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Four Face Meth Charges:

 

Four people have been arrested and charged with operating a methamphetamine conspiracy in Livingston County.  26-year-old Kurt Redance and 55-year-old Kenneth Hoag, both of Dansville, 37-year-old Brandie Schumacher of Rose, and 37-year-old Andrew Culliton of West Seneca were charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine.  The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and $10 million fine.  Additionally, Redance and Hoag were charged with maintaining a drug involved premises. Redance also faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine on a premises where a child was located.

 

 

Steuben Co. Legislators Accept State Funds:

 

A plan to redevelop vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties throughout Steuben County will now move forward, as the county Legislature has accepted a $500,000 state grand for Steuben’s land bank.  The county Legislature set up the nonprofit Land Bank Corporation in July 2016 and expects to partner with a local non-profit agency to oversee operations.  The funds support start-up costs associated with the land bank.  County legislators have also accepted a multi-jurisdictional grant of $49,200 from the state Department of Criminal Justice Services for police protective equipment that will be distributed to the county sheriff and police departments in Addison, Canisteo, Wayland, Hammondsport, Corning, and Hornell.

 

 

Reed Confident Budget Extension will be Reached:

 

Local NY Congressman Tom Reed of Corning says he remains confident that a budget extension will be reached and a government shutdown can be avoided.  Said Reed, “I think we could come to a rapid agreement amongst Democrats and Republicans.  I think keep the government up and running, and then take care of issues, things that I support, like the border wall and the construction of border security at our borders.  We can deal with those issues outside of this shutdown deadline that’s coming upon us on April 28th.”  Reed made the remarks to the media on Tuesday.

 

 

NY Senate Calls for Leadership Term Limits:

 

On Tuesday, the New York Senate took a step toward enacting term limits for state leadership positions.  They passed legislation that would put eight year term limits on the Assembly Speaker, Minority Leaders in both houses, and Temporary President of Senate.  The Senate already follows voluntary leadership term limits.  The bill to make it official is now on its way to the state Assembly.

 

 

David Perry Arrested Again:

 

The Elmira man who is the long-time person of interest in the 2011 disappearance of a Florida woman, is now back behind bars after police say he violated the conditions of his fraud and grand larceny parole.  53-year-old David Perry was convicted in Broome County of receiving $340,000 in insurance money after faking an injury while working as a corrections officer at the Elmira Correctional Facility.  Perry was a person of interest in the disappearance of his then-girlfriend Kelly Rothwell.  According to police, he was the last person to see her alive, and he has not cooperated with the investigation into her disappearance.

 

 

Wineglass Half-Marathon Sells Out in Record Time:

 

Proving just how popular the Wineglass Half Marathon has become, race organizers have announced that it has sold out with 3,500 registered runners.  Not only is that the largest field ever, but it’s the fastest the race has ever filled.  The waitlist is now open.  Meanwhile, the Full Marathon is also filling fast with less than 700 slots left.  The 36th Annual Wineglass Weekend kicks off Saturday, September 30th with the Corelle 5K.  The marathons will be held the following day on Sunday, October 1st.

 

 

Companies Will Have to Disclose Chemicals in Cleaning Products in NY:

 

New York has become the first state in the nation to require companies to disclose chemicals in household cleaning products on their websites.  Governor Andrew Cuomo said the new regulations “will help protect New Yorkers and give them peace of mind of knowing what’s in their homes and in their communities.”  He added that the program will serve as a pilot, and it could expand to other products of concern, such as personal care or children’s products.

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