Reed Comments on Failed Health Care Bill
Congressman Tom Reed said he spent the past weekend examining his role following last week’s collapse of health care reform and thinks the problem with the ACA will likely become worse before Congress attempts to reform it again. Reed said in an interview that the failure of the republican-proposed bill proves the necessity of bipartisan negotiation to improve health care legislation."Maybe it's time to have a serious conversation, to go to people on the Democratic side..." the congressman suggested.
Bath Police Fill Investigator Position
Bath Police Department say that they will fill a full-time investigator position in June. This position was cut in September 2014 because officials did not want to raise taxes but was added again through a contract negotiation agreement with the Bath PBA and Bath Village Board. The Village Board faced public pressure when about 150 residents came to the Bath Fire Department voiced their concerns of safety due to fewer officers.
State Property Grant Awarded to Steuben County Steuben County will receive a $500,000 state grant to improve abandoned properties and revive neighborhoods over the next two years.The grant is going towards the land bank to handle costs of the acquiring and restoring of abandoned properties as well as handling start-up costs for the land bank program. Once a home has been restored and sold successfully, the proceeds will be returned to the land bank, allowing other properties to be fixed as well. Ten properties are planned to be demolished with this grant. County Manager Wheeler hopes to put more county property back on the tax role.
Cuomo Promises Wage Increase for Direct Care Workers
Governor Andrew Cuomo made appearances from his office on Tuesday as budget negotiations continue, promising he won’t sign the state budget without an increase in funding for direct care workers wages. Facing pressure at the Capitol from hundreds from the disability community, an additional $10 million was added from the original $45 million for direct care workers to help offset the increases in the state’s minimum wage. According to the governor, this increase in funding to a total of $55 million allows for direct care workers’ wages to meet the statewide minimum wage plus three percent over the period of two years.
CCC to Hold Job Fair
Corning Community College hosts its annual job fair on Thursday from noon to 3:00 PM in the CCC gymnasium. About 80 employers are slated be there from various fields, seeking potential employees to full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal positions as well as internships. The employers who plan to be represented at the fair are listed online at: https://www.corning-cc.edu/events/job-fair
Flags Lowered in Honor of Dansville Staff Sergeant
Flags on state buildings are at half-staff today. Gov. Cuomo ordered the move to honor U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mae Morrow, a native of Dansville, who died in Southwest Asia on Wednesday, March 22. The 25-year-old airman was killed in a non-combat related incident.