Hemp producers’ conference brings professionals to Binghamton

first_imgThe fast-growing industry attracted many companies to the Southern Tier and many of them met for a hemp producers’ conference at Cornell Cooperative Extension. Topics of discussion at the event included legal issues, production and regulation regarding the hemp-growing industry. “It has to be of equal quality and price, but if we can replace fossil-fuel based product with agriculturally based, bio-based products, then I think we should move toward that,” says Horticulture Professor at Cornell University Larry Smart. Experts say hemp is a cash crop and could help our society become more sustainable. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Farmers, business leaders, public officials and others gathered in Binghamton Wednesday to get a feel for what it takes to be a hemp producer.last_img read more

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Broome County tourism agency says there’s still plenty to do this summer

first_imgVisit Binghamton, the county tourism agency, is currently promoting all of the socially distanced activities you can do outdoors. “Agrotourism, farm fresh, farmers markets so that’s a valuable thing; Golf packages, restaurants, oh my god restaurants and our craft beverage scene, so we really do promote everything,” says Judi Hess, Director of Visit Binghamton. Without the ability to promote large scale events like the DICK’s Sporting Goods Open (DSGO), local tourism agencies are increasingly focusing on promoting what’s possible to do, right here in your backyard. Recreational activities that can be done while socially distanced reopened across New York Friday, an optimistic sign for this summer’s chances. Every summer, thousands of people travel to Broome County for large events like the DSGO and Spiedie Fest, but with events canceled or postponed, the county has gotten creative.center_img There is hope locally that because the Southern Tier is reopening sooner than other parts of New York, tourists will still come and visit and take advantage of everything the area has to offer. Besides the natural beauty of the area, Visit Binghamton says with the Southern Tier reopening, a lot more opportunities will be presented. (WBNG) — With summer just around the corner, there’s plenty of hope here in the Southern Tier; not just hope for good weather, but for the chance to explore everything our area has to offer.last_img read more

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Sheriffs call for changes to state laws to protect public, officers

first_imgResisting Arrest: To make resisting arrest a Class E Felony, which cannot be reduced by plea bargaining, and make it an offense for which a judge could require the posting of bailFailure to Retreat: To make it a Class D felony for any person to approach or remain within 25 feet of a police officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties when such person is ordered by a police officer to halt or retreat and such person fails to immediately do soAssault on a Police Officer: To increase the level of seriousness by one degree for the following crimes regarding the assault on a police officerChange Assault in the Second Degree, causing a peace or police officer physical injury, to a Class C FelonyChange Assault on a Peace Officer, Police Officer, Firefighter or Emergency Medical Services Professional, causing serious physical injury, to a Class B FelonyChange Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer or Police Officer, causing serious physical injury by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, to a Class A Felony The sheriffs said they are unhappy with the fallout of New York State’s bail reform, passed in 2019. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Speaking for more than 40 minutes Wednesday morning at the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, sheriffs and undersheriffs from multiple counties demanded the governor and legislature to change state laws to protect “the public and the force”. Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting said similar news conferences would be happening across New York State. Congresswoman Donna Lupardo weighing in Wednesday telling 12 News that “the goal of good public policy is to strike a balance so our values of respect, justice, and fair play apply equally to everyone.” She went on to say, “I am open to reviewing any legislation the sheriffs have proposed.” Before announcing 10 legislative proposals, Broome County Sheriff David Harder opened by accusing “many politicians and community activists, and some in the media” of creating an environment that “excuses, or even glamorizes, resistance to lawful authority.”center_img The Southern Tier’s chief law enforcement agencies, in conjunction with the New York State Sheriff’s Association, made the following recommendations: Aggravated Harassment of a Police or Peace Officer: To make it a Class D Felony for a person to cause, or attempt to cause, any police officer or peace officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties to be struck by any substance or object including, but not limited to, bottles, rocks, bodily fluids, spittle, urine, seminal fluid, feces, flammable liquids or other noxious, hazardous or dangerous substances or objectsHate Crime Against a Police Officer: Make any crime committed against a police officer because of his or her status as an officer a hate crime, with a concomitant increase in penalty, as is currently provided with respect to hate crimes against members of other protected groupsAggravated Offering a False Accusation Against a Police Officer: To make it a Class D Felony to falsely accuse an officer of wrongdoing in the performance of his or her duties, and create a private right of civil action for the officer against the false accuserCriminal Doxing of a Police Officer or Peace Officer: To make it a Class D Felony to dox a police officer or peace officer because of the officer’s status as a police or peace officer, or to dox any other person because of that person’s relationship to, or affiliation with, a police or peace officerStalking a Police or Peace Officer: To make it a Class E Felony to follow or surveille a police or peace officer for no legitimate purpose, whether such officer is on or off duty, or to approach within 100 yards of the private residence or place of lodging of a police officer, without the consent of said officer, for reasons related to the officer’s status or service as a police or peace officer, or for the purpose of intimidating the officer of the officer’s family During the news conference, Sheriff Harder and Delaware County Sheriff Craig Dumond said they frequently inform the public that many people they have arrested are released to the public as part of the state’s bail reform legislation. The New York State Sheriff’s Association also requested two other changes, one calling for a state holiday in honor of officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The other measure, if approved, would provide a $500,000 benefit for officers who are seriously disabled or die from injuries incurred in the line of duty.last_img read more

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Cayuga Medical center reopens ‘Kids Care After-Hours’ with COVID-19 precautions

first_imgStaff say the move will be a win-win for the center as well as children who experience non-emergency injuries or illnesses after normal business hours. “It pulls those patients out of the ED so they can focus on more critical patients and our parents don’t have to spend all day or all night waiting in the emergency room to be seen,” said Nicole Allsopp, Director of Maternal & Child Health at Cayuga Medical Center. Parents will be required to pre-register and have to wait in their car until a doctor is available to see them. They stress that if your child’s illness or injury is an emergency or you feel the wait time is becoming too long, you should bring them to the nearest emergency room. center_img ITHACA (WBNG) — Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca has announced that Monday they reopened ‘Kids Care After Hours’, their after hours pediatric care program. Kids Care hours are Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Parents can pre-register by calling (607) 274-4356 or by clicking here.last_img read more

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Broome Co. rapid testing site moves to Endicott

first_imgTo register to get tested, click here, or call 2-1-1. The site will be located at the First Presbyterian Church, 29 Grant Ave. in Endicott, from Oct.26 through Oct.30 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Broome County officials say the COVID-19 rapid testing site will be moving to Endicott next week. center_img This rapid testing site is only intended for those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. last_img

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Rt. 235 crash closes lanes, diverts traffic

first_imgThis is a developing story. Stay with 12 News as we gather more information. 511 NY reports all lanes of traffic have been blocked and those traveling in the Northbound and Southbound lanes are being redirected. 511 NY states injuries have been reported as a result of the crash, but the extent of injuries has not been announced. center_img CHENANGO COUNTY (WBNG) — According to 511 NY, a crash on Route 235 between Davey Rd. and Mendenhall Rd. in Coventry has slowed and redirected traffic. last_img read more

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