Meyers Sentenced Without Parole
Joseph Meyers was sentenced 23 years to life in prison without parole yesterday in Steuben County Court. The Wayland owner of Loon Lake Services was found guilty for first-degree and second-degree murder in the for-profit killing of David O’Dell committed last year as well as arson, falsifying business records and attempted insurance fraud. Prior to his sentencing, Meyers was emotional and insisted he was convicted on, in his words, “lies and innuendoes”.
Village Board Aims to Make Hall Handicap-Friendly
Some changes may be coming to Bath’s Village Hall. Mayor Bill Von Hagn says the building isn’t completely handicap accessible, but the village board took steps this week to change that.Von Hagn made the comments on WVIN’s Community Focus Program this week.
Legislators Propose Ending 911 Surcharge Law; Denouncing Recreational Marijuana
Steuben County lawmakers on Monday will consider repealing and replacing a local law. Legislators want to scrap a 2003 law that allowed for a telephone surcharge to support 911 services. The new law authorizes an extension and expansion of the cell phone surcharges to include all basic wireless and prepaid wireless devices. Also on the agenda is a resolution to tell the Governor and state legislature that the Steuben County government opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana use.
Hogan Honored by International Economic Development Council
Hornell mayor Shawn Hogan has received the 2017 Leadership award for public service. The award comes from the International Economic Development Council. Hogan said he was humbled, happy and really honored.
Schumer Calls for Semi Safety Regulation
Chuck Schumer is calling for the federal government to implement new truck safety standards following a crash on I-81 earlier this month. The Senator wants to mandate that trucks be equipped with underride guards to keep cars from sliding under semis. He points to this fatal accident that took the lives of four as an example that calls for urgent action in revamping big rig safety standards.
Cuomo Says Scholarship Funding is A Critical Need
After over 75,000 New Yorkers applied for the state’s tuition-free Excelsior Scholarship college program, about 23,000 are projected to be eligible. New York state’s budget funded the program with $87 million for the first year and Governor Cuomo cites the thousands of applicants as proof of what he dubs a “critical need” for for publicly-funded college tuition in the state. The deadline to apply for the scholarship was yesterday.