The White House confirmed Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s two-day bus tour will stop in Binghamton, along with Buffalo, Syracuse and a stop in northeastern Pennsylvania. According to a White House official, the president will be traveling through New York and Pennsylvania Thursday, Aug. 22 and Friday, Aug. 23
Governor Cuomo continued to say that there is no timetable for a decision on the return of Hydrofracking to New York State. State Senator Tom Libous of Binghamton told WCDO News that a decision has to be made soon, after 5 years of waiting:
Currently, the decision of Hydrofracking rests with the findings of the state Health Department. A gas-drilling moratorium has been in effect for almost 5 years, hydrofracking started in Western New York in 1979.
The trial of 25 year old Binghamton resident Jaclyn Wesley began in Broome County Court yesterday. In May of 2011, Wesley was driving her Ford Explorer when it went off Interstate 88 west in the town of Fenton and into the Chenango River. There were 4 people in the vehicle and Wesley was the only survivor. The bodies of 39-year-old Carri Michalski, 25-year-old Robert Moorehead and 45-year-old Robert Marshall were later recovered from the river. Wesley is facing seven misdemeaners including driving while intoxicated in the case. The trial continues at the Broome County Courthouse.
Tompkins County and the Town of Enfield declared local emergencies Wednesday afternoon due to the numerous damages caused by last week’s storms. Damages exceed four hundred thousand dollars and the compromised waterways and infrastructure could threaten private properties in the case of another storm. The repairs are beyond the capacity of what the local government can manage and the county is calling on New York State to provide assistance.
A group of junior sailors from Camp Comstock were out on Cayuga Lake Wednesday when the winds picked up and waters became too rough. A camp counselor attempted to rescue the three campers in a motor boat, but began taking water on board and the boat began to sink. Others from the camp went out in canoes and jet skis to try and bring them in. Trumansburg Fire and Rescue, along with the New York State Park Police Marine Unit and the Ithaca Fire and Rescue Marine Unit, responded to the scene and were able to rescue the boat operator. Two campers were taken to Cayuga Medical Center for treatment of head injuries. Officials said the use of life jackets helped make sure there was no loss of life.
Two men who led Pennsylvania State Police on a high-speed chase Monday morning have been arrested. 33 year old Erich J. West, and 21 year old Ryan J. West, both of Wellsboro, were wanted on several warrants. They had been spotted driving a stolen vehicle on state Route 660 in Richmond Township. The two led police on a high speed chase through several townships before turning onto Scouten Hill Road where they abandoned the vehicle in a wooded area and fled on foot. A search of the area after the incident was unsuccessful. The suspects were arrested at an undisclosed location at a later time.
The Delaware County Department of Public Works will be closing County Route 20 in the town of Masonville from Monday to Friday, August 19th to the 23rd to replace a large culvert. Work is expected to be complete by 3pm Friday the 23rd.