Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Republican James D. Kennedy handily beat Democrat Joseph Stufano in a special election Tuesday to fill the vacant 12th Nassau County legislative district seat representing the county’s southeast corner, unofficial results show.Kennedy, the son-in-law of the late Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa), who represented the same district before he died in 2012, won 85 percent of the vote against Stufano’s nearly 15 percent, out of 2,281 votes cast, according to initial tallies from the Nassau County Board of Elections.Kennedy, 42, whose campaign manager was his mother-in-law—Schmitt’s widow—Lois, will replace one-term Nassau County Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), who was elected in November to fill the 8th New York State Senate seat, which former Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) vacated a year prior.The result was expected in a district where registered Republican voters far outnumber Democrats.Kennedy, who also had the Conservative and Independence Party lines, is a Nassau elections board worker. His 53-year-old challenger is a biomedical engineer. Both are from Massapequa.The race was the first of three special elections to fill vacant county legislative seats on Long Island.In March 10, voters will decide who will fill the 19th Legislative District seat left vacant by former Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who resigned after pleading guilty to defrauding a client of his private law practice out of $2 million. At the time the case came to light, Denenberg was running against Venditto, son of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, for state Senate.The second Nassau special election pits Rita Kestenbaum, 56, who’s running on the Democratic and Working Families party lines, against Steven Rhoads, 46, who has the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines and the Tax Revolt party designation.Kestenbaum is a former Hempstead Town Board member who became a gun control activist in 2007 after her 20-year-old daughter was shot to death on the night of her birthday outside her off-campus apartment in Tempe, Arizona, by a disturbed young man who then killed himself. Afterwards, Kestenbaum set up a foundation and has worked closely with the Long Island Crisis Center.Rhoads is a personal injury attorney who twice tried to unseat Denenberg. Both candidates are from Bellmore. Republicans also outnumber Democrats in that district.If the Republicans can win both Nassau special elections, then they would need to gain just another seat in the Nassau Legislature to control a super majority of 13 votes—they now have 10 of the 19 legislative seats—and that margin would enable the GOP to approve borrowing measures without needing Democratic support.The third special election, in Suffolk’s 12th Legislative District, will be held on March 31 to fill the seat held by former Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset), who won his bid to become Suffolk County comptroller in November. Kennedy’s 58-year-old wife, Leslie, a longtime aide who ran her husband’s office, will be running for the seat herself.Kennedy’s Democratic challenger, Deborah Monaco, 55, is reportedly not going to run “an active campaign,” according to Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer, due to time constraints and other factors. She has been the secretary of the Suffolk Democratic Committee and has a job at the Suffolk Board of Elections. Republicans outnumber Democrats in this district, too.—With Spencer Rumsey
The following may be eligible for SBA loans: Last week, FEMA approved a federal disaster declaration for public assistance in seven New York counties as a result of the floods. The deadline to file an application physical property damage is December 10, with the deadline for economic injury applications is in July 2019. Online applications can be found by clicking here. The governor’s office notes assessors determined there was major damage to 20 homes and seven businesses in Broome County, totaling $717,000. ALBANY, N.Y. (WBNG) — Help is on the way for some homes and businesses affected by severe flash flooding in August. The declaration makes low-interest loans available to some businesses and homeowners. Thursday, October 11: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Friday, October 12: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, October 13: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Sunday, October 14: ClosedMonday, October 15: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Tuesday, October 16: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Wednesday, October 17: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday a Physical Disaster Declaration was granted by the United States Small Business Administration for businesses and households in Broome and Seneca counties, along with the contigious counties of Cayuga, Cortland, Delaware, Ontario, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates. Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Association will be in Binghamton to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help people fill out applications. The outreach center will be at the Broome County Public Library at the dates and times below: “SBA loans are often helpful when eligible homeowners, renters, businesses, and others need financial support following emergencies or weather-related disasters,” the governor’s office explained in a press release. “Following these storms, staff from the SBA, the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and emergency management leadership from Broome and Seneca Counties conducted a thorough assessment of the damages.” Minor damage to 205 homes and 14 businesses in Broome County totaled $1,228,000, according to the governor’s office. Those with questions about the loans or how to apply can call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955. Homeowners: up to $200,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estateHomeowners and renters: up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal propertyBusiness owners: up to $2 million for the replacement of real estate, inventories, machinery, equipment, and other physical lossesBusinesses and non-profits: Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to provide necessary working capital until normal operations resume after a disaster
11:46 A.M. UPDATE: Binghamton Police shut down the right lane of Route 434 Eastbound but the left lane remains operational. —– VESTAL (WBNG) — Both lanes of Route 434 Eastbound are back open following a one-car crash. The police department says one man was taken to the hospital for unknown injuries. A 12 News crew on the scene reported that the vehicle that crashed was in an embankment. Police are investigating what caused the driver to go off the road. For the most up to date information go to the 511NY website by clicking here. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department responded to a one-car crash on Route 434 Wednesday morning.
While the numbers are not extraordinarily different from previous assessments, current statistics are causing public health officials to take action. “That’s really where some of our concern lies. We are obviously concerned about adults in our county, but really looking at the children in our county, their health, and how we can lay a better foundation for them to have a healthier future,” said Tioga County Public Health Department Senior Public Health Educator Kylie Holochak. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Tioga County Public Health Department announced results for their Community Health Assessment. The survey is mandated by New York State, and is required to be given every five years. More than 800 Tioga County residents completed the survey. The findings show there has been an increase in obesity and substance use amongst children. Specifically, nearly 30 percent of residents report eating less than one fruit per day, and 25 percent consume at least one sugary drink daily. In response to the updated numbers, the public health department has released their improvement plan, detailing issues to address, including children’s health. One of the areas the public health department focuses on is dental health, hosting services through their mobile dental unit, accessible for families and children. The improvement plan will also address women’s health, mental health, and substance use disorders. The assessment addresses multiple factors, including access to care, health outcomes, and physical environments.
Cornell University Police assisted with traffic control. The Ithaca Police Department says they closed East State/MLK Street between Mitchell Street and Brandon Place on Friday night. Additionally, they say traffic was detoured at Pine Tree Road and State Rt 79. Police Dispatch: (607) 272-3245Police Tip Line: (607)330-0000Anonymous Email Tip: cityofithaca.org/ipdtips The police department received the reports of shots fired at approximately 5:12 p.m. on Friday. They say the incident occurred at the 900 block of E. State/MLK Street. Police officials also say that no victims were located once they arrived at the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department. Ithaca Police say this is an ongoing investigation. ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Ithaca Police Department responded to reports of shots fired on Friday night.
Lutz is wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, black shirt, black pants and gray sneakers. (WBNG)- Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a woman out of Bradford County. Police say 22 year-old Heidi Lutz has been missing since April 24 and was last seen at approximately 8:15 p.m. in the area of Wyalusing New Albany Road Terry Township. Anyone with any information should contact police immediately by calling 911 or Pennsylvania State Police Towanda at 570-265-2186. Police say they believe she may be at special risk of harm or injury and may be confused. Lutz is described to be 5 foot 4 inches, 135 pounds with brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.
VESTAL (WBNG) — The Kopernik Observatory has been working for years to bring a brand new science park to its site and now it’s finally here. “For us it’s and what really Kopernik is all about is helping people understand, how does the world work? I think people are so used to their cell phones and their TVs or whatever computers working, but what makes it work? And getting kids to start asking those questions, how does this work? Why does it work? What might I be able to do to make it even better?” Kopernik Observatory Executive Director Drew Deskur said the entire project took about 6 years in conjunction with the Junior League of Binghamton. The park is full of all kinds of exhibits to play on including for climbing, sliding and swinging. It’s no ordinary playground, however, when you’re playing on structures there are corresponding signs with QR codes that you can scan on your phone. When you scan a code, a little science lesson pops up that has to do with the structure that you’re playing on. Funding for the project came from private individuals, local and nationwide foundations and state funding. There were quite a few hiccups along the way including the pandemic, but now he’s just happy the park is complete. The obervatory hopes to have a grand opening come the spring, but is currently open to explore and play on. Staff at the observatory ask that if there’s another group at the park with you that you wear a mask. As for what he hopes the new addition provides, Deskur said: