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TODAY'S TOP STORIES - Wednesday March 27, 2019

Campbell Stabbing Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder
The man who was named a suspect in Monday night’s Campbell stabbing was arraigned yesterday. Nicholas Rideout was charged with Attempted Murder in the Second degree and an order of protection was approved for the stabbing victim. Rideout, who is on probation, could face 25 years in prison if he is convicted of the crime and is scheduled to appear in court in Campbell later this week. The victim is currently still at the hospital in critical, yet stable condition.


AIM Cuts Could Raise County Taxes
As the state deadline approaches, New York state’s AIM program faces a significant cut estimated to be about $60 million. As a result, Steuben County residents could see a tax increase. The AIM program provides aid and incentives for municipalities and the cut proposed by the Governor in his state budget would mean 42 towns and villages in the county would be left without AIM funds, resulting in county taxpayers footing the bill by cutting into sales tax revenues to keep property taxes down. County Manager Jack Wheeler says New York can and should find the money for the budget in other ways that don’t involve cutting funding for municipalities. Wheeler added: “ The only reason I can suspect is that the Governor needs to find a way to balance his budget and he's trying to do it on the back of local taxpayers.”


AARP Endorses Reed's Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act
Congressman Tom Reed’s Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act has gained the support of the AARP. The bipartisan bill allows those receiving Medicare to access mental health services through telemedicine, no matter where they live and was introduced by Reed last month with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene as co-sponsor. The AARP supports the bill because they say it will be easier for Medicare beneficiaries to get mental health care coverage. Reed said about the Telemedicine Expansion Act: “We care about the mental health needs of people and want to ensure they have better access to the care they need in areas where doctors are scarce through the most updated technology available.” The Congressman also added:“We appreciate this support from our friends at the AARP,” Tom added.


O'Mara and Palmesano Show Motorsports Appreciation in Albany
Yesterday State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano hosted Watkins Glen International (WGI) President Michael Printup, professional driver Colin Braun, and WGI Director of Public Relations Chris Banker at the State Capitol in Albany to celebrate the role motorsports plays in our local economy and culture. The group gathered and made remarks for the opening of a New York State Motorsports Exhibit in the Empire State Plaza. O’Mara and Palmesano both recently sponsored a bill (J774) proclaiming March 24-30 as “Motorsports Appreciation Week” in New York State.


Gaffer District Nominated for "America's Main Street"
Corning's Gaffer District has been nominated again this year in “America’s Main Street” contest. Independent We Stand, an organization supporting local and independently owned businesses, is hosting the contest which awards a $25,000 prize to the winning town to support revitalization. Everyone can vote for the downtown they want to win from from now until April 21st. If Corning gets enough votes, the city will move onto the next round of voting  from April 29th to May 26th. The final winner will be announced on June 3rd. You can vote for Corning's Gaffer District once every 24 hours here.

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