Lawmakers heard that the state's 2010 e-waste law was fundamentally flawed because it vastly underestimated the amount of obsolete cathode ray tubes that people
The law requires electronics manufacturers to support e-waste recycling only to specific annual weight-based goals determined by each manufacturer's current share of market sales. However, the heavy CRT tubes, which contain hazardous leaded glass, are much heavier than modern equipment and push weight totals of reclaimed material well above the recycling goals. By law the manufacturers are not responsible to pay for the excess.
CRTs have no recycling value and cost money to dispose of, so the financial burden is being shifted to local recycling programs. The problem could continue for years because there are still a lot of CRT tubes yet to be turned in....
The state is poised to partially fund local recycling programs to lessen the sting, said Eugene Leff, deputy commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Monday, February 29, 2016
New York State to cover county and municipal e-waste recycling costs
Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Lawyer's Manual on Domestic Violence
This 6th Edition marks the 20th anniversary of the publication.
The last edition was published in 2006.
The volume is available online.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Ovid Town officials look at emergency signage procedures
The village of Ovid may be getting on the house numbers bandwagon a little, but not too late. Dr. David Dresser came to the Feb. 10 Ovid town board meeting with a plan to help the village get house number signs at reduced cost.
The town of Ovid has just finished wrapping up its house numbers program, providing green number signs that will be visible at night to emergency responders. Dresser said that in talks with Ovid village mayor David Terry, he had come up with a plan to obtain similar signs for village residents. The village would be posting a notice to residents in local newspapers, to the effect that they can get number signs for $20.25 by leaving their name, number, street address, and phone number at the village office. Village personnel will be erecting the signs.
Al Deming put in that he had talked with Mayor Terry, too, and “he doesn't think there's going to be a huge influx” of people wanting signs.
After some back and forth Getman said he would be satisfied by a Memorandum of Understanding from the village that detailed the terms of the deal. Deming said there should be a time limit on the whole process; at this time, the plan is to ask residents to get their orders in by March 15. Regarding the town of Ovid signs, a lingering issue is that some residents removed the signs posted for their properties. Borst said he had communicated with the new sheriff, who is extremely busy and responded via voice mail; “He believed the enforcement should be done by our code enforcement officer. We don't have a code enforcement officer... It didn't sound like the Sheriff's real interested in this.”
Officer Leon Anderson, Interlaken Police Chief and School Resource Officer for South Seneca, had offered to do it, but attorney Getman said it would be outside his jurisdiction. Getman suggested that supervisor Prouty schedule a meeting with the sheriff and find out once and for all “what the sheriff will or won't do.”
John Hubbard returned to a pet peeve, which is the cost of the signs for owners of trailer parks. Although the signs for the trailer numbers are smaller and cheaper, the cost is borne by the property owner- the owner of the park. Hubbard's opinion is that the cost, around $1000, for a certain trailer park owner, is “unfair.”
Getman reminded him that charging everyone else in town for house number signs while giving them to the trailer park owner for free isn't legal: “The law says, they've got to pay for them.” The town can't make a gift of services or goods to an individual, said Getman.
Monday, February 15, 2016
New York State considers bill to overhaul indigent criminal defense system
That's an unfunded mandate on local governments that State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, D-Albany, want to eliminate. They introduced bills last month that would require New York State to begin paying a greater percentage of the bill each year until 2019, when the state would become responsible for 100 percent of the cost of lawyers for indigent defendants.
If passed, the bill would also set statewide standards on the quality of legal services provided to poor people.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Report: Thousands of sex offenders to disappear from New York registry
The names of thousands of New York State sex offenders are due to come off a public registry, prompting demands for a change in the law.More information on the New York State registry can be found here.
State law requiring Level 1 offenders to report their whereabouts to the registry for a 20-year period was up Jan. 1….
Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders are required to register for life.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Ovid moves forward with comprehensive plan
The town is now accepting letters of interest with qualifications from town residents interested in being appointed to two positions on the planning board.
Letters should be sent to Town Clerk James Vangalio at PO Box 452, Ovid NY 14521 and must be received before February 10, 2016.
For information about these positions call Town Supervisor Walt Prouty at 607-279-7170, Planning Board Chair Al Deming at 607-869-3566, or Town Clerk James Vangalio at 607-869-3907.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Schuyler County announces retirement planning event.
The event is preceded at 4:00 pm with a Medicare 101 Class in Room 115. From 5:00 to 7:00 pm, the county will have informational tables that deal with Office for the Aging services, Medicare, Long Term Care insurance, financial planning, volunteering and more.
For more details, click here.