School Bus Driver Resigns Over Harassment Allegations

An employee with the Spencer-Van Etten school district resigned after allegations of harassment on a school bus. The Tioga County Sheriff’s office charged Howard Snyder of Barton with Menacing, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Harassment for an incident that happened on a school bus on November 7. Spencer-Van Etten School District officials reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office. The Superintendent of the school district said Snyder has since resigned from his position. Snyder was arraigned in the Town of Candor Court and released on his own recognizance; he is to reappear in Town of Candor Court at a later date.

17C Bridge In Campville To Receive Upgrade

The bridge over Campville Creek on route 17C in the town of Owego will be getting an upgrade. Congressman Richard Hanna announced yesterday that 72 million dollars in federal grant money will be used to upgrade 29 bridges throughout the state that were damaged by storms. The upgrades include increasing hydraulic openings and elevating bridges to two feet above base flood elevation.

OFA Students Sign ‘Eyes Forward’ Pledge

A group of Students at Owego Free Academy asked their classmates to put their phones down and keep their eyes on the road. Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) kicked off its Eyes Forward campaign by asking fellow students to sign a pledge promising they won’t text and drive. Dozens of people signed the pledge and hung them on the wall for everyone to see. Students who signed their name were given a green wristband as a reminder of their pledge.

Casino Decision Expected On December 17th

The state Gaming Commission indicated yesterday that its siting board for casinos in New York is expected to make its decisions public on Dec. 17. The Gaming Facility Location Board met Friday, and said it would make its selections at its next meeting. There are 16 proposals for up to four licenses in three regions of the state, including the three proposals competing for a casino license in the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes region. After the board makes its picks, the full Gaming Commission would conduct its own review and grant the licenses.

Several Area Construction Projects Delayed

With construction season coming to an end, some projects throughout the area look like they still have a long way to go. Phase one of the Riverside Drive reconstruction, was expected to be completed by the beginning of November. However, as of Monday it is two weeks behind the original timeline. It is expected to be finished before Thanksgiving Day. Other projects, like the North St. and McKinley Ave. Project in Endicott, have more significant delays in their timeline. The Endicott project was originally expected to be complete in September of this year. However, it will not be completed until spring of 2015. Good news for the holiday travel, the New York State Department of Transportation said it will halt major projects on I-81, like the Prospect Mountain Project, to avoid holiday congestion. That project will halt on Wednesday and resume after the holiday.

Two Arrested In Endwell McDonalds

Two people were arrested Sunday on drug charges after state police investigated a report of a suspicious couple in the restroom of the McDonald’s on East Main Street in Endwell. Endicott resident Daniel Ulmer and his girlfriend, Port Crane resident Janee Cagahnek were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. When troopers arrived at the McDonald’s on Sunday, they found the couple unlawfully possessed heroin, used hypodermic needles and other “herion-use related items.” Ulmer and Cagahnek were issued tickets returnable to Town of Union Court on December 2nd.

Johnson City Village Justice To Be Selected This Month

One of three potential candidates for Johnson City Village Justice will likely be selected by early next week, according to Mayor Greg Deemie of Johnson City. The Johnson City Village Board held a special executive meeting last night to review the potential candidates. The selected candidate will serve as a temporary justice in place of Judge Richard Miller, who has been elected Broome County Family Court Judge. As of last night, the three candidates are Gregory Thomas, a retired Johnson City officer of more than 20 years, Artan Ser-jan-edge, a local attorney, and Martha Lyons, a former village justice. The temporary justice must run for election if the winning candidate wishes to hold the title of village justice.

Twin Tier Car Chase Ends In Elmira

A high-speed chase that started in the Northern Tier early this morning ended in the city of Elmira. Authorities said Pennsylvania State Police were looking for the driver of a stolen vehicle. Around 2:00 a.m. that driver was leading authorities on a high-speed chase on Interstate 86 westbound. The suspect got off I-86 at the Elmira exit. The vehicle eventually was stopped. Elmira Police said the suspect was arrested and taken by state police back to Pennsylvania. No word yet on what charges the suspect will face in Pennsylvania.

Cuomo Under Fire For Blaming Buffalo Weather Forecast For Poor State Response

Governor Andrew Cuomo is coming under fire for comments he made on Saturday, calling the National Weather Service forecast “wrong,” ahead of last week’s storm in
Buffalo. Cuomo said Saturday that no one predicted that snow would fall south of Buffalo at a rate of five inches per hour. In fact, that’s exactly what the National Weather Service did. Responding to a question Saturday about emergency mobilization, Cuomo said Buffalo was ill-prepared for the first round of last week’s winter storm and he squarely blamed the National Weather Service. In a statement, the NWS said:”The National Weather Service issued timely and accurate forecasts for not just one, but two heavy lake-effect snow events for the Buffalo area.” On Sunday morning, Cuomo backpedaled, but still implied the Weather Service was inaccurate, and of little help for the first round of snow.