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Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 14, 2018

Wayland Man Arrested for UPM
Steuben County Sheriffs’ Office reports the arrest of a 21-year-old Wayland man. Thomas Hough is alleged to have possessed hashish oil and marijuana while in a vehicle on Lackawanna Street in Wayland. Hough was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and unlawful possession of marijuana and released to reappear in Wayland Town Court next month.


Vital Statistics Consolidation Approved for Avoca Town and Village
Steuben County Human Services Health and Education Committee approved the consolidation of vital statistics between the Town of Avoca and Village of Avoca. The town and village each maintained separate records prior to the approval but the municipalities will now combine their vital statistics under the authority of the town. Vital statistics records include documents such as birth and death records as well as marriage and divorce records and are maintained by the state Department of Health, who made a strong recommendation to consolidate the records to avoid duplicate reports.


NYS Assembly Passes Bill Banning Under 21's from Serving Alcohol
The New York State Assembly passed a bill making it illegal for anyone under age 21 to serve alcohol or handle an open container and it may impact Southern Tier wineries and restaurants negatively if signed into law. The bill would also make other restrictions like limiting the number of wine or cider tastings a winery could give and making it against the law for a winery to serve the same person more than once in the same day. If the governor signs the bill into law, it could affect employment and hours of workers under 21 working in establishments serving alcohol and harm local business in wine country.


DOT Announces Upcoming Keuka Rest Stop Closure
The New York State Department of Transportation announced yesterday that on Wednesday July 18th, the Kanona rest area will be closed. For an entire day, the rest area located on the west bound side of Interstate 86 will be closed for construction but will reopen the following day on Thursday July 19th. Motorists traveling through there are reminded not to speed through the work zone.

Chemung Sheriffs Want Leads for Hobby Lobby Larceny Suspects
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office needs help from the public in an investigation into a larceny that happened at the Big Flats Hobby Lobby on County Route 64. The Sheriff’s Office needs information to identify three women who allegedly stole merchandise there June 20th. Security photos of the three female suspects were posted on the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page yesterday. Anyone with information on the identity of any or all of the three women is encouraged to contact the Office’s Criminal Investigation Division at (607) 737-2933

Marijuana Legalization May Generate $678 Million in Tax Revenue
This week, the New York State Department of Health released a 74-page analysis estimating marijuana legalization could help the state generate a potential tax revenue of almost $700 million. The report also estimates state residents and visitors spend between $1.7 billion and $3.5 billion on illegal cannabis annually and claims New York “would be one of the largest potential regulated marijuana markets in the United States.” Between $250 million and $678 million in revenue for “public health, education, transportation, research, law enforcement and workforce development.” could be seen by New York depending on the tax rate created by lawmakers. The governor has softened his stance on the substance recently, helping to commission the Department of Health’s analysis released yesterday. State lawmakers will return to Albany in January, giving them time to consider possible proposals for legalization.

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