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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust:


A Rochester man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Hornell, and could face additional charges in relation to an overdose in Hornell.  32-year-old Paul Rivera was stopped by police on July 11th and was allegedly found in possession of 38 bags of heroin, 16 bags of crack cocaine, and 5 bags of crack hydrochloride – all ear marked for sale and distribution.  Rivera is charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd and three counts of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third.  Further charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance and assault in the second as a result of a heroin overdose are possible, pending lab results.  The overdose occurred on June 29th and Narcan was administered to the victim.  Rivera has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Former Savona Mayor Pleads Not Guilty to Alleged Mismanagement of Funds:


In Bath Village Court this week, former Savona Mayor Gregge Harrian pled not guilty to charges in relation to alleged mismanagement of village funds during his term.  Harrian is charged with two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and two counts of first degree falsifying business records, both class E felonies.  Harrian allegedly misappropriated thousands of dollars in village funds for unauthorized and personal transactions.  He has been released on his own recognizance and is due back in court in September.



Crestwood LPG Storage Proposal Is No More:


After 8 years, the battle over proposed liquid petroleum gas storage in underground salt caverns around Seneca Lake is finally over.  Thursday the DEC issued an application denial to Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC; a subsidiary of Crestwood Equity Partners.  Many residents of the Finger Lakes region have already come out in support of the decision.  Crestwood has yet to respond. 



Sitel Laying Off 184 Workers:


Sitel announced Thursday that it’s laying off 184 workers from its Painted Post location.  The company sites the departure of a major client, believed by employees and local officials to be the Wall Street Journal, as the reason for the terminated positions.  Affected employees will be let go sometime in October.  According to the company, full-time workers who stay through the termination date and who currently have benefits will remain eligible for those benefits through the last day of their last month.    



Judge Watches Secures Four Ballot Lines in County Judge Race:


Judge Chauncey Watches has filed petitions securing him four ballot lines in this fall’s election for Steuben County Judge.  Watches filed Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party petitions.  In all, he and his team collected nearly 2,000 signatures – hundreds more than the minimum 5 percent required by state law. 



Medical Marijuana to Become Alternative to Opioids:


Anyone in New York prescribed an opioid will soon be able to request medical marijuana as an alternative.  The state Department of Health announced the new policy Thursday, with state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker saying medical marijuana has been shown to be an effective pain treatment that doesn’t have the risk of addiction that comes with opioids.  He said offering the alternative is a critical step in the fight against the opioid epidemic.  The new policy is expected to take effect this fall. 



Nixon Officially Secures Spot on Primary Ballot:


Cynthia Nixon has officially earned her spot on the upcoming primary ballot for New York State Governor.  She and her team have collected more than 65,000 signatures.  Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo already secured his place on the ballot by receiving the endorsement of the state Democratic Party.  The primary is set for September 13th.  The winner will face off against republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in the November General Election. 



Public Housing Smoking Ban Takes Effect This Month:


At the end of this month, all public housing agencies (PHAs) have to be smoke-free.  The regulation was adopted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2016.  Under it, lit tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and pipes, are prohibited in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices, and all outdoor arears within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings. 



Steuben Hall of Fame Reception July 23rd:


The public is invited to the Steuben County Hall of Fame reception immediately following the regular session of the county Legislature on July 23rd.  Those nominated for honors in 2018 and expected to be approved during the regular legislative session are: Mark Alger, first count administrator, and later the first county manager; Clara Comstock, known as “The Orphan Train Lady,” for selecting adoptable children from New York City and sending them by train to destinations farther west; and Anna Cadogan Etz, who was active in the New York State Women’s Suffrage Association and who’s newspaper column “Suffrage Notes and Comments” appeared in 40 newspapers from 1912 to 1917.  The reception honoring these inductees will be held in the County Office Building third-floor foyer.

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