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Governor declares state of emergency

Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in Jefferson, Lewis, & Herkimer counties due to the heavy lake effect snow storm. Other counties include Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Franklin, Genesee, Oswego, Wyoming, and contiguous counties. The Governor also
deployed the National Guard to affected areas and activated statewide Emergency Operations Centers. Under a State of Emergency, critical resources that are normally restricted to state use are mobilized to assist local governments and laws and regulations that would
otherwise impede their rapid response may be suspended.

LACS voters approve Capital Project

Voters in the Lowville Academy & Central School District went to the polls yesterday to cast their ballots on the district's proposed $11 million capital project. The proposition passed by a vote of 229-43.

16 charged as part of investigation

16 Oneida County residents have been charged with receiving benefits to which they were not entitled. Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara reports that over the last two weeks, the arrests were made as part of Operation Tax Burden, which is a continuing effort
of the District Attorney's Office, in conjunction with the county Department of Social Services, the U.S. Marshall's Service, Oneida County Probation, Utica Police, the state Division of Parole, the sheriff's office and state police. Locally, Brandy Galan of Westernville is accused of wrongfully obtaining approximately $472 in public assistance benefits and is charged with unlawfully obtaining public assistance. McNamara said others are still being sought as part of the on-going operation.

Copenhagen woman charged with petit larceny

A 45 year old Copenhagen woman is facing charges in the City of Watertown. State Police report that Michele Macaluso was charged with petit larceny after she allegedly stole merchandise valued at $508 from Target. She will answer the charge in Town of Watertown Court.

Scholarships available for children of Elks

The Boonville Elks Lodge #2158 is 1 of the many lodges in New York State that is part of the New York Elks Association Awards Program for college bound high school seniors. A student can be the son, step-son, daughter, or step-daughter of an Elks member in good standing. To apply, go to www.nys.elks.org before December 5th. For more information locally, contact Janet Ciccarelli at 941-7517.

Supporters pushing for minimum wage increase

Those that would like to see a higher minimum wage in New York State want Governor Cuomo to push the issue in a special legislative
session before Republicans take control of the state Senate next year. Supporters would like to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and allow New York City to raise it even higher. That proposal will reportedly face significant opposition next year after the Republican victories in last week's elections. Cuomo supports a minimum wage increase and activists say a special session this fall may be his best
opportunity to pass the legislation. However, the governor doesn't expect lawmakers to convene before January when the new legislators take office. A state board met in Buffalo to consider whether to raise the minimum wage for servers and other tipped workers.

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