Archives for April 2018

Watch Out For Slow-Moving Vehicles

With warmer weather arriving the state departments of motor vehicles along with agriculture and markets warn drivers to watch out for more slow moving vehicles on the roads. Those vehicles travel 25 miles per hour or below and are required to carry an emblem consists of a fluorescent yellow-orange triangle with a dark red reflective border. While such vehicles can be on the road any time of year, the peak season for them is from now through mid-October.

Source: Press release

Schneiderman Announces Tools To Dispose Of Unwanted Drugs

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a new initiative and website to help New Yorkers safely dispose of prescription drugs. As part of Attorney General Schneiderman’s multi-leveled approach to tackling the opioid epidemic, the initiative is aimed at helping New Yorkers take one of the simplest steps to prevent addiction by safely disposing of their unused drugs at drop-off sites around New York. Those sites can be located by logging on to

Source: Press release

Motorcycle Registration Deadline Is Today

Those taking their motorcycles out of winter storage are being reminded by the DMV that they have until today to renew their registrations. Unlike vehicle registrations motorcycles are registered for a year and all expire on April 30. Also, motorcycles must be inspected at least once every 12 months at a station licensed by the DMV to perform motorcycle safety inspections. Liability insurance is required for operating motorcycles on public highways as it is for other motor vehicles.

Bonacic Announces Retirement

A longtime state senator announces he will not run for re-election. 42nd district Republican Jon Bonacic said on Friday he will retire at the end of his current term. The Republican has been in public office for four decades as a county legislator and chairman of the Orange County Legislature, and as a state Assemblyman. Bonacic has been in the State Senate for the last 20 years. The 42nd district includes parts of Delaware County.


S&W Conservation Districts Awarded State Grants

Two area soil and water conservation districts are awarded grants to help farms address impacts of climate change. Districts in Chenango and Schoharie Counties received a total of just over $87,000 to work with 7 farms on projects including planting cover crops to improve soil quality, reduce erosion, and to increase soil organic matter. The goal is to improve resiliency to the farms during periods of flood and drought and decrease the impacts of flooding downstream.


“Exploring Your Path to Leadership” Workshop At Hartwick

A workshop entitled “Exploring Your Path to Leadership” is taking place this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at Hartwick College’s Shineman Chapel. According to organizers there will be activities and discussions to help participants explore their leadership potential. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own leadership experiences and explore how to build a stronger set of leadership skills. Additionally, there will be a panel discussion and networking opportunity with community leaders and recent Hartwick graduates.


Binghamton University Gets Grant From NYSEG

New York State Electric and Gas officials announced the utility is awarding $400,000 to Binghamton University. The money will go to support three university programs aimed at helping to offset electric-related infrastructure improvements as well as to research, develop and promote energy-efficient systems. According to a news release, with this grant, NYSEG has provided a total of $1.2 million in funding to Binghamton University. Prior to 2011, universities and other academic institutions were not eligible to access these grant funds but Binghamton University filed a petition requesting a change to the program and it was granted by the state.


State Senate Votes To Ban Animal Abusers From Working At Shelters

The State Senate votes to prohibit any individual convicted of animal cruelty from working in animal shelters. The bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday applies to humane societies, animal shelters or local government animal control agencies. Sponsors of the bill say it’s modeled after the state’s existing laws that bar people convicted of child abuse from working in child care facilities. The measure now moves to the Assembly for their approval.


Area Volunteer Firefighters Holding Recruiting Drive

This weekend Fire Departments across New York State will be opening their doors with the hope that future firefighters will walk in, talk to current firefighters and then fill out an application to start a new adventure in their lives. The program called RecruitNY is being coordinated by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. Recruiting events will be held Saturday at the West Oneonta Fire Department, the West Laurens Fire Department and the Unadilla Fire Department.

Event details:
Unadilla Fire Department – 10am – 3pm ~Former Bishop Hotel Parking Lot across from the Red Apple
West Laurens Fire Dept – 8am – 2pm ~2766 State Highway 23
West Oneonta Fire Dept – 10am – 2pm ~2865 County Highway 8


Fenimore Art Museum Receives Curatorial Endowment

The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown is awarded a $2.5 million gift from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust. The gift will fund the principal curatorial position of the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art as well as create a new fund for special projects related to the collection. In recognition of the gift, the position has been named the Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of American Indian Art. An additional gift of $1 million will support the Fenimore’s art acquisition fund beginning in 2019.