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Fire Lt. Accused of Selling Drugs Back in Court This Week:


The Corning Fire Lieutenant accused of selling drugs will be back in court today.  43-year-old Thomas Margeson, who also served as Horseheads Assistant Chief, is expected in Chemung County Court.  He was arrested and charged with selling heroin in September.



Reed Statement on Government Shutdown:


Falling short of an agreement, the federal government remains shutdown this morning.  Over the weekend, local lawmakers spoke out about the issue.  In a statement, Congressman Tom Reed blames extremes on both sides of the aisle.  He added that despite the shutdown, his office remains open.  A vote on a short-term funding bill is scheduled for noon today.



O’Mara Co-Sponsoring Donated Food Tax Credit Bill:


On Friday, Senator Tom O’Mara announced that he is con-sponsoring legislation that would establish a tax credit to incentivize New York’s food industry to donate their surplus food to local food banks and pantries.  The tax credit of up to $5,000 would be for grocery stores, food brokers, wholesalers, restaurateurs, and catering services that donate surplus or about-to-waste food.  This proposal builds on legislation from 2017 that established a tax credit for farmers who donate fresh produce to food banks and other emergency food providers.



Lower Blood-Alcohol Content Limit Proposed by NY Lawmaker:


Following the release of a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine last week that proposed changes to drunk-driving limits, a New York lawmaker is looking to turn that suggestion into reality.  Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is re-introducing his bill that would change the limit from 0.08 to 0.05.  The bill hasn’t been scheduled for a vote at this time.



4-Star Rating for St. James Hospital:


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a four-star rating for St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell.  Ratings on quality of care for more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country are posted on http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.  Out of 171 hospitals in New York, St. James is one of just 15 to receive a four-star rating.  Two hospitals received five-star ratings.    

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