Counties in the News, November 29, 2016

Tuesday's news from counties across the state.
Governor Vetoes/Signs Plethora of Bills

Governor Andrew Cuomo acted on 133 pieces of legislation by his statutory deadline of midnight Monday, 10 working days after the legislature sent them to him. Among the bills that have an impact on counties, include:
Senate Bill 7603 (Amedore) Relates to the transfer and conveyance of certain unappropriated state land to the county of Greene, in relation to using the land for a 911 emergency call center.
Senate Bill 6965 (Farley) Authorizes the town of Clifton Park, Saratoga county to impose a tax on hotel and motel occupancy of up to 1 1/2 percent of the charge therefor.
Senate Bill 6708 (Ritchie) Relates to the rededication of unused funds in the New York state local government records management improvement fund to such fund.
Senate Bill 4001 (Ortt) In relation to providing county correction officers with a special optional twenty year retirement plan.
Senate Bill 1422 (Carlucci) Directs the office of children and family services to study and report on the availability of child day care for working parents.
Assembly Bill 10421 (Brennan) Repeals the definition of "transportation purpose" for the purposes of the metropolitan transportation authority.
Senate Bill 6692B (LANZA) Relates to comprehensive emergency management provisions for homecare and hospice in counties and in cities with a population of one million or more
Senate Bill 6965 (Farley) Authorizes the town of Clifton Park, Saratoga county to impose a tax on hotel and motel occupancy of up to 1 1/2 percent of the charge therefor.

Senate Bill 7209 (Bonacic) Relates to off-hours arraignment parts in counties outside the city of New York. (Chap:  492)
Senate Bill 7093 (Farley) Authorizes the county of Fulton to impose a tax on hotel and motel occupancy of up to four percent of the charge therefor. (Chap:  489)
Assembly Bill 4106 (DenDekker) Includes the examination of tinted or shaded windows in the periodic inspection of motor vehicles. (Chap:  444)

Emergency Preparedness & Response in Wyoming County
Wyoming County has a population of over 42,000 and over 600 square miles. It is a beautiful, rural and agricultural county where the adage “there are more cows than people” is true. However, the challenges to the Sheriff's Office and the other Law Enforcement Agencies are as prevalent as any other community in the State. Heroin, mental health calls, sex offenses, domestic violence and traffic safety dominate our workload.

As the landscape of law enforcement continues to evolve to include a more prepared response for incidents such as: active shooter, terrorist attacks and environmental catastrophes, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office's most valuable prepared response tool is the “take home car.” Including the Sheriff and Undersheriff, there are 30 full-time sworn officers of various Deputy Sheriff ranks and assignments. Of those thirty members, 26 are assigned a “take home car.” The four excluded are assigned to the Court Security Unit. It is an important note that the “take home car” is NOT a commuter car; it is designed for everyone to hit the ground running, to be on Post even before leaving the driveway. No one is out of service and at the office for shift change; it is a rolling shift change that occurs throughout the county.

Cuomo vetoes more than 70 bills, signs roughly 60

Governor Cuomo Announces 25,000 Additional Tickets to the Great New York State Fair Available Following Cyber Monday Sellout

State-mandated Code Blue still raising questions

The New Coliseum Presented By New York Community Bank Launches Search to Fill 1,300 New Jobs

Health-insurance hikes cause headaches for muncipal budgets

$1 million in supplemental municipal consolidation and shared service grants in Dutchess

Raise the age to 21 to purchase cigarettes

Schenectady County landowners wanted for agricultural district

County Legislators Consider Raising Cigarette-Buying Age

Ferebee leaves Essex County post

Griffo to be roasted for fundraiser at Stanley

Historical society seeks World War I photos, memorabilia

Chemung Co. Legislature Approves 2017 Budget

Legislature Approves Plans for Horseheads Connector Road (Video)

Blueway Trail to make Cayuga Lake more accessible

Festival of Trees Draws Crowds to Ward O'Hara Ag Museum

Orleans County holds public hearing on 2017 tentative budget

Gillibrand Touts Proposal to Increase Funding for Rural Broadband Support

Parkway meeting draws a crowd in Orleans County