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ALBANY — An influential Democratic state senator who helped slow down last year’s push for legal marijuana said Thursday he will back the legislation this year -- but only if at least 25 percent of the revenue goes to substance abuse treatment.

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Cabins at Gilbert Lake State Park will not be available for rent for at least a portion of the 2020 season as the park undergoes renovations and upgrades, according to the New York state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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COOPERSTOWN — Expert witnesses testified Thursday on the first day of the criminal trial for arson suspect Gabriel Truitt that the fatal fire on Walling Avenue in Oneonta on Dec. 29, 2018, was intentionally set.

The Worcester Central School District Board of Education is expected to vote on a resolution to participate in a study to determine the feasibility of merging with Schenevus Central School District at its meeting next month, according to Superintendent Tim Gonzalez.

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WORCESTER — The Schenevus and Worcester boards of education held a joint meeting Wednesday to hear a presentation and comments on a proposal to merge the two districts.

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Margaretville Hospital will host a four-county summit Friday, Jan. 24, to exchange ideas about how to deter opioid misuse in the Catskills at 61 Academy St. in Margaretville from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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With the recent National Baseball Hall of Fame election announcements, area hotels and motels are getting more calls than usual for Hall of Fame weekend in July, according to the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce.

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The Oneonta Common Council authorized a purchase agreement for the city’s acquisition of the former Oneonta Sales Company building, at the corner of Market Street and Chestnut Street Extension at its Tuesday, Jan. 21, meeting at City Hall.

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COOPERSTOWN — Seven jurors for an at least 14-member jury were selected Tuesday at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown during the first day of the criminal trial for fatal arson suspect Gabriel Truitt.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a $178 billion proposed budget Tuesday that would authorize the sale and taxation of marijuana, give public schools a modest boost in state aid, close an undisclosed number of prisons and seeks to slow Medicaid spending growth.

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DELHI — Officials from the Delaware County Department of Public Works are preparing a proposal to the Delaware County Board of Supervisors for the relocation of department headquarters from its Page Avenue location in Delhi.

The city of Oneonta Recreation Department announced Tuesday that the portable ice rink in Neahwa Park has been opened in the large pavilion at the park for the 2020 winter season. 

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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The Oneonta-area National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the First United Methodist Church at 66 Chestnut St. in Oneonta from 2 to 4 p.m.

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An Oceanside man hit a transformer with his vehicle on South Main Street in Oneonta early Thursday morning, causing power to be shut down on sections of Main Street and the entirety of South Main Street Friday afternoon. 

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ALBANY — For the past decade, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found numerous opportunities to salt his speeches with the national motto — "e pluribus unum," a Latin phrase meaning "out of many, one."

The driver of a truck involved in the three-vehicle accident Wednesday morning in the town of Oxford that left one person dead will be ticketed but criminal charges are unlikely, according to Chenango County Sheriff's Lt. Joshua Gould.

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ONEONTA — Dorothy Drake of Sidney celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by close friends and former coworkers at the Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Thursday, Jan. 16.

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ALBANY — State Sen. Jen Metzger of Rosendale, a progressive Democrat in a swing legislative district, is one of the lawmakers now calling for changes in the new bail law she supported last year.

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ONEONTA - C. Richard "Dick" Pindar, 90, of Oneonta, passed away on Jan. 22, 2020, at Cooperstown Center Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility. Dick had been residing at Heritage at the Plains at Parish Homestead for the past two years. He was born on Sept. 6, 1929, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,…

CHERRY VALLEY - Ruth Ellis, 87, passed away peacefully on Jan. 22, 2020. She was born to the late Phillip and Ruth (Nee DeYoung) Meyer on Aug. 26, 1932, in Paterson, New Jersey. She married the love of her life, Maurice Ellis, on July 11, 1953. In 1973, they moved to Cherry Valley, where she…