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Fire in Corning:


A multi-family home on East Third Street in Corning was damaged by fire early Monday morning.  Corning firefighters report that it happened between Chemung and Pearl Streets around 1 a.m.  There were no injuries reported.  The cause is under investigation.



Dog Killed in Caton Fire:


A family pet was killed in a fire in Caton Monday.  At approximately 12:30 p.m., a motorist on Sagetown Road spotted the smoke coming from a home and multiple fire departments were called to the scene.  A dog was found inside, but the owners weren’t home at the time and no other injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Corning Fire Lt. Accused of Selling Heroin Appears in Court:


The Corning Fire Department lieutenant accused of selling heroin made a court appearance Monday.  43-year-old Thomas Margeson is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.  His defense attorney asked Monday for more time to review and the pre-trial hearing was re-scheduled until 3 to 4 weeks.



E-C Airport Project Rebid, Back on Track:


After being delayed due to construction bids coming back higher than budgeted, the reconstruction project at the Elmira-Corning Airport is back on track as the Chemung County Legislature held a special meeting Monday to award Streeter and Associates the project after re-bidding.  The new bid came in just shy of $4.7 million, according to Director of Aviation Bill Hopper.  The previous low bids came in at $6.9 million and $9.7 million.



Gov. Cuomo Signs Firefighter Health Benefit Legislation:


Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday signed legislation to deliver healthcare benefits to volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers.  Currently, volunteer firefighters are eligible for accidental disability and death benefits through Workers’ Compensation if they are injured in the line of duty.  Effective January 1st 2019, firefighters will also be eligible for health benefits to support treatment for life-threatening conditions.  Volunteer firefighters who contract certain cancers will receive access to tax free disability and death benefits if upon entry to volunteer, a physical exam did not show any evidence of the cancers, they have at least five years of service fighting fire in the interior of buildings, and the firefighter is currently active or within 5 years of his or her last active date.



No Endorsement from Hogan for Future Mayor:


“We live in a Democracy… It’s the people’s choice…” is what long-time Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan told the Evening Tribune when asked about making an endorsement for any of the candidates vying to replace him.  In a Letter to the Editor, Hogan said that “countless numbers of people” have questioned him about making an endorsement, but he says he “should not get to select [his] successor.  We live in a Democracy, period.”  Hogan added that he is “thrilled that candidates have stepped up and entered the arena,” saying that “it takes courage and commitment.”  Republican John Buckley, Independent John Lewis, and the Green Party’s Joe Duffy, are all looking to become Hornell’s first new mayor in eight terms.  The election is two weeks away.



Drug Take Back Event in Bath Sat.:


If you have unwanted medications sitting around the house, take the next few days to gather them up. Another prescription drug take-back event will be held Saturday in Bath. It’s hosted by the Sheriff’s Department. The event will be held at the Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension from 10-2 October 28th. Items accepted include pills, liquids and needles. It’s a great way to keep you and the community safe.

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