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Power Outages in Steuben Cause Delays:


More than 14,000 customers in Steuben County were without power this morning.  The Arc of Steuben's transporation is closed today and that includes the staff.  The Hammondsport School District is also on a two hour delay, and Keuka Family Practice hopes to reopen at 1 p.m. (to stay up-to-date visit KFP's facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Keuka-Family-Practice-Assocs-105707902829065/).  There was no immediate word on the cause or an estimated restoration time.



Ithaca Businessman Seeks to Challenge Reed:


A challenger has been announced for Congressman Tom Reed’s 23rd District seat.  The Ithaca Voice reports that Ian Golden will seek the Democratic nomination for the 2018 race.  Golden is the owner of Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon Company and is a political newcomer.  He says, that his business background, as well as his upbringing in rural Pennsylvania, will help him connect with potential constituents across the district.  The 23rd district covers 11 counties, including all of Allegany, Cattaragus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, and Yates, as well as parts of Ontario, and Tioga. 



Apple Investing $200M in Corning Inc.:


Glass maker Corning Inc. has become the first to receive an investment from Apple.  The tech giant announced Friday that Corning will receive $200 million from its $1 billion U.S. manufacturing fund.  The fund is aimed at bringing advanced manufacturing jobs to the United States.  According to Corning CEO Wendell Weeks, the investment will benefit Corning’s production facility in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. 



Proposed Bill Would Move Up Ride-Sharing Expansion:


A new bill has been proposed that would expand ride-sharing services into upstate New York just in time for the Fourth of July.  The bill, currently before the Assembly, would allow ride-sharing services to start picking up passengers on June 29th.    The state Legislature approved the expansion as part of the budget process.



NYS Considering Device to Fight Texting and Driving:


New York State is reportedly considering combating texting and driving by approving legislation for a “textalyzer” device.  Functioning a bit like a breathalyzer, the device would allow police to determine if a driver had been clicking, tapping, or swiping a mobile device in the moments before an injury-involved accident.  Similar legislation is being considered in New Jersey, Tennessee, and Chicago.  The proposal already obstacles from constitutional and privacy advocates, who cite the need for police to obtain owner’s consent and a warrant for cellphone records, and concerns that the technology would be used to access all the personal information on a cellphone.



Steuben Youth Receive Lisi Award:


Sixteen extraordinary young adults from Steuben County were recognized recently at the 26th annual Jack Lisi Youth Awards Banquet for overcoming obstacles.  The students honored at the banquet, held at the American Legion in Bath, represented 13 school districts and overcame odds including poor health, learning disabilities, family tragedies, trauma and depression.  They are bound for the military, for trade schools, and for college, assisted in part by financial incentives awarded by the Lisi board of directors.  The award also honors late county Sheriff Jack Lisi, who was known for his community spirit and desire to serve.  Since its establishment, the program has assisted 226 young adults with non-cash incentive awards valued now at $220,900. 



State of the Fisheries Meeting June 12th:


The New York State DEC will hold a “State of the Fisheries of Keuka Lake” meeting on June 12th.  The public meeting is part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, and it will include recent sampling results from Keuka Lake.  The meeting will be held at Keuka College, in room 109 in Hegeman Hall, at 6:30 p.m.  

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