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
State Police arrested 56-year-old Michael Muller of Denver, New York for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a reportable BAC result of .24%, 3 times the legal limit. The arrest occurred after a vehicle stop for driving left of the pavement markings on State Route 23 in Davenport, Muller was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Davenport Court on September 23rd.
State Troopers arrested 26-year-old Justin Mullen of Harpursville, for Driving While Intoxicated, following a Motor Vehicle accident at North Road and Dodd Road in Thursday in Windsor. Troopers accuse Mullen of driving off the road & striking a concrete culvert, he was trapped in the vehicle and was removed by members of the West Windsor, Windsor and 5 Mile Point Fire Departments utilizing the Jaws of Life. Mullen was airlifted to Wilson Regional Trauma Center in Johnson City, for multiple internal and external injuries. Mullen was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Windsor Court at a later date.
The latest polling finds Republican congressman Chris Gibson a 24% lead over democratic challenger Sean Eldridge. . The Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll of likely voters in the 19th Congressional District found Gibson leading Eldridge 57% to 33% with 10% undecided. The poll also showed that Eldridge was unknown by 57% of the voters in the district.
The Binghamton Mets will host game 3 of the Eastern league Championship series tonight against Richmond. The Mets took the first 2 games of the series in Richmond, if they win tonight, the team will have their first league championship since 1994. Tickets are still available at Bmets. Com, game time tonight at 7:05 at NYSEG stadium.
2 Senate Democrats introduced legislation to reduce the financial incentive for corporations to move their headquarters overseas through transactions known as tax inversions. The bill by Senator Chuck Schumer of and Richard Durbin would reduce the practice known as “earnings stripping” in which U.S. subsidiaries deduct up to 50 percent of interest payments on their debt. Schumer and Durbin want to cut the deduction in half and to stop letting corporations carry forward their interest expense deductions to use them in the future. Schumer said he hopes the bill can pick up enough GOP support to pass after the November elections
As part of national preparedness month, the American Red Cross has scheduled blood drives in the tri county area. The next event is tomorrow from 8am to 1pm at the First Congregational Church, corner of Main and Bridge Streets in Sidney. Appointments can be made at redcrossblood.org and walk-ins will also be welcome.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch will hold his annual pig roast fundraiser on Sunday from noon to 3pm at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge. There will also be door prizes. For information or tickets, call 287-1576.
The Out of the Darkness Community Walk will take place in Neahwa Park in Oneonta tomorrow, to raise money for research and local suicide prevention efforts. It’s sponsored by the local chapter in formation of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Registration will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Congressman Chris Gibson will speak at the memorial service at 11:00 AM & will participate in the walk. There will also be an auction, food by donation and a butterfly release at 2:00 PM, more information is available at 435-3112.
The State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit conducted a 72 hour road check at four locations along I-86 & State Route 17 last week. 795 inspections were conducted, 1,341 violations discovered and 167 vehicles taken off the road for safety violations. Vehicle violations included unsecured loads, brake violations, steering violations and serious lighting defects such as inoperable turn signals, stop lamps and improper transportation of hazardous materials. 38 drivers placed out-of-service were found to have violations including improper or no commercial driver’s license and hours of service violations including falsified log books.
The Chris Gibson for Congress campaign today invited the Sean Eldridge campaign to accept a geographically diverse debate schedule for the fall. Gibson’s campaign proposed A joint editorial board meeting in Poughkeepsie on September 26th, as well as debates on October 6th in Ulster County, October 16th or 23rd at WMHT in Albany, and October 14th or 20th are SUNY Oneonta.
The Delaware County Fair gets underway on Monday in Walton. Fair spokesman John Jackson told WCDO comments:
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The complete schedule of events is available at delawarecountyfair.org.
To vote in New York’s primaries next month, you must register to vote with a political party by August 15th for the September 9th priamry. mail-in forms must be postmarked by midnight August 15th & received by a board of election by August 20th. Those who have moved need to notify your county board of elections in writing no later than August 20th. You can register in-person at your local county board of election by August 15th.
Democratic prospective gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout was in court Thursday, as she tried to prove permanent residency in the state of New York. Teachout testified that she has been a law Professor at Fordham University in New York City since 2009 & resides in Brooklyn. Governor Cuomo’s supporters maintain that Teachout has not lived in New York state for the required 5 years in order to run for Governor, still has a recent Vermont driver’s license & a Vermont address listed on tax documents. Teachout is looking to force a Democratic Party primary against Cuomo prior to the November elections.
Federal government statistics show consumer spending in New York fell only slightly at the end of the recession, after more than a decade of gains and rebounded after 2009. There was a drop of less than 1 percent in spending from 2008 to 2009, compared to a decline of 2.5 percent nationally. From 2010 through 2012, spending rose12 percent, close to the 10.7 percent national average. The statistics show New Yorkers cut back on buying durable goods during the recession, not services. Consumption of services was up 6.8%, led by spending on housing, utilities and health care
New York has skipped out on $5.9 billion in school funding, leading to inequities in aid between rich and poor districts, and causing cuts in programs according to a new a report. New York spends the most per capita in the nation on schools, just over $19,000 per student. But the Alliance for Quality Education and other advocates said the state is still falling short. The groups claim New York hasn’t upheld a 2006 court order to increase aid to schools by $5.5 billion and has also not repaid schools for cuts made during the recession. New York froze aid to schools in the 2009-10 fiscal year then cut it by nearly $3 billion in the following two years.
New York state will partner with General Electric and more than 100 companies, universities and public authorities to develop & manufacture new materials for semi conductors. New work will spend $135 million dollars to help establish the new effort, which will be housed at SUNY Albany. Private companies will spend another $365 Million dollars over 5 years, the partnership will be led by GE, and will house companies that will research & produce wafers made of silicon carbide, which is more heat resistant than tradition silicon wafers, and can be produced at a lower cost.
State comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced that the public has a right to know how their money is being spent in the New York open for business campaign. Governor Cuomo announced the campaign last year, as a way to lure tourists to upstate. Last march, the empire state development revealed they spend $15.2 million dollars during the previous 3 months on an ad campaign for “Start Up New York”, an initiative that offers tax free zones for new businesses locating upstate, and had nothing to promote tourism.
Chris Gibson announced today that his campaign raised $819,000 in the second quarter of 2014, over $330,000 more than he has raised in any quarter since first running for Congress. By contrast, Democratic candidate Sean Eldridge raised only $396,000 in the 2nd quarter and then gave himself another $375,000, bringing the total he has directly invested into his campaign to $1.34 million. The Gibson campaign has $1.91 million on hand for the 2014 election.
Nearly 170 new Troopers will be honored for completing the 201st session of the State Police Academy during graduation exercises this morning at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Locally, Troopers Rebecca Covey, Jason Zhang & Kenju Strunkey will be assigned to Troop C.
35-year-old Mark Alimar of Guilford was indicted by a Chenango County Grand Jury for the 2nd time in recent months, the latest charge was for intimidating a witness. Alimar was indicted in February for robbery, burglary and unlawful imprisonment, in connection with a December 31st incident where he was accused of forcibly entering a home, stealing a cell phone and pointing a gun at the victim.
Delhi Village Police arrested 27-year-old Megan Walters for allegedly having numerous unanswered traffic tickets & a suspended drivers license. Walters was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding, she was arraigned & was sent to the Delaware County Jail on $1,000 bail.
Governor Cuomo today announced $40 million in State funding to help local governments make necessary repairs to highways and bridges following this year’s exceptionally harsh winter. This funding was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget, is a special one-time allocation to compliment the $438 million in existing State support for local transportation infrastructure. All counties, cities, towns and villages will receive capital assistance through the program.
Congressman Chris Gibson announced that his campaign is submitting 11,000 individual petition signatures today to the New York State Board of Elections for his re-election. The signatures will enable Gibson to qualify for the Republican, Conservative, and Independence Party’s ballot lines, if the Board finds that the correct number of signatures is valid. Gibson will likely face democrat Sean Eldridge, who announced earlier this week that he has enough signatures to run as the Democratic candidate for the 19th congressional district.
The United States Department of Agriculture has announced sign-ups for its farmer and rancher disaster assistance programs, which have been reinstated as part of the recently passed Farm Bill. USDA officials stated that implementation of disaster relief programs have been a priority to ensure there is a safety net for farmers affected by natural disasters, more information is available at usda.gov
New York state Storm Recovery Housing Programs Will end on Friday, all residents with homes in the 100-YEAr Flood Plain should be aware of the programs which can buy out homes regardless of the level of damage. The programs Can help pay for repairs, rehabilitation, or elevation that may have already been completed, or are still needed. Homeowners must apply by tomorrow at 1-855-697-7263 or stormrecovery.ny.gov.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney until 6:00 PM tonight. All donors in April can enter to win a $250 gift card to use toward a rainy day getaway. Appointments for future blood drives can be made at 1-800-Red Cross, walk-ins are also welcome.
The state Department of Taxation and Finance incurred more than $6 million in overtime costs last year when it had massive delays in processing tax returns filed on paper. The department struggled to meet the demand of paper tax returns after it hired a third-party vendor to handle the work, an audit by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office found 90% of returns were late and 22% had serious errors. The tax department solved the problem, but not before incurring overtime costs and struggling to get returns finished promptly. The audit comes as 2013 tax returns are due Tuesday.
State Troopers arrested 21 year old James Canfield of Mount Vision for Criminal Mischief & Criminal Trespass, after receiving a complaint on Chestnut Street in Oneonta. Troopers accuse Canfield of forcing entry into the residence without permission. Troopers also arrested the person reporting the crime, 24 year old Daniel Pizzurro for False Written Statement, he faces court action on April 22nd .
The Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council in cooperation with Citizens’ Voices has scheduled a program for local municipal leaders on Tuesday, May 6th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Foothill’s Performing Arts Center in Oneonta. The staff from the New York Department of State’s Division of Local Government Services will discuss opportunities to leverage regional assets, generate cost savings and increase service delivery efficiences through shared services and consolidation.
The New York State Fair box office and online outlet will be open Saturday morning to sell tickets to the Tuesday, August 26th concert by “Train” at the Grandstand. The Wallflowers will open for Train; Tickets go on sale for that show at 9:00 AM at the State Fair box office, or through etix.com. Tickets can also be purchased by phone, at 1 (800) 514-3849, option 1.
The 2011 Flood Relief Grant Program has expanded its focus in an effort to create an incentive for new small businesses to locate into a flood-impacted main street commercial space, in addition to assisting businesses directly impacted by the floods of 2011. The program has just over $65,000 remaining available, after providing $120,000 in grants to 11 businesses for recovery efforts. Applications under either facet of the program are due by April 25th, Applications & Information is available at 746-8595.
Democratic congressional candidate Sean Eldridge has collected enough signatures to make it on the ballot in November, in the race for the 19th congressional district. Eldridge is seeking the Democratic Party Nomination in order to challenge 2-term Republican Chris Gibson in the 19th District.