on Wednesday, 20 March 2013.
Oneida County received a 2.72 percent interest rate on a 15-year, $14.3 million bond series it sold last week. "We got an absolutely incredible rate," said County Comptroller Joseph J. Timpano.
It’s reported the county was able to get a low rate for several reasons. Foremost, was Moody’s dropping its negative outlook for the county and the outlook is now stable. Other factors include two consecutive budget surpluses and a stable tax base with a manageable debt load.
The county sells off bonds annually to finance its capital projects. This year’s borrowing will be used for items like bridge and highway repairs, and building and airport improvements. Slated for the airport is construction of a building to house customs inspections while the numbers are not final yet, Oneida county projects it will close the books on 2012 with a surplus, perhaps in the range $4 million.
With the Release of their annual economic impact report officials say, Fort Drum had a more than $1.4 billion impact on the North Country economy in 2012. Fort Drum supports over 19,000 soldiers and about 20,000 family members, officials say.
Between the soldiers and 4,500 civilian workers, Fort Drum is the region's largest employer with a total annual payroll of nearly $1.2 billion.
Companies located in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties received 234 contracts worth more than $20 million last year.
Trenton Town Supervisor Mark Scheidelman is accused of inappropriately touching a seven year old boy. Scheidelman was arraigned in Oneida County Court on Monday on one count of first-degree sexual abuse, Scheidelman pleaded not-guilty, and then was presented with a plea offer from the prosecution. Neither side will release the details of the offer until a decision is made on whether to accept it or not. Judge Dwyer set a date of April 1 for Scheidelman to decide whether to accept or reject the prosecution's offer. 53 year old Scheidelman has been the Town Supervisor in Trenton for twenty years.
State Police have said it was one of the child's family members who contacted the authorities to report the incident, which they say happened at Scheidelman's home in Trenton back on November 11, 2012.
Speaking to reporters after Monday's arraignment, Scheidelman’s attorney Aney says that on the day of the alleged inappropriate contact back in November, the boy was fully clothed, and there were several people in the same room at the time the alleged inappropriate contact was made.
He says any physical contact that was made, was accidental.
He says during a press conference by the state police after the arrest of Scheidelman back in November, police officials stated there may be more victims of Scheidelman, including siblings of the alleged victim in the case he was arrested for. However, no other charges have ever been filed.
Aney told reporters the charge Scheidelman is facing is the only complaint against him, and in his view, this case is "weak, at best."
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The New York State Police issued a statement warning people not to donate money or give personal information if you are contacted by the Fraternal Order of Police. The State Police say the New York State Police ..."does not solicit funds over the phone or by any other means. If you receive a call from the Fraternal Order of Police, also known as the Fraternal Order of Troopers, asking for money to benefit Troopers injured in the line of duty, please be advised that these calls are not from the New York State Police."
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The Department ofEnvironmental Conservation is investigating an emaciated black bear that wasdiscovered last week at McCauley Mountain.The bear was spotted by a chairlift operator. Town of Webb Police responded to the scene& observed the bear & noted that its fur was thin & its bones wereshowing through its skin. The animalalso appeared to have trouble walking.Police Chief John Russell had the animal euthanized & the DEC wasthen notified & photographed the animal before transporting it from thescene. A DEC spokesperson stated thatthe bear went into hibernation with a pre-existing mange condition that gotworse as the winter progressed. The DECis currently conducting tests on the animal.
An accidentinvestigation led to a charge for a 52 year old West Carthage man. Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies reportthat Edmund Rebb was charged by with aggravated DWI following an investigationinto a motor vehicle accident Friday night in the Village of WestCarthage. His blood alcohol content wasallegedly 0.19% & he will answer the charge in Village of West CarthageCourt.
A 56 year oldLowville man was in Lewis County Court for sentencing on 3 counts of criminalcontempt 2nd degree.According to the court report from the Johnson Newspapers, James Louckswas sentenced to two consecutive one-year terms in county jail, with creditgiven for time already served, along with $250 in court fees. Acting County Judge Donald Todd also issuednew, five-year orders of protection on behalf of the victims. Also in Lewis County Court, 34 year oldMichael Sage of Greig pleaded guilty before County Judge Daniel King on acharge of DWI & sentencing was set for April 12th. 35 year old Billie Wilmot had his case offirst-degree criminal sex act, two counts apiece of third-degree rape andfirst-degree sexual abuse, four counts of third-degree sexual abuse and fivecounts of third-degree criminal sex act adjourned to May 10th, witha possible trial date set for June 10th. Judge Todd is presiding over the Wilmot case
Former trail coordinator sentenced in court
DAV looking to establish office in Lowville area
Village Band in concert on Saturday
Forum on Common Core held in Lowville
High School student charged with marijuana possession
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