Cobleskill Audit Finds Ex-Employee Stole $9,000

An audit of the Village of Cobleskill by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office finds that nearly $9,000 was received by former clerk-treasurer Samantha Moyster than she was entitled to. The audit says it happened between January 2016 and June of 2017 with the money coming from paid leave without available accruals, inaccurate health insurance buyout payments and inappropriately earned and used compensatory time. DiNapoli’s office turned the matter over to the Schoharie County District Attorney’s office.

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www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/villages/2020/cobleskill-2018-47.htm

Norwich Elementary Schools Change Lunch Rules

The Norwich City School District tightens up restrictions for parents having lunch with students at Perry Browne and Gibson schools. The Evening Sun reports parents and family members will no longer be able to join students during lunch out of security concerns. Interim Superintendent Diana Bowers tells the newspaper that at times parents post pictures while having lunch with their kids and students at the schools should not be photographed due to legal and safety concerns.

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evesun.com/news/stories/2020-01-16/32507/Norwich-Elementary-Schools-improve-safety-protocols-during-lunch

Metzger Sets Mobile Staff Office Hours in Delhi

State Senator Jen Metzger’s office staff are holding two sessions in Delhi. The staff will be available for information and questions on Wednesday January 22 and Wednesday February 26 at the Charles D. Cook County Office Building at 111 Main Street, Delhi. All constituents are invited to come and express concerns, ask questions, request information or make comments on local and state issues.

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Press release

State Sheriffs Unveil CSI Program

Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting was one of several law enforcement officials unveiling a new statewide crime prevention program on Thursday aimed at using synthetic forensic technology to thwart crime and help with criminal investigations. The technology can mark criminals or items with an invisible, non-toxic, water-based solution that contains a unique DNA code which can scientifically connect a person or item to a specific location. Cutting said that initial training on the new tools will start next week at the statewide Sheriff Conference.

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cbs6albany.com/news/local/nys-sheriffs-association-unveils-new-crime-fighting-initiative-using-synthetic-dna

One Killed In Oxford Crash

A woman is killed in a chain-reaction accident Wednesday evening on State Route 12 in Oxford. Police say Kathryn Frear of Greene was killed when a box truck struck her car from behind and caused her stopped vehicle to strike the back of a stopped tractor-trailer in front of her. Frear was pronounced dead at the scene. The box truck driver suffered minor injuries while the tractor-trailer driver was unhurt.

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One killed in 3-car crash in Chenango County

Bassett Health Centers Achieve NYS Recognition

Nearly 60 primary care, pediatric and school-based health centers in the Bassett Healthcare Network have been awarded Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition under the New York State Patient-Centered Medical Home Program. The recognition goes to centers working to achieve better health care, a better patient experience and lower cost. Around one-third of the centers in the Bassett Healthcare Network achieving recognition are school-based health centers and according to Bassett are the only group of SBHC’s in New York State to be recognized.

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Press release

State Lowering Property Tax Cap

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office says New York’s property tax levy growth cap will be lower for the 2020 fiscal year that starts July 1. It will go from 2 % to 1.81%. The 2% cap had been in effect for the last two fiscal years. DiNapoli is warning school districts and municipal officials need to be fiscally cautious and examine where they can limit spending to stay under the cap.

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Press release

Adoptees Can Now Obtain Birth Certificates

Adoptees in New York are now allowed to receive a certified copy of their original, or pre-adoption, birth certificate after they turn 18-years-old. If the adoptee is deceased, direct line descendants, such as a child, grandchild or great-grandchild of the adoptee, may request a copy of the adoptee’s birth certificate. Also, a lawful representative of an adoptee or a deceased adopted person’s direct line descendant may also apply. Applications can be made online with the State Department of Health.

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www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-law-allowing-adoptees-obtain-certified-birth-certificate-age-18

Released Suspect Back In Jail Hours Later

A suspect who was released on Tuesday from the Delaware County Correctional Facility under New York’s bail reform law ends up back in jail a few hours later. According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office 21-year-old Eusebio Jax-Mejia stole a vehicle from the Delaware County Public Safety building. Jax-Mejia was originally jailed on New Year’s Day. He is now facing a felony theft charge and is being held pending further court action.

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Press release

Accident In Meredith

A utility truck driver is ticketed after rolling his vehicle over on Highway 28 in Meredith. Police say it happened Tuesday evening and an investigation determined the driver was heading around a bend when the truck went onto the right shoulder, re-entered the roadway and began to skid sideways eventually overturning on its right side. The truck then skidded about 100 feet. No injuries were reported.

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Commercial vehicle overturns on State Highway 28 Tuesday