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Today's Top Stories - Monday, February 20th

Closing Arguments Expected Tues. in Clayton Murder-for-Hire Trial:

 

After calling just 10 witnesses, the defense for Thomas Clayton rested its case on Friday in Steuben County Court.  With that, after 6 weeks, closing arguments in the Murder-for-Hire trial are expected to come tomorrow.  The fate of the case and Clayton will then be in the hands of the jury.  There is no court today due to the President’s Day holiday.

 

 

Fire Destroys Painted Post Home:

 

A fire Friday night heavily damaged a home and left it uninhabitable in Painted Post.  The call went out around 8 p.m. for a blaze on West Water Street, off of Victory Highway.  One person was home at the time, but got out safely with no injuries.  Steuben County Fire Investigators were called to the scene.  The cause is unknown at this time.

 

 

Large Crowds Turn Out for Reed Town Halls:

 

As has increasingly become the trend across the nation, there were large turn outs this weekend at the Town Hall meetings for Representative Tom Reed.  Hundreds of people, from both sides of the spectrum, made their voices heard – so loudly, in fact, that one resident in the Town of Allen said you could hear the chants from the meeting almost a mile away.  Concerns were raised over the impending changes to the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood.  Supporters praised Reed for addressing and interacting with the whole crowd.

 

 

NYS Names New Cybersecurity Rules for Banks:

 

On March 1st, financial institutions across New York State will have to comply with rules set by the state intended to protect bank and insurance customers from hacking.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the new regulations on Thursday.  They will require financial institutions to create and maintain cybersecurity programs to prevent illegal access to sensitive personal information.  Many banks and insurers voluntarily have such programs in place already, but the new rule makes them mandatory. 

 

 

Registration Open for Girls on the Run:

 

Registration has opened for Girls on the Run of the Southern Tier, a program for young ladies looking to get active and have fun at the same time this spring.  It’s open to girls in grades 3 through 5, and 6 through 8 across Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Allegany, and Schuyler counties.  For more information, visit the Girls on the Run website at https://www.gotrst.org/.   

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