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Corning Man Still Missing:


Corning Police are still searching for a man reported missing in November.  59-year-old James Burdick was last seen on November 10th, reportedly walking from a home in the area of Ontario Street.  He was believed to be walking to a home on Sunset Drive.  Burdick is about 5’9”, 160 pounds, with gray hair and green eyes.  He was last seen with a mustache and a scruffy beard and was wearing a green jacket and blue jeans.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the City of Corning Police Department at (607) 962-0340 EXT. 1500.



NYS Unemployment Hits Record Low, Elmira Still Loses Jobs:


The New York State Department of Labor has released updated unemployment numbers and while the news is good for the state as a whole, the same can’t be said of every region.  Unemployment has hit a record low in New York at 3.9 percent, with every metropolitan area in the state experiencing non-farm job growth from November 2017 to November 2018 – with the exception of Binghamton and Elmira.  Both of those regions experienced 300 job losses.



Some New State Laws Taking Effect This Month:


We continue to take a look at some of the new laws taking effect in New York State this month.  Among others already reported, the Drug Take Back Act officially goes into effect on January 6th.  It will require drug stores and mail-order pharmacies to give people the ability to return unused prescription drugs.  On January 30th body scanners will be allowed to be used on inmates in prisons in an effort to check for hidden weapons.  And after being signed into law last May, this month sees the closure of a loophole in state law that requires domestic abusers to turn in all firearms, not just handguns.



Cuomo Says “No” to Pothole Portal:


A proposed website that would allow New Yorkers to report and track potholes has been vetoed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The reason, says the Governor, is because it would cost to much and divert money from actually fixing roads.  In his veto message, Cuomo said the estimated design and maintenance of the proposed website would cost between $500,000 and $1 million.  Potholes on the state’s highway system can already be reported by calling a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-768-4653 (or 1-800-POT-HOLE). 

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