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County Land Bank Selects Arbor Development:


Arbor Development has been selected by the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation Board of Directors to handle the day-to-day management of the land bank.  Arbor was the sole bidder and was awarded a two-year contract for $62,000.  It’s expected to manage an estimated eight to 10 derelict properties.  The specific properties have not yet been determined, but they will be culled from properties recommended by the county Finance Department and communities in Steuben.  Plans are to restore the properties, with proceeds from sales returned to the land bank for future restorations.



Town of Corning Seeking Input with Fire Protection Survey:


The Town of Corning is receiving a $50,000 grant from the state to study fire protection services and it’s asking for the community’s input on what can be improved.  An online survey is open to residents at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Corningfirerescuesurvey.  Responses are due by noon on June 30th.  Fire Departments involved include South, East, and North Corning, and Gibson.



Steuben Co. Deputies Commended:


In a ceremony Monday, two members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department were commended by county Sheriff Jim Allard for their outstanding efforts in 2016.  Deputy Dean Swan was recognized as the 2016 County Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year, and county Corrections Officer Kris Kester was honored as the 2016 County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer of the Year.  Allard said they were “selected by their peers and both exemplify the Sheriff’s Office core values, which are professionalism, integrity, leadership, and service.”



Free Tuition Applications Now Open:


At 12:01 a.m. this morning, applications for the Excelsior Scholarship opened for free SUNY tuition in New York.  If you plan on applying, some information to know: the family income requirement is less than $100,000, families will need to have already filled out the FAFSA and TAP forms, and the application is available through the HESC website at http://hesc.ny.gov/excelsior.  The deadline to apply is July 21st.  More information about applying is available at https://www.suny.edu/smarttrack/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/excelsior/



NYS Senate Passes “Maddox’s Law” Again:


On Tuesday, the New York State Senate passed “Maddox’s Law” for the second time.  The law would automatically make the murder of a child 12 years or younger a first-degree murder charge; currently, the first degree is reserved for the killing of a police officer, correctional facility employee, judge, firefighter, emergency medical technician, ambulance driver, paramedic, physician, or a registered nurse.  It’s named for Maddox Lawrence, who was killed by her father last year.  After passing the Senate last year, the bill failed in the Assembly.



NYS Senate Approves Tougher Animal Cruelty Penalties:


The New York State Senate has approved tougher penalties for people convicted of aggravated animal cruelty.  Endorsed Tuesday, the bill would increase fines and potential jail time, and it would prohibit offenders from owning a dog or cat or other companion animal in the future.  It would also require offenders to under a psychological evaluation.  The state Assembly is considering identical legislation.



CCE-Steuben Pairs Berries and Barbecue at Annual Event:


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County switched up their annual gala event this year into an old fashioned backyard barbecue aimed at the entire family, and the organization reports that it was a huge success.  Among the many events was a Pie Contest for both adults and youth.  In the adult category: Ruth Troxel of Jasper took first place with an apple pie, and Liz Smalt of Savona took second with a blackberry pie.  In the youth category: Dylan Troxel of Jasper took first with an apple crumb pie, Ryker Seymour of Corning took second with a cranberry apple, and Blake Houghtaling of Jasper and Khloe Carey of Corning tied for third with an apple crumb and apple, respectively.  The first place prize for the adults was a marble rolling pin and a certificate for a bare root fruit tree donated by Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation.  First place in the youth category also received a marble rolling pin.



Painted Post’s Colonial Days Kicks Off Today:


The annual Colonial Days festivities kick off today in Painted Post.  The carnival opens at 4 p.m. and will run through 9 p.m.  The hours will be the same all week through Friday.  Saturday will run from 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.  The Miss Colonial Days Pageant is at 6 p.m. on Friday.  The fireman’s parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday; the Colonial Days Parade will follow at 11 a.m.  Many more events are planned including a chicken bbq, a beer tent, and live music.



Gander Mountain Closing Six Upstate Stores:


Gander Mountain has announced that it will be closing six stores across upstate New York, including one in Rochester.  A loss of close to 250 jobs is expected.  The closures will take place between August 17th and August 31st.

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