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Today's Top Stories - Monday October 9, 2017

Dansville Accident Hospitalizes Driver
State Police responded to a serious accident in Dansville over the weekend. State troopers say on Saturday at about 11:19 AM, a motorist hit a deer, flipping their vehicle and causing them to be ejected.  The driver was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Investigators say speed may be to blame in this accident as the investigation continues.


County Finance Committee Meets Tomorrow
Steuben County Legislature’s Finance Committee will hold a budget workshop tomorrow morning to start finalizing its 2018 budget. Steuben’s current county budget totals $177.8 million and has a levy of $50 million. About $45 million of that levy pays for social service programs mandated by the state. The committee meets tomorrow at 11:00 AM in the legislative committee room and will most likely meet again this week on Wednesday.

NYS Could Deny Pension Entitlements to Corrupt Legislators
A measure that would disqualify New York lawmakers convicted of corruption from collecting their state pension benefits could be up for vote in November.  The provision would be a referendum appearing on state ballot and if New York voters give it the majority, it would reform the state constitution to including a forfeiture of pensions going to lawmakers who are sentenced for crimes of corruption. Such reform has been supported by the governor and faced no opposition yet by any public official.

County Building Collecting Dental Hygeine Donations
October is Dental Hygiene Month and two local organizations are encouraging donations of dental supplies to help the community. Steuben County Health Department and S2AY Rural Health Network are collecting dental supplies to distribute to those in need through local food pantries.. A collection box for oral health supplies is located in the Steuben County Office Building for those interested in donating dental supplies until the end of October. Those who want to donate supplies but cannot make it to Bath can call the County Public Health office at 664-2438 to make collection arrangements.


NYS Assisted Suicide Court Ruling Challenged by Petitions
Petitions supporting the right for terminally ill patients to end their own lives were presented to Governor Cuomo’s top counsel. The petitions request that an adult who is terminally ill and mentally fit with a prognosis of six months or less to live would be able to legally pursue aid in dying with a lethal dose of morphine if “their suffering becomes unbearable”. Though the State Court of Appeals ruled assisted suicide is not a Constitutional right early last month, the seven judges also concluded the governor and Legislature have the power to legitimize assisted suicide.


ARC Office Opens in Painted Post

The Arc of Steuben is expanding as a new location in Painted Post has opened, replacing ARC’s previous Market Street location in Corning. Located at 199 Village Square in the Village Square Plaza, the newly-opened doors currently operate as office space for associates. The public can reach the new office by phone at 936-0315.


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