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.
State Police announced the results of a preliminary investigation into a plane crash in the Town of Roxbury last Friday afternoon. The investigation determined that 45-year-old James Leavelle of Mentor Ohio was piloting the 1943 single propeller aircraft; he attempted to land on a private grass airfield due to approaching foul weather, Leavelle felt that his forward momentum was too great to stop within the length of the field, he attempted to become airborne again for a 2nd attempt, he clipped trees & a power line and crashed. Leavelle suffered a minor hairline fracture in one spinal disc in the neck; the plane was dismantled and removed for the investigation by the FAA & The NTSB.
Sidney village officials have given the go ahead for the construction of a skateboard park in Sidney. Ronnie Haag of the Sidney Area Youth Advocate program, explains:
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Haag said that the project was first discussed in 2008; they hope to have the park open for this summer.
A bill that would create a statewide registry of violent felony offenders has passed the Senate. “Brittany’s Law” would require violent convicted felons to register with the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Service, after being released from prison, it would be set up similar to the current sex offender registry. The bill is named after 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua who was killed in 2009 by John Brown, who was on parole at the time after serving 2½ years for assaulting his infant daughter. The bill was sent to the Assembly for consideration.
The state political conventions start tomorrow in Westchester County and then continue the following week on Long Island. Republicans Delegates will nominate Westchester County executive Rob Astorino for Governor and John Cahill for Attorney General. A week later, Democrats will gather in Suffolk County next week to re-nominate Governor Cuomo & Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Businesses owned by disabled veterans will get a share of state contracts under a bill signed Monday by Governor Cuomo. The Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act requires the state to create rules and regulations to oversee a new program, that will set aside 6% of contracts to a business owned by 1 or more veterans with a disability while serving in any branch of the Military. The law was passed by the state Legislature in March.
Broome County Executive Debbie Preston underwent surgery yesterday at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to remove the upper left lobe of her lung. Preston recently announced she had been diagnosed with lung cancer; the surgery was successful, with no significant complications. Preston is recovering in the hospital’s intensive care unit. She is expected to be back in Broome County by the end of the week, she vowed that she will not step down as County Executive and will return to work shortly.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced the creation of an investigations division in his office. The announcement comes amid a number of investigations by several attorneys, following the expiration of Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Commission. Cuomo said that the Moreland Commission was formed after the legislature refused to act on ethics reforms last year, they agreed to a reform package in March, and the commission was deactivated. DiNapoli now has an agreement with State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that allows the attorney general’s office to conduct criminal investigations into alleged wrongdoing by state officials.
General Clinton Canoe Regatta chairman John Harmon announced that the last day to get tickets for Hall of Fame dinner has been extended to May 15th, for the ceremony on May 24th:
(John Harmon 5-12-14)
Other inductees along with Dave Price & Ed Ray are Paddlers Gary Aprea, Willis Hackett, Jeff Kolka & Blaise St. Pierre.
State Police arrested 41-year-old Albert Schultes of Windsor for driving with a blood alcohol content of more than four times the legal limit. Schultes was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, with a BAC result of .35. Police said the arrest followed a motor vehicle accident investigation on Cresson Hill Road in Windsor; Schultes was arraigned in the Town of Windsor Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.
Yonkers Republican John Cahill announced his intentions to run for the state Attorney General position this year, against incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman. Cahill formerly served as a top aide to former Governor George Pataki, who joined Cahill at his press conference yesterday.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation that adds an additional 5 days to the period to gather signatures for designating petitions for the 2014 State and local primary elections. The extension takes into account the time for a Jewish festival, and helps ensure that all interested New Yorkers may participate in the State’s political process. Extending the deadline moves the first day to sign up to May 29th, 42 days before the day to file candidate petitions.
US Senator Charles Schumer is pushing a plan in the Senate that would allow undergraduate borrowers, with outstanding student loan debt, to refinance at today’s lower rates. Schumer outlined the proposal at Hofstra University today. The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 set the undergraduate student loan interest rate at 3.86 percent for the 2013-2014 school year. But he said borrowers who took out loans before 2013 are paying nearly 7 percent or higher. Schumer announced new legislation that will allow them to pay back their outstanding loans at the same rates as new borrowers
New York State a new scholarship program for those who seek degrees and jobs in a STEM field. The New York State STEM Incentive Program will pay the full, 4-year undergraduate tuition for high school seniors who graduate in the top 10% of their class, and enroll at any State University of New York college campus. Scholarship recipients will have to work in a STEM field, science, technology, engineering or math. Applications are due August 15th; more information is available at HESC.ny.gov.
State lawmakers are looking at whether to include electronic cigarettes in the state’s indoor public smoking ban. The Senate Health Committee is holding a hearing on the matter today. The panel will consider whether the existing ban on public indoor smoking should be applied to e-cigarettes, and review current regulations on liquid nicotine, which is used in the devices. The committee will take testimony from supporters and opponents of increased regulations
The Unatego Central School District will hold the annual school budget hearing tonight at 7pm at the school in Wells Bridge. The public is welcome
P.m. news Wednesday 5-7-14
Governor Cuomo yesterday honored 20 fallen police officers from law enforcement agencies across New York State, including 5 who died in 2013 in the line of duty. The names of the 20 officers join the 1,340 others who have been inscribed in the black granite walls of the Police Officers’ Memorial, which represents 140 police agencies statewide and five federal agencies. More than 400 people attended the remembrance ceremony, which was held at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
A bill that would require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops has passed a hurdle in the state Assembly. The Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee endorsed the measure. A vote of the full Assembly has not been scheduled. The bill would apply to genetically modified fruits, vegetables and processed foods, as well as items that contain ingredients like oil or sugar, that are derived from genetically engineered crops.
Legislation before state lawmakers would prohibit magazine publishers from automatically renewing a customer’s subscription without their consent. The bill is an attempt to protect consumers, by outlawing the practice by some publishers of requiring a reader to notify them, if they do not want their subscription renewed. Identical versions of the legislation have been introduced in both the Senate and the Assembly. No votes on the legislation have been scheduled
Richard Ball was confirmed by the State Senate as New York’s agriculture commissioner. The Senate completed Ball’s confirmation yesterday, he had been serving as acting commissioner since January. Ball has owned a 200-acre Schoharie County Farm for 2 decades & is a former board member of the New York Farm Bureau.
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino made a stop in Broome County yesterday advocating for natural gas drilling. Astorino said the State DEC reports at least 25,000 jobs could be created through natural gas drilling. Astorino claims he will allow natural gas drilling, if he becomes Governor, but would put public health first by setting up the proper regulations before moving forward. Astorino is challenging Governor Cuomo in the upcoming November election.
New York has the distinction of being the worst state in the nation for retirees, according to a new study from Bankrate.com. New York has the highest tax rates in the nation as well as the 4th highest cost of living. The state ranked poorly when it came to the general well being of its retiree population, with poor grades for the quality of health care. New York State has implemented tax cuts in this year’s budget reaching $793 million this year and $1.7 billion next year.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a $475,000 settlement with Office Depot, for improperly overcharging over 500 New York government entities. The investigation found that Office Depot had inadequate systems in place to ensure compliance with a promise to the state and overcharged by hundreds of thousands of dollars. The settlement ensures that every impacted agency will receive refunds for 100% of the overcharged amount. Office Depot was not renewed last year for a contract for office supplies with New York State.
The work at the Sidney High School Athletic Fields is continuing, with the weather cooperating so far. Sidney Superintendent Bill Christensen said that a good portion of the work will be completed after the current school year:
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Christensen said that the renovations to the athletic fields and Auditorium should be completed by the fall.
“The Future Of Talent” 2-day workshop & performance will run Friday & Saturday at the Foothills performing Arts Center in Oneonta, for young people who would like to showcase their talent in front of talent evaluators out of New York City & Los Angeles. Tara Judd of Triple Threat Talent explains:
(Tara Judd 5-1-14)
Judd said that there is a chance for last minute entries to participate, they can register through Triple Threat Talent Tour.Com. Tickets for the performances are available at 431-2080 or at foothillspac.org.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to require railroads to provide detailed information about hazardous materials to local emergency responders, while Governor Cuomo sent a letter to President Obama outlining steps compiled by state agencies to reduce the dangers oil trains pose. Both of those requests came before a CSX train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia yesterday, forcing evacuations of residents and office workers. Cuomo has been calling for increase transparency with regards to crude oil shipments by rail since a North Dakota train explosion earlier this year.
This past winter create a large number of large potholes, which has contributed to complaints of damaged tires and rims on many vehicles. Between today and November 15th, motorists who have hit a pothole had damage, can seek reimbursement from the state for repairs. The state does have legal immunity for pothole claims during the winter season, so the claims can only apply to damage caused on state roadways outside of the winter season. More Information is available at dot.ny.gov.
Governor Cuomo announced $794 million for child-care subsidies for this year. Child-care subsidies are available for eligible families to pay for services to enable a parent or caretaker to work. Each year, local social service agencies distribute the funding. Eligible families are awarded funding based on family size, income and the reason for care. To be eligible for assistance a family of two must have an income below $30,360 annually. A family of five must have an income below $54,000. Go to ocfs.ny.gov
The Chenango County Sheriff’s department arrested 20-year-old Vincent Brower of Smyrna, on charges of Forgery, Escape, and Criminal Contempt & Resisting Arrest. Brower is accused of altering a prescription and having the prescription filled in Sherburne. Brower is also facing the other charges due to an incident during his arraignment on the Forgery charge. Brower faces court action shortly.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20-year-old Amanda Sgroi and 18 year old Daniel Brown Jr. of Otselic, on animal cruelty charges. The pair is accused of leaving animals caged in their residence for several days without food or water. All animals were seized and relocated at a local animal rescue. Sgroi and Brown were released on appearance tickets until a later Court date.
New Yorkers with higher electric bills have complained to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, after many New Yorkers saw increases of 60 to 75%. Schneiderman said that the National Grid had increased demands to electricity during the harsh winter, he is advising New Yorkers to who are struggling to pay those bills to contact the power company to set up a payment plan. State law allows for consumers to spread out bills in monthly installments for up to one year, alleviating some of the financial strain.
A Norwich woman was arrested on drug nuisance charges for allegedly using her home as a gathering point for drug dealing. Norwich police arrested 46-year-old Barbara Palmer, after an investigation conducted with assistance of state police, Chenango County Sheriff’s deputies and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Palmer was charged with a felony count of first-degree criminal nuisance, along with misdemeanor counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia. She was held for arraignment in Norwich City Court.
Governor Cuomo is making a long-term, $1 billion investment to expand solar power over the next decade. The investment will help the state’s solar power industry to move away from government subsidies. The money is part of the NY-Sun initiative, run by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which is funded mostly through assessments on utilities. Cuomo’s office said the state has more than 400 solar power companies that together employ 5,000 workers.
State attorney general Eric Schneiderman said 9% of New York’s residential mortgages, representing nearly 225,000 families, are in distress, meaning at least 90 days delinquent. More than 42,000 are a year behind. Schneiderman said funding for a network of counselors, and legal help for troubled homeowners, will increase $10 million to $30 million for the year. New York’s foreclosure rate remains 5.8 percent, nearly three times the national average.
A new report on high school graduation rates shows 77% of New York State’s Class of 2012 graduated on time, slightly below the national average, according to a report by foundations including the America’s Promise Alliance, which is headed by former Secretary of State Colin Powell. New York ranks 34th in the nation for students graduating on time. The national rate is 80%.
The Amphenol Construction project continues to move ahead. Project Manager Tom Czernicki told WCDO News where they are:
(Tom Czernicki 4-28-14)
Czernicki said that getting a roof on the main structure before the harsh winter hit, helped to keep them on schedule.
The Oneonta city department of public service will be flushing hydrants this week. Affected areas include west Street, north of Clinton Street, Bugbee Road west of Crestmont Terrace, as well as streets in the vicinity of the SUNY Campus. Residents may experience low water pressure or a change in water color during those times; work is expected to be completed by Wednesday. More information is available at 432-2100.
A new regulation that prohibits hunting or trapping of free-ranging Eurasian boars was formally adopted BY state DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. The regulation is designed to ensure maximum effectiveness of DEC’s statewide eradication efforts. Wild boars have been confirmed to be breeding in 6 counties, Including Delaware County. The DEC is working with the USDA’s Wildlife Services program to remove any Eurasian boars that are reported in New York. To date, more than 150 animals have been captured and destroyed. Officials said that hunters with baited traps can undermine state & federal efforts to eradicate the boars.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced a legislative proposal to help local governments improve their long-term budget planning. The bill would provide reimbursement municipalities for costs incurred for hiring financial advisors to assist in long term budget planning. The proposal includes the creation of a Fiscal Stress Monitoring System for local governments. DiNapoli’s monitoring system has identified a total of 142 municipalities in fiscal stress. This includes 16 counties, 18 towns, five cities, 16 villages and 87 school districts.
The 7th Annual Dan Elwood Memorial 5k Run/1 Mile Walk to benefit Hospice will be held at the General Clinton Park, Bainbridge, at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 24th. Pre-registration is requested & can be mailed to Dan Elwood Memorial 5k Run, care of Brenda Parsons, Village of Bainbridge, 33 West Main Street Bainbridge, 13733. Day of race registration will be accepted from 7:30 – 8:30 AM at General Clinton Park next to the pavilion. Registration forms can be found at canoeregatta.org/forms/elwood.pdf, more information is available at 967-8888 or 967-7373.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that his office has secured a settlement with Bed Bath & Beyond, to ensure that applicants for employment are not automatically disqualified based on criminal convictions and without the individualized consideration that is required by New York State law. Under the settlement, the company will ensure that the company complies with state laws; Bed Bath & Beyond operates 62 stores in New York State.
Calling hours for the fallen Johnson City Police officer David Smith will be held today from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Chase Funeral Home in Port Dickinson. Officer Smith’s Funeral will be tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM at Sarah Jane Johnson Church in Johnson City. Representatives from Police agencies from all over will be attending.
A Norwich teen is facing charges after she jumped out a window at the Norwich City Police Department. 17-year-old Cheyenne Davenport was charged with 2nd degree burglary, 2 counts of petty larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance, after she allegedly entered a relative’s house and took medication and cash. 2 hours later, she jumped out the department’s window, Police found her hiding in a nearby house and also charged her with 2nd degree escape. Davenport was sent to the Chenango County jail on $2,500 bail.
The National Baseball Hall Of Fame announced today that on Memorial Day Weekend would feature 75 former major leaguers playing in 2014 Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, at Doubleday field in Cooperstown. Hall of Fame Members Roberto Alomar, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith will serve as managers and coaches for the sixth annual game on Saturday, May 24th starting with the Home Run Derby at 1 PM and the Classic will start at 2:05 PM. Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are $ available at 1-877-726-9028 or at baseballhall.org.
12.6% of New York residents’ income went to state and local taxes in 2011, the highest rate in the nation, according to a report from the Tax Foundation. Their annual report placed New York at the top of the list for the second straight year, though the total burden fell from 13.1% in 2010. The national average for 2011 was 9.8%. State Lawmakers have lowered the State tax rates since 2011.
The Delaware, Ulster & Greene Sheriff’s Departments and State Police investigated vehicle thefts, & announced the arrest of 53-year-old Joel Yaro of Ulster Park for 3rd & 4th degree Grand Larceny. Yaro is accused of the theft of a vehicle from Hancock that was recovered in the Town of Kortright later that day, following the recovery of that vehicle; Deputies investigated the theft of a vehicle from the Town of Kortright, which was recovered by Greene County Sheriff’s Deputies the following day. Yaro was arraigned in the Town of Hancock Court on the two Grand Larceny charges Wednesday; he was remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash bail pending further court action.
Tougher texting-while-driving penalties for teenage and new drivers were included in this year’s state budget agreement. Under the state’s new budget, drivers who are under 18, or have a probationary license, will see their driving rights suspended for 120 days on a first texting conviction and a year on the second one. The governor has pushed for tougher distracted-driving penalties since taking office in 2011, when he and lawmakers changed the state’s texting-while-driving ban from a secondary to a primary offense. Last year, there were 55,130 texting-while-driving tickets issued in the state, up 82 percent from the previous year.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, where parents are encouraged to educate their children about the dangers of alcohol & alcohol dependency. Dave Ramsey of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County told WCDO News that research in the last few years has indicated that alcohol to a forming teenaged brain has lasting consequences:
(Dave Ramsey 4-3-14)
Those who would like more information can go the toe council’s website at ADACONLINE.org.
State attorney general Eric Schneiderman announced agreements with 10 repossession businesses to help limit the marketing of short-term loans using cars as collateral. With so-called title loans, the short-term borrowing by consumers with poor credit histories can carry high interest rates, making them difficult to pay off and easier to roll over for additional interest. At the end of the loan, borrowers may face balloon payments or loss of their cars. More information is available at oag.state.ny.us.
the Delaware County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division, Arrested 34 year old Jared Boice of Walton with counts of Cruelty to Animals, in relation to the shooting deaths of 2 Siberian Huskies, in the Town of Tompkins last month. The bodies of the huskies were discovered Friday afternoon by a neighborhood resident walking along Finch Hollow Road in the Town of Tompkins. Boice was issued an Appearance Ticket ordering him to appear in the Town of Tompkins Court at a later time.
Oneonta Police arrested 46 year old John Nack of Oneonta for criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police seized 17 packets of heroin, Nack was held on $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond bail, he faces court action shortly.
Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting announced the complaints have been lodged regarding a phone scam. Sheriff cutting said that scam artists are calling area businesses asking for donations for the Sheriff’s Summer Youth Camp, however, the Chenango county sheriff’s department does NOT conduct phone fundraisers. Anyone who gets that call is advised to hang up & report the call to the sheriffs department at 334-2000, option #1.
A Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic For dogs, cats, and ferrets on will be held today at the Delhi Fire Hall at 140 Delview Terrace, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. More information is available at 832-5200 or delawarecountypublichealth.com.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that a team of 20 Attorneys General, have reached an agreement with Phusion Projects, to resolve allegations that Phusion marketed and sold flavored malt beverages in violation of consumer protection statutes. Phusion promoted flavored malt beverages to underage persons; promoted dangerous and excessive consumption of those beverages, and failed to disclose to consumers the effects and consequences of drinking alcoholic beverages combined with caffeine. Phusion agreed to a variety of restrictions regarding the marketing of their product, and paid $400,000 in fines.