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Fatal Fire in Riverside, Corning Man Arrested:


A Corning man has been arrested following a deadly fire in Riverside Tuesday morning.  The blaze started around 8:20 a.m. on Townsend Avenue.  Several victims were taken to area hospitals.  One unidentified woman died in the fire.  Arrested was 21-year-old Justin Gause on charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. 



Steuben Supports FCC Warning:


Steuben County leaders are voicing their strong approval of the Federal Communications Commission’s stern warning regarding New York’s misuse of cell phone fees intended by law to pay for 911 center operations.  New York puts more than 90 percent of the landline and cell phone fees – roughly $171 million – into the state’s general fund, and passes out the remaining money as grants to counties to upgrade essential equipment, according to a recent report by the FCC.  According to FCC Commissioner Mike Rielly, diverting the fees to pay for other state costs endanger public safety and prevents 911 centers from providing reliable services to the public.  The loss of phone fees has been an issue in Steuben for years.  President of the New York State National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Chapter and the director of Steuben County 911, Dave Hopkins has lobbied in Albany and Washington D.C. for years to receive the funds.  Steuben leaders urge county residents to contact their state representatives in support of the FCC report and to restore all phone surcharges to 911 centers. 



Travel Advisory – Road Work on I-86 in Almond:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that bridge joint replacement work begins today on Interstate 86 eastbound at exit 33 in the town of Almond.  Work will consist of removing and replacing existing bridge joints. For the duration of this work, one lane of traffic will be maintained.  Work is anticipated to last approximately five days, weather permitting. Motorists may encounter flaggers, lane closures and could experience travel delays.



Steuben County Offers Roadside Clean-up Weeks:


For the 20th straight year all cities, villages, and towns in Steuben County are being invited to participate in the county Landfill’s “Roadside Cleanup Weeks.”  The annual roadside cleanup allows municipalities to bring as much as 20 tons of garbage and 10 tons of tires to the landfill on Turnpike Road free of charge.  Cleanup weeks are scheduled for two weeks during the year and are held for roadside cleanup – not for house-to-house pickup.  Liquid wastes and hazardous wastes will not be accepted.  Garbage and tires must be delivered to the landfill in municipal trucks and weighed in at the landfill entrance.  Also, separate the tires, appliances, and scrap metal; remove the tire rims; and metal containers greater than 2.5 gallons must have the ends cut off and be crushed.



Haverling B.O.E. Meeting Thursday:


The Haverling Board of Education will hold an Audit Committee meeting tomorrow, Thursday, May 16th at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office.

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