New York’s minimum wage will increase by 75 cents Wednesday, to $8.75 an hour. The raise is part of a series of three annual changes that began last year, following passage by the state legislature.
27-year-old Duncan Kent of Vestal faces several charges for allegedly stealing items out of vehicles. Police said that Kent attempted to destroy evidence by eating it, he was charged with resisting arrest, petty larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, conspiracy, & tampering with physical evidence. He was arraigned in the Town of Union Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
3 people have been arrested in Binghamton for a recent home invasion burglary. Charged were 25-year-old Christopher Peterson, 36-year-old Bryan Crowningshield and 37-year-old Ariana Edwards of Binghamton, after they allegedly broke into an elderly woman’s home Christmas Eve, and stole a large screen TV. A police K9 tracked down the suspects, they were charged with burglary and face court action shortly.
Embattled Congressman Michael Grimm has decided to resign his seat after he had pleaded guilty last week to one count of felony tax evasion. The resignation is effective January 5th, House Speaker John Boehner and House Republican leadership pushed Grimm to resign his seat after he pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion last week, Grimm made headlines earlier this year when he threatened to push a Time Warner Cable TV Reporter over a balcony in Albany when questioned about allegations of wrongdoing.
New York’s minimum wage will increase by 75 cents Wednesday, to $8.75 an hour. The raise is part of a series of three annual changes that began last year, following passage by the state legislature.
One of the bigger races locally this year is in the 52nd state senate district, where incumbent Republican Tom Libous of Binghamton is facing a challenge from Democrat Anndrea Starzak. Starzak told WCDO News that her 3 terms as Vestal Town Supervisor gives her a good understanding of what Albany needs to do for the district:
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Senator Libous told WCDO News that he has the strong local ties and the clout in Albany to continue to help the 52nd district:
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The 52nd district covers Broome as well as much of Chenango & Tioga counties plus Deposit & Hancock in Delaware County.
The national baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown if waiting for a collection of artifacts from this year’s world series. The san Francisco giants beat the Kansas city royals in a thrilling 7 game series, items will include caps, jerseys, bats and other items used by the managers, coaches & players in the series, the items will be featured in the 2014 Autumn Glory exhibit.
NYSEG will inspect natural gas transmission rights of way in the Oneonta region next week. The inspections will be done by helicopter, enabling company officials to spot & correct vegetation & encroachment issues that could hinder repair crews. The helicopter inspections will occur November 5th & 6th.
The Otsego County Sheriffs department arrested 34 year old Harry Lee Wilkins of the Bronx following a traffic stop in Oneonta. Wilkins was found to be in possession of 770 envelopes containing heroin, he was charged with 2 counts of 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wilkins was sent to the Otsego County Jail on $50,000 bail, more arrests are anticipated
State Police CNET Unit and Vestal Police Department arrested 38 year old Kendall Smith of Binghamton after a search warrant led to the seizure of 245 packages of heroin, packaging materials and cash. Smith was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia, Smith was arraigned in Binghamton City Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
New York State agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming its public defense system is under funded and violates poor people’s rights to counsel. The state will establish a cap on the number of cases court-appointed attorneys may handle and will ensure defendants have lawyers at their first court appearance, among other reforms. The NYCLU sued the state in 2007 claiming New York has neglected its duty to provide attorneys to poor defendants by passing the job on to counties, which do not have the resources to ensure adequate representation. Under the settlement, the state will provide funding to ensure lawyers have time to meet with their clients & thoroughly investigate their case.
State Senate Democratic candidate Anndrea Starzak will unveil her Environmental Platform today at the solar powered home of Ken Fogerty at 746 Gospel Hill Road in Guilford at 3:00 PM. Starzak will announce her endorsement by the Sierra Club & she will accept the challenge by Southern Tier environmental groups to tour fracking sites in Pennsylvania.
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.
The annual Gus Macker Tournament in Norwich is a little more than a week away on July 12 & 13th, and volunteers known as “Gus Busters” are still needed. Macker organizer Tom Revoir comments:
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Almost 400 teams have signed up to play in the 3 on 3-basketball tournament spread out along East Main Street in Norwich, those who would like to keep score or referee can call 336-9622
DCMO BOCES will hold an information night at the Sidney High School this month. Spokesperson Martha Brower told WCDO News that the information night could be a life changer for students:
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The Information night will be on Tuesday July 15th at 6:30 at the Sidney High School, more information can be obtained through the Sidney High School Distinct office.
There will be 2 days of July 4th related activities in Oneonta Friday & Saturday. Among the activities, Oneonta Outlaws baseball games, fireworks, & a parade in Neawha Park on Friday, and a skateboard competition and battle of the bands Saturday. The full lineup is available at hometown4th.com.
Former Vestal Town Supervisor Andrea Starzak was endorsed by Broome County Democratic Party to challenge State Senator Tom Libous in the November election. Starzak led the Town of Vestal from 2000 to 2005, she said she made the decision before Libous was indicted on one count of providing false statements to the FBI, and has already been circulating petitions. The 52nd Senate District includes all of Broome and Tioga counties, southern Chenango County and two towns in western Delaware County
For the 2nd year, New York State has required Governor Cuomo, other statewide elected officials, and members of the Assembly and Senate, to reveal to the public a salary range for their day jobs. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics made the 2013 financial disclosure forms public on its website. Disclosure is required for elected officials, some candidates, state public authority board members and state employees who make an annual salary of more than $90,000. Read more at jcope.ny.gov
Governor Cuomo said free tours of the Empire State Plaza in Albany are now being offered. The 30-minute tours are now being given at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, through October 30th, with no registration required. Also, existing State Capitol Tours have been expanded and two additional tours will be offered during the summer. The tours are timed so visitors can join a walking tour of the State Capitol just before or after exploring the plaza. For more information visit ogs.ny.gov.
The Walton Cruisers car club will hold their annual Classic Car Show & cruise around Walton Saturday. The Car Show will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday at the Delaware county fairgrounds, with Trophies in awarded in 18 classes, plus Best of Show, Hard Luck, Longest Distance and Largest Club. At 5:30 cars will Line up for the car cruise on the fairgrounds, at 6:00 cars will Cruise through Walton, more information is available at 865-4727.
Delhi will kick off its 41st Annual Fair on the Square Friday, with fireworks at dusk. The Delaware County Community Band and Community Choir will perform at 6:00 PM, other activities include children’s’ games, and the band “Blues Maneuver” will perform from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
The public will be introduced to the State Police canines in a new campaign. Starting today, 2 State Police canines will be featured each day on the agency’s Facebook page. It will feature a photo of the canine, where they and their handler are stationed and what they are trained to detect. State Police canines are named after fallen members of the New York State Police. Each post will also feature a photo of the fallen member and their story. The public can see the post at facebook.com/nyspolice
Governor Cuomo today signed legislation designed to combat the growing heroin and opioid epidemic in the State. Last week, the Governor and legislative leaders reached an agreement on 10 bills that include new programs and insurance reforms to improve treatment options for individuals suffering from heroin and opioid addiction; measures to strengthen penalties and put in place additional tools for law enforcement to crack down on the distribution of illegal drugs; provisions to ensure the proper and safe use of naloxone, an overdose antidote; and support for enhanced public awareness campaigns to prevent drug abuse. Governor Cuomo signed the legislation this morning during an event at Binghamton University in Vestal.
Republican voters will cast ballots Tuesday in a primary election to choose a candidate for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 22nd District. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Richard Hanna for the Republican Nomination in the 22nd Congressional District race; Polls will be open from noon to 9 PM Tuesday.
State lawmakers approved of a plan last week to allow for medical marijuana to be administered in a limited basis, for those suffering from extreme pain that is not helped by traditional pain reliever. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch said that he opposed the medical marijuana law for several reasons:
The law calls for the medical marijuana to be strictly regulated through 20 hospitals, & it will sunset in 7 years.
New York state wants to build over 100 new weather stations to better predict everything from flash floods to ice storms. The $23.6 million system could let planners and residents know when heavy rains, flash floods, tornadoes and other severe weather is headed their way. Since 2006, New York communities have sustained more than $36 billion in damages from severe weather. SUNY Albany, and the state Homeland Security department are working on a proposal for the 125 new weather stations across the state.
State lawmakers voted to outlaw pointing lasers at airplanes. The measure would make it a misdemeanor to shine a laser pointer at an aircraft. If the laser forced a pilot to change course or otherwise disrupt the flight, the crime would be a felony. The Senate and Assembly passed the legislation last week. Federal authorities report a big increase in the number of incidents, with nearly 100 occurring in the New York City area last year.
New York State’s private sector job count grew by 21,300, or 0.3% in May, according to the State Labor Department. The employment gain raised the State’s private sector job count to 7,568,600, an all-time high. The state’s unemployment rate held steady at 6.7%, remaining at its lowest level since December 2008. The State economy has added 466,000 private sector jobs, and experienced employment growth in 36 of the past 41 months. May also marked the State’s 18th consecutive month with private sector job growth.
Tax revenues in May were stronger than expected, and came in $838 million higher than projections, according to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The total receipts during the first 2 months of the new fiscal year remain below last year’s levels. Tax receipts of $4.1 billion in May were 1.6% higher than in 2013. Total tax receipts for April and May combined were $1.4 billion below year-ago levels, due to personal income tax collections falling sharply in April. The full report is at osc.state.ny.us.
State Police, responded to a report of an Attempted Robbery at Otsego Auto Crushers in Davenport, the investigation lead to the arrest of 23 year old Johnathan Lynn of East Meredith for Attempted Robbery in the 3rd Degree & Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument. Lynn was arraigned in the Town of Davenport Court on those charges and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail on $15,000 cash bail. Further investigation revealed that Lynn was also accused of the Robberies at the Convenience Express in Oneonta on April 19th & the Oneonta Arby’s robbery April 24th. Additional charges of 2 counts of 2nd degree Robbery are pending in the Town of Oneonta Court.
Oneonta Police arrested 53 year old Robert Donaldson of Delhi for 3rd degree Grand Larceny, 1st degree Perjury, & Fraudulent Insurance Practices. The arrest was the result of a combined investigation by the City of Oneonta Police Department Detectives Bureau, New York State Insurance Fund Investigators and New York State Workers Compensation Board Office of the Fraud Inspector General. Donaldson is accused of receiving benefits from the workers compensation board while being employed & for making false testimony on his wages. Donaldson was arraigned in the City of Oneonta Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail without bail, pending future court action.
State Senator Jim Seward is hosting the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction on today in Oneonta. The forum is 1 of 12 statewide to solicit local input on the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction. The public forum will take place today from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the Hunt Union Ballroom on the campus of SUNY-Oneonta.
The Otsego County Department of Health reported that a calf has tested positive for rabies, in the town of Pittsfield. Officials said that no one was bitten by the calf, but several people came into contact with the calf, and have started rabies treatments. The health department has set up a rabies clinic on Wednesday May 7th in Neawha Park
Mirabito Convenience stores announced the acquisition of all 17 Manley’s Mighty-Mart locations. Manley’s locations included Binghamton, Endicott, Endwell, Vestal, Johnson City, Windsor, Ithaca and Glen Aubrey. Mirabito’s operates 57 Mirabito Convenience Stores, Convenience Express, and Quickway Food Store locations throughout central New York.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office executed a “no knock” search warrant at 219 Kelly Rd in the Town of Columbus early this morning. The Narcotics Division arrested 24-year-old Kody Weidman for Criminal Nuisance, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, & Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia. The Sheriff’s Office recovered cocaine and a digital scale during the execution of the search warrant. Weidman is currently a New York State Parole following a previous drug offense. Weidman was arraigned in the Town of Columbus Court and remanded to the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office on $5,000 cash bail. He is also being held on a New York State Parole Warrant. Norwich Police, New Berlin Police and State Parole division assisted with the investigation.
State Police and the Vestal Police Department arrested 37-year-old Rashid Imhotep & 44 year old Nathaniel Williams on 2 counts each or criminal possession of a controlled substance & using drug paraphernalia, Imhotep was also charged with resisting arrest for jumping out of a window & struggling with officers. Both were arraigned in City of Binghamton Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail. Police confiscated heroin with a street value of between $50,000 and $80,000, as well as packaging materials, grinders, scales and other items that are used to sell the drug.
Governor Cuomo announced the approval of $5.9 million to support economic development projects throughout the state. Local projects assisted include the MARK Project of Delaware County for $250,000. Also the Delaware County IDA & the Amphenol Corporation of Sidney will use a grant of up to $750,000 for a portion of the cost to construct a natural gas distribution line from the Constitution Pipeline to Amphenol’s existing facility at 40-60 Delaware Avenue, as well as the new manufacturing facility to be being constructed at 171 Delaware Avenue, which will help retain 950 jobs.
12-time GRAMMY Award winner and baseball fan Paul Simon, has joined the lineup for a concert in celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s 75th Anniversary on Saturday, August 2nd. The concert event will take place in Cooperstown at the Clark Sports Center, and will feature the world-renowned Boston Pops & Bernie Williams, a four-time World Series Champion member of the New York Yankees and a GRAMMY nominee. Paul Simon will perform three songs at the concert event, which will celebrate baseball through music, film and video.
Solitary confinement for juvenile, pregnant women and developmentally disabled prisoners will be limited under a deal struck by state and the New York Civil Liberties Union. The NYCLU sued the state Department of Corrections, arguing the state’s system of solitary confinement violated the U.S. Constitution. The state will no longer place pregnant inmates in solitary housing units “except in exceptional circumstances” approved by the corrections department. Inmates who are age 16 or 17 would be limited to no more than 19 hours in their cell per day and offered the opportunity to exercise outdoors five days a week. For developmentally disabled inmates, the deal calls for the state to create an alternative program for those who have been in solitary confinement for more than 30 days
Greater Maywood Rural Community Services is holding The “Lasagna And Laughs” organic fund-raising dinner will be held Saturday night at the Sidney VFW Hall, group spokesperson Lisa Barr comments:
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Admission is $8.00 at the door. Money raised will help the group to continue to operate & maintain the former Sidney Center School building as a community center.
State Police, arrested 20-year-old Amir Ebadullah-Aslamkhan of Vestal after the execution of search warrant led to the discovery marihuana, weapons & cash. State Police charged Ebadullah-Aslamkhan with Criminal Possession of Marihuana; Criminal Possession of a Weapon, & Criminal Possession of a Weapon, police confiscated 13 pounds of marihuana; $35,000 in Cash, a loaded assault weapon; 2 shotguns, ammunition, 2 switchblades; as well as scales and packaging used in the sale of marihuana. Ebadullah-Aslamkhan was arraigned in the Town of Vestal Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail. The investigation is continuing and further arrests are anticipated.
New Yorkers may get 2 tax-rebate checks. Last year, the state Legislature and Governor Cuomo agreed to provide a $350 rebate check to middle-class families this fall, for families who have children under 18. Cuomo’s new proposal for a property-tax freeze would include another rebate check to homeowners in communities where local governments stay within the property tax cap, for households with incomes less than $500,000 a year. Both rebates would come in this mail this fall.
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today kicked off the income tax season, new this year is that 85% of taxpayers can e-file their state returns for free. The Department is accepting e-filed income tax returns for the 2013 tax year through its Web site at tax.ny.gov starting today. The filing deadline is April 15th again this year.
Sidney fire fighters responded to a fire at the Bishop residence on Back River road between Sidney & Tryons Corners yesterday afternoon. Occupants escaped without injury, damage was minimal and the house is reparable. No injuries among firefighters were reported.
New York State received mixed grades in a national review of tobacco control measures. The American Lung Association gave New York two “A” ratings for smoke-free air and having a cigarette tax, but said the state failed in tobacco prevention and cessation coverage, and the legislature fails to sufficiently fund the state’s tobacco control program. New York cut funding for the program by $2 million in 2013, Tobacco use is the #1 cause of death in the state.
Delaware County Economic Development and Friends of the Upper Delaware River are conducting a study of the economic impact of the cold-water fishery on the Delaware River’s East and West Branches. The study has been underway since late last year, and an on-line survey is being conducted to gather further information that could quantify the economic impacts, which could be more than $200 million. The survey may be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com; it’s also available from Delaware County Economic Development, or at 746-8595.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced federal legislation to establish a program, to be run by the Social Security Administration that would give workers about 2/3rds of their salaries for up to 12 weeks in a family crisis. The proposal would supplement the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act that protects workers who take unpaid leave for family emergencies. Gillibrand said the program would be self-sufficient and not add to the federal budget. There are no Republican co-sponsors to the legislation, but Gillibrand said she would work in to get bi-partisan support.
A group from the Circle Drive Alliance Church in Sidney will be holding fundraisers over the next few months, so that 13 of them can go to Peru, to assist with Children who are stuck living at a garbage dump. The next fundraiser is a Pie Auction tonight at the Circle Drive Alliance Church at 6:30 PM; more information is available at 437-5799.
The Bainbridge Chamber Of Commerce & Bainbridge Rotary will co-sponsor the 1st Annual Bruce Haak Memorial Rally at General Clinton Park. Event Organizer Phil Canonaco explains:
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Canonaco said that the event is free on Sunday at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 2 men on charges of 3rd degree Criminal Mischief, 4th degree Grand Larceny in the fourth degree & 3rd degree Criminal Trespass. Deputies arrested 22-year-old Cody Gay of North Norwich & 22 year old Paul Presnell of North Norwich following an investigation into damaged and stolen railroad tracks from the New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railways. The pair is accused of using torches to cut out sections of track in North Norwich in August, and then selling the metal. Gay and Presnell were processed and released on appearance tickets for a later court date.
The State Police Troop C Violent Felony Warrant Squad, and U.S Marshals Fugitive Task Force, apprehended 3 people wanted in Broome County. Arrested were 20-year-old Shayne Bartow of Vestal, who was wanted for Felony Probation Violation & 2nd degree Burglary by the Broome County Sheriff’s Office. Also apprehended were 21-year-old Denzel Duncan of Binghamton, who was wanted for Felony Aggravated Family Offense by the Binghamton Police Department and 50-year-old Debbie Duffy of Vestal, who was wanted for Welfare Fraud by the Binghamton Police Department. All 3 fugitives were turned over to the respective wanting agencies.
Area Assembly Members Cliff Crouch & Donna Lupardo hosted a public meeting last night at the Chenango Valley High School, to get input on the controversial plan to close down the Broome Developmental Center. Area State Senator Tom Libous is opposed to the closing:
Initial plans called for Broome Developmental and 2 other mental health facilities in the area to get closed down as levitra no prescription part of proposed state budget cuts, and move the employees at those facilities to similar facilities around the state.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined with 31 attorneys general urging Google/Motorola, Samsung and Microsoft to develop a technological means to protect smartphone users by drying up secondary markets for stolen devices and eliminate the economic incentive for theft. The Secure Our Smartphones Initiative encourages the smartphone industry to implement a solution to the robberies involving mobile communication devices. Smartphone thieves victimized about 1.6 million Americans in 2012, with San Francisco & New York City seeing huge increases.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 33-year-old Timothy Heady of Norwich for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. Heady was charged following a traffic stop for a moving violation in the Town of Columbus, during the stop, Heady was found to be operating the motor vehicle under the influence of marihuana, he was also found to be in possession of marihuana. Heady was taken into custody without incident, was processed and released to a sober third party, he will appear in the Town of Columbus Court at a later date.
New York’s new online health exchange now reports 197,011 New Yorkers have completed applications to get insured, while 48,162 have enrolled in plans, nearly half in the Medicaid program for low-income residents. The exchange, which opened Oct. 1st as the state’s response to the federal Affordable Care Act, includes low-cost plans for individuals and small businesses with coverage starting January 1st. State officials have estimated 1.1 million uninsured will enroll over the next few years. For more information go to nystateofhealth.ny.gov
Governor Cuomo announced that the State University of New York was recognized by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities with a national award for its economic engagement efforts, including START-UP NY. SUNY was one of four institutions of higher education presented with the Innovation and Economic Prosperity Award in Washington, D.C. START-UP NY, initiated by Cuomo this year, is designed to attract business and investments to the state, by offering an opportunity to operate completely tax-free, while partnering with world-class institutions of higher education.