Archives for August 2018

Accused PTA Thief Takes Plea Deal

A Norwich woman charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from a parent – teacher organization takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say Rebecca Evans pleaded guilty to second-degree forgery for stealing from the Norwich Purple Tornado Community Team while she was treasurer. According to investigators Evans had planned to get money from the organization by forging the name of another member on the Purple Tornado’s checks. According to court records Evans received one year probation.


Gubernatorial Debate Recap

During Wednesday night’s debate between Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon the governor said if re-elected he would serve his entire four year term and would not run for President in 2020. The hour-long debate at Hofstra University contained a number of heated exchanges one of which was over who is telling the truth and who is lying. This was the only debate before the September 13 primary.

Source: Way too many to list.

NY Cracks Down On Underage Drinking

Two state agencies are cracking down on underage drinking on college campuses and in college towns as the fall semester begins. The New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, working with local law enforcement agencies, will conduct statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, including bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores, looking for fake IDs and illegal sales to minors. Business owners could face civil penalites up to $10,000 per violation.


Bus Drivers To Be Screened For Drugs And Alcohol

School bus drivers statewide will soon have to submit to random drug and alcohol screening under a new law. Previously only 10 percent of drivers were subjected to screening and those driving buses carrying 16 passengers or fewer were exempt. Drivers are now prohibited from drinking alcohol for eight hours prior to their routes which is an increase from the original six hour rule. The law takes effect near the end of December.


Two Government Projects Get State Grants

Two projects in Otsego County addressing general government consolidation as well as local government functions are receiving over $75,000 in state grants from the Municipal Restructuring Fund. The projects include creating a partnership between the county and the towns of Decatur, Maryland, Westford, and Worcester to develop a municipal reorganization plan along with establishing the Otsego County Healthcare Consortium, a new healthcare corporation under Article 47 of the Insurance Law, to collectively reduce the costs of the municipal employees in local governments across the county.


Norwich Father Arrested In Child’s Death

A Norwich child is dead and the father is under arrest. Police say they were called to a Henry Street home on Sunday about a child with a head injury who had stopped breathing and the one-year-old was taken first to Chenango Memorial then to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse where the child died on Monday. Devan Ellsworth was initially charged with felony assault and endangering the welfare of a child and appeared in Town of Norwich Court then jailed without bond.


Cooperstown Thinking About Restoring Parallel Parking

Cooperstown officials are considering changing parking on Pioneer Street back to a parallel-parking setup as it was before the recent renovation project replacing water and sewer lines along with installiing new curbs and repaving the street. The village then implemented diagonal parking which resulted in an increase in the number of spaces. A proposal to reinstate parallel parking was brought up at Monday’s board of trustees meeting. The public will have a chance to weigh in on the changes at a hearing set for September 20.


GOHS Facing Deadline For Anonymous Donation Match

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society has until Friday to collect up to $30,000 in matching funds for those making donations to the Building Renovation Fund. Two generous (and anonymous) local donors agreed to make the matching contribution. Donations can be made at the GOHS office, the Oneonta Wells Fargo branch or at If you have questions or need more information, contact or by calling 607-432-0960.


Family Float Night At The Y

The Oneonta YMCA presents “Family Float Night” on Friday from 6:45 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Every last Friday of each month the Y hosts a Family Float night! This month’s theme is “Summer Fun”. Admission is free to Y members and guests must purchase a pass for $18 per family or $5 per individual and be accompanied by a member. This event is another added value of the Y’s new family membership packages.


DCSO & DOT Partner For Vehicle Inspections

There are fewer unsafe commercial vehicles on the roads thanks to the combined efforts of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and the State Department of Transportation. The two agencies partnered for the Motor Carrier Safety Program and conducted vehicle inspections last Wednesday on State Highway 10 in Hamden and Friday on State Route 23 in Davenport. Authorities say the violations on seven vehicles were so severe that they were ordered off the road immediately and towed from the inspection location. 17 summonses were issued.

Source: Press Release