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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 18, 2018

Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency at Storm Briefing
Governor Andrew Cuomo held a storm briefing yesterday regarding the recent rain, thunderstorms and flash flooding earlier this week that damaged parts of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. Cuomo declared Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties under a state of emergency until August 21st. He said 106 requests for assistance from local governments throughout New York State were made and a deployment of 200 from the National Guard will be helping local governments with cleanup after the storm.

Police on Patrol Until Labor Day for “Drive Sober…” Campaign
State and local law enforcement begin the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign this weekend that continues through Labor Day on Monday September 3rd. The patrol is to prevent driving impaired by drugs and alcohol as a pattern of increased travel and traffic volumes begins throughout the state, resulting in potential for more accidents and danger to drivers. Motorists can expect sobriety checkpoints and more troopers on major highways watching for distracted or impaired drivers, unbuckled vehicle occupants and drivers not following the Move Over Law. Last year’s Labor Day Weekend patrol yielded in State Police arresting 193 people for DWI.

Savona Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Savona man following a response to a call for a domestic incident in the town of Bradford. The investigation revealed Charles DeCamp allegedly violated a duly served order of protection and possessed a firearm while having a previous felony conviction. Before being remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail, DeCamp was arraigned at the Town of Campbell Court and charged with Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the fourth degree and Criminal Tampering.

Hornell Man Arrested for DWI Charges
A Hornell man was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Ability Impaired and Possession of a Controlled Substance after Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision. Upon investigation, it was revealed Blaine Hunt was allegedly operating a vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, damaged the property of a Crosby Creek Road resident in Hornell and illegally possessed prescription medication. Hunt was arraigned in Hornell City Court, released, and scheduled to return to Hartsville Town Court at a later date.

Congressman Reed Visits Corning-Elmira to Promote Bipartisanship
Congressman Tom Reed teamed up with his Democratic colleague Congressman Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey to speak at Elmira College yesterday about the bipartisan group “The Problem Solvers Caucus” they lead. Composed of 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans from Congress, the group seeks to reach common ground on various public issues. “The Problem Solvers Caucus” takes position on a certain issue once at least 3 quarters of the group agrees on a stance. Reed said the group is “putting the American people first before partisan gridlock." Following their presentation, Reed and Gottheimer talked and visited with local business owners in Corning.

NY Hops and Distillery Growth Bills Signed Into Law
Two bills were signed into law yesterday by Governor Cuomo to support New York hops production and business opportunities for farm distilleries in the state. The new laws take effect immediately and will give relief from the annual gross sales requirement that currently mandates at least $10,000 in sales to qualify for a real property tax exemption, encouraging farmers to plant more new hop crops in the state while receiving tax benefits for the first years of production. Other incentives include limited tax exemptions for farmers who replant and expand their crops for the first six years and allowing businesses with a farm distillery license to contract with a member of the public to create custom liquor for individual consumption. The laws received bipartisan support in state Senate and Assembly and aim to further expand New York’s already quickly-growing craft beverage industry.

 

State Bans Minors from Tanning Facilities
This week, state legislation banning children under 18 from using indoor tanning facilities was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Currently, children 17 and over are permitted to use tanning facilities with no parental consent. The new law is intended to protect those under age 18 from increased risk of skin cancer caused by UV ray exposure.

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