SUNY Oneonta To Construct Emergency Services Building

SUNY Oneonta is moving head with plans to construct an emergency services building is moving ahead. The one-story, 9,000-square-foot facility will sit at the southern end of the college’s campus and will house the University Police Department, campus Emergency Management staff and the Otsego County Law Enforcement Academy. A shared training space will double as a regional emergency operations center available for municipal agencies. Groundbreaking is expected to take place before the end of the year.

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Press release

Domestic Dispute Leads To Felony Arrest

A man is facing felony charges in connection with a domestic violence incident last Wednesday in Davenport. Police say James Stiefel of Mt. Vision forced his way into a home, threatened an individual with a knife then left. An investigation determined that Stiefel possessed a portable methamphetamine laboratory at that location with chemicals to make the drug along with more than two ounces of meth. Steifel was taken into custody after a struggle and booked into prison without bail.

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Press release

Medicaid Made More Than $100 Million in Duplicate Payments

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state paid more than $100 million in duplicate payments to managed care organization for premiums over a more than four year period. An audit released on Thursday found system flaws and incorrect or incomplete information were behind the duplicate payments. DiNapoli says the Department of Health needs to do a better job coordinating with all stakeholders in the Medicaid system to eliminate this waste, improve efficiency and streamline communication. The audit covered the period from Jan. 2014 to June 2018

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Press release

State Allocates Funding For Pre-K Programs

New York is making $15 million available for high-need school districts to establish pre-kindergarten programs if a state program hasn’t been previously established. Education officials say the programs for three- and four-year-olds can bridge achievement gaps and provide benefits in the earliest stages of youth and throughout adulthood. Grants will be awarded to districts with a preference to those ensuring the inclusion of students with disabilities in integrated settings and programs. Application deadline is September 18.

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www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-15-million-funding-available-establish-pre-k-programs-high-need-school

Child Seat Safety Check Monday In Delaware County

New York State Police, Troop “C” and the Delaware County Health Department will be hosting a child car seat check event on Monday from 4-7pm at the McDonald’s in Sidney located at 141 Delaware Avenue. Experts will check to see if the seat is being installed properly and is the right size for your child. Please be sure to install the car seat prior to the check and bring the child with you if possible.

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www.nyspnews.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=68679

Troopers In Norwich Looking For Smyrna Woman

New York State Police are looking for tips in locating a missing 26-year-old woman. Amber Garrison of Smyrna was last seen at the Super 8 motel in Norwich on August 9 but has not had any contact with family since July 19. Amber is white and approximately 5’07 with dark hair and tattoos visible above her neckline. She may be driving a red 2012 Chevy Traverse with NY Registration HXK6632. Call police if you’ve seen her.

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www.nyspnews.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=68678

Road Work Today In Oneonta

City Of Oneonta contractors will be out today finishing road work that was delayed due to weather. The work will take place on West End Ave., Herkimer St., Park St., Rose Ave., James Georgeson Ave, Bridge Ave and the River St. Service Rd. Officials say that the work will leave behind some loose stone. It will be collected by the City’s street sweeper over the course of the next week or so and recycled for other uses in the future.

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local.nixle.com/alert/7472386/

Two Sentenced On Federal Child Exploitation Charges

A Schoharie County woman and a Delaware County man are sentenced on federal charges for sexually exploiting an infant. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Ariel Machia of Middleburgh, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, while Joshua Carey of Stamford, received 40 years on their guilty pleas in connection with photographing sexually explicit conduct. Carey is a prior registered sex offender. The two were arrested in 2018 after an unrelated investigation uncovered the pornography.

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dailygazette.com/article/2019/08/15/feds-schoharie-county-woman-gets-30-years-for-sexually-exploiting-infant

New Berlin Caregiver Receives State Award

State Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch presented Courtney Erickson of Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin with a New York State Legislative Resolution in honor of her being named a LeadingAge New York 2019 Long Term Care Employee of Distinction. The Employee of Distinction Award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of the front line staff at New York’s not-for-profit, mission-driven senior care and service provider organizations. It honors those who go above and beyond to provide quality care and services.

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Press release

OPD Offering Another Physical Agility Practice

Even though the window for applying to become an Oneonta Police officer is closed the department is still holding another practice physical agility exam. It takes place next Tuesday at Hartwick College’s Outdoor Track beginning at 6:00 p.m.
This session is open to those who had signed up to take the exam and members of the public interested in in participating in future civil service exams for police officer. Contact the Personnel Department at 607-432-0670 for more information.

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