Sharon Springs seeks big $

9/22/2022

Armed with ideas, stories, and possible plans from a dozen Main Street businesses, the Village of Sharon Springs is putting together a last-minute application for a New York Forward grant.
Modeled after the Downtown Revitalization Initiative for urban areas, the $100 million NY Forward will award up to three $2.25 million to $4.5 million grants to smaller, rural communities in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Regions.
Sharon Springs has applied twice in the past for the DRI grant, but was never really in the running, Mayor Doug Plummer said Thursday.
“We had some really good applications, but we just didn’t have the applications or the real estate,” h ...

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Supers back 2nd Amendment

9/22/2022

Schoharie County supervisors expect to follow the lead of legislators in Seneca, Sullivan and Niagara Counties in opposing what one called the state’s “gutting of Second Amendment rights,” and another, a “knee-jerk, unvetted and political reaction,” by passing a gun rights resolution of their own in October.
In a 3-2 decision on June 23, the Supreme Court ruled that New York State’s law regulating who can carry a gun in public--in place since 1913--was unconstitutional.
Under the law, residents needed to have a concealed-carry permit to carry a gun in public; to get the permit, they needed to a show a “good cause,” or special need.
The state responded to the Supreme Cour ...

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Joshua Project feeds thousands

9/22/2022

The Joshua Project fed the hungry over the summer.
The all-volunteer organization had large turnouts for its Summer Lunch Program and equal participation in its Backpack Program.
At sites in Cobleskill, Middleburgh, Richmondville and Central Bridge, Joshua volunteers served 7,200 lunches this summer, Joshua President Pat Costello said in reviewing the two programs.
Lunches were up about 25 percent from last year’s 5,700, although 2021 was low because of COVID, Mr. Costello said.
“That’s probably the most we’ve done,” he added, pointing to this summer’s participation.
Although Summer Lunch is intended for those in need, the program is open to anyone.
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Firm interested in IDA land

9/22/2022

A local, unidentified firm is interested in buying about 10 acres the Schoharie County IDA owns on Mineral Springs road to grow its business and retain 35 jobs.
Negotiations have just begun; Monday IDA Board members agreed to have a “highest and best use” appraisal done on the site.
IDA CEO Ron Filmer Jr. said the firm doesn’t need the building; the IDA, along with SCCASA, are in the process of moving to 597 East Main Street, Cobleskill, the former offices of Cadaret Grant & Co.
The IDA land is adjacent to about five acres Schoharie County owns, which Mr. Filmer said the firm is also interested in.
The parcels are separate from another piece IDA owns on the south ...

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Student arrested for bomb threat

9/22/2022

State Police arrested the student who posted a bomb threat at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School on the first day of school.
Troopers reported the 14-year-old was charged with making a terroristic threat, a Class D felony.
State Police responded shortly before 10am September 7 after one student alerted High School Principal Brett Barr about the threat posted on social media.
Students and faculty had to ‘shelter in place’ to keep the halls open while troopers swept the school with K9 units.
“The investigation determined the threats were unfounded, and there was no safety risk to anyone at the school,” State Police reported.
The 14-year-old will appear in S ...

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