Archives for June 2016

VW owners settlement terms reached in NY

A settlement announced for owners of Volkswagons in New York. The state will get more than $115 million for environmental projects to improve air quality as part of the state’s share of a multistate settlement with Volkswagen over emissions test cheating.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman more than 21,500 New York car owners can get cash payments of at least $5,100 and sell their diesel-engine Volkswagen and Audi cars back to the automaker for the full market value preceding the scandal.

The settlement also allows owners to take the $5,100 payment and keep their cars, waiting for possible emission system upgrades. An additional $30 million will go to the state’s general fund as part of the nearly $15 billion in U.S. settlements announced Tuesday. Schneiderman says the state’s investigation of Volkswagen and subsidiaries will continue.

Oneonta Municipal Airport gets funding for parking expansion

The Oneonta Municipal Airport is in line to receive over $300,000 in federal funding, allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport will use the money to expand its aircraft apron to provide more space for aircraft parking, according to a news release from Senator Charles Schumer. The addition will ease service disruptions and make traveling in and out of the airport more efficient, according to Oneonta’s Mayor.

Rape kit bill headed to Cuomo’s desk

Another important change to the law headed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. The bill says police must submit rape kits containing DNA evidence to laboratories within 10 days of collecting it and requires labs to process evidence within 90 days. The measure calls for clearing any backlog of the evidence kits, which can be used to identify suspects whose DNA is already in police databases. Other changes include requiring police submit older rape kits to labs within 180 days, with the DNA evidence due back from the labs 120 days after that.

Pat Benatar to play for Catskill Area Hospice Friday night

The charity event of the summer is all set for tomorrow at the 6th ward booster club field on Scramling Avenue in Oneonta. This year’s Hospice Celebrity Party features headliners Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Tickets are available at the gate for $125. Friday nights Hospice Celebrity party benefits Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care. The doors open at 5 p.m. this Friday.

Bill would turn public defender costs over to state gradually

The state legislature has passed a bill to relieve counties of the costs of defending poor defendants, by increasing the state support of legal services steadily beginning next year, and completely by 2023. This comes 10 years after a scathing report said the state was failing the poor and not providing them their constitutionally guaranteed legal representation. The measure also ensures poor defendants will have a lawyer at every arraignment and hearing plus sets up new workload standards to shield court appointed attorneys from becoming overwhelmed with cases. Governor Andrew Cuomo hasn’t said yet if he’ll sign it.

Local dancer chosen for intensive training at Joffrey School

A local teen has been accepted into the prestigious Joffrey School Summer Program in New York City. Katie Trahan of Oneonta will train in the three week program in jazz and contemporary dance directed by Michael Blake. The 8-hours-a-day, 5-days-a-week intensive workshop will culminate in a final performace at The Symphony Space on Broadway at 95th Street in the city. Trahan has been a student at Studio North for 12 years.

Faso, Teachout win primaries

Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout will go head to head in November after both being declared the winners of their primaries yesterday. Faso beat his opponent with over 60 percent of the vote. Teachout trounced Will Yandik by a similar margin. The race for the 19th District Congressional seat will end on November 8th in the General Election.

Local counties to receive $100M for road repairs from NY state DOT

The New York State Department of Transporation is doling out $100 million to four local counties to rehab and reconstruct local highways and roads. The Governor’s office said in a news release yesterday that Oneonta will receive about $60,000, along with other towns and villages as part of a $21 billion dollar five-year Capital Plan. The money will be used for resurfacing, widening, realignment, constructing turning lanes at intersections and creating new drainage to mitigate harmful flooding.

Arrest made in cold case murder

A 16-year-old cold case murder has new developments after a tip from a woman in Pennsylvania. The death of Elizabeth Welsh Callahan in 2000 is back in the news and her husband has been arrested for her death. The 34-year-old Goodyear Lake woman had not been solved until the case was reopened recently and investigators got enough evidence to arrest Casey Callahan. He appeared in court on Monday to face a judge and pleaded not guilty. The case is being heard in Cooperstown and he’ll be back in court on July 26.

Call for entries for NY State Fair

The deadline for entries for the Great New York State Fair is next Tuesday for arts and crafts and poetry categories. The Fair has dozens of competitions and last year organizers report more than 2,000 people entered at least one of them, from livestock to Christmas trees and from amateur wine to jams and jellies. The Fair in Syracuse this year runs from August 25th to September 5th. Detailed information about entries and forms are available on the New York State Fair website, and look for competitions.