P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 6-25-14
Congressman Richard Hanna will be the Republican Party nominee after yesterdays’ Primary win over Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. Hanna is looking to win his 3rd term in the November election, Tenney could still mount a challenge to Hanna as a third party candidate, no democrats have announced a run for the 22nd congressional district.
The State Labor Department released unemployment rates for May. The state’s private sector job count rose by 106,500 from May 2013 to May 2014. The state’s unemployment rate in May was unchanged at 6.7%, remaining at its lowest level since December 2008. In May, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,568,600, an all time high. Locally, Chenango County’s rate is 5.7%, Broome County 6.4% Delaware County 6.3% and Otsego County 5.3% unemployment last month
Governor Cuomo will approve extending a tax credit for cleaning and redeveloping industrial sites. Lawmakers last week voted to extend the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, which was due to expire at the end of next year. The program, which provides tax breaks to developers who clean and build on contaminated land, is now set to expire at the end of March 2017
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced that his office will sponsor a gun buyback in Binghamton on Saturday, June 28 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, as part of his statewide gun buyback program. The Attorney General’s Office will be accepting working and non-working, unloaded firearms in exchange for compensation on site. This Saturday’s gun buyback will take place at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 478, located at 65 Carroll Street in Binghamton, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
A heavily traveled section connecting Route 17 with I 81 northbound will shut down Monday for at least three months, as work continues on the state DOT Prospect Mountain project. Starting Monday at 9 a.m., the Route 17 eastbound ramp to I-81 northbound will close for reconstruction through October. A detour will be posted directing motorists from Route 17 east to Exit 72 at Front Street, then to I-81 North. Front Street’s configuration will be altered to create two travel lanes. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes wherever possible
The State University of New York said H. Carl McCall was reappointed as trustee and chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees. The State Senate confirmed his appointment this week. McCall’s term expire June 30th, 2021. Previously McCall was New York State Comptroller from 1993 to 2002
Parents are reminded after the school year ends, children remain eligible for free meals at hundreds of sites around New York State this summer. State agencies are working with nonprofit and private partners to increase awareness of the Summer Food Service Program. Governor Cuomo also issued a proclamation marking July as Summer Meals Month to highlight the issue. The State Education Department has an interactive map online with information on the summer meal sites in New York State at.nysed.gov or by calling1-800-522-5006
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County will be sponsoring farmers’ markets for the 2014 season in Sidney, Walton & Deposit. The Deposit Market will be August 21st & September 18th from 10:00am-2:00pm, the Sidney Farmers Market will be Every Tuesday from July 1st to September 30th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the Walton Market will be on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from July 2nd to October 15th from 10:00am-2:00pm.
P.M. NEWS WEDNESDAY 6-25-14
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 41 year old Robert Bullis Of Walton Monday for felony Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Keep Right following their investigation of a roll-over accident on County Highway 21 in the Town of Walton. Bullis lost control of his vehicle which then struck an earth embankment and rolled over. Bullis was not injured; he was arraigned in the Town of Walton Court and was released on recognizance pending future court appearances.
State DOT officials will hold a public meeting at the Franklin Town Hall, on County Highway 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss safety improvements to the intersection of State Routes 28 and 357, in an open-house style where participants can discuss their concerns with the project team members. More information is available at 721-8225.
Delaware County Public Health and Delaware Opportunities will be conducting a Car Seat Safety Event today from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the annual Children’s Festival at Delaware Opportunities, State Route 10 in Hamden. The free event will educate parents on proper car seat installation and use. Car seats which do not meet the Federal Motor Safety Standard may be replaced. More information is available at 832-5200.
State Police arrested 31 year old Dawn Otte, of Walton, for felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated in violation of Leandra’s Law. The arrest occurred after Troopers at the Delaware Valley Hospital observed an intoxicated woman walk in after driving herself. An investigation determined that Otte had also dropped off a child, less than 16 years old, prior to arriving at the hospital intoxicated, she was arraigned in the Village of Walton Court and then released without bail.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s office arrested James Fletcher of Coventry on an active arrest warrant for 2nd degree Burglary. Fletcher was charged for allegedly unlawfully entering a residence and stealing Jewelry, he is being held in the Chenango County Jail pending future court action.
The 1st phase of the Kamikaze curve construction project at state route 17 & I-81 in Binghamton will b completed in about 18 months, motorists in that area will notice a change in traffic patterns & detours there, according to State DOT Spokesman Dave Hamburg:
(Dave Hamburg 6-12-14)
Hamburg said that the project is on time & on budget, with this first phase expected to be completed in December of 2015.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is still pushing for the legislature to pass the minimum wage and Dream Act bills, as lawmakers work toward adjournment. The minimum wage proposal would raise the wage to $10.10 per hour; The Dream Act would extend financial aid to students who are in the country illegally. Both measures have support in the Assembly but face challenges in the Senate, where the Dream Act has already failed once. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos doesn’t expect the Senate to consider any controversial legislation before the end of session on June 19th.
The state Senate passed a bill to require state colleges to inform law enforcement of a missing student or a violent felony within 24 hours. The Senate passed the measure on Wednesday and the Assembly passed the updated College Safety Act in March. It’s now awaiting the signature of Governor Cuomo. The Legislature initially passed the College Safety Act in 1999 after the disappearance of University at Albany student Suzanne Lyall, it requires colleges & universities to notify local law enforcement of any violent felony offense or missing person on campus, it didn’t require the schools to actually report such incidents to outside authorities.
Governor Cuomo will soon decide whether yogurt will become New York’s official state snack. The Assembly approved a bill to make yogurt an official state snack Wednesday, by a vote of 85-1, following a 45-minute debate in the state Senate last month. The bill was skewered by late-night TV hosts, including Jon Stewart and David Letterman, the bill heads to the governor’s desk; he is expected to sign it.
The Civil Service Employees Association members, who work for the state court system, have voted 2-to-1 in favor of a new contract covering 5,700 employees with annual 2 percent salary increases for three years. The contract runs retroactively from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2017. Raises are scheduled for October of this year, April 2015 and April 2016, with a $750 bonus March 31, 2017.
The New York State Senate passed a bill that would ban the sale of powdered alcohol, known as Palcohol. The FDA approved the substance in April, but the agency quickly reversed its decision, the New York bill would ban the product in the state even if it gets approval from the FDA. Powdered alcohol has been banned in Alaska and legislation to ban it has been approved in South Carolina and Vermont.
Governor Cuomo today announced $75.6 million in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funding for 33 projects that will enhance mobility and safety on roadways across the state. Locally, $3.4 million is allocated for a project along Route 8 in the towns of Norwich, New Berlin and Columbus to flatten curves, widen shoulders and improve sight distance. High-friction surface treatments will be installed on downgrades. The list of Highway Safety Improvement programs is available at dot.ny.gov/safety.
Congressional Candidate Claudia Tenney to Hold Meet and Greet in the Bainbridge Town Hall, starting at 7:00 PM. There will be time for question and answer period & time to personally meet Tenney, who is challenging Incumbent Republican Congressman Richard Hanna in a Primary for the 22nd Congressional District.
Delaware county public health will hold a free rabies clinic today in Walton. The clinic will run from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Walton Town Highway Garage for dogs, cats & domesticated ferrets.
About 1000 members of Law Enforcement agencies and hundreds of civilians paid their respects to Trooper Christopher Skinner at his funeral in Johnson City Tuesday. Trooper Skinner was killed in the line of duty while conducting a traffic stop on I-81 last Thursday. State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said that Officers from as far as Alaska, Florida attended the funeral of Trooper Skinner.
Firefighters in Walton responded to a garage fire at 5 Sewell Place last night. Early reports suggested that the fire started due to a lightning strike. Further details are expected to be released shortly.
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.
Binghamton Police revealed the identities of the 2 people killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday night in Binghamton. Binghamton Police Officer Katie Brown and former Binghamton Police Officer Christopher Stoeckel, both of Binghamton, were killed in the crash that was reported around 10:15 PM at State Route 434 & Pennsylvania Avenue on the city’s Southside. Stoeckel was dead at the scene, Brown was taken to Wilson Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Police believe Stoeckel lost control of the motorcycle, struck a guide rail and both were ejected, Speed was also a factor, and toxicology results are pending. Brown’s funeral services are being arranged by her family and will be held in her home state of Indiana. Stoeckel was a Binghamton police officer from 2008 to 2012, he resigned after a DWI arrest.
Delaware County Deputies arrested 44 year old Ralph Fuller of Walton on a warrant issued in the Franklin Town Court for Aggravated Sexual Abuse. Sidney Village Police also arrested Fuller, for predatory sexual assault, 1st degree burglary, & criminal possession of a weapon, for allegedly breaking into a Sidney resident’s home, using a taser and raping the victim, he is being held in the Delaware County Jail without bail pending future court action.
New York State will host a special ceremony this morning at 11:00 AM on the Empire State Plaza in Albany to honor the nearly 60,000 Emergency Medical Services personnel in the State and pay special tribute to 12 EMS providers who lost their lives in the line of duty on 9/11. the names of 12 fallen EMS members will be added to the “Tree of Life” Memorial on the Plaza, there will now be 56 names of EMS personnel enshrined on the memorial.
Tomorrow, residents across the state will vote on school budget, and elect candidates to school boards. Most of the area school districts kept their tax levy increase at 1% to 2%, the Sidney school district actually has a decrease of 2.5% in their tax levy, Norwich & Greene have 0% increases, the Walton central school district is requesting a 5,5% increase, & the Greene school district is seeking a 3% increase. School board races will be on the ballot in the Oneonta, Oxford & Unadilla valley district.
The Sidney village police arrested 44-year-old Ralph Fuller of Walton for predatory sexual assault, 1st degree burglary, & criminal possession of a weapon, Fuller is accused of breaking into a Sidney residents home, using a taser and raping the victim, he is being held in the Delaware County Jail without bail pending future court action.
State and local law enforcement will hit the roads looking for people who are not wearing seat belts, as part of the “Click It or Ticket” Campaign through the end of May. In New York State, drivers and passengers can be fined if they are caught without their seat belt. Drivers can even receive points on their license. 21% of highway deaths in the State happen to occupants who were not buckled up.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum hosts the 6th Hall of Fame Classic Weekend this coming weekend. The Classic will be played Saturday, and will feature representatives from all 30 Major League Baseball teams. Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith will serve as managers and coaches for the Memorial Day Weekend legends game. The festivities will start with a parade down main street in Cooperstown at noon, to Doubleday Field where the Home Run Derby starts at 1:00 and the game will start at 2:05 PM. Tickets are available by calling at 1-877-726-9028 or baseballhall.org, or at Doubleday Field starting at 8:00 AM Saturday.
Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno was acquitted on all charges relating to alleged political corruption on Friday. The jury in this 2nd trial deliberated for about 4 hours, Bruno was convicted of the fraud charges in 2009 in a trial at which jurors acquitted him of five other fraud counts and could not decide on a sixth count. Bruno plans to ask state taxpayers to reimburse his legal expenses which cost into the millions.
The Northeast Classic Car Museum and NBT Bank announced interior improvements at the Museum, which are being underwritten by NBT Bank. The donation will enable the Museum to upgrade and enhance its banquet facility, revamp a catering preparation area, enclose a storage area, install a sliding door room divider, purchase matching chairs and tables to complete seating for 250 people, and purchase a new 14′ X 10′ projection screen. The new NBT Bank Event Center will provide a multifunction area for future large events.
Howie Hawkins of Syracuse won the Green Party nomination for governor of New York again. Hawkins won the nomination on Saturday in Troy. In 2010, Hawkins received 59,906 votes, more than any other 3rd party candidate who ran against Democrat Andrew Cuomo. The centerpiece of the Green Party is a proposal to build a 100 percent clean energy by 2030, which they claim could create 4.5 million new jobs over the next 15 years.
The Robert W. Harrold BOCES on Route 206 in Masonville will have their annual open house tomorrow, to highlight student accomplishments this year. BOCES Work Base Learning Coordinator Danielle Macy comments:
(Danielle Macy 5-19-14)
WCDO will be broadcasting live from the annual BOCES open house from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday.
The next 24-48 hours will bring periods of rain, heavy at times to the Tri-County area and the Northeast. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of Central New York and Northeast Pennsylvania this evening through Friday Night. While it is expected that there may be numerous issues on the small streams and creeks throughout our area, the rivers ARE expected to STAY WITHIN THEIR BANKS. You can always keep an eye on the rivers in the area with our river gages, located at WCDORadio.com. Here is the latest briefing from the National Weather Service for this storm.
Firefighters from Masonville, Sidney, Walton, Trout Creek, Sidney Center, Bainbridge, Deposit & Mount Upton fire companies responded to a fire at the Briggs residence on state route 8 between Sidney & Masonville. The fire was reported at about 8:30 Thursday morning, officials said that the house suffered fire, smoke & water damage, no one was home when the fire broke out, no injuries among firefighters were reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
The state Senate passed legislation to make all honorably discharged military veterans eligible for a high school degree. “Operation Recognition,” already allows veterans of World War II, Korea and the Vietnam wars to get diplomas, the legislation would expand eligibility to other veterans who didn’t complete their formal education. The bill was sent to the Assembly.
Chenango County Sheriffs Deputies arrested 24-year-old Cassandra LaTour and 41-year-old Brett Brooks following an investigation into a reported larceny at a Norwich business. Both were charged with Conspiracy and Petty Larceny for allegedly entering a business with the intent of stealing property. LaTour was also charged with 3rd degree Burglary, Brooks was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date, LaTour was arraigned in the Town of Norwich Court and will reappear at a later date.
Broome County Executive Debbie Preston will undergo surgery next week at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Preston announced her diagnosis of lung cancer 2 weeks ago, she will go to Sloan Kettering on Sunday and will have the upper left lobe of her lung removed the Monday. She plans on spending much of next week at Sloan Kettering before heading home to recover.
U.S. Postal Service letter carriers will be collecting non-perishable food items tomorrow, as part of the national Stamp Out Hunger program. Food items can be left by mailbox’s for pickup, all donations will stay in local comminutes.
The Chenango Soccer Club is sponsoring a soccer camp August 4th through the 8th at the Chargers Fields on Route 12 in Oxford. Registration must be completed by July 18th to receive the t-shirt. Campers must bring their own lunch, water bottle, cleats, and shin guards everyday. More information is available at 334-5038 or at oneplussoccer.com.
State Troopers will be conducting a child car seat safety check detail tomorrow from 10:00am till 2:00pm, outside the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, Troopers will be stationed in the parking lot near Ruby Tuesday’s, they will inspect your current child car seat and making sure that it is properly installed. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to bring their child, a current car seat, their vehicle and vehicle manual.
The Town of Hartwick will hold its annual Clean Sweep event from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday. The Town will be collecting Used electronics, televisions, tires, scrap metal and white goods, used appliances, backyard waste, mattresses, furniture; leaves and grass clippings; and returnable bottles and cans. Regular trash & household Hazardous waste will not be taken at this event.
The Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s Outreach Committee is hosting a chicken and biscuits benefit dinner and Chinese Auction Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:00 PM at the church 37 West Main Street in Norwich. Proceeds will go to the Chenango County Relay For Life July 18th & 19th at the county fairgrounds in Norwich, more information is available at relayforlife.org/chenangocountyny.