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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, May 30th

Erwin to Review Site Plan for Town Center Rd.:


The Town of Erwin Planning Board will meet next Monday to review a number of applications from Family Life Ministries. The Board will examine a site plan proposal from Family Life for a 124,000 square foot building on Town Center Road. Family Life is also seeking lot subdivisions and approval to disturb natural landscape.



Senator Schumer Pushes to Have 74 Sailors Added to Vietnam Memorial:


The families 74 sailors who died on board the U.S.S. Frank E Evans in the South China Sea during a war-related exercise are getting help from Senator Charles Schumer in their push to have the names added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall.  Schumer has sent a letter to the acting Secretary of the Navy in support of the sailors.  The families have been fighting for years to have the names added, but the accident happened outside the designated combat zone, so they’ve been left off.  Senator Schumer says geography shouldn’t be a barrier to recognition when it comes to service.



NYS Higher Education Services Corporation Approves Free Tuition Regs.:


Regulations for New York State’s free college tuition plan have been approved by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Board of Trustees.  The plan covers tuition at state universities for full-time, in-state students whose families earn $125,000 or less.  Students will have to pay for room, board, and other expenses out of pocket.  Recipients of the scholarship will have to remain in New York for as many years as they receive the benefit, and they’ll have to repay the money as a loan if they take a job out of state.  According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, regulations have been approved that will waive or postpone repayment in “cases of extreme hardship” and provide flexibility for military service members and disabled students.  Students can begin applying for the free tuition plan on June 7th



Catholic Charities Recognized:


At the recent annual ProAction Awards Breakfast Catholic Charities of Steuben was recognized with the “Promise of Community Action” Award.  The award recognizes a business, elected official, community partner, or community member who embodies the “Promise of Community Action: Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live.”  Catholic Charities provides access to resources and opportunities for people to enrich their quality of life, including healthy child development, health mental wellness, and freedom from substance dependency.  

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