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Rochester Man Facing Drug Charges Following Bath Traffic Stop:


A traffic stop in the Village of Bath lead to drug charges for a Rochester man.  Officers say they stopped 20-year-old David Binion on East Morris Street and discovered a quantity of narcotics and a large amount of cash.  Binion has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and he was sent to the Steuben County jail on $25,000 cash bail.



C-PP Teacher Accused of Stealing from High School:


A teacher with the Corning-Painted Post School District has been arrested for allegedly stealing property from the Corning High School.  39-year-old Eric Griffin of Campbell allegedly stole property valuing less than $1,000.  He turned himself into Corning Police on Tuesday and he was released on an appearance ticket.



Power Mostly Restored After Strong Winds, Rain:


Power was knocked out for some in Steuben and Chemung counties Tuesday evening following heavy rain, strong winds, and even some hail.  Almost 700 residents across Steuben were affected, mostly in the Caton, Town of Corning, and Erwin areas.  NYSEG reports that all customers in Steuben have had their power restored at this time.  Some outages do remain in Chemung County.



NYS’ First Female A.G. Officially Appointed:


New York State has officially appointed its first-ever female Attorney General.  Barbara Underwood took over on an acting basis earlier this month after her predecessor, Eric Schneiderman, resigned amid allegations of assault.  She was officially named Tuesday and she will now serve as the state A.G. until the end of the year.  Voters will choose a new A.G. in November.  Underwood says she has no plans to run for a full four-year term at this time.



Corning’s GlassFest to Cause Street Closures This Weekend:


With GlassFest returning to Corning this weekend, drivers should be aware that several streets will be closed for festivities.  Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and lasting through 6 p.m. Sunday, Tioga Avenue from the parking garage to the entrance of the bus stop will be closed; and from 5 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday, Aurene Lane from Cedar to Tarantelli will only be open for emergency vehicles and deliveries.  The following streets will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday: Pine Street from Market Street to Burmese Lane; Market Street from Bridge Street to Wall Street; Wall Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese Lane; Chestnut Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese.  On Saturday, the following streets will be closed from 7:40 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the GlassFest 8k: Craumer Street, Cantigny Street, Aisne Street, Tioga Avenue (Ceder to Steuben), Steuben St. (Roundhouse Lane to Alabaster Lane), Cohocton Street (East Market Street Extension to Roundhouse Lane), Relihan Boulevard (Park Avenue to Trolley Lane), and Mill Lane (Relihan Boulevard to East Second Street Extension).  From 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Jacoby Street will also be closed on Saturday due to the race.  Throughout the event, free parking will be available in the Centerway Parking Facility.   



CCE Surveys Deadline June 15th:


Two important surveys available to help Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) meet the needs of Steuben farmers have had their deadlines changed from June 1st to June 15th to give farmers more time to participate.  The “Farmer Needs Survey” will provide information for future CCE programs and asks farmers of all backgrounds and experience levels to identify specific needs, favored resources, and ways to provide information.  It is located online at bit.ly/agneeds18.  The “Commercial Kitchen Survey” looks at interest in an important element of the Steuben County Farmland Protection Plan and seeks input on opening a certified Commercial Kitchen for farmers and others in Steuben and other counties to safely produce and sell value-added products.  This survey is located online at bit.ly/farmerkitchen. 



Bath V.A. Recognizes Volunteers:


The Bath V.A. Medical Center recently held its annual volunteer recognition program.  Over 150 volunteers and attendees enjoyed lunch and were recognized for their volunteer time.  There are over 350 registered volunteers at the Center that join in the mission to care for Veterans.  Each year a Volunteer of the Year is selected and this year’s nominee was Connie De Lisa with over 42 years of volunteering and 17,000 hours. 

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