P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 6-25-14
Congressman Richard Hanna will be the Republican Party nominee after yesterdays’ Primary win over Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. Hanna is looking to win his 3rd term in the November election, Tenney could still mount a challenge to Hanna as a third party candidate, no democrats have announced a run for the 22nd congressional district.
The State Labor Department released unemployment rates for May. The state’s private sector job count rose by 106,500 from May 2013 to May 2014. The state’s unemployment rate in May was unchanged at 6.7%, remaining at its lowest level since December 2008. In May, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,568,600, an all time high. Locally, Chenango County’s rate is 5.7%, Broome County 6.4% Delaware County 6.3% and Otsego County 5.3% unemployment last month
Governor Cuomo will approve extending a tax credit for cleaning and redeveloping industrial sites. Lawmakers last week voted to extend the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, which was due to expire at the end of next year. The program, which provides tax breaks to developers who clean and build on contaminated land, is now set to expire at the end of March 2017
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced that his office will sponsor a gun buyback in Binghamton on Saturday, June 28 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, as part of his statewide gun buyback program. The Attorney General’s Office will be accepting working and non-working, unloaded firearms in exchange for compensation on site. This Saturday’s gun buyback will take place at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 478, located at 65 Carroll Street in Binghamton, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
A heavily traveled section connecting Route 17 with I 81 northbound will shut down Monday for at least three months, as work continues on the state DOT Prospect Mountain project. Starting Monday at 9 a.m., the Route 17 eastbound ramp to I-81 northbound will close for reconstruction through October. A detour will be posted directing motorists from Route 17 east to Exit 72 at Front Street, then to I-81 North. Front Street’s configuration will be altered to create two travel lanes. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes wherever possible
The State University of New York said H. Carl McCall was reappointed as trustee and chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees. The State Senate confirmed his appointment this week. McCall’s term expire June 30th, 2021. Previously McCall was New York State Comptroller from 1993 to 2002
Parents are reminded after the school year ends, children remain eligible for free meals at hundreds of sites around New York State this summer. State agencies are working with nonprofit and private partners to increase awareness of the Summer Food Service Program. Governor Cuomo also issued a proclamation marking July as Summer Meals Month to highlight the issue. The State Education Department has an interactive map online with information on the summer meal sites in New York State at.nysed.gov or by calling1-800-522-5006
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County will be sponsoring farmers’ markets for the 2014 season in Sidney, Walton & Deposit. The Deposit Market will be August 21st & September 18th from 10:00am-2:00pm, the Sidney Farmers Market will be Every Tuesday from July 1st to September 30th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the Walton Market will be on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from July 2nd to October 15th from 10:00am-2:00pm.
P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 6-25-14
A Siena College poll shows Governor Cuomo leading Republican Rob Astorino by a large margin in the race for governor. 57% would re-elect Cuomo, while 18% have a favorable opinion, & 69% have no opinion about Astorino. In the attorney general’s race, 41% percent would re-elect Eric Schneiderman, while 12% have a favorable opinion of Republican John Cahill, 78% have no opinion.
By the end of this week, New York State will have trained about 600 police officers and sheriffs’ deputies in the use of naloxone, a medication that can save lives by reversing the effect of heroin or other opioid overdoses, including Hydrocodone & Oxycodone. The state also is providing agencies that send their officers to the trainings with supplies of naloxone at no cost. According to the CDC, someone dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose.
The Unatego school district board of education will hold a special meeting this morning at 8:00 AM. The meeting has been called in order for the board to select a member for the BOCES board.
The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings with the Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach today. The screenings will be available without charge to those women, 40 or older, who are without health insurance or underinsured. The screening will be available today between 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM at the Tri-Town Regional Hospital on Pearl Street in Sidney. Appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225.
The Unadilla highway department announced that the paving project on Sheep Pen Road has been completed. Today, Rod & Gun Club Road will be closed for repaving from 6:30AM to 5:00 PM.
The public is invited to join the Bassett Healthcare Network in saluting Dr. William Streck today. 3 receptions will be held today on the Bassett Medical Center terrace in Cooperstown from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.; noon to 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dr. Streck will retire from Bassett July 1st.
The Sidney Police Department advises that the following parking restrictions and street closings will be in effect for the Hometown Day Parade Saturday. No Parking rules in effect on Main Street and River Street from 7:00 AM to the conclusion of the parade. Streets closed to traffic will be at 10:00 AM, Circle Drive from Fox Street to West Main Street, at 11:30 Main Street at State Route 7, West Main Street from Loomis Drive to Main Street, East Main Street from Beale to Main Street & River Street from Colegrove to Main Street.
The Oneonta Farmers’ Market celebrates Dairy Month Saturday, at the Main Street Plaza with free tasting of local dairy products. The Oneonta Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday throughout the season from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at Oneonta’s Main Street Plaza under the white canopies right in front of the Clarion Hotel. more information is available at 437-0158, or OneontaFarmersMarket.com, or on facebook.
The next Delaware County free rabies clinic will be held today. The clinic will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Tompkins Town Highway Garage.
The Commerce Chenango Golf outing scheduled for today at Afton Golf Course has been postponed because of rain. The new date is next Friday, with registration at 10:00 AM and a shotgun start at 11:00. More information is available at 334-1402.
State Police arrested 53-year-old William Quigley of Sidney, on charges of 1 count of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child, & 5 counts of 1st degree Criminal Sexual Act. The arrest followed an investigation into inappropriate sexual acts with a child under the age of 13, Quigley was arraigned in the Oxford Town court and remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $50,000.00 cash bail, pending future court appearances.
The Utica School of Commerce hosted an open house at the new Sidney location at the Tri Town Regional Hospital building on Pearl Street West last night. USC Vice President Don Reese explains:
(Don Reese 6-10-14)
Reese said that those interested in signing up can call Kerri Green at 287-4621; more information is also available at uscny.edu.
A “Communities that Care” Blood Drive will be held today at the Sidney Fire Hall from 12:00 to 6:00pm there will be FREE T-SHIRTS and Community Goody Bags for ALL Donors, the Life Net Helicopter will be on display.
The 30th annual Senior Council Barbecue and Pie Auction will be held Today at 4:30 at the Delhi American Legion. The event is a fundraiser by the Senior Council to raise money for programs and services for the elderly.
The Sidney Chamber of Commerce will honor their choices for “Citizen of the Years” & Business of the Years “ tonight. Long time Firefighter Barry Cole was chosen as Citizen of the year, he told WCDO News that he just likes to help people:
(Barry Cole 6-6-14)
Video Entertainment Plus was chosen as the “Business of the Years” Owner Andy Matviak comments:
(Andy Matviak 6-6-14)
The Awards will be given out at tonight’s annual Sidney Chamber Of Commerce dinner at the Sacred Heart Church on Liberty Street starting at 5:30 PM.
New York State is no longer requiring transgender people, to offer proof of surgery, when asking the state to change the gender on their birth certificate. The state will now issue a new birth certificate, if the person provides an affidavit from a medical provider, stating they have received “appropriate” treatment. The policy change had long been sought by advocates, who say an individual’s official gender, shouldn’t depend on whether they had a medical procedure. Five states have already made similar policy changes.
Cal Harris, the Tioga County businessman who has been convicted of murdering his wife twice, spoke for the first time in a special interview with CBS. Facing his third trial in the fall, Harris gave his first TV interview to the 48 HOURS program. The interview will air Monday at 10 p.m. Michele Harris went missing the night of Sept. 11th, 2001. Although amidst a bitter divorce, Michele and Cal were living in the same Tioga County home when she vanished after leaving a boyfriend’s house. Harris has been convicted twice of murdering Michele, but both cases have been thrown out on appeal.
State Troopers arrested 34 year old Craig West of Windsor for 3rd & 4th degree Criminal Mischief 3rd, Disabling Equipment to Prevent Request for Emergency, & 2nd degree Harassment. The arrest resulted from a complaint in Windsor, where West has allegedly engaged in a physical altercation, and smashed a phone that the victim was using to get help from Police, damaged other property and injuring the victims head & jaw. West apprehended and arrested, he was arraigned in the Town of Colesville Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail on bail, an order of protection has been requested against him.
Greek yogurt maker Chobani has laid off employees at its plant in Chenango County, but has also charted a new direction for growth. Chobani would only say it reduced certain positions at the plant in New Berlin, as well as temporary positions at the facility in Idaho. The local plant will continue to produce for east coast customers, as well as markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chobani also opened a new business service center in Norwich.
National Guard members may soon have the right for memorial headstones, thanks to a push from Rep. Richard Hanna. The House of Representatives passed the Guard Units and Reservists Deserve Remembrance Act. The act allows National Guard and Reserve members, who have served more than six years, to receive a memorial headstone or marker when they pass away. The GUARD Remembrance Act is part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It will head to the Senate for a vote.
Governor Cuomo announced that more than 96,000 jobs are currently available and listed on the State’s Jobs Express website at jobs.ny.gov. The site sorts jobs by region and occupation, and also allows users to search jobs based on zip code and travel distance. The occupational categories with the most jobs listed now are: Sales, Clerical and Secretarial, Management, Computer and Mathematical, and Healthcare Practitioner and Technical. Currently, there are 4,550 jobs listed in the Southern Tier.
Michael Buck pleaded guilty to 1st degree manslaughter in Otsego County Court following an incident September 21st at the Middlefield home that Buck shared with his father, 64 year old Joe Buck. Joe buck was killed, Michael Buck suffered a gunshot wound to the left cheek. Under the agreement Buck will be sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by 5 years of post-release supervision. Buck had been indicted on 1 count each of 2nd degree murder, 1st degree assault, & criminal use of a firearm & 2 counts of 3rd degree criminal weapons possession.
A Franklin woman was arrested Tuesday night after fleeing an officer who had initiated a traffic stop for a headlight that wasn’t working. The chase started on Main Street in Oneonta at about 9pm, and continued into Franklin when it was called off due to road conditions. The driver was picked up by state police at her residence in Franklin and turned over to Oneonta police. 39 year old Patricia McNeilly was charged with 2nd degree reckless endangerment, 3rd degree unlawful feeling a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, 3rd degree aggravated unlicensed operation and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. McNeilly was arraigned in Oneonta city court and released pending a future court appearance
The Utica School of Commerce will begin classes at the Tri-Town Regional Hospital building on Pearl Street in Sidney this month. USC Vice President Done Reese explains:
(Don Reese 6-5-14)
USC will hold an open house the Sidney location Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, classes will begin June 16th.
State Police in Deposit were dispatched to a tractor-trailer rollover this morning at around 4:30 a.m. by exit 81 on Route 17 East. The unidentified driver veered left to avoid hitting a car that cut in front of it, but the tractor-trailer went off the road and rolled on its side. The tractor-trailer was carrying about 24,000 pounds of candy bars. Route 17 East, between exits 80 and 81, was reduced to one lane and re-opened this afternoon. The driver suffered minor burns to his arm. No tickets were issued and police are investigating.
The Chenango County Health Department will hold a community awareness presentation this evening on ticks & Lyme Disease from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Bainbridge Town Hall. A Rise in the number of ticks has been reported In Afton & Bainbridge, the event is open to the public, more information is available at 337-1673.
The AARP released a poll showing 80% of voters, over the age of 50, think state consumers need an independent advocate to protect them from utility rate increases. The AARP and other consumer groups are pressing the state Senate, to vote on legislation that was passed by the Assembly last month, to create an Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate. Roughly 40 states have an independent utility advocate. The state legislature will wrap up its current session later this month.
New York led the nation in yogurt production for the 2nd straight year, according to Governor Cuomo. The state produced 741 million pounds of yogurt in 2013, an increase of 46 million pounds from the previous year’s total, beating out California by about 150 million pounds. New York accounted for 15.7% of the country’s yogurt production.
The Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held last night, and the ground breaking is expected today, for the new skateboard park at Keith Clark Park in Sidney. Ronnie Haag of the Sidney Youth Advocate program told WCDO News what the time-line is for the grand opening:
(Ronnie Haag 5-28-14)
The skateboard park will be located between the volley board courts and little league baseball field in Keith Clark Park.
Sidney Village Police department arrested 6 people following a lengthy narcotics investigation. Charged were 37-year-old Richard Swislosky of Sidney, 30-year-old Stacey Dibble of Bainbridge, 56-year-old Bradley Winner of Mount Upton, 44-year-old Louella Schoener & 31 year old Rebecca Schoener of Greene and Mary Cutting of Unadilla on a variety of drug charges. All were arraigned in Delaware county court & were remanded to the Delaware county jail without bail pending future court action.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 37-year-old Jacob Warner of Oneida for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle, Failure to Dim Headlights, Unlicensed Operator, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, following a stop in the town of Columbus. Warner was driving with an expired license that had been suspended 19 times; he was also in possession of suboxone, with no proof that he was legally prescribed the narcotic. Warner was arraigned & was remanded to the Chenango County Jail on bail pending future court action.
State Senator Tom Libous hosted the annual YES Safe Choices for Kids function, to honor more than 515 area students at their annual Reception. 1 of the 3 winners of the Jill Kavanagh Memorial YES LEADS Scholarship was Shawna Stevens of Afton High School:
(Shawna Stevens 5-27-14)
State Senator Tom Libous also comments:
YES Leaders are middle and high school students who present to local elementary school students about the dangers of substance abuse, the importance of self-esteem and making healthy choices, More information about YES and YES LEADS is available at YesSafeChoices.org.
The number of state workers earning more than $100,000 in 2013 rose 7% compared to 2012. Since 2008, the number of state workers hitting the six-figure salary mark jumped 44%. Union officials claim that the numbers are skewed because there are fewer workers on the state payroll, following layoffs & attrition in recent years because of state budget cuts. Data from the state Comptroller’s Office showed 29,045 state workers made more than $100,000 in 2013. That’s up from about 27,000 in 2012 and 20,000 in 2008.
About 8 in 10 New York voters back the legalization of medical marijuana, as a bill to allow it works its way through the Legislature according to a new poll. 83% of those polled by Quinnipiac University support the drug for medical purposes, o 15% are opposed. 51% are in favor of legalizing marijuana, with 44%% opposed. The state Senate Health Committee last week approved a bill to allow medical marijuana for 20 chronic conditions with a 7% sales tax on the retail price. By a 9-8 vote, it was sent to the chamber’s finance committee, keeping it alive for a potential vote of the full Senate
Legislation was introduced in the state Senate that would prohibit smoking at school bus stops. The bill would prohibit smoking within 15 feet of a designated school bus stop, during the morning and afternoon hours, when children are picked up and dropped off from school. The American Academy of Pediatrics has found that 2nd hand smoke increases the likelihood of smoking-related illnesses.
The 30th annual Senior Council Barbecue and Pie Auction will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at 4:30 at the Delhi American Legion. The event is a fundraiser by the Senior Council to raise money for programs and services for the elderly. The price of the tickets is $8.00 and can be purchased from Senior Council members, at the Office for the Aging, 6 Court Street Delhi, or at any of the Senior Dining Centers.
State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit conducted a 72-hour road check at 4 locations along I-86 & State Route 17. 833 inspections were conducted, 1,326 violations discovered and 101 vehicles taken off the road and placed out-of-service for serious safety violations. 45 drivers were taken off the road and placed out of service for severe safety violations including 8 for improper driver’s license or for not having a driver’s license, 28 for hours of service violations and 4 for not being medically qualified.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held tonight for the new Skateboard Park in Keith Clark Park in Sidney. The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 6:30 PM at the site; the skateboard park is expected to be open in the near future.
State police at Troop C in Sidney held their annual Memorial Service today, to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Troop C Commander Major Donald Faughnan comments:
(Major Faughnan 5-20-14)
Major Faughnan noted that 4 troopers died in the line of duty in the last year, he also noted that it was 20 years ago today, that Investigator Rick Parisian died while trying to stop an armed robbery at an Oneonta Supermarket.
New traditions will continue at this year’s General Clinton Canoe Regatta on Saturday. Regatta Chairman John Harmon explains:
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Also on Saturday, the next class of Regatta Hall Of Fame will be inducted at a dinner & ceremony at General Clinton Park at 4:00 PM
The Utica School of Commerce will begin offering classes at a Sidney location starting next month. USC Vice President of corporate & workforce development Don Reese gave WCDO News the details:
(Don Reese 5-20-14)
Reese said that courses would be available day & evenings accounting, computer skills, business math, & medical coding & billing as well as their businesses courses.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 52-year-old Donna Whelan of Long Beach for Promoting Prison Contraband & Criminal Possession of a Controlled substance. Whelan was being booked in at the Delaware County Jail on unrelated criminal charges, a quantity of cocaine was found while searching her purse. Whelan was arraigned in Delhi Town Court and was returned to jail on $1000 cash bail or $2000 bond, pending future court action.
Senator Chuck Schumer announced his support for a plan that would allow young professionals, with outstanding student debt, to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers. Under the Senate Democrats’ new plan, students would get an opportunity to apply for an affordable college education, by allowing borrowers with both federal and private undergraduate loans, at interest rates of up to 14 percent, to refinance at today’s lower rates of 3.86 percent
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Tuesday May 27th, for the new Skateboard Park in Keith Clark Park in Sidney. The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 6:30 PM at the site, preparations & groundwork is scheduled to begin this week.
Commerce Chenango will hold their next “Business After Hours” event today. UHS Home Care sponsors the event, it will be held at the Eaton Center in Norwich from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the District Conference Room at 6:00 PM. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:00 PM.