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Steuben Co. DA Investigating WGI President for Alleged Election Fraud:


The Steuben County District Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation into alleged election fraud committed by Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup.  The allegation comes from Printup’s opponent for the Chemung County Legislature, Joe Brennan, who filed a challenge to the Republican party designating petition submitted by Printup, claiming Printup signed a witness statement when he did not witness those people sign the petition.  In response to the claim, Printup told WENY News that he signed out of error in his haste to submit the application.  He accused Brennan of playing “dirty politics” and said he’ll be seeking legal counsel to challenge him “on his activities when he sued Chemung County.”  Brennan initially asked Chemung County DA Wheeden Wetmore to investigate the fraud claims, but he recused himself as he too is an elected official and goes before the county legislature.  The Schuyler County DA then also recused himself as he’s had dealings with Printup at WGI.



Cameron Man Accused of Endangering Mentally Handicapped Person:


The New York State Police have arrested a Cameron man on charges of endangering the welfare of a mentally incompetent or physically disabled person.  36-year-old Charles Sullivan Jr. allegedly engaged in conduct which endangered the physical, mental, and moral wellbeing of a 21-year-old mentally handicapped victim.  Sullivan Jr. was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.



Physical Altercation at Pleasant Valley Winery Leads to Arrest:


An employee of Pleasant Valley Winery in Hammondsport has been arrested after he allegedly got into a physical altercation with a co-worker.  37-year-old David Conyers Jr., of Bath, allegedly used a broom handle to repeatedly strike the victim.  The victim suffered injuries to the head and required medical attention.  Conyers Jr. was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.



CCC To Receive $150,000 for Manufacturing Program:


Representative Tom Reed announced Tuesday a $150,000 grant for Corning Community College for their Manufacturing Advancement Project.  The funds will provide CCC with laboratory space and state-of-the-art equipment to implement active learning simulator technology, collaborative learning with peers, and training programming. 



Weekly Conference Calls with Congressional Hopeful Mitrano:


Challenger for the 23rd Congressional District seat, Tracy Mitrano has announced that she will be holding weekly conference calls with the media to discuss the state of the campaign.  The first of these meetings was Tuesday.  She spoke on her background and her platform, focusing on healthcare, education, economic development, infrastructure, and other issues.  She also took questions, including those about plans for debates with incumbent Representative Tom Reed.  She said she’s open to as many as Reed is willing to take part in, but that she does have some conditions for how they’re conducted.  She said she wants one Democrat and one Republican questioner, and a moderator.  She said she would prefer not to have a whole range of people because she thinks it gets “unruly.”  The general election will be held on November 6th.



Free School Supplies Available for Bath District Students Today:


Free school supplies will be available for students of the Bath Central School District today.  All students in the district are encouraged to select a from a variety of free supplies that will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Haverling High School cafeteria.  Supplies include backpacks, markers, crayons, pens, pencils, gluesticks, earbuds, and more.  The free supplies were made possible thanks to donations by KanPak.



Public Sunscreen Dispensers Available in Corning:


Fun in the sun just got a little safer.  The City of Corning Parks and Recreation Department is now offering public access sunscreen dispensers at the Stewart and Denison Park pools, completely free to patrons.  Sunscreen helps prevent sunburns and damage to the skin that can cause skin cancer, which studies say is the number one most preventable form of cancer.  Beyond the poolside, the city says it plans to expand access to the sunscreen dispensers with their introduction to the Parks Program and Sport Camps in 2019.  The Parks Program is held at five city parks for six weeks through the summer, and the Sport Camps are held at various locations throughout the city.



Refund Information Released for Cancelled Phish Concert:


Ticket refund information has been released for last weekend’s cancellation of Curveball, the Phish concert, at Watkins Glen International.  According to an announcement made by Phish: everyone who purchased wristbands, vehicle passes, travel or rental packages via the official ticketing provider (Front Gate Tickets) will receive a full refund of ticket price, service fees, and shipping.  Refunds will go back to the original buyer’s credit card account.  Those who purchased on secondary markets or did person-to-person trades/sales should seek a refund at their point of purchase.  Starting today, all Curveball ticket holders will be able to redeem the code on their wristbands at livephish.com/redeem to watch the webcast of all three shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO over Labor Day Weekend.  And Phish plans to soon launch a Curveball merchandise store where the proceeds will be donated to flood relief and recovery.  The store will include Curveball t-shirts, LE posters, and other items.  Curveball ticket holders will have first access to the store.   

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