Town Of Meredith Government Rated As Under Moderate Fiscal Stress

The town of Meredith is one of 11 municipal governments which State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says is under moderate financial stress. The designation comes from the state’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System and data from
annual financial reports submitted by local governments to the Office of the State Comptroller. 6 municipalities were ranked as under significant stress while 14 were rated susceptible to financial stress.

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www.osc.state.ny.us/sites/default/files/local-government/documents/pdf/2020-04/2019-munis-stressed.pdf

ARC Extends COVID-19 Antibody Testing

American Red Cross blood donors have a new opportunity to help patients battling the coronavirus. The plasma from whole blood donations made at any Red Cross blood drive or blood donation center that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusion. Prior to now testing was only done at around 170 locations nationwide but it’s expanded to all locations.

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Press release

College COVID-19 Update

SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College each reported one new coronavirus case on Wednesday. That brings SUNY Oneonta’s total case caounty to 681 and Hartwick’s total to 17. One SUNY Oneonta student is isolating on campus and one student is in quarantine on campus awaiting test results. The Otsego County Department of Health reports the total case count is at 876 with 19 active cases and 1 person hospitalized.

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Press releases

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COVID UpdateOtsego County Department of HealthSeptember 23, 2020 Current COVID…

Posted by Otsego County Department of Health on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

New Berlin Company Receives ARC New York Award

The Arc Otsego announces that Golden Artist Colors of New Berlin is one of the statewide recipients of The Arc New York 2020 Employer Recognition Award. The employee owned company, produces paints used by artists worldwide.2 individuals who have intellectual or other developmental disabilities work at Golden Artist Colors. The company has employed individuals with disabilities from The Arc Otsego since 2000. One employee recently retired after 16 years of service.

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Press release

PA Man Arrested For Child Sexual Assault

A 27-year-old man is facing felony charges for driving to a Schoharie County town to meet a child under the age of 15 for a sexual encounter. State Police say Keane Bokol of Erie, Penn. was taken into custody on Saturday after picking up the child from their home earlier that day and having sex with the minor. Bokol was arraigned in the Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to Schoharie County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

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www.nyspnews.com/pennsylvania-man-arrested-for-rape-2nd-degree-in-town-esperance.htm

More Paving In Oneonta

Paving work continues on several Oneonta streets today and tomorrow. Today crews will be on Brigham Rd and Hickey St and will finish up milling on Gilbert St. The work tomorrow will be on Gilbert St. On street parking will not be permitted plus road and driveway access will be limited during and immediately after the operation. Please obey temporary traffic signs and flaggers. All work will occur between 7:00am – 4:00pm.

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local.nixle.com/alert/825962

County Conducting Business Energy Survey

The Otsego County Energy Taskforce is conducting a survey to get input from businesses on the Energy Roadmap for the County. The Otsego County Board of Representatives created the task force comprised of citizens, organizations, and the business community to develop strategies that balance the sustainability of the environment including climate, the needs of the business community, and the health of its citizens. The survey link is posted at the City’s Facebook page.

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Post at
www.facebook.com/pg/cityofoneonta/posts/?ref=page_internal

Survey link:
www.surveymonkey.com/r/73GDGK2

Marijuana Bust In Schoharie County

A marijuana eradication detail conducted by State Police in Schoharie County resulted in over 130 marijuana plants seized and five people arrested. 2 of the suspects are from the town of Summit and one each is from the towns of Richmonville, Schoharie and Wright. The arrests were a result of the State Police coordinated effort with Aviation, Bureau of Criminal Investigation as well as Troopers and Sergeants from the Cobleskill barracks. All 5 were relased on their own recognizance.

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www.nyspnews.com/five-arrested-from-state-police-marijuana-eradication-efforts-in-schoharie-county.htm

OCCA Receives Funding For Training And Fupport

The Otsego County Conservation Association receives funding from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay Watershed Education and Training program for the Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem project. The grant will build support at the district and school level for the creation and implementation of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences in schools across the watershed’s New York portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The experiences connect students not only to environmental science but also to civic engagement.

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Press release

DuMond Says Don’t Deface Political Signs

Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond reminds the public that removing, altering or defacing political signage is a crime punishable under the New York State Penal Law. DuMond says there’s been an increasing numberof complaints regarding political signs being stolen from lawns and private property adding those who engage in this behavior are subject to criminal prosecution. DuMond reminds potential suspects that many homes have video surveillance systems that will catch them in the act.

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Press release