Waverly will have a new mayor this year, and current trustee Patrick Ayres will run unopposed for the position. Petitions were due yesterday for those interested in appearing on the ballot for next month’s general election. Ayres, the owner of Broad Street Records, was the only candidate to turn in a petition for mayor. He currently serves as the village’s deputy to Mayor Dan Leary, who is stepping aside after his term ends. Also up for election next month are three trustee seats and the village justice post. Polls will be open from noon to 9pm on March 21 at the Village Hall.
Major leaguers open spring training in Florida and Arizona this week. It’s not likely to be warm and sunny in the Southern Tier but the upcoming baseball and softball seasons are still on the minds of local players and coaches. Owego Little League is getting ready for the season with registration on the organization’s new website at www.owegolittleleague.com … click on registration in the menu area. New this season is a spring training program from 1030 am to noon Sundays at OFA by registration for players ages 9 to 12. Registration is also open for the annual coaches and players clinic. This event for players ages 8 to 13 is scheduled from 11 am to 1 pm this Saturday.
Two months in, and table games at Tioga Downs have already generated $2.8 million in gambling tax revenue. While 80 percent of that revenue goes to the state, the remaining 20 percent is split among local municipalities. Tioga County and the Town of Nichols receive 5 percent of the gaming tax revenue at Tioga Downs, meaning the two municipalities have each received close to $177,000 over the past two months. The other 10 percent is split among counties in the region, with 5 percent going to Broome County and the rest to Chemung, Schuyler, Tompkins, and Wayne counties. Tioga Downs reported more than $10.7 million in gross gaming revenue to the state in their required monthly filing.
The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office believes a local man stole a vehicle at a gas station in Newark Valley on Thursday and drove it into Broome County, where it was recovered later that afternoon. Investigators believe 28-year-old Shane Hildebrandt stole a car from a gas station on Main Street in Newark Valley around 9am Thursday. It was located by state police on Watson Boulevard in Endwell around 2pm, and Hildebrandt was taken into custody nearby. He was wanted on a parole violation and was taken to the Tioga County Jail without bail. The sheriff’s office says they are still investigating the incident and charges are pending.
The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce handed out their Spirit of Tioga Community Awards last night. Sister Mary O’Brien of the Tioga County Rural Ministry received this year’s Community Service Award. The Raymond-Hadley Corporation in Spencer was named best business, while the Owego Kitchen was named best new business. The awards were given out during the chamber’s annual dinner at Tioga Downs. This year’s theme was “You Can Do It” and attendees were encouraged to bring non-perishable items for the Tioga County Rural Ministry.
Tioga County representatives took part in last week’s legislative conference of the New York State Association of Counties – or NYSAC – in Albany. The chair of the legislature, Martha Sauerbrey, was one of four from Tioga County to attend the three-day conference.
“The NYSAC Conference is very beneficial for county leaders, because you find out what’s going on in the state, you can bring that knowledge back to your county, and you can apply it there.”
Hundreds of officials from 57 counties and New York City attended meetings, educational forums, workshops, and state budget presentations over the three days. NYSAC also took a stand against the governor’s proposal to force them to share services or risk losing state funding. They told Gov. Cuomo that he should look at easing mandates on county government.
Two men are facing felony charges after allegedly stealing tractor parts from Goodrich Auction in Newark Valley. The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office took 34-year-old Theodore Cooper of Nichols and 35-year-old Jack Cooper of Latham into custody around 1:30am Wednesday. The men were riding together in a car that was stopped on Zimmer Road in Newark Valley. Inside the vehicle, deputies found more than $1,000 worth of stolen tractor parts. The two men were arraigned on grand larceny charges were sent to Tioga County Jail in lieu of bail.
Tioga County Legislative Chair Martha Sauerbrey and Broome County Executive Jason Garnar co-hosted a regional event yesterday to discuss the ongoing heroin and opioid epidemic. They were joined at Binghamton University by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He serves as the state representative on the National Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse. Poloncarz shared the findings of their research as well as policy and partnership recommendations made by the task force. The Southern Tier event brought together dozens of county legislators, law enforcement, mental health, health care, and addiction prevention officials from Broome and Tioga counties
(Photo from Senator Fred Akshar’s Twitter)