A sixteen year old from Watkins Glen was placed in juvenile detention on Tuesday by the Schuyler County Family Court, at the request of the Schuyler County Attorney’s office.
According to Schuyler County Attorney Geoffrey Rossi, the teen had been found to be a juvenile delinquent and placed on probation on charges of “Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle” earlier this year. According to police reports, the teen had taken a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission and gotten into an accident, damaging the vehicle in excess of $800.00. The boy was placed on juvenile probation in May of this year, ordered to pay restitution and to stay out trouble.
However, probation officials allege that the teen failed to pay restitution and continued to misbehave in school.
Based on these allegations Assistant County Attorney Steven Getman asked that the teen be placed in detention pending further court action. Family Court Judge David Brockway granted that request, finding that the teen was at risk to commit further misbehaviors.
If the court upholds the probation violation charges, the teen faces up to one year placement in a state secure facility, which can be extended until his eighteenth birthday.
The charges against the respondent are accusations and a respondent is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
The topic will be Avoiding Consumer Problems on the Internet. Speakers will explore ways for consumers to protect their identity, financial accounts, and personal information, and what to do to resolve problems if they occur.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is located at 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, New York. The program is free and open to the public; no registration is necessary.
For more information, click here or call the Consumer HelpLine at 607-272-2292 weekdays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Friday, December 6, 2013
WATERLOO — Pretrial hearings for a town resident accused of sexually abusing at least two young children will be held next month.The charges against the defendant are accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty in a court of law.
Ronald T. Spoor appeared briefly in Seneca County Court Monday (November 25). County Judge Dennis Bender scheduled Huntley and Sandoval hearings for Dec. 13.
A Huntley hearing reviews the manner in which police obtain statements and evidence from a defendant, and whether they can be used at trial. A Sandoval hearing determines which portions of a defendant’s criminal record can be addressed by the prosecution if the defendant testifies at trial.
No date has been set for Spoor’s trial.
Ovid-area attorney Steven Getman is representing Spoor.
Friday, November 29, 2013
New York State officials have issued a number of tips to avoid getting ripped off during the holidays. They include:
Educate yourself about the pricing of the products you want, to help insure that the “sale” price was not marked up before it was marked down, nullifying the impact of the sale.
Be aware of added fees, such as hidden delivery charges and/or other added costs.
Compare warranty terms to learn what protections you get and the duration of those protections.
Know the terms of a layaway plan, including all charges and the consequences of missing payments.
Check return and refund policies, including whether the store charges a hefty restocking fee for returned items.
Beware of restricted gift cards.
Use caution when taking advantage of social network promotions and be mindful of the websites you visit to avoid malware and phishing sites.
Christmas is one of the most expensive times of year. Don’t let it cost you more than it has to.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Addressing the issue of sidewalks in the Town of Romulus, [Town Supervisor David] Kaiser reported that the previous administration accepted the roads.
"Unknown to us until the properties were researched recently, the properties at Lakeshore Landing were surveyed to the sidewalks rather than to the center of the road. Our attorney, Steven Getman, researched NYS law on roads and sidewalks as a result of a complaint from at least one resident that the town should remediate the problem created by a tree causing a sidewalk to rise.”
Getman presented his findings.
"The issue: one resident has a tree which is causing certain liabilities for the town and argues that the town should undertake responsibility for the repair of the sidewalks in the interest of public safety. The resident opposes the removal of sidewalks and/or trees. Other residents may or may not have conflicting viewpoints. What are the responsibilities of the town with regard to sidewalks and trees?"
Getman said generally, the care of sidewalks and trees is imposed upon the Highway Superintendent. It is his duty to remove broken sidewalks and overhanging branches and trees which prove to be dangerous. However, the town does not have to assume responsibility if there is an injury as borne out by referenced law. If the town wishes to completely give up being in the tree and sidewalk business, they could tear out the trees and the sidewalks or have the residents establish side walk districts at which time the residents would be completely responsible. The town board can pass a local law establishing policy that the homeowner is responsible for the maintenance of his sidewalk as well as its liability.
A lively discussion ensued. It was most commonly felt that the town should remove the offending trees. The Town Highway Department has already yellow-marked damaged sidewalks. It was felt that the offending sidewalk sections should be removed, with responsibility for that sidewalk to be turned over to the home owner.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Attorney general cracks down on fake online reviews: The agency announced that it had reached a $350,000 settlement with 19 companies for posting bogus online reviews to consumer review sites like Yelp, Citysearch and Google Local.For more on each of these stories, click on the links above.
Democrats vote to curb filibusters on nominees: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the move a “raw power play” – and said the whole issue was meant to “distract people from ObamaCare.”
Judges must warn about deportation, New York Appeals Court rules: In a 5-to-2 decision, the Court of Appeals overturned its 1995 ruling that deportation is a “collateral consequence” of a guilty plea, and so judges need not warn foreign defendants it might happen.
Justice Alito rips NY federal judge for requiring race- and sex-based law firm staffing: The issue was the practice of U.S. District Judge Harold Baer requiring that class action counsel ensure that attorney staffing of the case reflect the racial and gender of the class.
NY court rejects 'too intoxicated' murder defense: New York’s Court of Appeals upheld the murder convictions Thursday of three drivers who caused deadly crashes, rejecting arguments they were too intoxicated to know the threat they posed.
NY debt collector settles claims of bad business: Authorities said he tried to collect on payday loans, which are illegal in New York state. Those short-term loans are typically advances on a paycheck with exorbitant interest rates.
NY registry to have multiple pictures of sex offenders: The state’s Sex Offender Registry will now display multiple images of convicted sex offenders to help make them more recognizable to the public and law enforcement.
Senate, Assembly to jointly file against Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission: lawyers representing the legislators will argue that the subpoenas are overreaching, violate the constitutional separation-of-powers edict and seek protected client information, sources said.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Resolution No. 24-2013: Establishing a Capital Reserve in the Highway Fund DB to Finance the capital repair of existing Town of Ovid bridges;
Resolution No. 25-2013: Resolution Establishing a Capital Reserve in the Highway Fund DB to Finance the acquisition of new Highway Equipment;
Resolution 26-2013: Establishing a Capital Reserve in the General A Fund to Finance the capital acquisition of new town hall and capital repair of existing Town of Ovid Highway Barn
Pursuant to each resolution:
The chief fiscal officer is hereby directed to deposit and secure the moneys of this Reserve Fund in the manner provided by Section 10 of the General Municipal Law. The chief Fiscal officer may invest the moneys in the Reserve Fund in the manner provided by Section 11 of the GML, and consistent with the investment policy of the Town of Ovid. Any interest earned or capital gains realized on the moneys so deposited or invested shall accrue to and become part of the Reserve Fund. The chief fiscal officer shall account for the Reserve Fund in a manner which maintains the separate identity of the Reserve Fund and show the date and amount of each sum paid into the fund, interest earned by the fund, capital gains or losses resulting from the sale of investments of the fund, the amount and date of each withdrawal from the fund and the total assets of the fund, showing cash balance and a schedule of investments, and shall, at the end of each fiscal year, render to the Board a detailed report of the operation and condition of the Reserve Fund.