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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, September 26th

NYS Senate to Hold Hearing on Identity Theft:


Following the major data breach at Equifax that has affected more than 8 million New Yorkers, the state Senate is looking to make sure residents are protected.  The Senate will hold a hearing this week to come up with a plan to best protect your personal information.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation into the Equifax breach, and he has also asked other credit monitoring firms to say what they’re doing to keep data safe.



Lyft Could Soon Provide Rides To-From E-C Airport:


Chemung County is reportedly is talks with ride-sharing company Lyft for service to and from the Elmira-Corning Airport.  Lyft would operate in addition to the other transport services already with access to the airport, and as part of the agreement, the county would get two dollars from each fair.  Lyft would be subject to the same standards as the other services.  That said, some county officials have questioned how Lyft drivers would be authenticated.  A public hearing on the matter is expected to be held at a later date.



Hornell Area Family Resource Center Opens at New Location:


The Hornell Area Family Resource Center reopened its doors Monday after being closed for a month.  It’s now it at a new location, the Hornell Intermediate School at 71 Buffalo Street.  The center provides a multi-resource foundation for families providing a place to play, workshops on parenting education, literacy programs, and health and wellness information at no cost.  It originally served children 0 to 5 years, but has expanded to serve kindergartners through 12 graders.    



Water Rate Increase for Town of Corning:


Residents of the Town of Corning will see an increase in their water bill as the five water districts are being consolidated.  The Corning Manor, Gibson, East Corning, and East Corning extensions one and two will be consolidated and the rates per quarter will start at $23 for the first 7,480 gallons.  Every additional gallon will increase $3.50.  The changes are expected to start October 1st



O’Mara, Palmesano Holding Town Halls This Week:


Two local lawmakers will be meeting with constituents this week.  State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will hold town halls on Thursday at the Woodhall Town Hall from 5 to 6 p.m., and then at the Campbell Town Hall from 7 to 8 p.m.



Geneseo Cancels Rest of Football Season:


The Geneseo School District has announced that it is forfeiting the rest of its High School Football season after drug accusations were leveled against several players.  In a statement, the district said that several players have been dismissed from the team, and due to the number of players involved and the seriousness of the incident, they will forfeit the reminder of the season.  They have also forfeited the game they played on Friday against Bolivar-Richburg.  The Junior Varsity and Modified teams will continue their seasons as scheduled.  According to the Geneseo Police, the department is investigating allegations that a Geneseo student and member of the football team took Oxycontin pills from a parent without their knowledge and then gave them to fellow team members before the Bolivar-Richburg game on Friday.  

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