Archives for December 2017

NYS Joining First Responder Broadband Network

New York state is joining a nationwide, high speed, wireless broadband network that was created exclusively for first responders and the public safety community. The FirstNet First Responder Network was created through a public-private partnership between AT&T and the federal government and puts advanced technology and devices into the hands of first responders to give them the tools they need to better communicate and share information in emergency situations. AT&T will build, operate and maintain the highly secure wireless broadband communications network at no cost to the state.

Bassett Gets New Board Chairpersons

The Bassett Healthcare Network Board of Directors and the Bassett Medical Center Board of Trustees have appointed new board chairs to take over effective Jan 1. According to a news release Dr. Ralph H. Meyer will take over as chairman of the Bassett Healthcare Network Board of Directors, and Dr. Terry Fulmer, previously vice chair of the Bassett Medical Center Board of Trustees, will become medical center board chair. Dr. Timothy Pedley is stepping down as chairman of the Bassett Healthcare Network and Medical Center boards as of Sunday.

Governor Issues Pardons And Commutes Two Jail Sentences

This week Governor Andrew Cuomo issued pardons to 18 individuals facing the threat of deportation and other immigration-related challenges as a result of previous convictions. Cuomo also pardoned 39 individuals who committed misdemeanors and non-violent crimes when they were 16 or 17 years old and have been crime free for 10 years or more. According to the governor’s office two individuals who have demonstrated substantial evidence of rehabilitation and a commitment to community violence reduction had their sentences commuted.

Free Coffee And Tea On The Thruway For New Years

Those traveling along the New York State Thruway on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day will once again be able to get free coffee or hot tea to help make the trip a little easier. According to the Thruway Authority the free beverages will be available at all 27 travel plazas from 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31 through 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1.

Poetry & Songwriting Workshop At Turning Point

On New Year’s Day Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Inc. present a poetry and songwriting workshop at the Turning Point on Elm St. in Oneonta. Accomplished Singer/Songwriter John Zov takes attendees through the therapeutic process of writing songs and poems. The goal of this workshop is to eventually take the collection of work from the group and have it published and/or recorded. Call 607-267-4435 for details.

BHOF Still Accepting Applications For 2018 Internship

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown is still accepting applications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development. The program will provide students the chance to join the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum team in a 10-week paid summer internship, offering meaningful, hands-on training in numerous professional career fields. The application deadline is January 31 and details can be found at

“First Night Oneonta” At Foothills PAC On Sunday

First Night Oneonta’s New Year’s Eve Celebration is set for Sunday at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. This year’s theme is “HERE COMES THE SUN!!” There will be a number of entertainers and activities for the whole family culminating with fireworks at 10:18 p.m. and a free fireworks after-party featuring Uncle John and the Turtles. Buttons for adults are only $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Go to for details.

Oneonta YMCA Holding Frostbite 5K On Sunday

The Oneonta YMCA holds its annual Frostbite 5K on Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m. The race begins on Market St near the Foothills Performing Arts Center and ends at the Y on Ford Avenue. Timing ends promptly at 1:45 p.m. Race Day Registration & number pick up will be at the Y between 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. For more details call the Y at 607-432-0010.

Delhi Man Jailed On Terrorist Threat Charges

A Delhi man is facing charges of making a terrorist threat. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says Joseph Schmierer was taken into custody Tuesday on a Bench Warrant, issued by the Town of Sidney Court, In addition to the threat charges Schmierer is also accused of assault, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal contempt of the legislature. Schmierer was arraigned in the Town of Sidney and sent to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash bail, or a $100,000 bond.

OCCOC Holding “State Of The State” Breakfast Jan. 2

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is holding its State of the State Breakfast on Tuesday at the SUNY Oneonta Morris Hall Otsego Grill. Breakfast, Networking and meet and greet with elected officials from County, State and Federal Governments at 8:00am followed by program at 8:30am. Come hear firsthand about Local, Regional and State initiatives from legislators. Registrationis $25 per person for Chamber members and $35 for non-members and are being accepted through Saturday. Call 607-432-4500 for details.