NYS LEGISLATURE APPROVES LOCAL SALES TAX EXTENDERS
In a last minute flurry of activity, the state Legislature on Thursday approved dozens of local sales tax extenders requested by counties so they can continue to provide essential services to their residents without raising local property taxes. Steuben County was included in the legislation. Had Albany not acted, the chairman of the Steuben County legislature said property taxes here would have increased approximately 23 percent next year.
LAW ENFORCEMENT STEPS IT UP FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Another holiday is rapidly approaching and once again, law enforcement agencies throughout the county will be looking for impaired drivers. The special STOP-DWI campaign began this morning and extra patrols will be on duty through the 4th of July.
COUNTY GAINS SECURITY FOR COURT HOURS
Towns and villages in Steuben County will be able to increase the court security, after county legislators this week approved a shared services agreement allowing trained and qualified law enforcement officers to be present at the request of a justice during standard court hours. The municipality requesting the security would pay an hourly rate for the service. Steuben lawmakers also accepted $863,000 from the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to develop, consolidate and/or improve public safety communications for first responders.
UPSTATE NIAGARA COOPERATIVE TO BUY SAVONA KRAFT HEINZ PLANT
On Friday morning The Kraft Heinz company announced its Campbell dairy plant will be sold to Upstate Niagara Cooperative, saving 125 jobs and preventing its closure. That number of jobs is expected to expand to 150 in the next two years under the agreement. Upstate Niagara Cooperative plans to rehire the plant’s current Kraft Heinz workers. The finality of the deal will emerge in another 30 to 60 days as the agreement of intent to purchase is being negotiated.
SCHUMER UNVEILS INTERDICT ACT TO CATCH DRUGS AT BORDER
Senator (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke at Corning City Hall yesterday to share details of the INTERDICT Act that seeks to combat the opioid epidemic by clamping down on drug trafficking. The bipartisan legislation aims prevent the deadly opiate drug fentanyl from reaching our borders by using exclusive new technology that detects the drug, stationing field labs and other equipment at the borders for patrol agents to find these drugs and trace where they are coming from. Schumer stresses that since fentanyl and heroin both are not made in the US and local police forces have such limited resources to fight opiates, it is up to the federal government to take such action to end the drug epidemic.