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Dormann Library Budget Hearing Today:


The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing today at 5p.m. in the Empire Room.  The public is invited to attend to learn what the library has to offer and how it is supported…prior to the tax levy vote to be held on Thursday from noon to 8pm at the library.  In a statement, officials said patrons visited the library more than 65,000 times last year. The number of library card holders includes just shy of 12,000 resident and more 2,100 non-resident patrons. In addition, the Empire Room was used 540 times by 50 different groups and community organizations in 2016.



2 Steuben Deputies Commended for Actions After Trooper was Struck:


Two Steuben County deputies have been commended for their actions following the May 17th pickup truck-vehicle accident on I-86 which resulted in serious injuries for a local state trooper.  County Sgt. Shawn Shutt witnessed the accident when the pickup slammed into the back of Trooper Craig Foglia’s patrol vehicle during a traffic stop east of the Campbell rest area.  According to county Sheriff Jim Allard, Shutt immediately positioned his vehicle behind the wreckage and rendered assistance to the critically injured trooper.  Shutt assessed the chaotic scene, which included a second accident in the westbound lane, called for additional resources, and continued medical assistance for Foglia.  Allard said he received a letter from the Superintendent of the New York State Police stating that Shutt’s swift action may have saved Foglia’s life.  Shutt was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Brain Logsdon, who responded, also assessed the situation, calling in and directing additional resources and providing effective radio communication between responders.  Allard said both men showed the professionalism, commitment to duty and principles the county Sheriff’s department prides itself in.



Flooding Along Rt. 14 in Watkins Glen:


The strong thunderstorms Monday afternoon brought damaging rains and flooding to Watkins Glen.  Traffic on Route 14 was diverted for roughly two hours while emergency crews battled with the water.  Sandbags were brought in from local fire departments, but some homes and businesses were flooded.



Guthrie Corning Recognized for Patient Safety:


Guthrie Corning Hospital has been honored with the Women’s Choice Award – a national organization that recognizes hospitals for excellence in patient safety and customer service.  The award uses data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services including, readmission rates, mortality rates, infection, safety of care, timeliness of care, and appropriate use of medical imaging.  Guthrie Corning ranks in the top 15 percent of over 3,000 hospitals for patient safety.  It’s also recognized as one of 10 hospitals in New York State with a four-star rating.



NY A.G. Speaks Out Against Ringless Robocalls:


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is joining with the attorneys general from Kentucky and Massachusetts in urging the Federal Communications Commission to crackdown on ringless robocall messages.  The A.G.s are opposing a petition that was filed by All About the Message requesting that such calls be exempt from consumer protections under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  Ringless robocalls deliver voicemails to consumers without causing their phones to ring, which All About the Message argues should not be considered “calls.”  The A.G.s say it would allow people to receive even more harassing messages.



Small Fire at Seneca Farms in Penn Yan:


A discarded cigarette is being cited as the cause of a small fire at Seneca Farms in Penn Yan over the weekend.  Firefighters were called to the restaurant Saturday night and discovered a small mulch fire outside the building.



President Signs Bill to Help Families of Fallen Officers:


A bipartisan bill led by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Grassley that would help the families of fallen officers has been signed into law by President Donald Trump.  The bill looks to reduce the time between when families of fallen first responders apply for benefits and when they receive them.  It will require the Justice Department to post weekly status updates for all pending claims on its website and it will put in strict requirements for the DOJ before it can reject a claim.  The bill will apply to all claims that are pending at the time of the bill’s enactment, as well as all filed after.



Rabies Clinic in Campbell:


The Town of Campbell will hold a rabies clinic on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Town Highway Garage.  A voluntary donation of $5 per pet is requested.  Dogs, cats, and ferrets will be welcome, though officials urge ferret owners to call ahead to check on the availability of the vaccine.  For more information, call 527-8244, EXT. 213.

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