Archives for August 2019

Final Islanberg Bomb Plot Defendant Sentenced

The final defendant in the planned bombing of Delaware County’s Islamberg community will be in jail for seven years. Prosecutors say the 17-year-old pleaded guilty last month to attempted criminal possession of a weapon as a terrorism crime. The boy and three other adults all from the Rochester area were taken into custody earlier this year after the plot was discovered. Those adults also took plea deals and have been sentenced.


DSOGPO Campaign Runs Through Monday

Law enforcement agencies statewide are cracking down on impaired driving through Monday. The STOP-DWI “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is designed to reduce alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes. During the 2018 enforcement campaign nearly 4,000 ticket for impaired driving were handed out along with more than 165,000 citations for other vehicle and traffic law violations. New York now has an app called “Have A Plan” which can be used to find a ride share service or report a suspected impaired driver.


NY Suspends Construction Work For Holiday Weekend

Temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways is suspended from now until Tuesday, September 3 at 6 a.m. to accommodate travelers during the busy Labor Day weekend. Motorists should be aware some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. There will be slight variations for certain Thruway projects based on previous traffic volume. The suspension does not affect work in progress on local municipality roads.


FOR-DO Holding “All Recovery Meetings”

Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Inc. are holding All Recovery meetings at their Elm Street offices on every Wednesday beginning at 12:00 p.m. All Recovery meetings are non-denominational and based on the philosophy that people from every type of addiction have much in common and can benefit from sharing together. At these meetings, people can share their addiction recovery experiences with an emphasis on the hope and healing of how recovery has changed their lives.


11th Annual Susquehanna Balloon Festival

The 11th Annual Susquehanna Balloon Festival kicks off at 5:00 p.m. in Neahwa Park. There will be live music, balloon launches (weather permitting), food vendors, inflatables, family activities, and the Utica Zoomobile will be there. The festival ends Saturday night with the annual Balloon Glow (weather permitting). Entry to the event is free but there will be a fee for inflatables, food and activities. Get full details at our website


Missing Sidney Man’s Remains Found

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office announced the remains of a missing Sidney man were found on Wednesday. 50-year-old Byron Furman was last seen June 27 at his Lawton Hill Road home and was reported to be traveling on foot. The remains were discovered by utility line employees while working in a wooded area near the intersection of Lawton Hill and Franklin Depot Road in the Town of Franklin. The Delaware County Medical Examiner determined Furman died as a result of natural causes.

Press release

Pavement Milling In Oneonta

The City of Oneonta will begin milling Draper St. and Center St. from Draper St. to Gardner Pl., Thursday and Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.. There will be no parking on Draper St. and driveway access will be inaccessible until Friday evening. Draper St. and the section of Center St. will be closed to local traffic only. Preparation for new curb will begin next week with paving to follow thereafter. During this work, the roads will remain closed to local traffic only.


Oneonta Makes Top 10 List Of Arts Vibrant Small Communities

A new national ranking puts Oneonta in the top 10 for the most arts-vibrant small communities in America. The National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University places Oneonta eighth in its Arts Vibrancy Index Report ranking the art scenes in small communities throughout the nation. Mayor Gary Herzig issued a statement that sais in part the recognition is consistent with the recently completed Artspace study and further supports the current proposal to create affordable artists’ lofts in downtown. Jackson, WY was the top city.

Oneonta among two New York cities to top the list of arts-vibrant communities

Art Show To Honor SUNY Oneonta President

SUNY Oneonta is celebrating the inauguration of college President Barbara Jean Morris by holding a group exhibition featuring New York state indigenous peoples’ art. “The Land On Which We Gather” is an exhibition of more than 40 works of art by eight different artists, featuring oil, acrylic, watercolor and gouache paintings; stone sculpture; photography; mixed-media sculpture; beadwork; and video. The exhibition opens Sept. 3 in the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery with a public opening reception on Sept. 5.

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SUNY Cobleskil Prez Named Chair Of MVREDC

SUNY Cobleskil President Dr. Marion Terenzio is named Co-Chair of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council. She succeeds Dr. Dustin Swanger, President of Fulton-Montgomery Community College who served as Co-Chair since 2017. Dr. Terenzio along with Co-Chair Lawrence T. Gilroy III who is President of Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy will lead the Council in its work including the Downtown Revitalization Initiative grants which Oneonta won in 2017.



Posted by Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council on Monday, August 26, 2019