The annual Candor St. Baldrick’s Event will be held on Sunday at the Candor High School. The event raises money to fund childhood cancer research. This year’s event will include an 11-year-old boy from Newark Valley who is dealing with his second round of brain cancer. He has a team of 10 people who will be shaved, and the Newark Valley Middle School has a team of 14 people who will shave their heads to support him. Together, they have raised more than $10,000 this year. The shaving event will run from 1-4pm Sunday at the Candor High School. A 5K will be held at 9:30am starting at the Candor Fire Station. Sign-ups begin at 8:30am. You can donate to the event on the St. Baldrick’s website by searching “Candor, NY.” Organizer Kelly Starkweather was on the WEBO Morning Show today. You can listen to the interview below.
A Flood Watch has been lifted for the Southern Tier as river levels are now projected to remain under flood stage in Conklin, Vestal, Waverly, and Owego. At 5am, river levels were measured by the National Weather Service at 10.38 feet at Conklin, 15.54 feet at Vestal, and 10 feet at Waverly, all one to two feet below minor flood stage. The levels are forecast to go down today, but could rise back up after rain later this week. In Owego, the river was measured at just over 22 feet this morning, well below the flood stage of 30 feet. We will continue to monitor the river levels and update them as needed on WEBO.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to increase the pay for those who work with the developmentally disabled. He announced yesterday that the final state budget will include a 6.5 percent increase in pay for direct care workers, allowing non-profit agencies to pay them more than the minimum wage. This is a victory for the #befair2directcare movement, a grassroots campaign by agencies and non-profits that included online petitions, letter writing, and rallies. These government-funded agencies, like the Racker Centers, have found it difficult to hire and retain workers without being able to offer a competitive salary. The increase will be funded with an extra $10 million in the budget. Cuomo’s announcement was applauded by both parties, including local Republican representatives Fred Akshar and Chris Friend.
New York lawmakers are busy this week in Albany trying to pass an on-time state budget for 2017-2018. If state lawmakers want to pass a budget on time for the fourth consecutive, legislators will need to do it this week. Governor Cuomo’s proposals have sparked lots of debate, perhaps none more so than his idea to offer free college tuition to certain students based on income at state colleges and universities. Not everyone has jumped on that bandwagon, including state House Representative Clifford Crouch, whose district includes parts of Broome County along with Chenango and Delaware. Still, the governor has defended the costly proposal by saying it would be the first of its kinds in the country and enable thousands of students to realize their dreams of higher education. The state’s new fiscal year begins April 1.
Fresh off their job fairs last week, Tioga Downs is planning two career-building events, beginning with an event Friday for those interested in becoming security guards. New York State Security Guard Training will be held Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm at the former Nichols Elementary School. The training costs $100, but that fee will be reimbursed after three months of employment as a security guard at Tioga Downs. Those interested in participating should contact John Mele by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next free dealer training program will begin in late April or early May. The training runs for eight weeks with the option of day or night classes. More information can be found on the Tioga Downs website.
A Flood Watch continues for the Southern Tier until early Thursday, but local river levels are expected to crest throughout the day tomorrow more than a foot below minor flooding stage in Conklin, Vestal, and Waverly. As of now, the Susquehanna is expected to crest at 10.8 feet in Conklin and Waverly and 16 feet in Vestal tomorrow morning. Those levels would put the river in the action stage at all three locations, meaning an increased level of attention to possible mitigation measures. That does not include Owego, where the Susquehanna is expected to rise to 23 feet, which is seven feet below flood stage. We will continue to follow the forecasted levels and update them as needed on WEBO.
A Flood Watch is in effect for the Southern Tier until 6am Thursday. The National Weather Service in Binghamton issued the alert yesterday, saying that river levels are expected to rise this week with warmer temperatures melting snow and rain in the forecast. Current estimates are for the river to crest tomorrow just below minor flood stage level in Conklin, Vestal, Owego, and Waverly, pending any rain we receive today. We will continue to follow these river levels and bring you updates on WEBO.
No charges will be filed after a bomb threat was received at the Greater Binghamton Airport yesterday. County officials say a woman called to report a suspicious vehicle in the airport’s long-term parking lot. That vehicle was searched and nothing out of the ordinary was found. Broome County Sheriff David Harder says further investigation revealed that the woman suffers from a mental health condition and was describing a vehicle belonging to a relative. The main entrance of the airport was closed during the search.