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Steuben Co. Attorney Stepping Down:


Steuben County Attorney Alan Reed has announced that he will be stepping down after eight years of service.  The County Attorney heads the County Law Department, representing the county in all of its legal matters.  Reed was appointed in January 2011 to finish out the term of former County Attorney Frederick Ahrens.  In a statement, County officials said that, “In recent months, Mr. Reed and the County Legislature have realized that Mr. Reed’s perspective on legal concerns has not reflected the policy direction in which the County is moving.”  The statement went on to say Reed has formed a highly qualified team of professionals, capable of providing excellent legal services and that Steuben County will “continue to be well-served with quality legal representation” upon Reed’s departure.  Reed said he is “deeply grateful for having the opportunity to serve as County Attorney,” and that his plan going forward is to explore “new ventures in providing legal representation.”



Steuben Co. Tire Day Sees 20,000 Tires Turned in to Landfill:


The recent tire collection event held in connection with Earth Day at the Steuben County landfill saw some 20,000 tires turned in.  That’s roughly twice the amount collected during a similar event last year, according to officials.  County Commissioner of Public Works Vincent Spagnoletti told The Corning Leader that more than 850 individuals brought in an average of 24 tires each.



Rep. Reed Delivers $5M for Local Airports:


Representative Tom Reed announced Tuesday nine grants worth over $5 million to provide local airports in Corning, Elmira, Ithaca, Olean, Penn Yan, Wellsville, and the Finger Lakes with funding to renovate and improve facilities.  Said Reed, “We care about ensuring our friends and neighbors have fair access to reliable transportation.  These grants enable our local airports to fund maintenance projects and ensure efficiency of their operations.” 



OFA Seminars Start June 10th:


Free seminars on Medicare, sponsored by the Steuben County Office for the Aging, have been set for June 10th, 11th, and 20th, in Steuben County.  The first will be at the Steuben County Offices Building in Bath from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  On June 11th it will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, then on June 20th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center.  These public seminars are tailored for people becoming Medicare eligible, or those with general questions on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans, and low-income subsidies.  For more information and to make reservations call the Steuben OFA at (607) 664-2298.



NYS Launches Interactive Algal Bloom Map:


There’s a new way for state residents to keep track of harmful algal blooms.  The State has launched an online notification and reporting system, dubbed “NY HABS,” that features an interactive map.  The map is updated daily with reports of blooms along with a new public reporting form.  View the map online at on.ny.gov/nyhabs. 



Declawing Ban Heads to Gov. Cuomo:


Legislation that would ban the declawing of cats in New York State has been passed by the state legislature and is now its way to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk.  Per the bill, those who violate the ban could face fines upwards of $1,000.  Veterinarians would still be able to perform the procedure for medical reasons, such as infection or injury. 

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