Archives for December 2018

Seward To Be Sworn In For 17th Term

On New Year’s Day State Senator James Seward will be sworn in to his 17th term at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.The event is a New Year’s Day tradition for Senator Seward following an election year and is open to the public. Otsego County Judge John Lambert and Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin will also be sworn in for new terms. Otsego County Board of Representatives Chairman David Bliss will serve as master of ceremonies and Otsego County Judge Brian Burns will administer the oath of office.

Source: Press release

Cuomo Considering Interactive Pothole Website

Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to decide this weekend whether or not to sign a bill that to create aninteractive website where drivers can report potholes. According to the measure sponsored by Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti the state would create a pothole portal to allow drivers to assist the Department in identifying and prioritizing work. The DOT currently has a phone hotline for pothole reporting.


Film Society Of Cooperstown Back In ’19

The Film Society of Cooperstown kicks off its second season on Jan. 16 at the Village Hall Ballroom with the 1976 Oscar-winning movie “All The President’s Men” starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford. It tells the story of two Washington Post reporters whose investigation into the Watergate break-in led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. Screen time is 7:00 p.m. Other films include the Marx Brothers’ “Duck Soup” and 2007’s “There Will Be Blood”.


Bassett Nurse Donates Kidney

A Bassett Healthcare nurse becomes a kidney donor for a person she never met before. According to the hospital Samantha Jankowski was on social media earlier this year when she saw a post about a woman by the name of Vicki Tuttle who was looking for a kidney donor.The Margaretville resident who works at Bassett’s Andes made contact with Tuttle and the two met in July. The transplant surgery was completed earlier this month.


CCSO Searching For Wanted Man

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man wanted on an active arrest warrant. 42-year-old Jason Barrows is white with a medium build and has light brown hair along with a dark goatee. Barrows is wanted on a second degree burglary warrant. He is known to frequent the Oxford and McDonough areas. If you have information on the location of Barrows please call the Sheriff’s Office at 607-334-2000 extension 1.


State Road Work Off For The Weekend

Road work on New York state highways is suspended beginning Saturday through New Year’s Day to help alleviate slowdowns during peak travel times. Some work may continue behind concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. Work will resume at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. The construction suspension is part of New York’s Drivers First initiative. Authorities remind drivers to drive safely, stay sober and use text stops to make calls or send messages.


Minimum Wage Going Up

Workers making minimum wage will be getting a 70 cent per hour raise in the new year. Beginning Jan. 1 the minimum outside of New York City, Long Island and Westchester Counties will go to $11.10 per hour. The minimum wage increased to $9.70 at the end of 2016 and will go up to $12.50 on 12/31/2020. After then the minimum wage will continue to increase to $15 on an indexed schedule.


OFD Annual Knox Box Maintenance

The Oneonta Fire Deparment will be visiting properties in the City and Town of Oneonta which have Knox lock boxes. These visits will start in January and are to do preventative maintenance. Firefighters will be in uniform and carrying proper identification. If you are not onsite and new keys need to be added or you need to make changes to contact information in the lock box, please call the Oneonta Fire Department at 607-433-3480.

Source: Press release

OC Man Indicted In Columbus Theft

An Otsego County man is indicted in connection with a burglary at a Columbus race track. Police say 39-year-old Joseph D. Horton stole vehicles, generators and several pieces of equipment from the Unadilla Motocross Track on state Route 8 in Columbus on April 4. According to prosecutors Horton was indicted last week following an investigation into the theft and recovery of stolen items. Horton was already in the Chenango County jail on unrelated charges.

DCSO Helps Victim Of Stolen Property

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office helps the victim of a stolen property purchase have a Merry Christmas after all. According to the sheriff’s offfice a young person bought a Playstation 4 from an online seller only to have it seized after it came back as stolen. The Sheriff”s Police Benevolent Association along with local businesses raised money to get the young man a new PS4. Authorities urge all to use caution when entering into business arrangements with strangers.

Source: Press release