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The Best Gifts from Schoharie County

Governor Cuomo Releases Statement on Gun Violence

Written By Editor on 2/22/18 | 2/22/18

Governor Andrew Cuomo released the following statement on New York and gun policy:

Fellow New Yorker, 

We are all sadly aware that last week, seventeen community members at the Stoneman Douglas High School were gunned down in one of the deadliest school shootings in our nation's history.

In the wake of this tragedy, Washington has responded with the same appalling complacency and inaction that it always responds with. Plenty of thoughts and prayers. No action.

In New York, we are doing the opposite. Following the Sandy Hook shooting, we passed the SAFE Act — which banned assault rifles like the AR-15 and made it harder for people deemed to be dangerously mentally ill to purchase guns. Firearm deaths have fallen and our state is safer for it.

But our work isn’t done. I have proposed new legislation to remove all firearms from those who commit domestic violence crimes. And today, I joined the Governors of New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Connecticut in launching States for Gun Safety – a multi-state coalition to take action against gun violence in the face of failed leadership at the federal level.

This time, things can be different. The young survivors of the Parkland shooting are speaking out, demanding more from the adults in power — and their awe-inspiring efforts bring me hope.

The American people have waited far too long — but with your help, we can say once and for all that while this was not the first school shooting in America, it will be the last.

Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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SUNY Cobleskill Women Top Albany College of Pharmacy 55-43

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

Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak on Wednesday evening by stepping out of conference play for the final time this season to defeat the visiting Panthers of Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences by a 55-43 margin at the Iorio Gymnasium. With the victory the Fighting Tigers improve to 11-13 overall on the year while the Panthers close the season with a 7-12 overall record.

In a game that was tied nine times, the Fighting Tigers broke a 41-41 deadlock with 4:34 remaining in regulation by going on a 13-to-0 run highlighted by back-to-back three-point field goals by sophomore guard Addy Lawson, Cooperstown, N.Y., Milford High School, and sophomore guard Erica Cabrera, Middletown, N.Y., John S. Burke Catholic High School, to finally subdue the determined Panthers.

The Fighting Tigers were led in scoring by sophomore guard Shaliyah Graham, Bronx, N.Y., Martin Luther King Jr. High School, who tallied 18 points to go with eight rebounds on the  evening complemented by Addy Lawson’s 13 point, five rebound, four assist, four steal effort in her first action after missing three games due to concussion protocols.

The home team also flexed their muscles in the paint where freshman forward Ali Changa, Watervliet, N.Y., Watervliet High School, grabbed a team high of 12 rebounds to go with seven points and three assists and freshman center Alexia Massaroni, Worcester, N.Y., Worcester High School, celebrated her first career start with nine points and six rebounds.

Cobleskill will close out the season on Saturday February 17th when they host The Express from Wells College in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action with tip-off slated for 3:00 p.m.

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Fighting Tiger Baseball Ranked 10th

It should come as no surprise to SUNY Cobleskill fans that as the Fighting Tigers relaunch the college’s men’s baseball after a six-year hiatus that the team is currently ranked 10th among the league’s 10 teams in the North Eastern Athletic Conference’s (NEAC) 2018 Pre-Season Coaches Poll. As the nation’s newest program prepares for the upcoming campaign first-year Head Coach Rob Fisk is approaching the season distinctive goals and expectations.

“We intend to be a team that is going to compete with both conference and non-conference opponents and present a fundamentally sound team that is: disciplined, energetic and enthusiastic from the starting line-up to the last man on the bench,” said Fisk. “That’s my expectation for our program this year.”

With a roster of all-newcomers the Fighting Tigers will be looking for contributions from a number of different players in a number of areas.

Offensively and defensively Coach Fisk sees the infield as one of the team’s strengths as junior first baseman Nate Carinci, Oneida, N.Y., Jefferson Community College, will be counted on as a middle of the order anchor, freshman shortstop Mitchell Holmes, Dartmouth, Mass., Bristol County Agricultural High School, will be counted on as a top of the line-up staple and freshman third baseman Jacob Hoffee, Lyndonville, N.Y., Lyndonville Central High School, will be providing a productive left handed bat to the middle of the order.

On the mound the Cobleskill pitching staff will be led by junior right hander Jordyn Schwark, Kingston, N.Y., SUNY Adirondack, a hard throwing right handed starter who will also see time in center field, freshman Ryan O’Keefe, Albany, N.Y., Albany High School, a crafty left handed starter and freshman Daniel Wade, Jefferson, N.Y., Jefferson Central High School, a tall lanky right handed starter.

The Fighting Tigers are scheduled to open the 2018 season on Saturday February 24th when they travel to Aston Pa. to face the Nittany Lions of Penn State Brandywine for a pair of games at the MSI Sports Village beginning at 12:00 p.m.

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Franklin Stage Company Awarded Regional Economic Development Grant

Franklin Stage Company, in Franklin, NY is honored to announce that they have been awarded a $40,000 workforce investment grant from the NYS Regional Economic Development Council (REDC). The funds will support wages for executive leadership for one year. The grant will be administered through the NY State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

“We’re thrilled,” said Franklin Stage Company Co-Artistic Director Patricia Buckley, “These funds will allow FSC to expand our capacity, attract new businesses and contribute to the REDC’s goal of revitalizing local communities.”

“This grant represents the faith of NY State and Delaware County in FSC’s value as an anchor cultural institution in our area,” Co-Artistic Director Leslie Noble added. “We proudly join with our area’s growing number of artisanal food and beverage businesses and arts destinations to promote Delaware County tourism. It’s our hope that this grant will help us become an integral cultural addition to these emerging tourist attractions.”

Franklin Stage Company, Delaware County’s only fully professional theater, hires highly skilled union labor both onstage (local and visiting artists), and behind the scenes (carpenters, designers, technicians, etc.)  Additionally, the theater rents local housing to accommodate visiting artists throughout its production season.  It also provides training opportunities to youth from area high schools and colleges through its intern program, which teaches hands-on technical skills and offers young people the opportunity to work side by side with theater professionals.

With executive salary support, the organization will be able to direct other resources to board development, expanding programming and education, improving facilities, and increasing outreach to donors and community partners. The grant will also free up funds to hire part-time administrative support.

“We’re grateful for the council’s vote of confidence,” said Buckley, “and we look forward to welcoming loyal friends and new visitors to our 22nd season this summer.”

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Bushel Collective and Black Sun Lit Present Moina Pam Dick & Steven Seidenberg

Saturday, March 24, 2018
84 Main Street, Delhi, NY 13753
7 PM

Delhi, NY — Steven Seidenberg (San Francisco) and Moina Pam Dick (NYC) will read in celebration of Seidenberg’s new book, Situ, just out from Black Sun Lit. Jared Fagen (Arkville), BSL’s editor, will guest host. Books by both readers will be available.

STEVEN SEIDENBERG is the author of Situ (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Null Set (Spooky Actions Books, 2015), Itch (Raw Art Press, 2014), and numerous chapbooks of verse and aphorism. His collection of photographs, Pipevalve: Berlin, was released by Lodima Press in 2017. He has had solo shows of his visual work in various galleries in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He is co-editor of the literary journal pallaksch.pallaksch. (Instance Press) and curates the False Starts reading series at The Lab in San Francisco.

MOINA PAM DICK (aka Misha/Gregoire/Mina Pam Dick et al.) is the author of this is the fugitive (Essay Press, 2016), Metaphysical Licks (BookThug, 2014), and Delinquent (Futurepoem, 2009). With Oana Avasilichioaei, she is the co-translator of Suzanne Leblanc’s The Thought House of Philippa (BookThug, 2015). Her writing has appeared in BOMB, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere, as well as in the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (ed. TC Tolbert and Trace Peterson, Nightboat Books, 2013). Also a visual artist and deinstitutionalized philosopher, she lives in New York City.

Bushel—a project of If / Then Inc., a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization—is a volunteer-led, mixed-use storefront space dedicated to art, agriculture, and action. Located on Main Street in the Catskills town of Delhi, NY (pop. 5,117), Bushel is an experiment of mixed usage in a low-population density area, offering a space for gallery exhibitions, performances, screenings, discussions, meetings, co-working, classes, and other as-yet unforeseen uses. Inspired by both traditional rural meeting places and nontraditional storefront experiments, Bushel is open-ended, promising nothing but hoping for more.

Black Sun Lit is a print and digital literary press that endeavors to introduce, promote, and support both emerging and experienced authors whose work has little representation—or minimal exposure—in a reading world largely governed by commercial publishing. Based in Brooklyn and Arkville, NY, Black Sun Lit proposes a renewed aestheticism that values beauty—not communication or representation—as the end of literature, and publishes prose, poetry, essays, and works in translation that demonstrate a sensibility for the avant-garde.

Situ is a hesitant unfolding of demise, a text that occupies the interstices between diegetic, philosophical, and poetic discursive timbres. From this tension—which finds form in an indeterminate subject’s relationship with a bench, his anguished site of rest and motion—the subsequent flux at the center of the narrative voice facilitates a kind of epistemology of volition that both proves and parodies the necessity of the philosophical system for a narrator whose instability gives such exploration its emergent poetic urgency. In the wildly despairing and circular machinations that ensue, this attempt at “thinking thinking” moves in and out of the body of the thinker it observes, displaying a devastating picture of the paradoxes at the basis of all representation, whether willful or inadvertent, an aesthetic act or a causal order inferred through polemic and reasoned pursuit. Situ is Seidenberg’s signature style raised to the next level, an accomplishment that calls to mind the literary contributions of Blanchot, Bernhard, and pre-impasse Beckett.

To engage with the narrative flow of Steven Seidenberg’s Situ is to pass through the looking glass of consciousness into a seriocomic world of “mnemonic throes” and “the null of place...”
—Michael Palmer, author of The Laughter of the Sphinx

Steven Seidenberg has confected a stanza out of trains of thought that falter as explanation turns on itself too many times to grasp...Situ is the fruit of the philosophical quest: a horror of the body—“face flush with the rancid muck that covers his cadaver”—and the rational mind in its infinite regress.
—Robert Gl├╝ck, author of Jack the Modernist

A feat of extreme smarts, folding in iterative density and intense decay, Situ does philosophy as labyrinthine lit...Its intestinal yet Latinate formalism, its agonistic wit and ruinous wonder, its keen bent for passivity, would make Beckett chortle, Husserl mull, Descartes nod, Spinoza correspond, Melville wax fanciful. An original, gutsy book.
—Mina Pam Dick, author of Delinquent

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Senior Science at miSci: Pluto Revisited

Monday, April 2, 2018 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pluto Revisited- Latest Discoveries from New Horizons

New Horizons flew by Pluto in July of 2015. Since then, astronomers have been hard at work analyzing data and reconstructing images of Pluto and its system of moons. Join us as we summarize the New Horizons mission and highlight the latest discoveries announced by the New Horizons team.

The Dudley Observatory at miSci is committed to lifelong learning and has created programming specifically designed for adults! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the Dudley Observatory for an exciting astronomy lesson presented by our Outreach Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson.

Cost: Senior Admission to miSci ($10.50 adult, $9 senior 65+), Free for miSci members

Come early or stay after the lesson to enjoy the many exhibits miSci has to offer! The museum is open from 9 am – 5 pm. You need not be a senior citizen to attend.

miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308

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Get Outside and Play! Learn, Explore & Shop at Outdoor Expo in Delaware County

Complimenting a vast array of outdoor enthusiast and sportsmen-focused vendors at the Walton Chamber of Commerce
Inaugural All-Seasons Sportsmen's Expo to be held on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am - 5 pm, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Walton,
there will be a full day of FREE demonstrations, workshops, educational seminars and hands-on learning opportunities. Those include:

* FREE Fishing for All. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is sponsoring a FREE day of fishing on the West Branch of the
Delaware River at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. License requirements are waived and DEC staff will be on hand, with fishing tackle, to
teach anglers of all ages how to fish.

* Creepy Crawlers, Stealthy Slitherers and Rascally Reptiles. SUNY Cobleskill Fisheries and Wildlife staff will have native reptiles and
aquatic insects on display and talk about their habits and habitats as predator and prey and what their presence means to ecological health
and balance.

* Casting 101. NYS Licensed Adventure Guide Brian Foster of Reel Catskills will give introductory hands-on fly fishing casting lessons
throughout the day.

* All Tyed Up. NYS Licensed Adventure Guide Jeff Foster of Reel Catskills will give hands-on fly-tying demonstrations. Jeff will also
discuss seasonal, typical hatches on the Upper West Branch of the Delaware River and its tributaries.

* Vital Signs: Climate Change and Global Warming. Delaware County Soil & Water Conservation District staff will discuss cyclical
climate change, trends in global warming, what that means to the health and balance of the ecosystem and how it effects outdoor
enthusiasts and sportsmen.

* Spanning a Lifetime. Industry experts will be on hand to talk about the lifespan of a deer and how to determine a deer's age and

* Dirty Rock and Roll. Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District staff will discuss weather event impacts, restoration
projects and why dredging streams is no longer preferred as a means of flood prevention. Stream health and connectivity will be discussed
using the West Branch of the Delaware River and its tributaries as examples.

* Catskill Critters: Foxes and Squirrels and Bears, Oh My! Walton resident and local author Leslie Sharpe will host a book signing,
reading and discussion of The Quarry Fox and other critters of the Wild Catskills, published in 2017, based upon her observations from her
secluded, hilltop homestead.

* KidFit - Wild, Whimsical, Wondering and Wandering. NYS Licensed Adventure Guide Lillian Browne of Catskills Unleashed will
lead kids of all ages on an introductory nature hike where they will learn plant and tree identification and learn how to use their
imaginations to immerse themselves in and connect with nature.

* Chasing Rainbows. Heralding from the Lake Ontario region, expert angler John Giovenco will provide a glimpse into the exciting
and challenging world of steelhead trout and salmon fishing. Necessary tackle and equipment will be on display.

Admission is $5, under 17 FREE. Vendor space available. Raffles and door prizes. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to
reserve vendor space visit All-Seasons Sportsmens Expo on Facebook, email or call 607-761- 2670.

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Beef Box Specials at Heather Ridge

In-store Special! Just two more weeks! This saves you money, and we improve our winter cash flow! For February, we are offering two beef boxes:
The Ground Beef Box has 15 pounds of our all grassfed and grass finished ground beef, for just $100 (about a 25% less then the regular price).  Think meat loaf, meat balls, hamburgers!
The Winter Beef Sampler Box has a mix of cuts great for winter cooking! Beef stew, shanks, short ribs, brisket or bottom round roast, an eye round roast and ground beef. This box is $150, and is also around 25% less then the regular price.
You can order either or both boxes, or more than one of either!  Please contact me to reserve your boxes so we can get them ready for you. You cannot order this in-store special through our website.

If you are a member of our CSA, you can take an additional 5% off!  (Want to know more about our meat and poultry CSA? Click!)

Coming up: In March, we will offer a Pork Box, and in April will offer a Chicken Box.

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Edge Reaches 1,000-point Milestone

Written By Editor on 2/15/18 | 2/15/18

C-GCC Stand-out Honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association

HUDSON, N.Y. – Tanisha Edge, a sophomore at Columbia-Greene Community College from Cementon, N.Y., was lauded this month by the National Junior College Athletic Association after banking her 1,000th career point.

Edge reached the milestone during a Wednesday, Jan. 24 game against Fulton-Montgomery Community College, earning the point on a three-pointer in the third quarter. She was formally recognized at the C-GCC Twins’ home game on Saturday, Feb. 10, receiving an honorary, personalized Spalding basketball and a video message from NJCAA Executive Director Christopher Parker.

This is just the latest in a stellar season for Edge, who was named National NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball Player of the Week in January, and also notched her seventh all-time NJCAA Division III Regional Female Athlete of the Week distinction in the same month – her third of the 2017-2018 season.

Richanna Lindo, director of athletics at C-GCC, explained that the Twins women’s basketball program was resurrected in 2016 after a 10-year hiatus, and has since excelled, currently seated second in the region. The team has also garnered coveted first-place votes and national recognition from the National Division III Women’s Basketball Poll Committee, and five players: Edge, Stacey Cherestal, Amira Furtado, Anyla Harper, and Shayna Ostrowsky, are all nationally ranked in various statistical categories.

“Receiving national votes marks a phenomenal moment for the Twins, and the accolades keep coming,” she said. “The team’s hard work is showing – and we’ve truly only just begun.”

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Man Arrested on Missouri Warrant in Delaware County

On Tuesday afternoon, February 13, Delaware County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a Davenport man on a Governor’s Warrant charging him with being a fugitive from justice and directing that he to be turned over to law enforcement agents from the State of Missouri.

Deputies arrested 25 year old Jerry D. Parkes of Davenport on the Warrant issued by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo upon requisition of the Governor of Missouri where Parkes stands charged with violating the terms of his probation and fleeing from that state to avoid prosecution. Parkes was arrested at the Delaware County Correctional Facility where he has been held without bail, since December, 2017, while the challenged his extradition to the State of Missouri. Parkes was initially arrested by Deputies in December and charged with being a fugitive from justice from Moniteu County, Missouri, where he was wanted for violating the terms of his probation imposed upon a conviction for domestic assault.

On Tuesday afternoon Parkes was arraigned by Delaware County Court Judge Richard D. Northrup, Jr., who ordered that Parkes be turned over to members of the Moniteu County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office to be returned to that jurisdiction to answer his charges. Parkes was subsequently turned over to members of the Moniteu County Sheriff’s Office Thursday morning for transport back to Missouri.

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For Review: From India with Love

Written By Editor on 2/11/18 | 2/11/18

Editor's note: In late 2016, Cobleskill Mayor Linda Holmes and I had a chance to sojourn to India as part of a documentary project regarding the sources of and solutions to violence.

Here's a partial description:

From India with Love is a documentary film about victims of violence from across America who embark on an epic journey to India, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had also visited India to study nonviolence. The common denominator that binds them in this story is their unique exposure to violence and their desire to reinvigorate the conversation about nonviolence in America.

The group included: a single mother whose son was brutally murdered in a tragic school shooting (Sandy Hook, Connecticut) and her best friend, a former gang member (Los Angeles, California), an educator (Newark, New Jersey), a social entrepreneur and a music scholar (both Black Lives Matter activists from Oakland, California).

The film showcases how the culture of India empowers them with tools, wisdom and inspiration to find healing, solace and to become ambassadors of nonviolence in their communities.

Find the final product here.

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Fighting Tigers Weekly Recap

Fighting Tiger Weekly Recap

The SUNY Cobleskill men’s basketball team split a pair of North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) contests during the week losing on Wednesday at home versus Cazenovia College by a 58-50 margin then winning on the road on Saturday over Keuka College 79-76. Senior guard Malik Chambers, West Point, N.Y., James I. O’Neill High School, averaged 13.0 points and 3.0 rebounds a game for the seek as the Fighting Tigers improved to 7-16 overall including a 4-11 mark in league action.

The Fighting Tiger women’s indoor track & field team posted a team score of 47 points to place fifth overall in a field of seven teams at the 2018 Class of Invitational hosted by Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday. Sophomore thrower Sabrina Headrington, Phillipsburg, N.J., Phillipsburg High School, turned in the team’s top finish at the event taking second in the weight throw with a toss of 38’0”.

The men’s indoor track & field team posted a team total of 44 points to place sixth overall in a field of seven teams at the 2018 Class of Invitational hosted by Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday. Freshman sprinter/hurdler Alex Hitchcock, Cobleskill, N.Y., Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, was the Fighting Tigers top performer taking third place in the 200-meter dash in 23.62 seconds and fifth place in the 60-meter dash in 7.42 seconds.

The women’s basketball team dropped a pair of NEAC games during the week losing at home to Cazenovia College 78-66 on Wednesday then falling on the road to Keuka College on Saturday by a 71-46 margin. Sophomore guard Shaliyah Graham, Bronx, N.Y., Martin Luther King High School, averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as the Fighting Tigers fell to 10-13 overall on the season including a 5-10 record in conference play.


Men’s Basketball vs. Wells College 2/17

Women’s Basketball vs. Wells College 2/17

Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Hosts 2018 NEAC Swimming & Diving Championships February 16-to-February 18

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Tobacco Control Reps do a Reality Check with State Lawmakers

Written By Editor on 2/8/18 | 2/8/18

New York State (NYS) Tobacco Control Partners and Reality Check youth visited Albany February 6 to share their successes and focus attention on unmet needs in tobacco control efforts statewide. Throughout New York, 33.7% of those with mental illness, 27.5% with less than a high school education and 26.8% who earn less than $15,000 a year smoke cigarettes. Tobacco kills more people each year than alcohol use, illegal drug use, car accidents, homicide and HIV/AIDS combined.

Representatives from Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS) met with NYS Senator James Seward and NYS Assemblyman Clifford Crouch while in Albany for the annual NYS Tobacco Control Partners Legislative Education Day. Linda Wegner, Program Director for ATFC-DOS and Deyanira Cisneros, Community Engagement Coordinator for ATFC-DOS accompanied six Reality Check youth advocates from Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School to Albany. Tranquility Cleveland, Jillian Johnson, Jasmine Neill, Ahna Misiewicz, Ali Misiewicz and Arianna Mosenson helped educate lawmakers about tobacco use issues in local communities. They also shared their concern about the average age of a new smoker being 13 and the smoking rates in the Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie region being higher than the current statewide adult smoking rate of 14.2 percent - 22.9 percent for Delaware County, 26.3 percent for Otsego County and 19.3 percent for Schoharie County.

The NYS Tobacco Control Program is a network of statewide contractors who work on Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities, which includes Community Engagement and Reality Check, the Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free New York, the NYS Smokers’ Quitline and Surveillance and Research. NYS Tobacco Control Partners have contributed substantially to the drop in tobacco use rates among adults and youth through population-based, policy-driven and cost effective approaches to prevent youth from smoking and to help smokers to quit.  These approaches are now focusing on communities and populations with high tobacco use rates, especially those with poor mental health, low education and low income.

“We need to ensure that all New Yorkers regardless of income, education, race or mental health status, are given the help they need to quit tobacco use and, more importantly, to live in  environments that makes it less likely they will become addicted to the single leading cause of preventable death and disease in our state,” said Amanda Mulhern, Health Systems Coordinator with St. Peter’s Health Partners Community Health Programs who serves Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties among a total of eight counties.

Another population that warrants attention is youth. While youth smoking rates have significantly declined, electronic cigarette use among the state’s middle and high school students has doubled from 2014-2016[i], and studies show e-cigarettes can be a precursor to cigarette smoking in youth, even those who were not likely to smoke cigarettes.[ii]

“State-funded tobacco control programs prevent youth tobacco use and reduce adult smoking rates and ultimately save lives and millions of state tax dollars,” said Deyanira Cisneros, Community Engagement Coordinator with ATFC-DOS.  “But, as data about New Yorkers with low income, low education, mental illness and youth tobacco use show, when it comes to deadly and addictive tobacco use, the fight to save their lives isn’t over.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that the Tobacco Control Programs in NYS be funded with $203 million, yet actual funding for these programs only totals $39 million.[iii] If these programs were adequately funded, the health and economic burdens of tobacco use could be significantly reduced.

Annual health care costs directly caused by smoking in New York State are $10.39 billion. This expense results in a tax burden of $1488 dollars for each New York State household every year.iv There are 28,200 deaths in New York State each year due to smoking, and thousands who are living with illnesses related to tobacco use.iii

For more information, visit ,, and NYSmokeFree.Com.

i NYS Dept. of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control StatShot Vol. 10, No. 1/Mar 2017, accessed 1/2/18,

ii Journal of Tobacco Control, Feb. 6, 2017, accessed 1/2/18,

iii Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Key State-specific Tobacco-Related Data & Rankings, FY18, accessed 1/2/18,


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Municipal Corrections Training Course Debuts at C-GCC

HUDSON – Columbia-Greene Community College, the Columbia County Sherriff’s Office Corrections Division, and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office of Corrections have announced a new, pre-employment basic-training course for corrections officers, slated to begin Monday, March 5.

Designed for individuals seeking careers in municipal corrections, including within city- and county-operated facilities, this 192-hour course is approved by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and satisfies the phase-one requirements of the DCJS Basic Course for Corrections Officers (phase two is completed in a post-employment setting).

The program was developed by members of both the Criminal Justice department and the Office of Community Services at C-GCC, in partnership with members of the corrections divisions of both the Columbia and Greene County Sheriffs’ Offices.

Sgt. Jeremy Huyck of the Columbia County Sherriff’s Office Corrections Division, who will serve as the program’s first director, explained that the 12-week course will meet in the evenings, with some weekend sessions, and will be taught by experienced corrections or law enforcement officers who hold DCJS Instructor Certifications.

“Our goals in designing the program are to open new career doors, enhance the employability of those seeking jobs in corrections, create networking opportunities, and overall, enhance people’s futures in law enforcement,” he said. “Corrections officers are an important part of our communities, ensuring safety and security.”

A mandatory information session is planned for Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Columbia-Greene Community College. Municipal corrections employment opportunities are available in facilities across New York State, excluding New York City and state-operated corrections facilities.

For more information or to register for the information session, call 518.828.4181 ext. 3342.

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National Bank of Coxsackie now accepting Mortgage Applications Online

Written By Editor on 2/6/18 | 2/6/18

National Bank of Coxsackie has made a commitment to providing customers with modern products, services, and technological advances while at the same time remaining a hometown, local Bank. This month, NBC announced that customers can now apply for Mortgages and Home Equity Loans and Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) directly through their website.

“This technology has been adopted by some larger banks, but NBC is one of the first community banks in the area to offer online mortgage applications. We realize that to remain competitive, we must continuously evolve and find new ways to reach our customers,” Senior Vice President Mark Maraglio commented.

The technology allows users to create a profile directly on National Bank of Coxsackie’s website so they can save their progress and return to finish the application at a later date; check in to see the status of their completed application; and upload any additional documents that may be needed to make a lending decision.

“In an ever changing industry and environment,” Assistant VP and Marketing Officer Nicole Bliss said, “we want to be able to give our customers the delivery channels they are looking for. That is not necessarily stepping foot into one of our eight branches. Sometimes it’s being able to apply for your mortgage or home equity on a Sunday morning from your couch”
Visit National Bank of Coxsackie at their website, to apply for free today.

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SUNY Women's B-Ball Falls to Poly

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

Marcy, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team once again took to the road on Wednesday evening dropping a 67-54 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) decision to the Wildcats of SUNY Polytechnic Institute. With the defeat the Fighting Tigers fall to 8-11 overall including a 3-8 mark in conference play while the Wildcats improve to 13-6 overall including a 9-1 mark versus NEAC opponents.

In a game that was for the most part evenly played; the Wildcats forced the Fighting Tigers into 22 turnovers that the home team turned into an18-to-6 advantage in points off turnovers and provided them with, the margin of victory.

Sophomore guard Addy Lawson, Cooperstown, N.Y., Milford High School, posted a game high of 22 points to go with seven rebounds and two assists for the visitors on the night. 

Cobleskill will return to action on Saturday February 3rd when they host the Nittany Lions of Penn State Berks in conference play at the Iorio Gymnasium with tip-off at 3:00 p.m.


Cobleskill St. vs SUNY Poly
01/31/18 7:00 PM at Marcy, NY (Campus Center Gym)
Newspaper Box Score
Cobleskill St. vs SUNY Poly
01/31/18 7:00 PM at Marcy, NY (Campus Center Gym)
At Marcy, NY (Campus Center Gym)
Addy Lawson 9-20 0-0 22; Ali Changa 3-6 3-4 9; Shaliyah Graham 4-9 0-0 9;
Gabby Muraczewski 3-5 1-1 7; Stacey Sprague 2-5 0-0 4; Yonique Hill 1-1 0-0
2; Alexia Massaroni 0-2 1-2 1; Monique Britton 0-4 0-0 0; Erica Cabrera 0-3
0-0 0. Totals 22-55 5-7 54.
SUNY POLY (13-6, 9-1 NEAC)
Kiersten Leos 7-12 1-1 18; Paige Gallo 4-8 7-7 16; Khristaijah Jackson 6-17
2-4 14; Taylor Aybar 3-6 1-1 8; Rylie Smith 2-6 0-2 5; Caitlyn Mackay 1-2
0-0 2; Shannon Harrison 1-6 0-0 2; Cassidy Albright 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 25-61
11-15 67.
Cobleskill St.................   11   15   14   14  -   54
SUNY Poly.....................   19   15   18   15  -   67
3-point goals--Cobleskill St. 5-18 (Addy Lawson 4-12; Shaliyah Graham 1-2;
Monique Britton 0-3; Erica Cabrera 0-1), SUNY Poly 6-20 (Kiersten Leos 3-6;
Taylor Aybar 1-3; Paige Gallo 1-3; Rylie Smith 1-3; Cassidy Albright 0-2;
Shannon Harrison 0-3). Fouled out--Cobleskill St.-None, SUNY Poly-None.
Rebounds--Cobleskill St. 41 (Gabby Muraczewski 7; Addy Lawson 7), SUNY Poly
29 (Khristaijah Jackson 10). Assists--Cobleskill St. 12 (Erica Cabrera 7),
SUNY Poly 15 (Paige Gallo 5; Taylor Aybar 5). Total fouls--Cobleskill St.
16, SUNY Poly 10. Technical fouls--Cobleskill St.-None, SUNY Poly-None. A-84

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SUNY Cobleskill Loses at SUNY Polytechnic 59-45

Marcy, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s basketball team returned to the road on Wednesday evening dropping a 59-45 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) decision to the Wildcats of SUNY Polytechnic Institute. With the loss the Fighting Tigers to 5-14 overall with a 2-9 mark in conference action while the Wildcats improve to 13-6 overall including a 9-1 mark versus NEAC opponents.

Both teams started the contest on the cold side offensive with Cobleskill moving out to a 16-15 lead with 6:32 remaining in the first half. However the host Wildcats outscored the visitors from that point 15-2 to take a 30-18 lead into the break.

In the second half the visitors could come no closer than eight points as an 18-for-56, 32.1%, shooting effort hindered their comeback attempts despite a stellar defensive effort which held the Wildcats to only 20-of-51, 39.2%, from the field including only 4-for-13, 30.8%, from three-point range.

Freshman Antwan Claxton, Bronx, N.Y., Taft High School, registered a team high of 11 rebounds to go with eight rebounds and two blocked shots while senior swingman Joel Costello, Middleburgh, N.Y., Middleburgh High School, had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists on the night. 

The Fighting Tigers will return to action on Saturday February 3rd when they host the Nittany Lions of Penn State Berks in conference play at the Iorio Gymnasium with tip-off at 1:00 p.m.


Cobleskill St. vs SUNY Poly
01/31/18 5:00 PM at Marcy, NY (Campus Center Gym)
Newspaper Box Score
Cobleskill St. vs SUNY Poly
01/31/18 5:00 PM at Marcy, NY (Campus Center Gym)
At Marcy, NY (Campus Center Gym)
Antwan Claxton 5-13 1-2 11; Joel Costello 5-15 0-0 10; Devin Boyle 3-5 0-1
8; Malik Chambers 1-8 4-4 7; Anthony McNeil 3-8 0-0 6; Christian Cooper 1-2
1-2 3; Scott Glasheen 0-1 0-0 0; Kahlil Wilson 0-2 0-0 0; Ja'Quan McGill 0-2
0-0 0. Totals 18-56 6-9 45.
SUNY POLY (13-6, 9-1 NEAC)
Kevin Williams 9-16 6-8 24; Malik Johnson 3-7 4-5 10; Blake Haga 3-8 0-0 9;
Tyler Taverne 3-5 1-2 7; Frank Reali 1-4 1-2 4; Redell Freeman 0-7 3-4 3;
Josh Rodriguez 1-1 0-0 2; Nick Reali 0-2 0-0 0; Tymeek Mackie 0-1 0-0 0.
Totals 20-51 15-21 59.
Cobleskill St.................   18   27  -   45
SUNY Poly.....................   30   29  -   59
3-point goals--Cobleskill St. 3-17 (Devin Boyle 2-4; Malik Chambers 1-3;
Ja'Quan McGill 0-2; Joel Costello 0-3; Antwan Claxton 0-5), SUNY Poly 4-13
(Blake Haga 3-7; Frank Reali 1-3; Redell Freeman 0-2; Nick Reali 0-1).
Fouled out--Cobleskill St.-None, SUNY Poly-None. Rebounds--Cobleskill St. 36
(Christian Cooper 8; Antwan Claxton 8), SUNY Poly 37 (Kevin Williams 12).
Assists--Cobleskill St. 6 (Joel Costello 4), SUNY Poly 16 (Redell Freeman
9). Total fouls--Cobleskill St. 20, SUNY Poly 16. Technical
fouls--Cobleskill St.-None, SUNY Poly-None. A-104

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Rep. Faso’s Scaffold Law Legislation Advances Through Committee

Washington D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) hailed the action taken by the House Committee on the Judiciary to approve H.R. 3808, the Infrastructure Expansion Act of 2017. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Faso and other New York representatives, can now move to the House floor for consideration. 

H.R. 3808 would require any project financed with federal taxpayer dollars to utilize the same liability standard as every other state. Currently, New York State is the only state in the country to apply absolute liability to construction companies and project owners in the event of a gravity-related accident.

“With infrastructure legislation on the agenda, now is the time to fix this antiquated rule which unnecessarily increases costs and doesn’t contribute to workplace safety in our state,” said Rep. Faso. “This legislation means that every dollar of federal funding goes to build roads, bridges, and other needed projects and is not wasted on unnecessary liability insurance premiums. We need to stop wasting taxpayer dollars and join the 49 other states utilizing a comparative negligence standard. This will lower costs in New York State and allow us to build more projects by making federal dollars go further.”

“For far too long, every New York taxpayer has been paying billions to limit our already scarce resources to rebuild schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, affordable housing, and environmental infrastructure because of the Scaffold Law. We fully support Rep. John Faso’s “Infrastructure Expansion Act of 2017” (H.R. 3808), and applaud his efforts to ensure that federal funding will go as far as possible toward rebuilding our State and economy, and not be siphoned off by the excess costs imposed by this law. AGC NYS looks forward to continuing the fight to eliminate the Scaffold Law’s absolute liability with Rep. Faso and industry partners.” – Mike Elmendorf, President and CEO, Associated General Contractors of New York State.

“This week marks tremendous progress towards ensuring that federal infrastructure dollars are not wasted. This bill will make more infrastructure improvement possible, without compromising quality or safety.” – Tom Stebbins, Executive Director, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York

“Habitat for Humanity of New York State works to achieve a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  Families struggle with housing costs in both rural and urban areas of New York.  We support H.R. 3808 because it would lessen this struggle by enabling fairer liability-related costs for construction projects using federal dollars.” – Mary Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity of New York State

"As our housing crisis grows even more urgent, taking this crucial step to reform New York’s outdated Scaffold Law will enable our state to greatly increase the production of affordable housing for low- and middle-income families,” said Jolie Milstein, president and CEO of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH). “We strongly urge Congress to support Rep. Faso’s legislation, which would also generate much-needed jobs and local economic growth as part of the construction of more affordable housing for New Yorkers.”

“The Infrastructure Expansion Act of 2017 would give projects receiving federal taxpayer funding a dose of common sense: the bill would make certain that taxpayer dollars are not spent paying off abusive lawsuits based on local laws that are outside the mainstream. Instead, those funds could be used for important transportation and infrastructure innovations and improvements.” – U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform

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Cuomo Announces New Solar Generation and Battery Storage Project at SUNY Delhi

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new project to build a solar and energy
storage system in the Southern Tier that will provide clean, local power to the State
University of New York at Delhi campus and the local community. This project is the
latest milestone of progress in meeting the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision
strategy to create a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New
Yorkers. SUNY Delhi will partner with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the
Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC) on the project.

“New York State is leading the nation in making smart investments in renewable
energy,” Governor Cuomo said. “This innovative new solar and battery storage project
in the Southern Tier is an example of our great state institutions working together to
provide renewable energy solutions to more New Yorkers with lasting education,
environmental, and financial benefits.”

The project will help move New York State closer to meeting its clean energy goals of
reducing greenhouse gases by 40 percent and ensuring that half of all energy used in
the state comes from renewable sources by 2030. The project’s battery storage
component will count toward the Governor’s new energy storage mandate to accelerate
the state’s transition to a cleaner electric grid. The initiative, signed into law in
December, set a target of deploying 1,500 megawatts of energy storage by 2025.
“NYPA is working directly with our customers to explore new and innovative ways to
support their clean energy goals and the needs of their communities,” said Gil C.
Quiniones, NYPA’s president and CEO. “At the same time, every day we are helping
to realize Governor Cuomo’s commitment to integrate more renewable energy
resources into our state’s power grid.”
The DCEC/SUNY Delhi Project, currently in the preliminary stages of planning, will be
designed and implemented by NYPA. Once installed, the solar plus battery energy
storage system will provide solar power generated onsite to the campus and nearby
DCEC members while also serving as a laboratory for students in SUNY Delhi’s

Integrated Energy Systems degree programs to learn about community-scale solar
energy installation, operation and maintenance. It will also aid the efforts of the larger
SUNY system to meet its own energy goals.
“Our ability to install energy storage regionally will boost the resiliency of SUNY and our
surrounding communities in case of natural or manmade disaster,” said SUNY
Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “My thanks to Governor Cuomo for his support and
leadership in reforming our energy use and improving our infrastructure, and to NYPA
and DCEC for their partnership. This is an exciting opportunity for the SUNY Delhi.”

The project’s partners expect the system will be approximately 2MW of ground-
mounted, storage-paired solar power constructed on 18 acres of property owned by

SUNY Delhi on Arbor Hill Road. The location is adjacent to a DCEC substation, allowing
the array to tie directly into the existing power distribution network. The battery will also
be in this location. During design, NYPA will analyze all potential use cases for the
battery, including demand response, peak shaving and/or resiliency services.
Developing the solar plus storage system will make DCEC a first-mover among
municipalities and power cooperatives. The system will serve as a replicable model for
rural cooperatives across New York State.
Mark Schneider, CEO of DCEC, said, “I am proud of the partnership between the
Cooperative, SUNY Delhi, and NYPA because this project will help us to meet our clean
energy commitments in a cost-effective manner while also helping SUNY Delhi enhance
their academic programs.”
State Senator Joseph Griffo said, “Partnerships such as the one between SUNY
Delhi, NYPA and the DCEC expand upon the usage of renewable energy in New York
State. This project will provide an alternative source of energy, while at the same time
providing college students with a unique learning experience.”
Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick said, “We are continuously working to increase
energy efficiency in our state. This project, a partnership between NYPA, DCEC, and
SUNY Delhi, will not only work with the community to create energy solutions but will
also work to invest and educate our young scholars regarding the impacts of energy
usage in our state. Providing college students with the visual and hands-on experience
of working with such a project is a great way to instill energy conscience values in our
next generation.”
Project partners will also reach out to the National Rural Electric Cooperative
Association (NRECA) to share lessons from the project with rural cooperatives across
the country.
This partnership represents just one of the many ways NYPA is supporting New York’s
ambitious climate change goals in ways that align with the financial and environmental

priorities of their customers. Through another business model, NYPA is partnering with
SUNY New Paltz to implement a solar energy and battery storage system which will be
used at times of high electric demand and during emergencies or outages. That project
is expected to complete later this year.
The SUNY Delhi project is a product of NYPA’s EDGE program, which enables
customers to gain access to distributed energy resources that meet their specific energy
needs in a more cost-effective way. In this instance, under the EDGE program, NYPA
employed a new business model designed to help reduce barriers to utility-scale solar
For more information about this project or other ways to become involved in renewable
energy initiatives, contact NYPA’s Project EDGE at 914-287-3390;
About Reforming the Energy Vision
Reforming the Energy Vision is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on
climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more
resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in
clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and generating 50 percent of
the state's electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven
730 percent growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income
households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created
thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is
ensuring New York reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030
and achieves the internationally recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by
2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean
energy technology and innovation, visit and follow us
at @Rev4NY.
About NYPA
NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16
generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than
70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. For more
information visit and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook,
Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.
About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher
education in the U.S., with 64 college and university campuses. In 2015–16, SUNY
served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses
and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community
outreach programs.

About the Delaware County Electric Cooperative
The Delaware County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (DCEC) is a non-profit rural electric
cooperative serving more than 5,300 members/customers in Delaware, Schoharie,
Otsego, and Chenango Counties. Their primary mission is to provide a safe, reliable,
and cost-effective electric power supply to their members.

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Mid Hudson Aids Eagle Scout Project

Written By Editor on 2/4/18 | 2/4/18

The Mid Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union recently gave a huge boost to an Eagle Scout Project that aims to help in the rescue of injured and helpless wildlife. For the benefit of Outpost # 4, a non-profit wildlife rescue organization in Delanson, N.Y., Eagle Scout candidate, Lucas Bulay's goal is to raise funds for the purchase of a used cargo trailer and then to retrofit the trailer for use as a wildlife rescue vehicle as well as to be used for educational events throughout the state. Thanks to a donation of $500.00 from the credit union and generous donations from other businesses and individuals Lucas is well on his way to begin work on the trailer with other Scouts and volunteers. Work on the trailer should be completed by mid March thus allowing Outpost # 4 to expand its rescue operations this spring.

For further information about the project and the work of Outpost # 4 contact Linda Brown at 518 657 9613

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