Commerce Chenango will hold a special program for their members today in Norwich. Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate will discuss elections year issues at Fred’s Inn on Route 12 in Norwich from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM more information is available at 334-1402
The New York State Firemen’s association will hold their 142nd annual convention in Albany today through Friday. There will be an Awards ceremony, officer elections, lectures and field training for first responders from all over the state. The event will be held at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center at 660 Albany Shaker Road, in Albany.
State Troopers arrested 42-year-old Michael Lynch of Unadilla for Aggravated DWI with a BAC result of .19%. The arrest occurred after a vehicle stop for failing to keep right on County Route 23 in Sidney, Lynch was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Sidney Court on August 28th.
Commerce Chenango will hold a special program for their members today in Norwich. Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate will discuss elections year issues at Fred’s Inn on Route 12 in Norwich from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM more information is available at 334-1402
60-year-old Almond Upton of Florida pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and 10 other charges in Broome County Court this morning. Upton is accused of intentionally swerving on northbound Interstate 81 & hitting Trooper Christopher Skinner, who was conducting an unrelated traffic stop on the side of the highway. Upton is charged with 1st degree murder, 2 counts of 2nd degree Assault, 3 counts of criminal mischief & 5 counts of reckless driving, he faces court action again on August 29th.
State Police reported that 4 people were injured in an accident on State Route 7 in the town of Unadilla on Sunday. The accident occurred at around 2:45 Sunday afternoon, between a car and motorcycle occurred in a driveway near the juncture of Sheep Pen Road and Sanly Road, Police said that 21 year old Benjamin Newman of Bainbridge; & 68 year old Richard Lewis of Birmingham, Alabama collided, 4 people suffered a variety of injuries.
State Police at Oneonta arrested 43-year-old Ramnarine Baldeo of Schenectady for False Personation and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. The arrest resulted from a stop for not wearing his seatbelt on I-88 in Oneonta; Baldeo is accused of giving the Trooper a false name and date of birth, to keep his suspended driver’s license from being found out. Baldeo was arraigned and was remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail.
State Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera today announced that through a partnership with the US Department of Treasury, New York leads the nation in the number of recoveries made, with more than 19,000 individuals who filed fraudulent Unemployment Insurance claims & had their federal tax refunds intercepted. The Program returned $21 million over the past 6 months to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. New York was the first state in the nation to implement this program and has recovered more than $139.4 million since February 2011.
Hunting and trapping licenses, and Deer Management Permits for the 2014-15 season are now available for purchase through the State DEC. Sporting licenses and permits can be purchased at one of DEC’s 1,100 license sales outlets statewide. Licenses can also be ordered at dec.ny.gov/permits. The 2014-2015 hunting and trapping licenses are valid for 1 year beginning this September 1st
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino, and the GOP statewide ticket, filed 4,400 pages of signatures in an attempt to create a “Stop Common Core” ballot line this fall. Astorino’s campaign filed 62,000 signatures from voters in support of the effort, if certified by the state Board of Elections, the effort would give Astorino a 3rd ballot line against Governor Cuomo in the November election.
New York is getting new restrictions on the sale of ivory or rhino horn to prevent the slaughter of the endangered animals. Gov. Cuomo signed legislation into law that prohibits the sale of ivory or items containing it unless they are antiques or used for educational or scientific purposes. The rules would also apply to rhino horn. Federal law already restricts ivory imports and interstate sales. The Wildlife Conservation Society said New York is the nation’s No. 1 importer of ivory.
Governor Cuomo is using his campaign money to pay the cost of travel for himself and his staff to Israel. The three-day journey to Israel is officially a government trip. But members of the delegation are using campaign funds to pay their way. State Senator Jeff Klein and Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are also using campaign funds. The group was scheduled to meet with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu today & return tomorrow.
Windsor Firefighters & those from surrounding communities were called to a 2 alarm blaze at about 10:00 AM, at an apartment building at 1075 Old State Route 17 this morning. Firefighters knocked down the blaze quickly, all occupants escaped without injury. The Windsor Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from West Windsor, Deposit, 5 Mile Point, Binghamton & Harpursville with Afton on standby, Broome County Fire Investigators are working to determine the cause.
Governor Cuomo announced that Agencies that help crime victims have been awarded $36.2 million in grant funding. The grants will be administered by the state Office of Victim Services, locally, funding will go to the Crime Victims Assistance Center, the SOS Shelter, Catholic Charities of Chenango County, & Delaware Opportunities.
State Troopers arrested 31 year old Jeremiah Craver of Guilford for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC result of .14%. The arrest resulted from a vehicle stop for failing to keep right on County Route 3 in Unadilla, Troopers accuse Craver of driving while intoxicated, he was was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Unadilla Court on August 11th.
The Village of Franklin and the Delaware County Local Development Corporation announced the successful completion of a New York Main Street program in the Village of Franklin. Franklin was awarded $255,000 through the program to commercial building owners for renovations of 14 buildings that improved commercial and mixed-use buildings, creating more functional commercial space and safer apartment rentals. More information is available about business initiatives, programs and funding opportunities DCecodev.com or 746-8595.
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman is giving police agencies, in 23 counties across the state, funds to help buy new or replacement bulletproof vests. The awards in the program use money from criminal and civil forfeitures. In June, Schneiderman pledged $3.5 million from forfeitures to help outfit police statewide to fill the funding gap in a federal grant program. The office will approve about $2.8 million in matching funding to 147 agencies statewide to buy more than 7,800 vests
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has called on the FAA, and the Commerce Department, to develop and release privacy rules and guidelines for the use of small-unmanned aircraft systems by the end of the year. The unmanned aircrafts, or drones, are being used by the U.S. to aid military operations, and Schumer said they have become more common in commercial uses as well. Schumer is concerned the increasing use, by private investigators to spy on unaware parties, such as people in their residences, as well as drug dealers to deliver illegal drugs, poses serious public safety concerns for New Yorkers.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation to strengthen the vetting process for volunteer firefighter organizations, by requiring applicants to submit to a background check for any prior sex offense convictions. Volunteer firefighters frequently work in the presence of vulnerable individuals, including children. The bill will require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions if the individual wishes to proceed with his or her application.
The New York Lottery has drafted regulations to enter a new multi-state lottery game, called Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, that is set to launch nationwide Oct. 19th. The game, which will have weekly Friday drawings, is projected to generate more than $34 million annually in lottery revenue, which is then put in the state’s general fund and designated for education. For the current fiscal year, which ends March 31, the state estimates the game could bring in $10 million in new revenue.
Pinpointing the source of a salmonella outbreak may soon take less time and be more accurate, due to the next generation DNA sequencing techniques being used at the State’s Wadsworth Center Laboratories. The technology enables public health laboratories to rapidly identify strains of salmonella and quicken responses to potential outbreaks. The FDA is providing equipment, funds for personnel, and training on the equipment to 7 State Public Health Laboratories including New York.
DELAWARE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES will hold a Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic For dogs, cats, and ferrets today from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Sidney Fire Station on River Street. more information is available at 832-5200 or delawarecountypublichealth.com.
The Afton, Bainbridge, Sidney, and Unadilla Chamber of Commerce Members will participate in a 4 Chamber Mixer & Meeting today at 5:30 pm, at the Sundown Golf & Country Club 178 Haypath Lane, Guilford. Chambers will give brief reports on planned projects for the year.
The national weather service investigators will be out again today looking to confirm more tornadic activity from yesterday’s storms. One possible tornado appeared in Watkins glen, funnel clouds were reported in Binghamton, West Windsor, Windsor and Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania.
State Police arrested 19-year-old Damian Schlabsz of Unadilla for unlawful imprisonment & 2nd degree menacing, for allegedly attacking a woman with a knife near Bainbridge July 6th. Schlabsz was taken to the Chenango County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Governor Cuomo will seek legislation to let the state recoup millions in school tax breaks paid to high-income New Yorkers who did not qualify to receive them. The announcement came after an investigation found an estimated $28 million in school property-tax subsidies, since 2011, were granted to households ineligible to receive them because they earned more than $500,000 a year.
Motorists are advised that the Prospect Street westbound lane will be closed at the Prospect Connector Road. Crews will be performing excavation and embankment work the Prospect Connector Road between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. today & tomorrow. Flag personnel will guide alternating one-way traffic through the work zone. This work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, weather permitting.
Afton, Bainbridge, Sidney, and Unadilla Chamber of Commerce Members will hold a 4-Chamber Mixer & Meeting on Monday July 21st starting with a Social hours at 5:30pm. The event will be held at the Sundown Golf & Country Club at 178 Haypath Lane, Guilford. Reservations are required by today to either of the chambers involved
American Red Cross Blood Mobile will be held today at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 254 Main Street, Unadilla from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Call 1-800-Red Cross or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule appointment. Walk-ins welcome. Sponsored by the Unadilla Chamber of Commerce.
Town of Unadilla crews announced that Butternut Road at the intersection with Leizear Hill Road will be closed today. Crews will be working on a culvert; the work is expected to be completed this afternoon by 4:00 PM.
The probability of strong to severe storms in the WCDO listening area is very likely for Tuesday, 7/1/14.
Dangerously high temperatures are expected late afternoon/early evening for the Finger Lakes
region and the greater Syracuse area Tuesday. These conditions will be a primary driving force and contribute to the severity of storms as they begin reach our area in the mid to late afternoon. Damaging winds and potential flooding are the primary threats. However, large hail, and even an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions and stay tuned to FM 100.9 / AM 1490 WCDO for the latest updates. In the event of heavy localized rainfall, you can keep an eye on the water levels of our local rivers by visiting the river gages, located HERE at WCDORadio.com
Here’s a look at the likely timing of the arrival of severe weather potential:
Be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions and stay tuned to WCDO for the latest updates.
The proposed “Dream Act”, that would have allowed the children of illegal aliens to access financial aid to college, doesn’t have enough support to make it to the Governors desk. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch explains:
This year’s legislative session is scheduled to end this Thursday.
Investigators have been unable to determine exactly what caused the fire that destroyed the Ellis Brothers furniture building in Binghamton. The April 30th fire caused heavy damage throughout the building, which was torn down because of the danger of collapsing. Fire officials believe the fire may have started in a maintenance room, but there were too many other possible causes that could not be narrowed down, officials have closed the investigation.
A new Sienna research institute poll regarding how the state is doing compared to 4 years ago, shows that voters are divided. 32% believe that New York is better off now, 26% believe the state is worse off, and 40% believe the state’s condition is unchanged. Regarding the voters personal situation, 28% believe they are better off, with 23% feel their situation is worse, and nearly believe their situation is the same. 39% to 50% of New Yorkers say the state is headed in the right direction, Upstate New Yorkers; however, say the state is going in the wrong direction by a 5-point margin.
The Delaware County Department of Public Works will be closing county route 16 in the towns of Franklin & Walton, to through traffic to replace a bridge just north of Douglas Hill Road, the project should take about 3 weeks, weather permitting, motorists should seek alternate.
New York will no longer add a sales tax to the charge for tastings at wineries, and the state is creating a $350,000 fund to research hops and malting barley for beer. The announcement by Governor Cuomo comes after wineries pushed for the change at an April summit in Albany. Wineries conducting tasting were already exempt from paying a use tax. The governor has been bullish on the state’s wineries and its expansion of beer production. There’s a website to tout the state’s products at taste.ny.gov.
Proposed legislation in New York would require high school students to learn CPR. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Mark Grisanti, would require students to learn CPR before they graduate. In a 30-minute class, students can learn how to operate an AED. The Board of Regents would be responsible for implementing the training, and school districts would have to fund it. It passed the Senate, but has to be voted on by the Assembly and approved by the governor, before it can become law.
The Unadilla Chamber of Commerce will hold their next meeting tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM At the Unadilla Fire Station. The chamber’s next big event is the annual Carnival of Sales on Saturday July 12th, volunteers are needed for that event, those interested can volunteer by calling 369-2614.
Broome County Executive Debbie Preston said she is continuing to recover from lung cancer and is feeling better each day. Preston said she has been cleared to return to work on June 30, starting with half days and working up to full days. In April, Preston announced she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She has since undergone surgery in New York City. She recently had a follow-up appointment with her doctors at Sloan Kettering. Her next follow-up appointment is set for December.
The Sidney Chamber of Commerce and Utica School of Commerce will hold an Open House on today from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at their New Sidney Location at Tri Town Regional Hospital. This event is open to Sidney Chamber of Commerce members, directors and the public. USC will have classes starting on June 16th.
26-year-old Michael Golotty of Elmira, pleaded guilty to 3rd degree arson in Chenango County Court, for the fire that destroyed storage units in Norwich last November, which housed donations for Toys for Tots. Gulotty was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in state prison, as well as restitution to the victims to be paid in installments after his release.
Former Otsego County Chamber of Commerce President Rob Robinson pleaded guilty in Otsego County Court to 1st degree scheming to defraud. Robinson was arrested & fired in 2011, following charges of insurance fraud, grand larceny & falsifying business records, for an insurance scheme that enrolled more than 400 downstate residents in an MVP Health Care Insurance program offered by the Otsego Chamber. The sentence includes a 3-year conditional discharge & a $2,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for July 28th.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested a Town of Unadilla resident and a Town of New Berlin resident for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Deputies arrested 28-year-old Jason Lindroth and 28 year old Antonio Felice following an investigation into a suspicious vehicle. Deputies found that Lindroth and Felice were both in possession of heroin, prescription pills, hypodermic needles, and marihuana, they were arraigned in the Town of Oxford Court and were remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on cash bail.
The New York State Fair was named America’s 4th-best state fair by Yahoo! Travel, beat only by Texas, California and Ohio. The news comes just a few weeks after Hopper.com ranked the Fair as the No. 1 State Fair. An independent survey, conducted at the conclusion of the 2013 Fair, fairgoers cited food as the #1 reason for visiting every year. Last year, the Fair introduced Taste NY Wine and Cheese seminars to engage fairgoers about the various wines and cheeses that are made in New York
As state lawmakers wrap up the current legislative session, there are still a few items on the Governor’s agenda that might not get acted on this year. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch said that the proposal to increase the state’ minimum wage again is another unnecessary cost to business:
Crouch said that the bill would probably only pass one of the 2 houses, which should kill it off for this year.
The State Public Service Commission is seeking comment on a request by Time Warner Cable and Comcast Corporation to transfer certain Time Warner Cable telephone systems, cable systems, franchises and assets to Comcast. Under the proposal, Comcast will retain all of Time Warner Cable’s existing assets in New York State. The Commission will use its new regulatory powers to conduct an investigation into the proposed merger to determine whether the transaction is in the best interest of the customers. More information is available at dps.ny.gov.
The New York State Gaming Commission reported that the Lottery sales for 2013-2014 totaled $9.2 billion, a profit of $3.1 billion for education, & a 4.2% increase over previous year, the 14th consecutive year of Lottery revenue growth. Total sales rose $292.2 million; All Lottery profits go to funding education in the State.
There have been several black bear sightings in the Southern Tier, with reports of bears climbing trees & rummaging near homes. The DEC reports that you can prevent bears from visiting by removing bird feeders, not leaving food or garbage outside, don’t feed pets outside and don’t run refrigerators outside. More information is at dec.ny.gov
Sidney Village Police department arrested 6 people following a lengthy narcotics investigation. Charged were 37-year-old Richard Swislosky of Sidney, 30-year-old Stacey Dibble of Bainbridge, 56-year-old Bradley Winner of Mount Upton, 44-year-old Louella Schoener & 31 year old Rebecca Schoener of Greene and Mary Cutting of Unadilla on a variety of drug charges. All were arraigned in Delaware county court & were remanded to the Delaware county jail without bail pending future court action.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 37-year-old Jacob Warner of Oneida for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle, Failure to Dim Headlights, Unlicensed Operator, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, following a stop in the town of Columbus. Warner was driving with an expired license that had been suspended 19 times; he was also in possession of suboxone, with no proof that he was legally prescribed the narcotic. Warner was arraigned & was remanded to the Chenango County Jail on bail pending future court action.
State Senator Tom Libous hosted the annual YES Safe Choices for Kids function, to honor more than 515 area students at their annual Reception. 1 of the 3 winners of the Jill Kavanagh Memorial YES LEADS Scholarship was Shawna Stevens of Afton High School:
(Shawna Stevens 5-27-14)
State Senator Tom Libous also comments:
YES Leaders are middle and high school students who present to local elementary school students about the dangers of substance abuse, the importance of self-esteem and making healthy choices, More information about YES and YES LEADS is available at YesSafeChoices.org.
The number of state workers earning more than $100,000 in 2013 rose 7% compared to 2012. Since 2008, the number of state workers hitting the six-figure salary mark jumped 44%. Union officials claim that the numbers are skewed because there are fewer workers on the state payroll, following layoffs & attrition in recent years because of state budget cuts. Data from the state Comptroller’s Office showed 29,045 state workers made more than $100,000 in 2013. That’s up from about 27,000 in 2012 and 20,000 in 2008.
About 8 in 10 New York voters back the legalization of medical marijuana, as a bill to allow it works its way through the Legislature according to a new poll. 83% of those polled by Quinnipiac University support the drug for medical purposes, o 15% are opposed. 51% are in favor of legalizing marijuana, with 44%% opposed. The state Senate Health Committee last week approved a bill to allow medical marijuana for 20 chronic conditions with a 7% sales tax on the retail price. By a 9-8 vote, it was sent to the chamber’s finance committee, keeping it alive for a potential vote of the full Senate
Legislation was introduced in the state Senate that would prohibit smoking at school bus stops. The bill would prohibit smoking within 15 feet of a designated school bus stop, during the morning and afternoon hours, when children are picked up and dropped off from school. The American Academy of Pediatrics has found that 2nd hand smoke increases the likelihood of smoking-related illnesses.
The 30th annual Senior Council Barbecue and Pie Auction will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at 4:30 at the Delhi American Legion. The event is a fundraiser by the Senior Council to raise money for programs and services for the elderly. The price of the tickets is $8.00 and can be purchased from Senior Council members, at the Office for the Aging, 6 Court Street Delhi, or at any of the Senior Dining Centers.
Nearly 1000 paddlers participated in the 4 day General Clinton Canoe Regatta over the Memorial Day weekend:
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The world famous 70-mile endurance races from Cooperstown to Bainbridge were held yesterday, including the new 4-person category. Bruce Barton of Michigan told WCDO’s Craig Stevens about paddling with all those partners:
(Regatta news 2014 Bruce Barton)
Barton & his team beat the 2nd place finishers by over 14 minutes. This year’s 1 man pro race was won by Canadian paddler Steve Lajoie, he talked about yesterday’s hot conditions:
(Regatta news 2014 Lajwa)
Lajoie also won the 2 person pro race 6 times with Michigan’s Andy Triebold, Triebold & his new partner Daniel Frigon placed 3rd in this year’s 2 person pro race.
Monday’s 70 mile pro race saw new 1st time winners Guillaume Blaise & Matthew Pellerin from Quebec win the $3300 1st prize, edging Matthew St. Pierre & Ryan Halstead of Michigan by just 1 second. The pair spoke with WCDO’s Craig Stevens at the finish line:
(Regatta News pro 1)
The pair was asked what it was like to beat 8-time regatta Champion Andy Triebold:
((Regatta News pro 2)
Paddlers from 28 state & 3 Canadian Provinces participated in this year’s General Clinton Canoe Regatta.
In the open stock aluminum class, brothers Bill & Brian Walley from Walton won their race by over 40 minutes, they spoke with WCDO’s Craig Stevens at the finish line:
(Regatta News 2014- Walley Brothers)
After finishing in 2nd place last year, Shawn & Todd Lefever took the 1st place trophy in the men’s competition cruising “Under 50 Years Of Age” category, they told Craig Stevens about the importance of winning in honor of their mother, long time regatta Chairperson Pam Lefever:
(Regatta news 2014 – Lefever Brothers)
After 8 consecutive 2-person pro wins, Andy Triebold came in 3rd place.
The Uncle/Nephew team of Fran & Mark Kopta from Sherman & Clymer New York raced in the men’s NYMCRA Stock Class & beat the 2nd place canoe by over 8 minutes. They spoke with WCDO’s Craig Stevens at the finish line:
(Regatta News 2014 Koptas)
1 man pro paddlers Mike Packard for Otego finished his 30th 70 miler & commented after the race:
(Regatta News 2014-Packard)
Over 300 paddlers attempted the 70-mile course yesterday.