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
Only 2 in 5 New York state high-school students are ready for college-level work, according to College Board test results. Of the 154,809 members of the Class of 2014, who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test, only 60,611 students, or 39.2 percent, met the SAT’s benchmark for college and career readiness. Overall, New York trails the national average, in which 42.6 percent made the grade.
A public hearing about the proposed closure of the Broome County Mental Health Clinic is set for 6:00 tonight, at the Broome County Public Library at 185 Court Street in Binghamton. The recent budget proposal from Broome County Executive Debbie Preston aims to cut more than 20 mental health positions at the clinic, the county legislature’s finance committee has set a public hearing on the mental health office’s budget on October 22nd at 4:30 at the 6th floor legislative conference room of the County Office Building at 60 Hawley Street in Binghamton.
Governor Cuomo today launched new “GLOBAL NY” initiatives – including a $35 million Development Fund and trade missions to Mexico, Canada, Italy, China, and Israel – to help create new jobs in New York and attract international business investment to New York. The new initiatives include $35 million to help small- and medium-sized New York companies tap into global markets to grow their exports and create new jobs. For more information go to governor.ny.gov.
The 17th annual state Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony, which honored nine firefighters who died in the line of duty, was held today at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. The memorial, dedicated in 1998, has 2,390 names on its wall, with the addition of this year’s nine firefighters killed in the line of duty. To read the list of names go to memorial.fire-hero.com
State Senator James Seward announced $273,000 in state grants for local schools. The funding included $38,000 to support Milford Central School’s Career Opportunities in Rural Education Initiative. Seward also announced $25,000 general assistance grants for Charlotte Valley, Cooperstown, Franklin, Laurens, Margaretville and Morris Central Schools. The CORE program is designed to assist local schools and provide rural students with additional academic opportunities to help them compete with their metropolitan counterparts.
An information session for young people interested in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Hartwick College in Oneonta. The program, presented through the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, guides middle and high school students through launching and running a business or social movement. Sessions will begin Nov. 4 and continue through May. For more information call the chamber at 432-4500.
Oneonta Police & State Police responded to a report Friday of 2 subjects fleeing from a stolen vehicle and jumping into the Susquehanna River. Police received a report of a vehicle stolen from the municipal parking garage in Oneonta which matched the description of the vehicle that the subjects had fled from before jumping into the river. Police arrested 22-year-old Ryan Van Allen-Cichielo of Cape Coral, Florida; and 21-year-old Eric Moore of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, they were charged with 4th degree Grand Larceny. Both are Hartwick College students, they were arraigned in the City of Oneonta Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail to appear at a later date.
Bassett Medical Center has notified the State Office of Mental Health that due to severe provider shortages, they plan to discontinue inpatient psychiatric services. In the interim, the services will be maintained. Bassett’s emergency department will still care for patients with mental health issues; plans are underway to transition crisis center services from the hospital to a mobile crisis program. Patients currently in Bassett’s inpatient psychiatry unit will remain until they are ready for discharge. Patients needing longer-term services will be transferred to another psychiatric in Binghamton, Schenectady or Utica. Approval of the formal closure plan is expected from the state in 1 to 2 weeks.
New York’s asthma-related Medicaid expenditures rose more than 26% in the last 5 years, as the state’s overall annual asthma bill topped $1.3 billion for medical costs and lost productivity, according to a report released Friday by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. 1.7 million people in New York suffer from asthma, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York’s $55 billion Medicaid program enrolls approximately one in four New York State residents, including 559,000 diagnosed with asthma, and spent $532 million on asthma care in 2013.
A fire destroyed 118 Mechanic Street in Guilford last night. Fire fighters from the Guilford and Oxford fire departments responded to the fire at around 6:00 PM last night, occupants escaped without injury. The Chenango County Bureau of Fire is investigating.
State Police arrested 27-year-old Jamie Skovsende of Oneonta for felony DWI, after a stop was conducted for a loud exhaust on State Route 28 in Oneonta. Troopers reported that Skovsende refused to provide a breath sample, a prior DWI conviction in 2011 made the new arrest a felony. Skovsende was arraigned in the Oneonta court and remanded to the Otsego county jail in lieu of $1,500.00 cash bail.
Oneonta Police arrested 19-year-old Matthew Roth of Massapequa for 4th degree Grand Larceny, following an investigation into stolen credit and gift cards from the Hartwick College mailroom, which were used in various stores around Oneonta beginning in October. Roth was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the City of Oneonta court at a later date.
The NY State of Health reported that 314,146 New Yorkers had completed their applications and 100,881 people have enrolled for Health care coverage starting on January 1, 2014. New Yorkers have until March 31st to enroll, and the first round of coverage begins January 1, 2014. To be covered by January 1, 2014, individuals must enroll by December 23, 2013. New York is on track to reach its enrollment goal of 1.1 million people by the end of 2016.
THE SIDNEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE Sidney Federal Credit Union WILL HOST THE ANNUAL Holiday Business after Hours TODAY. THE Event will run from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at SFCU at 42 Union Street, Sidney, with Refreshments, Entertainment & Door Prizes. More information is available at 561-2642.
The Otsego county Chamber of Commerce next Business After Hours event will be held at SUNY Oneonta today. The event will be held in Le Café in the Morris conference center between 4:30 and 6:00 PM.
State police reported that 21-year-old Megan Dunleavy of Connecticut fell from a 5-story roof at the former Kutcher’s resort in Sullivan county Thursday, while working for an event to reform marijuana laws. Dunleavy was a senior at Hartwick College in Oneonta, foul play was not suspected. State police reported that Dunleavy had been staying at Kutcher’s while working for concert promoter Damn Sam Productions and was assisting in the organization of the New York Harvest Festival and Freedom Fair that had been scheduled this past weekend.
The Sidney Republican Committee will hold a meet the candidates’ event this evening in Sidney. Supervisor candidate Gene Pigford and Town Council candidates John Woodyshek & Jodi Proffitt will meet with interested Sidney town residents at the Sidney library from 6:00 to 8:30 PM.
The Chenango County Health Department will hold another free rabies clinic tonight. The clinic will be held at the Oxford fire station from 5:00 to 6:30 PM, more information is available at 337-1673.
Broome County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 38 year old Donnette Russell of Bainbridge Monday on charges of DWI, reckless endangerment, aggravated DWI, criminal mischief & leaving the scene of a personal injury incident. Deputies responded to the report of an intoxicated driver in a driveway in the town of Chenango, when they arrived, the driver struck trees, a garage, a parked car and the caller, who was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. Deputies later spotted Russell on Upper Front Street, she was apprehended and is accused of having a BAC of .30, and she was taken to the Broome County Jail without bail pending court action.
38 year old Michael Degnan of Port Crane has been indicted on additional charges. Degnan was arrested for allegedly raping a 14 year old earlier this year; the new charges include 1st-degree rape, 2nd degree rape, 4 counts of criminal sex acts and endangering the welfare of a child. Degnan remains in the Broome County Jail.
The Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council & Oneonta River Corporation, will host 2 commerce building programs that could have an impact in the Oneonta Area. Dr. Carlena Ficano of the Hartwick College economics department will present a report on the profitability of local commercial hops production today at Foothills at 4:30 PM. The 2nd presentation will be on Tuesday, October 1st, where Heath Markus Green of Cornell University will give a presentation on revitalizing part of the old D&H Rail-yards in Oneonta. Green’s presentation will be held at Foothills Performing Arts center at 4:30 PM.
Area homeowners have until the end of this year to renew their eligibility for the STAR school tax exemption program. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli estimated 13 million dollars in fraud and abuse levitra sales uk in the Basic STAR program; the state legislature then mandated that all Basic STAR recipients re-enroll this year to receive the benefit next year. The change does not affect Enhanced STAR program for senior citizens who own homes.
Last Christmas, the River Club in Afton served up free meals for underprivileged residents of the area, this year, they are holding a fundraising golf tournament this Saturday, to raise money to also give gifts as part of the free Christmas meal this year. River Club owner Jack Flannery explains:
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Those who are interested in participating in the golf tournament, or the dinner this Saturday, can call Jack Flannery at 343-3195 or the River Club at 639-3060.
The state labor department announced the Unemployment Insurance Early Repayment program for those who have collected overpayments of unemployment benefits they were not entitled, and wish to avoid additional penalties. Effective on October 1st , Claimants who knowingly collected overpaid benefits will not only have to pay the overpayment back and be assessed forfeit days against future UI claims, but also be charged a 15% monetary penalty on the overpayment or $100, whichever is higher. More details are available at labor.ny.gov
Delaware County Deputies investigated a one-car personal injury accident Saturday on County Highway 26 in the Town of Hamden. 19-year-old Daniel Monsen of Merrick, Long Island lost control of his vehicle, striking an embankment and rolling over. Monsen was transported to O’Connor hospital in Delhi, with lacerations to his hand, no tickets have been issued.
The Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council & Oneonta River Corporation, will host 2 presentations that could lead to a positive economic impact in the Oneonta Area. Dr. Carlena Ficano who is a Hartwick College professor of economics, will present a report on the profitability of local commercial hops production, on Wednesday, September 25th at Foothills at 4:30 PM. The 2nd presentation will be on Tuesday, October 1st, where Heath Markus Green of Cornell University will head-up a presentation on revitalizing part of the old D&H Rail-yards in Oneonta. Green’s presentation will be held at Foothills Performing Arts center at 4:30 PM.
Hartwick College hosted U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for a press conference earlier this afternoon. Gillibrand discussed her proposal to increase access to rural broadband by creating a new grant component to the current Broadband Loan Program, for private sector providers and state and local government,s to acquire funding and resources to deliver high-speed Internet to businesses and families to 1.1 million rural New Yorkers who do not have broadband internet access.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31 year old Kyle Angle of Sherburne Following an investigation of a Domestic Dispute. Angle was charged with for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Blood Circulation, Three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Criminal Possession of a weapon. Angle was found to be choking a female victim while three young children were nearby. Angle was also found to be in Possession of a hand gun without holding a pistol permit. Angle was arraigned in Town of Sherburne Court and will re-appear at later court date.
Oneonta police arrested 23 year old Gable Bugel of Oneonta on a charge of third-degree arson. Bugel is accused of setting fire to a car that was parked in a lot off Roundhouse Road on May 13. The vehicle was destroyed. Last year, Bugel was charged with attempted arson in connection with an incident behind Community Bank on Main Street. In a separate case, 28 year old Therese Sandborn of Oneonta was charged with second-degree attempted arson for allegedly attempting to set her apartment on Luther Street on fire. Sandborn was arraigned in city court and set to Otsego County jail.
State and local government pension rates will drop slightly beginning in April, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Public employers at the state and local level will pay an average of 20.1 percent of their payroll into the pension fund during the 2014-15 fiscal year, a drop of 0.8 points from the current year. The drop in rates came as a surprise, as local governments had been bracing for another increase as contribution rates continued to recover from the economic recession. But DiNapoli’s office is changing the way it separates and values its equities and non-equities based on a recommendation from an actuary, allowing for the slight decrease.
Congressman Richard Hanna announced that Tri-Cities Airport in Binghamton was selected to receive $137,000 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation to make upgrades. The grant will refurbish the runway to maintain structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris. This grant will provide funding for the design phase of the project. Hanna is a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
Thirty schools will be eligible for up to $500,000 in state grants through a new community-schools program launched by Gov. Cuomo. The governor outlined the plan in his State of the State address in January as a way to help struggling communities with additional services. Schools have until Sept. 18 to apply for the money. The $500,000 would be paid out over three years. The state Education Department has the application and program details. Go to NYSED.GOV.
Otsego County has a new emergency notification system in place. The county partnered with Hyper Reach to deliver mass notifications to residents and visitors to the county. It sends thousands of calls or messages simultaneously. It’s automatically linked to all landline telephones.If you want to get messages delivered to your cell phone, you have to go to the county’s web site at OtsegoCounty.com and sign up.
A total of 11,121 housing sales closed in New York in July, a 16.4 percent jump from the same month the previous year. From January through July, 56,522 sales have been reported across the state, a 9.2 percent increase from the same period in 2012, according t the New York State Association of Realtors. The report noted the highest number of July closed sales since 2007 and the highest number of July pending sales since 2005.
A repaving project on State Highway 12 from Oxford to Norwich will begin tomorrow. Contractors will pave nine miles of State Highway 12 from Millbrook Road (south of Oxford) to Norwich. The work will be done from 6 am to 6 pm through September 13th. There will be alternating lane closures so expect delays. Travelers are encouraged to use County Road 32 as an alternate route.
The annual Gus Macker 3 on 3 basketball tournament will be held this weekend in Norwich. The event features over 400 teams from ages 7 to 50 plus and brings thousands of spectators to the area. Organizer Tom Revoir said they are still in need of Gus Buster volunteers….
Revoir added that Court Monitors for the adult courts are especially needed. If you are particpating in the Macker, there have been some minor bracket changes and you are asked to go to Macker dot com to see if your team is affected.
New York State’s Medicaid program overpaid providers 11.4 million dollars according to state Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli. Dinapoli said it is largely due to overstated amounts by providers and incorrect rate changes. Dinapoli blames weak controls and poor supervision of the program. Only 3.8 million of medicaid overpayments have been recovered.
An Oneonta man, wanted on a parole violation, was arrested on felony burglary and other charges. The burglary report came from a Spruce Street resident and police are investigating recent burglary attempts on Elm Street to see if the incidents are connected. 26 year old Tim Button was arrested Sunday. Button was charged with second-degree burglary. Button also was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and pety larceny, and was sent to Otsego County jail on $10,000 bail.
State Troopers arrested 19 year old Mike Foley of Port Crane, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Unlawful Possession of Alcohol by a person under the age of 21, following a traffic stop on State Route 7 in the Town of Colesville. Foley was issued an appearance ticket for town of Colesville court at a later date.
State police arrested 75 year old Peter Pizzillo of Margaretville for 3rd degree assault following a complaint in the village of Margaretville. Pizzillo was arraigned in town of Roxbury court and sent to the Delaware County Jail on $250.00 bail.
Hartwick College in Oneonta is featured in the 2014 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the country’s best and most interesting colleges. The guide includes about 300 colleges and universities from among more than 7,000 higher education institutions across the country. The schools were chosen based on areas such as academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting and extracurricular activities.
An underage drinker initiative detail from the State Police checked retail convenient stores in Otsego County in Worcester, Milford, Hartwick, Cooperstown and Richfield Springs. Arrests were made at the Pit Stop in the town of Hartwick and at Stewart’s Shop in Richfield Springs. Police charged 31 year old Ajay Ghiaar of Cooperstown and 21 year old Victoria Oldick of Fort Plain for unlawfully selling alcohol to a person under the age of 21.
The Delaware County Office for the Aging has announced that Farmers Market coupons for senior citizens 60 years and older are now available. Eligible Delaware County seniors can receive twenty dollars worth of free New York State grown produce. Produce coupons can be picked up at the Delaware County Office for the Aging at 6 Court Street in Delhi weekdays from 8am to 4pm. For information, call 746-6333 or go to …firstname.lastname@example.org
38 year old Ganesh Ramsaran of New Berlin was indicted Thursday by a Chenango County grand jury for 2nd degree murder, for the death of his wife Jennifer last December. Ramsaran will be arraigned Tuesday; he was arrested Friday & was released on $300,000 bond Wednesday from the Chenango County Jail.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested and extradited a local fugitive from the State of Texas on an Arrest Warrant issued by Delaware County Court. Former Delhi area resident Richard Robinson of Gastonia, North Carolina, was arrested by Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators in Groveton, Texas and was returned to the Delaware County Correctional Facility Wednesday and is being held pending further court proceedings. Robinson is accused of failing to appear before the Delaware County Court last December, relating to a pending felony DWI prosecution.
Tomorrow, Hartwick College will celebrate the 82nd Commencement exercises, at 11:30 AM on Elmore Field to recognize graduates’ achievements. The Class of 2013 will convene at 5:00 today for this year’s Baccalaureate ceremony at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.
Area Congressman Chris Gibson will appear at the Unatego School this morning. The Congressman will speak to juniors and seniors and take questions, as well as visit a teen leadership class at the Unatego Junior senior high school in wells Bridge.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 36-year-old Anthony Carroll of Madison for DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Dim Headlights. Carroll faces action in town of Sherburne court at a later date.
The General Clinton Canoe Regatta will hold their first “Bike Nite” tonight at the beginning of the General Clinton Canoe Regatta. Regatta Chairman John Harmon comments:
(John Harmon Bike Nite)
Admission for Bike Nite is free, and parking tonight is also free, compliments of SFCU.