The Village of Sidney + County & State officials will host a meeting on Wednesday at the Sidney High School Auditorium. Sidney Village Mayor Andy Matviak said that a lot of items would be discussed:

(Andy Matviak 12-13-16)

The meeting will run from 6:30 to 8:30 PM Wednesday, more information is available at 561-2320
34-year-old James Williams of Oneonta was arrested by Oneonta Police following a disturbance at the Sip & Sail Tavern on Water Street. Williams was charged Saturday with criminal possession of a weapon, plus menacing, reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration, false personation & trespassing, Police accused Williams of using a chain as a weapon, and giving police a false identity. He was held at the Oneonta Police Department pending arraignment in the Oneonta City Court.
State Police arrested 25 year old Andrew Carnrike of Smyrna for the felony Assault, plus Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and 2nd degree Harassment, after troopers responded to a dispute on East Main Street in Smyrna. Carnrike allegedly pushed & grabbed the vicitm by the throat and followed the vicitm to a neighbor’s home, Carrike is also accused of assaulting the neighbor, causing injuries. Carnrike was located, arrested & was arraigned in the Town of Smyrna Court and was remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $10,000 cash bail, he faces court action on Thursday.
Aizaz Siddiqui of Binghamton was released on $50,000 Bail today from the Broome County Jail. Siddiqui was accused in connection with the hit & run death of Stefani Lineva along State Route 434 on Binghamton Southside on December 3rd.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli proposed changes to the state’s procurement practices in the wake of criminal charges and allegations of corruption in the awarding of state economic development project contracts. By state law, the Comptroller’s office is responsible for reviewing and approving state agency contracts above $50,000 and certain contracts over $1 million for state public authorities, In recent years, executive and legislative actions have eroded the Comptroller’s contract oversight. In 2015, state agencies issued over $6.8 billion in contracts without Comptroller review. DiNapoli suggested restoring previous powers to his office that have been steadily removed in the last 5 years, Create tougher ethics requirements and penalties for those who abuse the procurement process, & Increase transpoarency over the entire process.
Governor Cuomo’s office and state lawmakers are discussing a plan to authorize Uber, Lyft & other ride-sharing services statewide as part of current negotiations, which may lead to a special session of the legislature being called back to Albany befroe the end of the year. State lawmakers have been lobbying for a pay raise for teh first time in 17 years, while the Governor has been lobbying for more stringent ethics reforms to be passed. Uber & Lyft have been allowed to operate in New York City under the same rules & taxis & limosines, they would not have to operate under those rules in other locations around the state.

The next meeting of the Oneonta Downtown Revitalization Initiative local planning committee is tonight at 7:00 PM at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. 2 more committee meeting are scheduled for December 20th & January 3rd, both at the Foothills Performing Arts center.
Governor Cuomo announced $2.8 million in NYSUNY 2020 awards for Binghamton University, to support the development of a renewable energy research and development facility, to focus on battery life maximization. The facility will collaborate with several other SUNY campuses, provide student research opportunities and promote workforce training in energy conservation.
Magic City Productions announces that Comedian Howie Mandel will perform at the Forum Theater in Binghamton on Sunday January 29th at 3:00 PM. Tickets go anon Sale This Friday December 16, at 10 AM At The Arena Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, or by Phone 1 800 745 3000

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