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
Democratic incumbents in state races all have leads of at least 20 points over their Republican opponents heading into the closing days of the 2014 campaign, according to a new Siena College Poll. Governor Cuomo leads Rob Astorino 54-33% with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins up to 9%. Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman increased his lead over John Cahill 55-35% & State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has a 58-31% over Bob Antonacci.
The 2nd round of New York State rebate checks have been delivered in recent days. The checks will provide rebates to homeowners on school property taxes if their local district stayed under the state tax cap, which limited the growth in taxes to less than 2% this year. In 2012, The State tax department sent about 1 million checks each worth $350 for people with a child under 17, who met the income eligibility.
The Chenango Arts Council will host the “Wee Witches and Wizards of Norwich” on Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public and will include a “Gothic Stories and Spoken Word Open Mic Contest” from 2:00 to 4:30, A costume contest will follow at 4:30 for ages 3-18, followed by the YMCA Parade at 7:00 pm. More information is available at 336-ARTS or at chenangoarts.org
The National Pastime’s marquee event will come home to Cooperstown as the World Series Gala returns to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Saturday. The Grandstand Theater will host the family-friendly event featuring ballpark food and soft drinks, trivia, raffles, prizes and screening of Fox’s live broadcast of Game 4 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants & the Kansas City Royals in san Francisco Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., Tickets are available at 547-0397 today from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Tri-County Tea Party Patriots will hold a Public Meeting tonight at 7:00 PM at the Bainbridge Town Hall Theater. Several guest speakers are scheduled, refreshments will be served.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies & the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29 year old Jonathan Hopkins of South Plymouth on an arrest warrant issued by the Delhi Town Court. Hopkins is a Level 3 Sex Offender, he was charged with 1 count of Failing to Report a Change of Address within 10 days and 1count of Failing to Verify an Address every 90 days. Hopkins was arraigned & was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
State Senator Tom Libous announced his “Crash Zone Safety Act” in Afton, to help keep emergency responders safer while they’re saving lives on the highway.
The new bill would establish a specific 500-foot emergency speed zone for the crash site and beef up penalties for violators. The law also creates an education program so new and experienced drivers are more aware of roadside hazards and how to keep emergency workers safe.
Governor Cuomo and Republican foe Rob Astorino will square off in a debate tonight at 8:00 p.m. Cuomo, Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian candidate Michael McDermott will field questions from a moderator & 3 reporters, it will be aired on PBS TV stations across the state.
Broome County officials announced that a prescription drop box has been placed in the lobby of the Broome County Office Building. People are encouraged to drop old, outdated prescription medications into the box to make sure they are disposed of properly and that they stay out of the hands of children and teenagers. The box in the Broome County Office building will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The box in the lobby of the Broome County Sheriff’s office and is available for drop off from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Needles will not be accepted at the drop boxes.
State Police arrested 59-year-old Anthony Fischetti of Binghamton, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, following a vehicle stop for having a rear license plate lamp that was not working, on State Route 17 in Windsor. An investigation accuse Fischetti of driving with a suspended driver’s license in an uninspected vehicle, an inventory of the vehicle discovered 2.5 grams of heroin and oxycodone pills. Fischetti was arraigned at the Town of Sanford Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail with no bail set; he faces action in the Town of Windsor Court today.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane today announced the creation of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Heroin Task Force across Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts are on board, with other states expected to be announced in the coming weeks. In the last two years, over 98% of the large-scale heroin trafficking cases prosecuted by the New York Attorney General’s Office have involved heroin flowing between New York and either Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Massachusetts.
It will be the big wrap up 2 days of racing at I-88 Speedway in Afton Friday & Saturday. Track Spokesman Jamie Page explains:
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Friday, will feature 7 races, Saturday will feature 5 more races, including the Short Track Super Series with $5,000-plus purse, the full lineup & schedule is available through I88speedway.com.
Governor Cuomo said he will make several international trips in his second term, assuming he wins re-election in November. Cuomo, plans to embark upon trade missions to Canada, Mexico, Italy, Israel and China as part of an effort to help New York firms expand into international markets. Cuomo is up for re-election on Nov. 4. Polls show him with a big lead over his Republican challenger, Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
New York voters may have only one chance to see the candidate’s debate before this year’s gubernatorial election. Republican Rob Astorino will not accept an invitation to a one-on-one public radio debate with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo that was set for later this month. That leaves a single televised debate in Buffalo with Cuomo, Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott. A date for the Buffalo debate has not been announced. The election is Nov. 4
An Otsego County free rabies clinic will be held for dogs, cats & Ferrets tonight, from 6:00 TO 8:00 PM. The Clinic will be held at the Otego Fire Department.
Agriculture agencies In Chenango county Will host an open house tonight at the 99 Broad Street agricultural Center in Norwich, showcasing 4-H, CCE, FSA & Soil & Water Conservation. The event will include rocket launching with 4-H, snacks with EAT SMART NY, Door Prizes & tours of the Historic building, from 6:00 TO 8:00 PM tonight.
A New Siena poll on the Governor’s race was released, it shows incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo with a 29-point lead over his Republican Challenger Rob Astorino. The poll also shows Cuomo leading by 71 points within the democratic party and Cuomo’s still popular among Republicans only trailing Astorino by 10 points within Astorino’s own party. The general election is on Tuesday November 4th.
Governor Cuomo today announced $1.4 million in awards to help specialty crops, including agricultural products that go into craft beers and wines, remain strong in New York. The Specialty Crop Block Grant program administered by the State Department of Agriculture and Markets, includes fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, hops, and nursery crops, and works to enhance the competitiveness of New York farms by forming new partnerships to create innovations in agriculture that benefit the State’s economy. New York ranks in the top ten nationwide in a variety of specialty crops, including apples, grapes, sweet corn, tomatoes, pears, strawberries, Christmas trees, maple syrup, onions and cabbage.
State Troopers arrested 46-year-old Donald Hartwell of Bainbridge for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC result of .15%. The arrest occurred after a stop for not having working headlights while driving on State Route 8 in Sidney, Hartwell was also violating his conditional driver’s license because, he was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Sidney Court on October 9th.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced a new reduction in management fees for the state’s 529 College Savings Program’s Direct Plan. New York’s Direct Plan has more than 650,000 accounts valued at more than $16 billion. The 529 College Savings Program is an investment tool to help parents save for college. The Direct Plan offers a variety of investment options including three age-based portfolio options that parents can choose from based on risk tolerance and the age of their child. For more information about the program, visit osc.state.ny.us
Governor Cuomo announced that the State University of New York would put in place a comprehensive system-wide uniform set of practices to combat sexual assaults on SUNY campuses. The resolution was passed Thursday by the SUNY Board of Trustees, It includes a system wide definition of consent that is required between participants before engaging in sexual activity; an Immunity Policy to protect students coming forward to report sexual assault; A training program for campus police and administrators, Regarding how to address sexual assault incidents; and a Sexual Assault Victims Bill Of Rights that will inform a student of their rights following an attack, including the option of approaching State Police.
FAGAN FLYERS WILL HOLD A FLY-IN BREAKFAST ON SUNDAY FROM 8 TO 1 AT THE SIDNEY AIRPORT. ORANGE JUICE, EGGS, SAUSAGE, AND PANCAKES WITH REAL MAPLE SYRUP WILL BE SERVED. A 50/50 RAFFLE WILL ALSO BE HELD. ALL PROCEEDS ARE USED TO IMPROVE AND ENHANCE THE AIRPORT. The Grand finale cruise-In will also be held at the Airport Sunday, where a variety of antique & show cars will line up & trophies will be awarded in a number of categories.
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 Sunday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose Street, Fly Creek. Appointments can be made at 1-888-345-0225.
A Community Blood drive will be held tomorrow at the Sidney Elks Lodge at 104 River Street in Sidney. The blood drive will run from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, online registrations are accepted at redcrossblood.org.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who has been contacting women on FaceTime. the unidentifed man performs a lewd act in front of the camera & has threatened physical harm to at least 1 of the victims. Anyone with information is to contact the Sheriff’s Office on Facebook, at chenangosheriff.us or 334-2000.
4 people escaped a car rollover on Interstate 81 South this morning. The accident occured at 8:40 a.m. in Kirkwood, between exits 3 and 2 on the interstate. According to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, a 2003 Ford Expedition rolled over into the median. There were four people in the vehicle, and three were trapped. All occupants got out of the vehicle without injuries and were evaluated on scene by local EMS
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino wants to reduce income tax rates while lowering the number of tax brackets from eight to two. Astorino discussed his proposal yesterday in Manhattan. He would also cut the corporate franchise tax and eliminate the estate tax. To make up for some of the lost revenue, Astorino would eliminate most business tax credits and rely on new tax revenue from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Polls have consistently shown Gov. Cuomo well ahead in his bid for a second term. A Siena College survey last week shows Cuomo with 56 percent of the vote compared to 27 for Astorino. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins garnered only 7 percent
The Norwich City School District will put forward a $15 million building project to be divided among each of the district’s four schools, as well as the field house and bus garage. The proposal marks the first major building project for the district since 2005. Using money from three primary sources (state aid, existing debt payments, and reserves), school officials said the project will bear no impact on the local tax levy
The state department of taxation said all one million family rebate checks have been mailed, but the state is warning about potential scammers. The $350 rebate checks should all arrive by this Friday. If you don’t get one and think you should, you can apply for it at tax.ny.gov. The tax department warned that scam artists have been contacting taxpayers by phone seeking personal information to confirm they are eligible for a tax rebate. People should not answer any questions about personal information and to call the state Attorney General’s Consumer Protection line: 1-800-771-7755
The state Gaming Commission approved New York entering into a new multi-state lottery game, called Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, that is set to launch nationwide Oct. 19. New York officials said they expect to be part of the first drawing, Oct. 24. The drawings are once a week on Fridays and 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
State Police are looking for a 17 year old Maklia Sharp of Masonville, who has been missing from her home since September 8th. Sharp is a white female who is 5 ft 5 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds, with blonde hair, blue eyes and was last scene wearing gray sweatpants and a blue shirt, Police said that she has a connection to the Village of Herkimer area in Herkimer County. Anyone with information please contact the State Police in Sidney at 561-7400.
State Police arrested 37 year old Aubrey Knowles of Worcester for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. The arrest followed a motorcycle accident on County Highway 39 in Decatur, Troopers accuse Knowles of driving while impaired by heroin, Knowles and A passenger were transported to Bassett Hospital for minor injuries, Knowles was issued tickets for Town of Decatur Court at a later date.
Governor Cuomo announced that 5 new outdoor access projects are now complete and open to the public across New York State as part of an effort to expand recreational opportunities for sportsmen & to boost tourism. The projects include the Goodyear Lake Access Improvement project with $170,000. Upgrades were also made at Oquaga Creek, in a parking area on North Sanford Road.
State Police arrested 44 year old Dennis Granger of Harpursville for 3rd degree Menacing & Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest followed the report of a dispute in Coventry, where Granger is accused of threatening to kill the victim in front of children. Granger was arraigned in the Town of Coventry Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $ 3,000.00 cash bail.
Delaware County Sheriff Deputy’s investigated a report of a Horse in the roadway at the intersection of Parker Hollow Road and Foster Road in the Town of Masonville. Deputies Arrested 58 year old Rose Crampton of Masonville for Criminal Nuisance, for allegedly having a horse running, causing a nuisance for neighbors, as well several near traffic accidents. Crampton was released on an appearance ticket for Town of Masonville Court Tuesday.
Governor Cuomo’s campaign has agreed to 2 debates in advance of Election Day, November 4th. Cuomo will participate in the 1st debate to be held in Buffalo & a 2nd debate in New York City. The upstate debate will include Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott. The New York City debate will be Cuomo & Astorino only. Specific dates for the debates were not announced.
State police will participate in a national crackdown “Drunk Driving, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The enforcement period will run from Monday September 1st, Labor Day. 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.
The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Bainbridge Days activities this Saturday. Bainbridge Chamber President John Payne comments:
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Payne said that proceeds from the bounce house and dunk tank will benefit the BG school district.
The Binghamton Senators announced today that the 2014 Open House is set for tomorrow from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM. Fans can reserve their seats at the Maines Veterans Memorial Arena before the Saturday, October 11th home opener. More information is available at 722-SENS, or bsens.com.
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Zephyr Teachout will be speaking at the Foothills Performing Arts, on Market Street in Oneonta Saturday evening at 6:30 PM, she is looking to unseat incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in the September 9th Primary. Republicans are represented by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will resume its regular hours of operation beginning Monday Labor Day. The Museum will be open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 7 days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Summer-season hours of 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM will start Memorial Day Weekend 2015. More information is available at baseballhall.org.
Governor Cuomo opened up the New York State Fair in Syracuse this morning, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Cuomo is currently running for a 2nd term as governor, his republican challenger Rob Astorino also made the rounds at the State Fair today, he is trailing Cuomo in the most recent polls by a 2 to 1 margin. Green Party Candidate Howe Hawkins held a press conference at the main entrance to the fair at 12:00 Noon.
The 3rd murder trial of Owego Businessman Calvin Harris has been rescheduled to begin in October, instead of the original September 15th date, in Schoharie county court. The move was made following arguments by Harris’s defense team during pre-trial proceedings. Harris was first convicted in 2007 for the September 11th 2001 murder his estranged wife Michelle, that conviction was set aside when an eyewitness came forward claiming to have seen Michelle Harris after the original murder date. Harris was convicted at his 2nd trial in 2009, which was also overturned, Michelle Harris’s body, and the murder weapon have never been found.
Governor Cuomo is calling on the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people, claiming that gender identity should be included in the state’s civil rights law alongside race, religion, and disability. Cuomo said that if he is re-elected, he would push to outlaw discrimination based on a person’s gender identity when it comes to housing, employment or public accommodations.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America. The settlement includes $800 million that will be allocated to New York State; Bank of America acknowledged it made serious Misrepresentations to the public from the packaging, marketing, sale and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities
The State Police CNET team, along with Endicott and Vestal Police arrested 32-year-old Greg Potter of Endicott, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine, and 2 counts of Criminally Using of Drug Paraphernalia. Potter was arrested after police executed a search warrant. Items seized included liquid and powder methamphetamines; liquid anabolic steroids, packaging materials and scales, as well as components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Potter was arraigned in Village of Endicott Court and sent to the Broome County Jail without bail.
The State Police CNET Gun Investigation Unit, arrested 50 year old John Hamilton of Binghamton on 4 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, 3 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device, Unlawfully Possessing or Selling Noxious Material and Unlawfully Growing Cannabis. Hamilton was charged after police executed a search warrant at his residence. Police seized illegally possessed weapons, explosives and marihuana. Hamilton was arraigned in Binghamton City Court and sent to the Broome County Jail without bail.
The Upper Susquehanna Watershed Project held annual conference at Sidney High School this afternoon, to present the projects of 7 students who collected data for a variety of projects all tied to the water quality of the Susquehanna River Basin. Sidney Science Teacher Rich Townsend said that this summer, soil gauges were added:
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Townsend said the data from the new soil gauges should give sufficient data on how the water saturation affects area-flooding issues over the next 1 to 5 years.
The Latest Quinnipiac Poll shows Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to maintain a 2-to-1 advantage over his Republican challenger Rob Astorino in New York’s gubernatorial race. The poll has Cuomo ahead 56% to 28% over Astorino. The poll finds that many voters remain unfamiliar with Astorino, or Democratic Party challenger Zephyr Teachout.
Voters can expect new ballot lines this November, next to the familiar Democratic and Republican parties, as candidates seek to attract single-issue voters and get their names on the ballot two, three or even four times. Yesterday was the deadline for groups hoping to create ballot lines to submit petitions to state election officials. New lines expected on the November ballot include the Women’s Equality Party and Stop Common Core. New York election law allows candidates to run on multiple lines, with the number of votes for each line added together for a candidate’s total tally.
Deposit Fire Fighters responded to a fire this morning at around 1:45 at 172 Front Street. All occupants escaped without injury, Hancock and Windsor Fire Departments also responded to the fire, the cause of fire remains under investigation.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation to Expand and strengthen services for veterans, active service members and their families. The new law eases the transition to a new school for children of military families that relocate, lowers the cost of higher education for Veterans receiving benefits under the GI bills, & offers military family members greater flexibility with professional licenses received from other states or jurisdictions. The new law also strengthens the supplemental burial assistance provided by the state to military families when a service member dies in combat or as a result of injuries sustained on the battlefield.
The state labor department released the unemployment statistics for the month of July. State wide, the rate was at 6.8%, locally, Chenango county’s rate dropped 9 10ths to 5.7%, Delaware county dropped 1.1% to 6.6% and Otsego County dropped 9/10ths to 5.7%.
Foothills Performing Arts Center has tickets on Sale now for a Motown Revue act that will be performing on September 19th. Foothills Executive Director Bill Youngs explains:
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Tickets are available at FoothillsPAC.org or at the theater Box office on Market Street in Oneonta.
Area United Way programs and the Sidney Boys & Girls club are teaming up for the 2nd school supplies give away at the Sidney civic center this coming Friday afternoon. Trish Tyrell of the boys & girls club told WCDO news how people or organizations could donate to the cause:
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The giveaway will be first come first served from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the boys & girls club on Friday.
The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, even as thousands of people answered the urgent call to donate last month. Through the end of July, the Red Cross saw an increase of 7.5 percent in the number of donors giving blood. Despite the increase, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations come in, maintaining the urgent need. Call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment or for more information