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Today's Top Stories - Saturday, May 20, 2017

State Approves New Hornell Hospital

Yesterday St James Mercy Hospital announced they have state health department approval to build a new hospital in the former Kmart Plaza on Seneca Street. Last year, a $55 million state grant was awarded to St James for the project which will include a transition into a fully electronic database system of records.


County Jury Convicts Wayland Man of Murder
Friday a Steuben County Jury convicted a Wayland man of First degree murder, 2 counts of arson in the first degree, and three counts of falsifying business records. After sentencing, Joseph Meyers was remanded to Steuben County Jail for the February 15, 2016 fire in Wayland that killed David O’Dell. Post-trial motions will occur on June 19th.


County Legislators To Vote on Substance Abuse Program

Steuben County legislators are expected to approve a new partnership for substance abuse treatment when they meet in regular session at 10 a.m. Monday in the County Office Building. A proposed medically managed detoxification program will be located at Arnot Health Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital with the county Community Services’ Steuben County Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services (SCASAS) providing onsite substance abuse evaluations of individuals receiving treatment through the hospital’s detoxification program. If approved, the program is the latest effort in Steuben to help victims of substance abuse, now at epidemic proportions.

New Grant Funding Secured by Arbor
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $4.8 M in grants for community development organizations. The funds will support developing and preserving affordable housing, maintaining and expanding neighborhoods, and growing jobs. In Steuben County, Arbor Housing & development received $251,000.

Congressman Reed Challenged by Local
This week, it was announced local businessman Ian Golden of Ithaca will  run against Congressman Tom Reed as a Democrat candidate for the 23rd Congressional District. Golden is known in the community for Finger Lakes Running, his own business and is running to eliminate the current system’s greed and corruption.

Hornell to Begin Round of Street Paving
A request to the Board of Public Works to do $206,280 of work to repair Hornell roads this spring has recently been submitted. Mayor Hogan reminded citizens this is only the first phase of the plan and most of the repairs should be covered via funding through CHIPS, the state Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program.
Seneca Street, Preston Avenue, Mays Avenue, Canisteo Street, East Elm Street, Merrill Lane and Pine Street are anticipated to be renovated.


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