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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, March 28th

Man Wanted in Hornell Drug Raid Arrested:


A man wanted in connection with a drug raid in Hornell has now been arrested and is facing several charges.  64-year-old Hamid Afzali of Flushing is charged with criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance, and criminal sale of a controlled substance on or near school grounds.  They are all felony charges.  Afzali has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Street Closure in Bath for Gas Man Replacement:


Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) will be replacing a gas main on Pine Street, between West William Street and West Morris Street in Bath beginning Monday, April 2nd.  For safety reasons, the street will be closed.  Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction, which is expected to last throughout the month of April.  The intersections of West William/Pine, West Steuben/Pine, and West Morris/Pine will be closed periodically as BEGWS cuts the pavement and replaces the gas main across these intersections.



Steuben Co. Traffic Safety Board Meeting Friday:


The Steuben County Traffic Safety Board meets Friday. Two new issues will be reviewed. The Board has received a request from Bully Hill Vineyards for posted speed limit signs on Greyton H. Taylor Memorial Drive. Another request is from a Town of Campbell resident requesting a speed reduction from 40 mph to 30 mph on Clawson Drive.



Corning Postpones Hospice Home Decision Following Resident Pushback:


The Corning Planning Board had decided to postpone a vote on a proposed hospice home on Brown Road following pushback from residents.  A petition to stop the home from coming to the area with 55 signatures was handed to the board.  The Comfort Care Home, known as Bampa’s House, would be built on a 2.75 acre property in the Village of South Corning.  Would be neighbors say they support the concept, but not the location, and they have concerns about the volume of traffic that will be brought to the residential neighborhood. 



NYS A.G. Announces Lawsuit Over Census Question:


Following the announcement Monday by the U.S. Commerce Department that the upcoming 2020 census will ask respondents whether they are citizens, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday that he will be leading a multistate lawsuit against it.  Supporters of the question say it will help enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which aims to prevent voting rights violations, but in a statement Schneiderman said it violates both the 14th Amendment and the Enumeration Clause of the United States Constitution.  He said it will create an “environment of fear and distrust in immigrant communities that would make impossible both an accurate Census and the fair distribution of federal tax dollars.”  The census is required by the Constitution and is also used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives.  California has also already filed a lawsuit against the question, and New Jersey and Massachusetts both also expressed interest in leading or participating in lawsuits.     



Southern Tier Outdoor Show Announces DogDogs for 2018:


The 2018 Southern Tier Outdoor Show isn’t until October, but already officials have announced a brand new event that will feature at this year’s show.  For the first time ever, the high flying action of DockDogs will come to the Steuben County Fairgrounds for both spectators and competitors to enjoy.  DockDogs is the independent governing and sanctioning body for dock jumping and dock diving canine performance sports, and it will include the Big Air Wave competition, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve.  The competitions will be open to any and everyone.  Your dog must be 6 months or older, but dogs of any breed, size, or shape are welcome.  Handlers above the age of 7 are welcome, and there will be a Youth Handler class for those between the ages of 7 and 14.  Pre-registration will be available until one week prior to the event at http://www.dockdogs.com, or you can register on-site at the beginning of the day.  The 2018 Southern Tier Outdoor Show will be held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds on October 13th and 14th

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