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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 18th

Gov. Cuomo Releases “State of the State” Preview:


Monday Governor Andrew Cuomo issued his “State of the State” preview, outlining his priorities for 2019.  He spoke on healthcare, saying he wants to strengthen reproductive health protections such as abortion and contraceptive access, and passing legislation protecting those with pre-existing conditions, but he didn’t mention any plans for single-payer healthcare.  On gun violence, Cuomo said the state needs more regulations such as banning bump stocks, increased waiting periods, and passing a red flag law that would let a judge take away an individual’s firearms if they are believed to be a threat.  He also announced his goal of passing voting bills such as early voting, voting by mail, synchronized federal and state primary days, and even the possibility of making Election Day a state holiday; and there was also mention of a push to legalize recreational marijuana, making the property tax cap permanent, eliminating cash bail, and passing the Dream Act.



Fake Bills Passed in Big Flats, NYSP Seek Suspect:


The New York State Police are seeking at least one person suspected of passing several fake $100 bills at locations in and around the Big Flats area.  Details are limited at this time, but WETM News reports that one of the locations is the Old Navy store on County Route 64.



Rep. Reed in Bath Today:


The road show for Congressman Tom Reed will bring him to Bath today. The U.S. Representative has scheduled a town hall meeting at the Bath Fire Department located at 50 E. Morris Street. The session will run from 7-8 p.m. In the event votes are scheduled for today and Reed cannot make it, Allison Hunt, the District Director, will be on-hand to speak with constituents and relay their concerns to the congressman.



Steuben Co. Appoints Muller to Young Offender Board:


Monday Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller was appointed by the Steuben County Legislature to a board that will work toward implementing new state requirements dealing with young offenders.  The “Raise the Age” law went into effect in October and now classifies 16 and 17-year-olds as “adolescent offenders,” a newly-created category that carries special rules.  Among those rules is the requirement that they be sent to a special detention facility for that class of offender.  The board will direct the land development corporation to seek a site for the facility that will serve a consortium of 11 counties to include, along with Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Yates, Cortland, Livingston, Cattaraugus, Schuyler, Wayne, Tioga, and Tompkins.



Online Apartment Scam in Elmira/Corning Region:


A warning has been issued by the Pennsylvania State Police following their discovery of an online apartment scam in the Elmira/Corning region.  Troopers say the region is being targeted on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.  The scammer reportedly pretends to be the actual owner of a property, and tells the victim that they have the apartment/property for sale.  The scammer then says they would like to “get around” their real estate agent and offers to rent out the unit at a low price to lure the victim into sending money.  The scammers have asked for the money to be electronically transferred to someone else in a different state with a different name, and may even send a fake lease to the victim in return. 



NYS Ban on Nunchucks Ruled Unconstitutional in Fed. Court:


The ban on nunchucks in New York State is unconstitutional a federal court has decided.  The ruling came down on Friday in a Brooklyn federal court.  The ban was instituted in 1974 over fears that youth inspired by martial arts movies would create widespread mayhem.

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