Lawyers in the legal battle of local residents against IBM will meet Wednesday with a state Supreme Court judge to set up how a trial will proceed.
The company is being blamed for TCE pollution in Endicott and Union. Around 960 people, businesses and organizations have signed onto the lawsuits, which allege that chemicals leaked from the former IBM plant on North Street. That contamination allegedly damaged property values, caused illnesses, deaths and may lead to future sickness, according to the claims.
Wednesday’s meeting will be held in Binghamton. It will set the parameters for the trial, which is not expected to start until early 2012.
Depositions of IBM employees are already underway and lawyers say they are planning on securing expert witnesses next year.
Tioga County Treasurer James McFadden has released the details of the county’s 2011 tentative budget.
The $68.8 million spending plan is calling for a property tax levy increase of around 2 percent.
The tax rates of each town are varied and set by the state. The largest increase would be seen in the Town of Richford, where property taxes are set to go up by 21 percent under the terms of the tentative budget.
Barton, Berkshire, Newark Valley and Spencer residents would see between 3 and 11 percent hikes next year while those in Nichols, Owego and Tioga would see decreases in their taxes, according to the treasurer’s office.
Legislators are planning on using nearly $5 million from their reserves to help balance the mandatory health and pension cost increases for next year. The tentative spending plan is available online at www.tiogacountytreasurer.com.
A public hearing to discuss the budget will be held next Tuesday at 6pm in the county office building.
Oneonta Police say the woman who was murdered over the weekend was killed by a blow to the head.
26-year-old Sonya Ridge was found dead in the residence of 27-year-old William Sprague early Sunday morning.
Sprague is now facing murder charges. Police believe the man was trying to rape Ridge when he killed her, according to documents from the investigation that have been filed with the court.
Friends of both Ridge and Sprague told our partners – Your News Now – that the two knew each other but were not romantically involved.
Sprague is currently being held without bail at the Otsego County Jail. He will be in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
The Binghamton City Council is ready to accept a federal grant that will pay for four new police officers.
The $1.13 million grant would put four new officers on patrol starting in January, putting the department’s total number of officers up to 128. 64 of them would be dedicated to patrolling the city.
The grant will cover all the costs of those four new officers for three years, including their salaries, training and benefits.
The city would be required to keep the officers employed for a fourth year.
City Council members are expected to formally accept the grant on Dec. 8.
A local Congressman-elect had to be hospitalized in Washington this weekend after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
Tom Reed was elected to represent the 29th Congressional District two weeks ago. The former Corning mayor was in Washington for his orientation when he suffered the embolism, which included blood clots in his leg. Reed is expected to make a full recovery.
His office says the congressman-elect is resting comfortably at the hospital and hopes to be released soon so he can be sworn in to the vacant seat.
The Syracuse University men’s basketball team will host Detroit at the Carrier Dome Tuesday, a game that will be broadcast live on WEBO.
It is the third game in five days for the Orange, who beat Northern Iowa on Friday and Canisius on Sunday. SU is ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll and 11th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Detroit lost its season opener at New Mexico. The Titans were picked to finish second in the Horizon League this season by the conference coaches after going 20-14 a year ago.
Tuesday’s game is part of the 2010 Legends Classic, which will feature 12 teams from across the nation competing at four different locations: Syracuse, Michigan, Georgia Tech and UTEP. The four hosts will advance to the tournament’s championship round at Atlantic City on Thanksgiving Weekend.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7pm Tuesday. Coverage will begin at 6:30pm on 1330AM and 107.9FM.
A woman who once lived in Endicott and Owego was found murdered in Michigan over the weekend.
The body of 33-year-old Lynn Spicer was recovered in a vacant lot in Bay City, Michigan, according to police. Her boyfriend has been charged with the crime.
22-year-old Jeff Julian has pled not guilty to murder charges. Police say they discovered the man digging up Spicer’s body, three months after he reported her missing.
Julian is due back in court Tuesday. He faces a sentence of 10 years to life if convicted.
Spicer was a mother of three. Police are waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine how she died.
Spicer’s family has set up a memorial on Facebook in the hopes that it raises enough money to bring the woman’s remains home for burial.
Owego Police Chief Rick McCulskey reported on the results of a parking survey at Monday’s village board meeting.
The most popular suggestion would be to have employees and owners of downtown businesses park somewhere outside of the village. Another popular suggestion was to enforce a three-hour limit on all downtown parking spaces. The ideas will be discussed more at the next village board meeting.
Also Monday, trustees defeated a local law that would have prohibited the use of tobacco products in public places by a vote of three to two and Fire Chief Ed Bidwell says the department has taken care of all the state violations that were discovered earlier this year.
Mayor Ed Arrington was absent from the meeting.
Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan announced new recycling initiatives for the city Monday as part of America Recycles Day.
Weis Markets has agreed to distribute both recycling information and yellow bins at their Binghamton stores this weekend. The bins are available year-round to all city residents at fire stations and City Hall.
Mayor Ryan says blue recycling receptacles will be placed in city parks starting this spring and compost bins are now for sale at City Hall. The bins are already available at the county’s Solid Waste Management office.