Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo died Thursday at the age of 82. The father of current governor Andrew Cuomo, Mario Cuomo died about 6 hours after his son’s second swearing into the office that he held for 3 terms, from 1983 to 1994.
Wednesday night, the Bainbridge Fire Department was called to the scene of a garage fire attached to a house at 160 Dingman Hill Road. Sidney, Afton, Mount Upton, Guilford, Franklin fire departments responded. Crews stayed on scene for about 3 hours, no injuries were reported.
A series of New Laws went into effect yesterday, to Help Veterans, Protect Kids & Create Jobs. The new laws include the Hire a Veteran Tax Credit; businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran, equal to 10% of the total amount of wages paid during their first full year of employment. Another new law is the Homeless Veteran Assistance Fund, to assist homeless veterans with housing and housing-related expenses. Lawmakers also passed a law to protect Minors from Identity Theft, to protect people living in Adult Homes by performing criminal background checks on prospective staff.
Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo died Thursday at the age of 82. The father of current governor Andrew Cuomo, Mario Cuomo died about 6 hours after his son’s second swearing into the office that he held for 3 terms, from 1983 to 1994.
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.
6 Sidney area residents were arrested on drug trafficking charges Friday evening by members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Sidney Village Police Department and State Police, following a 5 month investigation, and the execution of a search warrant Friday. Arrested were 43 year old Gabriel Bonacci, on 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, for Heroin, 27 year old Rene Hurlburt of Unadilla, for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for Cocaine. Also arrested was 64 year old Donna Bonacci of Sidney for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to sell for the intended sale of cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs & marihuana. Police also charged 53 year old Belinda Davis of Sidney on 3 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for allegedly selling Oxycodone, 32 year old Randal Babcock of Sidney for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for allegedly selling Xanax & 34 year old Chad Walters of Mount Upton for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. All werearraigned & were remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail, additional arrests & drug charges are pending.
State Police & Vestal Police arrested 21 year old Kenneth Godfrey of Binghamton for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell. Members of CNET and the Vestal Police Department executed a search warrant on Godfrey, his vehicle and residence last Wednesday, seizing 371 envelopes of heroin, & cash. Godfrey was arraigned in City Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
YES! Safe Choices for Kids, from Senator Libous and Lourdes, will host over 500 students from across the Southern Tier at their YES! Ignites Training today at the Binghamton DoubleTree from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. YES! Leaders are trained to provide substance abuse prevention education to elementary school students, from Afton, Bainbridge-Guilford, Chenango Valley, Norwich, Windsor & other Broome & Chenango County school districts. Senator Libous will kick off the opening session with introductory remarks.
Unadilla Chamber of Commerce will have their next regular meeting at Unadilla Fire Station this morning at 8:00 AM. Unadilla Mayor Dave Welch will give update on Bishop Lot. Chamber members are encouraged to attend.
The Chenango County Farm Bureau will hold their 59th annual meeting this evening. The meeting will be held at 6:30 at the Silo Restaurant in Greene, the Guest Speaker will be Farmers Veterans’ Coalition president Jamie Critelli, who recently appeared on the Rachel Ray show.
Several local fire companies responded to the fire at the Hillcrest roller Rink on West Main Street in Sidney last night. Fire fighters from Sidney, Wells Bridge, Deposit, Mount Upton, Walton, Trout Creek, Oneonta, Unadilla, Masonville, Franklin & Bainbridge responded to the fire, which was called out at about 11:30 PM. Sidney Fire Chief Greg peck told WCDO News that the cause of the fire is undetermined:
Peck said the Hillcrest fire fell on the same date as the Whitaker’s fire in Sidney in 2007.
State police will participate in a national crackdown “Drunk Driving, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The enforcement period will run from September 1st. Labor day weekend traditionally result sin heavy traffic, more accidents, serious injuries & fatalities. The State police goal is to maximize DWI Enforcement efforts to ensure that motorists are not injured or killed by an intoxicated driver. More than 10,000 are killed by drunk driving nationally each year.
Chenango county launched a new free “Have A Plan” Mobile App encourages people to have plan to get home safely if they’re impaired by alcohol or drugs. The app operates on Iphone, Android & Windows platforms, and targets the 18-34 age range, with features such as designated drivers, find a taxi cab by GPS, alcohol impairment estimator, various motor skills tests to assess impairment levels, and a “Report DWI” button that connects users to local 911 services. The App also offers a list of DWI facts, it can be found by searching the word “Chenango” in app stores.
State police arrested 32 year old Christopher Byrne and we year old Casey Jones of Coventry, for reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawfully growing cannabis, and possession of controlled substance outside its container. The arrests followed an investigation in the drug overdose of a 20-month-old child in Coventry; the child was initially treated at Wilson Memorial hospital in Johnson City & was transferred to Upstate Medical center in Syracuse. Byrne & Jones were arraigned in Coventry town court and were remanded to the Chenango county jail pending future court action; the child has been treated & released.
Binghamton University broke ground on their new $70 million dollars Smart Energy Research & Development facility this morning, at the Innovative Technologies Complex. The 114,00 square foot building will house the Harpur college of Arts & Sciences physics & chemistry departments, research will focus on energy efficient technologies including making solar power more economically competitive, reducing and using thermal energy generated by computers and other electronic device.
State police arrested 21 year old Samantha Smith of Oneonta for criminal impersonation & failure to have an interlock device, plus unlawful possession Marijuana, following a traffic stop for a defective tail light on state route 7 in Oneonta. Police accuse Smith of giving a false name to the trooper, the check of her identity showed that she was restricted to diving only vehicles with an interlock device due to a previous DWI arrest, she was also found to possess Marijuana. Smith faces court action in Oneonta court September 9th.
Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Candidate, Zephyr Teachout will appear at 5:15 PM today in front of the Court House at 92 Court Street in downtown Binghamton. Teachout is seeking to unseat Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary on September 9th. Teachout is a Law Professor at Fordham University in the Bronx and opposes Hydraulic fracturing.
Anndrea Starzak will host a party to celebrate the opening of her new campaign headquarters. Anndrea will address supporters on how she will bring good jobs, good schools, and good government back to the Southern Tier. The Official Office Opening Party is today 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Starzak for Senate Headquarters at 352 Clinton Avenue in Binghamton.
An Open House sponsored by Development Chenango will be held today at 17-19 South Broad Street, Norwich. The event will run from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The public is welcome to attend.
Several area fire companies responded to a fire at the Hillcrest Roller Rink on West Main Street in Sidney overnight. Firefighters from Sidney, Wells Bridge, Deposit, Mount Upton, Walton, Trout Creek, Oneonta, Unadilla, Masonville, Franklin and Bainbridge responded to the fire, which was reported at around 11:40. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Congressman Chris Gibson will join state and local officials at 10:30 This Morning at the Masonville Town Hall for the announcement of an award from the National Association of State Agencies for Surplus Properties. The town of Masonville is being honored for its innovative repurposing of a surplus Army truck for use as a town dump truck and snow plow, which saved town taxpayers more than $200,000.
Sidney Village Police arrested 51 year old Wesley Eignor of Sidney for 7 counts of failure to provide food & drink to impounded animals, in violation of State Agriculture & markets law. Eignor is accused of not providing food and & water to 3 dogs, 3 cats and a bird for an extended period of time, he was arraigned & will reappear in Sidney Village Court at a mater date.
State agencies spent more than $316 million on overtime in the first 6 months of 2014, a jump of $22 million over the same period in 2013, according to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. State employees worked more than 7.8 million overtime hours, up 7.6% over the same period in 2013. The total cost of overtime as a percentage of gross payroll rose slightly, from 3.9 to 4.3% in the first 6 months of 2014. Last year, overtime at state agencies rose to a record $611million, up nearly 16 percent over 2012. The largest amount of overtime came from the Department of Corrections, Office of Mental Health, and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities & the Department of Taxation & Finance.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Bassett Medical Center today from 12:30 to 6:30 PM. The drive will take place at the Bassett Hall auditorium in Cooperstown, registration is requested at 547-3701, and walk-ins will also be welcome.
60-year-old Almond Upton of Florida was indicted in Broome County Court on 11 charges, including 1st degree murder. Upton is accused of killing State Trooper Christopher Skinner during a May 29th traffic stop, Upton intentionally struck Skinner with a pickup truck while the trooper was conducting a routine traffic stop on I-81. Upton will also be arraigned on the indictment in Broome County Court.
The State Office of Mental Health and the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Coalition are sponsoring a “safeTALK” Suicide Prevention Training on Thursday August 14th at Delaware County Public Safety Building in Delhi. Delaware county public heath director Bonnie Hamilton told WCDO News that the program was planned as statistics show that suicides are up significantly in Delaware County this year:
(Bonnie Hamilton 8-7-14)
Registration for this training is due tomorrow through Delaware county public health at 832-5200.
Fire officials have determined the cause of a fire in Windsor Monday morning at an apartment building on Old State Route 17. Investigators said a seven year old child found a lost lighter and set a couch on fire. When fire fighters arrived on scene, they saw flames coming from the first floor of the building extending into the second floor. Fire officials said three of the four apartments were occupied, but everyone made it out safely.
Firefighters from South New Berlin, Mount Upton, Norwich & New berlin responded to a structure fire at 2364 State Highway 8 in the town of Norwich. Initial reports suggested that one person may have been trapped inside, that was later confirmed as false. Emergency crews shut down route 8 for about 4 hours.
Congressman Richard Hanna announced a nearly $2 million federal loan for the City of Norwich to make upgrades to its water storage facilities. Norwich also received a $750,000 grant through the USDA for the project. The funds will be used to demolish the old storage tank and valve vault, and replace them with new ones; Work is also scheduled on an access road from Wheeler Avenue to the new tank.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation to better protect children by adding school coaches to the field of professionals required to report suspected abuse to authorities. This bill will also require coaches who currently hold or apply for a temporary coaching license or professional coaching certificate to complete two hours of training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. The law had previously been unclear on whether individuals in these positions must report suspected cases of abuse.
State Police at Norwich arrested 53-year-old Todd Stockton of Sherburne for 3rd degree Grand Larceny and Falsifying Business Records, following a State Department of Labor investigation, which determined he had stolen $9,261 in insurance benefits from the State Department of Labor. Stockton was issued tickets for Village of Sherburne Court August 14th
Governor Cuomo signed legislation to better protect school crossing guards from assault while on the job, offering them similar protections to that of police officers and firefighters. Any assault on a school crossing guard, resulting in physical injury while performing his or her duties, will now be raised to a violent felony.
Sidney Village Police department arrested 6 people following a lengthy narcotics investigation. Charged were 37-year-old Richard Swislosky of Sidney, 30-year-old Stacey Dibble of Bainbridge, 56-year-old Bradley Winner of Mount Upton, 44-year-old Louella Schoener & 31 year old Rebecca Schoener of Greene and Mary Cutting of Unadilla on a variety of drug charges. All were arraigned in Delaware county court & were remanded to the Delaware county jail without bail pending future court action.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 37-year-old Jacob Warner of Oneida for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle, Failure to Dim Headlights, Unlicensed Operator, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, following a stop in the town of Columbus. Warner was driving with an expired license that had been suspended 19 times; he was also in possession of suboxone, with no proof that he was legally prescribed the narcotic. Warner was arraigned & was remanded to the Chenango County Jail on bail pending future court action.
State Senator Tom Libous hosted the annual YES Safe Choices for Kids function, to honor more than 515 area students at their annual Reception. 1 of the 3 winners of the Jill Kavanagh Memorial YES LEADS Scholarship was Shawna Stevens of Afton High School:
(Shawna Stevens 5-27-14)
State Senator Tom Libous also comments:
YES Leaders are middle and high school students who present to local elementary school students about the dangers of substance abuse, the importance of self-esteem and making healthy choices, More information about YES and YES LEADS is available at YesSafeChoices.org.
The number of state workers earning more than $100,000 in 2013 rose 7% compared to 2012. Since 2008, the number of state workers hitting the six-figure salary mark jumped 44%. Union officials claim that the numbers are skewed because there are fewer workers on the state payroll, following layoffs & attrition in recent years because of state budget cuts. Data from the state Comptroller’s Office showed 29,045 state workers made more than $100,000 in 2013. That’s up from about 27,000 in 2012 and 20,000 in 2008.
About 8 in 10 New York voters back the legalization of medical marijuana, as a bill to allow it works its way through the Legislature according to a new poll. 83% of those polled by Quinnipiac University support the drug for medical purposes, o 15% are opposed. 51% are in favor of legalizing marijuana, with 44%% opposed. The state Senate Health Committee last week approved a bill to allow medical marijuana for 20 chronic conditions with a 7% sales tax on the retail price. By a 9-8 vote, it was sent to the chamber’s finance committee, keeping it alive for a potential vote of the full Senate
Legislation was introduced in the state Senate that would prohibit smoking at school bus stops. The bill would prohibit smoking within 15 feet of a designated school bus stop, during the morning and afternoon hours, when children are picked up and dropped off from school. The American Academy of Pediatrics has found that 2nd hand smoke increases the likelihood of smoking-related illnesses.
The 30th annual Senior Council Barbecue and Pie Auction will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at 4:30 at the Delhi American Legion. The event is a fundraiser by the Senior Council to raise money for programs and services for the elderly. The price of the tickets is $8.00 and can be purchased from Senior Council members, at the Office for the Aging, 6 Court Street Delhi, or at any of the Senior Dining Centers.
Firefighters from Masonville, Sidney, Walton, Trout Creek, Sidney Center, Bainbridge, Deposit & Mount Upton fire companies responded to a fire at the Briggs residence on state route 8 between Sidney & Masonville. The fire was reported at about 8:30 Thursday morning, officials said that the house suffered fire, smoke & water damage, no one was home when the fire broke out, no injuries among firefighters were reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
The state Senate passed legislation to make all honorably discharged military veterans eligible for a high school degree. “Operation Recognition,” already allows veterans of World War II, Korea and the Vietnam wars to get diplomas, the legislation would expand eligibility to other veterans who didn’t complete their formal education. The bill was sent to the Assembly.
Chenango County Sheriffs Deputies arrested 24-year-old Cassandra LaTour and 41-year-old Brett Brooks following an investigation into a reported larceny at a Norwich business. Both were charged with Conspiracy and Petty Larceny for allegedly entering a business with the intent of stealing property. LaTour was also charged with 3rd degree Burglary, Brooks was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date, LaTour was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court and will reappear at a later date.
Broome County Executive Debbie Preston will undergo surgery next week at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Preston announced her diagnosis of lung cancer 2 weeks ago, she will go to Sloan Kettering on Sunday and will have the upper left lobe of her lung removed the Monday. She plans on spending much of next week at Sloan Kettering before heading home to recover.
U.S. Postal Service letter carriers will be collecting non-perishable food items tomorrow, as part of the national Stamp Out Hunger program. Food items can be left by mailbox’s for pickup, all donations will stay in local comminutes.
The Chenango Soccer Club is sponsoring a soccer camp August 4th through the 8th at the Chargers Fields on Route 12 in Oxford. Registration must be completed by July 18th to receive the t-shirt. Campers must bring their own lunch, water bottle, cleats, and shin guards everyday. More information is available at 334-5038 or at oneplussoccer.com.
State Troopers will be conducting a child car seat safety check detail tomorrow from 10:00am till 2:00pm, outside the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, Troopers will be stationed in the parking lot near Ruby Tuesday’s, they will inspect your current child car seat and making sure that it is properly installed. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to bring their child, a current car seat, their vehicle and vehicle manual.
The Town of Hartwick will hold its annual Clean Sweep event from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday. The Town will be collecting Used electronics, televisions, tires, scrap metal and white goods, used appliances, backyard waste, mattresses, furniture; leaves and grass clippings; and returnable bottles and cans. Regular trash & household Hazardous waste will not be taken at this event.
The Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s Outreach Committee is hosting a chicken and biscuits benefit dinner and Chinese Auction Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:00 PM at the church 37 West Main Street in Norwich. Proceeds will go to the Chenango County Relay For Life July 18th & 19th at the county fairgrounds in Norwich, more information is available at relayforlife.org/chenangocountyny.
Bail was set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 property bond for 29-year-old Kyle Whitfield of Greene on a 2nd degree murder charge for the fatal stabbing 33-year-old James Button, Jr., of Greene. Whitfield was sent back to the Chenango County Correctional Facility pending Grand Jury action.
Crews from several fire departments responded to a fire at 459 Keech Road in Guilford, at about 1:15 this morning. Crews from Mount Upton, Norwich, Oxford and South New Berlin assisted the Guilford Fire Department, with no injuries reported. Chenango County Fire Investigators will look into the cause of the fire today.
NY State of Health reported that 908,595 New Yorkers have completed their applications and 590,639 have enrolled for coverage since the launch of the Marketplace on October 1, 2013. More than 70% of those who enrolled were uninsured at the time of application. The open enrollment period for individuals runs through March 31st, Individuals and families can get information and enroll in a plan at nystateofhealth.ny.gov or by calling 1-855-355-5777.
A.O. Fox Hospital is holding an Open House today to celebrate the completion of the “Gold Standard of Patient Care” modernization project. This final phase of the project includes the creation of a 14-bed observation unit, the event takes place from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm today in the observation unit, on the 1st floor of the hospital. Tours will be available and light refreshments will be served.
State Police arrested 29-year-old Kyle Whitfield of Greene, for 2nd degree Murder. The arrest followed the investigation into a physical altercation and the subsequent stabbing death of 33-year-old James Button Jr. of Greene, at Whitfield’s residence at 132 Loomis Lane in Greene. Whitfield was arraigned in the Town of Smithville Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail without bail. State Police were assisted at the scene by the Village of Greene Police Department.
State Police from Sidney arrested 37-year-old Bryan Ohara of Mount Upton for 2nd degree Criminal Contempt. Ohara is accused of violating a court order of protection by initiating unwanted communication with the protected party. Ohara was arraigned in the town of Guilford Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $100,000 secured bond.
Governor Cuomo today announced that New York State Police were successful in 15% of Automated External Defibrillators saves for individuals under sudden cardiac arrest, since 2007. Cuomo said that the success rate of state police was twice the national rate of 8%. All marked State Police vehicles and state buildings are equipped with the devices, and troopers are given comprehensive, special training to use them in emergency situations.
Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting announced that his office has launched a smartphone app that allows the office to communicate much more effectively with the community. The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office app is a free download and is available for both iPhone and Android smart devices, Users simply search “MobilePatrol” and after downloading, select the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office.
State Police from Oneonta arrested 27-year-old Natalie Hilyer of Erie, Pennsylvania for Driving While Intoxicated with a reportable BAC result of .14%. Hilyer was stopped by Troopers on state route 28 in the town of Oneonta for driving without her headlights; troopers determined that she was intoxicated. Hilyer was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Oneonta Court on March 18th.
The family of Michele Harris in Tioga county is hoping to gain new information on her 2001 disappearance. A confidential tip line is being set up by her four children and their father Cal Harris. Cal Harris was arrested for the murder of Michele in 2005, and has since had two convictions overturned on appeal. Harris will go to trial for a third time in Schoharie County, after a state appeals court granted a venue change. No trial date has been set. Michele’s body has never been found. The confidential tip line can be reached at (607) 215-5166
Former New York Governor David Patterson now has a permanent presence in the Capitol’s Hall of Governors. Paterson’s official portrait was unveiled Sunday afternoon. Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced Paterson at the event, hailing his leadership through a time of fiscal catastrophe. Paterson took office on March 17th 2008, just as the nation’s financial system began its meltdown. Paterson was lieutenant governor under Governor Eliot Spitzer and rose to governor when Spitzer resigned due to a prostitution scandal. Spitzer’s portrait has not been added to the Hall of Governor’s. Paterson’s did not to seek re-election in 2010, which cleared the way for Cuomo to successfully run.