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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, January 16th

Steuben Co. Teen Charged with Sexual Assault:


A Steuben County teenager has been charged following an alleged sexual assault in the Village of Wayland.  According to State Police, the unidentified 14-year-old engaged in sexual contact with two children under the age of 11.  The teen has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual act.



Springwater Man Arrested for Theft:


A man from Springwater has been arrested following investigation by New York State Troopers into the theft of jewelry from a residence in North Hornell.  It’s alleged that while 45-year-old Matthew Stewart was an employee of a flooring company and was working in an adjoining residence that he entered the victim’s residence on two occasions and stole jewelry.  Stewart was arraigned in the Town of Hornellsville Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.  The investigation also resulted in multiple additional victims, all of which may have also contracted with the same flooring company.  Anyone who believes they may have been a victim should call Investigators of the New York State Police at (585) 728-5007.


Steuben Co. Obtains Rights to Clear Trees to Prevent Future Flooding:


Following the heavy flooding due to ice jams in the river that forced residents out of their homes in Campbell over the weekend, Steuben County officials are looking to prevent such events in the future.  WENY-TV reports that county officials have obtained rights from the Upstate Milk Company to clear roughly 50 acres of trees near the river bank.  The project isn’t expected to begin until spring.



Gov. Cuomo to Announce Budget Proposal Today:


Gov. Andrew Cuomo will release his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year today. Analysts say one of the biggest challenges will be addressing the state’s $4.4 billion deficit. However, the Governor’s spending proposal is supposed to reduce the deficit to under $2 billion…but several factors could change that number. Another big chunk of spending will be on school aid. School leaders want a $1.6 billion increase. School spending has already increased more than 30% in the last six years. Cuomo delivers his budget address today at 1 p.m.



Hport Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:


The Board of Education in Hammondsport will be asked to approve some budget transfers on Wednesday during the regular meeting of the Board of Education. At the request on the superintendent, the Board will transfer $40,000 from the state retirement account to legal expense…and $63,000 from Teacher’s Retirement to students with disabilities/Other District Tuition. Also on the agenda…a discussion of the 2018-2019 school calendar and approval for a Ski Club Fundraiser request for the Billy Martin Circus on March 4.  The meeting will be held in the high school library at 6 p.m.



New York Among Amazon Hopefuls:


The Star-Gazette reports that New York State is among the many courting retail giant Amazon in hopes of landing the company’s proposed second headquarters.  The state has offered Amazon a package of taxpayer-funded incentives, the details of which have not been released.  The state’s economic-development branch, Empire State Development, submitted four regional bids in October for the Long Island and Hudson Valley area, New York City, Syracuse-Utica, and the Albany area.  The new Amazon headquarters is expected to be a $5 billion project that promises as many as 50,000 jobs. 



Steuben Trust Donates to Area Organizations:


14 area organizations have received a welcome boost from Steuben Trust Company.  Throughout 2017, employees of Steuben Trust were asked if they would like to voluntarily donate monthly on behalf of local charities that serve their communities.  Each employee who contributed was allowed to dress casually on the donation days, as a small thank to those who participated.  The employees raised over $1,600.  Each organization was presented with a check from managers at their respective branches during the holiday season.  Steuben Trust kicked off its 2018 campaign on Friday.

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