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Today's Top Stories - Saturday June 24, 2017

MALT BARLEY CROP INSURANCE AVAILABLE IN STEUBEN

Steuben is now one of 44 NY counties where farmers can finally obtain malt barley crop insurance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave final approval to the program. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said New York’s barley growers are the backbone of the state’s world-renowned brewing and distilling industries. Now, barley growers will have access to the crop insurance protections they need.

 

PAVING SCHEDULED IN DOWNTOWN HORNELL
Paving begins on Seneca Street in Hornell next week. Crews will work from bridge to bridge. The road work begins at 7a.m. Tuesday & Wednesday. During the paving process, local residents will not have access to their driveways. The city says the residents should plan accordingly.

 

MARKET STREET PAVING PROJECT FINISHES EARLY
Corning’s Market Street paving project has finished ahead of schedule, nine days earlier than the originally-anticipated two weeks. The project took five days and provides more visibility to the heavily-trafficked section of town. Crosswalks on the street are unfinished but will not need street closure to complete.

 

FUNDING INCREASE FOR NY NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR ARTS
Arts funding is getting a boost in New York state, with Steuben County’s American Dance Asylum receiving $10,000. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced yesterday that more than $16 million in funding through the National Endowment for the Arts will support 549 NEA projects across the state. “This federal funding will help regions across the state encourage the growth of artists and programs that will help New York benefit from the creativity they bring.” Senator Schumer noted.

 

CHILD VICTIMS ACT STALLED IN NYS SENATE
With the end of state budget deadlines, the Child Victims Act is one part of the agenda that was not accomplished. The bill, which failed to be put up for vote in the NYS Senate,  proposed extending the statute of limitations to for sexual abuse survivors to come forth and press charges against their abusers, giving them until age 28 in criminal cases and age 50 for civil cases. New York has the shortest statute of limitations for child abuse victims in the country, allowing victims until the age of 23 to report abuse.  The Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America lobbied against the legislation.

 

GILLIBRAND MAKES SCHOOL APPEARANCE SUPPORTING SNAP
In a trip to Tioga Elementary School this week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand criticized President Trump's budget to cut food stamps. Gillibrand says the budget cuts SNAP funding by $193 billion over the next decade despite  upstate New York low-income families relying upon the funding. "It just means for every ten kids, there's one that's hungry and if we don't support a budget that actually accommodates food stamps to make sure families have the nutrition they need, our children aren't going to reach their potential and that's why it's morally wrong to cut food stamps," the Senator said.

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