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Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 24, 2018

Local Correctional Officers Complete State Course
Corrections Supervisors from Steuben, Ontario, Wayne and Yates county sheriff’s offices completed training through the state Division of Criminal Justice Services Corrections Course this week. The class, which began last week on Monday February 12th, was held at the Steuben County Office Public Safety Building. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office own Sheriff Allard, Lieutenant Sutton and Lieutenant Mills instructed the course which instructed ethics, supervision styles, supervisor transition, legal issues, and other matters of leadership. The sixty hour course is required for those who are first line supervisors in corrections.

Farmers Unite at Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference

An opportunity for farmers to network and learn more about farming in their region was made possible yesterday through the Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference. The conference, held at Corning Community College, gives those in agricultural business a chance to become more educated about working with one another as communities as well as encourage economic growth through agritourism. Panels and meals allowed farmers to become introduced to fellow farms, farmers and issues in the business of agriculture. Farmers interested in attending future events like the Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference are highly encouraged to reach out to Cornell Cooperative Extension at (607) 664-2300.

Cuomo Joins Coalition of Governors to Prevent Gun Violence
Governor Cuomo has followed the lead of Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut governors in the attempt to combat gun violence. All four Democratic governors plan to study gun violence, jointly intercept illegal guns and cooperate to share intelligence in preventing incidents of violence involving guns. If an individual is prohibited from buying a gun in any of these four states, that information is to be shared with and made available to the three others. All four New England governors say this effort was facilitated due to what they say is “utter and complete inaction by Congress.” and will be campaigning for more officials and citizens to join their coalition this weekend in Washington, D.C. at the National Governors Association meeting.

Ira Davenport Site Administrator to Leave First Week of March
The Site Administrator for Ira Davenport Hospital is leaving. Richard Cleland’s resignation takes effect March 6th. A statement from the Arnot Health CEO said Cleland has accepted a unique opportunity which will allow him to return to his hometown and be with his family full-time. Officials say that over the next few weeks, they’ll be working closely on a transition plan. The hospital says it continues moving forward with several strategic initiatives such as the establishment of an inpatient geriatric behavioral health unit and the continued expansion of surgical programs and technology.

Steuben County Legislature to Discuss Opioid Crisis Monday
Steuben County officials are poised to propose strong steps in the fight against opioid addiction when the county Legislature meets Monday morning with a plan to incorporate past “best practices” with innovative strategies. While the proposal will be presented to the county Legislature and the public Monday, officials say there is overwhelming proof substance abuse has reached critical proportions in Steuben, as well as the nation. Steuben County experienced one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the nine-county Finger Lakes region in 2016. Also in 2016, 121 residents went to a hospital for an overdose…14 people died from opioids – nearly triple the number from 2015.

SCLBC to Demolish Two Properties and Restore Two More
Work by the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation (SCLBC) is well under way, with the demolition of one building on East Washington Street in Bath this week and a second demolition slated for April in the city of Hornell. The properties tagged for demolition were among four properties transferred by the Steuben Legislature to the newly formed SCLBC last July. The remaining two properties acquired by the land bank last summer are now being restored and are expected to be on the market in the city of Corning by next summer.

St. James Mercy Appoints Brideau as CEO/Interim President
The St. James Mercy Hospital Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Leo Brideau as Interim President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital, replacing Jennifer Sullivan, who had served as the hospital’s CEO since 2013. The hospital also announced the departure of Stan Konopko, who had served as Chief Financial Officer.

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