Three Locals Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges
Three people are facing a variety of drug charges after they were stopped on I-390. Livingston deputies identified the driver as 28-year-old Nancy cowl of Horseheads. Also in the vehicle were two passengers, 40 year old James Thaddies from Elmira and 24 year old Lindsay Stephens form Painted Post. While conducting the roadside investigation, deputies said drugs were in plain view…which prompted a more detailed search. Deputies recovered, meth cocaine, heroin, PCP and drug paraphernalia. All three were remanded to jail pending further action by the court.
Hornell Man Arrested for DWI
A Hornell man is facing a felony and other counts after he was pulled over on Route 36. State police said they arrested 22-year-old Brandon Isaman. He was charged with felony DWI, refusal to take a breath test, driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock and aggravated unlicensed operation. Court action is pending.
State Assembly Ousts Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Mandate
The NYS Assembly this week passed a bill to eliminate the mandate that state created or administered tests be used to determine a teacher or principal's evaluation. The legislation will allow school districts and teachers to negotiate an effective evaluation system to meet the diverse needs of their students and communities. The changes are an outgrowth of ongoing discussions for the past several weeks between the Assembly Majority Conference, the Governor and educators.
Reed Declares Opposition Against "Extreme Ithaca Liberals"
In a town hall meeting this week, Congressman Tom Reed said he will focus on taking on who he dubs are “Extreme Ithaca Liberals”. The local politician said "I'm going to call out extremism across the district and I believe the extreme Ithaca liberal brand is achieving that. I want people to make sure that they understand the difference between ...what I believe is a common sense type of approach to legislating, as opposed to many of the policies that we see that's represented by that extreme Ithaca liberal brand that support this extremist type of policy.” The Enfield Highway Department town hall was a forum for Tompkins county citizens to address and voice issues such as affordable health care and gun control to Reed and the congressman faced a lot of opposition from the crowd.
Palmesano and O'Mara Hosting State "Sip and Sample"
The New York Wine Industry Association’s 5th Annual “Sip and Sample” tasting event will be co-hosted by Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano this Monday in Albany. New York wineries, cheese producers, restaurateurs and other businesses across the state will be represented at the event at The Well of the Legislative Office Building. Many of our own local Finger Lakes and Western New York small businesses will be represented while O’Mara, Palmesano and other legislators will make an address o the attendees and acknowledge the participating industries’ contributions to our state and local economy.
O'Mara Honored by Audubon's Hoyt Award
Audubon leaders from across New York met recently to present the annual “William B. Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award” to State Senator Tom O’Mara for his dedication to protecting New York’s environment. The award is named in honor of former Assemblyman Hoyt, a committed environmental advocate who passed away in 1992. Upon receiving the award, O’Mara said the past several years in New York State government have represented an era of meaningful environmental achievement, and he’s been grateful for the opportunity to help move it forward.