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 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Golden Era Committee announced balloting results Monday, nine former players and one former executive and were considered by a 16-person committee, they decided that none of the eligible players would be included in this year’s Hall of Fame inductions. Hall of Fame Weekend will be held July 24th through the 27th in Cooperstown, with the Induction Ceremony slated for Sunday, July 26th, inductees will be announced January 6th.
Emergency preparedness personnel at NYSEG are watching a storm that is bringing heavy snow and damaging wind to the state. Customers are encouraged to be prepared for the storm and the possibility of power interruptions. NYSEG urges customers to stay away from downed power lines. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines, hazardous situations and power outages
The Delaware County Department of Economic Development announced the receipt of funding under the State’s Community Renewal Funding program. The approved funding of $200,000 will enable the creation of an Agricultural Microenterprise Program, which will seek to aid in the expansion of existing small agricultural businesses, and encourage the development of new, agricultural micro enterprise businesses within the County. Information on the process and deadline for applying for grant funds, as well as the proposed training programs, will be available early in 2015, more information is available at DCecodev.com or 746-8595.
Following an investigation into a civilian complaint in the Town of Walton, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 60-year-old Daren Pilch of Walton for Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with BAC .18 or more, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Pilch was released on Appearance Tickets and is to appear in Town of Walton Court at a later date.
The Sidney American legion will host their annual children’s Christmas party again this year, legion spokesman Larry Halbert explains:
(Larry Halbert 12-9-14)
The event runs from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM at the legion at 22 Union Street in Sidney Saturday.
Consumers in New York are feeling better about their economic position than at any point since early 2007, as the state’s consumer index was 84 in November, up 5.2 points since June, according to a Siena College survey. The score is a statistical tabulation based on various questions about their shopping plans and feelings on the economy. The national index was higher at 88.8%.
With a winter storm this week, it’s a good time to do routine checks on your vehicle and get it ready for cold weather. When you’re dealing with freezing temperatures, snow on your car or frosted windows, first thing you should do is start your car and let it warm up. Car batteries can be sensitive to cold weather, and tires, oil level; wipers and wiper fluid should be checked. Also, you should always have blankets, ice scrapers, extra de-icer, jumper cables & a flashlight.
Restaurant and hotel workers plan to weigh in as a state board considers whether to mandate they pay tipped workers the standard minimum wage in New York. The Wage Board is reviewing whether to eliminate the so-called tip wage of $5 an hour for food servers and $5.65 for hotel housekeepers. New York law lets employers to pay them less than the state’s $8 minimum wage, set to rise to $8.75 in January, provided tips make up the difference. After a hearing today, the board will meet tomorrow and begin considering recommendations to Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera.
The 3rd murder trial for Cal Harris of Spencer has been pushed back 2 weeks in Schoharie County Court. Jury selection for the latest Harris Trial will begin January 21st, Harris has been convicted twice for the 2001 murder of his estranged wife Michelle in Tioga county court, both of those convictions were overturned, this time, Harris sought to have the trial moved to another venue.
29 year old Stephanie Fletcher accepted a plea bargain deal with the Delaware County Court. Fletcher admitted to performing sexual acts on 2 under aged students, while serving as a teacher in the Walton school district. Fletcher pleaded guilty to 2 counts of criminal sexual act, she will serve 10 years probation and must register as a sex offender, and sentencing will take place on February 2nd
The Toys for Tots train will be coming to Bainbridge on Saturday, December 6th at Noon. The train will be stopping at the Walnut Street crossing, there will be parking at the Village parking lot or on Pearl or Juliand Streets. Please bring a toy to donate to your local Toys for Tots campaign. This event is being sponsored by the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce.
The Sidney Chamber of Commerce has scheduled their annual Christmas parade tonight, Chamber Director Kerri Green comments:
(Kerri Green 12-5-14)
Parade participants are reminded to line up in the parking lot before the parade at 5:30. The parade begins at 6:30
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 assisting the Village of Walton Police Department in the investigation of an Armed Robbery Friday at approximately 6:44 pm at Smokers Choice store at 169 Delaware Street in Walton. The suspect is believed to be approximately 5’4″ and was wearing a Spiderman mask and green sweatshirt with a distinctive design. Suspect may have fled in a late 2000 pine green Toyota Tacoma small pick up truck with a white cap, headed up East Street. Anyone with information should call Troop C headquarters at 561-7400.
Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo has been hospitalized to treat a heart condition, the 82 year old Cuomo was governor for 3 terms from 1983-1995, he was hospitalized over the Thanksgiving holiday when current Governor Andrew Cuomo visited. DetaiLs about the former Governor’s condition will be released shortly.
Staff and students at the Sidney Central School district showed their support Ronald McDonald House of Rochester & for 12 year old Francisco LaBoy, a students who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 3, and who spent time at their Rochester facility. Lori Stevenson from Ronald McDonald House was at the Sidney school of a special assembly today to collect $1500 that was raised through the “Wear Your Striped Socks” fundraising campaign:
(Lori Stevenson 11-25-14)
Francisco LaBoy & his Father Jose expressed their gratitude for the support they have received with this campaign:
(Francisco & Jose LaBoy 11-25-14)
Plans are in the works to continue the fundraising campaign next year, another “Wear Your Striped Socks” campaign Assembly is scheduled for Sidney October 15th 2015.
Delaware County Sheriff Deputies responded to a reported 1-car motor vehicle accident on State Highway 10 in the Town of Walton. Deputies arrested 55 year old Richard Wood of Walton, for driving while ability impaired by drugs, he was released with appearance tickets made returnable for Town of Walton Court at a later date.
A decision on where up to 4 casinos will be located in upstate New York is expected to be announced December 17th, when a board reviewing casino applications is expected to meet for the final time. The board is choosing from 16 applications, with 4 licenses are set to be awarded for 3 upstate regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley. The decision will be made following months of public hearings and presentations on the proposals.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called upon the FTC to update the Telemarketing Sales Rule to better protect consumers from unscrupulous telemarketers. Schneiderman & 36 other Attorney general’s offices have asked the FTC to protect consumers from telemarketing fraud and abuse, an average of only 37.5% of funds raised by telemarketers were retained by the charities & in 50.3% of the campaigns, the charities retained less than 30% of the money raised. Schneiderman has taken action against 8 entities under investigation for fraudulent fundraising
Siena Research Institute released its annual New York Poll of Holiday Spending Plans for the year. While spending trends remained the same this year, excitement for the holiday season has dropped. 58% of New Yorkers said they’re excited about the upcoming holiday season, down from 72% a year ago. Nearly 2/3rds of New Yorkers are planning on spending the same amount of money this year, only 7% plan to spend more.
Former Greene Police Chief Stephen Dutcher was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay $1,255 in fines and surcharges. Dutcher also agreed to pay $3,038 in restitution to the Village of Greene and signed a 5-year order of protection in favor of his estranged wife. He pleaded guilty in September to 2 counts of official misconduct and 1 count of 2nd degree criminal contempt. Dutcher was arrested April 24 after state police responded to a request from Greene officials regarding missing village property.
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced today that e-filing continues to gain strength, reducing by 15% the number of paper income tax returns filed during last year’s tax season. Nearly 90% of the 10.4 million income tax returns received were e-filed—an increase of 4% from the previous year, the savings for New Yorkers adds up to $45 million each year. The increase in e-filing also contributes to the Department’s ability to issue refunds 27% faster than in previous years, with the average refund now issued in 22 days.
The statewide unemployment rate in New York fell from 6.2% to 6.0% in October 2014, reaching its lowest level since October 2008, according to preliminary figures released by the State Department of Labor. New York State’s private sector job count fell slightly by 4,700, or 0.1%. Locally, Chenango County’s unemployment rate is 5.4%, Broome 6.0%, Delaware 6.0% and Otsego County 5.0% unemployment.
The joint meeting of the Village & Town of Sidney boards scheduled for Monday has been cancelled. The 2 boards were scheduled to meet Monday at 6:00 PM at the Sidney Civic Center; the Sidney Village board will still hold their meeting at 7:00 PM.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 30-year-old Nicholas Ildefonso of Walton for aggravated unlicensed operation, improper licenses plates, uninspected motor vehicle, inadequate headlights, unregistered motor vehicle and no license plate lamps. Ildefonso was arraigned in the Town of Walton Court, where he posted bail in the amount of $950 and was released pending future court action.
Severe winter weather in the Buffalo area has seriously impacted the supply of blood, according to the American Red Cross. About 30 blood drives in that area were cancelled due to the extreme winter conditions. The Red Cross said the cancellations have resulted in a shortfall of nearly 840 units of blood and platelet donations over the past several days. The organization is now asking local residents who are eligible to donate to make an appointment. Appointments can be made with the Blood Donor App, at redcrossblood.org or at 1-800-RED CROSS.
THE GUILFORD TOWN BOARD WILL HOLD A WORK SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DRAFT, TOMORROW AT NOON AT THE GUILFORD TOWN HALL, LOCATED ON MARBLE RD. IN GUILFORD CENTER. GUILFORD TOWN RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.
Ganesh Ramsaran was arraigned on bribery charges in Chenango County Court Thursday, according to the Chenango County District Attorney’s Office. Ramsaran was indicted on a bribery charge for allegedly trying to bribe a county corrections officer into letting him escape the county jail in exchange for $100,000. Ramsaran faces court action on the latest charge on December 5th; he faces sentencing on a 2nd degree murder charge in county court on December 1st.
The national baseball Hall Of fame & Museum in Cooperstown announced that beginning Monday, they will document the San Francisco Giants’ most recent World Series title through a their annual tribute to the World Series Champions. The Museum acquired several artifacts from the champion Giants as well as from Kansas City Royals, including items used in the series by the Giants Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence & manager Bruce Bochy, as well as items from the American League Champion Royals from Yordano Ventura, Brandon Finnegan, & Royals manager Ned Yost.
New York lawmakers will have to figure out how to spend a $5 billion surplus in the coming state budget. The surplus comes from settlements with banks and insurance companies, and lawmakers are already being lobbied on where to spend the extra funds. Governor Cuomo said some of the money should support economic development and a plan to expand broadband access, he will submit his executive budget proposal to lawmakers in January.
Sidney village police arrested 31-year-old Carlene Morgan of Wells Bridge, following a 2-vehicle accident on Delaware Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Morgan was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol content of .18 or higher, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, & failure to keep right, she is accused of losing control of her vehicle and crashing head on into a vehicle in the opposing lane. Morgan was arraigned and faces action in Sidney village court at a later date. The operator of the other vehicle was taken to Tri Town Regional hospital for treatment of injuries; police have not released the name of the 2nd driver.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 25 year old Donald Kern of Walton on a charge of Assault in the second degree. It is alleged that while Kern was incarcerated at the Delaware County Correctional Facility he assaulted another inmate. He was arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court and remanded back to the correctional facility in lieu of 2,500 cash bail
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asked New York’s colleges and universities to help combat the “grandparent scam,” where perpetrators impersonate relatives and then fool unsuspecting seniors into sending them money. The scam involves a call to a senior citizen in which the caller impersonates a grandchild claiming to be in serious trouble and asks the unsuspecting grandparent to wire money immediately. The FTC recorded more than 40,000 incidents of grandparent scams since 2010. Schneiderman warns the grandparent scam tends to increase in frequency during school breaks. Read more at ftc.gov.
A decision could come next month on sites for new casinos in Upstate New York. The New York Gaming Facility Location Board met yesterday in closed executive session to talk about the financial and employment history of the applicants. A decision is expected at the next meeting, which has not yet been scheduled. The commission said it expects to decide by mid-December. There are 16 applicants for four licenses. Voters approved new casinos by referendum on the 2013 ballot
The state adopted new regulations for child day-care centers and child-care programs, including new naptime procedures, nutrition rules and a ban on reptiles and amphibians. The regulations by the state Office of Children and Family Services will impose new rules for childcare employees, such as banning cell-phone use while supervising children, prohibitions against firearms and new training requirements. The changes will take effect June 1st. The new regulations come after it found a need to improve health and safety standards. The new state rules are posted at dos.ny.gov
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer proposed reinstating an expired tax break that helps teachers deduct out-of-pocket classroom supply costs from their taxes. The Teacher Expense Deduction will enable over 100,000 teachers in New York, to deduct up to $250 per year from their tax bill. The deduction will help offset the $485 on average that teachers spend each year to provide additional supplies for their students. The tax benefit went into effect in 2002, but expired in 2013. Congress is considering provisions to reinstate and extend various tax benefits and the Teacher Expense Deduction is included in that package.
The Southern Tier Independence Center is offering help to those looking to enroll in the next round for the Affordable Care Act starting tomorrow. Center spokesman Chad Eldred explains:
(Chad Eldred 11-14-14)
Those who would like more information about the Center can call 724-2111 or log on at stic-cil.org.
Sidney school District Special Education teacher Tauna LaBare has initiated a fundraising campaign with the faculty& staff to purchase red and white striped socks, with all proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald house where student Francisco LaBoy & his mother have stayed, while he received treatment for a brain tumor. LaBare told WCDO news about their plans:
(Tauna LaBare 11-14-14)
The special striped sock can be purchased by the public through the Sidney school website. through the November 25th as “Wear Your Stripes To Show You Care Day.” more information about Ronald McDonald house is available at rmhcrochester.org.
Governor Cuomo has signed legislation to start the $2 million “Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program,” as well as a $1 million “Craft Beverage Industry Tourism Promotion Grant.” The Craft New York Act allows producers to conduct tastings and serve “by the bottle” and “by the glass”; it permits farm distilleries to increase the retail outlets where they can sell their products; it also reduces the costs for small manufacturers by increasing the production cap and permitting the development of more products without increasing fees. Since 2011, 220 farm-based businesses have opened in New York, including 101 new wineries, 62 breweries, 49 distilleries, and 8 cideries.
Next week, several locations in the Delaware County area will serve as collection sites for “Operation Christmas Child”. The annual project consists of filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and notes of encouragement. Local Collection Sites will include the Sidney 1st Baptist Church, The New Hope Community Church in Walton, & the Stamford Baptist Church 40 Lake Street. More information is available at samaritanspurse.org.
Detectives and missing-persons bureaus would have an easier time updating the national database on missing children under legislation that could pass the US Senate shortly. The bill would reauthorize the 1974 Runaway and Homeless Youth & Trafficking Prevention Act, it would allow local law enforcement to update records in the National Crime Information Center without getting prior approval from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children or the originating agency. 10,312 children were reported missing in 2013 in upstate New York and the Hudson Valley, and 1,269 of those cases were still active at the end of last year.
School groups said an additional $1.9 billion is needed to fund education in the fiscal year that starts April 1st. The groups said the nearly 9% increase in state aid would help schools maintain services and fund new initiatives. New York spends the most per capita in the nation on schools, at $19,076 per student, and puts more than $22 billion a year into education, including a 5% increase in the current fiscal year. About $1 billion has been withheld in recent years through the “Gap Elimination Adjustment” .
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies & State Police arrested 32-year-old Christopher Eisele of Walton on an arrest warrant issued by the Town of Walton Justice Court on charges of 3rd degree Criminal Mischief & 3rd degree Criminal Trespass. Also arrested was 31 year old Laura Heslin of Binghamton on an arrest warrant for 3rd degree Criminal Trespass & & on a warrant for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle. Both subjects were arraigned & were remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond
A man was taken to a hospital after a tractor-trailer rollover over early this morning, according to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded at 1:05 a.m. to I 81, a mile north of Exit 7, the Castle Creek exit, for a tractor-trailer rollover. The tractor-trailer had rolled over on the right shoulder of the highway. The driver, 36-year-old Alfred Ray of New Jersey, received minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Ray was issued several traffic tickets to appearing the Town of Barker Court at a later date. The right lane on 81-N near exit 7 was shut down for several hours. Both lanes were opened just after 8:15 a.m.
The Empire Center has posted a list of government employees all over New York State who have won permission to double dip with both a salary and a pension. Most employees who are retired and taking a state pension are prohibited from returning to work and making more than $30,000 in annual salary – unless they get a special waiver from the state. The state has been harder on local governments in recent years to find someone who is not already retired to do the job. Go to seethroughny.net
Unatego Central School District residents are voting today on a proposition to purchase three, 66 passenger school busses and one, 20 seat passenger school bus. The cost is not to exceed $73,500. Voting in at the middle/senior high school in Wells Bridge until 8pm tonight
The Chenango County Health Department will hold a free rabies clinic today at the North Norwich Fire Station from 5:30 to 6:30 PM for dogs, cats & domesticated ferrets.
First comes the election, then comes speculation about a pay raise for state lawmakers. Legislators are wary of voting to hike their salaries before heading to the polls for re-election, the seven-week period between Election Day and the end of the year — when the next state Legislature will be seated — has traditionally been when talks of a raise have heated up. So far no legislative leaders have indicated anything is in the works. Unless a bill is passed before Jan. 1st, a raise would have to wait until 2017 at the earliest. Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver has long supported a pay raise for lawmakers, and it has support from some lawmakers’ downstate, where the cost of living is higher.