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Steuben County Storm Report:


Steuben County officials say utility are working diligently to restore power to the roughly 1,200 customers still without power this morning while Red Cross shelters in Canisteo and Prattsburgh closed at 6 p.m. Sunday.  The power failures and shelter openings were in response to a powerful winter storm that arrived in the region Friday, dropping as much as 18 inches of snow in Steuben and making safe travel difficult and dangerous.  A Travel Advisory was issued Friday morning and remained in effect until Saturday evening.  Some 10,000 homes and businesses originally reported a loss of power, with about two dozen individuals requiring shelter.  Crews and volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the following days to clear roads, remove downed trees, restore power, and provide other services.  Steuben County Chairman Joe Hauryski thanked all of those who responded to the emergency.



2 Charged for Failing to Provide Adequate Shelter to Dog:


Lack of adequate shelter for a dog led to the arrest of two Tuscarora residents.  27-year-old Amanda Wilbur and 28-year-old Troy Rupar were arrested on February 28th after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received a report that their dog was not being properly taken care of.  Deputies said when they responded to the residence, they found a puppy left outside without proper shelter.  Both Wilbur and Rupar were issued appearance tickets.  The Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that during the winter months, all dogs outside must be provided with water, wind resistant, properly insulated enclosed shelter.  Failure to do so can result in criminal action.



Reed Talks Guns, Jobs at Town Halls:


The extreme weather didn’t stop Congressman Tom Reed from holding three town hall meetings over the weekend.  Reed made stops in Baldwin, Addison, and Almond where he fielded questions about the state of mental health in this country in the wake of the deadly Florida high school shooting in February.  Reed said, “That’s a conversation we need to have, to go after those individuals exhibiting violence and are so mentally deranged that they are just a sociopath that we need to learn from to mitigate them from being in a position again.”  Reed also said that he’s opposed to banning assault-style weapons.  There was also talk at the meetings of jobs and the economy.  Reed said he will take his constituents concerns back to Washington D.C. 



Palmesano Fighting for Library Funding:


At a rally at the State Capitol last week, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano meet with officials representing local libraries and library systems to help fight to restore the governor’s proposed budget cuts to library aid.  Palmesano is also calling for an increase in funding so that the total library aid is in compliance with the state statute.  Palmesano said that library usage is up across the state and for many people in rural areas their local library is where they can go to get online and get connected to career opportunities.  He called it “…an investment in life-long learning, an investment in literacy, an investment in workforce development.”

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