Archives for September 2017

Faso Challenger Faces Felony Charges

The man challenging 19th District Congressman John Faso in 2018 is facing grand larceny charges after being arrested earlier this month. Police say Steven Brisee was seen on surveillance video stealing around $1500 worth of men’s clothing and other items from a Newburgh department store. An area newspaper reports Brisee is scheduled to appear on the felony larceny charge Oct. 4. Brisee denies he was arrested for the felony charge but did say he was arrested at a demonstration and was booked for criminal protest.

Cuomo Announced New Actions Against Fentanyl

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of aggressive new actions to combat the fentanyl crisis across New York State. According to a news release Cuomo will advance legislation to add 11 fentanyl analogs to the state controlled substances schedule, giving law enforcement the ability to go after the dealers who manufacture and sell. Cuomo is also directing the New York State Department of Financial Services to take immediate action to advise insurers against placing arbitrary limits on the number of naloxone doses covered by an insurance plan.

24th Annual Pit Run Takes Place Saturday

Oneonta’s 24th annual Pit Run takes place Saturday at Neahwa Park. Organizers say there will be a 10k, 5k and 2.5k with all proceeds going to the Ricky J. Parisian Scholarship Foundation, dedicated to improving education for local school children. The foundation is named in honor of the State Trooper killed in the line of duty in 1994. After the race there will be a barbecue picnic, along with kids activities, games, and live music. Go to for more information.

Cortland Man Arrested In Oneonta Drug And Weapons Investigation

A Cortland man faces felony drug charges after being caught with heroin and cocaine at an Oneonta hotel. Police say a search warrant was served Thursday at the Chestnut Street hotel as a result of an ongoing drug and weapons investigation. Jason Chase was taken into custody and booked into the City of Oneonta jail on a District Attorney-recommended $50,000 bail. No weapons were found at in the hotel room. According to authorities Chase was also wanted on two other warrants.

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Business Award Recipients

On Thursday the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce announced its annual business award recipients. Keller Williams Upstate NY Properties is the recipient of the Key Bank, NA 18th Annual Small Business of the Year Award.
The Family Engagement Center at Springbrook wins the Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Breakthrough Business of the Year. Allison Homler received the Hartwick College 2017 Intern of the Year Award and Matthew Colville was given the SUNY Oneonta 2017 Intern of the Year Award. The winners will be honored at the Chamber’s Small Business Banquet in November.

Lopez Chosen To Lead Regional EPA Office

Schoharie State Assemblyman Peter Lopez is now the regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to a news release Lopez will be overseeing environmental protection efforts in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Lopez has been in the assembly for the last 10 years serving on a number of committees targeting health and environment issues. He succeeds Judith Enck of Rensselaer County, who served during the Obama administration.

Two Arrested In Oneonta Drug Investigation

Two people are arrested in connection with an investigation conducted by Oneonta Police into the sale and possession of marijuana. According to authorities a search warrant was served Tuesday at a Mrytle Avenue residence and Jason Harageones of Unadilla along with Danielle Stoesser of Oneonta were taken into custody. Investigators say Harageones also faces a criminal mischief charge for breaking a security camera and Stoesser got into a confrontation with officers as she was being taken into custody.

Electric Car Sales Up In NY Due To Rebate Program

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York has seen a 74 percent increase in electric car sales over last year as a result of the Drive Clean Rebate initiative launched in March 21. The program provides New York residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase of a new electric car from participating dealers. The initiative supports Governor Cuomo’s aggressive goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 by encouraging the growth of clean and non-polluting electric car use in New York.

Former Norwich Dance Teacher Sentenced In Child Sex Abuse Plea Deal

A former dance teacher from Norwich taking a plea deal on child abuse and child pornography charges was sentenced on Wednesday.Travis St. Denny will be in jail for 10 years and on post-release supervision for 10 years on his guilty plea to two counts of criminal sex acts in the second degree and one count of producing obscene materials to a minor. Police say they got a tip in March from the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment Hotline and that’s when St. Denny was arrested.

Voting On New York’s ‘I Voted’ Sticker For 2017 Ends Friday

You have until tomorrow to vote on the design for New York’s “I Voted” stickers that will be handed out for the 2017 General Election The design is to honor the 100th anniversary of woman’s suffrage in New York and there are three possible choices that have different images highlighting the anniversary. You can vote for the stickers by logging on to