The Unadilla chamber of commerce will meet this morning at 8:15 AM. The meeting will be held at Green’s Long River Inn at 54 route 357, chamber members & directors are encouraged to attend.
An American Red Cross Blood drive will be held in Sidney today at Tri-Town regional hospital. The Blood drive will run from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
The Unadilla chamber of commerce will meet this morning at 8:15 AM. The meeting will be held at Green’s Long River Inn at 54 route 357, chamber members & directors are encouraged to attend.
The murder trial of Ganesh Ramsaran is underway in Chenango County Court in Norwich, as jurors and alternates were seated this week. The prosecution is calling witnesses to testify on the witness stand, Ramsaran is accused of Killing his Wife Jennifer in December 2012.
New York State parks, historic sites and campgrounds hosted another successful season with nearly 36 million visits from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend; a 2% increase over 2013. Governor Cuomo included a 3rd round of $90 million in New York Works funding for improvements to State parks and historic sites in the 2014-15 State Budget for projects at 109 State parks and historic sites. Outdoor recreation generates $33.8 billion in consumer spending in New York, directly supporting 305,000 jobs.
State Troopers responded to a roll over tractor-trailer accident Thursday on I-81 Near Exit 11 in Cortlandville. During the accident the trailer became detached and fell into the Tioughnioga River. 31 year old Robinson Jaquez of Lancaster, Pennsylvania was not injured, the investigation is continuing, traffic was re-opened following the clean up & accident reconstruction work.
Doctor Carlton Rule has been appointed to replace Dan Ayres as CEO of both Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney and O’Connor Hospital in Delhi. Dr. Rule told WCDO News about his new role:
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Dr. Rule will assume his new role on September 29th, replacing Dan Ayres who is taking a similar position in his home state of West Virginia.
Delaware County Fair organizers announced the passing of long time Fair Director Gary Tweedie, who passed Wednesday at the age of 72. Tweedie was a Director of The Fair for nearly 40 years and served as President & Vice-President for numerous years& served as President of The New York State Association Of Agricultural Fairs in 2000.
Organizers of the Afton fun show at the Afton fairgrounds announced today that activities originally scheduled for Saturday, have been moved to Sunday due to expected foul weather tomorrow. Activities will begin at 9:00 AM Sunday details are available funshows.theaftonfair.com.
State senator Jim Seward said 4 local domestic violence programs have been allocated grants in the 2014-2015 state budget. Opportunities For Otsego will receive $12,500, Catholic Charities in Schoharie $15,000, Chenango County Catholic Charities $10,000, and Delaware Opportunities $7,500.
Health insurance companies in New York will receive average rate increases of 5.7% next year, less than half the increases they had requested for individual and family plans. The insurance companies had proposed increases averaging 12.5% with some companies seeking as much as 28% more for some plans. The average increase the state decided to award is below the state’s 8% overall increase in health care costs. The increase also applies to New York State of Health, the exchange that was set up under the Affordable Care Act, to provide subsidized health insurance for state residents who might not otherwise be able to afford it.
State Senator Tom Libous & his attorney appeared in federal court this morning in White Plains to discuss various motions that the defense will file, including a motion to change the venue to a federal court room in the Northern district of the state. Motions from Libous’s defense attorney are due by November 3rd; the prosecution has until l November 24th to respond. Senator Libous is schedule back in court on January 9th where the judge will consider the motions. Libous & his son Matthew were named in a federal indictment in July following allegations that Libous used his political influence to get his son a job with a Westchester county law firm. No trial date has been set.
State Police investigated a fatal agricultural accident Monday at 989 State Route 12 in the Town of Greene. The Deceased is identified as 62-year-old Gary Williams, who was discovered deceased behind his residence after being ejected from his farm tractor. An autopsy will be conducted at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton today.
Delaware County Deputies investigated a 2-car personal injury auto accident on State Highway 28 in the Town of Meredith Sunday. Deputies reported that Kathleen Hibbard of Delhi crossed the double yellow line and entered the on-coming lane striking Thomas Nau of Roanoke Virginia. Nau was transported to O’Connor hospital with minor injuries. Hibbard was issued a traffic ticket for failure to keep right, she faces action in Town of Meredith Town Court on September 17th.
Employer contribution rates for the New York State and Local Retirement System will decline in Fiscal Year 2015-16 according to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The average contribution rate for the Employees Retirement System will decrease by about 9% from 20.1% to 18.2% of payroll. DiNapoli also announced that the funded ratio increased from 88.7% to 92.2%
During the National “Drunk Driving, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, from August 15th to Labor Day. State Police issued 46,584 tickets. State Police said that 18,350 were for speeding, 1,937 for distracted driving, 2,667 child restraint and seatbelt violations, and 850 move over tickets. Troopers conducted sobriety checkpoints that more than 19,000 vehicles passed though, 72 were arrested for DWI. Troopers arrested a total of 663 people for DWI during this crackdown enforcement.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation prohibiting the launch of watercraft in New York State without taking precautions to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The legislation requires boaters launching watercraft to clean, drain and dry the boat, trailer, and any other exposed equipment of visible plant and animal matter, or have taken other reasonable measures to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species that can destroy ecosystems of the states waterway.
The O’ Connor Hospital and Tri-Town Regional Hospital Boards of Trustees have appointed Carlton Rule as Chief Executive Officer of both institutions effective September 29th. Dr. Rule will succeed Dan Ayres, who announced in July that he is returning to West Virginia to become CEO of Summersville Regional Medical Center. Dr. Rule will continue as medical director of Bassett Healthcare Network health centers in the Delaware County communities of Delhi, Andes, Stamford and Walton.
Wind damage & downed trees were reported in Chenango County after a tornado warning last night, according to the National Weather Service. Damage was reported in the Afton and Bainbridge areas, NYSEG reported scattered power outages from last night’s storms across the Southern Tier, investigators from the National Weather Service are expected to check for a possible tornado touchdown last night in Chemung County.
Governor Cuomo launched Renewable Heat NY, a $27 million initiative aimed at building a sustainable, high-efficiency, low-emissions wood heating sector in New York. Renewable Heat NY promotes the highest efficiency class of wood-fired heating technologies in the nation.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is warning New Yorkers of the Giant Hogweed which has been growing across the state this summer. The plant is toxic and highly dangerous, and it grow to be 15 feet tall with stems covered in coarse hairs and topped with a cluster of white flowers, resembling Queen Anne’s Lace. Touching the weed can cause serious burns, or even blindness, if you see a Giant Hogweed, contact the DEC immediately.
The next American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held today in Sidney. The Blood Drive will begin at 1:00pm until 6:00 PM at Tri-Town Regional Hospital on Pearl Street.
The 2014 Rock In the Park concert tickets are available through several area contacts, for the show at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge next month. Organizer Jason Hall comments:
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The concert will be on August 17th tickets are $15 each, with children 12 & under free, all proceeds will benefit Chenango County Toys for Tots.
The Sidney central school district projects are progressing on schedule so far this summer. Sidney superintendent Bill Christensen comments:
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Sidney school officials request that residents stay away form the construction site, as there are still a few hazards on site that have not yet been addressed & could result in injury.
Binghamton police announced that 19 year old Scott Wright of Binghamton died from injuries sustained in a shooting Friday. 21 year old Andre Lee was arrested Friday, for allegedly shooting Wright & hitting another man in the head with a glass bottle. Lee has been charged with 2nd degree assault, 2nd degree attempted murder & criminal possession of a weapon. Binghamton Police also charged 21-year-old Tichelle Bethea of Binghamton, with hindering prosecution. The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information can call Binghamton Police at 772-7080.
29 year old Kyle Whitfield of Smithville has been indicted on manslaughter and assault charges. Whitfield is accused of fatally stabbing 33 year old James Button Jr. of Greene on March 3rd outside Whitfield’s home, Button was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitfield was indicted by a grand jury on March 20th for 1st degree manslaughter, 1st degree assault, 2nd degree manslaughter and 2nd degree assault.
Governor Cuomo officially signed a medical marijuana into law, making New York the 23rd state to legalize the drug to treat patients. In the final days of session last month, Cuomo and legislative leaders negotiated a medical marijuana program for New York, the program will begin in 18 months and does not allow the drug to be smoked. The state will certify up to 5 companies to grow and distribute marijuana. The governor has the power to halt the program if either the state’s health commissioner or superintendent of the State Police recommends it.
CEO Dan Ayres of O’ Connor Hospital in Delhi and Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney, announced that he has accepted a position in West Virginia as President and CEO of Summersville Regional Medical Center. Ayres’ last day here will be September 28th. Ayres has been CEO at O’ Connor Hospital since 2004 and Tri-Town Regional Hospital since 2009, a search for a replacement is underway by Bassett healthcare officials.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Sara Briggs of Oneida for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and 5 counts of endangering the Welfare of a Child. Briggs was stopped for erratic driving. During the investigation it was found that Briggs was impaired by multiple prescription narcotics while operating a motor vehicle with 5 children in the car. Briggs was arrested and arraigned in the Town of North Norwich Court; she was released on her own recognizance and is to reappear at a later date.
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.
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:
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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.
State troopers arrested 31-year-old Emily Bixby of Norwich Tuesday for aggravated DWI, following the report of a disable vehicle in the town of Colesville. Troopers found that Bixby was intoxicated, and had driven her vehicle, with a five-year-old passenger, just off the roadway and was stuck in the snow; She refused to submit to a breath test. Bixby was arraigned in the Town of Colesville Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail on $1,500.00 cash bail. The five-year-old passenger was turned over to a family member.
State police at Sidney arrested 32-year-old Anthony Campisi of Bainbridge, for driving while impaired by drugs. The arrest resulted from a vehicle stop for not using his turn signal on State Route 7 in the Village of Bainbridge. Troopers determined that Campisi was impaired while driving, he was taken to Tri Town regional Hospital in Sidney, where he consented to a blood test. Campisi was issued tickets for the Town of Bainbridge Court on March 10th.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 31-year-old Crystal Gonsalves of Davenport for 1 count of 2nd degree Aggravated Harassment. Gonsalves is accused of making threatening telephone calls to another person, she was arraigned & was released on her own recognizance, to reappear at Davenport Town Court February 25th. ____________________________________________
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is recusing himself from any role Congress plays in Comcast Corp.’s planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable after learning his brother was one of the lead lawyers behind the $45 billion deal. Federal regulators and lawmakers will scrutinize how the acquisition would affect competition and consumers, issues that could have come before Schumer as a member of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a warning to New Yorkers after consumers were contacted by scam artists who were posing as representatives of Microsoft. The callers identify themselves with “P.C. Solutions”, their caller ID is “Windows Support.” The scam artists attempt to gain remote access to consumers’ computers by claiming that their units infected with malware or viruses, they extract a fee up to $300 by obtaining credit card information over the phone, or by directing consumers to enter PayPal, bank or credit card information on a website the scammers control. Schneiderman recommends hanging up the phone, never give out passwords to such callers, change your email & other passwords & file a complaint with Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-771-7755 or www.ag.ny.gov.
Greater Maywood Rural Community Services is holding The “Lasagna And Laughs” organic fund-raising dinner, this Saturday night in Sidney, with ingredients donated by area businesses. Group spokesperson Lisa Barr explains:
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Proceeds from Saturday night’s dinner will go for the group to preserve the former Sidney Center school as a rural community center.
New York’s draft energy plan was put to its first hearing yesterday, with dozens of speakers expressing concern about the state’s plans for natural gas, and the future of competitive energy markets. the New York energy planning board has to put out a long-term planning document every 4 years, documenting the state’s energy use, and offering guidance for future investment. Tuesday’s hearing is the 1st of 6 statewide, & it drew several groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing. The plan identifies 15 energy-related initiatives for the state to pursue while reaffirming New York’s goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
Classes at SUNY Delhi were back in session yesterday afternoon, and will be open as scheduled today, following yesterday’s bomb threat. Law enforcement agencies swept through Evenden Tower & Sanford Hall following the bomb threat called in yesterday morning, both buildings were evacuated and no bombs were found. The investigation is continuing.
The fire that destroyed 118 Mechanic Street in Guilford Monday night was caused by a defective television, according to investigators with the Chenango county bureau of fire. All occupants escaped the fire, which started at around 6:00 PM Monday night, and rekindled briefly Tuesday morning. No injuries among firefighters from the Guilford and Oxford fire departments were reported.
The 3rd annual awards for the state’s regional councils will be announced today at The Egg Theater near the state Capitol in Albany. The 10 regional councils competed for $756 million in grants and tax breaks, including $150 million in capital aid and $70 million in tax credits. So far, the program has supported 1,400 projects, and retained or created 75,000 jobs.
State Police and the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department arrested 27-year-old Brendan Lawrence of Oneonta, on charges of 1st degree burglary, 3rd degree criminal mischief, & endangering the welfare of child. Police responded to 474 Airport Road in the Town of Laurens, for a burglary in progress, Lawrence was arraigned in the Town of Laurens Court and committed to the Otsego County Jail on $15,000 cash bail pending action in the Town of Laurens Court on February 20th.
The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings in Sidney to women 40 and older that are uninsured. The event will be held today from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM at Tri-Town Regional Hospital on Pearl Street in Sidney, appointments are requested at 1-888-345-0225 for your appointment.
The ACCO Brands Sidney facility honored its 53 military veterans this month; with a barbecue chicken lunch and a special gift for the employee veterans; a multi-media presentation highlighting the veterans; a large banner at the site, & fundraisers to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Fundraisers include a 50/50 raffle, buckets for collecting change and barbecue chicken sales. ACCO is now manufacturing a line of products in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project® with a portion of the proceeds going to the organization through the end of 2014, with a minimum of $125,000 pledged, with the total donation expected to exceed that amount. More information is available at woundedwarriorproject.org & at accobrands.com.
Commerce Chenango will honor area businesses at the Chamber’s Annual Salute to Small Business Dinner at Gabriella’s Manor in Greene. Award winners are: CZ-USA; The Voss Group, and FoJo Beans. The evening’s festivities will begin at 5:30 PM.
The next area American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held this afternoon in Sidney. The drive begins at 1:00 PM at the Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney.