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CBO Report on GOP Healthcare Bill, Could Leave Millions Without Coverage:


The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report has been released for the proposed GOP healthcare replacement bill.  According to their findings, the bill would insure 23 million less people than Obamacare after 10 years and it has the potential to impact many with pre-existing conditions.  Some Americans would see lower premiums, but the CBO adds that many of those with pre-existing conditions would no longer be able to afford insurance and that many who received coverage would pay thousands more in out-of-pocket expenses.  The CBO report is in stark contrast to promises by President Donald Trump to provide “insurance for everybody” that would cover pre-existing conditions, lower deductibles, and avoid Medicaid cuts.  The proposed GOP bill, which passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, would spend $1.1 trillion less on healthcare and would use the savings primarily to finance large tax cuts for high-income earners and medical companies.



Canisteo Man Charged with DWI After Driving Without Tire:


A Canisteo man was charged with driving with intoxicated after Steuben County deputies discovered him driving without a tire.  Cody Aultman was reportedly driving on County Route 119 without one of his front tires and he was leaving debris on the roadway.  Aultman was issued appearance tickets and will return to Canisteo Town Court at a later date.



Another Challenger for Tom Reed Announced:


A 59-year-old Painted Post school teacher has announced he is running for congress.  Rick Gallant, a democrat, hopes to unseat incumbent republican Tom Reed. According to the Buffalo News, Gallant is a longtime teacher and union activist from the Corning area. In a statement, Gallant said Tom Reed is voting in lock step with Donald Trump and his party. He says one thing here at home, but votes another way once he’s in Washington. Gallant added that it’s time for a representative who will deliver more than lip service.  Last week, Ithaca businessman Ian Golden also announced his intentions to run against Reed.



Prattsburgh Library Budget Voted Down:


Voting Wednesday, residents of the Prattsburgh Central School district said no to the Town Library budget.  The vote was 84 against to 69 for. 



Cuomo’s Favorability Up According to New Siena Poll:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has received his best overall favorability rating in three years, according to new poll by the Siena College.  The survey found that 61 percent of respondents said they have a favorable impression of the Governor.  That number’s up 7 percent from last month. 



NYS Assembly Approves Ride Sharing By June 29th:


Legislation that would bump up the date for the ride-sharing expansion for upstate New York is now on its way to Governor Andrew Cuomo following its approval by the state assembly Tuesday.  The senate approved the bill last week.  The legislation bumps up the expansion date by 10 days to June 29th, just in time for the 4th of July. 



NYS Reaches Settlement with Johnson & Johnson:


New York State will receive a total of $1.3 million from Johnson & Johnson in a multi-state settlement regarding misrepresentations in marketing drugs including Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, and Sudafed between 2009 and 2011.  State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made the announced Wednesday.  The company is expected to pay a total of $33 million, and it will so be required to reform marketing and promotional practices.



Travel Advisory – Road Work on State Route 54A in Hammondsport:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced road work for State Route 54A in Hammondsport next week.  Emergency landslide repairs will take place about a half mile north of the Village beginning Tuesday.  According to the DOT, most of the work will require a full road closure until the work is complete.  Work at the landslide repair sites and at the planned culvert repair site have been staggered to maintain access to residents between those locations.  Traffic will be detoured using County Route 76.  The landslide repair work is expected to extend past the 4th of July weekend.  Signs will give drivers advance notice of work.



Participants Sought for Colonial Days Parade:


Participants are being sought for the 54th Annual Painted Post Colonial Days Parade.  The event is set for Saturday, June 7th.  All types of units are welcome, including schools, businesses, musical groups, and social and civic organizations.  Contact (607) 368-8730 or (607) 368-9998 for more information.



Savona End of Year Meeting Tuesday:


The Village of Savona will hold its end of year meeting on Tuesday, May 30th at 6 p.m. at the Village Hall on McCoy Street.

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