Archives for October 2015

Dogs love Halloween, or at least dog-parents do

Taking Fido trick-or-treating? A new survey from Milk-Bone says New York ranks 7th in the nation for most dog-inclusive Halloweens. According to the survey, 44% of New Yorkers buy the dog a costume, 38% greet trick-or-treaters at the door with their dog and 28% give their dog extra treats.

NYS Health Marketplace open enrollment begins Nov. 1

The New York health insurance marketplace opens on Sunday. Anyone who’s getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act needs to reenroll, and possibly change your plan. Last year, about 2.1 million New Yorkers signed up through the NYS Health Marketplace. Officials say you should shop around and evaluate which health care coverage option is best for your family. This year, enrollees will have 15 different companies to chose from for health coverage, and 11 options for dental insurance. Anyone who had coverage through Health Republic will have to chose a new option. State and federal regulators are shutting Health Republican down over fears it could become insolvent. This year, there’s also a new option: the Essential Plan. That will cover working families who don’t qualify for Medicaid, but still can’t afford private insurance. Essential Plan will over a premium of either zero or $20 depending on income.

New Health Insurance Plan To Launch In New York

Starting Sunday, many low- and moderate-income New Yorkers will be able to enroll in a new health-insurance plan that‘s more affordable than what’s currently offered through the marketplace. Nia Hamm has more…

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

A downstate podiatrist is urging seniors with diabetes to focus on their feet in November—Diabetes Awareness Month. More seniors have diabetes in the U.S. than any other age group—1 in 4 Americans age 60 and over is living with diabetes. Dr. Jackie Sutera, a podiatrist in Manhattan, says diabetes is a chronic condition that can cause nerve damage in the feet. People with diabetes may injure their feet and not know it, and these injuries can get infected and result in the need for amputation. In fact, every 20 seconds, someone loses a limb as a result of diabetes. Studies show that podiatric medical care can reduce amputation rates by as much as 85 percent.

Indian Trails Deal On Hold While Potential Buyer Awaits PILOT Deal

On Wednesday, the Malone Town Board rescinded the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT agreement, with prospective buyer of the Indian Trails apartment complex. Yesterday’s vote was a reversal of the tentative approval given in September. Ed Histed has more on this story…

((By a unanimous 4-0 tally, the board decided that it wanted to talk with WinnCompanies of Boston about more concessions from the development company as it negotiates to buy the Indian Trails complex. It was last month when both the town board and the Malone Central School District Board of Education gave their blessings to the agreement, commonly, but the village of Malone was not so easily won over by the agreement that would have allowed Winn to pay 10 percent of the “shelter rent” that they would receive from the 128-unit complex, in lieu of paying property taxes. Those payments would add up to about $12,000 in the first year. But if the property were taxed normally, the village alone would be able to get $140,000 a year according to the calculations. Winn would have, under the terms of the agreement that was nixed yesterday, been exempt from property taxes for 40 years. According to representatives of WinnCompanies, the PILOT was a necessary contingency for them to move forward with the purchase of Indian Trails. Winn claims that without a long-term PILOT to match the long-term loan, investors would back out of the $19.5 million project.))

Drunk driving crackdown announced for Halloween weekend

Drunk drivers won’t be getting any treats this Halloween. Police all over Franklin and Clinton counties are going to be cracking down on drunk drivers in a special enforcement that begins Friday and runs through Sunday. STOP-DWI coordinator Craig Collette says impaired driving is 100% preventable and they don’t want to see any accidents on Halloween, with hundreds or trick-or-treaters out on the streets. He suggests figuring out a safe way to get home before you attend a party, whether that’s a designated driver, a sober friend, or calling a taxi.

Three charged in pumpkin theft

Stealing pumpkins is a bad idea. Three people from Malone are facing petit larcency charges from Malone police. Officers accused 19-year-old Shane Cassidy, 20-year-old Tehatakenta Boots, and 18-year-old Dakota Connell grabbed several pumpkins that didn’t belong to them.

Demolition continues at former school in Malone

Work continues over at the former New York State School for the Deaf in Malone. Most of the buildings have now been leveled, and demolition is expected to wrap up in the next several weeks. Then, once winter hits, crews will move inside the old gymnasium to work. In the spring, most of the land will be converted into sports fields.

Gov Signs Animal Cruelty Education Bill

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo signed an “Animal Cruelty Education Bill” into law. The New York Farm Bureau applauded the governor’s move as a big deal… not for just farmers, but all New Yorkers. Steve Ammerman is with the New York Farm Bureau…

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/WICY-102915-Ammerman-NY Farm Bureau.mp3

Tribal cop wins seat on Salmon River school board

A decent turnout for Tuesday’s special election for a seat on the Salmon River Central school board. Tribal police officer Peter Burns defeated Christina Mayville 293 to 175. Burns will take over for Peter Ghostlaw, who recently resigned because he moved out of the district. Burns had the backing of the St. Regis Mohawk tribe. He will be sworn in during a school board meeting tonight on the district’s main campus.