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Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 8th

Haverling Senior Honored at All-State Music Conference
James Hy, a senior from Haverling High School was recently an attendee of the statewide New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) conference as a member of the mixed chorus. During the All-State conference, James was selected as a feature soloist, who was only one of 32 Bass 1 vocalists honored with this distinction. Every year over 6,000 students across the state audition to be recognized and only 885 are accepted.

Addison School Approves Land Purchase Proposal
Addison residents approved the land purchase proposal with 152 people who voted in favor while 76 voted against. The proposal would have the school district purchase a lot of land near the middle school and use the land for more parking, construction of a new middle school wing and student safety improvements. Addison school says the plan is projected to cost approximately $25,000 but will be supported by the general fund and not affect the tax burden of citizens.

Finger Lakes SPCA Opens Cameron Street Location
The Finger Lakes SPCA has opened at a new location on Cameron Street in Bath just in time for the Holiday season. Building plans have been in the works for about a decade and so far the local org has received $2.2 million in donations for the opening. The new location contains areas to take in and care for new animals as well as more space in the rooms for the animal residents. The project is not yet done with only 85% of the funding they need secured to meet the $2.6 million funding goal and complete the project. If you’d like the help some furry friends this holiday season you can always help the local SPCA giving by visiting https://fingerlakesspca.org

Wayland Woman Killed in Dansville Accident
New York State Police responded to a fatal accident in the town of North Dansville. State troopers responded on Route 63 and according to the investigation a southbound vehicle ran out of gas, became disabled and parked partially on the southbound traffic lane without emergency hazard lights and as the driver was refilling her car with gas, she was struck by a vehicle that was passing southbound. The 44 year-old victim, Shawn Martinez of Wayland, was pronounced dead at Noyes Hospital. Two other people present at the accident were not injured and NYSP are continuing the investigation.

Reed Promises Prosperity with Tax Plan
Tom Reed is confident that the newly-passed tax bill will bring more money back to the taxpayers in his weekly conference call. “People are going to see more money in their paychecks immediately.” he said. However, the local Republican politician also said if this tax bill is passed and enacted, the new IRS forms will not be utilized until 2019 and the 2018 taxes not be affected by the legislation.  

Ending Net Neutrality "Bad for the Average Person"- Schumer
New York State Democratic Senator Charles Schumer says rolling back the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality would benefit only the most rich and powerful while hurting everyday consumers. Current net neutrality rules require internet service providers to offer the same internet access and service to everyone equally. “You could see your cable bills go up," said the senator. "They could charge you different amounts for different things now. It’s bad for the average person and bad for the average small business. Whoever doesn’t have the clout will get stuck.”

Legislators in Albany Face Budget Uncertainty in 2018
State lawmakers met at the Albany state capitol earlier this week to discuss concerns about balancing the 2018 New York State budget. Currently, the state economy has a structural deficit surpassing $4 billion but recent federal changes to health care and taxes may cost the state billions more in lost funding. Low state revenues have contributed to the largest structural gap in the budget New York has seen in seven years with comptroller DiNapoli estimating the state deficit to be as much as $4.4 billion. Despite the looming debt, state lawmakers face pressure to increase support to public schools and increase pay to direct care workers who serve the disabled. The governor will present his budget proposal for 2018 next month.

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