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Today's Top Stories - Friday, September 22 2017

County Executive Krusen Found Innocent of Criminal Conduct
A Chemung County Executive was found to have committed no criminal conduct by Steuben County’s District Attorney. County DA Brooks Baker ruled the case of Chemung County Executive Mike Krusen using a county fuel card was authorized. Executive Krusen was grateful for Baker’s objective review of the issue, calling these accusations made about five months ago by Chemung County’s Sheriff Moss “baseless”. Krusen has served Chemung County for over thirty years and says he looks forward to continuing working within his community.

Corning City Paving Close to Completion
The city of Corning is about to wrap up a very productive season of city street and alley improvements. Currently, inhouse paving to improve parts of Buffalo Street is in the works and once that is complete, a few other Corning city streets will be upgraded with mill and overlay work as well as a crack sealing for a few alleys and streets. The budget for these infrastructure repairs was increased by $100,000 this year and according to Mayor Negri, the feedback he’s heard about the street restoration has been entirely positive.
This season’s cost of revitalization is projected to reach approximately $1.1 million.

Steuben Unemployment Average Drops from Year Ago
When looking at the numbers for August, compared with a year ago, unemployment rates have dropped in Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties. The rate held steady for Yates while the numbers ticked up for Allegany. According to the Department of Labor, there were roughly 40,600 people employed in Steuben County as of last month. From August 2016 to August 2017, the State’s private sector job count increased by 141,500.

O'Mara Praises Hemp Group's First Session
New York State’s newly established “Industrial  Hemp Working Group” met for the first time at the capital Wednesday. State Senator Tom O’Mara, a member of the newly formed group, called the session “an exciting effort to spark the growth of industrial hemp manufacturing in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.”

Wayne Town Board to Hold Budget Meeting in October
The Wayne Town Board has scheduled a public hearing for next month to talk about the town’s proposed budget for next year. The hearing will be held at the town offices on October 10th at 6:30 p.m. A copy of the spending plan is available at the town offices and the public is encouraged to attend next month’s hearing.

State and Local Politicians Talk Healthcare
New York politicians are speaking about the very current issue of healthcare reform. At a public meeting yesterday, Senator Tom O'mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano spoke against the New York Health Act, a bill guaranteeing the right to affordable health care for every New Yorker without copays, deductibles and out of pocket insurance premiums. Palmesano believes the proposal would fiscally hurt taxpayers and businesses such as the financial industry due to a tax increase, bringing a hole in the state budget that could never be corrected. Meanwhile, Senator Chuck Schumer said a bill that would reinforce Obamacare instead of repealing it is underway being drafted by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators.

Cuomo Says Graham-Cassidy Will Worsen State Debt
Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a press conference against the Senate’s latest attempt to dismantle Obamacare. Cuomo says that when the law permitting Medicaid payment programs expires on September 30th, funding to New York public and safety net hospitals serving those in poverty will drop $1.1 billion in the next 18 months with no way for the state to fund this cost, leaving New York to face a $4 billion deficit coming into 2018. Cuomo's concern is Congressional gridlock preventing the funding from becoming renewed. The governor also said the Graham-Cassidy bill’s passage would cause New York to lose $19 billion in Medicaid block grants, 2.7 million New Yorkers to lose their health coverage if the bill passes, and risk over a million health care-related jobs.

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