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Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 22, 2018

Corning Teen Hostrander Found Yesterday
The Sixteen-year-old from Corning who was reported missing earlier this month, Alexis Hostrander, was found yesterday on Reynolds Avenue in the City of Corning. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says Hostrander was taken to the hospital for medical treatment yesterday. One suspect, 18-year-old Quinnton A. Johnson was arrested in connection to the case and charged with second degree custodial interference and endangering the welfare of a child.Johnson was arraigned in Erwin town court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000.


Law Signed Granting Bill of Rights to Sex Assault Survivors
Yesterday, Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation requiring New York state agencies establish a bill of rights for sexual assault survivors. The Democratic State Governor said his signing of the bill was a response to our federal government which: “shamefully ignores the voices of sexual assault survivors.” The Department of Health is mandated by this new law to formulate a bill of rights to notify victims of their legal rights as they face their cases through the medical and the criminal justice systems. One of which is the right to consult with a rape crisis organization and the right to receive updates on the status of their case.


O’Mara & Palmesano Urge Cuomo to Improve Area Infrastructure
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano have called on Governor Cuomo to “once and for all, make New York State’s commitment to local roads and bridges the strongest state-level commitment in the nation.” The local legislators responded this week to the Governor’s proposal to launch an infrastructure plan worth $150 billion for 2019. In a joint statement, the two lawmakers urged that: “The improvement and upkeep of local transportation infrastructure is a wise use of taxpayer dollars...It’s also an important investment in economic growth and job creation throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions and all across New York.”


Cuomo Says NY has “Little Choice” in Legalizing Cannabis
This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that New York has little choice when it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana. When asked by the press, Cuomo explained that with our neighbor states like New Jersey and Massachusetts recently legalizing cannabis, it pushes our state to follow suit, adding : "So, it's not really 'is marijuana going to be legalized?' It is going to be legalized... For New York to be in between Massachusetts and New Jersey, and say 'We don't believe it should be legal...' It is legal. You'll just force people to drive to Massachusetts or New Jersey and come back to this state and use it in this state." Last week, the governor put legalization as one of his goals for the first 100 days of his third term.


Bath Native Gerrard Graduates Basic Training
A Bath native has completed military training in San Antonio, Texas this week. U.S. Airforce Airman Samantha T. Gerrard graduated from the eight-week basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. The program trained Gerrard in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Samantha is the daughter of Bath couple Peter and Alisa Gerrard-Gough and a class of 2018 graduate of Haverling High School.


Holiday Temporary Lane Closures and  Suspensions for NYS Roads
For the next two weekends there will be temporary lane closures and suspensions of road and bridge construction projects on New York state highways. These shutdowns were declared by the governor yesterday for traveling New Yorkers and visitors to meet their destinations for the holidays. Temporary lane closures will continue until December 26th at 6 a.m. while highway construction is suspended from December 29th at 6 a.m. until January 2nd at 6 a.m.

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