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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, January 4th

Corning Council Fails to Appoint 2nd Ward Rep.:


The Corning City Council failed to appoint a new councilman for the 2nd Ward Tuesday, leaving residents unrepresented.  Both candidates – Democrat Kate Paterson and Republican Michele Beckman – both received 273 votes in the general election, and council members voted twice to try and decide between them, but neither received the minimum 5 council votes for the position.  Corning Mayor Richard Negri said they’ll be reaching out to the city attorney and Governor Andrew Cuomo for advice before taking further action. 



Explosion Site Found in Tioga Co.:


Continuing investigation into the reports of an explosion in Tioga County on New Year’s Eve has led to the discovery of what police are calling a “blast site” near Diamond Valley Road in the Town of Tioga.  The site has been processed by the New York State Police and FBI Bomb Disposal Units with evidence collected for analysis.  Authorities say an unknown type of explosive substance was detonated, leaving a hole in the ground, but otherwise no damage.  The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call the New York State Police.



Free College Proposed for Eligible NYS Students:


One of the leading platforms of former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is seeing new life in New York State.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a new plan that would provide free tuition to residents making up to $125,000 a year at all SUNY and CUNY two and four-year colleges.  The initiative would be phased in over three years beginning in the fall of 2017 for New Yorkers making up to $100,000.  In 2018 it will increase to $110,000, and then $125,000 in 2019.  All this given it’s approved by legislators.



Work Resumes on Corning Hotel Project:


After a nearly two-year delay, work has finally resumed on the Hilton Garden Inn project in Corning with workers currently clearing the site.  The project was delayed in April of 2015 after manufacturing waste was found in the soil underneath the former Days Inn.  $1 million in state funding was awarded to the project in August to help get it back on track.  It expected to take 12 to 15 months to complete the new hotel.



H-port to Host Citizen Preparedness Program:


A Citizen Preparedness Training Program will be held in Hammondsport on January 28th.  Hosted by the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps it will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the Fred and Harriett Taylor Memorial Library on William Street.  It will include information on how to prepare for a disaster, developing a family emergency plan, and stocking up on emergency supplies.

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