on Thursday, 27 June 2013.
State tax collections through May rose 25.8% from collections during this same period last year. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reported that the $12.6 billion in collections was primarily due to non-recurring estimated Personal Income Tax payments made in April. Personal Income Tax collections grew 33.3% through May 31, compared to the same period last year. However, more than 87% of this growth is due to estimated tax collections from April, primarily driven by federal tax increases in January. DiNapoli adds that this level of growth is not likely to continue. The General Fund closing balance of $3.7 billion at the end of May was $287.9 million higher than Enacted Budget projections. This reflects $448.9 million in higher than anticipated receipts offset by $161 million in higher than anticipated spending.
on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.
Police have made an arrest in a weekend stabbing death of a Watertown man. Breanna Lynn Simpson, 31, is accused of stabbing Henry Perkins Jr., 34, of Watertown, to death at her apartment on JB Wise Place Sunday night. Simpson has been charged with second degree murder and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning.
The Pentagon announced a reorganization of the Army yesterday that will result in a net loss of 1,500-2,000 soldiers from Fort Drum. In announcing the loss of the 3rd Brigade Combat team, Fort Drum Commander Major General Stephen Townsend said he doesn’t expect the overall reduction to have a significant impact at the base and he expects additional maneuver battalions to be assigned to the remaining brigades.
The 3rd brigade will be inactivated by 2017 and its remaining troops will be absorbed into the 1st and 2nd Brigades. Known as the Spartans, the 3rd Brigade was activated at Fort Drum in September 2004. Since then, the Spartans have deployed three times to Afghanistan. Pentagon officials said that this loss is not related to sequestration.
While over 13 million people watched Nick Wallenda walk a tight wire over the Grand Canyon on Sunday night, many local old timers will remember that Nick’s Famous family used to perform at the Enchanted Forest in Old Forge. Before Enchanted Forest became known as New York State’s largest water-theme Park, it used to be a regular theme park with shows and rides, part of which still exist today.
The famous Flying Wallendas were part of Enchanted Forest's lineup at times between 1956 and 1976. According to the park, the daily circus shows featured the internationally known Great Wallendas. Part of an NBC special documentary, as well as a CBS documentary on the Wallendas was filmed at the Enchanted Forest. In fact, Nick’s grandfather, Karl Wallenda performed in Old Forge the same day as the funeral for his son-in-law who was killed in one of the family's stunts. Wallenda said, "People are coming from hundreds of miles to see us. I don't see any reason why they should not see us. I don't want to cheat them out of that."
Karl died in March of 1978 after a fall from the tight rope while performing in Puerto Rico. 33 year old Grandson Nick successfully walked across a 1500 feet deep gorge of the Grand Canyon, Sunday night without a restraining harness.
We continue with Congressman Richard Hanna, who discusses sequestration.
Tomorrow, Mr. Hanna discusses the recent announcement that there will be no round of base closures scheduled in Washington.
We continue with Dr. Manoj Vora, who discusses his preparation to climb Mount Everest.
Tomorrow, Dr. Vora discusses the qualifications to climb Mount Everest.
The search resumed this morning for a 62 year old man missing on Delta Lake since yesterday. A local resident found an empty pontoon boat that washed up behind her home on the south shore of the lake last night around 8PM. The Oneida County Sheriff Department’s Marine Patrol as well as firefighters from Westernville were on the scene until 11PM last night. The man, whose name was not released, was last seen by his family earlier in the day.
Oneida County Firefighters battled a blaze in the Town of Trenton Tuesday afternoon. The fire happened just before 4 p.m. at an abandoned home on 10977 Middle Road. The owner of the home was said to be in the process of demolishing it when the fire started. He was using a chainsaw to cut some floor joints when something sparked and the fire started. The man was able to get out of the home safely and call 911. Firefighters worked to fight the fire for more than 20 minutes, the home was severely damaged. Several fire departments were on the scene... including Remsen, Prospect, Barneveld and Holland Patent.
Healthcare forum to cover several topics
Diabetes Prevention Program to be held
Remsen woman killed in accident
Forestport man arrested after domestic dispute
Croghan man pleads guilty to grand larceny
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