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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday May 31, 2017

 

Savona to Flush Hydrants
Savona’s Village water department plans to flush village hydrants for two days on June 5 and June 6. Residents are reminded that during this time their water may run cloudy.

 

Corning Funding Increase Improves Roads
Public complaints about the condition of city streets have decreased significantly since the Corning City Council added $100,000 to their annual budget for the past six years to upgrade roads. On May 15, the council voted to increase the proposed 2017-18 spending plan an additional $100,000 for street renovations, bringing the proposed budget to $16.6 million and increasing city taxes from $11.17 to $11.45 per $1,000 of assessed value. The council will vote on the proposed budget on 6:30pm on Monday at Corning City Hall.

 

NYS Court of Appeals Hears Assisted Suicide Case
The Court of Appeals heard arguments yesterday regarding physician-assisted suicide in a case filed by terminally ill patients who want the right to seek life-ending medication from a physician. The plaintiffs’ attorney want judges to reverse a lower court ruling dismissing this challenge, as they believe current laws against assisting suicide shouldn’t apply to patients who are terminally ill due to their incurable condition. An attorney representing the state says that assisted suicide is a policy issue that must be left to the Legislature. A ruling is anticipated by the end of the summer.

Cuomo Announces After-School Expansion
Governor Cuomo announced $36 million of funding is available to school districts that are high-need to expand their after-school programs. Non-profit agencies can partner with theses eligible school districts to make these programs possible. The following is criteria for eligibility:

Must be located in municipalities designated under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative    Must be located in a county that had a child poverty rate of over 30 percent in 2015;
Must have a district child poverty rate of over 30 percent in 2015; or
Had between 5,000 and 20,000 students living in poverty within the school district in 2015.

Cuomo's Office identified Elmira City School District and Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District as eligible for this funding .The Request for Proposals is available at: www.ocfs.ny.gov/main/bcm/rfp.asp.

 

ASPCA Offers Disaster Response Bootcamp
ASPCA and New York State will host the first statewide Disaster Response Bootcamp training at the beginning of June. It will provide critical animal water rescue training to the state's Community Animal Response Teams and emergency response agencies. Training participants will be taken on June 3rd and 4th, and trained by the New York State Department of Agriculture, Markets’ Animal Industry Division and the ASPCA. The course provides life-saving, hands-on training to responders, animal control officers and volunteers so they can better help pets during flood emergencies. Starting with classroom training on June 2nd at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, the class will also cover hands-on field training on the water on June 3rd and 4th.

 

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