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Fatal Accident in Tuscarora:


An Addison man has died from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle accident in Tuscarora.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies were dispatched to State Route 417 near the Addison/Tuscarora town line shortly after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning on reports of an accident where a vehicle collided with the rear of a logging truck.  The driver of the truck received only minor injuries.  95-year-old Randall Whiteman, the driver of the other vehicle, was taken to Robert Packard Hospital in Sayre, P.A., where he later succumbed to his injuries.  The logging truck was reportedly stopped on Route 417 and waiting to make a turn, when Whiteman struck the truck.  Deputies say their investigation revealed that Whiteman did not apply the brakes nor did he attempt to take any evasive action.  No charges have been filed.  The investigation continues.



Rep. Reed Named to Trump Transition Team:


On Wednesday, Congressman Tom Reed announced that he’s been appointed to the transition team for President-Elect Donald Trump.  He will serve in a vice-chair position.  In a statement, Reed said that he’s “honored and humbled” by the appointment and that he’s looking “forward to getting to work.”



Governor Officially Announces Alstom/Amtrak Contract Wed.:


As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Alstom manufacturing facility in Hornell Wednesday where he officially announced the company’s $2.45 billion contract with Amtrak.  Alstom will serve as the primary provider of next generation high-speed trains as Amtrak upgrades and expands its fleet.  Alstom employs over 1,000 people throughout upstate New York, and this new deal is expected create 750 more, new jobs, with 400 of those directly at the facility in Hornell. 



Some Polling Locations to Close in C-PP S.D.:


In a vote Wednesday night, the Corning-Painted Post School District decided to reduce the number of polling places by closing half of them.  That will bring that number down from 8 to 4.  The move is expected to save the district $7,000 every time there’s an election, but officials say that’s not the only reason they decided to close the locations.  Superintendent Mike Ginalski said it will centralize things and it will take some pressure off voting inspectors.  The four remaining locations are: the Corning-Painted Post High School, the Corning-Painted Post Administration Building, Corning Town Hall, and Erwin Valley Elementary School.



Dakota Miller Trial Moved:


The trial of the 23-year-old Hornell man accused of beating a 17-month-old baby to death last November has been delayed.  The trial of Dakota Miller was originally set to begin on December 10th.  It’s now set for February 28th.  Miller is facing charges of first-degree murder, aggravated murder, second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter.



Progress of New St. James Hospital Discussed in Town Hall:


The public was given an update on the progress of the new St. James hospital Wednesday evening at a special town hall featuring St. James CEO Jennifer Sullivan and Communications Director Dustin Hewitt.  They re-confirmed that the old Kmart plaza has been selected as the location for the new facility and explained that they are currently waiting for Albany’s approval on the plans.  They said they hope to have approval by 2017, and have set a tentative opening date by 2018.  When questioned about the fate of the old hospital, Sullivan said that at this time has been no determination.  She also said that are no plans for a maternity ward at the new facility.



Vote on Corning Pools Monday:


The fate of the Denison and Stewart park pools in Corning will be voted on next week by the City Council.  On Monday a plan to decommission and raze the pools, turning the Stewart Park Pool into a splash park and the Denison pool into an aquatic facility, was approved by the City Capital Project finance Committee.  City Manager Mark Ryckman said the cost of the projects is unknown at this time.  If approved, the city will hire a consultant to analyze the cost.    

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