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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, November 14th

Burrows Declines NY Extradition:


In Tioga County Court Monday, suspected kidnapper and killer Curtis Burrows declined extradition to New York, where he is facing warrants in Steuben and Chemung Counties.  Steuben District Attorney Brooks Baker said that now both he and the Chemung County D.A. will have to each get a “governor’s warrant.”  The warrants are applications that set forth reasonable cause the accused committed a felony and they will need to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  If Burrows doesn’t waive extradition, there will be a hearing to establish that he is the person named in the warrants and that he was in New York at the time of the crimes.  Burrows is wanted in Steuben County for attempted kidnapping, and in Chemung County for first-degree burglary.  Officials have said the case will go the Grand Jurys in both counties.



Medical Marijuana Approved for Veterans with PTSD:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into a law a bill that legalizes medical marijuana for military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Cuomo said that, “If there are veterans that are suffering and [they] can make a treatment available, [they] want to.”  The use of the drug will have to be authorized by a doctor. 



Chemung Co. Leg. Approves Lyft/E-C Airport Deal:


At Monday night’s meeting of the Chemung County Legislature, lawmakers approved 14 to 1 a resolution that officially approves Lyft for ride-sharing services at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.  As part of the deal, the county will get $2 per Lyft ride.  The agreement will last for one year to see how it performs. 



NYS Mayors Gather in Albany to Push Back Against Tax Bill:


Some 50 mayors from communities around the state gathered in Albany to speak out against the GOP proposed tax reform bill.  Binghamton Mayor Richard David said the bill would cost his city approximately $2,600 annually and explained how much the average homeowner in his city would lose if the State and Local Tax deductions (SALT) are removed as the bill proposes.  Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said that a vote for the bill is a vote against the state.  Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick expressed confusion as to why Representative Tom Reed supports the bill when most members of the House, including every Democrat and all but a few other Republicans, are against it.  According to NEWS10 ABC, they have been unable at this time to find a single mayor in the state that supports the tax reform bill.



NWS Announces Changes to Winter Weather Alerts:


Looking to simplify the process and to make it easier for the public to understand, the National Weather Service has announced a series of changes coming to their winter weather advisories, watches, and warnings.  Many of the advisories, such as “lake effect snow” or “freezing rain,” will be consolidated under a general “winter weather advisory.”  The same is being done with watches.  Warnings will remain more or less unchanged.  Finally, a new product will be offered this year - “snow squall warnings.”  This year warnings for snow squalls will only be issued by 7 national weather service offices, including the National Weather Service out of Binghamton, State College and Buffalo.  It will be used nation-wide next year.



5 Miles Added to Lackawanna Trail:


An additional 5 miles has been added to the Lackawanna Trail, the Chemung county Executive’s Office has announced.  The new section runs south from East Water Street in Elmira to Lowman Crossover (CR08) in Ashland.  Chemung County says the wearing surface should be suitable for all levels of bicycle and pedestrian users.



Street Sweeping Season Ends in Hornell:


According to a press release from the City of Hornell Department of Public Works, the annual street-sweeping season came to an end this morning, November 14th.  The parking ban on city streets that had been in place is no longer in effect.  Residents are reminded to not rake leaves into the streets.

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