Guthrie, Reed Hold Diabetes Roundtable:
Representative Tom Reed met with Guthrie Hospital staff, diabetes patients, and others for a roundtable discussion on diabetic issues on Wednesday. Reed said he is planning on introducing a bill in the House that aims to make Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) “more accessible” for patients who qualify under Medicare. The cost and availability of diabetic treatment was discussed at the roundtable and Reed asked about the effectiveness of telemedicine to help treat diabetes. Reed said he plans to put some of the information he received at the meeting into the bill.
Campbell-Savona Budget Hearing May 7th:
The Campbell-Savona Central School District will hold a hearing on the proposed 2018-2019 school budget this Monday, May 7th. The $22.2 million budget includes a tax levy increase of 1.51 percent, which is within the tax cap limit. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school in the LGI room. Voting on the budget will be May 15th from noon to 8 p.m. at the high school in the district office lobby. The ballot will also include a proposition to establish a capital reserve fund, and a request by the Savona Free Library for an increase of $2,900 in the amount collected by the District on its behalf.
$4.2M in Federal Funding Headed to Local Pro Action:
Wednesday, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that over $4.2 million in federal funding will be head to the Head Start and Early Head Start programs at the Pro Action of Steuben and Yates County. The funding will be used to support child care services for low-income families in both counties. Head Start programs primarily serve children aged three to five, while Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Programs include early education, health screenings, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services, and services for children with disabilities.
Letter Carriers Food Drive May 12th:
Saturday, May 12th will be the 26th annual Letter Carriers Food Drive. Residents are encouraged to place healthy, non-perishable food donations near their mailboxes for letter carrier delivery to local food banks and pantries. Donations stay within the community. Suggested items include: pasta, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, and canned goods. Glass containers should be avoided.
Backup Cameras Now Required in all New Vehicles:
A federal regulation went into effect Wednesday that will now require all newly manufactured vehicles sold and leased in the United States to have backup cameras. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, rear view cameras have reduced backup related crashes by 17 percent since they first started appearing in vehicles as an added feature, but the Department of Transportation says that backup related crashes still kill more than 200 people and injure 12,000 others every year. The new cameras are expected to add roughly $140 to the price of a new car.
NYS Public Service Commission to Investigate Spectrum:
New York State Public Service Commission has announced an investigation of Spectrum Media Company. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, of the 119th District, released a statement saying that he called for an investigation into Spectrum last week following consumer complaints about rapid increases in their cable and Internet bills. In response, Spectrum released a statement saying that they are “bringing more broadband to more people across New York State,” and that they are in full compliance with their merger. They vowed to “fight these baseless actions vigorously.”