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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, February 15th

Wegmans to Sponsor Wineglass Half-Marathon:


Wineglass Marathon organizers have announced that Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. will be the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Wineglass Half Marathon.  The eighth annual Wineglass Half Marathon presented by Wegmans starts at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 30th.  Runners will take to the roads on this point-to-point course from Campbell to the finish line on Market Street in Corning.  This event sells out early every year, and currently is at 65 percent of capacity.  For more information, visit http://www.wineglassmarathon.com or follow Wineglass Marathon on Facebook.



Big Flats Talks Arnot Mall Redevelopment:


Big Flats Supervisor Ed Fairbrother recently provided an update on the proposed Arnot Mall redevelopment.  He said that it will be ongoing for multiple years and that one specific attraction mall officials are considering implementing is a farmers market.  The mall project is expected to get underway before April 1st with the groundbreaking for the Holiday Inn Express.



Gillibrand Supports Marijuana Legalization:


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday that she is cosponsoring the Marijuana Justice Act, legislation that would legalize marijuana on a federal level by removing it from the list of controlled substances.  The legislation, which was introduced by Senator Cory Booker, would also expunge the records of those with prior marijuana possession convictions, create incentives for states to change outdated marijuana laws, and create a fund to reinvest in communities that have been most impacted by marijuana polices by investing in job training programs, educational opportunities, public libraries, community centers, and other programs.  According to a Siena College poll released this week, a majority of New Yorkers support marijuana legalization and a recent Fox News poll showed 60 percent of Americans across the country favor legalization, an all time high.



Hartsville Increasing Dog License Fees:


At Wednesday’s meeting of the Hartsville Town Board, the current dog law was amended to increase licensing fees.  The new fees will increase from $8.50 to $10 for spayed and neutered dogs, and from $16.50 to $18 for unsprayed or unneutered.  Hartsville is also planning to perform a dog census in the near future.



NYS Awards $4M to Develop Open Access Substance Abuse Centers:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded more than $4 million to develop 10 24/7 Open Access Centers to deliver immediate engagement, assessment and referral service options to New Yorkers seeking treatment for substance abuse. The primary goal of Open Access Centers is to ensure that anyone in need of substance use disorder services has immediate access to addiction treatment services. Steuben County residents will be served by the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, which will receive $450,000.

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