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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, January 17th

Police Searching for Man Accused of Using Counterfeit Bill:


The State Police of Bath are looking for a man they believe used a counterfeit bill at the Dollar General store in Avoca on December 31st.  The man is described as a black male, thin, approximately 140 pounds and 5'6 to 5'9."  He was also said to have facial hair and possibly missing skin pigmentation around his neck and face.  He was last seen wearing a puffy red winter coat, skinny black jeans, and tan or brown shoes.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police.

Drug Charges Leveled Against Caton Supervisor:


The Supervisor for the Town of Caton is facing drug charges for allegedly selling marijuana.  65-year-old Lynn Tucker was charged Monday with criminal sale of marijuana and criminal possession of marijuana following a three month investigation by the Steuben County District Attorney's Drug Task Force.  He sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.  He will continue to act as Town Supervisor until convicted on a felony charge.



Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges:


A Canisteo man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop.  24-year-old Mathhew Houston is facing two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance after he was allegedly found with heroin and cocaine.  He is being held at the Steuben County Jail on $25,000 cash bail.

Boil Water Order for Hornellsville:


Another boil water order has been issued by the Hornell Department of Public Works.  This one applies to Hornellsville District 1, Airport Road, Industrial Park Road and Seneca Road North (North of Route 21).  The order is due to a water main break.


Gov. Cuomo Reveals 2018 Budget Proposal:


As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Tuesday.  Among the talking points is a proposed 3 percent spending boost for elementary and secondary education along with $10 million for after-school expansion.  $65 million is proposed to combat harmful algae blooms, with Cayuga Lake among those listed as a priority.  Cuomo is also pushing for more shared services and the proposal targeted reductions in state transportation and mental hygiene.  The budget must be finalized by April 1st.



Gov. Cuomo Calls for Recreational Marijuana Study:


During his budget presentation Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a study on recreational marijuana.  The Governor did not say whether or not he supports it, he merely stated that New York needs to know all of the facts such as the health impact, economic impact, and the state of the law, especially as neighboring states such as Massachusetts legalize it.  He’s proposing that the NYS Department of Health work with state police and other agencies to study how a regulated program would function.

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