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Today's Top Stories - April 1, 2017

Reed Holding Town Halls
Tom Reed holds his latest series of town halls today across the 23rd district. The congressman is scheduled to make stops today in Tioga Center at 8:30am, Elmira at 11:00am and in the afternoon he will be in Tyrone at 1:00pm and Avoca at 3:00pm. In an interview earlier this week, Reed said "Maybe it's time to have a serious conversation, to go to people on the Democratic side..." Constituents have showed up at Reed’s offices to express their frustrations and the issue health care has been at the forefront for many of his constituents, over 79,000 of which cannot afford health care without the AHCA.


Bath Village Votes on Budget Monday

On Monday, the Bath Village Board will vote on a proposed $4.8 million budget that would see a tax increase for residents of 2.98 percent.  The proposed spending plan carries a tax rate of $29.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. A public hearing will be held prior to the 5 p.m. vote.

Cuomo Endorses Property Legislation

Governor Andrew Cuomo has endorsed the "Empire State Equity Act," federal legislation that would deliver property tax relief to New Yorkers by increasing federal funding for New York's Medicaid program. New York is a "donor state" that contributes as much as $30 billion more to the federal budget in taxes than it receives back in services. The bill, Cuomo says, will help level the playing field and provide New York with an additional $2.3 billion in Medicaid funds, which the state will use to eliminate the local share of Medicaid for any county that agrees to lower local property taxes by an equal amount, thereby passing 100 percent of their savings to their taxpayers.


McPherson Charged With Second Degree Conspiracy

Brandon McPherson was charged with an additional Second Degree Conspiracy count by New York State Police at Bath for his alleged role in a murder for hire plot, which he was originally arrested and charged for in December 2016. The Horseheads resident is on active duty with the U.S. Navy and was remanded to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.

State Legislature Misses Budget Deadline
The New York State Legislature has missed its deadline for resolving the state budget due to a divided house. Issues that led to gridlock in the state legislature were raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 years old to age 18 and ways to financially support schools in the state as well as the millionaire’s tax, which the governor expressed support for in early February. This budget delay breaks Cuomo’s track record of budget timeliness as New York state eagerly awaits its fiscal future. Midnight on April 1st was the deadline.

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