Drivers can face up to $1,000 fine and 11 Points for speeding or aggressive driving

NEW YORK STATE (April 16, 2014) – The New York State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative targeting speeding and aggressive drivers across the state.

The “Speed Week” campaign runs from April 17 through April 24, 2014. Fines for speeding and aggressive driving can reach nearly $1,000 and add up to 11 points on a driver’s license.

“Too often families are forced to endure needless heartache as a result of reckless driving,” said Governor Cuomo. “During Speed Week, the State Police will be out in force across New York cracking down on drivers who break the law, putting themselves and others at risk. This week and every week, I urge drivers to slow down and adhere to the vital and lifesaving rules of the road.”

The goal of this campaign, and enforcement year round, is to reduce speed related crashes and improve safe travel for drivers and passengers on New York’s roads. Speeding by all vehicle types, as well as other traffic violations, will be heavily enforced throughout the week in addition to normal year-round enforcement.

Speed remains one of the leading causes of fatalities on our roadways, averaging approximately one third of all fatal crashes from year to year. Troopers will also be watching for vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, drivers that are violating the “Move Over Law,” and distracted or impaired drivers.

In an effort to continue making New York’s roads safer, this year’s State Budget includes legislation to intensify the efforts to curtail the prevalence of texting while driving by young drivers. Young and new drivers convicted of texting-while-driving will have their license suspended for 120 days on the first offense, and revoked for at least one year for the second offense.

“Drivers can prevent needless deaths and injuries by simply slowing down,” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said. “Our Troopers are out there on New York roadways doing their part to keep the streets safe, and the public can too. By following posted speed limits and watching their speed, drivers will increase their chances of making it to their destination safely.”
Drivers can expect to see more troopers on major highways during this detail. Unmarked patrol vehicles will also be out in force.

Aggressive driving behaviors State Troopers will be targeting include:

    · Excessive Speed
    · Frequent or Unsafe Lane Changes
    · Failure to Signal
    · Tailgating
    · Failure to Yield the Right of Way
    · Disregarding Traffic Controls
    · Impaired Driving
    · Cell phone/electronic device use

Tips when encountering an aggressive driver:

    · Remain calm
    · Keep your distance
    · Do not pass unless you have to
    · Change lanes once it is safe (don’t jump lanes without looking)

NY State Police point out that there is a difference between aggressive driving and so called "road rage." Road Rage, such as using the vehicle as a weapon or physically assaulting a driver or their vehicle, is NOT aggressive driving. These are criminal offenses, and there are laws in place to deal with these violent crimes.

During the last campaign from August 10, 2013 to August 17, 2013 State Police issued more than 9,600 tickets during “Speed Week.” Fines for speeding range from $45 to $975 and three to 11 points, depending on the rate of speed.

TOWN OF NEVERSINK, NY (April 16, 2014) – Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C–Mount Hope) has announced that the Town of Neversink has been Bonacic awarded $50,000 in funding from the Municipal Facilities Program.

The funding will go towards a new Town Park and will replace a park that existed in a flood plain. This new park will include ball fields, a pavilion and concession stand.

"We are eternally grateful to Senator Bonacic for securing this money for our town park," said Town Supervisor Mark McCarthy. "This is going to be built from scratch from land purchased by the town, and will include picnic tables, an open air pavilion, concession stand, and bathrooms for town residents. Plus, our Little League program, made up of 300 Tri-Valley students, are thrilled with this grant.”

“I am pleased to provide this funding,” said Senator Bonacic, “as it will create a new community recreation area that will be utilized by all ages, and for many years to come.”

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (April 15, 2014) – Issued By: NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)
Affected Jurisdictions: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Yates Counties

Areas Of Hazardous Travel Will Develop Across The Region Late This Afternoon Into This Evening… Cold Air Continues To Pour South Across The Area This Afternoon… Changing The Rain To Light Sleet And Snow. As Of 230 PM…

The Transition From Rain To Light Sleet And Snow Was Along A Line From Near Rome New York To Binghamton To Canton Pennsylvania.

This Transition Zone Will Continue To Move Southeast Late This Afternoon… With Light Snow Falling In The Catskills And Poconos By 6 PM.

Temperatures Are Still Near Or Just Above Freezing In Most Areas Getting Snow This Afternoon… But Temperatures Will Fall Into The Upper 20s This Evening And Wet Surfaces That Remain Untreated Will Become Icy. The Light Snow Will Taper To Flurries Early This Evening… With Total Accumulations In Most Places Just An Inch Or Less.

A Few Higher Elevations Could Get Up To 2 Inches Of Snow.

Anyone Planning Travel Late This Afternoon Or This Evening Should Be Alert For Slippery Spots Due To Freezing Conditions And Light Snow Accumulations.

Please stay tuned to your local radio or TV Station for more information.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (April 15, 2014) – Issued By: NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

Affected Jurisdictions:  Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Yates Counties
…A Strong Cold Front Will Move Across The Area Today Bringing Changeable Weather To Central New York And Northeast Pennsylvania… At 930 AM A Strong Cold Front Was Located Along A Line From Just East Of Syracuse To Near Elmira Southward Into Central Pennsylvania. Temperatures Ahead Of The Front Are In The Upper 50S To Mid 60S…

However Just West Of The Front Temperatures Have Fallen Into The 40S And 30S. The Front Will Move East Of Utica And Binghamton By 11 AM… And East Of Oneonta… Scranton And Wilkes- Barre By 1 PM.

Temperatures Will Fall Rapidly After The Passage Of The Front With Temperatures By 1 PM Ranging From The 30S In The Syracuse Area… The Finger Lakes And Central Southern Tier Of New York… To The 40S In The Western Catskills And Northeast Pennsylvania. Meanwhile Rain Will Continue Across The Area… Heavy At Times Especially East Of Interstate 81.

The Rain Will Change To Sleet And Snow Over The Finger Lakes And Central Southern Tier Of New York Early This Afternoon… And Over The I-81 Corridor From Binghamton Down To Scranton By Late Afternoon.

Untreated Surfaces Including Some Roadways Will Become Slick After The Change-Over As Temperatures Fall To Near Or Just Below Freezing. The Snow Will Taper To Flurries This Evening… With Total Accumulations Ranging From 1 To 2 Inches For Much Of Central New York With Around An Inch In Northeast Pennsylvania.

Temperatures By Wednesday Morning Will Range From 15 To 25.

Keep On Top Of Rapidly Changing Weather Conditions Throughout The Day…And Into This Evening…By Listening To The Latest Statements And Forecast Updates From The National Weather Service.


Flood Watch

Issued By:  NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

Affected Jurisdictions:  Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Sullivan Counties

Flood Watch issued April 15 at 6:44AM EDT until April 15 at 10:00PM EDT by NWS Binghamton

The National Weather Service In Binghamton Has Expanded The Flood Watch To Include Portions Of Central New York And All Of Northeast Pennsylvania…Including The Following Counties…In New York…Broome…Chenango…Delaware…Madison…Otsego And Sullivan. In Northeast Pennsylvania…Bradford…Lackawanna… Luzerne…Northern Wayne…Pike…Southern Wayne…Susquehanna And Wyoming.

* Through This Evening.

* An Area Of Moderate To Heavy Rain Will Move Into Northeast Pennsylvania And Central New York Mainly East Of The Interstate 81 Corridor Between 7 AM And 9 AM. The Rain Will Be Heavy At Times With Around 1 To 1.5 Inches Falling In A Few Hour Period This Morning And Afternoon Before The Precipitation Turns To Sleet And Snow. This Could Be Enough Rain To Cause Poor Drainage…Urban And Low-Lying Flooding. Smaller Streams And Creeks Could Spill Their Banks As Well. A Few Roads Could Also Be Washed Out. The Larger Rivers Are Not Expected To Flood.

A Flood Watch Means There Is The Potential For Flooding On Small Streams…Creeks…Poor Drainage…Urban And Low-Lying Areas Based On Current Forecasts. You Should Monitor Later Forecasts And Be Alert For Possible Flood Warnings. Those Living…Working Or Driving In Areas Prone To Flooding Should Be Prepared To Take Action Should Flooding Develop.


Please stay tuned to your local radio or TV Station for more information.

Precautions Can Help Prevent Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases

NEW YORK STATE (April 14, 2014) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently alerted New Yorkers to take precautions to prevent diseases that are Be Tick Freetransmitted by ticks as springtime weather arrives throughout the state.

“While New Yorker’s are out taking advantage of the Spring weather, it is important to ensure safety remains a top priority,” Governor Cuomo said. “New Yorkers of all ages should take a few moments to educate themselves about the health risks associated with tick bites and take proper precautions to protect themselves from them."

Lyme disease is caused by the bite of an infected deer tick. Ticks are active when the weather stays above freezing, usually from April through November. The time of greatest concern is in late spring and early summer when nymphal ticks are active. In the nymphal stage of life, deer ticks are small (about the size of a poppy seed) and difficult to see. Nymphal deer ticks are responsible for the majority of Lyme disease cases. In tick-infested areas, any contact with vegetation, even playing in a well-manicured yard, can result in exposure to ticks.

Example of Eyrtheman Migrans Rash - Picture 1While this past winter was unusually harsh, the abundant and long-lasting snow cover likely provided insulation to allow ticks to survive the winter. Deer ticks, carriers of at least four different pathogens, are starting to emerge and will be present for the next several months across the state.

“The good news is that Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are preventable by taking simple precautions such as wearing light colored clothing, tucking pants into socks and doing a tick check after being in wooded or grassy areas,” State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., said.

Lyme and other tick-borne diseases

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria transmitted by infected deer ticks (both nymphs and adults), which are most active when temperatures are above freezing. Lyme disease can affect people of any age.

Since reporting of Lyme disease to DOH began in 1986, more than 100,000 cases have been documented. While there are year-to-year variations, New York State averages more than 5,500 new Lyme diseases cases each year. Individuals who spend time in grassy and wooded environments are at greatest risk of exposure. It is important to do thorough body checks for ticks after playing or working outdoors, paying close attention to armpits, the area behind the knees and ears, the hairline, the waist, and the groin.

Lyme disease is spread when an infected tick bites a person and remains attached for 36 hours or more. In 60-80 percent of cases an expanding rash resembling a bull’s eye or solid patch will appear near the site of the bite. If an expanding rash more than two inches apart appears or flu-like symptoms occur over a 30-day period following a tick bite, or if an expanding rash more than two inches across appears, contact your health care provider immediately.
If a tick is found on the body, it is critical to remove it immediately, preferably with fine point tweezers, grasping the tick as close to its attachment to the skin. When removing a tick, if its mouthparts break off and remain in the skin, do not be concerned. The mouthparts alone cannot transmit Lyme disease because the infective body of the tick is no longer attached.The mouthparts can be left alone. They will dry up and fall out by themselves in a few days or they can be removed as you would a splinter.

Lyme disease is just one of several diseases that can be transmitted by ticks. Others include babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and infections from Powassan and/or deer tick viruses. The key to preventing Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases is taking safety precautions before heading into areas where ticks may be present. Anyone who will be spending time in a grassy or wooded area should:

    · Make sure shirts are tucked in and also tuck pants into socks to prevent ticks from accessing the skin.
    · Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, when practical.
    · Wear light colored clothing that will make it easier to spot and remove ticks.
    · Check for ticks every two to three hours while outdoors and brush off any ticks you find before they attach.
    · Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks on your body.
    · Perform a full body check multiple times during the day and at the end of the day to ensure that no ticks are attached.

Repellents also provide protection against tick bites. Choose a repellent that contains DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Use products that contain permethrin only on clothes. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents. Treated clothing or gear remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is also available and remains protective for up to 70 washings. Follow the label directions when using repellents and apply in small amounts, avoiding contact with the eyes, nose or mouth. Use only small amounts when applying repellants on children.

Preventing Ticks on Your Pets

Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tick-borne diseases–more susceptible than cats. Vaccines are not available for all the tick-borne diseases that dogs can get, and they don’t keep the dogs from bringing ticks into your home. For these reasons, it is important to use a tick preventive product on your dog.

Tick bites on dogs may be hard to detect. Signs of tick-borne disease may not appear for 7-21 days or longer after a tick bite, so watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite if you suspect that your pet has been bitten by a tick. To reduce the chances that a tick will transmit disease to you or your pets:

    · Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.
    · If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away.
    · Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick check at each exam.
    · Talk with your veterinarian about using tick preventives on your pet.
    · Always follow label instructions when applying tick preventives to your pet.

Note: Cats are extremely sensitive to a variety of chemicals. Do not apply any tick preventative to your cats without first consulting your veterinarian.

Additional information about tick-borne diseases and recommended precautions can be found at:http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (April 13, 2014) – State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mount Hope) has announced that retired teacher, long-time Barbara Sush community volunteer, and Sullivan County Resident, Barbara Sush has been chosen to be a New York Senate Woman of Distinction. This annual program honors women who make an exceptional contribution to their community.

Barbara Sush has been a leader in numerous organizations including vice president of the Sullivan County Literacy Volunteers, and vice president of the Professional Women of Sullivan County. She’s been on the board of the Sullivan County Child Care Council and a member of Community Unity. At present, Sush is a volunteer for Rape Intervention Services and Education (R.I.S.E.), and a Friend of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. A Master Gardener for Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sush has contributed nearly 300 hours of volunteer service.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Barbara and her husband for many years. I have witnessed the extent of her volunteerism and the impact she has had in the community,” said Senator Bonacic.

Her many acts of volunteerism in community projects began in 1997, when she organized a group to beautify areas within the Village of Monticello, including Joe’s Park and Sharoff’s Park. Since then, Sush led volunteers in landscaping the Department of Transportation triangles at Exit 104; landscaping DeHoyos Park making it more family-friendly; replacing the Joe Kenny Memorial Bridge which WOD-2012-HWONY-240x240_18_39had been in disrepair; and helping to install new playground equipment at the Sunna Rasch Periwinkle Playground. They painted and planted around many of the buildings on Jefferson Street from Broadway to Exit 104, landscaped the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, planted the Ken Goldfarb Walkway, beautified the Literacy Volunteers’ building and began a restoration of Dillon Park. She and her group continue to maintain these projects as well.

Sush’s efforts have been recognized by various organizations throughout the years including the 2012 Community Service Award from the Professional Women of Sullivan County. She received a nomination for a Disney’s “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” Award (2001); recognition by Community Unity (2010); and recipient of an Achievement Award from Sullivan Renaissance (2012) for her many years organizing beautification projects in the Monticello area.

Barbara Sush will join the other distinguished women from each Senate District at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, May 13 in Albany.

NEW YORK STATE (April 12, 2014) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced $40 million in State funding to help local governments make necessary repairs to highways and bridges following this year’s exceptionally harsh winter. This funding, passed as part of the 2014-15 Enacted Budget, is a special one-time allocation to compliment the $438 million in existing State support for local transportation infrastructure. All counties, cities, towns and villages will receive capital assistance through the program.

“This past winter took its toll on New York’s infrastructure, but the state is stepping up to help municipalities make necessary repairs so that our roads and bridges are properly repaired and safe for drivers,” said Governor Cuomo. “These resources will go a long way toward helping local governments sturdy their infrastructure for future winters, making New York safer and more resilient for all.”

The 2013-14 winter season was particularly punishing, with Governor Cuomo declaring a state of emergency on eight separate occasions and many local roads and bridges sustaining damage to the pavement surface, due to frequent plowing and bitterly cold temperatures. Localities will be able to use this funding on capital projects to repair and improve infrastructure and to complement their core construction programs. To help brace for future storms, longer lasting roadway surfacing and overlay projects are eligible expenses.

The capital grants for extreme winter recovery will be allocated in accordance with existing formulas for local capital transportation aid (the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, or CHIPS).

Here are the amounts delegated to villages and towns in Sullivan County:

Sullivan County $225,198.51
Bethel $39,903.62
Callicoon $23,187.02
Cochecton $14,327.41
Delaware $15,968.18
Fallsburg $41,296.88
Forestburgh $8,901.46
Fremont $22,938.88
Highland $11,639.85
Liberty $34,393.35
Lumberland $14,445.42
Mamakating $33,731.77
Neversink $28,697.28
Rockland $30,503.78
Thompson $37,905.27
Tusten $13,756.21
Bloomingburgh $1,117.08
Jeffersonville $1,596.63
Liberty $11,516.20
Monticello $16,258.18
Woodridge $4,206.98
Wurtsboro $4,103.83

Sullivan Subtotal $635,593.79

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