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Today's Top Stories - Monday January 15, 2018

Campbell Cleans Up Following Flood Evacuation
Though a storm was underway, cleanup both began and continued this weekend for many Campbell residents after a mandatory evacuation was issued to the hamlet Friday afternoon due to the flooding of the Cohocton River. Campbell remained under a state of emergency for about two hours Friday and once it was over, crew members inspected each home for gas leaks and flood damages before residents could return to their homes safely. Ice chunks reached the town’s bridge and water reportedly nearing one foot filled the basement of Campbell American Legion Post 1279 but most of Campbell is expected to return back to normal following cleanup.

NYS Issued Federal HUD Grant for Homelessness
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced New York State has been awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of just over $200 million to combat homelessness. The funding was made possible by HUD’s Continuum of Care Program to be issued to 579 local governments and nonprofit programs throughout the state to help homeless through support for affordable housing projects. The objective of the major grant is to quickly give housing to homeless families and individuals while providing them with programs that encourage self-sufficiency.

Schumer Wants More Support for Opiate Epidemic
A federal spending increase to help with the New York opiate crisis was demanded by Senator Chuck Schumer, citing the 23 percent increase in opiate-related overdoses in the state for 2016 reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention despite multiple prevention efforts. "The situation is urgent and it requires an urgent and substantial response from Congress." Schumer said. The Senate Democratic leader says he will seek $15 million more in funding during the Congressional budget negotiations to provide more grants through programs like the 21st Century Cures Act to states like New York where the opiate epidemic has worsened. In 2017, $485 million in federal funding was given to our state to fight the opiate problem.

New NY Broadband Program to Bring “Broadband for All”
Governor Cuomo’s “Broadband for All” promise that would give high-speed internet access to all of New York, including underserved rural areas, is underway and a few businesses will be given a boost. In 2015, the governor established the $500 million New New York Broadband Program which will connect all of New York with broadband internet access by the end of 2018. This support for technological infrastructure is anticipated to expand digital access for rural areas in Steuben, Livingston and Allegany Counties while creating new jobs in the tech field throughout the state.

Hornell Appoints Carbone to Planning and Development
The City of Hornell has a new chair for its Common Council’s Planning and Development Committee. Alderman of the 10th Ward John Carbone was appointed by newly-elected mayor John Buckley. Carbone has served on both the Common Council and Planning and Development Committee for 14 years and has been involved in several Hornell businesses as both an owner and proprietor. “As a business owner, I like to see growth ... it helps the whole city,” says the new chairman.

Cuomo Proposes Funding for Sustainable Southern Tier Program
Governor Cuomo has issued $6.6 million in his proposed state budget for an initiative that would stimulate the Southern Tier economy. Alfred State College is being considered for its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) which creates sustainable energy solutions to construct a new forest economy. The college plans to use funding to further the development of existing eco-friendly manufacturing processes such as its hot water extraction process patented by its Applied Biorefinery Sciences (ABS) program. Bipartisan support for the initial funding has been expressed by Senator Cathy Young, Senator Schumer and Congressman Tom Reed.

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