State Police investigated a car-pedestrian fatal motor vehicle accident Tuesday night on State Route 17 in the town of Hancock. The investigation revealed that the victim was 36 year old Sherylle Redulfin of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; she had been involved in a 1 car property damage accident and was standing in the roadway when she was struck by a vehicle operated by 20 year old Laura Victor of Yorktown Heights. Redulfin was transported to Lourdes Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The investigation is continuing.
State Senator Tom Libous & Assembly Members Donna Lupardo & Cliff Crouch met with state officials Tuesday in Albany to discuss the proposed closures of the Broome Developmental Center and the Greater Binghamton Health Center. Libous said that they are concerned about the loss of jobs, and the ability for the community as a whole to handle the patients:
Libous said that he talked with the Governor recently about his concerns, he said that he is hopeful that there could be money in next years state budget to keep the facilities open, if not he has proposed legislation to freeze the closure of mental health facilities until 2015, in order to come up with better plans for those affected. Libous expects to meet with officials again after the Thanksgiving break.
Governor Cuomo holds a wide lead over his potential Republican challengers in the 2014 gubernatorial race, according the latest Polls. A Wall Street Journal-NBC-Marist poll found that Cuomo leads Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino 65 to 23%, with similar leads against Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin and former Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino. A Quinnipiac University Poll shows Cuomo over Astorino by 56 to 25% margin.
Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care will host a Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot tomorrow. The race starts at the Oneonta Boy’s and Girl’s Club at 70 River Street in Oneonta, Race day registrations are welcomed, beginning At 7:30 AM, Packet pick up is this afternoon from 4:00 to –7:00 PM At the Oneonta Boys & Girls Club. The race starts at 9:00 AM, the Awards ceremony starts at 10:00 AM.
An estimated 1500 people turned up to greet the Canadian Pacific Holiday train in Binghamton last night. The train made its way to Oneonta this afternoon, where those that turned up were entertained, and left donations for area food banks.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced a new bill that would regulate the buying and selling of metal. Copper thefts continue to increase, he said his bill would deter potential thieves by requiring documentation on where the metal came from, which would then make it a federal crime to steal metal, the bill would also cap the amount a recycler can pay cash for metal at $100, over that would require payment by check.
State health officials report that New York’s health exchange website has performed well, in contrast to the federal Affordable Care Website. More than 76,000 people have signed up in New York so far, and the state is on track for its goal of signing up 1.1 million people by 2016.
Governor Cuomo predicted the state will have a surplus next fiscal year, and he vowed to use the money for property-tax relief. State budget figures this month estimated a $1.7 billion deficit for the fiscal year that starts April 1, but Cuomo said there will be a surplus for next year if the line is held on spending. The governor will release his 2014-15 budget proposal in January; the Legislature has until March 31st to approve it.
Firefighters from Bainbridge & Sidney are responding this afternoon to a structure fire at 9 Evans Street in Bainbridge. The fire was called in at about 2:05 PM; WCDO News will have further details as they become available.