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E-Cig Use Among NYS Youth Growing at Alarming Rate

Written By Editor on 5/15/18 | 5/15/18

Tobacco control measures have helped decrease the current smoking rate among adults in New York State to 14.2 percent. Unfortunately, the percentage of New York State youth who have ever tried and currently use e-cigarettes doubled from 2014 to 2016 according to the recently released NYS Youth Tobacco Survey. Electronic cigarettes and similar devices (also referred to as e-cigarettes, vape pens, Juuls, mods, and e-hookahs) are the most frequently used tobacco products among New York State youth. E-cigarettes typically deliver nicotine, flavorings and other additives to users via an inhaled aerosol.

Among middle school students, the rate increased from 6.9 percent to 14.1 percent and among high school students, the rate increased from 21.6 percent to 43.8 percent. The percent of youth who currently use e-cigarettes and similar devices, defined as past-30-day use, also doubled from 2014 to 2016. Among middle school students, the rate increased from 3.2 percent to 6.4 percent and among high school students it increased from 10.5 percent to 20.6 percent.

“After communicating with students and personnel in schools in the three-county region, we know e-cigarette use among youth and young adults is a major public health concern locally,” according to Linda Wegner, program director for Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS). ATFC-DOS educates the community and decision makers, mobilizes community members around the problems that tobacco addiction causes in local communities, and helps decision makers understand the types of choices that they have to address these problems. “It’s critical to protect local youth and adolescents from this preventable health risk.”

Bonnie Peck, Reality Check/Youth Engagement Coordinator with ATFC-DOS adds, “Nicotine has negative, long-lasting consequences for youth brain development. Studies show that e-cigarette use among youth is associated with both the intention to smoke cigarettes and subsequent cigarette smoking. We encourage individuals, institutions and communities to get the facts at and take action to help combat tobacco use and marketing.”

Almost all e-cigarette products sold in area convenience stores and similar retail outlets contain nicotine. With or without nicotine, e-cigarettes are not hazard-free and the inhaled emission may contain heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and other toxic chemicals. Exposure to secondhand e-cigarette aerosol is also harmful. E-cigarettes are available in a wide variety of flavors, including many that are particularly appealing to youth. More than 85 percent of e-cigarette users ages 12-17 use flavored e-cigarettes, and flavors are the leading reason for youth use. E-cigarette products can also be used as a delivery system for to marijuana and other illicit drugs. The nicotine in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products can prime young brains for addiction to other drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine.

Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death and disease locally, in New York State and in the United States. The smoking rates in the Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie region are 22.9 percent for Delaware County, 26.3 percent for Otsego County and 19.3 percent for Schoharie County.

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C-GCC Launches English-as-a-Second-Language ‘Bridge to College’ Course

Columbia-Greene Community College has launched a new, non-credit course designed to assist non-native English speakers with the language skills necessary to succeed, from classroom to career.

The English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Bridge to College Course is open to any non-native English speaker 18 or older. Classes meet twice per week in the evenings for 14 weeks, often taking advantage of the college’s Academic Support Center in addition to classroom work.  Students will also have the opportunity to meet with a professional tutor outside of class.

Robert Bodratti, director of Community Services at C-GCC, said the course was created to offer greater opportunities to non-native English speakers in both educational and career endeavors.

“Limited English language skills can hold people back from pursuing the level of education they would like, and can often slow down paths to success in the workplace,” he said. “This course will focus on pronunciation, grammar, and reading and writing skills, with the aim of preparing people for the next step in their educational and professional journey.”

Due in part to a grant from the Willow Springs Foundation of Illinois, the cost to enroll is only $15. For more information, contact the Office of Community Services at (518) 828-4181, ext.3342, or e-mail

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Engineer to Greene County Leg: Jail Damage Risks “Catastrophic Failure,” Committee Votes $51 Million New Jail Bond in 5-3 vote

Written By Editor on 5/2/18 | 5/2/18

The Greene County Public Safety Committee met to a full crowd on Wednesday night. There was just a single item on the official posted agenda of a special meeting before the regular one: a report from Bill Scribner of Kaaterskill Associates Engineers on the structural integrity of the jail. The regular meeting at 6pm featured tense exchanges between legislators and the public.

A majority of the Legislature attended the meeting along with the members of the committee.

In a written report submitted to the Board the engineer stated that the building is under intense stress. It notes that the structural integrity of the structure is reliant on several building components and that “a deterioration of these elements and connections results in a building that will no longer resist the loads imposed by the environment and could lead to a catastrophic failure.”

Scribner said that upon review of some of the damage, “we could see that on the south wall of the building... there is an excessive amount of cracking” that “could be measured in inches.” In addition, the exterior wall connections and the floor diaphragms failed in part or in whole “in many areas.” On the South wall, there is a loss of integrity of the connections at 90% and 30% on the West wall, adding “most likely this wall would also partially collapse if the South wall failed.”

“The floor systems of the building have interior supports which might prevent the total collapse of the building in the event of the South wall failing,” the report continued.

Scribner reported to the board that environmental conditions could cause “catastrophic failure” under the correct conditions and recommend the closure of the original jail portion of the building until a “reinforcement structure is installed.”

Such surface mounted steel reinforcement “both on the interior and exterior of the South wall” would likely range between $300,000 and $400,000, according to the engineer. He concluded his written comments that “in addition to this there are many additional repair and maintenance items in this, and the connected buildings, that would need to be accomplished for continuing use.” Scribner said that the design work of such a project would take several weeks and construction several months.

Several of the legislators asked about the process in which the firm declared it unsafe. Legislator Lori Torgersen asked if any of the damage could have been prevented through maintenance.

“Anything would have helped,” Scribner said, citing potential change in layout, redirecting drainage, and other repairs. “The building reaches a certain age and it’s deteriorating, deteriorating, and deteriorating.”

At the end of the report and several questions about the integrity of the jail, the Public Safety Committee held its ordinary meeting with jail topics dominating the conversation.

In a contested vote, the Committee approved a resolution for the complete Legislature for the issuance of $51 million in serial bonds to potentially finance the project and for a USDA loan resolution for a similar purpose.

“The wheels have fallen off. Now we’ve blown the engine,” Greene County Undersheriff George Tortorelis said about the shape of the jail. He also stated that he does not believe that sharing the jail is a workable solution. He instead wanted to keep prisoners in the county.

Legislator Harry Lennon said that he believed there was “only one path”-- to build a new facility.

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Several members of the audience chimed in during the questions between the legislators and the Undersheriff. “Do I want to pay more taxes? No. Is it our responsibility? Yes,” he said.

Legislator Charles Martinez motioned and Legislator Linger seconded forwarding the bond. Legislator Kevin Lennon asked for a roll call vote. Furthermore, Legislator Torgersen asked about the previous vote rejecting a $30,000 study rather than the idea of a joint jail issue.

There were a number of comments from the audience. One comment asked why the County would consider a $50 million option to a “$15 million issue.” Another resident said “we’ve beat this thing to death umpteen times. We have a perfect opportunity to have this jail in Coxsackie.”

Legislator Aidan O’Connor asked if construction would start in late 2018 if the county moved forward in the near future. County Administrator Shaun Groden said that if not contracts were awarded by July, construction was unlikely this year.

O’Connor then apologized to a dozen corrections officers present, stating that he toured the facility in early 2016 and then found the facility “disgusting” then. O’Connor said that “we are rushing at the last moment” and that new construction will more than triple Greene County’s debt. “What happens to the mental health building? What happens to the medical records we have to digitize? We have to think differently.”

Legislator Lee Palmateer spoke next. “There has been no sense of urgency from you, Mr. O’Connor. You’ve been flipping and flopping.” He added, “There is a small minority, including you, that does not want to build a jail. This jail is falling down because of you and other members of this committee.”

“I take offense to that,” replied Legislator Michael Bulich. “I’m not afraid to build a jail. It’s not about making sure that people are employed publicly.” He added there is a nearby jail being constructed in Herkimer County with over 130 beds for $30 million. “Where is the other $20 million going? Who’s making the money?”

Legislator Kevin Lennon said that the County did not put money into the jail into recently and said he asked for the design plan and why the project is being downsized. Lennon said that when he asked for the plans last meeting, the meeting was closed.

Administrator Groden said that the Board of Elections did not allow a referendum on the subject after the idea surfaced from the audience. Legislator Torgersen said that she believed that it may be subject to a permissive referendum.

“Call the Board of Elections,” Groden said, “I’m tired of being the whipping boy.”

Windham’s Nick Bove called the situation “supercharged.” He said that this process is difficult on the legislature and the public “and I don’t see it going anywhere tonight but everyone yelling at everyone.” He called the idea of a referendum “brilliant.”

“There’s got to be a compromise,” Bove said. He added that he would rather pay existing employees more rather than spending more on a new jail.

Bulich continued, stating that if the original proposal for shared services was approved, it could be back now with a potential solution. He said that such a study would be reimbursed by the state except for $5,000.

Legislator and Committee Chair William Lawrence said that he believed that the option for a shared facility was “illegal” and “a lot more than $7.5 million. It’s going to be a lot more.” He also said that other estimates were not accurate.

Legislator Torgersen said that she attended a Columbia County meeting in which their legislature gave estimates on potential costs and said that the state declared that a joint facility is legal.

Chair Lawrence called a roll call vote of the committee: Legislators Martinez, Harry Lennon, Linger, Lewis, and Lawrence voted yes. Legislators O’Connor, Torgersen, and Kevin Lennon each voted no.

A vote to approve a USDA loan resolution passed 6-2 along the same lines as the previous vote, with the exception of Legislator O’Connor voting yes.

Legislator Harry Lennon said that he holds an obligation to the County’s corrections officers and that he is worried about their future.

At the end of the meeting, Legislator Matthew Luvera asked if the members of the Legislature could see the floor plans during a meeting. The plans may be discussed in executive session at a future meeting.

Cobleskill Police Blotter

Written By Editor on 5/1/18 | 5/1/18

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

At 6:32 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Eric R. Covey, 22, of Cobleskill, NY, on an Arrest Warrant for Criminal Contempt 2nd.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released after charge was adjudicated with a previous charge. No further action was taken.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

At 6:07 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Victor Howard, 19, of Cobleskill, NY, for Harassment 2nd. He was issued a criminal summons to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 15th at 5:00 p.m.

At 6:14 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested James Marshall, 55, of Cobleskill, NY, for Harassment 2nd.  He was issued a criminal summons to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 15th at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 27, 2018

At 12:15 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Daniel LaFountain, 30, of Cobleskill, NY, for Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $10,000 Bail / $30,000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on May 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

At 12:56 a..m. Cobleskill Police arrested Derrick Holt, 22, of Bronx, NY, for Disorderly Conduct.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 8th at 5:00 p.m.

At 12:56 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Duane Goode, 19, of Bronx, NY, for Disorderly Conduct.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 8th at 5:00 p.m.

At 1:35 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Dominick R. Stannard, 49, of Cobleskill, NY, for Violation of the Open Container Law.  He was issued an appearance ticket and  released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 17th at 5:00 p.m.

At 2:56 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Samuel Yankcon, 21, of Nanuet, NY, for Disorderly Conduct.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released. He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 8th at 5:00 p.m.

At 8:25 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Michelle L. Vantongeren, 21, of Yorktown Heights, NY, for Disorderly Conduct and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 22nd at 5:00 p.m.

At 11:25 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Michael J. Sullivan, 19, of Gales Ferry, CT, for Violation of the Open Container Law and he was issued a summons for Possession of Alcohol by a person under the age of 21.  He was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 8th at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

At 1:16 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Daryl Hagadorn, 31, of Worcester, NY, for 3 counts of  Disorderly Conduct.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 15th at 5:00 p.m.

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C-GCC Stand-out’s Jersey Goes to Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

HUDSON, N.Y. – As she received her Athlete of the Year Award at Columbia-Greene Community College’s Student Leadership Ceremony this week, Twins Women’s Basketball team captain Tanisha Edge of Cementon, N.Y. was asked to remain at the podium.

“We have some news,” said Richanna Lindo, director of Athletics at C-GCC, going on to announce that Edge’s jersey has been requested by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tn., where it will appear in the Hall’s Ring of Honor.

The Ring of Honor at the WBHOF has been a fixture at the hall since it opened in 1999, and recognizes young basketball players for their achievements in the sport, including high school- and college-level players.

Along with her teammates, Edge made history during the 2017-2018 season. In only the second season of the new Twins Women's basketball program, the team finished their season as the Mountain Valley Conference and NJCAA Region III Runners-up. They earned their first-ever NJCAA Division III national poll listing – a fifth place ranking – and were inducted into the C-GCC Athletic Hall of Fame just two weeks after the season ended.

Edge, who began her basketball career at Saugerties High School, reached her 1,000-point milestone in January and became the first woman ever from C-GCC to do so. The same month, she was named NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Player of the Week and notched her eighth all-time NJCAA Division III Regional Female Athlete of the Week distinction.

She went on to earn the titles of NJCAA Regional Player of the Year and Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year, and in April Edge was named a NJCAA Second Team All-American. She is the first of any Twins athlete to do so since 2005.

Edge’s jersey, which bears the number 1, will hang in the rafters along with more than 100 others in recognition of outstanding play during the 2017-2018 season.

For more information, please visit or call 518.818.4181, ext. 3327.

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Records Suggest Tague Took Thousands for No-Show Job

Written By Editor on 4/20/18 | 4/20/18

Former Sheriff Calls for Special Prosecutor

Earlier this week the Albany Times Union profiled Assembly candidate Chris Tague's time serving on the staff of former 107th District Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin. Mr. Tague claimed a part time salary as McLaughlin's Community Relations Director from January to September 2011, which averaged about 17.5 hours per week while also working full time for Cobleskill Stone Products. Tague received $10,000 in annual salary and benefits in this position. Further research shows inconsistent records in Tague's timesheets, including claiming time when he would have been unable to commute or telecommute to work and contradictory information from Tague and McLaughlin indicating that-- at least partially-- this represented a no-show job.

In 2010, Tague donated $1,000 to the McLaughlin campaign, as did organizations headed by him. Tague served as the Chair of the NYS Association of Builders and Contractors and the Chair of the Aggregates Committee on the NYS Construction Materials Association. These donated $425 and $5,000 to McLaughlin's campaign, respectively. After the campaign McLaughlin hired Tague for his district, situated east of Albany.

Former Schoharie County Sheriff Anthony Desmond was in office during the period in question and ran much of the County's emergency response. We asked him about the physical conditions of roads and the ability to travel. In disclosure, Desmond supports Tague's opponent Wes Laraway. Former Sheriff Desmond said that while individuals could have left Schoharie County on back roads, they would be stopped and refused entry coming back into the disaster zone.

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During his time as a State Trooper, Desmond investigated three public corruption cases. including in the Town of Wells, the former Otsego County Court Judge, and former head of Social Services in Otsego County. Desmond said that he believed that he believes that Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the matter or that she should contact the State Attorney General's Office. He said that "if I was Mr. Tague, I would want a piece of paper stating that nothing happened."

Inconsistent Timesheets

Perhaps most compelling in the timesheets is the evolution of Tague's self-reported weekly work hours, varying between zero and twenty-one hours between January and July 20th, 2011. During these dates the hours were signed off by McLaughlin's Chief of Staff Daniel Lewza. From July 21st on, Assemblyman McLaughlin reviewed and approved the sheets himself-- and in each case through Hurricane Irene, Tague's hours were a repeated 17.5 hours-- the exact minimum needed to keep benefits.

Tague was unable to commute outside of Schoharie County after Hurricane Irene in August 2011. The roads in and out of Schoharie were closed due to a state of emergency with power and landline phone service in Schoharie out during the first several days after Irene. State Assembly policy requires all part time employees within the chamber report to a physical office to check in regularly and prohibited working at large without first doing so. McLaughlin had offices in Albany and Castleton-on-Hudson. Unless Tague physically visited one or both of these offices on August 29, 30, and the 31st, he would be unable to legally telecommute or work in the field.

Tague claimed 4.5 hours on Monday, August 29th-- the day after Hurricane Irene and the destruction of his own home, five hours on August 30th, and two hours August 31st, bringing him to the minimum needed to keep health insurance. He marked down "Legislative Duties" during this period, even as he later used personal and sick time in September, indicating a distinction in time claimed.

McLaughlin reviewed and approved this timesheet more than a month before Tague allegedly submitted the hours. According to the documents procured by the Times Union, which they sent to us and is here printed on this page, Tague signed the document outlining his hours after the flood on October 20th. McLaughlin approved Tague's request and and dated the form August 31st. The successive three timesheets were all signed by Tague as October 20th with differing dates from McLaughlin-- and all before Tague self-reported his hours.

At a base salary of $10,000 per year at 17.5 hours per week, Mr. Tague would have made approximately $10.99 per hour in wages from this position, not factoring commute time or other expenses. Above the salary, the Assembly Human Resources Department states that employees that work at least half time are entitled to "health insurance, life insurance, dental care, vision care, hearing care, workers' compensation, unemployment benefits and membership in the State retirement system." Between January and his resignation, Tague earned $7,441 in according to Assembly records. One official we spoke to stated that Mr. Tague regularly worked 60 hours per week at Cobleskill Stone around the same period.

In January the Times Union reported on a similar situation in McLaughlin's office. McLaughlin added his then-Rensselear County Executive campaign director Richard Crist to his Assembly office's payroll last year. The part time job lasted from September to December 2017. Although Crist never worked more than 17 hours per week, he received a pro-rated salary of $67,000 per year. Crist claimed working seven days a week, including Thanksgiving and an original, but scratched out note that he worked on Christmas Day.

The candidate did not respond to our calls for comment but told the Times Union, "The valuable and positive experiences I gained helping constituents and understanding how state government works have helped prepare me to serve the residents of the 102nd Assembly District." Tague's campaign manager told us that the candidate had nothing to say and "How could [Tague] be asked to remember a specific day seven years ago?"

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May 11th Einstein Event at Octogon Barn

Written By Editor on 4/18/18 | 4/18/18

Friday, May 11, 2018 8 pm

Knox Octagon Barn, 588 Middle Rd, Delanson, NY 12053, Albany County

Tonight’s lecture:  ALBERT EINSTEIN: 100 Years of Special and General Relativity by Prof. Matt Szydagis (U Albany)

Join us for an astronomy lesson and dark sky observing at the Octagon Barn in Delanson, NY! Programs include a 1 hour talk by local astronomy enthusiasts, followed by night sky observing if the weather is clear. Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. Telescopes will also be set up for public use. Great for older children and adults!

Cost: Free! (donations graciously accepted)

Sponsored by the Lauterbach Pokorny family

Our mailing address:  Dudley Observatory at miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Written By Editor on 4/16/18 | 4/16/18

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

At 7:20 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Dorothy E. Lee, 50, of Middleburgh, NY, for Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 8th at 5:00 p.m.

At 7:20 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Shirley M. Felter, 68, of Blenheim, NY, for Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 8th at 5:00 p.m.

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Video of Downtown Renewal: Community Economic Revitalization in Oneonta

Written By Editor on 4/12/18 | 4/12/18

The video for the Downtown Renewal: Community Economic Revitalization video is available at ­­­­­ The Downtown Renewal panel program, took place on Thursday, April 5th, from 5:30-7 PM, in the Otsego Grille, Morris Complex. The program was co-sponsored by the Oneonta Chapter of United University Professions (UUP) as well as the SUNY Oneonta departments of History, Political Science, Sociology, and Africana & Latino Studies Panelists included Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, former Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, SUNY Oneonta Sociology Chair Dr. Alex Thomas, and President/CEO of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Barbara Ann Heegan, Dr. Michael McAvoy, Chair, SUNY Oneonta Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, introduced and moderated the program. Following panelist presentations, audience questions and comments will follow. Remember to Subscribe!

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First Annual Family Fun Day at C-GCC

HUDSON, N.Y. -- The Day Care at Columbia-Greene Community College will hold their first annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 14 from 12 pm to 4 pm in the Arts Center Theatre.

The day will be filled with many activities and performances, including a magician, face-painter, balloon twister and more.

The event is sponsored by The Fortnightly Club, the C-GCC Student Senate, The Truss Group, 98.5 The Cat, and Pattison, Koskey, Howe and Bucci CPAs, P.C.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. All proceeds raised benefit the C-GCC Day Care Center.
For more information please call (518) 828-4664, or email

About C-GCC

Columbia-Greene Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, is a comprehensive twoyear college offering a variety of transfer and career programs leading to the degrees of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Studies as well as one-year certificate programs and specialized courses geared toward community interest. C-GCC was recently ranked in the top four percent of community colleges in the U.S. by, using data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, and College Measures.

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Editorial: Goodrich Ends Tarnished Career

Written By Editor on 4/11/18 | 4/11/18

Sarah Goodrich announced that she is stepping down from her longtime position as Executive Director of the Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery organization, five months after an expose on hundreds of thousands of dollars in misappropriated funds.

The move comes over three years after the organization ended its last significant flood recovery operations and during a furtive transition towards economic revitalization.

This move is certainly a positive one, and one that will require far less money intended for flood victims to enter into the pockets of paid staff. It’s also a sign that the dozens of comments we received after our November article added up.

Sarah entered into the post-Irene scene as a major leader in flood recovery, but stood almost alone in her inability to leave the stage. As other volunteers moved on and died, she continued collecting a full time paycheck while hundreds of families still suffered. All the while the organization, which curtailed its actual operations, was lauded and abetted by almost every smiling politician and other media.

It’s difficult to say that Mrs. Goodrich completely gave back all of the goodwill she earned after Irene. After all, dozens of reconstructed homes and businesses are no small feat. However it does reinforce two fundamental ideas of community service:

1. There is always a time to step down gracefully. It is better to be a Cincinnatus than a Philippe Petain.
2. If you are betraying the public’s trust, especially for personal financial gain our paper will find you out and expose you. For far too long almost every bad idea, fiscal gamble, and backroom deal has been abetted by local leaders and media. This is our first scalp-- and won’t be the last.

Matthew Avitabile-- Publisher

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Written By Editor on 4/10/18 | 4/10/18

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

At 11:42 Cobleskill Police arrested Selena Howard, 18, of Cobleskill, NY, for Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance to an animal.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on April 10th on 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

At 12:05 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Peter G. Delcoro, 46, of Cobleskill, NY, on an Arrest Warrant for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Harassment 2nd. He was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 17th at 5:00 p.m.

At 3:13 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Bryan Porter, 26, of Cobleskill, NY, for Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.  He was issued an appearance ticket and turned over to Glenville Police.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on April 17th at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 6, 2018

At 4:24 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Patrick Gurdak, 21, of Cobleskill, NY, on an Arrest Warrant for Criminal Mischief 3rd, Attempted Assault 2nd, and Harassment 2nd.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $1,500 Bail / $3,000 Bond.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 10th at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

At 2:06 a.m. Cobleskill Police issued an appearance ticket to Brooke Fuhs, 25, of Canajoharie, NY, for a Open Container Violation.  She was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 17th at 10:00 a.m.

At 2:06 a.m. Cobleskill Police issued an appearance ticket to Cynthia Miller, 31, of Canajoharie, NY, for an Open Container Violation.  She was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 17th at 10:00 a.m.

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SUNY Baseball Falls to Hamilton

Written By Editor on 4/8/18 | 4/8/18

Clinton, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s baseball team dropped an 11-4 decision in non-league play on Sunday afternoon to the host Continentals of Hamilton College. The loss drops the Fighting Tigers to 1-14 overall on the season while win improves Hamilton to 10-9 overall on the year.

The Fighting Tigers defense struggles continued in the cold and wind at Hamilton’s Loop Road Complex as five Cobleskill errors and several misjudged balls aided the Continentals on the afternoon.

Offensively the Orange & Black were led by junior first baseman Nate Carinci, Oneida, N.Y., Oneida High School/Jefferson Community College, who went 4-for-5 with a triple, a RBI and a run scored and freshman center fielder Mitchell Holmes, Dartmouth, Mass., Bristol County Agricultural High School, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Freshman southpaw starter Burke Hughes, Nantucket, Mass., Nantucket High School, took the loss going two innings allowing only one unearned, striking out two and walking one as the Fighting Tigers used the nine inning contest to find work for six members of the pitching staff on the afternoon.  

Cobleskill will return to action on Wednesday April 11th when they travel to Cazenovia, N.Y. for a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader versus the Wildcats of Cazenovia College beginning at 2:00 p.m.  


Hamilton 11, SUNY Cobleskill 4 (4/8/2018 at Clinton, N.Y.)
SUNY Cobleskill..... 000 000 031  -  4 11  5      (1-13)
Hamilton............ 010 522 01X  - 11 10  0      (9-9)
Pitchers: SUNY Cobleskill - Burke Hughes; Daniel Wade(3); Ryan O'Keefe(4); Dalton Stevens(6);
Eddy Garcia(7); Jacob Hoffee(8). Hamilton - G. Schaefer-; M. Borek(6); D. DePaoli(8); C. Lynn(9)
Win-G. Schaefer-(2-3)  Loss-Burke Hughes(0-3)  T-2:34  A-0
Weather: 33 degrees; windy; snow; partl
Game: COBMA08

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SUNY Women's Softball Splits in Abington

Abington, Pa.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s softball team made their first trip to Pennsylvania on Saturday blanking a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader with the Nittany Lions of Penn State Abington taking the first game 3-1 then losing the second game by a 12-0 margin. With the split the Fighting Tigers move to 2-6 overall on the season with a 2-2 mark in league action while the Nittany Lions are now 2-10 overall with a 1-1 record in league action.

In the opener Fighting Tiger freshman pitcher Rachel Hall, Greenwich, N.Y., Greenwich High School, limited the home team to only two hits over seven innings allowing only one earned run by striking out one and walking no one while featuring a formidable sinker which accounted for 13 ground ball outs in the game.

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the third inning Cobleskill score a pair of runs on a fielder’s choice by senior third baseman Hannah Hoffman, Troy, N.Y., Averill Park High School, and a sacrifice fly by junior shortstop Nicole Flint, Union Springs, N.Y., Cato-Meridian High School/Monroe Community College, to take a 2-1 lead from which they never looked back.

Hoffman led the way from Cobleskill offensively going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI while sophomore center fielder Brianna Murphy, Yonkers, N.Y., Yonkers Montessori Academy, who was 1-for-2 with a walk a stolen base and a run scored.

In the nightcap the Fighting Tigers could never get on track as the Nittany Lions cruised to a 12-0 victory allowing the visitors only one hit in the contest as junior catcher Gabriella Danthine, Sloansville, N.Y., Schoharie High School, had a third inning double as part of a 1-for-1 effort to break-up the Nittany Lions no-hit effort.

Cobleskill will close out their weekend road trip on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Chambersburg, Pa. for a pair of NEAC games versus the Phoenix of Wilson College with first pitch slated for 12:00 p.m.



SUNY Cobleskill 3, Penn St.-Abington 1 (Apr 07, 2018 at Abington, PA) (Game 1)
SUNY Cobleskill..... 002 000 1 -  3  6  2      (2-5, 2-1 NEAC)
Penn St.-Abington... 100 000 0 -  1  2  2      (1-10, 0-1 NEAC)
Pitchers: SUNY Cobleskill - Rachel Hall. Penn St.-Abington - B. Dougherty.
Win-Rachel Hall(1-2)  Loss-B. Dougherty(1-7)  T-1:24  A-97
Weather: Cold
Game: PSAWA07A


Penn St.-Abington 12, SUNY Cobleskill 0 (Apr 07, 2018 at Abington, PA) (Game 2)
SUNY Cobleskill..... 000 00 -  0  1  3      (2-6, 2-2 NEAC)
Penn St.-Abington... 220 8X - 12 10  1      (2-10, 1-1 NEAC)
Pitchers: SUNY Cobleskill - McKenzie Cobb; Katerina Weingarten(2); Edyliese Aquino(4).
Penn St.-Abington - B. Dougherty.
Win-B. Dougherty(2-7)  Loss-McKenzie Cobb(0-2)  T-1:25  A-95
Weather: COLD

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Cobleskill Men's Lax Falls to Poly

Marcy, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s lacrosse team suffered through a long afternoon at SUNY Polytechnic Institute on Saturday as the Fighting Tigers dropped a 15-6 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action. With the loss Cobleskill falls to 3-4 overall including a 0-2 mark in NEAC action while the Wildcats are now 7-1 overall with a 2-1 mark in league play.

The Cobleskill defense proved little opposition for the host Wildcats early on as the home team held a 9-1 advantage at the half from which they never looked back. SUNY Poly outshot the Fighting Tigers by a 41-28 margin on the day while controlling the face-off circle by a 12-10 margin and the ground ball battle by a 46-34 tally.

Senior attackman Jeremy Mowrey, Johnstown, N.Y., Johnstown High School/Herkimer Community College, proved to be the team’s lone bright spot on the afternoon with two goals, two assists and four ground balls picked up.

The Orange & Black will return to action on Wednesday April 11th when they host the Wildcats of Cazenovia College in NEAC action at the Soccer/Lacrosse complex beginning at 4:00 p.m. 

Cobleskill St. (3-4, 0-2 NEAC) at
SUNY Poly (7-1, 2-1 NEAC)
Date: 4/7/2018, Attendance: 120

Box score
SUNY Cobleskill
SUNY Polytechnic

Men's Lacrosse Box Score (Final)
Cobleskill St. at SUNY Poly
(4/7/2018 at 1:00 PM at Marcy, NY (Wildcat Field))

Cobleskill St. SCORING: GOALS: Jeremy Mowrey 2 ; Edwin Martinez 1
; Kiran Tierney 1 ; Sean Degnan 1 ; Garrett Vigrass 1 .
ASSISTS: Jeremy Mowrey 2 ; Devin Corey 1 .

SUNY Poly SCORING: GOALS: Daniel Rivie 3 ; Charlie Rosaschi 2 ; Ryan Mead 2 ; Brad Pietryka 1 ; Devin Roes 5 ; Eddie Rosaschi 1 ; Jason
Crandall 1 .
ASSISTS: Daniel Rivie 1 ; Charlie Rosaschi 2 ; Nick Goodemote 1 ; Eddie Rosaschi 6 .

Cobleskill State: Willie Wilson 10
SUNY Poly: Andrew Barreca 0, Christopher Evanchuk 7, Samuel Ruben1, Jared Laird 5

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SUNY Women's Softball Falls to Wilson

Chambersburg, Pa.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s softball close out their North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) road trip to Pennsylvania on Sunday losing a pair of game with the host Phoenix of Wilson College by scores of 9-0 and 9-1 in league action. With the blank the Fighting Tigers move to 2-8 overall on the year including a 2-4 mark in NEAC play while Wilson moves to 6-8 overall with a 4-0 conference record.

In the opener the Fighting Tigers trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning when home team erupted for seven runs to put the game in the win column.

Offensively junior second baseman Georgianna Crisci, Walden, N.Y., Valley Central High School, was a bright spot for the visitors going 2-for-2 with a triple and a single as Cobleskill could manage only three hits in the game.

In the second game the host Phoenix scored early and often jumping out to a 7-1 lead after two innings from which they never looked back on their way to a 9-1 victory allowing the Orange & Black only five hits in the contest.

Junior shortstop Nicole Flint, Union Springs, N.Y., Cato-Meridian High School/Monroe Community College, doubled home Cobleskill’s only run as part of a 1-for-2 effort at the plate.

The Fighting Tigers are next scheduled to take the field on Tuesday April 10 when they host the Mountaineers of Southern Vermont College at Fighting Tiger Park for a non-league doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. 



Wilson 9, SUNY Cobleskill 0 (04/08/18 at Chambersburg, Pa.) (Game 1)
SUNY Cobleskill..... 000 00 -  0  3  4      (2-7, 2-3)
Wilson...................... 011 7X -  9 10  2      (5-8, 3-0)
Pitchers: SUNY Cobleskill - Rachel Hall. Wilson - Potter.
Win-Potter(5-4)  Loss-Rachel Hall(1-3)  T-1:13  A-55
HR WILW - Carty.
Game: WILWA08A


Wilson 9, SUNY Cobleskill 1 (04/08/18 at Chambersburg,Pa.) (Game 2)
SUNY Cobleskill..... 010 00 -  1  5  0      (2-8, 2-4)
Wilson.............. ……431 1X - 9  9  1      (6-8, 4-0)
Pitchers: SUNY Cobleskill - Edyliese Aquino; Katerina Weingarten(3). Wilson - Buzard.
Win-Buzard(1-3)  Loss-Edyliese Aquino(1-2)  T-1:15  A-75
HR WILW - Carty.
Game: WILWA08B

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SUNY Men's Golf at NYU Invitational

Bloomfield, N.J.:  In an effort to finally get outside and escape the winter like weather gripping the region; the SUNY Cobleskill men’s golf team headed south to face some of the top programs in the nation over the weekend at the NYU Invitational hosted by New York University at the  par 72/6698 yard Forest Hills Field Club on Saturday and Sunday. In their first time playing outside this spring, the Fighting Tigers posted rounds of 368 and 350 for a two-day total of 150-over par 387 to place 12th overall in a 13-team field.
The Fighting Tigers were led by the duo of junior Colin Hizny, Endicott, N.Y., Union-Endicott High School/Broome Community College, who shot rounds of 84 and 87 for a two-day total of 29-over par 171 and junior Cody Latimer, Mayville, N.Y., Chautauqua Lake High School/Jamestown Community College, who fired rounds of 88 and 83 for a score of 29-over par 171 each tying for 46th place in the 66-player field
The Fighting Tigers are next scheduled to be in action on Wednesday April 11th when they travel to Penn Yan, N.Y. for the 2018 Keuka College Invitational hosted by the Wolves at the par 72/6663 yard Lakeside Country Club beginning at 10:00 p.m.

Team Standings:
Day 1
Day 2
New York University “A”

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Trinity College (Conn.)
 SUNY Farmingdale

Rosemont College
Williams College

Goucher College

Stevens Institute of Technology

Manhattanville College

New York University “B”

College of St. Joseph’s (N.Y.)

SUNY Cobleskill

Drew University

SUNY Cobleskill Individuals:
Day 1
Day 2
Cody Latimer

Colin Hizny
Dylan Mulvihill
Joe Perry
Trenton Stillman

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