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Today's Top Stories - Friday, June 9, 2017

Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Looking to Secure Grant
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport will apply for a $1 million federal Small Community Air Service Development Program grant soon. The program is designed to help small communities resolve airfare and service issues and would provide the $1 million through a two-year federal grant. If secured, $200,000 worth of it will be locally matched by several businesses such as Corning Incorporated and Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, giving Elmira Corning Regional Airport officials $1.2 million to use to build an airline. Chemung County leads in funding contributions for the grant application while the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency will pledge $5,000 toward the grant proposal and the Steuben County Legislature will pledge another $5,000. Completing the project will facilitate easier international travel.

Governor Expected to Sign Law Banning Minor Marriages
A bill changing the legal age of marriage in New York moves to the governor’s office. It would remove the option of 14 through 17-year-olds to get married with their parent’s consent. The standard age of marriage otherwise is currently 18 years of age. It is estimated 4,000 children aged between 14 and 18 have married from 2000 to 2010. It is estimated eighty-four percent of these child marriages involved girls under eighteen who were married to adult men. The State Senate followed the Assembly by passing a bill requiring court approval before 17 year-olds can marry. Gov. Cuomo is expected to sign the bill,as he has called the it “a major step forward that will protect kids, prevent forced marriages and create a safer New York for all.”

 State Senate Votes to Criminalize Revenge Porn

“Revenge porn” may soon be illegal in New York as the State Senate voted on yesterday to criminalize it. The distribution of sexually explicit personal photos without consent of the subject, often an ex lover, is known as revenge porn. Privacy of images and videos captured knowingly and willingly by the victim can be protected by this legislation. Republican Senator Joseph Griffo, who sponsored this bill says the old privacy protections were not enough to protect victims. The bill moves to the State Assembly for debate.
Hogan Promises to Fill Officer Positions Immediately

Tuesday morning Hornell mayor Shawn Hogan announced two police officer positions that opened with the recent retirement of two veteran officers to the city of Hornell will be filled immediately. Hogan said that of the three candidates considered, none of the potential candidates have been through the Police Training Academy and will be provided with this education through the city upon selection. All three candidates were scheduled for an interview right after the Board of Public Safety meeting was adjourned.


 Local Leaders Speak About Comey Trials

As the Comey Trials dominate the headlines, our local leaders weigh in on the controversy.

Congressman Tom Reed released the following statement:

Former FBI Director Comey testified that neither the president nor his aides asked him to stop the Russia probe or to drop the Flynn probe and that there was no obstruction of justice. We are pleased investigations are moving forward and confident in the process; however, they must not obstruct the progress of governing in Washington. Congress must remain focused on serving the American people by moving important healthcare and tax reform legislation forward.


While Senator Chuck Schumer tweeted:

W/ the Russia probe, Dir Comey felt that there was enough potential evidence that a special counsel was warranted. The contrast is telling.


And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said:

“Today’s hearing also raises serious questions concerning the actions of the Attorney General. The American people need to know what the underlying facts are that led Director Comey to believe Attorney General Sessions’s engagement in the Russia-related investigation was ‘problematic’.”


NYS Police Speed Week Campaign Continues
The New York State Police is conducting a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The Speed Week campaign runs through June 13. Last year, during the June Speed Week campaign, State Police issued more than 21,000 traffic tickets. More than 10,000 of the tickets were for speeding, more than 600 were for distracted driving, and more than 200 for violations of the Move Over law.



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