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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, May 3rd

HEAP Funding Available to Residents for Air Conditioners:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $3 million is available for individuals with serious health issues to receive assistance to purchase air conditioners. Federal funding secured by the state will help New Yorkers with health issues that may be aggravated by extreme heat by providing cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program. Individuals eligible for assistance can apply at their local department of social services right now.



Proposed Hornell District Budget Would Lower Taxes:


Tuesday night, the Hornell School District announced its proposed budget for the coming year and while there was an overall increase in spending, residents could actually see a decrease in their taxes.  The budget stands at $38 million, a 2.39 percent increase over last year, and thanks to an increase in state aid, the tax rate is the lowest it’s been since 2012-13.  If approved, tax payers would see a decrease of 48 cents per $1,000.  Voters will also see five propositions on the May 16th ballot, and there’s one open board seat.



Corning’s Bridge Street Bridge to Temporarily Close Sunday:


In order to install temporary flood control devices, the Bridge Street Bridge in Corning will be closed Sunday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The work is in preparation of any potential future flooding events.  City officials apologize for any inconvenience.



Campaign Finance Seminar May 16th:


A “Campaign Finance” seminar has been set for 6 to 9 p.m. May 16th at the Steuben County Civil Defense Training Center in Bath.  The seminar will review all state campaign finance rules and regulations, and provide essential information for any party chairs, candidates and their campaign treasurers.  Participants can register online at http://www.elections.ny.gov and more information is available by calling the county Board of Elections at (607) 664-2261.



Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge Celebrates NY Crafting Industry:


In honor American Craft Beer Week, which runs May 15th through the 21st, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the inaugural New York State Craft Beer Challenge.  New Yorkers can celebrate the craft beer industry and their favorite brewery by voting online at https://taste.ny.gov/craft-beer-challenge.  The five breweries that receive the most votes by May 12th will have a final tasting event where a panel of judges will determine the winner on May 17th in New York City.



Turning Point Celebrating 20 Years:


When it hosts the STEPS poverty walks this month, Turning Point won’t just be doing its part to raise awareness of and end poverty, it’ll be celebrating 20 years of operation, and the organization is inviting the community to join them.  The three walks are set for May 6th at the Wildflower Festival in Hornell, May 13th at the Lumberjack Festival in Bath, and May 20th in Centerway Square in Corning.  All three begin at 9 a.m. with registration.  There will be free cake and balloons while supplies last and there will be chances to win prizes.  Turning Point serves residents of Steuben County who are living in poverty by stabilizing and supporting them as they work toward self-sufficiency.  

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