Friday, June 12, 2015

WVTK Local & State News June 12, 2015

Authorities believe 34-year-old David Sweat and 48-year-old Richard Matt, two inmates who escaped Clinton Correctional Facility on Saturday, June 6, are still together. A perimeter has been set up off of Route 374 in Cadyville since Wednesday. Police have been following the latest lead, in hopes it brings them closer to Sweat and Matt. This morning, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie confirmed that bloodhounds picked up the scents of Matt and Sweat near Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, and followed it east to Cadyville. The Mobil gas station also has a Subway restaurant, and DA Wylie says there is a chance the inmates were looking for food. Officers are looking at surveillance video to see if they can confirm the inmates were in that area. Both are considered to be a danger to the public. Anyone with information is asked to contact New York State Police at (518)-563-3761.

On Tuesday, voters in Bristol will go to the polls again, this time to vote on a speeding plan for Bristol Elementary School. This will be the third try for a budget for the next school year. The proposed spending plan of $4,918,334 represents a 2.48-percent increase compared to the current budget, which runs through June 30. The polls will be open from 7 am to 9 pm at Holley on Tuesday.

The comprehensive energy bill passed by the state legislature this week is now law. Governor Peter Shumlin signed the bill yesterday, saying it will create over one-thousand jobs and save residents 390-million-dollars on energy costs. The measure also creates a new program where state utilities will help customers to reduce fossil fuel use and cut their energy costs. It establishes new renewable electricity requirements of 55-percent by 2017.

Senator Bernie Sanders wants to help more workers with families get paid leave and vacation. He's co-sponsoring a package of bills that would provide employees with 10 days of paid vacation after working for a year, and guaranteeing workers get at least seven sick days a year. Sanders also called for paid leave if an employee has a baby, or is diagnosed with a serious medical condition.

The Vermont Ski Areas Association says the 2014-2015 skiing and riding season was the best on record. The nearly 4.7 million skier visits topped the previous record set in 2001. Vermont Ski Areas Association President Parker Riehle says "a near-perfect winter" allowed the resorts to open early end keep operating until late in the season.