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
The White House confirmed Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s two-day bus tour will stop in Binghamton, along with Buffalo, Syracuse and a stop in northeastern Pennsylvania. According to a White House official, the president will be traveling through New York and Pennsylvania Thursday, Aug. 22 and Friday, Aug. 23
Governor Cuomo continued to say that there is no timetable for a decision on the return of Hydrofracking to New York State. State Senator Tom Libous of Binghamton told WCDO News that a decision has to be made soon, after 5 years of waiting:
Currently, the decision of Hydrofracking rests with the findings of the state Health Department. A gas-drilling moratorium has been in effect for almost 5 years, hydrofracking started in Western New York in 1979.
The trial of 25 year old Binghamton resident Jaclyn Wesley began in Broome County Court yesterday. In May of 2011, Wesley was driving her Ford Explorer when it went off Interstate 88 west in the town of Fenton and into the Chenango River. There were 4 people in the vehicle and Wesley was the only survivor. The bodies of 39-year-old Carri Michalski, 25-year-old Robert Moorehead and 45-year-old Robert Marshall were later recovered from the river. Wesley is facing seven misdemeaners including driving while intoxicated in the case. The trial continues at the Broome County Courthouse.
Tompkins County and the Town of Enfield declared local emergencies Wednesday afternoon due to the numerous damages caused by last week’s storms. Damages exceed four hundred thousand dollars and the compromised waterways and infrastructure could threaten private properties in the case of another storm. The repairs are beyond the capacity of what the local government can manage and the county is calling on New York State to provide assistance.
A group of junior sailors from Camp Comstock were out on Cayuga Lake Wednesday when the winds picked up and waters became too rough. A camp counselor attempted to rescue the three campers in a motor boat, but began taking water on board and the boat began to sink. Others from the camp went out in canoes and jet skis to try and bring them in. Trumansburg Fire and Rescue, along with the New York State Park Police Marine Unit and the Ithaca Fire and Rescue Marine Unit, responded to the scene and were able to rescue the boat operator. Two campers were taken to Cayuga Medical Center for treatment of head injuries. Officials said the use of life jackets helped make sure there was no loss of life.
Two men who led Pennsylvania State Police on a high-speed chase Monday morning have been arrested. 33 year old Erich J. West, and 21 year old Ryan J. West, both of Wellsboro, were wanted on several warrants. They had been spotted driving a stolen vehicle on state Route 660 in Richmond Township. The two led police on a high speed chase through several townships before turning onto Scouten Hill Road where they abandoned the vehicle in a wooded area and fled on foot. A search of the area after the incident was unsuccessful. The suspects were arrested at an undisclosed location at a later time.
The Delaware County Department of Public Works will be closing County Route 20 in the town of Masonville from Monday to Friday, August 19th to the 23rd to replace a large culvert. Work is expected to be complete by 3pm Friday the 23rd.
The state senate will be operating under a bipartisan coalition in the New Year. State senator Tom Libous of Binghamton told WCDO News that he feels that the senate will have a productive year:
The new session will begin following the governor’s annual State of the State Address, which will be held in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on January 9th at 1:30 PM.
State troopers in Binghamton arrested 40-year-old James Kennerup of Kirkwood and 42-year-old Terry McNerney of Windsor, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Needle. The arrests resulted from a suspicious vehicle parked on Fairview Drive in Windsor. Troopers reported that McNerney had an outstanding warrant from the City of Elmira and Kennerup had and outstanding warrant from the Broome County Sheriff Department. Both were issued Appearance Tickets returnable to the Town of Windsor Court on January 16th, McNerney was turned over to the City of Elmira Police and Kennerup was turned over to the Broome County Sheriff Department.
State police will remain out in full force for New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day holidays. Troopers will be looking for drunk & aggressive drivers, drivers using electronic equipment & they will be looking for seat belt compliance.
Winter storm “Euclid” caused little damage to NYSEG’s electricity delivery systems across 20,000 square miles. The storm was responsible for approximately 2,600 service interruptions in the NYSEG service area, due mainly to gusty winds and ice, more than 300 line and tree crews were ready to responded quickly to power outages due to any Downed trees or power lines.
Crews have spent hours cleaning up route 17 near Apalachin this morning; following an early morning flip of a tractor-trailer carrying potatoes. The accident occurred at around 2:40 AM William May of Gillett, Pennsylvania was driving the truck and apparently fell asleep at the wheel. May was not injured, but was ticketed for speed not reasonable and prudent and moving from a lane unsafely.
Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20% in 7 years, to try to save millions of dollars for taxpayers, create thousands of jobs & reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Governor also launched “Build Smart NY,” a plan to strategically implement the Executive Order by accelerating priority improvements in energy performance. The administration designed Build Smart New York plan that will use state building energy data to prioritize projects that will deliver the greatest energy savings per dollar spent. The largest and most inefficient buildings will be addressed first and undergo comprehensive whole-building improvements. Details are available at buildsmart.ny.gov.
Binghamton Police will release further details later today, regarding a Christmas day shooting between Police & 2 assailants, on the memorial bridge. One police officer was shot, one of the assailants was shot & killed by police, the investigation is continuing.
Governor Cuomo & the state legislature will be looking at tightening up gun laws, with bipartisan support expected following the December 14th massacre in a Connecticut elementary school. State Senator Tom Libous of Binghamton told WCDO news that Lawmakers will be looking at the gun control issue:
Cuomo mentioned last week that he supports the closing loopholes in the state’s assault-weapon ban, which contains exemptions for certain semiautomatic guns.
The Chenango county sheriff’s office arrested 24-year-old Matthew Willis of Sherburne for possession of narcotics. Deputies arrested Willis after he was found to be in possession Heroin and Oxycodone Powder during a traffic stop. Willis was processed at the Chenango County Sheriffs Office and is scheduled to appear in the Town of North Norwich Court at a later date.
Governor Cuomo announced that the 2013 State of the State Address would be held in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on January 9th at 1:30 PM. New Yorkers wishing to attend should visit the Governor’s homepage to register: www.governor.ny.gov. The registration period runs through this Friday, December 28th at 5:00 PM. Guests will be notified of their selection for tickets by email by January 4th.
SUNY Cortland’s Men’s Soccer Coach Steven Axtell, and members of his staff will be providing quality, skills oriented, professional training to all age groups at the Chenango soccer club in Oxford. Sessions will run from January 22nd until the end of April, on Sundays from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, or Tuesdays 4:00 to 6:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. More information is available at 334-5038.
The southern tier regional economic development council was one of the 4 winners yesterday for state grants to pursue locally developed projects to promote regional job growth, state senator Tom Libous participated as was happy to see that money heading to this region:
Other projects will include helping the dairy industry meet the demands of the exploding Greek yogurt manufacturing segment of the upstate economy, other projects will team up area colleges and industry to promote job growth in other sectors of the regional economy.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 3 people on charges of 3rd degree Grand Larceny. Deputies arrested 36-year-old Christopher Palmiter of Greene, 21-year-old Kyle Brothers of Barker and 19-year-old Cody Brothers of Barker for stealing 4 portable toilets from an area business. Palmiter was arraigned in the Town of Greene Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail. Cody and Kyle Brothers were arraigned in the Town of Oxford Court and released on their own recognizance. All three defendants are to appear in the Town of Greene Court at a later date.
Oneonta city department of public service announced that a water main break occurred along East Street today. Residents in the east street area near Woodside Avenue from Hazel Street to the gate near Bugbee Road have no water currently. Crews are working to correct the problem; those with questions can call 432-2100.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 21-year-old Cheyenne Greenier of Afton on an active Bench Warrant from the Town of Norwich court for 5th degree Conspiracy. Greenier was arraigned in the town of Norwich court and is being held on $1000 cash bail, and will appear in the Town of Norwich Court this afternoon to answer to the charges.
The Sidney town board will hold a special meeting this evening in the Sidney civic center board room. The board will consider 2 quotes for insurance coverage at tonight’s special meeting, which will start at 7:00 PM.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 31 year old Daniela Wilbur of Norwich for Petty Larceny. Wilbur was charged following an investigation of stolen prescription pills, from a residence in the Town of Plymouth. Wilbur was released on an appearance ticket for a later court date.
Mollianna’s mission is collecting condolences and cards from area residents, that will be sent to the families affected by the massacre at the sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut last week. The collection will be accepted through 5:00 this afternoon in front of the Bainbridge family dollar store.
On New Year’s Day, New Yorkers are welcome to meet Governor Andrew Cuomo at the Executive Mansion in Albany. All adults over the age of 16 wishing to attend must have a ticket; those with a ticket will be allowed to bring one guest and any minor children from their household. Children must be accompanied by an adult. New Yorkers wishing to attend should visit the Governor’s website to register at governor.ny.gov/webform/mansionopenhouse. The registration period takes place from Today until next Thursday, December 27th at 6:00 PM.