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Today's Top Stories - April 29, 2017

Reed Talks Shutdown, Tax Changes
On MSNBC yesterday, Congressman Tom Reed said he intends to keep the government funded and prevent a shutdown “This is a positive step towards getting tax reform to the finish line with the White House engaging the way it did this week.” he said, referring to the proposed budget. Describing the current tax code as “Broken for everyone” Reed promises tax deductibles for New York, known notoriously as a “high tax state” and bring NAFTA “up to the modern age”.

Prattsburgh Central School Tax Rate to Decrease
Tax rates are anticipated to drop without any tax levy increase for Prattsburgh Central School District’s proposed 2017-18 budget, the levy staying flat at a rate of 0 percent. The tax rate is $14.20 per $1,000, down from $14.32 in the current budget. Pre-kindergarten will be expanded from half-day to full-day, made possible by a grant. Total spending for the district has dropped more than 2 percent from last year. The budget will be up for vote May 16.

Tyrtle Beach Beats Fundraising Goal!
The Tyrtle Beach campaign has now easily surpassed the $35,000 mark. Yesterday afternoon, Sheriff Jim Allard took the plunge into Lake Salubria. All funds raised go to support local youth programs. The event has raised more than $620,000 dollars since 1991.The estimated lake water temperature today is 55 degrees. 

Construction to Begin Soon on Route 54
The New York State Department of Transportation says work will begin soon on State Route 54A in the Town of Urbana and Village of Hammondsport.  Work will include emergency landslide repairs at two sites located approximately ½ mile north of the Village and previously planned culvert repairs at the south end of the lake near Village Shores Marina. Work on the emergency landslide repairs may begin as early as next week.  Most of this work will require a full road closure.  Once started, work at each individual site will be active during daylight hours, seven days a week. At times, the work may become a 24 hour/7 days per week continuous operation. Traffic during the construction work will be detoured using Steuben CR 76.  

Local Senator Pushes for Harsher Drug Penalties
Devastating drugs with life-altering consequences, synthetic products have grown in prevalence in recent years because of their unchecked legal status. To combat these and other dangerous drugs’ deadly impact, Southern Tier Senator Cathy Young voted this week to pass a package of public-health bills to add new drugs to the list of controlled substances and impose harsher penalties for the possession and distribution of these drugs.

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