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Today's Top Stories - Saturday, November 17th

Steuben Land Bank Awarded State Funding for Redevelopment


The Steuben County Land Bank Corporation was awarded a second round of state funding worth $550,000 aimed to redevelop vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties in Steuben County. Deputy Manager Mitch Alger said it’s a slight increase than the award of $500,000 they received in 2016 that was used to reclaim two homes in the City of Corning and demolish two in Bath and Hornell. Since 2013, the state Attorney General’s office reports it has awarded over $82 million for such properties.


Steuben Plans CCE Ag Teams for 2019


A new plan for “Ag Teams” could help bring in $187 million yearly to Steuben County. Cornell Cooperative Extension is proposing to provide local farmers with specialists that target specific issues for dairy, livestock, field crops, commercial horticulture and business management. Local farmers could participate in team research and demonstration trials with a stronger connection to the extension staff. The plan would be implemented in 2019 where 8-10 specialists would draw in $160,000 from Cornell that year with Steuben alone costing an additional $19,000 and $149,000 from CCE to support a small number of educators in Steuben. The team is projected to be self-sustaining by the year 2021 and has been endorsed by the Steuben Farm Bureau.


Penn Yann Woman Arrested for Unauthorized Practice


A Penn Yan woman has been accused of posing as a Midwife for many years and primarily exploiting pregnant women within the Mennonite community, in and around the Penn Yan area. 52-year-old Elizabeth Catlin was charged under the Education Law with felony unauthorized practice of a profession. She was released from custody after posting $5,000 bail. More court action is pending.


Hunting Begins With DEC Urging Young Bucks be Spared


The most popular game seasons begin today in New York State and the DEC is encouraging New York hunters to pass up shooting small-antlered, young bucks so they can grow to maturity. Hunters are also reminded to protect New York Deer from Chronic Wasting Disease by not using deer urine-based lures, disposing of carcass waste in landfills and not in the landscape, reporting deer appearing sick or acting abnormal, and hunting only deer and support fair chase hunting principles. Our region’s hunting season for deer continues until Sunday, December 9th.


Patrols Increased for STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Weekend


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced police agencies across the county will participate in a STOP DWI Thanksgiving Weekend Crackdown to combat impaired driving. The crackdown begins on Thanksgiving Eve November 21st until Sunday November 25th. State and local law enforcement will be out on patrol in full force to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. Steuben County Sheriffs remind you to plan accordingly by having a Sober Plan and always anticipate how to find a safe and sober ride home.

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