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Today's Top Stories - Monday, June 10th

Wayland Man Injured in Deer Collison:


A Wayland man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital after his motorcycle collided with a deer in Hornellsville.  According to authorities, 70-year-old Frank Gross was traveling on Seneca Road North Friday afternoon when the deer ran into the roadway.  Gross’s condition is unknown at this time. 



“Speed Week” Enforcement Effort Underway:


A special enforcement initiative is underway on New York’s roads.  “Speed Week” runs through June 12th with a goal of cracking down on speeding or aggressive driving, and distracted driving.  State Troopers will be out in force in both marked and unmarked vehicles to identify drivers who violate traffic laws, including impaired drivers, those not properly buckled up, and those who don’t obey the Move Over law.  During the 2018 Speed Week campaign, nearly 25,000 tickets were issued.



NYS Gaming Commission to Vote on Sports Betting at Upstate Casinos:


Sports betting could soon become legal at four upstate casinos.  The state Gaming Commission is set to vote today on regulations that would permit betting at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, Tioga Downs in the Southern Tier, and Del Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes.  If approved, bets won’t start until the facilities receive their wagering licenses, which will likely be later this summer.



FCC Approves “Robocall” Block Measure:


The Federal Communications Commission has approved a measure giving telephone carriers the ability to block “robocalls.”  Reports say Americans get some five billion robocalls a month, many of them illegal scams.  With the new measure, carriers will now be able to automatically block unwanted robocalls by using algorithms and network scanning, similar to email spam filtering.  The ruling also allows some carriers to give customers the ability to receive phone calls from their saved contacts only.  There’s no word yet from most carriers if there will be any charges associated with this new feature.  T-Mobile says it has already been offering a free block service since 2017. 



NYS Senate Approves O’Mara Backed Paint Recycling Program:


Paint recycling legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara has been unanimously approved by the New York State Senate.  The legislation would establish an industry-sponsored “Paint Stewardship Program” that would see manufacturers responsible for managing the recycling and disposal of unused paint, instead of local governments.  This is the fourth straight year that the Senate has approved the bill.  The Assembly has never taken action on it.  O’Mara says it would create local jobs, encourage environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unused paint, and local governments could save approximately $25 million annually.  In Oregon, where similar legislation was enacted in 2010, over 1 million gallons of paint has been recycled.  California launched its paint recycling program in 2012 and currently has over 350 collection locations.

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