County Public Health Advises Residents to Avoid Rabies Exposure
Steuben County Public Health Department is urging residents to avoid contact with wild animals following a sharp increase of people needing rabies treatment in Steuben County since January of this year. The County Health Department says residents should avoid contact with wild animals like bats, raccoons and stray cats and dogs. If an animal does bite you, report the bite to the on-call Public Health nurse at (607) 664-2438 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and calling (800) 836-4444 after hours. All domestic and farm animals should be vaccinated for rabies and free local rabies clinics are listed online at: https://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publichealth/rabiesclinic2018.pdf.
Steuben County Plans for Three-Year Algae Bloom Study
Steuben County is planning to contribute funds for a three-year, “Nine Element” study proposed by both the Keuka and Seneca Lake associations investigating specific factors that cause harmful algae blooms. The study will specify what causes have contributed nonpoint source pollution to prevent the harmful algae blooms from affecting water supplies of local municipalities located on Keuka and Seneca Lakes. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency and State Department of Environmental Conservation will lead the study plans as both agencies work in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension and Steuben County Soil & Water District.
NYS Revokes Charter's Time Warner Merger
Yesterday New York regulators revoked Charter Communication Inc.’s merger approval with Time Warner Cable Inc. State regulators ordered Charter Communications, which is the largest cable provider in the state, to replace the cable provider with another to serve the over 2 million customers in New York. The decision comes after the Public Service Commission’s action in response to months of disagreements over the company meeting goals set by regulators as part of the 2016 merger approval. One of unmet goals involves broadband expansion to rural areas. Regulators ordered Charter to pay $1 million for not meeting expansion target for the month of June 2018. Charter Communications has not stated if the company plans to challenge the Public Service Commission’s decision.
Former Assembly Speaker Silver Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison
Former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday for political corruption charges. The politician brokered legislative deals for over twenty years before criminal charges brought an end to his political career. US District Judge Valerie Caproni sentenced Silver and noted that the political corruption in the state “has to stop” adding “New York has to get its act together.” Silver’s original 2015 conviction was thrown out by an appeals court before this year where the jury once again found him guilty of taking almost $4 million in return for legislative favors he granted real estate developers and a cancer researcher. Silver expressed remorse for his actions during the trial and in a letter writing “I pray I will not die in prison...”
Senator Schumer Says Trump Farm Bailouts Will Worsen US Economy
The President’s farmer bailout was criticized this week in the Senate by Minority Leader Charles Schumer. The U.S.D.A. is planning to borrow $12 billion from the Federal Treasury to use for subsidizing producers affected by Trump’s trade war against China but Schumer believes bailouts for producers will only worsen the economic situation for American businesses, accusing the administration of picking and choosing the farm industry to reap the benefits of a bailout over other domestic industries such as steel and aluminum.