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Three Arrested in Sex Offender Sweep:


This month the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, in a cooperative effort with the United States Marshals Service, conducted status and address verifications of over 250 registered sex offenders in the county.  As a result, three men were arrested and two warrants were issued for interstate fugitives.  Arrested were: 69-year-old Jessie Smith of Bath for alleged failure to register and or verify an address change; and 57-year-old Charles Wolf of Canisteo and 58-year-old Jeffrey VanSkiver of Prattsburgh, both for alleged failure to register and or verify for individual internet access or identifiers.  All three were arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.



Cuomo Urges Renewal of Farmers’ Market Food Stamp Program:


Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on federal officials to renew the policy that allows food stamp recipients to use their benefits at local farmers’ markets.  The Governor says that the state was notified by the federal government that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients would no longer be able use their benefits at farmers’ markets because of a technology change.  In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cuomo argues that the program gives low-income families access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other locally produced items and that to eliminate it would hurt both recipients and local farmers.  The Department of Agriculture has not yet responded.



Reed Headed into November Election from Strongest Position Ever:


As the November General Election draws near, incumbent Congressman for the 23rd District, Republican Tom Reed is heading to the polls from his strongest position ever at this point in a campaign.  It was announced last week that the Reed Campaign has raised over $500,000 in the second quarter and now has over $1.25 million cash on hand.  Reed said that he’s grateful for the support of his neighbors in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York. 



Mitrano Endorsed by Sen. Gillibrand, Former Lt. Gov. Lundine:


Congressional hopeful Tracy Mitrano has received a pair of new endorsements in her race against incumbent Tom Reed.  On Friday, former Lieutenant Governor of New York and ten year member of congress, Stan Lundine endorsed Mitrano during a press conference.  Lundine said as a native of Western New York, he knows Mitrano has the commitment and competence to provide effective leadership for the region and the nation.  Then, on Saturday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her support for the challenger for the 23rd district seat, saying, “Tracy has the smarts and grit to fight for working and middle class families.”



Kanona Rest Stop to be Closed on July 18th:


The state Department of Transportation has announced that the Kanona Rest Area on I-86 will be closed this Wednesday, July 18th.  The rest stop, located on the west-bound side of the interstate, will be closed for construction through the entire day, but it is expected to reopen the following day on Thursday, July 19th.  Motorists are reminded not to speed through work zones.



Hundreds Turn Out for 4x4 Convoy for Trooper Clark:


Hundreds of participants turned out this weekend to take part in a 4x4 convoy in support of fallen NYS Trooper Nicholas Clark.  The convoy made its rounds Sunday from Painted Post to Canisteo and back.  Trooper Clark’s brother, Nathan, offered his thanks to everyone, saying that their family appreciates it from the bottom of their heart. As it was such a massive success, officials say the event will now become an annual tradition.   

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