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Rt. 26 Bypass

One of the projects mentioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Wednesday’s State of the State address could change the way military personnel on Fort Drum cross Route 26.  The governor proposed in his budget to spend $25 million to improve Route 26. According to the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, the money would be spent to build a passageway under or over the highway. The highway passes through the Army post and forces people on Fort Drum to leave a secure area, cross the public road and pass through security to re-enter a secure area.

The project would also help with traffic flow on Route 26 and what's known as Gasoline Alley, where there are currently a couple of stop lights which back up traffic during peak hours.  The governor also proposed spending $1.5 million to buy more land for Fort Drum training.



Governor to Ban Fracking

Most Voters in New York are pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has decided to ban hydraulic fracking according to a poll conducted by Siena College.. By a 57 percent to 23 percent margin, the poll said voters supported the fracking ban. "Between 55 and 61 percent of voters from every region of the state support the ban. Still, about one-third of upstaters oppose the decision to ban fracking. That is about half that number of downstaters who oppose the ban. Two-thirds of Democrats support the ban, as do a strong majority of independents and a plurality of Republicans. Cuomo's standing with voters also improved before he gave his State of the State and budget address. Cuomo's favorable rating was 60 percent to 35 percent, his highest numbers since July.



Police Blotter 1/23

45 year old Nancy Jo Mellon, of Carthage, was charged by Carthage police Wednesday evening at her residence with six counts of endangering the welfare of a child, four counts of failure to exercise control of a minor and four counts of second-degree criminal nuisance. She is accused of failing to supervise a 16-year-old boy on Jan. 3, 4, 16 and 20. It is alleged Mellon allowed the child to host parties where the boy and other minors smoked marijuana and consumed alcohol. She was arraigned in Village Court and released pending further court action.

Fuccillo dealerships settle lawsuit with over 5,000 car buyers

Fuccillo’s auto dealerships have agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the dealership sold an illegal and overpriced anti-theft package. The $295 “Auto Theft Security Discount” package would engrave an ID number on the window and give a 10% discount toward a new car if the car was stolen and not recovered. Heidi Seekamp, the lead plaintiff of Albany, claimed in the suit that the package was an illegal insurance policy because the company was not a licensed insurer. 5,320 customers submitted claim forms and will be awarded $160 each. Seekamp will be awarded $10,000, according to a statement by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn. 

NY Farm Bureau Responds to Cuomo’s “State of Opportunity”

In response to Governor Cuomo’s plans for this term, The New York Farm Bureau released a response that is very much in favor of his plans, but thinks it does not do enough for the long term. They do praise the funding for conservation easements in the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley. The Bureau does urge that in order to boost agriculture, there must be a, “statewide approach, by committing resources to better infrastructure, greater market access, and critical research and development.” They are supportive of both additional funds to the Environmental Protection Fund and $50 million for the Great New York State Fairgrounds. Like most small businesses, the Bureaus are concerned with the ever raising minimum wage, now proposed from $9 in 2016 to $10.50.

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