I Love New York Returns

The state has spent $5 million to overhaul the 30-year-old theme to attract tourists and promote the Empire State.

The ad campaign will start on television with pictures of famous New York destinations replacing the familiar red heart logo.

The advertising campaign was nearly discontinued permanently two years ago when it was cut from the budget.

There’s an opportunity for New Yorker’s to submit their own pictures and sketches of what they like to do and visit in the state at the New York tourism website. The photos may be featured on the website.

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Investigation Continues on Parade Death of Bainbridge Boy

The Bainbridge community will mourn the loss of a 9-year old boy today and tomorrow.

Calling hours are scheduled for today and a funeral tomorrow for 9-year-old Teddy Cherniak. He died as result of injuries he sustained when police say he fell off of a Memorial Day float on Monday morning.

Cherniak was taken to the hospital, but did not survive his injuries.

An investigation continues.

Norwich Networking Event Shows Off Howard Johnson’s Renovations

Commerce Chenango and Howard Johnson’s in Norwich held a business after hours networking event yesterday at Howard Johnson’s hotel.

The purpose of the event was to show off the newly remodeled facility under the management of Dana Myers.

Community leaders were on hand to acknowledge the success of the project and the impact on the local economy. George Banta, owner of the Super 8 just north of Norwich for 10 years bought the hotel about four years ago and has since been remodeling the facility under the management of Dana Myers.

Three Arrested in Connection with Area Burglaries

State police investigators think they have the people responsible for a string of burglaries in Otsego, Delaware, and Chenango Counties.

Officers arrested 27-year-old Nicole Luna of Sidney, 25-year-old Daniel McEwen of Guilford, and 35-year-old James Ama-Tuccio of Unadilla.

They’ve been charged with 2nd degree burglary.

Earlier this month, another man was arrested in a related case. 22-year-old Travis Andrews of Unadilla was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

All await future court proceedings.

Police investigators hope residents will call in with any unreported burglaries they may have experienced.

Cuomo’s Approval Rating Highest Since George Pataki

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating has never dropped below 60% since he took office.

A Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday shows Governor Andrew Cuomo with a 71 percent approval rating, the highest for a New York governor since republican governor George Pataki had an approval rating of 81 percent just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. The poll also confirmed that 79 percent of New Yorkers surveyed favored raising the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour and that there is considerable support for creating a new state agency to monitor the care for the vulnerable.

Mass Drug Bust Leads to 24 Arrests in Buffalo

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced yesterday that 24 individuals have been arrested in connection with narcotics trafficking in the Buffalo area.

Those arrested were participants in two separate cocaine distribution networks in and around Buffalo. During the course of the investigation, several kilograms of cocaine and over $58,000 in cash were seized. The investigation was conducted by the attorney general’s organized crime task force and the New York State police’s community narcotics enforcement team.

Gas Prices Will Continue to Drop

Gas prices were lower than expected during the Memorial Day weekend and could fall as much as 10 cents in June, before rising again later this summer pending hurricanes, disasters, and Middle East tensions.

The average price per gallon was at $3.91 in early April. According to AAA, Monday of this week, the average price of a gallon of gasoline was at $3.64, a 7 percent drop.


High School Baseball

Yesterday in a Section 4, Class B Semifinal game, Oneonta got the best of Waverly 6-1. The ending result is a rematch against big rival Chenango Valley to decide the Championship today at 4:30pm in Binghamton. You can catch that game broadcast live on ZOZ 103.1fm and at WZOZfm.com.

In a Class D semifinal yesterday, Hancock handled South Kortright 14-2

High School Softball

In a Section 4 Class B quarterfinal, Oneonta ousted Norwich 7-1. OHS will visit Susquehanna Valley in a semifinal game starting at 5pm.

Class D quarterfinals

Deposit shut down Gilboa 12-0

Afton slammed Schenevus 16-2

Hancock dropped Davenport 14-3

Franklin clipped Milford 10-9