Don Perkins

One World Trade Center Tallest in NYC

In a statement yesterday, governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the new world trade center has become the tallest building in NYC, a statement showing to the world the resilience of the people of New York  and the nation.

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Cuomo said the center is not just a skyscraper; it is a symbol of the enduring spirit of New Yorkers. The center is expected to be the hub of new economic growth in lower Manhattan attracting businesses from across the world.

Alleged Arsonist Gets Court Date

An Oneonta man who police say was responsible for at least one attempt to start a fire downtown now has a court date.

Gable Bugel, 22, will be in court on May 8 to answer for 3rd degree arson charges from an April 16 incident. Bugel is accused of trying to start a fire behind the Community Bank on Main Street in Oneonta. The incident followed a string of suspicious fires throughout the city over that weekend.

No other suspicious fires have occurred in the city since Bugel’s arrest.

Sweard Pleased with Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission

State senator James Seward commented yesterday on the governor’s establishment of the New NY Education Reform Commission. Seward said he was pleased that the governor is focusing on achievement in the classroom and searching for ways to improve our schools. Seward is hopeful the newly formed commission will offer real solutions to meeting the needs of upstate districts and ensure that all students have the same educational opportunities in any school district across the state.

State Police Charge New Berlin Man with Animal Cruelty

New York State Police at Norwich arrested a New Berlin man late last week on animal cruelty charges. Lauren l. McMaster, 75, was arrested after the investigation of the deaths of six horses on his property, adjacent to Hunts Pond Road in the Town of New Berlin.

On Sunday, McMaster was charged with six counts of criminal mischief 2nd degree and six counts of cruelty to animals after it was determined that McMaster shot six of his neighbor’s horses with a 12 gauge shotgun.  McMaster was arraigned in Town of Columbus Court and remanded to the Chenango County jail on $500 cash or $1000 bond.

Chenango County Sheriff Looking for Missing Preston Man

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man missing from the Town of Preston since Sunday morning. The sheriff’s office is asking your help in locating Charles Stever. Stever frequents the area of County Road 4 and County Road 10A down to the city of Norwich. He was last seen wearing a tan hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. If you have seen him call 334-4040.

Herkimer Diamond One Step Closer to Becoming Official State Mineral

The New York State Senate has passed a bill sponsored by Senator James Seward. The measure would make the Herkimer Diamond the official state mineral.

The quartz crystals with a point on each end, found in the Mohawk Valley, are referred to as Herkimer Diamonds. They are unique to the region and prized for their clarity and unique shape by collectors and scientists.

The bill was approved before, but never acted on in the Assembly. It will be sent there by Assemblyman Mark Butler. New York does not currently have an official mineral, but the garnet is the official gemstone of the empire state.

The Herkimer Diamond is an important tourist attraction for the town it’s named after.

Butternuts is Latest to Ban Natural Gas Drilling

Another Otsego County community has banned natural gas drilling.

The Town of Butternuts has approved a nine-month moratorium on drilling and other extraction. The town board wants to review the issues and concerns surrounding natural gas development.

The measure requires more legal review before it’s passed on to the state.

Butternuts joins other municipalities in the region that have put curbs on underground energy development activities.

Three to Receive Jill Kavenough Scholarship

Thursday more than 540 “YES” leaders from Broome, Tioga and Chenango Counties will be honored.   State senator Tom Libous and Lourdes Hospital president and CEO David Patak will award three Jill Kavenough Memorial Scholarships to three YES leaders. Hundreds of students, many parents, teachers and school administrators are expected to attend. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the McKinnly on the Huron Campus in Endicott, NY.


High School Baseball

Oneonta edged Johnson City 9-8

Delhi doubled up Deposit 4-2

Cherry Valley Springfield shut out Morris 8-0

Schenevus rocked Franklin 12-2

Richfield Springs stopped Gilbertsville Mt. Upton 9-3

Sidney ran by Bainbridge Guilford 17-9

Milford defeated Laurens 11-3

Unatego edged Hancock 7-6

Harpursville doubled Walton 16-8

Davenport clipped Margaretville 11-10

Jefferson stopped South Kortfight 4-1

Downsville ran by Gilboa 14-5

Edmeston stumped Worcester 17-1

High School Softball

Oneonta out scored Johnson City 6-1

Gilboa got the best of Downsville 5-3

Gilbertsville Mt. Upton undid Richfield Springs 4-1

Franklin flashed by Schenevus 11-8

Cooperstown cracked Westmoreland 19-1

Sidney stumped Bainbridge Guilford 4-3

Margaretville mastered Davenport 17-6

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