Archives for January 2019

Seward Says Nothing Is Being Done In The Senate For Upstate

State Senator James Seward expressed his frustration that this year’s session in Albany has done little so far to recognize the needs of Upstate New York. In a statement Seward blamed the new Democratic senate majority for appealing to special interest groups while not addressing issues to make everyday lives of real people any better. Seward joined with Republican colleagues caliing for a budget plan to make New York more affordable for families and businesses while creating opportunities for future growth.

Source: Press Release

Weaver Receives Correction Officer Of The Year Award

Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond announces that Corrections Sergeant Alan Weaver, of Andes, was named “Corrections Officer of the Year” by the NYS Sheriff’s Association. The award is given to a Sheriff’s Correction Officer who has demonstrated an exceptional degree of dedication and commitment to the professional fulfillment of the difficult and important duties of the Sheriff’s Office in operating County Jails. DuMond says Weaver clearly stands out as a corrections officer role model.

Source: Press release

Oneonta Lifting Parking Rules Due To Snow

Due to the pending snow fall expected through Wednesday, the City of Oneonta will be lifting parking rules for the municipal garage and lots as of 8:00am today. Any vehicles left on city streets after 2 1/2″ of snowfall are subject to ticketing/towing at the vehicle owner’s expense. Residents must wait until the Department of Public Works has cleared the streets of snow before parking on the streets.

Source: Press release

Two Indicted In Delhi Drug Investigation

A Delaware County Grand Jury hands down indictments against two people in connection with a Delhi drug investigation. Prosecutors say 61 year-old Herbert Jones, Jr., and 47 year-old Nicole Byron both of Delhi, are charged with the class B felony offense of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Police say the two sold heroin last December. Both are being held without bail pending continuation of their arraignments.

Source: Press release

Sales Tax Revenue Up For 2018

State Comproller Thomas DiNapoli’s office reports local sales tax collections continued to climb in 2018, growing for the third year in a row. Otsego County’s sales tax revenue was up over five point four percent while Delaware County had a nearly four point two percent increase. In Chenango County collections were up almost seven point seven five percent. DiNapoli’s office reports there was a collection slowdown near the end of 2018 so local officials should keep a watchful eye on consumer spending and this revenue source and be prepared to react accordingly.

Source: Press release

State Releases Preliminary Sports Betting Regulations

Sports betting in New York could be just months away now that the state gaming commission approves regulations for both the state’s four privately-run and tribal casinos. The regulations are now being put up for a 60-day comment period after which a finalized version of the rules will be drafted by the commission. As written sports betting can only take place in person so no mobile apps will be allowed.


PCH Scam In Delaware County

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office reports a new scam is making the rounds where the caller says they’re with Publishers Clearing House and they have a cash prize and a car to award but in order to collect the caller demands a money order to cover taxes and fees associated with the winnings. The scammer tells the potential victim they have to send it to an address in Jamaica in order to win. The sheriff’s office says the Publishers Clearing House does not call prize winners in advance.


Upper Delaware Scenic And Recreational River To Resume Full Operations By Friday

Now that the temporary government shutdown is over staff at Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will resume regular operations today. Officials say the delay in resumption of regular operations is due to the need to ensure safe access to park facilities for employees and visitors. They anticipate it will take 1-2 days to plow parking areas and walkways to provide access to employee offices. All areas of the park are expected to be accessible to the public by Friday.

Source: Press release

Cuomo Signs Legislation Protecting LGBTQ Rights

New York’s Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act is now law. Among its provisions is a ban on the practice of conversion therapy and prohibitions of discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression. Any offenses committed on the basis of gender identity or expression are now hate crimes under the new law. It expands on the state’s Human Rights Law passed four years ago.


BHOF Class Of 2019 Cap Selections Announced

The National Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the cap selections that will appear on the plaques for each of the six members of the Hall of Fame class of 2019. Roy Halliday and Mike Mussina’s plaques will not have a logo as their careers were each with two teams. Harold Baines will have the Chicago White Sox logo, Edgar Martinez the Seattle Mariners logo; Mariano Rivera the New York Yankees logo, and Lee Smith the Chicago Cubs logo.