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Annual NYS School Budget and B.O.E. Voting:


Today is the New York State annual School Budget and Board Elections.  Polls are open in most districts until 8 p.m., but times do vary.  In Steuben County, Arkport, Haverling, Canisteo-Greenwood, Corning, and Hornell all have contested races for seats on the Boards of Education.  Avoca, Canisteo-Greenwood, Corning, Hammondsport, Hornell, and Jasper-Troupsburg all have proposed tax rate increases.       



Canisteo Man Facing Weapon, Endangerment Charges:


A Canisteo man has been arrested following an incident in Canisteo.  38-year-old Colin McGee allegedly fired a stolen handgun in the vicinity of other people while on State Route 248.  He was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment.  He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. 



Steuben Co. Jail Inmate Arrested for Assault:


A current inmate at the Steuben County Jail has been arrested on a charge of assault.  41-year-old Jacob Culkin, of Elmira, allegedly struck another inmate, causing physical injury.  Culkin was charged with assault in the third.



Five Area Businesses Cited for Selling Alcohol to Minors:


Several area businesses have been cited for selling alcohol to minors during a recent state-wide underage drinking crackdown.  Over 800 business were visited during the April event, and of those, 186 sold to underage agents.  Among them were 5 in the local area: the Horseheads Moose Lodge, Mikey’s Gas Mart and the Olde Country Store and More, both in North Cohocton, and Tom’s Liquor Store and Stop & Shop, both in Hornell.  Licensees charged with underage sales face fines of up to $10,000 per violation.  Repeat offenders can also face potential suspension or revocation of their licenses, and employees or licensees can also be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.  Additionally, persons under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents with the intent to purchase alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked.



Avoca Memorial Day Parade Route Changed:


Due to road work on Main Street, the route of the Avoca Memorial Day parade has been changed.  The parade lineup will still be at Haines Airstrip at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 27th and it will still begin at 10 a.m.  However, the route will now be down Steuben Street, left on Chase, right on Charlesworth, left on East, and left on North Maple before ending at the Gazebo located at 20 South Main.  The Memorial Day program will be held following the parade.  Floats could be parked on Cessna Street or at First Baptist during the program.  Food normally sold at the American Legion will instead be at the Gazebo.    



Steuben Legislators Support Dispatchers; Approve Center:


Steuben County legislators showed their support and appreciation Monday for the work public safety telecommunicators do in the county.  The county Legislature endorsed proposed federal legislation which would reclassify 9-1-1 dispatchers as a protective service for the community. Currently, it’s considered an “office and administrative support” occupation, a category that includes secretaries and taxicab dispatchers.  The change would move emergency dispatchers to a category that includes police and firefighters.  In other business Monday, lawmakers also approved a contract with Arnot Health to lease a vacant office building on the Ira Davenport Hospital campus for use as a Child Advocacy Center.



NYS Considering Income Tax Exemption for First Responders:


A bill that would help New York volunteer first responders with their bills is now being considered by the state legislature.  The legislation would provide state income tax exemptions to firefighters and ambulance workers who have a year of service completed, finished all training courses required by the state, have their county certification, and have been present for more than 55 percent of annual calls.  Besides helping those who do so much to help their communities, supporters say the bill could also encourage new volunteers.  The proposal has been referred to the Ways and Means Committee.



Hammondsport B.O.E. Meeting:


The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its regular meeting Wednesday.  It’ll be at 6 p.m. in the high school library.



Public Hearing on Elder Care Set for May 31st in Bath:


A public hearing on a proposed 2020-24 plan by the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) is set for 1 to 3 p.m. May 31st at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath.  The new plan will look at programs and services funding through the Older Americans Act of 1965 and describes how it will serve older adults and their caregivers during the next four years.  The plan also includes the importance of key services offered by agencies in the area and gives the public a chance to weigh in on the plan’s goals and outcomes.  Anyone with special needs who wants to attend the public hearing is welcome to contact the OFA at (607) 664-2298 for more assistance.



“America’s Main Street Contest” Ending This Week, Corning Still in Running:


The “America’s Main Street” Contest comes to an end this week and Corning’s Gaffer District is hoping to prize home the $25,000 prize.  To do so, it will have to beat out 24 other quarterfinalists, including Wellsboro.  You can vote once per device per day until May 26th at https://www.mainstreetcontest.com/

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