Reed Visits Prattsburgh to Talk Rural Broadband Access
Congressman Tom Reed made an appearance at Prattsburgh this week to speak with Empire Access leaders to talk about the issue of broadband accessibility in rural communities. The latest versions of the Farm Bill in House and Senate have included broadband access improvements such as investments of more than $500 million into rural broadband expansion and infrastructure and establishes new minimum acceptable standards for broadband service to make sure rural access is indeed high speed. Broadband deployment loan programs would also see extensions and increases in funding under the bill while loans would be authorized for “middle mile” infrastructure in rural areas.
Schumer Introduces Bill for Vets to Solicit at USPS
A new bill introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer may have the U.S. Postal Service allowing veterans’ groups to solicit donations on post office property. A decades-old rule forbids all solicitation on post office property but Schumer believes that it’s a condition that’s “exasperating” and has called on the postal service to allow vets to fundraise on the property. “There are lots of causes and a lot of people who may want to sit in front of the post office. But they’re not at the same level as people who risked their lives for America,” said Senator Schumer. Schumer expects the legislation will pass with bipartisan support by October.
Reed Supports Military Force if North Korea Does Not Commit Peace
Local New York congressman Tom Reed telling a national audience that if Kim Jong-un does not commit to peace it will only leave the United States with the option of military force. The U.S. is hearing reports that North Korea continues a secret nuclear buildup. Reed made the remarks during a CNN interview.
New TV Ad Campaign Shows Deadly Results of Opiod Abuse
As the opioid crisis continues to devastate communities across New York State, a cross section of county leaders have come together to create a campaign to bring awareness to the signs of opioid abuse. The New York State Association of Counties has partnered with the New York State Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners to create a hard-hitting advertisement that will run on television stations throughout New York State. State officials say from 'first responder' law enforcement receiving calls for help, to the 'last responder' Coroners and Medical Examiners confirming the cause of death, local government officials confront the effects of addiction and opioid abuse in our communities every day. The Association of Counties said they are hopeful that this campaign will raise awareness of the signs of addiction before it's too late.
Free Medicare Seminars in July
Free Medicare Seminars are slated to be held for the month of July. Office of the Aging will sponsor the three seminars which will be led by certified Medicare insurance counselors from the organization. The information is geared toward those becoming Medicare eligible or those with questions on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans, low-income subsidies and anything else Medicare-related. The programs are scheduled for:
-July 18 at 10-11:30am at the Steuben County Offices Building’s third floor South Conference room
-July 19 at 1:30-3pm at the Hornell Senior Center
-July 24th at 10-11:30am at the Corning Senior Center’s small conference room.
To make a reservation or get more information, call Steuben County Office of the Aging at 664-2298.