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Village Elections Today:


Polls will be open today from noon until 9 p.m. in many villages for government positions.  There are contested races in the Village of North Hornell, Dansville, and Bolivar.  In Bath, James Burns is running for village justice to fill the seat opened by the departure of Chauncey Watches.  He faces competition from Robert Plaskov who has instigated a write-in campaign. 



Local Lawmakers Call for Public Hearings on Farmworkers Bill:


Two local lawmakers are calling for public hearings on the controversial “Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act.”  In a letter, Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano wrote that “the profound consequences of this legislation to one of New York State’s economic and cultural cornerstones demands, at the very least, a series of statewide public hearings.”  The proposed bill would grant a variety of things to farmworkers, including collective bargaining rights and overtime pay, among others.  Opponents say if passed, it would increase already high farm labor costs and would result in a drop in farm income and drive many farmers out of business. 



Enforcers Scam Tracked to Indonesia:


The Elmira Enforcers streaming scam has been tracked back to Indonesia, according to the owner of the company that legally streams the team’s games.  Erik Thorsteen, owner of Nordik Thunder, told WETM 18 that more than 80 websites and Youtube accounts have already been taken down, but the creators have continued to publish new websites.  Thorsteen says that if the propitiators don’t respond to Nordik Sports latest requests then he’s prepared to take the case to the Indonesian Consulate in Washington D.C.  If you feel you were defrauded by the scam, in which links promised to stream the Enforcers’ games for free but then asked for credit card information, you are advised to contact your credit card provider, and or PayPal, and to file a complaint with IC3 at https://complaint.ic3.gov/.   



NYS Looks to Diversify Faculty at State Colleges:


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday a new program that aims to increase the diversity of faculty in the State University of New York system.  The goal of the “Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth” program is to hire 1,000 early to mid-career professionals from minority groups by 2030 in order to better reflect the diversity of the 425,000 students in the system.  Cuomo says the program is being implemented at all 64 SUNY campuses.

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