Steuben, Chemung Counties Continue to Seek Extradition for Suspected Killer:
On Monday, suspected kidnapper and killer Curtis Burrows was back in a Pennsylvania court room where he again refused to waive the extradition proceeding for Steuben and Chemung Counties. Burrows is currently wanted on a bench warrant from Steuben County for attempted kidnapping, robbery, and possession of a weapon, and he’s wanted in Chemung County for first-degree burglary. The District Attorneys for both counties have now each sent an application to Governor Andrew Cuomo to get a governor’s warrant to bring Burrows back to New York. Once Cuomo signs the governor’s warrant, it goes to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, who then must also sign it. Then Burrows can either waive extradition or a hearing will be held. Burrows is accused of attempting to kidnap a woman from a Corning city parking lot in November, stealing her vehicle, and fleeing the scene. He later crashed in East Corning and fled on foot to a residence in the Town of Big Flats were he allegedly forced his way inside and shot and killed the homeowner, 60-year-old Timothy Webster. He then allegedly stole another vehicle and fled to Pennsylvania where he was apprehended.
McCandless Honored for Service:
Community leader Richard McCandless was honored Wednesday for his unstinting service to his hometown and teens across Steuben County. McCandless received a plaque commemorating his 32-year tenure as president of Hammondsport Community Services (HCS), an agency dedicated to supporting children, individuals, and organizations in need of emergency supplies and support. McCandless was also presented with an engraved gavel for use at future simulated legislative sessions of the Steuben County Youth in Government program. A teacher for 35 years at Hammondsport Central School, with 30 years spent as a guidance counselor, McCandless was a long-time coordinator of the county youth program, which introduces students to county government. He retired from that position in 2011.
Finger Lakes SPCA Opens New Facility:
After ten years of planning and hard work, the Finger Lakes SPCA has finally opened the doors on its new shelter facility on its main campus at River’s Edge Farm. A soft opening was held over the weekend with some 300 people in attendance. Their previous location on State Route 54 is now permanently vacated. Amenities at the new facility include communal rooms for the animals that offer an open space with natural light and air exchange system for constant fresh air. There’s also a medical room and separate intake area for sick animals, and a fence is being built in the back so the animals can enjoy the outdoors. An official Grand Opening for the facility isn’t planned until the spring. You can, of course, still stop in and adopt a pet before then.
Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers:
Kidde has announced the recall of nearly 40 million extinguishers involving 134 different models. The extinguishers were manufactured between January 1st, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. They were sold in red, white, and silver cylinder colors and are rated as either ABC or BC. The recall includes two styles of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and plastic push-button fire extinguishers. Units with metal handles/valve assemblies are not included.
U.S. Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff Today for Pearl Harbor Remembrance:
Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, designated in memory of the lives lost in the 1941 attack and to remember that we enjoy freedom thanks to their sacrifice. The attack claimed the lives of 2,334 servicemen and servicewomen and wounded another 1,143. Today, the President has directed that all U.S. flags be flown at half-staff, including homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments.
Public Asked to Weight on Tipping Rules:
Public comment is being accepted on a proposal by the Trump Administration to rescind an Obama-era rule that banned tip pooling at restaurants in the United States. Currently, when you tip your server, that money goes directly to them. Tip pooling would make it so that all gratuities would be combined into the same pot and then redistributed by management as they find appropriate, including to non-tipped employees like kitchen staff and hostesses. Proponents say it would incentivize them to work harder; opponents say it would take away from the front-end servers, who would be expected to share to what they make. Public comments can be made at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=WHD-2017-0003-0001until January 4th.
NY Joins Other States is Opposing Birth Control Roll Back:
New York is joining with other states in pushing back against a proposal by the federal government to roll back access to birth control. According to the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Trump Administration wants to roll back birth control coverage that’s mandated under the Affordable Care Act. The New York A.G. is now joining with the Attorneys General of several other states including California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, and more in arguing that the proposal violates the Establishment Clause by allowing employers to use their own religious beliefs to discriminate against employees; the Equal Protection Clause by specifically targeting and harming women; and the Administrative Procedure Act by pushing through these new rules without proper factual and legal basis. Since the ACA mandate took effect in 2012, American women have saved an estimated $1.4 billion with more than 62.4 million women benefiting, including 3.8 million in New York.
Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A.:
There will be a Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A. today. The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in Building 92 on the V.A. campus. This event is an opportunity for Veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about V.A. programs and services.