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Governor to Make Announcement in Hornell:


Governor Andrew Cuomo will be making a trip to Steuben County today.  According to his press office, he will be visiting the Alstom manufacturing facility in Hornell this morning, where he will make an announcement.  His office did not say what that announcement will be, but Cuomo has not officially announced the $2.45 billion Amtrak contract that’s expected to create 400 new jobs in Hornell.



New Law Targets Illegally Tinted Car Windows:


Vehicles with illegally tinted windows will fail their New York State vehicle inspection, per a new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday.  The bill will require auto inspection shops to fail any vehicles with an illegal tint level, which for New York State means the windshield and front side windows must allow at least 70 percent or more of outside light to pass through.  It also applies to rear windows unless the vehicle has outside rear-view mirrors on both sides.



Farm to Food Bank Bill Vetoed:


For the second year in a row, Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed the Farm to Food Bank Tax Bill.  The Governor gave three reasons for his decision in a letter to the assembly.  He said the bill is redundant because farmers can already claim donations on their tax returns, establishing an accurate value for donated food, and he said that the bill fails to define who can take advantage of the tax break.  In response, officials from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier said that while they’re disappointed, they’re not defeated, and local lawmaker Tom O’Mara said that they’re “not gonna let go” and that he’s willing to continue working with other sponsors and the governor’s office to get the legislation passed. 



National Influenza Week Starts Sunday:


With National Influenza Vaccination Week set to begin on Sunday, the Steuben County Public Health Department is urging residents to get their flu shots.  Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death.  The best protection is an annual flu shot.  County Public Health Education coordinator Lorelei Wagner said that the flu season typically peaks between December and February and that “it takes about two weeks after receiving a flu shot for the immune system to build full protection.”  Flu shots are especially important for people at high risk of flu complications, such as young children, pregnant women, those with certain chronic health conditions, and people over 65.  Contact your health care provider or visit participating pharmacies for more information.



Cyber Monday Sets Sales Record:


Americans were feeling generous Monday, as the annual shopping day “Cyber Monday” set a new record for sales.  According to Adobe Digital Insights, $3.45 billion was spent online, up 12.1 percent from last year.  Some of the best-selling items were gaming systems, 4K TVS, and toys like Lego sets and Barbie.



Gold Coin Found in Local Salvation Kettle:


Another gold coin has turned up in an area Salvation Army Kettle.  The coin, estimated to be worth around $100, was discovered last week at the Jubliee Foods in Horseheads.  Over the past five years, the Salvation Army has gotten ten gold coins, all that the Jubliee location and all of them are greatly appreciated.  Especially this year, as Commanding Officer for the Elmira Red Cross Major Craig Haggerty said that they’re down roughly $20,000 compared to the same point last year.  Part of the reason for that, he said is due to a lack of volunteers.  If you’re interested, visit the Salvation Army’s website.



$1.4M in Funding for Cornell Uni.:


Cornell University has been awarded $1.4 million in federal funding for agriculture research.  The University will put the money toward four research projects aimed at reducing weeds on farms and pests in residential apartments.    

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