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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 4, 2018

EEC Study Finds Steuben Behind in Broadband Access
A recent local technology survey found only 33 percent of Steuben County residents receive adequate access to broadband services. According to the study conducted by ECC Technologies, Inc.,Steuben is behind other counties significantly and the rate of residents receiving adequate high-speed broadband services is far behind the standards set for New York State. The study found the choices of competitive providers also failed to meet needs of local rural customers. No specific funding is currently available to help improve access in the very spread out population of large Steuben County. To help achieve future access,  the study suggested Outreach and Education to attract new carriers to the area, new marketing data to use in justifying new investments by potential carriers and pursuing funding by working with the Southern Tier Network to apply for federal and state grants expanding broadband coverage.


Two I-86 Tractor Trailer Accidents Delay Area Traffic
Two tractor-trailer accidents occured yesterday on I-86 causing delays for drivers and temporary damage. At about 4:45 in the morning near Exit 44 in Painted Post on a flyover ramp, a tractor-trailer overturned onto a guardrail. Later, at 1:30pm near Exit 52 in Big Flats, a truck driver lost control of the tractor-trailer he was driving. Police, ambulance and T & R Towing responded to the scene.


Reed Meets With Seniors in Horseheads
ongressman Tom Reed met with seniors in Horseheads this week at an invitation only event organized by AARP’s Chemung County Chapter to talk about Social Security and Medicare. Seniors said they are concerned about the high cost of prescription drugs and the Social Securtity they paid into being enough to support their cost of living and needs as seniors. Reed says he suports the proposal to raise the age to 67 for Medicare eligibility and changing the law so Medicare directly negotiates drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.


Gillibrand Visits Corning Senior Center
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was at the Corning Senior Center yesterday advocating for legislation designed to keep prescription drug prices down. Gillibrand sponsors the Stop Price Gouging Act that would mandate pharmaceutical companies to report increases in prices of drugs and give justification for the change in prices. Pharmaceutical companies that don’t comply will be given tax penalties under the proposed bill. Gillibrand said about seniors: “Oftentimes they are forced to choose between paying the bills, paying the heat, paying the mortgage or buying their prescription drugs.” Gillibrand also talked about other bills she is currently cosponsoring for prescription drug reform including the Capping Prescription Cost Act, Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act, Affordable Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act and the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act.


Watkins Glen International Named "Best NASCAR Track" Again
USA Today has named the Southern Tier’s own Watkins Glen International as number one in their Reader’s Choice pick for “Best NASCAR Track” for the third year in a row. WGI made it following being a part of 20 finalists in the nation in this year’s voting contest that lasted a month long. Watkins Glen International track events bring over 2,000 local jobs to the area and generate an estimated $200 million in local economic activity.


Cuomo Appoints Group to Draft Adult-Use Marijuana Program
Governor Cuomo has appointed a workgroup to draft legislation for a regulated

adult-use marijuana program for the legislature to consider in the upcoming session

- based on the findings of a multi-agency study he commissioned in January. The

Department of Health-led study concluded that the positive impacts of a regulated

marijuana market in New York State outweigh the potential negative impacts, and

that areas that may be a cause for concern can be mitigated with regulation and

proper use of public education that is tailored to address key populations. The

report found that regulation of marijuana benefits public health by enabling

government oversight of the production, testing, labeling, distribution, and sale of


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