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ALBANY — Animal rights advocates are stepping up the pressure on lawmakers to prohibit the retail sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in New York pet shops.

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A Chenango County-based animal welfare organization recently introduced a new element to help in its mission to provide and care for community cats and dogs.

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After the coronavirus pandemic upended the 2020 spring and summer tourism season, Otsego County is adapting its marketing and promotion strategy to pandemic-modified trends.

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About 1,300 members of SUNY Oneonta’s graduating class will be recognized during 2021 commencement exercises that include virtual and in-person components, including an opportunity to cross the stage and hear their name called, according to a Friday media release from the college.

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The Daily Star's four-county region of Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties has had 11,654 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 20  (13 fewer than the previous report — May 6), and 197 deaths (no more), as of 8 a.m. May 7.

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Family and friends of four-month-old Tucker Hull will host a fundraiser in his honor from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Grove of Butternut Valley in Morris.

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U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, said Thursday he had reintroduced legislation aimed at avoiding limousine crashes such as the one that killed 20 people in Schoharie in October 2018.

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The Otsego County Department of Health will work with local schools to make COVID-19 vaccinations available to students and the community

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The Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego County will hold their annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 29,  at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Education and Outreach Center at 123 Lake Street in Cooperstown.

Otsego County deputies said an Oneonta man was charged with felonies after he took computer equipment from an Oneonta store.

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A Delaware County corrections officer was recently recognized as the New York State Corrections Officer of the Year for 2020 by the New York State Sheriffs' Association after an incident in which he saved a colleague from choking.

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 ALBANY — Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-North Country, gained steam Wednesday in her quest to become the next House GOP conference leader as former President Donald Trump hailed her as a "far superior choice" to Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who holds the influential post.

Bassett Research Institute is collaborating with the University of California – San Francisco on a study that will provide resources for self-care and stress management to people in rural areas caring for loved ones with memory loss.

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COOPERSTOWN — A crowd of nearly 300 local residents braved torrential downpours Sunday, May 2, to stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in a rally organized by a handful of teenagers.

ALBANY — The politically influential teachers union has put its clout behind legislation that would give early retirement incentives to educators for public school districts and state and community colleges.

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COOPERSTOWN — A Laurens woman pleaded guilty to charges of raping a minor in exchange for a lesser sentence Monday, May 3, in Otsego County Court.

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State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras has announced SUNY campuses will adopt the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to ease outdoor mask requirements for vaccinated individuals.

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the Lofts on Dietz Street heralded the city’s shift to the second phase of its “Survive, then Thrive” initiative for navigating the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath, according to Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig.

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Nearly a month after the April 1 deadline to submit written plans in accordance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 203, the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, the leaders of many local municipalities said they have yet to receive feedback or guidance from t…

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