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Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 30, 2017

McAllister and Roche Sworn In As Judges
Two new Judges were sworn to serve Steuben County in 2018. Newly-elected judges Patrick McAllister and Philip Roche were sworn in yesterday during a ceremony held in Bath. Both Roche and McAllister have experience as former members of the Steuben County Legislature. Retiring judges Peter Bradstreet, Marianna Furfure and Joseph Latham were present for the ceremony to swear in their predecessors. McAllister won his bid for surrogate court judge this fall after winning a competitive election against Chauncey Watches with a majority of 62 percent.  Roche was elected as County and Family Court Judge by a landslide 99 percent after running on the Republican ticket uncontested.

Cuomo Reveals State of the State Loan Debt Proposal
Governor Cuomo is taking on student loan debt as another proposal part of  the 2018 New York State of the State Address. The governor’s plan to “alleviate the burden of student debt” would require colleges to annually provide students with the estimated amounts incurred for the student loans they take (which includes the loan debt amounts incurred to date) and appointing a student loan ombudsman. Cuomo’s proposal also aims to increase standards of consumer protection for students who borrow loans and prohibits state agencies from revoking or suspending licenses of those who are in default or behind on paying their student loans. Cuomo says that these new measures will give students in New York "protections and the tools they need to succeed."

Appellate Court Grants Steuben Man Re-Trial
County for a man convicted of attempted murder. That ruling was handed down from the State Supreme Court involving 40-year-old Randy Hall. Hall was convicted by a jury on August 5, 2005 on charges of attempted murder and other felony counts to include 2
nd degree assault, burglary and possessing a weapon. He is currently serving his 23 year sentence at Shawangunk state prison. In Hall’s appeal, filed by The Davison Law Office in Canandaigua, it was argued that the Steuben County court had failed to establish a reasonable basis for restraining the defendant before the jury. Hall had been required to wear a stun belt during the trial. The court rejected other issues that were raised. The court ruled that the convictions are reversed and ordered a new trial.

Albany Approves ReCharge NY Allocations
A decision in Albany will have an impact in Steuben County. Governor Cuomo Thursday announced the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees has approved another round of 38 low-cost power allocations under the Governor's ReCharge NY Program. This most recent approval is expected to spur $1.4 billion in new capital investment in the state and create 1,006 new jobs. In Steuben, the Power Authority will award 3500 kW to Upstate Niagara Cooperative in Campbell, creating 125 jobs. A $10 million investment is expected.

NYS Road Construction on Hiatus Until Tuesday
To ease traffic over the holiday weekend, New York officials have announced that all road construction will be suspended from today through 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 2. The New York State Thruway Authority will offer free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve through 7 a.m. New Year’s morning.


NY Department of Health Reports Rise in Flu Cases
A dramatic rise in influenza has been reported in the past few months by the New York State Department of Health's weekly Influenza report. According to the Department of Health, less than 100 confirmed cases of the flu were reported in early October and in a few short weeks was multiplied by nine- as the number of lab-confirmed cases of the flu reported for the middle of this month reached about 900. In the midst of flu season, doctors say it’s important to get common cold symptoms checked out if you have symptoms like chills, body aches, fever and headaches and if you suspect you do have the flu please seek help within 48 hours. Doctors also urge eligible citizens to exercise prevention by getting a flu shot, avoiding sneezing, touching your nose and mouth and washing your hands regularly.

Study Ranks New York 10th in Public Health Issues
When it comes to addressing and solving public health issues, how well does New York rank compared with the rest of the country? The 2017 America’s Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation ranks our state at number 10 out of 50 states in the US. The study measured 35 key variable factors-including behaviors, policy, clinical care as well as community and environment- in determining how well each state resolves public health issues. New York ranked number 13 last year, placing our state three spots ahead for this year.


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