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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 11th

Hammondsport Businesses Struck by Car:


Two Hammondsport businesses suffered damage early Tuesday morning when they were struck by an alleged drunk driver.  In a post on Facebook, Erin Maloney of Maloney’s Pub, said that considerable damage was done to their front porch, and that several trees and tables at the Village Tavern were damaged.  Maloney’s did open for regular business Tuesday afternoon.  Police have not released any information about the driver.



Corning Man Arrested for Stealing Reed Campaign Sign:


A Corning man is facing a charge of petit larceny for allegedly stealing a campaign sign for Congressman Tom Reed.  According to the Communications Director for the Reed Campaign Abbey Daughtery, yard signs for the Reed Campaign had been disappearing, so tracking devices were put in the signs, and one such device led police to the home of Gary McCaslin.  McCaslin is the leader of the group Citizens for a Better Southern Tier, which names itself on its Facebook page as a bipartisan organization working to ensure all concerns of the residents of the 23rd District are heard and addressed by elected officials.  McCaslin will answer the charge in Corning City Court at a later date.



Steuben Property Auction Friday:


The 2018 Steuben County Delinquent Real Property Tax Auction is this Friday at 10 a.m. at the Campbell-Savona High School.  Some 60 properties are listed on the county website at http://www.steubencony.org.  The tax sale is being held at the Campbell location this year due to extensive renovations at the usual site in Bath.



Drug Take Back Act Signed into Law:


The New York State Senate announced Tuesday that the “Drug Take Back Act” has been signed into law.  Sponsored in part by Senator Tom O’Mara, the legislation established a unified statewide drug take-back program that will reduce medication misuse, and will save government and taxpayer money by expanding the number of permanent, locally based drop-off locations.  It will also protect the state’s water supplies by preventing drugs from being improperly disposed of by flushing or other means.  The act will make pharmaceutical manufactures responsible for costs of the program, including public education and awareness, drug collection, transport, and destruction.



$275,000 Awarded to E-C Airport:


$270,000 in federal funding is headed to the Elmira-Corning Airport, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.  The announcement was made Tuesday.  According to Schumer, the funds will be used to market the airport’s expanded service between Elmira and Newark. 



Bath Police Endorse Chauncy Watches for Steuben Co. Judge:


The Bath Police Benevolent Association announced Tuesday its endorsement of Republic Judge Chauncey Watches for Steuben County Court Judge.  The PBA represents the men and women of the Bath Police Department.  In their endorsement letter, PBA President William Baker said that “…Judge Watches has never let [them] down.”  In response, Watches said he’s honored and humbled to have the support of the Bath Police.  This year’s Primary Election is set for Thursday, September 13th, with the General Election on Tuesday, November 6th



Rep. Reed Endorses Farley for Senate:


Congressman Tom Reed has announced his endorsement of Chele Farley for U.S. Senate.  Farley is looking to unseat incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  Reed called Farley “the smart choice for New York,” and said, “her experience as a businesswoman combined with her plan to protect taxpayers across [the] state is a winning formula.”  In response, Farley thanked Reed for his support.



Steuben Residents May Be Eligible for Cooling Assistance:


The Steuben County Office for the Aging and county Department of Social Services urge older adults and people with certain medical conditions to find out if their household qualifies for cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Cooling Assistance Benefit program.  Eligibility requirements include: gross monthly income at or below HEAP’s monthly income limits, or the household receives SNAP, temporary assistance, or supplemental security income living alone; a household member has a documented medical condition worsened by heat; the household received a regular HEAP Heating Benefit greater than $21 this year.  For more information call the Office for the Aging at (607) 664-2298 or the Department of Social Services at (607) 664-2500.



Residents Encouraged to Use Blue Light Bulbs in Commemoration of Fallen



Area residents are being encouraged to switch their porch lights to blue lightbulbs this Friday in commemoration of local fallen Trooper, Nicholas Clark.  Trooper Clark was killed on July 2nd while responding to a suicide call in the Town of Erwin.  Police Benevolent Association Troop E Delegate, Trooper Jason Sheridan said that Corning Home Depot is getting in on the initiative as well.  The store donated over 700 blue lights to Troop E troopers and Canisteo residents to help them make the switch.  If you do switch your porch light, the PBA encourages you to take a photo and post them on social media using #SupportTrooperClark. 



Corning, Inc. Recognized for Disability Inclusion:


Corning, Incorporated has been named one of the best places to work in the United States for disability inclusion by the Disability Equality Index.  According to DEI, Corning, Inc., was one of the major businesses to score a 100, meaning they adhere to most of the disability inclusion practices featured in the DEI.  The list was established in 2015.  This is the first time Corning Inc. has been featured.

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