P.m. news Friday 12-19
New Yorkers oppose giving the state Legislature its first raise since 1999, and they remained split over whether the state should have moved forward with hydraulic fracturing, according to a Siena College poll. Voters oppose a legislative pay raise, 63 to 28%. Despite voters being evenly split upstate, the state’s tough gun-control law called the SAFE Act was supported, 58 to 33% statewide. Voters were also evenly divided on the Dream Act that would provide tuition assistance to illegal immigrants, with 44% supporting it and 48% opposing it. Governor Cuomo had a 58% to 37% favorability rating, up slightly from October.
Action has been taken against several retailers after an investigation revealed many were selling toy guns that appear to be real. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office sent cease and desist letters to stop the online sales and shipments of toy guns that do not have required distinguishing designs. State law prohibits the sale of imitation guns in realistic colors, unless it has a one-inch wide orange stripe running down both sides of the barrel. Some toy guns could be mistaken for real weapons by both law enforcement and the general public. Since 1997, at least four people have died when law enforcement mistook toy guns for the real thing.
Governor Cuomo announced that the next phase of New York’s Combat Heroin campaign. Starting today, public service announcements will begin airing in movie theaters across New York State & 10 new “Real Story” videos have been posted to the state’s Combat Heroin website, at combatheroin.ny.gov. The PSAs and new videos show New Yorkers sharing their stories of recovery and addiction, the PSAs will be shown in movie theaters through early January, The Combat Heroin website now has 22 videos of New Yorkers describing heroin or prescription opioid addictions. combatheroin.ny.gov/real-stories.
The state DEC is reminding New Yorkers that as of January 1st, old electronic equipment must be recycled, not thrown in the trash. That includes computers, cell phones, televisions, stereos and other devices that plug in or run on batteries. On DEC’s electronics recycling web page, consumers will find the brand of equipment they wish to recycle, as well as a link to the manufacturer’s recycling program web page and a toll-free number for information about recycling. Go to dec.ny.gov
About three quarters of public high school students in New York graduated on time in June, though graduation rates in the state’s largest cities remain far lower, according to data released by the state Education Department. A total of 76.4% of students who entered 9th grade in 2010 graduated with a diploma before June 2014, up slightly from the 74.9% who graduated within 4 years the previous year.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation opening the door for growing and researching industrial hemp in New York. The bill, introduced by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, creates an agriculture pilot program to study ways to cultivate and manufacture products with the multi-use crop. It passed both houses of the State Legislature in the spring. Colleges and universities, including Cornell, Binghamton University, may take part in New York’s research program.
The Sidney Moose lodge will host a meeting for area children with Santa tomorrow. Santa will appear from 1:00 to 3:00 PM following a lunch from noon to 1;00 PM, lunch is free to children 13 & under. the Sidney moose lodge is located at 20 east Main Street.
P.m. news Friday 12-19
Fresh off of last nights performance of “Rock Of Ages” at the Broome County Arena, Stephen Michael Kane, a 2004 graduate of Chenango forks will host the Devin Spears Scholarship Talent Showcase at the Endicott performing Arts Center Saturday at 8:00 PM, Kane told WCDO News why it is important to him to host this event for the 2nd straight year:
(Stephen Michael Kane 2-15-13)
Kane was the first ever recipient of that scholarship, he has been working steadily in various road companies of Broadway musicals for the last several years.
There are a few tickets left for Saturday night’s performance of a special tribute of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Foothills Director Huemac Garcia comments:
(Huemac Garcia 2-15-13)
Garcia said that the show consists of 5 young Broadway veterans, who re-create the music and stories of the great era of The Four Seasons, complimentary chocolates, snacks and champagne are available at the pre show happy hour beginning at 6:00 pm Saturday, the show begins at 8:00 pm
State troopers in Norwich arrested 25 year old Robert Robertson of Coventry for 3rd degree Assault, 2nd degree Unlawful Imprisonment, 4th degree Criminal Mischief 4th and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest resulted from a dispute on State Route 206 in Coventry; Robertson was arraigned in the Town of Coventry Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.
Assemblyman Cliff Crouch is inviting sportsmen, businesses and constituents to join him at the New York 2nd Amendment Day in Albany on February 28, consisting of a legislative day from 9:00 A.M. to 12:45 PM at the LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING and a rally in the West Capitol Park at the south swan street side, beginning at 12:00 Noon. The rally follows the recent passing of the New York Safe Act by the legislature following the Sandy Creek Elementary School shooting in neighboring Connecticut.
Delaware County Deputies investigated a 1-car property damage auto accident in the Town of Hamden. 18-year-old Brynna Elliott of Marathon was operating her motor vehicle when she left the snow-covered roadway and struck an earth embankment causing her vehicle roll over. There were no reported injuries and no traffic summons issued.
Delaware County Deputies arrested 29-year-old Jason Grizzard of Hobart for 4th degree Criminal Mischief and 3 counts of endangering the Welfare of a Child. Grizzard is alleged to have jumped on the hood of a car and smashing the vehicles windshield. He was released on an appearance tickets returnable on March 12th at 6:00 PM in the Town of Stamford Court.
A benefit is being held for Donavan Lema of Afton, who lost his mother in a car accident in which he was a passenger, on January 28th. The event will be held at the Sidney moose lodge on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, more information is available at 604-4272 or 829-3917.
The Sidney chamber of commerce is accepting nominations for the 2013 citizen of the years and business of the years. Nomination forms as well as lists of past award recipients is available at the chamber website at sidneychamber.org or by calling 561-2642. Nominations are requested by march 14th, the winners will be honored at the chamber’s annual dinner of June 7th.