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Police: Used syringes kept in reach of 5-year-old child

SCHOHARIE - Police say two Schoharie residents left out used syringes – most in the reach of a five-year-old child.

According to police, a search of the home also turned up stolen prescription drugs.

Ashley Oliver, 29, and Frank Taylor, 22, are charged with child endangerment and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Child Protective Services was also called.

Both suspects were sent to the Schoharie County Jail.

Financial aid grants to help communities affected by flooding

There’s some more financial aid coming to communities affected by severe flooding over the past few years.

Governor Cuomo’s office says some of the $640,000 will go to flood relief programs along the Mohawk River. That includes Schoharie, Greene, Montgomery, and Schenectady counties.

The other parts of the money will go to projects that improve water quality and wildlife preservation.

A series of smaller, $10,000 mini-grants will also be given out from additional funds.

More information on the grants program can be found here.

Three Regents re-elected, despite Common Core criticisms

ALBANY – In a joint session of the legislature, the state Assembly and Senate voted Tuesday to re-elect three incumbent members of the state Board of Regents

Christine Cea, who represents Staten Island, Dr. James Cottrell, an at-large member from Manhattan, and Wade Norwood, an at-large member from Rochester, will serve five-year terms.

"I am obviously delighted that three of our members were re-elected," said Dr. Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the Board of Regents. "It is an honor to serve with them. They are all good people."

Regent James Jackson, who represented much of the Capital Region, withdrew from consideration. The legislature elected Monticello Village Justice Josephine Finn to replace him.

Tisch declined to say why Jackson, a longtime teacher and principal at Shaker High School, abruptly withdrew the night before the vote. Attempts to reach Jackson were not successful.

Cobleskill-Richmondville student wins state oratorical championship

Andrew Hartnett receives a plaque from New York State American Legion Commander Kenneth Governor  - American Legion

A student from Cobleskill-Richmondville High School has won the state title in the NY American Legion Oratorical Contest.

Andrew Hartnett will now head to the national finals in Indianapolis, Ind. He will also receive a $6,000 scholarship.

For the contest, students had to write their own speeches focusing on an aspect of the constitution.

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HVCC partners with agency to better serve student veterans

TROY -- Sean Sutton deployed to Afghanistan twice.  If you told the Marine from Colonie then that he'd be making flash cards now in preparation for a Biotechnology test, he probably would have laughed.

"Now I'm a full time student, and I'm probably in this room 90% of my day," explains Sutton

The room to which Sutton is referring is HVCC's Armed Forces Study area.  Today it was recognized by the New York State Industries for the Disables and is now an official "Battle Buddy Center."  The name is borrowed from a military technique that partners service men and women with each other both in and out of combat.

Schoharie BOE looks for end to Gap Elimination Adjustment

With schools trying to deal with financial struggles as they head into next year, the Schoharie Board of Education is asking state lawmakers to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment.

A letter being sent to lawmakers from Superintendent Brian Sherman can be found here.

Community survey helps with Cobleskill-Richmondville superintendent search

Cobleskill-Richmondville Central Schools is asking for the community’s help in finding a new superintendent.

An online survey is now up, asking community members their thoughts. The online survey can be found here.

The district is also searching for people who are interested in being part of the interview team.

For more information, please call the District Office at 234-4032 ext. 2000 or e-mail brownl@crcs.k12.ny.us. The deadline is March 11.