New York is making $10 million in grants available for safety and security upgrades at non-public school and cultural centers including religious-based institutions. The program provides funding to help strengthen security measures and help prevent hate crimes or attacks against these facilities because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. Day care centers, including those that are housed in community centers, and non-profit cultural museums are also eligible to apply. This is the second round of funding with $14.5 million awarded in 2017.
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The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles marks the one-year anniversary of the REAL ID becoming available in New York. To date, more than one million New Yorkers have opted for a REAL ID-compliant driver license or non-driver ID. Beginning October 1, 2020, the federal REAL ID Act will require air travelers to have REAL ID-complaint documentation to fly within the United States. The Act already requires a REAL ID to enter certain federal buildings.
Commerce Chenango in partnership with Chenango Health Network and UHS Chenango Memorial will present a workshop titled “Substance Abuse in the Workplace” on Friday, at Canasawacta Country Club in Norwich. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:45 a.m. and the program runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $20 for Commerce Chenango chamber members and $25 for non-members. Registration deadline is today and details are posted at our website cnynews.com.
Police released details on Monday’s standoff in Worcester resulted in a school lockout and the suspect eventually taken into custody. According to authorities it started around 2:00 p.m. at a Main St. home where 20-year-old Edgar R. Gonzalez-Francis was holding two people hostage. Once officers arrived the hostages were released but Gonzalez-Francis held police at bay for about three hours before escaping the home then being caught. Gonzalez-Francis faces felony charges and is jailed on $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 property bond
Oneonta Police are inviting boys and girls between 9th grade and age 20 to sign up for its Law Enforcement Explorer post. According to the department it’s a great opportunity to learn valuable skills for those considering a career in law enforcement. Registration is this Friday at Oneonta High School between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Those not able to attend the registration but want to participate should call 607-431-1343 or 607-267-9802.
The National Baseball Hall of fame & Museum in Cooperstown announced that artifacts from the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox are now on display. The Red Sox clinched their ninth World Series title in franchise history with their 5-1 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 Sunday. Items on display from the series include a jersey worn by David Price, a Cap and spikes worn by Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi & a Hoodie worn by Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
New York State Police at Oneonta found a vehicle belonging to a man missing from Massachusetts who was last seen with family in a Rochester suburb. According to investigators 53-year-old Steven Kassirer was reported missing in Irondequoit, NY and also reported missing in Massachusetts by his employer. His vehicle was located abandoned in a parking lot in the Oneonta area last Tuesday. Kassirer has no ties to the Oneonta area and troopers do not know at this time why his vehicle would have been left.
DPS will be flushing water mains in a portion of the low service area starting today between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Flushing in these areas is expected to take the better part of the following week. Flushing in the neighborhood north of Chestnut Street will commence after this area has been completed. During flushing, water users may experience a change in water color, pressure and/or loss of water. This is a common, temporary occurrence and is not a cause for alarm.
The City of Oneonta along with NYSEG contractor Asplundh will be removing trees on Watkins Ave beginning Tuesday between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.
Watkins Ave will be closed to traffic from Grove Street to Fairview during the duration of work.Work is expected to take the duration of the day and the project will create some disruptions for property owners and residents. As such, it is advised that residents move their vehicles prior to the start of work.
Oneonta Police Chief Douglas Brenner is offering tips for trick-or-treaters to stay safe. He recommends using reflective tape on costumes and treat bags, carry a flashlight and glow sticks for extra visibility. Don’t wear a costume that obstructs vision. And work one side of a street at a time staying out of the roadway crossing only at corners and crosswalks. And it goes without saying, if you’re attending an adult Halloween part where alcohol is being served, be sure to have a designated driver.