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Today's Top Stories - Friday, March 17th

Governor Responds to President’s Proposed Budget:


Governor Andrew Cuomo didn’t mince words Thursday when responding to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget.  He urged Congress to reject it, calling the plan “dangerous, reckless, and contemptuous of American values.”  He says the budget would cut funding to transportation projects – such as the rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey – as well as undermine affordable housing, healthcare research, and environmental protection.



Owner of Watkins Glen Rental Company Accused of Defrauding Customers:


The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against the owner of a Watkins Glen-area vacation rental home business.  Henry Dean, and his company FLGH, LLC., is accused of defrauding customers by falsely advertising properties and then refusing to refund customers when they attempted to cancel.  The lawsuit is seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting the operation of the business, as well as restitution of over $102,000 and over $85,000 in civil penalties and costs.  Customers who believe they may have been defrauded by or have unresolved disputes with a business are encouraged to call the A.G. Consumer Help Line at (800) 771-7755.



New Member of Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Dept.:


A 2016 graduate of the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy was sworn in Thursday as a member of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department Road Patrol.  Deputy Andrew Hawk, of Bath, joined the department at a ceremony at the county Public Safety Building.  Hawk was previously employed by the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office, and the Watkins Glen Police Department.



Winter Storms Impact Blood Drives:


The American Red Cross is urging blood and platelet donors to give blood to offset shortfalls caused by the severe winter weather that has affected several states this month. About 150 blood drives have been cancelled so far this month due to winter weather, causing thousands of blood and platelet products to go uncollected.



Beware Carbon Monoxide after Storm:


While shoveling out the driveway after this week’s big storm may certainly be a priority, don’t forget to also check your home for blocked furnace and hot water vents.  Due to the heavy snowfall, along with blowing and drifting snow, there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and health officials remind residents that snow drifts around homes should be addressed.  Carbon monoxide is a silent killer because it’s colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating.  For more information about it, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/indoors/air/carbon_monoxide_need_to_know.htm



Addison to Host Harlem Wizards:


The Harlem Wizards are returning to the Southern Tier next week.  They’ll be appearing at the Addison Events Center at the Addison High School on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.  The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children in advance, or $15 for adults and $12 for children at the door.

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