Steuben Co. DSS Reacts to Proposed ACA Changes:
The proposed reform to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) made public Tuesday must not be allowed to affect New York’s funding for Medicaid administration…that statement was made Wednesday from Steuben County Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller. Steuben DSS currently receives $3 million annually for Medicaid services including long-term care, mental health, public health, and office for the aging. New York State also opted into the expansion of Medicaid, allowing an additional $800,000 to be passed on to the county. Should this funding go away, Muller says it will devastate Steuben and other counties.
Local Lawmakers Call for More Funding for Roads:
The “Local Roads Matter” advocacy campaign returned to the State Capitol Wednesday as a bipartisan group of 137 state legislators, organized by State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads, bridges and culverts. Lawmakers are seeking an additional $150 million for roads and $50 million for bridge repair annually in the budget.
Power Outages Following High Winds:
Fierce winds ripped through the area Wednesday night and many are feeling the impact this morning as they wake up without power. NYSEG is reporting thousands across the state without power, including some 300 people right here in Steuben County. Monroe and Erie counties were the hardest hit.
Bath Man Allegedly Assaults Neighbor:
A Bath man has been arrested following an incident with a neighbor. 45-year-old Brian Rinker allegedly assaulted a neighbor who was walking a dog past his residence. Rinker was charged with assault in the third degree and was released with an appearance ticket.
Hornellsvill Woman Accused of Shoplifting:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Hornellsville woman following a shoplifting incident in Hornellsville. 25-year-old Amber Masservey is accused of trying to steal several items from the Dollar General Store on Seneca Road. She was released with an appearance ticket.
Burn Ban Set to Take Effect March 16th:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding residents that as temperatures warm the residential brush burning ban will take effect on March 16th and last through May 14th across all of New York State. Due to the lack of snow cover and with rising temperatures forecasted for the coming weeks, conditions for wildfires could be heightened. The DEC will post a Fire Danger Map rating forecast daily for the 2017 season on its website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/68329.html