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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 17th

Corning Inc. CEO Announced Departure from President’s Council Prior to Disbandment:


Before President Donald Trump made his announcement Wednesday disbanding his American Manufacturing Council, Corning Incorporated CEO Wendell Weeks joined other business leaders that left the council following the President’s comments on the white supremacist rally in Virginia.  In a statement to employees, Weeks said the hatred and racism in Charlottesville are reprehensible, and he added that the events have become inconsistent with the company’s values.  Weeks said he “plan[s] to continue doing [his] part personally to foster innovation, strengthen U.S. manufacturing, and create jobs.  However, [he] will never compromise Corning’s Values to do so.”  The full statement is available at http://www.corning.com/worldwide/en/about-us/news-events/a-message-from-our-ceo.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=management.   



Mount Morris Judge to Resign Amidst Misconduct Probe:


A Mount Morris judge, under investigation by the state for misconduct, has opted to resign to end the probe. Town and Village Justice James LaPiana will terminate his duties at the end of the month.



Rep. Reed Says Proposed Hate Crime Legislation “Worth Considering”:


Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wanted to expand New York’s Hate crime legislation to add the crimes of inciting to riot and rioting that targets protected classes. Congressman Tom Reed of Corning said it might be appropriate and is worth considering, so long as the additions don’t duplicate existing laws already on the books.  Reed made the comment during his weekly media call.



Governor Urges Army to Rename Streets Named After Confederate Generals:


States in the south aren’t the only ones trying to decide how to handle symbols of the Confederacy.  Here in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging the U.S. Army to rename the streets of a New York City military base named after two Confederate Generals.  Earlier this month, Army officials denied the request, saying it would be controversial, but following the recent events in Virginia, the Governor is asking them to reconsider.  Cuomo says symbols of slavery and racism have no place in New York, and he believes renaming the streets would send a clear message that New York won’t stand for intolerance and racism. 



Steuben OFA Announces Medicare Seminars:


The second in a series of free seminars on Medicare is set for August 22nd through the 24th in Steuben County.  The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies.  The programs will be August 22nd from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, August 23rd from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building, and August 24th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center.  Future seminars are planned for September and October with times and dates to be announced.



Governor Signs Bill Outlawing Videoing Neighbors:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Wednesday legislation that cracks down on

unauthorized video surveillance.  It was made a crime in 2003, but it only established criminal penalities for unlawful video surveillance when the taping occurred in a setting with a “reasonable expectation of privacy” such as bathrooms or changing rooms, or if a perpetrator had to trespass in order to tape or install a camera.  This new legislation provides additional protections for homeowners, allowing them to sue a neighbor for invasion of privacy if they are secretly recorded while in their backyard.



Preparations Underway for VA Christmas Drive:


Summer might still be in full swing, but preparations are already underway for the Bath V.A.’s annual Christmas gift drive.  Ron Haflett, the autocare center manager at the Walmart in Painted Post that organized the first Walmart drive, has said that donation bins will start appearing in the store again during the first week of October, and even small donations – like a pack of pencils – will help.  One hundred percent of the donations go directly to the veterans; no items or funds are kept for staffing or operations of the V.A.



NYS Warns Tax Professionals of New Scam:


New York State is warning tax professionals to be wary of a new scam targeting them.  According to the state Department of Taxation and Finance, scammers are trying to steal clients’ information by posing as customer support personnel for tax software.  They say the scammers are using emails designed to look like prompts to upgrade your software, but the link instead takes the user to a fake website.  For more details, visit https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/security-summit-warns-of-new-phishing-email-targeting-tax-pros.  

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