Today is Inauguration Day in Washington, DC, and some local high school students will be on hand to watch Donald Trump get sworn-in as our 45th President. A group of 38 students in Mr. Tarnowski’s Participation in Government class at Owego Free Academy left yesterday for our nation’s capital. OFA will broadcast the inauguration coverage live in the school’s lobby today for those students who can’t see it first-hand. Another group from Maine-Endwell traveled down yesterday and took in some DC landmarks before today’s parade and ceremony. CBS News will have full coverage of today’s events in Washington, DC at the top and bottom of each hour on WEBO.
Hundreds of people gathered at Hickories Park in Owego yesterday to dedicate the town’s new memorial to the September 11, 2001 attacks. The memorial, which includes pieces of the train track that ran under the World Trade Center, was dedicated in a ceremony that included several speakers and the Owego Free Academy band. Speakers included retired New York State Police Sergeant Martin Kopcho, who provided a detailed description of what he experienced while responding to Ground Zero. However, the ceremony yesterday remembered more than just the bad. It honored a nation that came together in the face of adversity. A former employee at the Pentagon spoke about the sheer outpouring of response both locally and from across the nation. While a majority of the new 9/11 Memorial can already be seen at Hickories, the town has already announced further additions coming to the memorial, including a bordering fence and parking lot. More pictures from yesterday’s event are available on the WEBO Facebook Page.
A press conference was held this morning by Cal Harris outside of the Town of Owego Offices. Harris was arrested last night in Oneonta after a police investigator made claims that Harris was stalking him.
Harris claims that he was in Oneonta last night to sell a drone he posted for sale online to a buyer whom never showed. Harris says that he waited in the area for about an hour before the incident occurred.
During the press conference, Harris claims he captured last night’s incident on a dashboard camera. Cal Harris also said he has bruises on his wrists from handcuffs last night.
Harris indicated plans to file a law suit as a result of last night’s incident and calls on Governor Andrew Cuomo to investigate NYSP Troop C.
According to Harris, NYSP will retain possession of his car and cell phone until his next court date in mid-July.
Uncut video footage from the first five minutes of today’s press conference is available on the WEBO Facebook page.
Two reports published by the Tax Foundation showed that New Yorkers face the highest combination of state and local taxes, and is the second worst state to do business in. The Tax Foundation found that the average New Yorker pays about 12.7% in taxes between state and local governments. Connecticut and New Jersey came in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Alaska had the lowest tax burden on its residents with only 6.5% of the average Alaskan’s income going to taxes.
In a separate report, the Tax Foundation also found that New York was the second worst state for businesses, with only New Jersey behind it.
Today is election day across the nation, and voter turnout is expected to be low. Some estimates suggest that only 30% of eligible voters will go to the polls today, which means every vote truly counts. In our region, Fred Akshar and Barbara Fiala are running for the recently vacated 52nd District State Senate Seat. In Tioga County, Sandra Knapp-Dunbar and Andrea Klett are running for County Clerk. In Broome County, Gerald Mollen and Stephen Cornwell are running for District Attorney. Christian Root and Kevin Dooley are running for County Judge. In Bradford County, the positions of County Commissioner, Judge of the Superior Court, and Justice of the Supreme Court are also running with multiple candidates. And, Depending on where you live, various local candidates will also be vying for your vote. Polls will be open until 9PM tonight.
November 3rd is election day. Voters are strongly encouraged to go out and cast their vote for state and local elected officials. Fred Akshar and Barbara Fiala are the two candidates running for the recently vacated 52nd District State Senate Seat. In Tioga County, Sandra Knapp-Dunbar and Andrea Klett are running for County Clerk. In Broome County, Gerald Mollen and Stephen Cornwell are running for District Attorney. Christian Root and Kevin Dooley are running for County Judge. In Bradford County, the positions of County Commissioner, Judge of the Superior Court, and Justice of the Supreme Court are also running with multiple candidates. And, Depending on where you live, various local candidates will also be vying for your vote tomorrow. Polls will be open from 6AM until 9PM.
Attorneys General from 33 different states, including New York and Pennsylvania have co-signed a letter to the Food and Drug Administration, urging the agency to be proactive in it’s attempt to limit children’s exposure to electronic cigarettes containing liquid nicotine. According to the press release sent out of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, in 2014, 3,783 calls were made to poison control centers in regards to exposure to liquid nicotine. Half of those calls were for children under the age of 5. The letter sent to the FDA, encourages the agency to issue more warnings about the dangers of liquid nicotine in e-cigarettes, and require all e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine refills be sold in child-proof containers.
Tomorrow through Thursday of this week, the Perseid Meteor shower will be taking place. This intergalactic event got its name due to the fact that the meteoroids appear to originate from the constellation Perseus. The meteors enter Earth’s atmosphere, travelling over 133 thousand Miles per hour, reaching temperatures of over 3,000 degrees. Most of these meteors are the size of a grain of sand, but can reach the size of a marble. Most of them burn up in the atmosphere, however, a small number do make it to the ground. At the height of this week’s activity, onlookers can see over 50 meteors an hour.