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April 26, 2014

Week in review: 19th Congressional District race heats up

This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:

MONDAY

A student at SUNY Oneonta said Thursday that he and all his friends text and drive “all the time” and don’t think it’s a big deal. He is lucky enough to never have been caught, he said. But the same cannot be said for the recipients of more than 748 tickets that state police issued to drivers in Otsego and Delaware counties this year for using their cellphone — or other electronic devices — while driving, officials said.

In sports: Junior Julia Knapp won three events on the track and the triple jump to lead the host school in Saturday’s non-scoring Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton Spring Break Invitational.

TUESDAY

Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, criticized Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge Monday for relocating into the district in a way that “smacks of opportunism” and seeking a congressional seat despite having “virtually no experience.”

Also: The timetable set for hiring for the next city manager is aggressive and the bar for candidates is high, according to the chairman of the Common Council committee heading up the search.

In sports: Freshman Maria Noto continued her torrid pitching, striking out 17 in a two-hitter to lead host Cooperstown to a 7-0 Center State Conference softball victory over Frankfort-Schuyler on Monday.

WEDNESDAY

Howe Caverns Development chief executive officer Emil Galasso said Tuesday that he will today wire $1 million to a special state account in order to meet the filing deadline for proposed casino projects authorized in a state referendum last November.

In sports: Brandon Bessett hit a walk-off, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Sidney to a 4-3 Midstate Athletic Conference victory over Deposit on Tuesday at Damaschke Field.

THURSDAY

About nine blocks away from the hospital where she received a life-saving liver transplant 23 years ago, a woman from Walton crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

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