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Today's Top Stories - Thursday August 9th, 2018

Tops Markets Union Workers Voting on Benefits
Union members working at Tops Markets are voting on whether or not they will accept the newly-negotiated 401K seed lump sum and percentage contribution that will be based on members’ ages and years of service. As Tops Markets is coming closer to bankruptcy, voting began Tuesday of this week and will end today, with workers in the Ithaca, Watertown and Norwich region of stores casting their votes. Employees from Finger Lakes region Stores voted earlier this week on Tuesday.


Corning Streets to Close for Paving Tomorrow
Street paving will cause closings to several Corning streets tomorrow. The following streets will be closed to traffic and from 6am to 6pm there will be no parking allowed on Catherine Street from Cedar Street to East Street and East Street from Catherine Street to its end. Monday and Tuesday August 13th and 14th, Buffalo Street from Reynolds Avenue to Townsend Avenue and Stimson Street  from Reynolds Avenue to Cutler Avenue Extension are scheduled for closings in Corning.


Study Finds Increase in Finger Lakes Tourist Spending
Spending by travelers in the Finger Lakes region jumped by 2.4% last year according to a study released by I Love New York. According to the study, tourism in our region supported over 58,000 jobs. Council Executive Director Lisa Burns notes: “I think it’s a testimony to what the state is doing and how it trickles with everybody…”

Corning Woman’s Multiple Charges Reduced to Disorderly Conduct
A Corning woman who was arrested last week for leaving her children home alone to go smoke marijuana has had her charges reduced. The City of Corning Court says 39-year-old Joy Edelman’s charges of three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of unlawfully growing cannabis and one count of unlawful possession of marijuana have been reduced instead to a single count of Disorderly Conduct. Corning City Court says Edelman will be subject to one year conditional discharge and must pay a fine.

NY Begins Intellicheck “Law ID” Pilot
New York State has become the first to launch a new pilot program for law enforcement and the Department of Motor Vehicles as part of the “Operation Prevent Campaign”. The Intellicheck “Law ID” app will help crack down on fake IDs by scanning licenses and IDs, matching the barcode up to driving records from all 50 states in the country. Although, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says the app won’t be very useful to their Department, as the New York State track system they currently use gives access to a database with more information to validate IDs and driving records through a portable tablet. However, Allard thinks the technology would be more useful to local businesses selling alcohol: "I look forward to a time when retail establishments can have a similar tool and are able to use that to verify ID's as people are coming into establishments that serve alcoholic beverages," says Allard.

Gillibrand Promotes More Funding for Historic Preservation
Funding increases for the Historic Preservation Fund are getting a push from US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The Historic Preservation Fund is the primary source to fund programs to rebuild and revitalize historic sites, structures and older neighborhoods but next year’s federal budget calls for drastic cuts to the program. Gillibrand says the Fund has already made billions of dollars worth of investments to communities across the country and statewide. She wants to restore the program’s funding to $96.91 million for New York State.

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