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 responded to a road rage shooting in the parking lot of 2907 State Route 7 in the Town of Bainbridge, Monday afternoon at around 1:30. 26 year old Derek Prindle of Afton was taken to Tri Town Hospital in Sidney, where he later died, his Father; 60 year old Derek Prindle of Afton was taken to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City and is being treated for a gunshot wound. 56 year old John Guzy of Bainbridge has been charged with 2nd degree Murder, he was arraigned in the Town of Bainbridge Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail. The investigation is continuing.
Governor Cuomo released guidelines for the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa, that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered Friday. Cuomo said the health care workers who had contact with Ebola patients will be quarantined at home and receive twice-daily monitoring from medical professionals if they have no symptoms. Family members will be allowed to stay, and friends may visit with the approval of health officials. The state will also pay for any lost compensation, if they are not paid by a volunteer organization
The South New Berlin, New Berlin, Mt. Upton, Gilbertsville and Sidney Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at 1265 County Road 18 in Mount Upton last night around 7:30. First crews found a fully involved structure fire, Crews knocked the fire down, and the investigation is continuing.
The Delaware County Board of Elections announced that the last day to mail in an absentee ballot is today, for the upcoming Election. The last day to deliver in person an absentee ballot application is Monday November 3rd & the last day to postmark an absentee ballot is November 3rd. The Delaware county Board of Elections office in Delhi will be open this Saturday, November 1st; more information is available at 746-2315. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, Polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
John M. Guzy, 56, of Bainbridge, was taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 26-year-old Derek D. Prindle of Afton. The incident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. at Peak Fitness on Route 7 in Bainbridge on Monday. Derek S. Prindle, 60, of Afton is being treated at UHS Wilson Regional Medical Center for a gunshot wound. Guzy was arraigned in Town of Bainbridge Court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail.
43 year old Gabriel Bonacci of Sidney faces additional charges relating to his arrest & the execution of a search warrant at his Town of Sidney residence on Friday evening by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, State Police & Sidney Village Police. Bonacci has been charged with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a stun gun & Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, he remains at the Delaware County Jail without bail, he will be arraigned on the new charges in the Town of Sidney Court at a later time. Sheriff’s Investigators also arrested 64 year old Donna Bonacci of Sidney with an additional count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, for possessing cocaine, she was arraigned was remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail. Sheriff’s Investigators also arrested 24 year old Brittany Bonacci of Sidney, for 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Weapon & Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, she was arraigned in the Town of Sidney Court was remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail pending further court action.
Norwich police arrested 21 year old Jessica Lennox of Norwich for allegedly stabbing her 22 year old Domenick Lepera of Norwich in front of their child during a domestic dispute. Lennox was charged with 2nd degree assault, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment. Lepera was charged with criminal obstruction of breath or blood, endangering the welfare of a child, 3rd degree assault and harassment. The couple was arraigned in Norwich city court & will face additional court action at a later date.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police are investigating an incident regarding vehicle reported stolen to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania on October 18th. The 2012 Porsche Cayman bearing PA registration DSN-8875 was recovered on Lee Hollow Road in the Town of Bovina, Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Undersheriff Craig DuMond at 746-2336.
The State Labor Department released local area unemployment rates for September. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.2%, Locally, Broome County’s unemployment rate is 6.0%, Chenango County 5.4%, Delaware County 6.0% and Otsego County had 5.0% unemployment.
The National Guard will be at SUCO in Oneonta tonight to present a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training program. Citizen Preparedness Corps Trainings are aimed at helping people prepare for weather-related challenges, respond safely and recover as quickly as possible after a storm, flood or other disaster occurs. The free training is open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. in the Hunt Union Ballroom. Participants need to sign at prepare.ny.gov
This winter after some snowfall, you might be surprised to see a Pink Plow blade on a truck at the Silo Restaurant in Greene. Silo Chef & Owner Gary Kurz explained that he did it for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
(Gary Kurz 1-23-14)
October is national Breast cancer Awareness month. More information is available at cancer.org.
Governor Cuomo & Vice President Joe Biden met yesterday in New York City, to discuss the state’s efforts in developing infrastructure to deal with future harsh weather conditions:
This phase of the infrastructure upgrades includes holding Master Plan Design Competitions, for LaGuardia, Kennedy & Stewart airports, to bring them up to current standards.
New York State spending rose 3.3% to $137.5 billion while State-funded debt fell slightly to $63.3 billion, according to the annual report released by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The report found that since 2010, state spending has grown 8.4%, which is in line with inflation rates, New York was the 2nd most indebted state after California, and ranked 5th among all states in debt per person. The report can be found at osc.state.ny.us.
Sidney village police arrested 55-year-old James Butler of Sidney for Possession of Sexual Performance by a Child, Possession of Obscene Performance by a Child and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Butler was arraigned in Sidney court and was remanded to the Delaware county jail without bail pending future court action.
State Police arrested 19-year-old Garret Lyons of Arkville for Criminal Mischief, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon, after Troopers responded to a domestic dispute report at a residence in the town of Middletown. Lyons is accused of punching and choking the victim, and keeping the victim from using a phone to get help. Troopers also found Lyons to unlawfully possess a gravity knife; he was arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court pending future court action.
The State Board of Regents approved new options for students to meet the state’s high school graduation requirements. The new regulations create alternate tracks students can choose to earn a high school diploma. These include Career and Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; the Arts; Bi-literacy; and Humanities. The new regulations also establish a two-year Global History and Geography course requirement and modify the design of the Global History and Geography Regents Exam. For more information go to nysed.gov.
The Gaming Facility Location Board met last night but no decision or announcement regarding casino license recommendations was made. In the Eastern Southern Tier region, Traditions Resort & Casino, in the Town of Union, Tioga Downs, an existing Nichols racino, and Lago Resort & Casino, in Seneca County, are competing for a casino license. The location board is expected to make its recommendations late this month. The Gaming Commission would then review the board’s recommendations and issue the final licenses. New York State can issue up to four licenses in the three upstate regions. No region can get more than two licenses.
The Oneonta Common Council will hold a meeting tonight. Housing projects, a proposed purchase of a ladder truck and personnel actions are among business on tonight’s agenda. The council will meet in City Hall on Main St., at 7 p.m. The public is welcome
New York will receive $4.3 million for programs that serve domestic violence victims across the state. The funding is provided through the Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, which support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of programs to prevent domestic violence. It also provides shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as services for underserved populations throughout the state.
6 Sidney area residents were arrested on drug trafficking charges Friday evening by members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Sidney Village Police Department and State Police, following a 5 month investigation, and the execution of a search warrant Friday. Arrested were 43 year old Gabriel Bonacci, on 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, for Heroin, 27 year old Rene Hurlburt of Unadilla, for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for Cocaine. Also arrested was 64 year old Donna Bonacci of Sidney for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to sell for the intended sale of cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs & marihuana. Police also charged 53 year old Belinda Davis of Sidney on 3 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for allegedly selling Oxycodone, 32 year old Randal Babcock of Sidney for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for allegedly selling Xanax & 34 year old Chad Walters of Mount Upton for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. All werearraigned & were remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail, additional arrests & drug charges are pending.
State Police & Vestal Police arrested 21 year old Kenneth Godfrey of Binghamton for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell. Members of CNET and the Vestal Police Department executed a search warrant on Godfrey, his vehicle and residence last Wednesday, seizing 371 envelopes of heroin, & cash. Godfrey was arraigned in City Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
YES! Safe Choices for Kids, from Senator Libous and Lourdes, will host over 500 students from across the Southern Tier at their YES! Ignites Training today at the Binghamton DoubleTree from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. YES! Leaders are trained to provide substance abuse prevention education to elementary school students, from Afton, Bainbridge-Guilford, Chenango Valley, Norwich, Windsor & other Broome & Chenango County school districts. Senator Libous will kick off the opening session with introductory remarks.
Unadilla Chamber of Commerce will have their next regular meeting at Unadilla Fire Station this morning at 8:00 AM. Unadilla Mayor Dave Welch will give update on Bishop Lot. Chamber members are encouraged to attend.
The Chenango County Farm Bureau will hold their 59th annual meeting this evening. The meeting will be held at 6:30 at the Silo Restaurant in Greene, the Guest Speaker will be Farmers Veterans’ Coalition president Jamie Critelli, who recently appeared on the Rachel Ray show.
The trial for 43 year old Christopher Davis will begin in Broome County Court today. Davis was charged with 1st degree murder, 2 counts of 2nd degree murder & 1st degree robbery, for the murder of 50 year old Patricia LaCaprara during a robbery in July 2013, who was found dead from traumatic head injuries. LaCaprara owned the home and Davis was her tenant.
Governor Cuomo will host Vice President Biden this morning at 11:00 in New York City for an event to discuss infrastructure modernization, Governor Cuomo will make an announcement, Vice President Biden made an appearance earlier this year regarding New York States plans to improve infrastructure to withstand future severe weather events.
State Police are investigating last Wednesday’s 2 vehicle accident that killed 74 year old Ralph Cuozzo of Sidney Center. State Police stated that Cuozzo was driving a rollback flatbed truck for his company, RC Sales & Service; he collided with a Bellevue Builders flatbed operated by 21 year old Codey Lambrecht of Sidney Center, at West Main & Wood Road in the town of Sidney Wednesday morning. Cuozzo was declared dead at the scene; Lambrecht suffered a head injury and was taken to Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City. The State police accident reconstruction team is continuing the investigation. Funeral services for Cuozzo will be held this morning at Sacred Heart Church in Sidney at 11:00 AM a funeral procession will follow including Cuozzo’s collection of antique cars.
Broadway in Binghamton & NAC Entertainment announced that “SISTER ACT” will be performed at the Forum Theater on Sunday, November 23rd for 2 shows at 3:00 & 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale this morning at 10:00 AM at the Arena Box Office.
Governor Cuomo convened New York State agency leadership along with regional hospital and healthcare representatives to outline the State’s plans for Ebola preparedness and to assure New Yorkers that the State is taking every precaution to protect their health and safety. The Governor has designated eight hospitals statewide to treat potential patients with Ebola, the State Department of Health has issued a Commissioner’s Order to all hospitals, diagnostic and treatment centers, and ambulance services in New York State, requiring that they follow protocols for identification, isolation and medical evaluation of patients requiring care. An education session for healthcare workers will be held in New York City on TUESDAY.
Long time area businessman Ralph Cuozzo Senior died Wednesday following a motor vehicle accident in the town of Sidney. Cuozzo owned & operated RC Sales & Service on Route 7 in Sidney, calling hours will be at C.H. Landers Funeral Home in Sidney from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and 5:00 to 8:00 PM this Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, at Sacred Heart Church on Liberty Street Sidney.
State senator Jim Seward is urging new farmers in the region to get the information about new state grants to assist in start up farms, or farms that are passed down to the next generation.
Information and applications are available @ esd.ny.gov/BusinessPrograms. The deadline to apply is January 28th 2015.
An open 911 call Thursday morning led to the arrest of a 22 year old James Garcia of Monroe, for felony Unlawful Imprisonment charge. Monroe is accused of being in a violent domestic incident with a passenger in his vehicle on State Highway 28 in the Towns of Delhi and Bovina, whee he allegedly was involved in 2 separate motor vehicle accidents, 1 of which led to the passenger sustaining injuries. Garcia is accused of threatening the victim with a weapon and restricting the victim’s movements and escape, then seizing and disposing of the victim’s cell phone. Garcia was charged with Unlawful Imprisonment, Menacing, Criminal Mischief & Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident. He was arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court and was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1000 cash bail pending a future court appearance and a Temporary Stay Away Order of Protection was issued.
The Chenango county council of the arts will present the Bronx Wanderers to the Martin W. Kappel Theater Saturday night for a return performance. The show features classic hits from the rock & roll era through some of today’s popular hits, more information is available at chenangoarts.org.
13th District Broome County Legislator Anthony Fiala said he would not resign from office, he admitted to driving drunk & pleaded guilty earlier this month after he hit a bicyclist in Binghamton and left the scene. He is the son of Barbara Fiala, who now serves as state commissioner of the DMV.
A man accused of killing his neighbor in Johnson City more will go on trial. The trial for 43-year-old Christopher Davis will begin in Broome County Court Monday. He faces charges of 1st degree murder, 2 counts of 2nd degree murder and robbery. He’s accused of killing his neighbor, 50-year-old Patricia LaCaprara, during a robbery in July 2013, she was found dead in her home on Brown Street and as a result of traumatic head injuries.
Afton will be hosting the Four Chamber Mixer at Vincent’s Restaurant on Main Street in Afton on Monday starting at 6:00 PM, with the meeting to follow at 7:00. The meeting is a FREE event for members of Sidney, Unadilla, Bainbridge and Afton Chambers, An R.S.V.P to each chamber’s secretary is requested by today.
The Oneonta Outlaws announced a fundraiser full-length rodeo Saturday October 25 at 1 p.m at Damaschke Field in Oneonta. Millennia Entertainment is helping to co-promote and organize the event. The Saturday Showdown Tickets are $30 and children under 12 are free. Tickets are on sale now online at www.brownpapertickets.com. More information is available at 316-2870 or the Oneonta Outlaws office at 432-6326.
Tonight at the Floyd Maines Veterans memorial Arena in Binghamton, it will be PINK AT THE RINK with the Binghamton senators & the Portland Pirates, PRESENTED BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER. Game time is 7:05 PM with $2.00 DONATED per ticket to the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. The B-Sens uniforms will be pink in honor of breast cancer awareness and they will be auctioned off after the game.
The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Small Business Banquet will be held today. The Lutz Feed Company will be awarded the KeyBank Annual Small Business of the Year and Fox Hospital will be awarded for the recent renovations of single patient rooms as the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Breakthrough Business of the year. The Small Business Banquet will be held at The Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, beginning with a reception at 5:45 pm & dinner at 7:00 pm.
The New York State Office of General Services will hold surplus vehicle, highway equipment, and miscellaneous property auctions locally today. the Auctions will be at 9:30 this morning at 9:30 AM at SUNY Delhi and 1:30 PM at the State Police Troop C headquarters on route 7 in Sidney. A listing of auctions is on line at nysstore.com; specific items and terms of sale are at ogs.ny.gov.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting in the District Conference Room at 6:30 PM this evening. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:00 PM.