A candlelight vigil will be held today in honor of State Trooper Christopher Skinner at 6:00 PM at Port Dickinson Community Park. The event is organized by the town and by State Police Troop C, & is open to the public. Trooper Skinner had pulled over a car May 29 on I-81 in Chenango Bridge, he was out of his patrol vehicle & hit by a white truck allegedly driven by Almond Upton of Melrose, Florida. Upton has been indicted on 11 charges, including 1st degree murder.
The State University of New York community college system, applied for a $15 million federal grant, to fund worker-training programs. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing the U.S. Labor Department, to approve the application to establish training programs in mechatronics and advanced manufacturing. Mechatronics incorporates engineering, mechanics and electronics. Schumer said 20,000 new jobs are possible in upstate New York through 2020. The U.S. Labor Department is expected to make a decision on the grant application within the next 2 months.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Apple’s new iPhone 6 will go on sale this month, it’s a reminder that all wireless carriers and smartphone manufacturers should implement a kill switch on all devices, as the rise in smartphone thefts increased as criminals target devices without a kill switch. Robberies involving iPhones fell following the release of Apple’s Activation Lock.
The National Weather Service in Binghamton has developed a website to help you determine if you will be at risk of flooding up to three days in advance. Officials said knowing the flood stages of the rivers are the first step in being prepared. Using the tool you can figure out what level the river has to be at for it to flood your home. To visit the new flood tool go to weather.gov/bgm.
The Village of Sidney will get another 1.7 million dollars from FEMA through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Sidney mayor Andy Matviak told WCDO News that this funding will insure that taxpayers will NOT be affected:
(Andy Matviak 9-11-14)
Matviak said that up to 100 structures in the low lying areas around River Street are involved in the current round of buyouts, that section of the village faces major changes in composition after being the hardest hit area for flooding in both 2006 & 2011.
Governor Cuomo announced the I LOVE NEW YORK fall foliage report is available online. The report tracks the color change in foliage throughout the state through November. The governor also announced a social media campaign called “Foliage Photog of the Week.” Each week, one picture submitted on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook would be used to promote fall tourism. For information, or for a map on the best fall foliage viewing spots, go to ILOVENY.com.
Sherrill City Commissioner Mike Hennessy said he’s not ready to concede Tuesday’s Democratic primary to Assemblyman Bill Magee, despite falling short by more than 500 votes. Hennessy, who is also a former Oneida County lawmaker, is fighting for a spot on November’s ballot on a “Fix Albany” line. Magee’s supporters challenged that attempt, and Hennessy has a court date in Albany on Sept. 22nd. Magee beat Hennessy by 560 votes for the Democratic line in the 121st Assembly District. Republican John Salka is on the ballot in November.