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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 30th

Body Found at Corning Home:


An investigation has been launched by Corning Police after a body was discovered at a Dwight Avenue home.  Police say they responded to a suspicious circumstance call around 4 p.m. Monday.  The Corning Police are being assisted by the State Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office with the investigation.  At this time no details about the victim have been released.



Corning Woman Charged with Damaging Monitoring Unit:


A Corning woman has been charged after Steuben County deputies received a complaint about damage to a GPS monitoring unit.  19-year-old Harley Sly allegedly damaged the unit after being instructed on its proper care.  She was charged with criminal mischief in the 3rd, and was issued an appearance ticket.



Reed Announces Support for SAGA Bill:


During his weekly media call, Representative Tom Reed announced that he will co-sponsor a bill that looks to override much of New York’s SAFE Act.  The Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA) bill would prevent states from implementing regulations on popular shotguns and rifles that are more restrictive than what is required by federal law.  Following the 2013 Sandy Hook shootings the SAFE Act banned ownership in New York of certain semi-automatic weapons with military-style features, and outlawed magazines that hold more than ten rounds.  The bill would also override bans enacted in other states such as California, Connecticut, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  Gun control advocates have already come out against the bill, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has called it “disturbing.”



Peace Rally Held at Reed’s Corning Office:


A peace rally was held Tuesday night in front of Congressman Tom Reed’s Corning office.  It was organized by the grassroots, non-partisan organization, “Citizens for a Better Southern Tier,” in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month.  The group called upon Reed to “totally repudiate” President Trump’s statement where he blamed violence “on both sides.”



Neils Creek Bridge in Avoca Open for Traffic:


The Town of Avoca has announced that the bridge on County Road 6, Neils Creek Road, between Clymo and Stever Roads, is now open for traffic.



Campaign Events for Hornell Mayor Candidates:


The race for Hornell mayor is getting more active. The Grand Opening of the "John Buckley and Friends" Campaign Headquarters will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at 79 Seneca St. Candidates running for City Council will also be on hand. Meanwhile, Independent candidate John Lewis will be having a “Lunch With Lewis” event on Saturday, September 9 at Marino’s Restaurant in Hornell, from 1pm-4pm.



NYSDOT Hosting Public Route 54 Info. Meeting:


The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is holding a public meeting  tonight to share information with public officials and residents on many topics specific to State Routes 54 and 54A adjacent to Keuka Lake, in the towns of Pulteney, Urbana, Wayne and the Village of Hammondsport.   The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hammondsport Fire Hall.  Topics that will be covered include the legal aspects of the DOT right of way along these routes; responsibilities of the Department and of private property owners, retaining walls; parking; drainage and more.



Steuben Co. Shared Services Panel Meeting Sept. 7th:


In compliance with the open meetings law, the Steuben County Shared Services Panel has announced that it will be meeting on Thursday, September 7th.  It will be held at the Civil Defense Center in Bath at 6 p.m.



Hurricane Harvey Hits NY Through Gas Price Surge:


The impact of Hurricane Harvey is far reaching, even all the way to New York through an increase in gas prices.  According to AAA, Harvey has knocked out 300 million barrels of gasoline production per day, hiking up prices nationwide.  Some areas have already seen a 10 cent increase in prices, and the longer the refineries are down; the more likely it is the prices will climb.  That said, officials say the damage doesn’t appear to be widespread, so they expect the price increase to be relatively short term.

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