State Troopers arrested 24 year old Denver Colegrove of Otego for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, after responding to a 1 car roll over accident on Dutch Hill Road in Otego. Colegrove was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Otego Court on August 21st.
ACCO brands in Sidney announced that they would be adding 25 full time hourly manufacturing positions at their Sidney facility immediately. Job growth was attributed to the recent relocation of ACCO brands day-Timer operations form Allentown Pennsylvania to the Sidney facility. More information is available at accobrands.com.
Governor Cuomo announced the recipients of $340 million in full-day pre-kindergarten funding for 81 school districts and Community Based Organizations statewide, opening full-day classroom slots to nearly 37,000 children. The funding is the first installment as part of the State’s commitment to invest $1.5 billion over 5 years to build a Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten program.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 56 year old Douglas Caesar of New Berlin for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance for allegedly possessing cocaine in the City of Norwich. Caesar was released on his own recognizance to return to the City of Norwich Court at a later date.
The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older who are uninsured. The Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach, will be available today from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce at 5 Main Street Delhi, Appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225 for your appointment.
State Troopers arrested 24 year old Denver Colegrove of Otego for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, after responding to a 1 car roll over accident on Dutch Hill Road in Otego. Colegrove was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Otego Court on August 21st.
A new poll from the Siena College Research Institute found that Governor Cuomo still holds a 32-point lead over Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino. The survey found 58% of likely voters choosing Cuomo and only 26% were choosing Astorino. Only 33% of Upstate voters said that they would vote for Astorino, 48% would vote for Cuomo.
Monday might have been a record day for attendance at the Delaware county fair in Walton this year. Fair spokesman John Jackson told WCDO News about the attendance that the fair normally sees:
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Today, Emily Lapinel received the Milt & Douglas Thomson agriculture Scholarship, to help pursue studies at SUNY Cobleskill. In attendance were Assemblymen Cliff Crouch, Pete Lopez, State Senators John Bonacic and Jim Seward and many members of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors.
Chenango county Sheriff’s Deputies and New Berlin Police arrested Michael Gincerowski of Binghamton for Felony DWI, Refusal to submit to a breath test, Open container in a motor vehicle and leaving the scene for a property damage accident following an investigation where Gincerowski allegedly struck a vehicle at the Unadilla Race Track in the Town of Columbus and left the scene. New Berlin Police located the vehicle on State Hwy 8 in the Town of New Berlin and determined Gincerowski was operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, he was arraigned in the Town of New Berlin court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail pending future court action.
State Police in Binghamton arrested 27 year old Shakira Garner of Freeport, Long Island on 5 counts of 3rd degree Grand Larceny, 2 counts of 4th degree Grand Larceny 4th, 9 counts of Forgery, 2 counts of Identity Theft & Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. Garner is accused of fraudulently opened accounts at both the Visions and State Employee Federal Credit Unions, & stealing a total of $25,000.00 from the two credit unions. She was arrested on a Town of Chenango arrest warrant in Nassau County, she was transported back to the Town of Chenango Court for arraignment and then was remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail set at this time.
Otsego Express is providing public transportation service on a new route, known as Route 14. The new route will provide public transportation service between Oneonta, Morris, Gilbertsville, Mt. Upton, and New Berlin, five days per week. The schedule can be found at www.otsegoexpress.com or call 800-388-9853 for more information.
State Supreme Court Justice Edgar Walker ruled on Monday that Democrat Zephyr Teachout has enough proof that she has been a continuous resident of New York for 5 years and is eligible to be on the ballot in the September 9th primary election. Teachout currently teaches at Fordham University in the Bronx and has resided in Brooklyn since 2009.
Governor Cuomo announced the IFISHNY Challenge, that calls upon anglers to show off their largemouth & striped bass catches, with the New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife app. The Challenge runs through Labor Day, winners will be announced in September, for 1 free lifetime fishing license to be awarded for the longest largemouth bass & 1 for the longest striped bass caught. More information is available at dec.ny.gov
State residents pay a Monthly state surcharge on utility bills; the money goes to help balance the state’s budget, but ratepayers may have been overcharged. The Public Service Commission said the utility over-collections may have totaled $250-million. The “temporary state assessment” surcharge was enacted in 2009, since then the state has collected about $2.9-billion from the tax. The surcharge was supposed to sunset this year, but it was extended in last year’s budget. Governor Cuomo and the legislature have agreed to phase it out in 2017
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:
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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.
State police arrested 27-year-old Jacob Fink of Oneonta for 2nd degree burglary. Fink is accused of participating the burglary of a dwelling In Milford June 26th. Police previously arrested 19-year-old Emily Ives of New Berlin in connection with the burglary. Fink is being held and the investigation is continuing.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division located 20 packets of heroin on an inmate at the Chenango County Jail Wednesday the narcotics were located in the body cavity of 28-year-old Conroy Robinson who is currently incarcerated on a separate charge. Robinson was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Promoting Prison Contraband, & Criminal Mischief, He was arraigned at the Town of Norwich Court Thursday.
Governor Cuomo state that there are more than 100,000 available jobs listed on the Jobs Express website. The site sorts thousands of jobs by region and occupation, and also allows users to search jobs based on zip code and travel distance. The occupational categories with the most jobs listed include: Sales, Clerical, Management, Computer/Mathematical and Business/Financial Operations. The website is located at jobs.ny.gov.
Congressman Chris Gibson announced the House adopted the bipartisan Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, which requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to permit veterans to be seen by non-VA healthcare providers if they reside more than 40 miles from the nearest VA medical facility or are unable to secure an appointment at a VA facility within 30 days. The VA reform bill also provides $5 billion to hire more physicians and medical staff and improve infrastructure, authorizes 27 new leases for VA facilities across the country, and permits the VA to fire or demote senior staff for poor performance.
Otsego County Sheriff, The state DEA, the Otsego County DA’s office, & Oneonta Police arrested 22-year-old Nicholas Michael Torres of Mohegan Lake, following a 4-year investigation into heroin and oxycodone powder trafficking in and around Otsego County. Torres allegedly distributed narcotics that were stolen from Covidien Pharmaceuticals in Hobart plant, he was taken into custody in Carmel, he was arraigned and was remanded to the Otsego County Jail on $25,000 bail returnable in the Town of Oneonta Court on August 21st
State Troopers arrested 19-year-old Victoria Niedbalec of Laurens for 3rd degree Assault. The arrest was the result of a dispute that occurred at a residence in Laurens, Niedbalec was arraigned in the Town of Laurens Court and remanded to the Otsego County Correctional Facility on $250 cash bail. An order of protection was issued by the town court against the suspect.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s department arrested 25-year-old Christopher Bonno of New Berlin for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Bonno is accused of being in possession of a DeWALT Jig Saw, which was reported stolen on an earlier date from a parked vehicle in the Village of New Berlin. Bonno faces court action at a later date.
While voters in the Southern Tier support casino development, the majority of residents would not frequent a new gambling parlor once it’s up and running, according to a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll. Southern Tier voters support casino development, 45 to 36%, 57% of the same voters said they would not likely frequent their region’s casino. The Gaming Commission said the casino applicants would make presentations in front of the Gaming Facility Location Board on Sept. 8th and 9th in Albany. Public hearings are scheduled for Sept. 22 to 24th.
The state Education Department has produced a preliminary parents bill of rights on the use and security of student data. Lawmakers in April required the bill of rights, the appointment of a chief privacy officer and other changes to protect student data, after there was a statewide backlash against the Education Department’s plans, to share identifiable student data with inBloom. The law forced New York to pull out of the inBloom project, which closed shortly thereafter.
Empire State Development has approved SUNY Broome Community College’s plan for the START-UP NY economic development initiative, which establishes tax-free business areas around college campuses. The college plans to offer information sessions about the initiative, more information is available at 778-5012.
SUNY Oneonta has made Forbes magazine’s ranking of America’s Top Colleges. The State University College at Oneonta was ranked 167th in the Northeast and 520th overall on the annual list. Factors taken into consideration were student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success.
Up to $300 million has been made available through the State’s NY Rising Housing Recovery Program, to support home elevations for 6,575 homeowners. Individuals eligible for funding experienced damage to their homes as a result of Super storm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The Optional Home Elevation and Mitigation Initiative is being offered, in addition to other housing recovery assistance that has been made available through NY Rising. More information is available at stormrecovery.ny.gov.
Cullman Community Day will be held this Saturday in Sidney, with a variety of activities planned, mostly at Keith Clark Park. Cullman director Amy Williams explains:
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The public is invited to attend and participate; more information is available at 563-7529.
State residents will vote on the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act in November, for improvements to high-speed Internet connections, classroom technology, security systems and pre-K construction. Governor Cuomo set up a commission to look at how to spend the money and set up meetings to gather ideas if the bond is approved. The bond would also pay for training of school staff to use the various new technologies.
New York ranks among the top 5 states for children’s health, according to the Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report looks at recent trends that compare data from 2005 to 2012; New York showed improvement in all 8 categories of health and education for children. The number of children who didn’t graduate from high school in 4 years fell from 33% in 1990 to 22% in 2012. The number of teen births dropped & the number of children in high-poverty areas remained stable at 17%. The number of children in single parent families rose by 24% from 1990 to 2012.
State Police at Norwich arrested 47-year-old Tom Connelly of New Berlin for 2nd degree Harassment following a dispute on South Main Street in New Berlin. An investigation determined he punched and shoved the victim during a dispute. Connelly was arraigned in Town of New Berlin Court and sent to the Chenango County Jail on $500.00 bail. An order of protection was issued by the court against Connelly.
The state labor department released unemployment statistics for the month of June. State wide, the rate dropped 1/10th the 6.6%, locally, Chenango county’s rate was at 5.6%, Delaware county at 6.3% & Otsego county’s rate was at 5.3% in June.
Delaware county fair organizers are looking for participants to sign up quickly for this year’s County fair Pageant. Pageant coordinator Stacy Dibble comments:
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The fair’s website is Delaware county fair.org, the phone number for more information is 287-9228. The Delaware county fair begins on august 11th in Walton.
The State Association of Realtors released its June home sale information. Across the state, new listings were up 11% compared to June 2013. The number of sales was down 6%, median sale price down 3% and total number of homes for sale down 2%. Locally, in Broome County, new listings were up 19%, the number of sales was down 11%. In Delaware County, new listings were up 21%, the number of sales was down 13% & in Chenango County, new listings were up 305 and the number of sales closed was down 38%.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance said UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital’s UHS Primary Care offices in Oxford, Sherburne and Sidney received recognition from the Patient-Centered Medical Home program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. UHS Primary Care in Norwich was the first of the hospital’s primary care sites to receive the recognition in 2012. The recognition is based on a model of care and service delivery that encourages partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians to improve the quality and efficiency of care.
The ribbon cutting for the Sherwood Landing project in Sidney was held this morning, the project is 32 rental units that have already filled up with residents who were put out by the flooding in recent years. Sidney Village Mayor Andy Matviak comments:
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Sidney economic development director John Redente also commented:
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The project is located in the former Sherwood Height section; it’s the first phase of many projects reshaping the village of Sidney following the floods of 2006 & 2011.
A state judge dismissed 2 lawsuits that sought to force Governor Cuomo to authorize shale-gas drilling in New York. Supreme Court Justice Roger McDonough tossed the lawsuits, ruling that the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York and Mark Wallach, the trustee for Norse Energy, lack the authority to bring the legal challenge & because they did not suffer environmental harm. The state’s review of fracking is guided by the State Environmental Quality Review Act, which requires an extensive analysis when a government action could have an impact on the environment.
68-year-old Duane Merrill of Hamden died in a farming accident on Friday afternoon, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies reported to 2152 Chambers Hollow Road, where Merrill was baling hay when the tractor’s seat detached causing him to fall backward onto the ground between the tractor and baler, He became entangled in the machine and was killed.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Michele Huedepohl of Triangle for 3 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a child. Huedepohl was charged for allegedly forcing a 9 year old to smoke marijuana, and for allowing a 15-year-old female to smoke marihuana in her presence and in the presence of a 6-year-old child in the Village of Greene. Huedepohl was charged with 3 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a child & was issued appearance tickets for the Village of Greene Court and will appear at a later date.
Chenango county sheriff’s deputies arrested 45-year-old Jeffry Reynolds, following traffic stop in the Village of New Berlin. The deputy observed the Reynolds of almost causing a head on accident, deputies accused Reynolds was driving while intoxicated. Reynolds was taken into custody, processed & was released to a sober 3rd party. Reynolds was charged with DWI, Driving with a BAC of .08 or more, unsafe tires, no distinctive plate, and failure to yield right of way, he will appear in the Town of New Berlin Court at a later date.
New York will disclose the routes and schedules of freight trains hauling tanker cars filled with crude oil as they pass through New York on their way to coastal refineries. The State denied a request by CSX Transportation & Canadian Pacific Railway to sign a non-disclosure agreement; they began providing the information to the State Emergency Response Commission on June 7th. Safety concerns about the shipment of oil by rail has grown as the frequency of the shipments has grown. Senator Chuck Schumer is co-sponsoring legislation requiring the FEMA to form a panel to address derailments involving hazardous materials and crude oil tankers.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino challenged Governor Cuomo to 8 debates between now and Election Day. Cuomo may first face a Democratic primary, as Democratic candidate Zephyr Teachout will submit 3 times the number of petition signatures necessary to force a primary.
Governor Cuomo today announced $75.6 million in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funding for 33 projects that will enhance mobility and safety on roadways across the state. Locally, $3.4 million is allocated for a project along Route 8 in the towns of Norwich, New Berlin and Columbus to flatten curves, widen shoulders and improve sight distance. High-friction surface treatments will be installed on downgrades. The list of Highway Safety Improvement programs is available at dot.ny.gov/safety.
Congressional Candidate Claudia Tenney to Hold Meet and Greet in the Bainbridge Town Hall, starting at 7:00 PM. There will be time for question and answer period & time to personally meet Tenney, who is challenging Incumbent Republican Congressman Richard Hanna in a Primary for the 22nd Congressional District.
Delaware county public health will hold a free rabies clinic today in Walton. The clinic will run from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Walton Town Highway Garage for dogs, cats & domesticated ferrets.
The Sidney Chamber of Commerce and Utica School of Commerce will hold an Open House on today from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at their New Sidney Location at Tri Town Regional Hospital. This event is open to Sidney Chamber of Commerce members, directors and the public. USC will have classes starting on June 16th.
26-year-old Michael Golotty of Elmira, pleaded guilty to 3rd degree arson in Chenango County Court, for the fire that destroyed storage units in Norwich last November, which housed donations for Toys for Tots. Gulotty was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in state prison, as well as restitution to the victims to be paid in installments after his release.
Former Otsego County Chamber of Commerce President Rob Robinson pleaded guilty in Otsego County Court to 1st degree scheming to defraud. Robinson was arrested & fired in 2011, following charges of insurance fraud, grand larceny & falsifying business records, for an insurance scheme that enrolled more than 400 downstate residents in an MVP Health Care Insurance program offered by the Otsego Chamber. The sentence includes a 3-year conditional discharge & a $2,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for July 28th.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested a Town of Unadilla resident and a Town of New Berlin resident for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Deputies arrested 28-year-old Jason Lindroth and 28 year old Antonio Felice following an investigation into a suspicious vehicle. Deputies found that Lindroth and Felice were both in possession of heroin, prescription pills, hypodermic needles, and marihuana, they were arraigned in the Town of Oxford Court and were remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on cash bail.
The New York State Fair was named America’s 4th-best state fair by Yahoo! Travel, beat only by Texas, California and Ohio. The news comes just a few weeks after Hopper.com ranked the Fair as the No. 1 State Fair. An independent survey, conducted at the conclusion of the 2013 Fair, fairgoers cited food as the #1 reason for visiting every year. Last year, the Fair introduced Taste NY Wine and Cheese seminars to engage fairgoers about the various wines and cheeses that are made in New York
As state lawmakers wrap up the current legislative session, there are still a few items on the Governor’s agenda that might not get acted on this year. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch said that the proposal to increase the state’ minimum wage again is another unnecessary cost to business:
Crouch said that the bill would probably only pass one of the 2 houses, which should kill it off for this year.
The State Public Service Commission is seeking comment on a request by Time Warner Cable and Comcast Corporation to transfer certain Time Warner Cable telephone systems, cable systems, franchises and assets to Comcast. Under the proposal, Comcast will retain all of Time Warner Cable’s existing assets in New York State. The Commission will use its new regulatory powers to conduct an investigation into the proposed merger to determine whether the transaction is in the best interest of the customers. More information is available at dps.ny.gov.
The New York State Gaming Commission reported that the Lottery sales for 2013-2014 totaled $9.2 billion, a profit of $3.1 billion for education, & a 4.2% increase over previous year, the 14th consecutive year of Lottery revenue growth. Total sales rose $292.2 million; All Lottery profits go to funding education in the State.
There have been several black bear sightings in the Southern Tier, with reports of bears climbing trees & rummaging near homes. The DEC reports that you can prevent bears from visiting by removing bird feeders, not leaving food or garbage outside, don’t feed pets outside and don’t run refrigerators outside. More information is at dec.ny.gov
The Sidney Chamber of Commerce will honor their choices for “Citizen of the Years” & Business of the Years “ tonight. Long time Firefighter Barry Cole was chosen as Citizen of the year, he told WCDO News that he just likes to help people:
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Video Entertainment Plus was chosen as the “Business of the Years” Owner Andy Matviak comments:
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The Awards will be given out at tonight’s annual Sidney Chamber Of Commerce dinner at the Sacred Heart Church on Liberty Street starting at 5:30 PM.
New York State is no longer requiring transgender people, to offer proof of surgery, when asking the state to change the gender on their birth certificate. The state will now issue a new birth certificate, if the person provides an affidavit from a medical provider, stating they have received “appropriate” treatment. The policy change had long been sought by advocates, who say an individual’s official gender, shouldn’t depend on whether they had a medical procedure. Five states have already made similar policy changes.
Cal Harris, the Tioga County businessman who has been convicted of murdering his wife twice, spoke for the first time in a special interview with CBS. Facing his third trial in the fall, Harris gave his first TV interview to the 48 HOURS program. The interview will air Monday at 10 p.m. Michele Harris went missing the night of Sept. 11th, 2001. Although amidst a bitter divorce, Michele and Cal were living in the same Tioga County home when she vanished after leaving a boyfriend’s house. Harris has been convicted twice of murdering Michele, but both cases have been thrown out on appeal.
State Troopers arrested 34 year old Craig West of Windsor for 3rd & 4th degree Criminal Mischief 3rd, Disabling Equipment to Prevent Request for Emergency, & 2nd degree Harassment. The arrest resulted from a complaint in Windsor, where West has allegedly engaged in a physical altercation, and smashed a phone that the victim was using to get help from Police, damaged other property and injuring the victims head & jaw. West apprehended and arrested, he was arraigned in the Town of Colesville Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail on bail, an order of protection has been requested against him.
Greek yogurt maker Chobani has laid off employees at its plant in Chenango County, but has also charted a new direction for growth. Chobani would only say it reduced certain positions at the plant in New Berlin, as well as temporary positions at the facility in Idaho. The local plant will continue to produce for east coast customers, as well as markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chobani also opened a new business service center in Norwich.
National Guard members may soon have the right for memorial headstones, thanks to a push from Rep. Richard Hanna. The House of Representatives passed the Guard Units and Reservists Deserve Remembrance Act. The act allows National Guard and Reserve members, who have served more than six years, to receive a memorial headstone or marker when they pass away. The GUARD Remembrance Act is part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It will head to the Senate for a vote.