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NY A.G. Subpoenas Dioceses, Rochester Diocese Responds:


On the heels of a report that bishops in Pennsylvania covered up acts of sexual abuse by more than 300 Catholic priests, the New York Attorney General has issued subpoenas to every Catholic dioceses across the state.  A.G. Barbara Underwood has also announced a clergy abuse hotline and online complaint form that victims can report cases of sexual abuse.  In response, the Diocese of Rochester has said they’ve received the subpoena and are reviewing it.  They added that they “have a longstanding policy of cooperation with law enforcement and certainly it will continue in this process.”  They also encouraged all victims to report to civil authorities. 



$5M to Help SUNY Schools Create “Comfort Bags” for Assault/DV Victims:


$5 million will be invested by the State Office of Victim Services to help the State University of New York create and distribute “comfort bags” to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.  The 225,000 bags will be distributed at hospitals, shelters, and rape crisis centers across New York.  Each will contain personal essential hygiene products, as well a pen, notepad, stress ball, and an affirming message from a volunteer.  They will also have information about available support services and educational materials about victims’ rights under state law.  Students will assemble the bags, helping to raise awareness on SUNY campuses.



Emergency Preparedness Training in Corning Sept. 10th:


State Senator Tom O’Mara reminded area residents Thursday that the online registration process is underway for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” being held in Corning on Monday, September 10th at the Corning High School.  The program is free, but participants must complete the online registration prior to the event.  Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register online, visit https://prepare.ny.gov/training-events



SCCE Centennial Adds New Drawings:


With just a few days left, incentives have been added for early reservations for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County centennial celebration “Denim and Diamonds,” which is set for September 14th.  Event organizers said Thursday that those who make their reservations by Sunday, September 9th, will be entered for a chance to win two bottles of Bully Hill Wine, while those that reserve spots by Wednesday, September 12th, will be in a second drawing for two bottles of Bully Hill Wine.  The celebration honors farming as the leading historical, cultural, and economic force in Steuben, and it will include a social hour, dining, dancing, and more.  Tickets are $50 each, or $90 for a pair and may be purchased online at http://www.bit.ly/centennialcelebration or by calling (607) 664-2300.



“Ramp Guys” to Build 500th Ramp Today:


The Steuben County Office for the Aging/RSVP Ramp Guys will celebrate the construction of their 500th ramp today at 10:30 a.m. at the Reppert home, 6255 East Union Road in Bath.  The large ramp will demonstrate conservation efforts employed by The Ramp Guys to use recycled materials to keep costs down.  The celebration will include cake, punch, and recognition of past Ramp Guys.

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