Corning 2nd Ward Seat Finally Filled:
It took over three months, but residents of Corning’s 2nd Ward finally have their representative. During a vote of the City Council Monday night, Republican candidate Michele Beckman won the seat five votes to three. Beckman had tied with Democratic candidate Kate Paterson during the November election. Beckman will now hold the seat until a special election in November. Beckman says she plans to begin campaigning for that election this summer. Paterson also confirmed that she plans to run in the special election, despite the results of Monday’s Council vote.
Potential First Arena Buyer Wants Upgrades Before Purchase:
There is reportedly an interested buyer waiting in the wings to take over ownership of Elmira’s First Arena, but even so the fate of the facility is up in the air. The unidentified buyer is seeking upgrades to the facility’s ice plant that must be financed and completed before they will assume ownership of the arena. Elmira City Manager Michael Collins said that the city was approached by Chemung County to help with the cost, to the tune of $1.5 million. That would be on top of the $1 million that the city currently still owes on the Community Development Block Grant that was issued when the arena first opened. At this point, Collin’s said they’re limited on where the funds can come from. He said they don’t want to the burden to fall on taxpayers, but neither do they want the sale to fall through. Officials say an announcement on the arena’s future could come as early as today.
NYS Senate Approves Ridesharing Expansion:
The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara that would allow ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber to expand into the upstate. O’Mara, who is vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, said that it makes no sense for upstate residents to be left out when New York City is already benefitting economically and environmentally from ridesharing services. Under the proposal new revenue generated by the expansion would go towards infrastructure improvements for roads and bridges. The legislation does include protections such as requiring criminal and driving history background checks, passenger notifications of driver information and trip charges, and non-discrimination and zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policies.
Guthrie Releases “House Call” App:
If you’re feeling under the weather and can’t make it to the doctor in person, there’s now an app for that. Guthrie Health has released “Guthrie Now,” an app that allows patients to get professional advice from the comfort of their computer, tablet, or smartphone. Health care professionals will, reportedly, be able to diagnose illnesses such as colds, headaches, rashes, sprains and strains based on patient symptoms, as well as visuals they can see via the app. If your illness requires further examination, an in person visit will be recommended. Users will be able to pay directly through the app, with most insurance accepted. You don’t have to be a Guthrie patient to use the app. It’s available for download in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
“Hunk of Beef” Pet Food Recall:
Evanger’s, a pet food company, has issued a recall of certain dog food products. Specific lots of “Hunk of Beef” may be contaminated with pentobarbital, a dangerous sedative. According to reports, five dogs became sick after consuming the food, and one has died. The food was sold in 12-ounce cans has lot numbers: 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, 1816E13HB. The second half of the barcode reads 20109. The expiration date is June 2020. The food may be returned to a vendor for a refund.
Corning-Painted Post District Seeking Focus Group Members:
The Corning-Painted Post School District is seeking interested residents to take part in community focus groups that will help the school board make decisions. Several group sessions will be held in February. Each will last roughly 90 minutes. To be eligible, you must be a resident of the district who does not have any children currently enrolled. The groups will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If interested contact (607) 936-3704 EXT 1001 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.