This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:
The Empire State has the highest tax burden in the nation, according to a recently released study, a ranking that frustrates at least two local lawmakers. The Tax Foundation ranked New York as No. 1 in a study of states’ tax burdens for residents, based on 2011 data.
In sports: Oneonta High’s baseball team handed host Windsor its first loss of the season, boarded a bus for home and then knocked off defending Class C state champion Seton Catholic Central on Saturday.
One of the most controversial components of the New York SAFE Act — mandatory registration of assault weapons — kicks in today. Those who fail to comply could end up facing criminal charges.
In sports: The North Eastern Athletic Conference selected SUNY Cobleskill senior Don Cervantes as its golfer of the week Monday. Cervantes won the Cobleskill Spring Invitational with a 2-over-par 73 on Friday at the Canajoharie Country Club, leading the Fighting Tigers to a team triumph with 305 strokes.
The Oneonta Common Council passed motions initiating a search for a city manager and a review of the City Charter, among other business during a meeting in City Hall on Tuesday night. Also, the mayor and some council members raised concerns about the impact of the pending closure of the inpatient psychiatric unit at Bassett Medical Center, quizzing the police and fire chiefs who were present to give monthly department reports.
In sports: University of Tampa sophomore Mike Calkins is making an impact as a relief pitcher for the defending NCAA Division II baseball champions. Calkins, an Oneonta High graduate, has appeared in 10 games this season, going 6-0 with a 0.96 earned run average. A left-hander, Calkins has thrown 18 2/3 innings, allowing three runs – two earned – on 14 hits. He’s struck out 17 and walked seven.