendants by passing the job on to counties, which do not have the resources to ensure adequate representation. Under the settlement, the state will provide funding to ensure lawyers have time to meet with their clients & thoroughly investigate their case.
State Senate Democratic candidate Anndrea Starzak will unveil her Environmental Platform today at the solar powered home of Ken Fogerty at 746 Gospel Hill Road in Guilford at 3:00 PM. Starzak will announce her endorsement by the Sierra Club & she will accept the challenge by Southern Tier environmental groups to tour fracking sites in Pennsylvania.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 53 year old Barbara O’Sullivan of Delhi with 2nd degree Assault, she is accused of intentionally attempting to prevent Deputies from arresting her on a Warrant by attempting to order a dog to attack deputies. The dog bit a Deputy & was temporarily incapacitated by a Taser. O’Sullivan was arrested on the Warrant as well as Resisting Arrest. O’sullivan’s daughter, 28 year old Alecia Bracci of Delhi was also arrested Thursday night on an Arrest Warrant for Resisting Arrest. The injured deputy was treated on his arm at O’Connor Hospital and was released. O’Sullivan was arraigned & was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $10,000 bail pending future court action. Bracci was arraigned & was sent to the Delaware County Jail on $1,000 bail pending future court action.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 23 year old Whitney Valcin of Garnerville in Rockland County on a Warrant issued by the Town of Hamden Court in 2011. Valcin was arrested in Spring Valley on an unrelated charge, it was discovered that Valcin was wanted by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Appear for a court appearance for Criminal Impersonation, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle & Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign. Valcin was transported back to Delaware County & was arraigned & was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $5,000 cash bail pending future court appearances.
Former Sidney Track & Field Coach Doug Quinney of Guilford died this weekend, Quinney was a member of the Section 4 Hall of Fame and Sidney Alumni Sports Hall of Fame. Quinney also was a Social studies teacher at Sidney High School for over 30 years as wellas the Track & field coach at Sidney from 1971 to 2001, he remained as a volunteer coach through 2014 after retiring. Calling hours at C.H. Landers Saturday September 27th from 10 to 12:00 noon with a private family service at the family home in Guilford.
A.m. news Wednesday 8-13-14
Anndrea Starzak kicked off her campaign for the New York State Senate today with a series of rallies in Tioga, Broome and Chenango counties. A Delaware County event is expected to be announced for Thursday, Starzak is running in the New York 52nd Senate district on the Democratic and Working Families party lines, seeking to unseat long time incumbent republican Tom Libous. More information can be found at starzakforsenate.com or on her Facebook page: StarzakforSenate.
Staff and students from the Oneonta Job Corps Academy will be holding Job Corps Day at the Norwich Memorial Guernsey Library from 3:00pm to 6:00pm today. Spokesperson Lynn Price comments:
(Lynn Price 8-13-14)
The Oneonta Job Corps programs offer hands-on career training and education those at ages 16 to 24.
Town of Guilford residents can attend a Public Hearing on the proposed Town of Guilford Comprehensive Plan tonight at 7:00 PM. The Hearing will be held in the Guilford Town Hall on Marble Road in Guilford Center.
Governor Cuomo signed a bill designed to provide support for women facing maternal depression during pregnancy and following childbirth. The new law provides information and guidelines on maternal depression screening; information on follow-up support and referrals; and public education to promote awareness of and de-stigmatize maternal depression. The legislation is also intended to ensure that New Yorkers are informed of the public health services that will help them understand, identify and treat maternal depression.
33-year-old Michael Buck is attempting to withdraw his guilty plea fro first-degree manslaughter in Otsego county court. Buck pleaded guilty earlier this year in a plea bargain deal, for the shooting death of his father Joseph Buck last September in the town of Middlefield. Buck was due to be sentenced in Otsego county court Monday when his attorney requested to withdraw the guilty plea.
A Wall Street Journal/ Marist College/ NBC News poll released Monday showed that Governor Cuomo’s favorability rating decreased by 5% points compared to last month, down to 53%. Republican Rob Astorino’s ratings were down by 1% to 22%. Cuomo’s drop in numbers is attributed to a controversy that Cuomo’s aids may have interfered with the 2012 Moreland Commission on ethics reforms, Astorino’s numbers remained low as 53% of those polled, had never heard of him.
Southern Tier residents are advised to sign up soon to be a disaster volunteers with Southern Tier Volunteers until August 31, 2014, and receive a free personal disaster preparedness kit. The Offer is limited to the first 300 new signups. Volunteers must reside in the 8-county Southern Tier Region more information is available at southerntiervolunteers.org.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 45-year-old Michael Ruland of Guilford for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Ruland was charged following an investigation into a Domestic Disturbance, he is accused of subjecting a 10-year-old child to unwanted physical contact. Ruland was arraigned in the Town of Guilford Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $5000 cash bail pending future court action.
Governor Cuomo has hired an attorney, to be paid for out of his campaign chest, top refute allegations of possible interference with the Moreland commission. Cuomo set up the Moreland Commission in 2012 after the legislature refused to act on ethics reforms, they agreed to a reform package in March 2013, and the commission was deactivated as dictated by state law. Cuomo is accused of interfering with the commission’s work, and he is being questioned about using campaign money to pay for an attorney. State law dictates that taxpayer money is used for lawsuits against a sitting governor.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 38-year-old Kendra Baker of Greene on an active Bench Warrant, issued out of City of Norwich Court, for failure to appear to pay restitution on a Welfare Fraud charge. Baker was arraigned in Town of Norwich Court and sent to the Chenango County Jail on $1,000 bail
With schools set to open next month, a new report ranks schools in New York state 20th in the nation. The report, released by WalletHub, a personal finance social network, conducted an analysis of schools in all 50 states. It used a dozen metrics — from student-teacher ratios and drop-out rates, to test scores and bullying incident rates, along with data from the Census Bureau, the National Center for Educational Statistics and other sources, to compile its list. New York did not appear in the top five in any of those categories
1of the nation’s biggest credit-rating firms warned New York officials the state’s improved rating is at risk as the federal government tries to get back nearly $1.3 billion in Medicaid payments. Moody’s Investors Service said the potential Medicaid repayment is a “credit negative” for the state. Officials with Medicare and Medicaid accuse New York of wrongfully paying out money in 2010 for about 1,300 developmentally disabled people in 9 state facilities. Medicaid officials also said they might demand further repayments once reviews of the state’s 2011 and 2012 fiscal years are finished. State officials said the state is in good financial shape and windfalls from civil settlements from banks and financial firms will cover any future bill owed to the federal government.
Windsor Firefighters & those from surrounding communities were called to a 2 alarm blaze at about 10:00 AM, at an apartment building at 1075 Old State Route 17 this morning. Firefighters knocked down the blaze quickly, all occupants escaped without injury. The Windsor Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from West Windsor, Deposit, 5 Mile Point, Binghamton & Harpursville with Afton on standby, Broome County Fire Investigators are working to determine the cause.
Governor Cuomo announced that Agencies that help crime victims have been awarded $36.2 million in grant funding. The grants will be administered by the state Office of Victim Services, locally, funding will go to the Crime Victims Assistance Center, the SOS Shelter, Catholic Charities of Chenango County, & Delaware Opportunities.
State Troopers arrested 31 year old Jeremiah Craver of Guilford for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC result of .14%. The arrest resulted from a vehicle stop for failing to keep right on County Route 3 in Unadilla, Troopers accuse Craver of driving while intoxicated, he was was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Unadilla Court on August 11th.
The Village of Franklin and the Delaware County Local Development Corporation announced the successful completion of a New York Main Street program in the Village of Franklin. Franklin was awarded $255,000 through the program to commercial building owners for renovations of 14 buildings that improved commercial and mixed-use buildings, creating more functional commercial space and safer apartment rentals. More information is available about business initiatives, programs and funding opportunities DCecodev.com or 746-8595.
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman is giving police agencies, in 23 counties across the state, funds to help buy new or replacement bulletproof vests. The awards in the program use money from criminal and civil forfeitures. In June, Schneiderman pledged $3.5 million from forfeitures to help outfit police statewide to fill the funding gap in a federal grant program. The office will approve about $2.8 million in matching funding to 147 agencies statewide to buy more than 7,800 vests
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has called on the FAA, and the Commerce Department, to develop and release privacy rules and guidelines for the use of small-unmanned aircraft systems by the end of the year. The unmanned aircrafts, or drones, are being used by the U.S. to aid military operations, and Schumer said they have become more common in commercial uses as well. Schumer is concerned the increasing use, by private investigators to spy on unaware parties, such as people in their residences, as well as drug dealers to deliver illegal drugs, poses serious public safety concerns for New Yorkers.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation to strengthen the vetting process for volunteer firefighter organizations, by requiring applicants to submit to a background check for any prior sex offense convictions. Volunteer firefighters frequently work in the presence of vulnerable individuals, including children. The bill will require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions if the individual wishes to proceed with his or her application.
The New York Lottery has drafted regulations to enter a new multi-state lottery game, called Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, that is set to launch nationwide Oct. 19th. The game, which will have weekly Friday drawings, is projected to generate more than $34 million annually in lottery revenue, which is then put in the state’s general fund and designated for education. For the current fiscal year, which ends March 31, the state estimates the game could bring in $10 million in new revenue.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement with Casella Waste Systems resolving concerns that Casella’s restrictive contracting practices, market dominance and pattern of acquisitions of smaller competitors, unlawfully restrained competition in the Southern Tier. The settlement requires Casella to change its contracts to reduce the legal and financial obstacles faced by customers that wish to switch to competing providers, they, agreed not to enroll customers in contracts with an initial term of more than 2 years & they agreed to make a monetary payment to New York State in the amount of $100,000.
THE DCMO BOCES WILL HOLD AN INFORMATION NIGHT AT THE SIDNEY CENTRAL SCHOOL TONIGHT AT 6:30 TO INTRODUCE A NEW COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAM. THE DCMO BOCES NEW VISION STEM ACADEMY PROGRAM IS OPEN TO 8TH AND 9TH GRADE STUDENTS, AND WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR, WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FULL FOUR YEAR PROGRAM.
Governor Cuomo announced that the new Cigarette Strike Force targeting illegal tobacco trafficking and sales has already seized nearly $1.7 million in cash and contraband that includes 2.7 million cigarettes and cigars in its first 6 months. Cigarette and tobacco-related seizures by the Strike Force within the State Department of Taxation and Finance’s Criminal Investigations Division, have yielded $1.68 million in contraband and cash, including: 12,236 cartons of untaxed cigarettes, 254,873 cigars, 2,061 pounds of loose tobacco & 24,773 counterfeit cigarette tax stamps.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 23-year-old James Marshall of Guilford on a charge of 4th degree Grand Larceny. Deputies charged Marshall following an investigation of stolen ATM card; he is accused of using the card & taking over $1,000 from the victim. Marshall was processed and released on an appearance ticket for a later date in the Town of Guilford court.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old Jennifer Woloszyn of Port Crane for Driving While intoxicated. Woloszyn is accused of traveling at a speed in excess of 55 Miles an hour in the Town of Oxford, the investigation revealed her vehicle was not insured & she was operating the vehicle while intoxicated. She was issued Tickets and will appear in the Oxford Town Court at a later date.
New York state is in a stronger financial position, reflecting better budgeting and financial practices and an improved economy, according to a report on the 2014-15 state Financial Plan by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. DiNapoli estimates that projected out-year gaps for the fiscal years ending in 2016 through 2018 average $2.5 billion annually, or 3.7 percent of average projected General Fund revenues, much lower than the levels of five and ten years ago. New York state ended fiscal year 2013-14 with General Fund reserves at $2.2 billion, the highest level since the end of 2008. A copy of the report can be accessed at osc.state.ny.us.
P.M. NEWS Monday 6-30-14
New York’s municipalities can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, according to a ruling today from the state Court of Appeals. The ruling dismissed lawsuits that challenged bans enacted in the towns of Dryden in Tompkins County & Middlefield in Otsego County. The ruling occurs as governor Cuomo considers whether to lift a statewide 6-year moratorium inherited from the Paterson administration
State DOT Officials remind motorists that the detour is in place today for those looking to travel from State route 17 eastbound to I-81 Northbound. DOT Spokesman Dave Hamburg explains:
(Dave Hamburg 6-30-14)
The first phase of the entire Prospect Mountain project is on target to be completed by the end of 2015.
Chenango County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 50-year-old Werner Henkel of Guilford for 2nd degree Menacing, following an investigation of a domestic dispute in the Town of Guilford. Henkel is alleged to have threatened a family member with a knife during the dispute, he was arraigned & was sent to the Chenango County Jail on $10,000 bail and $25,000.00 bond pending future court action.
State Senator Jim Seward announced legislative approval of a bill he co-sponsored that would assist mutual and cooperative insurance companies as they upgrade their information technology systems. The legislation will ease the state requirements certain insurance companies face when making computer hardware and software upgrades. The bill will be sent to the governor for his consideration.
Citing a rising number of calls to poison control centers relating to liquid nicotine, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer called on the federal government to require child-proof caps and warning labels on containers used to refill e-cigarettes. Poison control centers in New York have received nearly 70 calls so far this year regarding accidental poisonings from the liquid. E-cigarettes contain liquid nicotine. Some of the devices are refillable, and liquid is sold in separate containers. More than half of the poison control center calls were about a child five years old or younger.
The state Legislature continues to pass fewer bills during its annual six-month legislative session. This year, they passed the fourth fewest since 1915. The number of bills that passed the Senate and Assembly were 658 this year, compared to 650 in 2013. The fewest passed in modern times were 571 in 2011. The reason for fewer bills is because much of the legislative work is now wrapped into the annual budget. In 1969, for example, the budget was 577 pages. In 2012, it was 2,890 pages
State Troopers arrested 41-year-old Gary Hackett of Guilford for Felony Driving While Intoxicated and Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. The arrest occurred following a traffic law stop for speeding on County Route 36 in Guilford, troopers determined that Hackett was intoxicated and also had a suspended driver license. Hackett was arraigned in the Town of Guilford Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.
State agencies were late 87% of the time in approving contracts with not-for-profit providers last year, according to a report by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. This is an increase from 2012, when 78% were approved late. The Comptroller’s report recommends that state agencies Make prompt contracting a priority to reduce costs to the state and not-for-profits; Pay prompt contracting interest with the first payment due after the start of a late contract; and Re-align contract start dates to reflect the time required for the procurement process. The report can be viewed at osc.state.ny.us.
The state Assembly voted to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas for three years, but that’s as far as the bill is likely to go. Yesterday’s 89-34 vote in favor of the ban on fracking could be symbolic, since the Senate isn’t expected to consider the legislation before lawmakers adjourn later this week. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said there’s no reason to rush a decision on fracking before its effects on health and the environment are better understood. New York has had a moratorium on fracking since an environmental review was launched in 2008.
Governor Cuomo announced an agreement with legislative leaders on a bill that will cut requirements on microbreweries & farm breweries, and rolling back restrictions regarding the marketing of craft products. New York Brewers association President David Katlowski state that there is a movement among New York farmers to plant barley & hops again:
(David Katlowski 6-17-14)
The new legislation to help farm breweries & microbreweries is a result of the State’s 2nd Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit, held this past April.
State Police arrested 28-year-old Cory Nabinger of Harpursville for Driving While Intoxicated, following a motor vehicle accident on Tunnel Road in Fenton. An investigation determined that Nabinger was intoxicated when he crashed; He refused to submit to a breath test & was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Fenton Court on July 10th.
Lower wage employees from across the state are in Albany today to call on state lawmakers to raise New York’s minimum wage. Supporters of the raise want to see the wage increase from $8 per hour to $10.10 per hour. The advocates are also calling for the minimum wage in New York City be raised to $13.13 per hour, and allow future increases based on inflation. It’s unclear if lawmakers will vote on an increase.
The Otsego County Sheriff’s Department & DEA Agents arrested 53-year-old John Laing of Unadilla for criminal possession of marijuana and unlawfully growing of cannabis by an unlicensed person. Laing is accused of having a marijuana growing operation at his residence, investigators confiscated over 10 pounds of marijuana, 95 marijuana plants, 54 cloned marijuana plants, $10,000 in growing equipment, and $3,100 in cash. Laing was taken to the Otsego County Jail pending court action; 36-year-old Steven Carpenter of Guilford was also arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.
About 2 dozen concerns are expected to apply to the state gaming commission, to get one of 4 upstate casinos to be built & operated, to help increase tourism revenue. State senator John Bonacic comments:
Bonacic said that the 1 resort will be placed in each of the 3 regions, & the 4th license will be picked based on the best proposal.
The 9th annual Earth Festival will be held at the Milford Central School Saturday at 9:30 AM. Bird Walks, Gardening workshops & more 40-area businesses and organizations will participate. Earth Festival 2014 is sponsored by Otsego County Conservation Association, the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and Central NY Mobile Marketing; more information is available at 547-4488 or occainfo.org.
The New York State Fair box office and online outlet will be open Saturday morning to sell tickets to the Tuesday, August 26 concert by Train & the Wallflowers at the State fair Grandstand. Ticket sales begin at 9:00 a.m. both at the box office, or at etix.com, or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849, option 1.
The 5th Annual Norwich Tea Party rally will be held tomorrow in downtown Norwich. Coordinator Gilda Ward said that several speakers would participate:
(Gilda Ward 4-11-14)
The event will be held from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in East Side Park in downtown Norwich, live music & refreshments will also be part of the event.