Governor Cuomo will announce the Regional Economic Development Award Winners at Noon today. The event will be held at the Hart Theatre in the Egg Center for Performing Arts in Albany, the event was moved to today due to yesterday’s snow storm.
The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women 40 and older who are uninsured today in Unadilla. The Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile screening coach will be available today from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Great American in Unadilla; appointments can be made toll-free at 1-888-345-0225.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive today in Walton. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative. Appointments can be made at the Red Cross Blood Donor App, redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS for today’s blood drive from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the United Presbyterian Church, 58 East Street in Walton.
Governor Cuomo will announce the Regional Economic Development Award Winners at Noon today. The event will be held at the Hart Theatre in the Egg Center for Performing Arts in Albany, the event was moved to today due to yesterday’s snow storm.
The New York State Department of Health today announced the selection of regional contractors for the Population Health Improvement Program, to promote the “Triple Aim” of better care, better population health, and lower health care costs. The contractors will convene meetings of local stakeholders and provide a neutral forum for identifying, sharing, disseminating, and helping to implement best practices and strategies to promote better health outcomes. Locally, Bassett Hospital will get $2,438,819 & STHL receives $2,070,848 to participate. More information is available at health.ny.gov.
State Police in Sidney arrested 52-year-old Shayne Edwards of Unadilla for DWI with a BAC result of .17% and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana following an accident on State Route 7 extension to I- 88 in the town of Unadilla. Edwards was issued uniform traffic tickets and an Appearance Ticket to own of Unadilla January 19th
State Senator Jim Seward announced that he will be hosting a free senior scam prevention forum on Tuesday, December 16th at the Sidney Memorial Public Library. Senator Seward is partnering with the New York State Department of State to inform senior citizens and others about the alarming trend of senior targeted scams. A specialist with the Division of Consumer Protection will conduct the free presentation, helping senior citizens proactively protect their identities and avoid becoming the victims of a scam. The senior scam prevention forum will take place on Tuesday, December 16th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sidney Memorial Public Library, 8 River Street in Sidney. The forum is free and open to the public.
A new state law bars employers in New York from firing volunteer firefighters, and members of volunteer ambulance squads, for taking time off from their jobs to respond to major emergencies such as hurricanes and snowstorms. The law, approved by the state Legislature this summer and signed by Governor Cuomo, takes affect Dec. 22nd. It requires employers to grant a request from a volunteer firefighter, or a member of a volunteer ambulance corps, for leave to respond to declared states of emergency. The governor can declare states of emergency in cases of man-made or natural disasters
The New York gaming facility location commission will hold their final meeting on December 17th that is when they are expected to announce the 4 winning proposals to operate casinos in 3 upstate regions. The next to last meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, but no decisions are expected at Tuesday’s meeting. The commission is has been tasked with located 4 casinos in 3 areas of the state, one in the southern tier, the other 2 are the Capital region & the Catskills/Hudson valley region.
State attorney general Eric Schneiderman has asked governor Cuomo for immediate 7 temporary authority to investigate police officers statewide, whose actions result in the death of an unarmed person. The request would allow Schneiderman to take investigation like the Eric Garner Staten Island case, out of the hands of local authorities. The governor has the power to remove any criminal case from a local prosecutor and assign it to the state attorney general’s office, governor Cuomo may be considering a permanent change in the 2015 legislative agenda to be announced in January.
Walton police arrested 33 year old Lloyd Hunt of Unadilla and 30 year old Jeremy Stafford of Walton, in connection with the armed robbery of a Walton tobacco shop last week. Hunt & Stafford were charged with 1st degree robbery and 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon, plus petty larceny, both were arraigned, Hunt was sent to jail on $50,000 bail and Stafford was jailed on $30,000 bail, for the armed robbery on November 28th at the Smoker’s Choice shop, the investigation into the robbery is continuing.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is making another bipartisan push to change how the military handles allegations of sexual assault. This time, she has a new ally — the former chief prosecutor of the Air Force. Retired Col. Don Christensen joined Gillibrand at a news conference to request a floor vote on Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act, which would remove commanders from the process of deciding whether to prosecute sexual assault cases and turn that responsibility over to military prosecutors. Gillibrand’s bill received 55 votes earlier this year, five short of the 60 needed to overcome a threatened filibuster. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees are working on a compromise version of the bill.
The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give blood this holiday season. Blood donations often decline this time of year, Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. Appointments can be scheduled at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS, a blood drive is being held today in Oneonta from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM at the State University,
The Norwich Business Improvement District announced that the annual tree lighting ceremony is tonight at 6:30 pm, at East, West and Gordon Parks. Santa will be in his igloo in East Park.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a Board of Education Meeting today in the District Conference Room at 6:30 PM. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7:00 PM.
State Police are investigating an armed robbery Saturday night outside the Citizens Bank on River Road in the town of Chenango. 3 victims employed at the Red & White grocery store & Guiseppe’s pizza, were robbed at knifepoint when they attempted to make a night bank drop off. The suspect was described as a male who is 6 ft – 6 ft 2 inches tall and 200 lbs to 225 pounds, wearing all black clothing and a black mask. The assailant stole an undisclosed amount of cash & fled on foot, anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at 775-1241.
The Toys for Tots train will be coming to Bainbridge on Saturday, December 6th at 12:00 NOON! The train will be stopping at the Walnut Street crossing, participants are asked to bring a toy to donate to the Toys for Tots campaign. The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this event.
State Senator Tom Libous of Binghamton will remain the #2 Republican in the Senate leadership despite lingering cancer issues & legal problems. Libous told WCDO News that the state is moving in the right direction and he enjoys being a part of it:
Libous still faces a charge of lying to the FBI in a case involving his son receiving a job at a politically connected law firm, he also continues to undergo cancer treatments, which he tries to schedule around his hectic schedule.
State Police arrested 29-year-old Benjamin Ryan of Oxford for Felony DWI, & Criminal Possession of a Weapon. The arrest resulted from a vehicle stop for failing to stop at a stop sign on State Route 7 in Unadilla, the investigation determined that Ryan was driving while intoxicated, a check of his criminal history showed that he had a prior conviction for DWI and a prior felony conviction. During an inventory of the vehicle, Ryan was accused of unlawfully possessing a bolt-action rifle. Ryan was arraigned at the Town of Unadilla Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail without bail.
After New York voters approved 4 upstate casinos last November, 4 Atlantic City casinos have closed and new casinos opened or were approved in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. State regulators may award only 3 licenses instead of the 4 authorized in the 2013 referendum. The state board reviewing casino pitches is expected to make its decisions later this month, with 16 proposals vying for licenses to be split among the Capital Region, the Finger Lakes/Southern Tier region and the Catskills.
Republican State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos supports giving New York lawmakers their first pay hike in 14 years, which may lead to the Legislature coming back to Albany before January to approve it. Senate Republicans met behind closed doors at the state Capitol, where they re-elected Skelos to another two-year term as their leader. Governor Cuomo hasn’t discussed a pay increase for lawmakers, he would have to call a special session of the Legislature before January for the pay increase to be voted on.
A proposal to build a taxiway at the Oneonta municipal airport will be addressed by the Oneonta Common Council during a meeting tonight. Federal and state grants have been approved for construction of a partial parallel taxiway. The council also will consider a lease agreement with the Oneonta Little League for use of the Swart Wilcox “Richard Murphy” Field; funding steps for the Wilber Park bridge replacement project; business contracts and adopting a local law setting certain tax abatements for local housing. The meeting will be in Common Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall at 7:00 PM.
Norwich Police arrested 3 people on drug charges following the execution of a no-knock search warrant. Police confiscated heroin, crack cocaine and cash at 12 State Street Friday night. Police arrested 28 year old Miguel Abreu of Brooklyn, 34 year old Shaun Sullivan & 34 year old Samantha Remillard of Norwich for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd & 7th degree, criminally using drug paraphernalia, criminal nuisance & Endangering the welfare of a child. Abreu, was also charged with tampering with physical evidence, a child at the residence was turned over to a family member.
State Police in Sidney responded to a report of a 1 vehicle fatal accident on East Afton Road in Afton Friday Morning at about 9:00 AM. 33 year old Joshua Seufert drifted off the road, overcorrected and then overturned striking a tree. The passenger was 28 year old Christopher Polomcean of Deposit, he was pronounced deceased at the accident scene. Both men were working for the State Parks department and were in a New York State Parks pick up truck when the accident occurred. The investigation is ongoing.
State Police have charged 3 people following a shooting at a Margaretville gas station Thursday night. 34 year old Keishaun Harper of Charlotte North Carolina was charged with 1st degree Assault & Attempted Robbery, 32 year old Joann Winne of Margaretville, was charged with Attempted Robbery, 24 year old Danielle Vitale of Arkville, and was charged with Attempted Robbery. Police reported that 23 year old Mackenzie Alexander, of Arkville was allegedly shot by Harper while seated in a vehicle at the Hess Mart in Margaretville. She was taken to Albany Medical center with non-life threatening injuries. The 3 Defendants were arraigned & were remanded to the Delaware County Jail. The investigation is continuing.
2 local blood drives will be held today, as the American Red Cross encourages people to give blood as all types are needed to maintain a stable supply. You can donate blood from 8:30am to 2:30 pm at the Bainbridge Guilford High School and from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at Saint Matthews Episcopal Church in Unadilla, appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS
State Police in Margaretville responded to an attempted robbery and shooting in the parking lot of the Hess Mart on State Route 28 in the Village of Margaretville today. The investigation led to one male suspect and two female suspects being taken into custody at the Budget 19 Motel located in Kingston, 3 suspects were questioned this afternoon, The investigation is ongoing.
The State University of New York approved the 5th consecutive year of tution increases under its five year plan to raise rates $300 a year and proposed a 17.5% state aid increase next fiscal year. The tuition increase will bring in state tuition to $6,470 a year. The budget increase is a request to the state Legislature and Gov. Cuomo for the fiscal year that starts April 1st. In 2011, Gov Cuomo and the state Legislature agreed to the SUNY 2020 program which allows the 64 college system to increase tuition $300 a year over five years. The move gives SUNY the independence to increase tuition without having to battle the Legislature every year over its request
Governor Cuomo said reforming the state’s education system will be a major focus of his 2nd term. The governor said schools need a strong teacher evaluation system. Cuomo also supports more charter schools in New York. He will offer more details about his agenda in his state of the state address on January 7th and his state budget proposal later that month for the new fiscal year that begins April 1st
2 local blood drives will be held on Monday. The American Red Cross encourages people to give blood as all types are needed to maintain a stable suppy. You can donate blood Monday from 8:30am to 2:30pm at the Bainbridge Guilford High School and Monday from 1-6pm at St Matthews Episcopal Church in Unadilla. Make an appointment at 1-800-RED-CROSS
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is looking to expand broadband access for people who live and do business in Delaware County. Gillibrand visited yesterday to discuss ways to expand and improve high-speed broadband access within the county. Representatives from the Telecom industry, government agencies and local business owners were on hand to learn how they would benefit from the change. Gillibrand said the next step is to work with state government and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and apply for grants and loans to acquire the necessary funding to put the infrastructure to work
The Weather Channel ranked Delaware County the 10th worst place in the nation to own a home. The rankings are based on weather, climate and natural risks and disaster. The recent article pointed to the 2006 flood, which devastated the county with up to 15 inches of rain in three days. Officials say the study doesn’t take into account the work that’s been done in recent years to minimize future damage, such as reclaiming flood plains and stream bank restoration. Another factor contributing to the ranking was the high cost of energy. Of the 50 locations on the list, the boroughs of Alaska were the only ones higher than Delaware County’s costs for home heating and cooling
6 Sidney area residents were arrested on drug trafficking charges Friday evening by members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Sidney Village Police Department and State Police, following a 5 month investigation, and the execution of a search warrant Friday. Arrested were 43 year old Gabriel Bonacci, on 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, for Heroin, 27 year old Rene Hurlburt of Unadilla, for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for Cocaine. Also arrested was 64 year old Donna Bonacci of Sidney for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to sell for the intended sale of cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs & marihuana. Police also charged 53 year old Belinda Davis of Sidney on 3 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for allegedly selling Oxycodone, 32 year old Randal Babcock of Sidney for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for allegedly selling Xanax & 34 year old Chad Walters of Mount Upton for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. All werearraigned & were remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail, additional arrests & drug charges are pending.
State Police & Vestal Police arrested 21 year old Kenneth Godfrey of Binghamton for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell. Members of CNET and the Vestal Police Department executed a search warrant on Godfrey, his vehicle and residence last Wednesday, seizing 371 envelopes of heroin, & cash. Godfrey was arraigned in City Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
YES! Safe Choices for Kids, from Senator Libous and Lourdes, will host over 500 students from across the Southern Tier at their YES! Ignites Training today at the Binghamton DoubleTree from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. YES! Leaders are trained to provide substance abuse prevention education to elementary school students, from Afton, Bainbridge-Guilford, Chenango Valley, Norwich, Windsor & other Broome & Chenango County school districts. Senator Libous will kick off the opening session with introductory remarks.
Unadilla Chamber of Commerce will have their next regular meeting at Unadilla Fire Station this morning at 8:00 AM. Unadilla Mayor Dave Welch will give update on Bishop Lot. Chamber members are encouraged to attend.
The Chenango County Farm Bureau will hold their 59th annual meeting this evening. The meeting will be held at 6:30 at the Silo Restaurant in Greene, the Guest Speaker will be Farmers Veterans’ Coalition president Jamie Critelli, who recently appeared on the Rachel Ray show.
Afton will be hosting the Four Chamber Mixer at Vincent’s Restaurant on Main Street in Afton on Monday starting at 6:00 PM, with the meeting to follow at 7:00. The meeting is a FREE event for members of Sidney, Unadilla, Bainbridge and Afton Chambers, An R.S.V.P to each chamber’s secretary is requested by today.
The Oneonta Outlaws announced a fundraiser full-length rodeo Saturday October 25 at 1 p.m at Damaschke Field in Oneonta. Millennia Entertainment is helping to co-promote and organize the event. The Saturday Showdown Tickets are $30 and children under 12 are free. Tickets are on sale now online at www.brownpapertickets.com. More information is available at 316-2870 or the Oneonta Outlaws office at 432-6326.
Tonight at the Floyd Maines Veterans memorial Arena in Binghamton, it will be PINK AT THE RINK with the Binghamton senators & the Portland Pirates, PRESENTED BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER. Game time is 7:05 PM with $2.00 DONATED per ticket to the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. The B-Sens uniforms will be pink in honor of breast cancer awareness and they will be auctioned off after the game.
24-year-old Joshua Theisen, of Suffolk County was pronounced deceased following an ATV crash into a drainage ditch on Jones Road in the town of New Lisbon. Otsego County Sheriff’s Office reported that Theisen was not wearing a helmet and was ejected off the ATV, which landed on top of him, suffered a severe head injury & died on Tuesday as a result of his injuries.
New York State’s private sector job count grew by 4,500, or 0.1 percent, in September 2014, according to preliminary figures released today by the State Department of Labor. This latest monthly employment gain raised New York State’s overall private sector job count to more than 7.6 million, which is an all-time high. The statewide unemployment rate declined from 6.4% to 6.2% in September 2014, its lowest level since October 2008.
Governor Cuomo said $10 million in grants were awarded to localities across the State to support emergency response operations. Administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the grants support municipalities that operate 9-1-1 response and emergency service dispatch operations. Chenango County will receive just under $175,000, Delaware $117,000 and Otsego $161,000
New York will receive $343 million in heating and home energy assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined a bipartisan group of 46 Senators, in urging HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, to release Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding as quickly as possible, to ensure more families can access resources they need to heat their homes this winter. LIHEAP is the main federal program that helps low-income households and seniors with their energy bills, providing assistance during both the cold winter and hot summer months
On Election Day in November, voters will find a proposition that could save taxpayers $53 million a year. It’s called Proposition 2 – the state’s attempt to go completely digital. In a two-year legislative session, 17,000 proposals are printed for the states 213 lawmakers. The state’s printing costs for a single year is about $13 million. In addition, the state pays another $40 million just to haul it all away, which costs taxpayers a total of $53 million annually. If the proposal is approved, every bill would be a digital file only
CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WILL HOLD A PROGRAM ON ‘FOOD RULES FOR VALUE-ADDED MEATS’ TOMORROW FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM IN HAMDEN, FOR THOSE THAT NEED TO KNOW THE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR PROCESSING AND SELLING VALUE-ADDED MEATS AND MEAT PRODUCTS IN NEW YORK. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION AT 865-6531
The village of Unadilla planning board will meet tonight at 6pm at the Community House library on Main Street in Unadilla.
State Police arrested 37 year old Brian Johns of Sidney & 43 year old Jason Rude of Unadilla for Trespassing. The arrest occurred after a complaint from a residence on Sanly Road in Franklin, , where both men were accused of walking near the residence while wearing dark clothing and possessing binoculars at night. Johns and Rude were arraigned in town of Sidney Court and were remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $1,000 cash bail. An order of protection was issued against both men.
The city of Oneonta has hired a new city manager, who will officially begin his duties on Monday. 54 year old Martin Murphy will start at an annual salary of $110,000. Murphy was most recently a Cortland County administrator. Murphy succeeds Michael Long, who retired May 29th
As the deadline to register to vote in next month’s general election approaches, the State Board of Elections reminds residents to turn in their paperwork as soon as possible. The final day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 General Election is Oct. 10. Registration forms are available at elections.state.ny.gov. The forms can also be found at the post office, DMV site or by calling your county board of elections
Binghamton Police arrested a Broome County legislator for DWI after a crash involving a bicycle rider. 49 year old Anthony Fiala of Binghamton, was charged with DWI early this morning. The arrest was the result of a car and bycyle crash on the corner of Clinton and Oak streets in Binghamton. Fiala allegedly hit a bicyclist with his vehicle and left the scene. The unidentified rider received minor injuries and refused medical treatment. Police later located Fiala at his home on Stanley Street. Fiala was released on an appearance ticket at a later date
The Southern Tier Independence Center is offering help to those who are looking to enroll in the next round for the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. Center spokesman Chad Eldred explains:
(Chad Eldred 10-2-14)
Those who would like more information about the Center can call 724-2111 or log on at stic-cil.org.
Sidney village police & NYSEG are alerting residents of a scam, where a caller poses as a NYSEG representative to report a passed due bill & threatens to turn off electricity if a payment is not made. A second person will then pose as a manager to acquire personal financial information from the caller. NYSEG does not operate in this manner, if you should receive such a call, offer to call back at the phone number on your NYSEG Bill, do not give out financial information to unsolicited callers.
New York will mail a second rebate check to homeowners – the “Property Tax Freeze” credit. To qualify, homeowners must: Receive the Star Property Tax Exemption, The property must be the homeowner’s primary residence, The total household income must be $500,000 or less and The School District in which the property is located must comply with the state’s property tax cap. The check amount will be the actual increase in your tax bill with an inflation factor – whichever is greater. Homeowners whose tax bills go down, stay the same, or increase less than the inflation factor will receive a credit equal to the previous year’s tax bill with inflation
Governor Cuomo said October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The office for the prevention of domesitc violence works to raise awareness of the issue by launcing a campaign to turn New York State purple. Purple is the color chosen to help spread the message. The campaign is a low- or no-cost way for organizations to show their support for ending violence against women. OPDV provides free tools and resources that can be used by service providers, public and private businesses, government agencies, college campuses, community organizations and individuals. Go to opdv.ny.gov
Mang Insurance Agency officials announced that the company would now be known as NBT-Mang Insurance Agency. Mang became part of the NBT Bancorp organization in 2008, the name change requires no action from customers, and no services will be affected by the change.