The annual Sidney Hometown Day Parade sponsored by Sidney federal credit union, will be held tomorrow. SFCU Spokesperson Elise Glassett explains:
(Elise Glassett 6-13-14)
Glassett said that this is the 26th annual parade; it will feature over 100 units.
Saturday night, the annual Unadilla Flag Day Parade will wind its way along Main Street. The Parade forms at Unadilla Elementary School and starts at 7:00 PM to the Community House on Main Street, Unadilla
The State DOT will hold a public meeting on June 25th at the Franklin Town Hall, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, to discuss safety improvements to the intersection of State Routes 28 and 357 in the Town of Franklin, approximately 5.5 miles northeast of the Village of Franklin. The meeting will be an open-house style during which participants are encouraged to attend and discuss their concerns with the project team members.
The state Legislature voted to increase penalties for committing acts of public lewdness in front of minors. The bill would also raise charges against repeat offenders and take effect November 1st, it creates a new charge of first-degree public lewdness when someone 19 or older exposes intimate body parts in a lewd manner before anyone under 16. It would be a higher-level misdemeanor than the current charge, punishable by up to a year in jail or 3 years’ probation
The Unadilla highway department announced that the Work should continue on Monday & Tuesday on Sheep Pen Road. Rain postponed the paving project last week; the road will be closed during the project, starting at 6:00 AM each day.
The state senate passed a measure that would toughen penalties for multiple driving while intoxicated convictions. Under the measure, a person convicted of three or more DWIs within 15 years would be charged with a class D felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an 82-year-old resident of Onondaga County, who was killed in 2011 by someone who had five prior DWI related convictions
Governor Cuomo and top lawmakers are negotiating a potential plan to authorize medical marijuana, as the state’s annual legislative session winds down. The Compassionate Care Act would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, while setting up a regulatory framework for growing, distributing and taxing the drug. Whether the negotiations with lawmakers will produce an agreement remains to be seen.
Governor Cuomo said it would be “overkill” to put in a moratorium on the state’s teacher-evaluation system tied to tougher testing standards. Cuomo’s office and state lawmakers have been negotiating potential short-term changes to the evaluation process, which relies on student’s Common Core test scores for 20% of a teacher’s assessment. The state Assembly and New York State United Teachers union have backed a pause on using the test scores for teacher evaluations, the Governor said that’s not the right way to proceed, he backs tweaks to the program to deal with early issues with the Common Core, which led to drops in test scores on state standardized tests last year. The issue is one of several measures left as the legislative session winds down next week.