Archives for February 2017

SUNY Delhi Ranks Among Most Affordable In Nation For Freshmen

SUNY Delhi is recognized by Student Loan Report as one of the country’s “Most Affordable Colleges for Incoming Freshman with Financial Need”

According to the report SUNY Delhi financial aid is awarded to 87 percent of freshmen with financial need with the average financial aid award at just over $8,000.

SUNY Delhi’s online program for bachelor degree in Hospitality Management was recently ranked among the most affordable in the country on two separate reports.

Oneonta Public Meeting Schedule

The City of Oneonta released its public meetings schedule for the week.

Today the Finance / Human Resources Committee meets at 5pm and the Zoning and Housing Board of Appeals will be held at 7pm.

Today’s meeting of the Operations, Planning and Evaluation Committee and Thursday’s Board of Public Service meetings are cancelled.

Meetings take place in Common Council Chambers at Oneonta City Hall on Main Street and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Area Bank Promotes “America Saves Week”

Monday marks the start of America Saves Week and Norwich-based NBT Bank says it is reaching out to customers and local schools, encouraging them to sign the America Saves Pledge.

According to the bank the effort is part of its Strive® Financial Literacy program, which helps kids, teens and young adults establish a positive relationship with money and navigate personal finances.

The pledge is targeted for students ages 14 and older and is available online at www.americasaves.org/pledge.

Woman Sentenced On Social Security Fraud

An Andes woman gets two years probation along with 50 hours community service for her guilty plea to charges she defrauded Social Security.

According to a news release Deborah E. Wagner, also known as Deborah E. Cottrell is also required to repay over $64,000 in Survivors Insurance benefits she collected from 2006 through 2014.

Legal papers say Wagner told the SSA she was a widow but an investigation found she had remarried in 2006.

Cuomo Makes Statement On Transgender Bathroom Law

Governor Andrew Cuomo takes action on the news that the Trump administration rolls back a federal directive to schools that bathroom access for transgender students needs to be provided.

In a statement Cuomo says he’s urging the Education Department to issue a directive to all school districts making it clear that the rights and protections that had been extended to all students in New York remain unchanged under state law.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the former guidelines violated Title IX, which bars discrimination due to one’s sex.

State Announces Discrimination Victim Awards

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the State Division of Human Rights last year secured more than $5 million in compensation for victims of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation.

The statement says 77 cases were resolved in Central NY resulting in a total of nearly $590,000 in compensation.

DHR also assessed $273,000 in penalties against employers.

Trooper Carrying Torch For Special Olympics

A New York State Trooper from Richfield Springs is chosen to carry the torch for the Special Olympics being held in Austria next month.

Trooper Neil Case says he’s carrying the torch to honor his son, who has Down syndrome, while raising awareness for people with disabilities.

Case will be in Austria for 10 days and is raising money to cover the cost of the trip so Special Olympics doesn’t have to pay his expenses.

If you’d like to donate or learn more, visit: specialolympicsinc.donordrive.com

New Family Leave Regulations Filed

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state has filed regulations for the implementation of New York’s paid family leave program.

Once fully implemented employees of private companies will receive 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth of a child, caring for family members with a serious health condition or when a family member is called to active military service.

The program will be phased in beginning January 2018.

Trooper Carrying Torch

A New York State Trooper in Richfield Springs has been picked to represent law enforcement for the state in the Special Olympics.

Trooper Neil Case has been selected to carry the torch to honor his son, who has Down syndrome, while raising awareness for people with disabilities.

The Special Olympics will pay the $10,000 it costs to send Case to Austria. But Case said he doesn’t want to take away money from the athletes, so instead he’s set up a fundraiser which has already brought in more than $7,000.

If you’d like to donate or learn more, visit: specialolympicsinc.donordrive.com

Man Arresting For Torching A Car

An Oneonta man is arrested for setting a car on fire.

Police say Jonathan Delgado committed the arson Wednesday on a vehicle parked on Burnside Avenue but didn’t disclose any details on what led him to start the fire.

According to arrest papers the car was a total loss and valued at $14,000.

Delgado is held without bail pending a first court appearance.