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Paroled Felons to be Allowed to Vote:


During a speech to the National Action Network’s (NAN) annual conference in Manhattan, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will soon sign an executive order granting paroled felons the right to vote in New York State.  Currently, those convicted of a felony and sentenced to prison are unable to vote until completing their sentence and parole.  Those on probation do not lose their voting right.  Those doing time for a misdemeanor can vote absentee.



Steuben Sheriff Adds Deputies, Promotes Others:


Two new full-time deputies and two seasonal deputies were sworn in at the Steuben County Public Safety Building earlier this month in front of family, friends, and co-workers with Sheriff Jim Allard officiating.  Returning Deputy Brandon Martin, a five-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, and a four-year veteran of the Village of Canisteo Police Department was sworn in along with Deputy Josh Day, a four-year veteran of the City of Hornell Police Department.  Also sworn in were two members of the navigation, or boat, patrol as seasonal deputies: Deputy P.J. Dyring, currently a Lieutenant at the City of Corning Police Department, and Deputy Nicholas Muhleisen, who is currently completing training at the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy.  Both of them will begin work during the boating season this summer.  Promoted at the ceremony were Sergeant Brandon Scott and Corporal Josh VanSkiver as first line supervisors.  Sergeant Scott is a seven-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office.  Corporal VanSkiver is a two-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, a three-year veteran of the City of Corning Police Department, and an 11-year veteran of the City of Elmira Police Department.



Main Street in Hornell Work to begin Monday:


Asphalt resurfacing work on Main Street in the City of Hornell will begin on Monday, April 23rd, the New York Department of Transportation has announced.  While the work is being done, traffic will be maintained by lane closures in one lane.  Motorists should expect delays.  The work is set to be done by July 13th



Savona Farm Offers Agriculture Training for Vets.:


Several local veterans recently headed to a farm in Savona that hosted a free agriculture training workshop for those who fought for our country.  The vets were able to learn more about building, installing, and repairing fencing for livestock at Walter Palmer’s Farm.  The program was put together by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of New York.  For more information on future events through the Cornell Cooperative Extension visit http://www.putknowledgetowork.org



Rockwell Museum Moves Bison for Building Upgrades:


It was a bit of sight in Corning Wednesday, when one of the Rockwell Museum’s most famous fixtures was removed and took a ride down Dension Parkway.  Artemis the Bison was taken down so that the museum can undergo some upgrades in commemoration of its 125th anniversary.  Museum officials said no one should panic.  Artemis was removed to protect him from the work and while he’s down, he’ll even get some pampering of his own.  The artist will be looking him over and making any repairs if needed.  The museum renovation is expected to take six to eight weeks, and will focus mainly on the building’s windows, some of which haven’t been changed or upgraded in over 100 years. 



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s SPIRIT Program Graduates 3 More:


Three forever homes for three dogs will become reality at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, April 23rd at 1 p.m.  Rowan, Phoenix, and Sequoia will graduate from the SPIRIT program at the county jail and be adopted into their forever homes.  The three dogs were rescued as puppies from abandonment by the Hornell Humane Society and were turned over to the Sheriff’s Office for training.  They received six weeks of in-house obedience training from designated and trained inmate handlers in the jail.  All three dogs have been adopted and are waiting for graduation to join their new families.  Sheriff Allard said, “What a phenomenal program, not only for the dogs, but for the inmates and the corrections officers.  All staff have done an excellent job of working with the program and there is no doubt that it has had a positive impact on the inmate handlers.” 



Bon-Ton Stores to Close by Aug. 31st:


It’s official.  The over 200 Bon-Ton stores will be closing.  The sale of all 260 stores to two liquidation firms has been approved by a bankruptcy court and corporate officials have confirmed that all remaining stores will be shut down by August 31st.  Going out of business sales are to begin immediately.  Locally, a Bon-Ton store can be found in the Arnot Mall.  Mall officials told WETM that proceedings have not bee fully released, and that they will continue to monitor the situation. 

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