Archives for January 2017

Cuomo Says He Wants Roe v. Wade In State Constitution

On Monday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he is proposing legislation to establish the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision as part of the state constitution.

According to Cuomo the move would ensure protections would remain in place in New York if the 1973 decision legalizing abortion was ever overturned.

The governor made the announcement at a Planned Parenthood supporters gathering in Albany that Cuomo’s office says brought around 1,600 attendees.

Suspect Sought In Afton Shooting

One person was shot and wounded during an incident in Afton on Monday.

Police say they were called to an Algerine Street address on reports shots had been fired and discovered a man had a gunshot wound to his upper leg that was deemed non life threatening.

The victim was taken to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City.

So far there’s no word on an arrest in the shooting or what happened before the victim was shot.

Oneonta Offering Microenterprise Grants

The City of Oneonta announced it’s received a $200,000 in funding for the Microenterprise Program from the New York State Office of Community Renewal.

The Microenterprise Program allows cities to offer grants between $5,000 and $35,000 to entrepreneurs, start-up businesses, and existing microenterprises that will increase economic opportunity and/or create jobs for low-to-moderate income residents.

To apply for a grant contact Judy Pangman, Community Development Director, at the City of Oneonta.

Woman Arrested In Quarrel With Her Ex For Pulling A Knife

A quarrel between a former couple lands a Davenport woman in trouble.

Police say Tammy Roe pulled a knife on her ex boyfriend last Friday at a home on Whipple Road in the Town of Davenport after a verbal dispute escalated.

No one was hurt according to investigators.

Roe was arraigned in the Town of Davenport and was released.

Her next court date is on February 14 – Valentine’s Day.

Tips Wanted In Two Otsego County Burglaries

State Police are looking for tips to find the suspects in two Otsego County Burglaries.

According to a news release both crimes occurred on January 19 – one from a home on County Highway 13 in the town of Pittsfield and the other at a residence on State Route 80.

Police are looking for a person of interest seen on surveillance video who’s described as white with facial hair who was wearing a dark jacket and jeans.

DOAS Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for Environmental Education Grants awarded to classroom teachers by the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society through the DOAS EE Grant Program.

Qualified Home School Programs as well as Student Service Organizations are also welcome to apply.

These grants enable educators in our region to add new environmental and conservation focused activities to their curriculum or to continue existing initiatives.

Contact DOAS for application information and deadlines.

Focus Partners With BOCES For Training Program

Focus Otsego announces it’s working with Herkimer BOCES to create training programs for the facility’s staff.

According to a news release a certified nursing assistant course is being offered that includes 75 percent classroom instruction at BOCES and 25 percent practical experience gained at the Cooperstown facility.

12 students started in the class this month and after completing the 120 hour course they will become Focus employees after passing state exams.

MATHCOUNTS Competition At SUNY Delhi

SUNY Delhi is working with Broome Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers to present MATHCOUNTS®, a nationwide math enrichment, coaching and competition program for middle school students.

It takes place on the SUNY Delhi campus February 4 beginning at 10 a.m.

In March, local winners will travel to the state competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. The top four Mathletes from the state competition will receive an all-expense paid trip to Orlando, Fla. for the 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition.

National winners receive scholarships with their trophies.

Man Arrested For Smashing Windshield

A New Berlin man is arrested on charges he smashed the windshield of an occupied car.

Police say Schuyler Schmidt got into an altercation at a home on State Route 8 in the Town of Columbus last Thursday that ended up with him punching and smashing the windshield while the victim was in the car.

Schmidt was charged with the misdemeanors of Criminal Mischief 4th degree and Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree.

An order of protection was issued against him.

New Phone Scam Warning

There’s a warning about a new phone scam that’s been reported in the Oneonta area and other parts of the state.

Police say the scammer usually starts by introducing themselves and their business then asks “can you hear me”.

If you say “yes”, then the scammer records your response and then puts orders in for products you never wanted.

You’re then threatened with legal action if you don’t pay the bill.

Experts say don’t answer the phone if the caller ID shows a number you don’t know.