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Today's Top Stories - New Year's Day: January 1, 2019

High Winds Leave Locals Without Power
Power in the Finger Lakes has been taken down due to high winds. NYSEG and RG&E reported at 5:30am this morning that over a hundred customers were without power in Steuben County. Warnings for High Winds were in effect until 10am this morning.


Steuben Holding Two Legislative Committee Meetings Tomorrow
Steuben County legislators open 2019 with two committee meetings tomorrow. The Human Services, Health and Education committee gavels into session at 9 a.m. while the Agriculture, Industry and Planning committee meets afterward at 9:30 a.m. Both sessions are held at the county office building’s legislative committee conference room.


County Sheriff’s Office Reports DUI Arrests
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports arrests for impaired driving charges following traffic stops in the Town of Hornellsville. Rochester man Geoffrey V. Martin was stopped at Cleveland Avenue and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a .08% Blood Alcohol Content, Failure to Use Designated Lane and Refusal to Submit to Pre-Breath Screening Test. Following a traffic stop on State Route 36  Drew A. Brady of Hornell was charged with Driving While Ability is Impaired by Drugs, failing to keep right, improper right turn and unlawful possession of marihuana. After being released on traffic summons, both men will appear in Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.


Governor Cuomo Sworn In for Third Term
Andrew Cuomo was sworn in for his third term as New York's 56th governor in a private ceremony midnight last night. He and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul were sworn in for another term early this morning. The Democratic Governor will deliver his inaugural address this evening on the New York side of Ellis Island, a historical hub for immigration he calls an “enduring symbol” of American opportunity and hope. Governor Cuomo’s top goals for the state in 2019 include recreational marijuana legalization, codifying rights to abortion and improving New York City subways.


Cuomo Announces CARP Funding

Yesterday Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced over $13.5 million in grants awarded to 29 district attorneys' offices across the state to continue enhancing New York State’s investigation of state tax evasion and welfare fraud cases. Steuben County will receive $40,000 in grants to fund personnel including investigators, forensic accountants and assistant district attorneys building cases for the prosecution from CARP investigations. In CARP cases, personnel investigate failure to pay any type of taxes, such as excise, sales, and income, by individuals, corporations or industries. Crimes Against Revenue Program provided the grants through proceeds from investigations and prosecutions yielding tax revenues, fines and restitution paid to the state of New York.

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