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NY Lawmakers Respond to GOP Health Plan:


The possible replacement for the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – was unveiled by House Republican’s Tuesday and lawmakers across New York are responding.  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said that while his office is still examining the bill, his initial thoughts aren’t positive.  DiNapoli believes the bill could reduce the number of insured New Yorkers and shift a larger share of the cost of Medicaid to the state.  Chairman of the state Assembly Health Committee Richard Gottfried said the changes would “damage Medicaid and health insurance for working people.”  Representative Tom Reed said that the bill won’t harm Medicaid recipients.  Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer both spoke out against the plan, with Gillibrand saying it would “force middle class families and seniors to pay more money for less care.”



Two Arrested at Steuben Co. Office Building:


Two people were arrested Tuesday at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath.  40-year-old Jennifer Gabel allegedly entered the building with her brother 26-year-old Christopher Nelson, and then remained with him in the lobby of the Department of Social Services despite Nelson having an order of protection against Gabel.  Gabel was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.  Nelson was arrested and turned over to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office on a bench warrant for allegedly failing to pay a fine.



First Arena Deadline Tomorrow:


We’ll know soon whether or not professional hockey will continue at the First Arena, as the potential buyer of the facility has until Thursday to submit paperwork to the east coast hockey league.  Industrial Development Agency member Tom Santulli said they expect a decision from the ECHL by the end of the week.  In other action Tuesday morning, the IDA approved a resolution to extend the license agreement for one year to manage the facility and the ice.  Santulli says if all goes well, transferring ownership of the arena could go quickly.



Village of Canisteo Looking to Override Tax Cap:


The Canisteo Village Board says it will have to override the tax cap this year.  A public hearing has been scheduled on the matter for April 3rd at 6:50 p.m. with a budget presentation to immediately follow.  Trustee Tim Harkenrider said that the actual cap the village is working with is .12 percent, not the perceived 2 percent.



Two Honored by Steuben Co. Youth Board:


A recipient of a “What’s Great in New York State” award, and a dedicated Steuben adoption caseworker were honored Monday night at the 2017 Steuben County Youth Board and Bureau Annual Dinner.  Cadi Morse, the state award winner, was recognized as the youth board’s annual “Champion for Youth” for her leadership role in the Finger Lakes Parent Network, Inc., and her work as the first teen facilitator in Steuben.  The Gary S. Pruyn Youth Service Worker Award recipient, Paul Sands has facilitated more than 100 adoptions since he began work as the county Department of Social Services adoption caseworker 10 years ago.  Morse and Sands were selected from nominations received by the county Youth Board in November.



Participants Sought for 2017 Colonial Days Parade:


Applications are open for area schools, civic groups, clubs, teams, and other interested parties to participate in the 2017 Colonial Days Parade in Painted Post.  Floats, animal entries, machinery/tractor units and marching groups are all encouraged to apply.  Call (607) 346-1931 for more information.  The 53rd annual Colonial Days Parade will be held Saturday, June 10th.  

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