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Friday September 8, 2017

Steuben Public Safety and Corrections Committee Meets Monday
When the Steuben County Public Safety and Corrections committee meets in Bath on Monday, lawmakers will hear from Sheriff Jim Allard about three grants awarded to his department. The Sheriff says the department will receive a $32,000 homeland security grant; a $12,000 child car seat grant and $7,800 for police traffic services.

State Health Enrollment Program Dates Released
The New York State Department of Health has announced its 2018 health coverage enrollment dates. From November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 New Yorkers can sign up for health care coverage through the state department of health, with those currently enrolled receiving renewal information notices in October. More details about the 2018 plans will be released later this month.


State Court of Appeals Votes "No" on Assisted Suicide
Yesterday, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that physician-assisted suicide is not a constitutional right. In a 5-0 decision, judges sided with the lower courts that previously blocked efforts to protect doctor assisted death as a state right. The court found the state law clearly prohibits anyone, including doctors, in assisting a patient’s death.


Public Safety Funding Announced by Governor
Governor Cuomo announced that $220 million will be issued to counties and communities throughout the state to ensure public safety. Funding is intended for communities to use in prevention, response, and recovery from disasters. The “State Homeland Security Program” will support counter-terrorism prevention efforts. Salaries for emergency management personnel and disaster relief training will be supported with the “Emergency Management Performance Grant”. In total, Steuben County will be issued nearly $130,000 and Chemung County over $169,000.


O'Mara Shares Southern Tier Stats on Hunger

September is Hunger Action Month. State Senator Tom O’Mara says across the Southern Tier, 1 in 4 residents receive assistance from the Food Bank at some point during the year. That's approximately 44% higher than the national average .

Reed Announces Greenwood Firefighter Grant
Congressman Reed announced that the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Co. # 1 Inc. has been awarded $ 355,722 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The grant program, which is administered through FEMA, supports preparedness and response to fire-related emergencies and hazards.


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