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Public Hearing on Proposed Campbell Landfill Expansion Tomorrow:


The Department of Environmental Conversation will hold a public hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13th at 6 p.m. at the Campbell American Legion on the proposed expansion of the Hakes Landfill.  There have been some concerns voiced about the proposal; among them members of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter saying the DEC accepted a “deeply flawed” draft supplemental environmental impact statement.  Casella Waste Systems owns the landfill and its Regional Vice President, Larry Shilling said that he plans to attend and comment at tomorrow’s hearing.  The DEC also said they’ll consider all public input and that are accepting written comments until February 26th.   



Appellate Court Rejects Petition from Steuben County Woman:


A New York State Appellate Court has rejected a petition filed on behalf of a Steuben County woman.  29-year-old Sarah Murphy-Sears of Bath is currently serving a prison sentence after being convicted of felony counts of welfare fraud and 2nd degree attempted assault.  The court said that “contrary to her contention, the record demonstrates that [Murphy-Sears] validly waived her right to appeal,” and as such they declined “to exercise [their] power to review those challenges as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice.”  According to the New York State Department of Corrections, Murphy-Sears is currently an inmate at Bedford Hills.



Kolb Drops Out of NYS Governor’s Race:


In a statement to the press on Friday, Republican contender for New York State Governor Brian Kolb announced that he is stepping aside.  The State Assembly Minority Leader cited the hardships of a campaign on his family life as a deciding factor in his decision.  As a candidate, Kolb had won the support of nine Finger Lakes region Republican County Chairs, including Steuben’s chair Joe Sempolinski.  In response to Friday’s announcement, Sempolinski said that he was disappointed but that they’ll “move on and coalesce around another candidate that can defeat Andrew Cuomo.”  As for Kolb, he said he is “very grateful to the friends, volunteers, activists, business and community leaders, and donors for their support,” and that he will continue to serve the people of New York as Assembly Leader.



144 Drug Arrests Made by Hornell Police in 2017:


During the recent monthly meeting of the Hornell Board of Public Safety, Hornell Police Chief Ted Murray presented drug arrest statistics for 2017.  The total of 144 was on par with 2016 figures, though the demographics did change year-over year.  Marijuana arrests were up slightly from 61 to 67, Cocaine arrests went down from 45 to 25, heroin arrests remained fairly steady rising only two from 23 to 25, and prescription drug arrests went up from 16 to 24.  Mayor John Buckley praised the department for its efforts and said that continued cooperation between the codes office, fire department, and police department will go a long way to spotting drug activity in 2018. 



Removal of Potentially Dangerous Guardrail Components Expected this Summer:


As of this month, the state Department of Transportation says that it has removed 17 potentially dangerous X-Lite Guardrail End Terminals from New York highways.  The DOT says 26 X-Lites remain and are scheduled for removal this summer.  Of those 26, 19 of them are in the Southern Tier.  While there have been no injuries or fatalities in New York attributed to the X-Lites, the terminals made headlines in 2016 when a Fredonia native was killed in Tennessee after her vehicle struck one of the X-Lites and it impaled the cabin of her vehicle.  Several other motor vehicle deaths in several other states have also been attributed to the X-Lite.

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