Archives for January 2018

Seward Meets With American Red Cross

On Tuesday State Senator James L. Seward met with representatives from the American Red Cross to discuss the organization’s emergency preparedness programs and disaster response initiatives. Last year’s state budget provided the Red Cross with $3.3 million in funding which accounts for 6.4 percent of the total Red Cross budget in New York State. Seward said when families and entire communities have nowhere else to turn local Red Cross volunteers are there to help and he is proud to assist them in their life saving efforts.

Empire State Winter Games Opens Thursday

On Thursday the Empire State Winter Games opens in Lake Placid with the Parade of Athletes at the Herb Brooks Arena. This is the 34th year for the games which brings together athletes from across New York State and beyond to compete in over 30 winter sports events. The 2017 Games included more than 2,100 athletes of all ages, including master divisions, and the 2018 Games are expected to exceed that number. The games run through Sunday.

Farmers Now Eligible For Charitable Food Donation Tax Credit

New York farmers are now eligible to receive a tax credit for qualifying food donations made to food banks and other emergency food programs. According to the New York Farm Bureau, farmers across the state donated more than nine million pounds of food in 2017, which helped provide more than seven million meals to New Yorkers in need. The tax credit is expected to save farmers a total of $10 million annually.

Oneonta Native Part Of NYSP Academy Graduating Class

This morning the New York State Police Academy will conduct Basic School graduation exercises at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. This is the 206th session of the Academy and among the over 200 graduates is Trooper Lindsey Rumenapp of Oneonta who will be assigned to Troop C. In addition to training State Police personnel, the Academy provides instruction in areas of criminal investigation, forensics and other topical issues to members of other police departments and outside agencies who routinely look to the State Police for assistance.

Two Delaware County Teenagers Face Felony Vandalism Charges

Two Delaware County teenagers face felony charges in connection with a vandalism incident that took place on Saturday. According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office 18-year-old Douglas B. Hall III, and a 16-year-old boy, both from Arkville, intentionally smashed another person’s mailboxes with a crowbar resulting in damage totalling $250. Both appeared in Town of Delhi Court and were remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond each. Deputies say this investigation is ongoing and that further charges may be pending.

Laurens Man Indicted For Killing His Parents

A grand jury indicts a Laurens man on charges he murdered his parents. Prosecutors say Kevin Perry fatally shot Timothy and Solveig Perry in December at their New Road home. According to authorities Perry was arrested on Interstate 88 in Schoharie County following a police pursuit which ended when Perry crashed his car. He is currently being held at the Otsego County Jail without bail with arraignment scheduled for Friday.

Domestic Violence Call Leads To Drug Arrest

A call about a domestic violence incident in Pittsfield results in a man arrested on assault and drug charges. Police say they were called to the Hawks Road home and found Robert Fisher of New Berlin had hit the victim resulting in a forehead laceration for which the victim refused treatment. According to investigators a search of the home found 28 marijuana plants and 9 pounds of processed pot. Fisher was given tickets to appear in the Town of Pittsfield court.

Cutting Elected To New York State Sheriff’s Association’s Executive Committee

Chenango County Sheriff Ernest R. Cutting Jr. has been elected 2nd Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the New York State Sheriff’s Association. Cutting will work with the newly elected President of the Association, Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts, and Sheriffs around the state, to further the efforts of the Sheriffs’ Association to enhance public safety through professional training and accreditation programs, public safety programs, and advocacy. The association was formed in 1934 and is comprised of all the elected and appointed Sheriffs in New York.

With Tax Season Now Open Officials Warn Of Scams

With the official tax filing season underway taxpayers are being warned about tactics some unscrupulous tax preparers will use. Officials say consumers should be wary of preparers who offer “instant refunds” or “no up-front cost” for tax preparation.To avoid potential scams, the New York State Tax Department offers free electronic filing options online for taxpayers with adjusted gross household incomes of $66,000 or less in 2017. Go to and search for ‘freefile2017’

22 New York Athletes to Compete in Winter and Paralympic Games

22 athletes from New York State are part of the United States team competing in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. In a statement Governor Cuomo said this year’s Olympic Winter Games are a true source of pride for New Yorkers and he congratulates these Olympians for their achievements and encourage New Yorkers and their families to cheer on these great athletes. To find out more about the entire 242-member 2018 U.S. Olympic team and the Paralympic team, visit