Herkimer County was recently added to the list of counties eligible for federal assistance as a result of Hurricane Irene, and State Senator James L. Seward is reminding residents and businesses to apply in the wake of Irene and Lee.
“I encourage those who have suffered damage to apply with FEMA as soon as possible to begin the assistance process,” Seward said.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses can begin the process at www.Disaster
Assistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
Seward also commended the announcement of an appliance grant program that will help cover the costs of replacing vital household appliances such as refrigerators, boilers washing machines and furnaces, damaged by the recent flooding.
“This rebate program will cover most if not all the costs of new equipment purchased helping people stay in their homes and return to life as usual as soon as possible,” he said.
The program will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Purchases must be for replacements that are not covered by insurance .
The grant program will continue until funding runs out.
Legislators in Albany, including Assemblyman Marc Butler, representative for the 117th Assembly District, are calling for a special legislative session to reform the State’s re-districting process for the coming 2012 elections.
Assemblyman Butler signed on to support a drive by ReShapeNY to have the district boundary lines impartially drawn by an independent commission.
The plan calls for a fair and objective criterion through which, according to ReShapeNY, allows for vigorous public input during the process.
“The issue is very critical, as the composition of the respective legislative houses has a direct impact on the state’s policy decisions, the distribution of resources, and the composition and leadership of critical committees,” Assemblyman Butler said.
Currently, the state legislators, subject to gubernatorial approval, draw the lines for State Assembly, Senate and Congres-sional seats every ten years following the census.
ReShapeNY said that 184 of the legislature’s 212 members have pledged their support for a more independent process of drawing district lines.
The organization said that this unprecedented and overwhelming level of support for redistricting reform demands action before more time passes without the necessary reforms that are supported by the legislature and the general public.
Joe and Ashley Greco of Syracuse are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Luca Joseph, on August 23, 2011.
Luca weighed 8 lbs., 11 oz. at birth and measured 21”.
Proud grandparents are Guy and Charlene Greco of Old Forge, Jackie Darmody of Indian Lake, and Lori and Dave Darmody of Utica.
Bob Philipson of Old Forge and New Hartford won the 2011 gross title in the Monday Men’s League championship held at the Inlet Golf Club on September 1.
Philipson shot a 35 in a nine-hole playoff, defeating Dr. Alan Bennett of Raquette Lake.
It is Philipson’s fourth consecutive Monday League championship title at the Inlet club.
In the net division held on Monday, August 25, Terry Ritz edged out Bob Heneka in a closely contested match that went down to the last hole of their nine-hole playoff.
Ritz won by two strokes. Continue reading
The community indicators website www.hocindicators.org, which includes a statistical snapshot of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, has been updated with current data, according to The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, one of the agencies involved in the undertaking.
Included are measures of key indicators in local arts, culture and leisure, financial self-sufficiency, economy, education, health, housing, public safety, technology and transportation. Continue reading
It was announced this week that The Artworks, an arts and crafts co-op located at 3043 State Route 28, adjacent to Conscious Cotton, will be closing permanently.
The Artworks, which has been located at three previous locations since opening for business in July 1989, has provided an outlet for talented regional artists to sell their work, interact with customers, and to build friendships with other artists. Continue reading
It was a soggy start to the Town of Webb School year on Wednesday, September 7 with 288 students in grades kindergarten through 12th making a mad dash for the school’s open doors to avoid soaking their first-day finery.
Along with the excitement of the new school year came an announcement that some major changes had been made to the school calendar.
At the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting held on Tuesday, September 6, the Board approved new dates for the two-week Spring break.
School will not be in session from Monday, March 26 to Friday, April 6, 2012. Continue reading