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Schools, cities get more Pennsylvania prosecutor

probing truck sporting
wiggle room under tax cap anti-MLK imagery
State’s new figure gets significant drew Cuomo and the state State aid fight A sign on the truck’s
legislature to try to limit starts JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A tailgate said, “In Loving
hike for fiscal year beginning July 1 the growth in the state’s truck sporting images Memory of James Earl
property taxes, which are Schools have clam- and messages against Ray.” A black manne-
JOSEPH SPECTOR Cap challenges among the highest in the ored for more state aid to slain civil rights leader quin’s head hung over the
JSPECTOR@PRESSCONNECTS.COM remain nation. offset the limits on how Martin Luther King Jr. tailgate on one side of the
The cap has worked: much revenue they can has drawn the attention truck, with the stuffed
ALBANY — Schools Last month, the cap for Property taxes have raise through property of western Pennsylvania animal hanging on the
and the state’s largest cit- the state’s nearly 500 vil- grown by just over 2 per- taxes. authorities. other side.
ies will have some more lages was set at 1.15 per- cent annually since it was Cuomo countered It was seen around “We’re actively work-
flexibility when they go cent for 2017. installed, less than half Tuesday in his budget Johnstown on the King ing on this with the
to voters in May for bud- The Comptroller’s Of- the average growth over presentation that school holiday, featuring a sign Johnstown Police De-
get approval. fice sets the cap limit for the prior decade, Cuomo’s aid has soared $6 billion extolling King assassin partment … to determine
The property-tax cap schools and local govern- office said. since he took office, in- James Earl Ray, a Con- whether there is any-
will be 1.26 percent for ments each year. The cap is particularly cluding 6.5 percent in the federate flag, a dark thing more to this than
the fiscal year that starts “For the fourth con- influential on school tax- current fiscal year. stuffed animal hanging the photo,” First Assis-
July 1, significantly high- secutive year, school and es, which make up about Cuomo is proposing a from a noose and a man- tant District Attorney
er than it is in the current municipal officials will 60 percent of a homeown- $1 billion increase in nequin of a black man. Heath Long said.
year, Comptroller Thom- need to plan around a tax er’s annual tax bill. school aid for the state’s But the American Civ- Among other things,
as DiNapoli said Wednes- cap below 2 percent,” Di- Schools can override fiscal year, which starts il Liberties Union says investigators are trying
day. Napoli said in a state- the cap, but it requires a April 1. the truck displays are to determine whether
The new cap figure im- ment. supermajority — or 60 Bob Lowry, deputy di- protected free speech. other incidents involving
pacts nearly 700 school DiNapoli said the cap percent of voters — to do rector of the Council of “He has a right to say the driver might have
districts in New York and will continue to prove so. That has proved chal- School Superintendents, those things,” the ACLU crossed the line from
10 cities, including Cor- challenging for some of lenging, with only a few said the cap and school said in a statement Tues- free speech to criminal
ning and the “big four” of the state’s nearly 700 districts each year doing aid both need to be taken day. “The First Amend- behavior.
Buffalo, Rochester, Syra- school districts. so successfully. into consideration when ment gives you the right Interim police Chief
cuse and Yonkers — “My audits have For local govern- districts are preparing to say things that are ob- Jeff Janciga called the
which also have a July 1 shown some school dis- ments, the cap can be their budgets, saying Cu- noxious and wrong, and image “in poor taste any
start date. tricts will be able to rely overrode with a majority omo’s proposal offers a this is both.” time of the year” but
In the current year, on ample rainy-day funds of their governing board, “credible starting point Still, Johnstown police even more so on the King
schools had to grapple to offset the low growth in which for towns is a sim- for negotiations.” and the Cambria County holiday. But he reiterated
with a 0.12 percent cap on revenue,” he said, “but ple majority of their five- “But combined with district attorney’s office that hateful speech is of-
their tax levies — the low- others must examine member boards. what schools could raise are investigating wheth- ten protected, noting a
est since the cap was in- their budgets to deter- The cities that operate locally within the tax cap, er charges of ethnic in- Kansas church known
stalled in 2011. mine where they can limit under a July 1 fiscal year that aid increase would timidation might be filed nationwide for picketing
The cap is either 2 per- spending or cut costs in that would also have a 1.26 leave most well short of against the truck’s own- the funerals of gays and
cent or the rate of infla- order to stay under the percent tax cap are Am- the revenue they will er, who hasn’t been pub- others it opposes.
tion, whichever is lower. cap.” sterdam, Auburn, Buffa- need to maintain current licly identified. “Look at the Westboro
So with low inflation in re- lo, Corning, Long Beach, services for students,” At least one picture of Baptist Church and what
cent years, the cap has Tax growth slows Rochester, Syracuse, Wa- Lowry said. the truck surfaced on they do at funerals,” he
hovered below 2 percent. tertown, White Plains and Facebook after it was said.
The tax cap was put Yonkers. seen around Johnstown
into place by Gov. An-

LOCAL BRIEFS gators were aided by state ing Director Sara Liu, who
parole officials in making begins next week.
Suspect holds up were not available. parking lot and stopped, choked the EMT, injuring Thursday's arrest. Ac-
Kwik Fill, police say Anyone with informa- troopers said, then start- his throat, according to cording to state records, Voice policy
tion about the robbery is ed flailing her arms and troopers. DeMuth was paroled
Binghamton police are asked to contact the Bing- kicking at troopers trying The EMT was treated from state prison in Octo-
thoughts to your
looking for a suspect in hamton Police Depart- to handcuff her. Her blood at Cortland Regional ber after a burglary con- lawmakers
the Jan. 11 armed robbery ment at 607-772-7080, and alcohol content at the time Medical Center, where viction in Chenango Coun- Thursday
of a Kwik Fill gas station. refer to case No. 17-1706. of the incident was 0.18 troopers also responded ty.
The suspect, wearing a percent, according to and arrested the combat- The Oxford and Nor- State and local policy-
dark-colored hoodie and Woman arrested at troopers. ive patient several hours wich police departments makers will gather Thurs-
orange face covering, gas station Cronin was charged later upon release from also assisted the sheriff's day at a SUNY Broome
walked into the store at 23 with misdemeanor counts the hospital. office during the investi- "Public Voice" event to
Floral Ave. and demanded A Whitney Point wom- of aggravated driving Davis was charged gation. hear citizens' thoughts on
money from the cashier, an is accused of drunken while intoxicated and re- with a felony count of sec- DeMuth is held in the issues facing the South-
according to police. driving, which state po- sisting arrest, along with ond-degree assault and a Chenango County jail ern Tier.
A security video from lice say resulted in her ar- other traffic tickets. She misdemeanor count of with bail set at $30,000 The event, organized
the Kwik Fill depicts the rest at a Town of Triangle was sent to the Broome criminal obstruction of cash, while awaiting fur- by former SUNY Broome
suspect brandishing what gas station. County jail and scheduled breathing or blood circu- ther court proceedings. history professor — and
appears to be a handgun. Heidi L. Cronin, 42, to appear in Triangle lation. He was sent to the the county executive's fa-
He was also carrying a was arrested around 4:30 Town Court at a later date. Cortland County jail with Legislature to ther — Doug Garnar, asks
New York Giants bag. p.m. Saturday after troop- bail set at $2,500 cash or attendants to share their
No injuries were re- ers responded to a 911 call $5,000 bond, to await fur-
consider Garnar top state and county legis-
Man chokes EMT in appointments
ported in the holdup, and reporting an intoxicated ther court proceedings. lative priorities. Broome
the suspect fled in an un- woman at the Speedway ambulance, Thursday County Executive Jason
known direction after the gas station on Route 8, ac- troopers say Oxford man facing Garnar, State Sen. Fred
incident. Further descrip- cording to troopers. meth charges The Broome County Akshar, State Assembly-
tive details of the suspect She drove into the An emergency medical Legislature will vote on woman Donna Lupardo
technician was choked An Oxford man is ac- Jason Garnar's depart- and State Assemblyman
and injured by his ambu- cused of making metham- ment head appointments Clifford Crouch will all at-
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Who Will Care About YOU! The incident unfolded 24-year-old Travis L. De- ber. lowed to engage in discus-
around 1 a.m. Sunday Muth on Thursday, after The legislature will sion during the event.
while a Town of Moravia an investigation into the vote on the appointments The event will take
EMT was helping trans- alleged drug-dealing. De- of 12 department heads — place from 6:30 to 8:30
port 48-year-old Christo- Muth has been charged not including Deputy p.m. Thursday in room
pher Davis, a Moravia with a felony count of County Executive Kevin 201 of the Decker Health
resident who received a third-degree criminal McManus — six of them Sciences Building. At-
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker,
GRI, SRES, CHMS, CRS 28 Years Experience head injury that evening
while at a bar, troopers
sale of a controlled sub-
stance, and the sheriff's
new appointments.
Almost all of the de-
tendees are encouraged
to come with a list of pol-

said. office says more arrests partment heads have al- icy priorities, but are also
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During the ambulance are anticipated in connec- ready moved into their of- welcome to just listen.
ride, Davis allegedly be- tion with the case. fices, with the exception
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