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
State Police from Oneonta arrested 18 year old Brian Colon of the Bronx and 18 year old Nicole Nunez of Manhattan for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. The arrests occurred after an off duty Trooper called and reported that he had possibly received counterfeit ten dollar bills from a man during a sale on Craigslist. The investigation determined that the off duty Trooper was selling four tire rims on Craigslist and agreed to meet Colon in Oneonta to complete the transaction, Police accuse Colon of paying the Trooper with 70 counterfeit ten dollar bills, and that Nunez had also knowingly possessed several counterfeit ten dollar bills. Colon and Nunez were both arraigned in the Town of Oneonta Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of a $750 cash bail.
Governor Cuomo announced that the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has commended the State’s program that trains law enforcement officers to administer naloxone, to reverse heroin and opioid overdoses. 1,400 police officers from 54 counties have attended the State’s training, and emergency responders have used the naloxone to save the lives of 38 New Yorkers who had overdosed. Governor Cuomo also announced a new public awareness and education campaign featuring a website, combatheroin.ny.gov.
The Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Four Chamber’s event at Vincent’s Restaurant on Main Street in Afton tonight starting at 6:00 PM. members of Sidney, Unadilla, Bainbridge and Afton Chambers are invited to attend.
The state Gaming Commission approved New York entering into a new multi-state lottery game, called Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, the first drawing will be Friday October 24th. Tickets are $5 each; the prize pool starts at $15 million and grows up to $25 million if there is no winner. The game is projected to bring in more than $34 million annually for the state
Candidates for the state’s 121st Assembly District will debate the tonight at the League of Women Voters of candidate forum at 7 p.m. at Morris Hall at the State University of New York at Oneonta. Incumbent assemblyman Bill Magee will debate his Republican opponent John Salka, who is currently serving his fourth term as Brookfield Town Supervisor. Magee is completing his 12th term in office. The public is invited
A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to 34,500 names. The database is the result of the Safe Act. Gun control supporters argue a wide net is appropriate, given the potentially dire consequences. Under the law, the reports prepared by doctors, psychologists, nurses and social workers are first sent to county officials. If they agree with the assessments, the officials then input the names into the state database. The information is retained for five years. If the authorities find a person in the database has a gun permit they are required to revoke the license and seize any guns. The people in the database are barred from obtaining a permit until their names are purged
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has awarded $197 million to New York State, to help finance improvements to water projects to protect public health and the environment. The money will be used to upgrade sewage plants and drinking water systems throughout the state. This funding, which is awarded annually, is in addition to the $340 million NY recently received for Hurricane Sandy resiliency projects
The State Police Bureau of investigation and State Police Computer Crimes Unit arrested 20 year old William Miller of Pittsfield for promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child. Miller was arraigned in town of Morris court and sent to the Otsego County jail on $5,000 bail. He will re-appear in town of Pittsfield court November 3rd
Governor Cuomo chose not re-appoint Republican judge Victoria Graffeo to the state’s highest court, picking instead a Democratic judge from the Albany area. The pick of Leslie Stein, means Democrats will have four of the seven seats on the Court of Appeals, for the first tim in modern history. It’s the third Democratic woman picked for the court since Cuomo took office in 2011. If re-elected Nov 4th, Cuomo would be able to appoint the four other seats, allowing him to reshape the entire court. Court of appeas judges serve for 14 years, but must retire at age 70. The appointments require state Senate confirmation
The Afton area chamber of commere will host its annual four chamber cocktail party tonight at Vincent’s Restaurant in Afton. There will be an hour of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at 6pm with the meeting at 7pm. All members of the Sidney, Unadilla, Bainbridge and Afton chambers are invited
The town of Masonville will hold a budget workshop this evening. The workshop will be held at the Masonville Town Hall beginning at 7:30 PM, town residents are encouraged to attend.
The state Health Department announced that 14 cases of the Enterovirus were confirmed in western New York. The virus has landed a significant number of children at health centers and hospitals across the country. Enterovirus results in difficulties breathing and severe respiratory issues. There is no vaccine to prevent the infection and there is no anti-viral medication to treat the infection. Prevention methods include washing hands, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
State Troopers arrested 52-year-old Robert Slack of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania for Driving While Intoxicated, following a motor vehicle accident on State Route 205 in Oneonta. Slack refused to submit to a blood test. He was issued a ticket returnable to the Town of Oneonta Court on October 7th.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies seized a quantity of drugs and arrested 35-year-old Francis Smith of Kingston today, after investigating illegally parked vehicles in Arkville. Smith was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, which violated the terms of his probation in Ulster County. Smith is accused of possessing a switchblade knife, & he may also face drug possession charges upon completion of a laboratory analysis of the seized drugs. Smith was arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $1000 cash bail.
Assemblyman Bill Magee nearly doubled his campaign coffers in the final days of his successful fight to hang onto his seat, according to the state Board of Elections. Magee raised $54,305 between August 25th and September 15th in his effort to defeat Sherrill City Commissioner Mike Hennessy in the democratic primary. Magee beat Hennessy 2,082 to 1,431; he will face Republican John Salka of Brookfield in the November election.
Home sales in New York fell 9.5% in August compared to the same period in 2013. Median sale prices stayed flat, while some areas of the state, including the Southern Tier, had an increase in homes on the market and fewer sales. Nearly 11,000 homes were sold in New York in August, the year-to-date sales total of 66,635 was a 4.4% drop compared to the same period in 2013. The median sale price so far this year was $225,000, unchanged from a year ago. Pending sales fell 1.5%.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Education Department Commissioner John King said a survey would be sent to each school district, seeking information on actions they have taken, to implement provisions of the Dignity for all Students Act. The Act is state’s 1st anti-bullying legislation, the results of the survey will be used to identify steps that schools have taken, and model policies and practices now being implemented by districts, to help ensure students are provided safe school environments.
The New York National Guard and the State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services are giving a free two-hour training session At 11 AM Saturday on the SUNY Broome campus. Those who register will receive a backpack filled with supplies that can assist in the event of an emergency. Registration for the event is free but space is limited. For more details go to prepare.ny.gov
Students in the Milford Central School District were sent home early this afternoon. District Officials said that a water main Break necessitated the early dismissal; they hope to be back open regular hours tomorrow.
A candlelight vigil will be held today in honor of State Trooper Christopher Skinner at 6:00 PM at Port Dickinson Community Park. The event is organized by the town and by State Police Troop C, & is open to the public. Trooper Skinner had pulled over a car May 29 on I-81 in Chenango Bridge, he was out of his patrol vehicle & hit by a white truck allegedly driven by Almond Upton of Melrose, Florida. Upton has been indicted on 11 charges, including 1st degree murder.
The State University of New York community college system, applied for a $15 million federal grant, to fund worker-training programs. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing the U.S. Labor Department, to approve the application to establish training programs in mechatronics and advanced manufacturing. Mechatronics incorporates engineering, mechanics and electronics. Schumer said 20,000 new jobs are possible in upstate New York through 2020. The U.S. Labor Department is expected to make a decision on the grant application within the next 2 months.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Apple’s new iPhone 6 will go on sale this month, it’s a reminder that all wireless carriers and smartphone manufacturers should implement a kill switch on all devices, as the rise in smartphone thefts increased as criminals target devices without a kill switch. Robberies involving iPhones fell following the release of Apple’s Activation Lock.
The National Weather Service in Binghamton has developed a website to help you determine if you will be at risk of flooding up to three days in advance. Officials said knowing the flood stages of the rivers are the first step in being prepared. Using the tool you can figure out what level the river has to be at for it to flood your home. To visit the new flood tool go to weather.gov/bgm.
The Village of Sidney will get another 1.7 million dollars from FEMA through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Sidney mayor Andy Matviak told WCDO News that this funding will insure that taxpayers will NOT be affected:
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Matviak said that up to 100 structures in the low lying areas around River Street are involved in the current round of buyouts, that section of the village faces major changes in composition after being the hardest hit area for flooding in both 2006 & 2011.
Governor Cuomo announced the I LOVE NEW YORK fall foliage report is available online. The report tracks the color change in foliage throughout the state through November. The governor also announced a social media campaign called “Foliage Photog of the Week.” Each week, one picture submitted on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook would be used to promote fall tourism. For information, or for a map on the best fall foliage viewing spots, go to ILOVENY.com.
Sherrill City Commissioner Mike Hennessy said he’s not ready to concede Tuesday’s Democratic primary to Assemblyman Bill Magee, despite falling short by more than 500 votes. Hennessy, who is also a former Oneida County lawmaker, is fighting for a spot on November’s ballot on a “Fix Albany” line. Magee’s supporters challenged that attempt, and Hennessy has a court date in Albany on Sept. 22nd. Magee beat Hennessy by 560 votes for the Democratic line in the 121st Assembly District. Republican John Salka is on the ballot in November.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down near Reading, yesterday around 4:40 PM. The damages showed that this is an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds between 86 and 110 mph. Officials are continuing to investigate other sites across the state where other damage was reported.
The DCMO BOCES will hold an information night at the Sidney High School tomorrow. Spokesperson Martha Brower comments:
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More details on the Information night is available at the Sidney High School Distinct office.
State Police are teaming up with the Parks and Recreation Department for a new campaign, to ensure everyone is buckling up. More than 200 people killed in car accidents in New York last year were not wearing a seat belt. The agencies hope to reduce the number of fatalities by highlighting the importance of bucking up & the importance of using car seats for children. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said car crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 to 13.
Assemblyman Bill Magee has filed petitions to force a September Democratic primary against Michael Hennessy, the party’s pick in the 121st District. Democrats in Madison and Oneida counties dropped Magee and designated Hennessy, however, Magee won the endorsement of Otsego County Democrats. Magee has served 12 terms in office. This is his first primary challenge. Brookfield Town Supervisor John Salka filed petitions to run on the Republican and Conservative Party lines.
Governor Cuomo will seek legislation to let the state recoup millions in school tax breaks paid to high-income New Yorkers who did not qualify to receive them. The announcement came after an investigation found an estimated $28 million in school property-tax subsidies, since 2011, were granted to households ineligible to receive them because they earned more than $500,000 a year.
The village of Bainbridge board of trustees will hold a special meeting this afternoon, at the village clerk’s office at 33 west Main Street. The purpose of the meeting is to hold a work session on the Comprehensive plan; the meeting is open to the public.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s department arrested 51-year-old William Smith & 46 year old Lisa Marie Labouf for 2nd degree Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and 2nd degree Harassment. The 2 are accused of assaulting a female victim and harassing another female victim, in front of 2 children. Smith was arraigned in the Town of McDonough Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $20,00 cash bail. Labouf was arraigned in the Town of Pharsalia Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of a $20,00 cash bail. Both are to reappear in the Town of German Court at a later date.
The Chenango county Sheriff’s department arrested 29-year-old Bradley Short of Otego for Unlawful Fleeing of a Police Officer and Reckless Endangerment. Short was charged after failing to stop for law enforcement for allegedly speeding. Short was arraigned in the Town of Plymouth Court and remanded to the Chenango County jail. Short was charged the following day with 1 count of Promoting prison contraband, where he is accused of possessing marihuana in the county jail, he was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Norwich court at a later date.