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Today's Top Stories - Monday (Labor Day) September 3, 2018

Late Trooper Clark Honored at AU Football Opening
Fallen State Police Officer Nick Clark was honored at Alfred University’s opening of the Saxons team football season Saturday afternoon. The trooper, who was killed while responding to a suicide in the town of Erwin on July 2nd, was recognized by State Police who made an appearance at the University. Trooper Clark was an alma mater at Alfred University where he played as a  standout football star and graduated in 2011. Clark tried out for the Buffalo Bills team the year after his graduation and was dubbed as an All-American two times during the ceremony.


Hornell Water Boil Advisory Lifted
According to the Hornell Department of Public Works Chief Mitch Cornish, the water boil advisory issued for parts of Hornell on Friday has been lifted. Residents of Industrial Park Road, Seneca Road North and Airport Road were told it was safe to drink the water yesterday at 5:15pm.


Cuomo Suing Trump Administration
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a statement yesterday his administration will be suing President Trump and the federal government for the failure to aid Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria last year where nearly 3,000 died according to the Government of Puerto Rico. Cuomo said Trump never tried to help the U.S. territory and called this decision illegal and unethical. The governor’s statement claims delayed action and lack of funding and resources as Trump’s neglect to assist Puerto Rico and cites 11,000 Puerto Ricans that relocated to New York State following being displaced by the hurricane.


Gubernatorial Candidate Nixon Asks Cuomo for Second Debate
Democratic gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon is calling for at least one additional debate with the governor. Nixon mentioned the lack of focus on issues affecting Upstate New Yorkers as reason to hold an additional debate. Cuomo has not yet responded to Nixon’s demand for renewed debate.


Hornellsville to Get Rid of Tax Collector Office
The Tax Collector Office for the Town of Hornellsville will be eliminated per the decision of the town. According to the Hornell Evening Tribune, the Hornellsville Town Board voted unanimously to allow tax collection duties to be handled by a local bank to save funds. The position of Tax Collector, served currently by Fay Parada, will be active until the end of this year.


Local Leaders Share Labor Day Wishes and Thoughts
In honor of Labor Day, local politicians expressed their wishes for constituents to enjoy the national holiday. State Senator Tom O’Mara released a statement on his official site that reads: “My very best wishes to all of the residents and families across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions for a safe and enjoyable Labor Day celebration!” Congressman Tom Reed made a Facebook post on his official page wishing all citizens of the 23rd District a safe and fun Labor Day weekend. Reed’s opponent for the November general election, Tracy Mitrano released an official statement recognizing the historical importance labor unions have had in making the holiday and building the workforce: “Labor Day also recognizes the groups—the unions—who have fought for generations on behalf of our working people….By banding together, labor unions were able to effect changes in the lives of the everyday people, instituting protections of the kind we have in place today... Labor unions are the foundation of this country’s middle class.”

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