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Today's Top Stories- Saturday June 17, 2017

MARKET STREET REOPENS
Market Street in Corning is open for traffic again. Construction for the $1 million city project began on June 12 and the three blocks of overlay  paving was announced to be complete and the stretch from Wall to Walnut Street was opened again yesterday at about 5pm. Once the sections of the road are striped, the project will be totally complete.

 

SCHUMER PRAISES FEDERAL GRANT FOR ALFRED STATE

Senator Charles Schumer says $1.5 million in federal funding  awarded to Alfred State College to be used for the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC).  Schumer said the center will be a major “launching pad” that will leverage natural resources like wood to create sustainable businesses and facilitate the growth of a “New Forest Economy” in the United States.  The senator said the investment will help bring 15 new businesses and 125 good paying pay jobs to the Southern Tier and push the region’s economy into the future.

 

O'MARA SPONSORS ANTI-OPIOD BILL

The New York State Senate Wednesday completed action on a comprehensive anti-heroin legislative package co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara.  O’Mara is a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Among the bills passed by the senate… require health care practitioners to receive written consent from a minor’s parent or legal guardian before prescribing a medical treatment involving opioids and make it a crime to offer to or accept payment from an individual or entity that provides substance abuse services in exchange for patient referral and admission.

 

NYS SENATE APPROVES "BRITTANY'S LAW"

For the seventh consecutive year, the New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to enact what’s known as “Brittany’s Law.” The legislation would require convicted domestic violence offenders to register with the state following their release from prison, hospitalization or institutionalization.  The registry information would be available to the public through a registry similar to New York’s existing Sex Offender Registry. The legislation is currently in the Assembly Corrections Committee.

 

CONGRESSMAN REED'S OFFICE RESPONDS TO SAFETY QUESTION

In the wake of the mass shooting which critically injured a U.S. Congressman, Regional News Network contacted Congressman Reed’s office to ask if the town halls would continue and would there be increased security. Communications Director Samantha Cotten  issued the following statement, (which reads)… “The safety of constituents and our team members is a priority, but as a matter of office policy we do not discuss the specifics of how we secure our district offices or public events.”

 

SHELL CHARITY MUST PAY SETTLEMENT 

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared a settlement agreement has been reached for the shell organization "Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation". The group was investigated by the state and found to be keeping 92 cents of each donated dollar and must pay $350,000 in the settlement. The shell charity raised around $3 million by claiming to provide medical treatment to breast cancer patients and survivors then funneled most of the money to another fundraiser who was banned from fundraising by the state in 2004. When the settlement is paid, it will go to legitimate cancer charities.

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