Archives for August 2020

SUNY Oneonta Closed Fro Two Weeks

SUNY Oneonta is closing in-person instruction for two weeks after an investigation into a COVID-19 outbreak found that over 100 students tested positive. It is the first campus in New York to close due to a virus outbreak. SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras deployed the SUNY Upstate medical team on Friday and a team is setting up three rapid testing facilities for the community. Five students were suspended for holding parties.

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Press release

Cobleskill Man Faces Felony Child Porn Charges

A Cobleskill man faces multiple felony charges after a child pornography investigation conducted by New York State Police Computer Crimes Unit, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. The investigation determined Robert Messler possessed and promoted images consistent with child sexual exploitation via the internet. A search of Messler’s home also resulted in the confiscation of a firearm. Messler was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released on his own recognizance.

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www.nyspnews.com/cobleskill-man-facing-child-pornography-charges.htm

Hartwick College Changes Visitation Policy

Hartwick College changed their visitor policy on Friday as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak at SUNY Oneonta. Access is limited to currently enrolled students who are residents and authorized commuters along with parents and families of those moving in through August 31st. College employees and delivery services are also allowed on campus. There are some exceptions but generally speaking anyone found in violation of the new policy will be charged with trespassing.

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Effective immediately, the campus is closed to all other visitors until further notice. Anyone found in violation of…

Posted by Hartwick College on Friday, August 28, 2020

Seward Issues Statement On COVID-19 Outbreak

State Senator James Seward issued a statement on the SUNY Oneonta COVID-19 outbreak. He commended the swift, decisive action from SUNY and Chancellor Malatras as they work to thwart this health threat and minimize the outbreak of COVID-19 in the community. The steps will help protect the campus community along with those who live and work throughout Oneonta and the surrounding region. Seward urges everyone to to take this seriously and to follow recommended safety precautions.

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Press release

Oneonta Control Group Created

City of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig announced the creation of an Oneonta Control Group consisting of student and staff representatives from both SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College, city officials, the local business community, and residents. The group will work to recommend new initiatives or adjustments to current policies and practices as needed with the goal of keeping all members of the community safe and healthy. Meetings will be held weekly and will be broadcast online through the City’s YouTube channel.

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Press release

Cooperstown Central School Superintendent Resigns

Cooperstown Central School superintendent Dr. William Crankshaw announced he is leaving to becime superintendent of the Greater Johnstown School District. He succeeds Interim Superintendent Dr. Karen Greelan and starts his new position no later than Dec. 1. Dr. Crankshaw is a Johnstown native and a Johnstown High School graduate. He lives in Gloversville and is an active member of the community participating in a number of non-profit organizations.

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dailygazette.com/article/2020/08/28/johnstown-hires-crankshaw-to-be-new-superintendent

Sidney PD Geets Shelter At Range

Sidney Police now have a new shed at their firing range thanks to the community’s generosity. The shed will be used to store training equipment so it doesn’t have to be brought over from police headquarters every time the range is used. The Delaware Valley Humane Society sold T-shirts with the proceeds from the sale along with organizations donations raising over $1,000.

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Community supports Sidney PD with new shed

2 Fire Companies Receive Grants

19th District Congressman Antonio Delgado announced federal funding for two Otsego County fire departments. More than $76,000 was awarded to Worcester Hose Company, and over $24,000 was given to East Worcester Hose Co. 1 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program which will be used to modernize safety equipment at both departments. Delgado says it is essential that firefighters have up-to-date safety equipment to keep their members safe on the job.

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Press release

Hartwick College Continues “Wick Week”

Hartwick College continues its semester kick-off traditions while maintaining safe distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak.The Opening Convocation will take place today at 7:00 p.m. but as a virtual event in place of the procession of new students, faculty, staff, and administrators in full academic regalia. This year’s Founders’ Way First Walk will not be held in person but first-year students are encouraged to sign a banner which will instead be used at events during their senior year.

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Press release

Operation Hardhat Results

More than 1200 tickets are issued so far from “Operation Hardhat”, an initiative between State Police, the Department of Transportation and the Thruway Authority, to crack down on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving when encountering construction, maintenance and emergency operations along state highways. That’s already more tickets than in all of 2019. Troopers dress as road workers and embed in project zones to catch violators.

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www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-1222-tickets-already-issued-state-police-2020-under-operation-hardhat