Windsor Firefighters & those from surrounding communities were called to a 2 alarm blaze at about 10:00 AM, at an apartment building at 1075 Old State Route 17 this morning. Firefighters knocked down the blaze quickly, all occupants escaped without injury. The Windsor Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from West Windsor, Deposit, 5 Mile Point, Binghamton & Harpursville with Afton on standby, Broome County Fire Investigators are working to determine the cause.
Governor Cuomo announced that Agencies that help crime victims have been awarded $36.2 million in grant funding. The grants will be administered by the state Office of Victim Services, locally, funding will go to the Crime Victims Assistance Center, the SOS Shelter, Catholic Charities of Chenango County, & Delaware Opportunities.
State Troopers arrested 31 year old Jeremiah Craver of Guilford for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC result of .14%. The arrest resulted from a vehicle stop for failing to keep right on County Route 3 in Unadilla, Troopers accuse Craver of driving while intoxicated, he was was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Unadilla Court on August 11th.
The Village of Franklin and the Delaware County Local Development Corporation announced the successful completion of a New York Main Street program in the Village of Franklin. Franklin was awarded $255,000 through the program to commercial building owners for renovations of 14 buildings that improved commercial and mixed-use buildings, creating more functional commercial space and safer apartment rentals. More information is available about business initiatives, programs and funding opportunities DCecodev.com or 746-8595.
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman is giving police agencies, in 23 counties across the state, funds to help buy new or replacement bulletproof vests. The awards in the program use money from criminal and civil forfeitures. In June, Schneiderman pledged $3.5 million from forfeitures to help outfit police statewide to fill the funding gap in a federal grant program. The office will approve about $2.8 million in matching funding to 147 agencies statewide to buy more than 7,800 vests
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has called on the FAA, and the Commerce Department, to develop and release privacy rules and guidelines for the use of small-unmanned aircraft systems by the end of the year. The unmanned aircrafts, or drones, are being used by the U.S. to aid military operations, and Schumer said they have become more common in commercial uses as well. Schumer is concerned the increasing use, by private investigators to spy on unaware parties, such as people in their residences, as well as drug dealers to deliver illegal drugs, poses serious public safety concerns for New Yorkers.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation to strengthen the vetting process for volunteer firefighter organizations, by requiring applicants to submit to a background check for any prior sex offense convictions. Volunteer firefighters frequently work in the presence of vulnerable individuals, including children. The bill will require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions if the individual wishes to proceed with his or her application.
The New York Lottery has drafted regulations to enter a new multi-state lottery game, called Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, that is set to launch nationwide Oct. 19th. The game, which will have weekly Friday drawings, is projected to generate more than $34 million annually in lottery revenue, which is then put in the state’s general fund and designated for education. For the current fiscal year, which ends March 31, the state estimates the game could bring in $10 million in new revenue.