Governor Cuomo noted the importance of the state’s dairy industry, with June being celebrated as “Dairy Month”. Dairy accounts for ½ of the state’s total agricultural income, New York is the 3rd leading producer of milk in the country and also the is now the largest producer of yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese. New York is a net supplier of milk to the Northeast region, with 2.8 billion pounds of milk shipped from farms to out of state plants in New England, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; the state has also experienced a 16.4% increase in dairy-related employment from 2010 to 2013.
Mergers of school sports program will be implemented soon, for the Harpursville, Afton & for one sport, Bainbridge Guilford School. Harpursville Athletic Director Dave Groover told WCDO news about the sports mergers:
(Dave Groover 6-4-14)
Groover said that the school fell short in some of the sports in terms of the number of students participating, so merging those teams made sense. Groover said that cost cutting also factored into the decision. The changes will begin with Fall sports.
State police have arrested a Gilbertville man on felony weapons charges. 46-year-old Edward McCarthy was charged with 3rd & 4th degree criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. McCarthy was charged after a state police investigation into stolen property in the town of Butternuts Monday.
Otsego county sheriff’s department arrested 27 year old Justin Quakenbush on 3 counts of 2nd degree attempted assault, 1st degree promoting prison contraband, & 3rd degree menacing, following attempted attacks against Otsego county corrections officer, in the Otsego county jail. Quakenbush was being held in the county jail on separates charges, he had his bail increased to $5000 bail at arraignment in town of Middlefield court, he could face an additional 19 years in jail if convicted on all of the latest charges.
Congressman Chris Gibson is calling on federal regulators to make changes to the Delaware River Basin Flexible Flow Management Plan to better protect Upstate New Yorkers from flooding. Last week the Delaware River Basin Decree Parties extended the current Flexible Flow Management Plan for another year, delaying the implementation of measures to mitigate flooding in surrounding communities. Gibson said that releases from the Cannonsville, Neversink, and Pepacton reservoirs are regulated by a 1954 United States Supreme Court decision, where New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York City must agree on changes to the management of the Delaware River Basin.
The American Red Cross is urging people to donate blood this summer. It’s part of the Red Cross 100 Days of Summer Campaign. It encourages people to give blood to those in need. Organizers said one pint of blood can save up to three lives. In New York State, 1,200 units of blood are needed each day just to keep up with hospital needs. To find the schedule of local blood drives, go to redcross.org.
Governor Cuomo announced a wager with California Governor Jerry Brown on the matchup between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. If the Rangers win, Governor Brown will send Governor Cuomo the book “California: A History” by Kevin Starr and Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cakes. If the Kings win, Governor Cuomo will send Governor Brown: A Taste NY Gift Basket, featuring products from businesses across the state, and a commemorative hockey puck from the 2013 “Hat Trick” of three on-time budgets in a row. Game one is tonight in Los Angeles.