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County Legislature Meets to Talk Homeland Security Grant Today
Steuben County legislators meet this morning for regular session to discuss a full agenda which includes the acceptance of a federal grant. The US Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services have offered an $805,000 grant to cover costs to develop, sustain and maintain statewide communications for first responders in Steuben County. Other items on the agenda include authorizing the county Planning Department to apply for a state Community Development Block Grant and entering into a five-year sales tax agreement with the cities of Corning and Hornell. This morning’s meeting is at 10am at the County Office Building on 3 Pulteney Square in Bath.


Campbell and Hornby Celebrate New Highway Equipment
The towns of Campbell and Hornby have new highway equipment thanks to the funding assistance sought by Campbell Highway Superintendent Tom Austin and Town of Hornby Highway Superintendent Ron Divens. Austin and Divens joined highway employees, State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano to celebrate the new tracked excavator and plow truck. After Austin contacted the two legislators, Palmesano and O’Mara were able to help secure $300,000 to help the town purchase a 2019 John Deere 160GLC tracked excavator and 2019 Tenco plow equipment as part of the 2018-2019 New York State budget.


CCC Hosts FAFSA Fests This Week
Corning Community College is hosting a "FAFSA Fest" this morning to assist college students attending or considering CCC in filling out their FAFSA forms. Financial Aid Office staff members from the college will be there to assist students and parents on completing the Federal FAFSA form as well the New York State TAP (Tuition Assistance Program). Parents and students can attend one of three of these FAFSA Fests that are being held this week:
Today at Commons Computer Lab from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Wednesday March 27 inside the Elmira Center Computer Lab from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
and Thursday March 28 inside the Commons Computer Lab from 1- 3 p.m.
Please refer to CCC’s checklist before attending to be prepared.


DEC Stocks Cohocton River with Thousands of Trout
State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) fishery crews have stocked the Cohocton River with thousands of trout. Volunteers released the several thousands of fish at the second bridge on Route 371 above Cohocton and Kanona’s Wentworth Road bridge this weekend. Throughout the spring season, the DEC will stock tens of thousands of more fish into our local waterways to replenish the quality of fishing while reducing holdover rates and natural propagation. Trout were also released in several other drop points including Wellsville. Cohocton needs additional volunteers for future spring stocking efforts this year. Those interested in volunteering can contact Trout Unlimited project leader Al Kraus at krausengr@earthlink.net to get involved.


State Ban on Stun Guns Ruled Unconstitutional
A Federal judge ruled New York state’s ban on personal ownership of stun guns unconstitutional following a lawsuit filed by a Schoharie County citizen who wanted to buy one for self-defense inside his home. The ruling, which named the superintendent of the state police (the agency enforcing NYS weapon laws), stated New York’s sweeping prohibition on the possession and use of tasers by citizens as unconstitutional. This comes following a series of similar rulings for other states, including Illnois, where the state’s Supreme Court made a similar ruling just a day before New York’s. Last year, a court in Massachusetts struck down the state’s stun gun ban, also ruling civilian possession of weapons violates the right to bear arms in the U.S. Constitution.


Senator Gillibrand Begins Presidential Campaign in NYC
United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand kicked off her campaign for the 2020 race for president this weekend. Several guest speakers joined the Democratic legislator outside the Trump International Hotel in New York City yesterday and called President Trump a “coward” who is "tearing apart the moral fabric of our country."  The junior Senator from New York announced her candidacy last week following the formation of an exploratory committee at the beginning of this year.

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