Governor Cuomo outlined significant reforms to New York State’s ethics laws and rules, which are included in the 30 day Amendments to the 2015-16 Executive Budget. The amendments include a proposal where Public officials will be required to disclose all outside earned income, Public officials who are convicted of public corruption should not have taxpayers pay for their retirement. Another proposal will end misusing per diems as backdoor Salary supplements.
State Police from Sidney arrested 22-year-old Josiah Wheeler of Oneonta, for DWI with a B.A.C. result of .18%, which is twice the legal limit. Troopers made the arrest after responding to a Delaware County 911 report of a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 88 in Sidney. Wheeler is accused of driving into a guide rail several times; he was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Sidney Court on March 12th.
6 year old Cooper the Nova Scotia Duck Trolling retriever won his 3rd Westminster “Best in Breed” award at the Westminster dog competition in New York city a week ago, Cooper lives with his own Robin Haskins in the town of Bainbridge. Haskins said that not only is Cooper a major champion on the biggest stage, he is also a lifesaver:
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Haskins said that her prognosis is excellent as Cooper discovered the cancer while is was only at Stage 1.
The NY State of Health, announced a special enrollment period for individuals and families who had to pay a federal penalty for 2014 and had not been aware or had not understood that they would have to pay a penalty for not having health insurance coverage. The Special Enrollment Period will start on March 1 and end at 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2015. Consumers who do not enroll during this period will not be able to purchase coverage during the rest of 2015 and may be subject to a federal tax penalty when they file their 2015 federal income taxes. More information is available at nystateofhealth.ny.gov/resources.
State tax collections through the first 10 months of the state’s fiscal year rose 1% from last year to $58.9 billion, but were $367.3 million below the state’s latest estimates due to lower Personal Income Tax collections, according to the January state cash report by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. State tax receipts in January of $9.2 billion were down 1.3% from last year. The Division of the Budget is expected to issue a revised Financial Plan with updated revenue projections this week.