Otsego County residents got to weigh in on the proposed 2020 budget during a public hearing held Tuesday in Cooperstown. The proposed $119 million spending plan calls for a nearly four percent tax increase. It includes $1.1 million for repairs to the Otsego County Jail which sustained roof damage in October forcing an evacuation and the relocation of inmates to neighboring jails. The Board of Representatives will vote on the budget next Wednesday.
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The state Christmas tree is on its way to Albany from a Sharon Springs resident. The Times Journal reports the 40-foot high spruce was felled Wednesday at a Lantern Drive home by crews with the state office of general services then loaded onto a flatbed truck for its ride to the state capital. The tree will be decorated and unveiled at the Empire State Plaza Christmas kick-off on December 8.
Now an update on the German Shepard that was rescued from an Exeter home after it chewed off one of its legs. The Susquehanna SPCA reports the dog named Zoe is now with a foster family as it is a better environment for her to recover because of the nature of her injuries. Zoe went through what veterinarians called a risky surgery and she exceeded expectations. Her former owner is facing charges.
New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies are increasing patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions during the Thanksgiving holiday. State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide with the extra enforcement running through Sunday. Officers will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road.
Otsego County residents are invited to attend a free clean energy workshop focusing on affordable upgrades that can help save energy costs. Participants will learn about free energy audits, how heat pumps can save money, and ways that solar energy can reduce energy bills while contributing to a healthier environment. The workshow is next Wednesday in Cooperstown at the Red Shed Brewery on County Highway 33 from 6:30 p.m until 8:00 p.m. Reservations are requested.
The SUNY Oneonta Office of Alumni Engagement is seeking faculty and staff volunteers for the December “Pass Through The Pillars” event. Seniors will participate in SUNY Oneonta’s longest and most treasured tradition as they walk through the pillars one final time completing their journey as Oneonta students and starting their new roles as alumni. This year’s event is Saturday, December 7. If you are interested in volunteering contact Coordinator of Recent Alumni & Student Programs Abigail Hurley.
A Delhi man is facing charges in connection with a domestic dispute. According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Eric Swart was taken into custody last Tuesday after they responded to a Delhi address. An investigation determined Swart threatened to physically harm a deputy and physically resisted arrest. Swart appeared in Hamden Town Court and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $1500 cash bail. There were no reports of any injuries.
State Senator James Seward issued a statement after the state parole board denided the release of David Dart wo was convicted in the 1989 death of 18-year-old Jill Gibbons in Oneonta. Seward says Dart is a cold-blooded killer who has shown no remorse and needs to stay in prison. Dart received a 25-years-to-life sentence and has been up for parole since 2014. Seward says he wants to extend the period between parole hearings beyond the current interval of two years or less.
Chenango’s oldest pharmaceuticals manufacturer has committed $20,000 toward a new emergency room and walk-in center at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital. Last week officials from Norwich Pharmaceuticals presented a ceremonial check to campaign leaders. The pledge is the latest corporate commitment to be announced in the capital campaign, which kicked off in August. The North Norwich manufacturer has a long history in Chenango County and currently employs 300 workers.
Rideshare service Uber is partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to offer free Uber rides on one of the biggest party nights of the year. A ride of up to $10 is available starting Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving day anywhere in New York State outside of New York City. To get the free ride download the Uber app and use promo code “SAFERIDENY19”. Riders still have the option to tip their driver for the free trips.