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3 Arrested in Hornell Drug Bust:


A search of a home in Hornell has resulted in the arrest of 3 people on drug charges.  43-year-old Patrick D. Leary, 25-year-old Renea Haight, and 23-year-old Patrick C. Leary, all of Hornell, were arrested after authorities say they found methamphetamine, shrooms, acid, and concentrated cannabis inside the East Avenue residence.  Patrick D. Leary and Haight were sent to the Steuben County Jail.  Patrick C. Leary was released on an appearance ticket. 



Canisteo-Greenwood Needs Voter Approval for Asbestos Removal:


Tuesday school districts across the region will hold their annual budget votes, and among the proposals residents will need to weigh in on is asbestos removal for the Canisteo-Greenwood School District.  The proposed $4 million project would remove asbestos from the school’s ceilings which was discovered last fall.  The removal is needed for the installation of new air conditioning equipment and fire alarm system.  The district says the cleanup will not require any tax increases. 



Livingston Co. Prison to Close:


Two prisons in New York State are set to close, one in New York City and the other in nearby Livingston County.  The Livingston Correctional Facility will be closed by September, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.  Currently, the prison houses 806 inmates and has more than 300 employees.  The closure of three prison facilities was approved in the new state budget.  They were chosen following a review of infrastructure, program offerings, and proximity of other correctional facilities.  The Livingston facility is located across the street from the Groveland Correctional Facility.  The Department of Corrections says employees at Livingston Correctional will transfer to other prisons or state agencies.  DOCC spokesperson Thomas Mailey said the closure comes as a result of “…[Governor Andrew Cuomo’s] successful progressive criminal justice reforms that have led to a historic decrease in crime….”  Local lawmaker Phil Palmesano released a statement, however, calling the decision “dangerous and reckless,” quoting statistics that show “inmate violence is on the rise.” 



Woodstock 50 Tickets Could Cost Less, Still No Sale Date:


Following the court ruling that planning for the Woodstock 50 event could continue, organizer Michael Lang has announced in a Sirius XM radio interview that tickets could actually cost less than originally thought.  Initially, tickets were reported to cost around $450 and it was said that no day passes would be sold.  Now, Lang says the tickets will cost less than $400 and a limited number of one-day passes will be made available.  While that should be good news for fans, the bad news is that sales have still not begun.  The tickets were supposed to go on sale on Earth Day, but that was postponed when the required mass gathering permits were not acquired in time; and according to the Department of Health, they still have not approved the permit application from Watkins Glen International, saying in a statement that they have been in contact with WGI “with outstanding questions and issues that need to be addressed.”



Click-It or Ticket Campaign Underway:


A reminder for motorists to “click it” or face a ticket as law enforcement agencies are underway with a national enforcement campaign to raise awareness and seat belt use.  Running through June 2nd, this high visibility “zero tolerance” effort is intended to save lives by ensuring all motorists and their passengers are buckled up.  Besides fines and surcharges, violators could see up to three penalty points on their driver’s license.

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