It was close, but the Taxpayers First Party swept all three trustee positions up for election in Owego yesterday, meaning that the party now has all six seats on the village board and the mayor position. Ken Henson beat out incumbent Phoebe Morris 212-192 in the First Ward, while Second Ward Trustee Rob Manville won re-election over Mike Baratta 218-182. Nick Ruiz was unopposed and elected as the new Third Ward trustee.
The Village of Waverly has a new Mayor, as former Deputy Mayor Patrick Ayres was running unopposed for the position yesterday. Rick Gorman was elected as the new village justice, beating out John Sobol 221-167. Three spots were open on the village board. Charlie Havens and incumbent Jerry Sinsabaugh were the top two vote-getters. Eric Reznicek edged out incumbent Chris Brewster by two votes for the last seat.
The Village of Nichols had three positions up for re-election, with two incumbents running unopposed on the ballot. Mayor Lesley Pelotte was re-elected along with Trustee Michael Woods. Trustee Jefferson Hunt was re-elected via write-in after he was not listed on the ballot.
In Broome County, Whitney Point re-elected Mayor Ryan Reynolds and elected two trustees – Danielle Hoeppner and Michael Hakes. All three were running unopposed.
The Broome County Fair is back in Whitney Point this year. The 142nd annual Broome County Fair will continue today with Demolition Derby Night. Tickets for the demo derby go on sale at 2pm. The grandstands open at 4pm, and the derby begins at 6:30pm.
Also featured at the fair today is a Kiddy Tractor Pull at 1pm, and a performance by Bobo the Clown at 2pm.
General Admission tickets are $6 for adults, and $3 for children. Children under the age of 5 get in for free.
The fair continues through Sunday. For more information on this year’s Broome County Fair, you can visit: BroomeCountyFairNY.com.
Several farm animals were killed and two buildings were destroyed in an early morning fire in Whitney Point. Four separate structures on a Page Brook Road farm caught fire shortly before 4am. Firefighters from four different counties responded to the farm, where fire had spread to the main house, two barns, and a garage. One barn and the garage are considered a total loss, but fire crews were able to salvage part of the house and the other barn. Four people were home at the time of the fire but made it out safely. Several animals were saved, but not all of them could be rescued in time. Crews believe the fire started in an outdoor wood stove.
Whitney Point schools are back open Tuesday after the District was forced to close yesterday after several school buses were vandalized. At least 19 vehicles, 15 of them school buses, were damaged. According to the school District, a door was pounded open with a hammer to break into the bus garage. Windows on buses were broken and some tires were slashed on some of the smaller vehicles. Whitney Point is working with New York State Police to investigate who is responsible for the damage. Other districts have stepped up and offered to help, which has made it possible to reopen the schools so quickly. The investigation is ongoing, no arrests have been made, and anyone with information is asked to contact the New York State police.
A tractor trailer fire shut down a portion of Interstate 81 last night. Fire crews from Whitney Point and Lisle were dispatched to I-81 near exit 8, at around 8:30pm. Exit 8 was temporarily shut down while firefighters doused the flames. Scanner reports indicate that cattle were being hauled by the truck. No comments were made as to whether or not animals were injured during the incident.
The State of New York will pay $1.6 Million to a woman who was hit by a state trooper while riding her bicycle in Whitney Point. Mary-Margaret Smith of Virginia was visiting family in the area on July 5th, 2010 when the accident occurred at the intersection of Collins and Liberty Streets. Initially, the defense had argued that Smith was riding her bicycle in the intersection at the time she was hit by the trooper. However, it was later determined that the trooper took the corner too sharply when he swerved into Smith’s path and struck her.
A tractor trailer accident and fluid spill caused part of I-81 to be shut down. I-81 south from exit 8 for Whitney Point to exit 9 for Marathon was shut down late last night for 5 1/2 hours. The road was closed so crews could safely remove the tractor trailer and clean up a hydraulic fluid spill. James Thorn of Susquehanna suffered a medical problem that caused him to lose control of the tractor trailer. The Broome County Hazardous Materials Response Team was called to the scene of the accident just after 2 a.m. this morning. I-81 has now been reopened to all traffic.
Several school districts held capital improvement project votes yesterday. In Tioga County, the Spencer-Van Etten School District project was approved. The two-phase proposal includes replacing roofs at the high school, middle school and bus garage, as well as replacing and repairing other aging infrastructure. There is no impact to taxpayers. In Broome County Chenango Valley voters approved a $12.4 million investment for some necessary repairs to enhance school security. Officials say most of the project will be funded by state aid, and taxpayers will not be impacted. And Whitney Point voters rejected a $15.4 million renovation to two schools. The plan was defeated by a count of 217 to 139. Residents would have seen a rise in taxes if it passed.