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Today's Top Stories - Friday, June 14th

Hammondsport Man Facing Drug Charges:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hammondsport man on drug charges.  36-year-old Thomas Boston has been indicted for criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling controlled substances in the Hammondsport area.  Boston was arraigned and was released on his own recognizance.



Dansville Woman Charged with Misusing Food Stamps, Petit Larceny:


A Dansville woman has been arrested for allegedly misusing food stamps and petit larceny.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 37-year-old Lisa Galloway allegedly used another person’s benefit card on multiple occasions.  She was not authorized or eligible to use or receive benefits from that person’s card.  She was released on an appearance ticket.



New York Does Away with Religious Exemption to Vaccinations:


New York State has done away with the religious exemption for vaccinations for schoolchildren.  The state Senate and Assembly approved the repel Thursday, and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure minutes after the final vote.  It goes into effect immediately, but unvaccinated students have up to 30 days after they enter a school to show they’ve had the first dose of each required immunization.  The religious exemption allowed parents to cite religious beliefs to forego the required vaccines for school enrollment.  The repel comes on the heels of the nation’s worst measles outbreak since 1992.  The exemption for children who cannot have vaccines for medical reasons, such as a weakened immune system, has not been changed.



Travel Advisory – S.R. 21 in Cohocton, I-86 Exit 47:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that State Route 21 in the Town of Cohocton will be reduced to one lane at a location approximately .5 miles south of the Ontario County line next week.  The closure will begin June 18th to facilitate subsurface repair to the road base and drainage enhancements.  Traffic will be accommodated by a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers.  Work is expected to last approximately one week.  Additionally, it has been announced that work will also begin on the 18th on a bridge joint replacement project on the I-86 Exit 47 (Gibson) interchange in the Town of Corning.  Traffic will be limited to one lane and drivers should be prepared for delays.



Woodstock Lost WGI for Failure to Pay Says Court Docs:


Court documents submitted during a hearing between the former investor in the Woodstock 50 festival, Dentsu, and the festival organizers, has revealed more information about why Watkins Glen International pulled the event’s site license.  The letter reportedly says festival organizers failed to make a final payment of $150,000 to the racetrack.  WGI announced Monday that it would no longer host the festival, which was set to take place from August 16th through the 18th.  Dentsu and organizers are battling in court over $18.5 million in funding that organizers say Dentsu stole, while Dentsu says the money is rightfully theirs.  All the while, organizers continue to insist the festival will go on and tickets will go on sale soon.



Steuben Legislature Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:


The Steuben County Legislature is urging residents to take special note of the rights and dignity of the elderly in Steuben tomorrow on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  The county Department of Social Services fields several hundred allegations of senior abuse each year, and Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski says that both professional caregivers and every resident of every age should be aware of the signs of abuse, which can include physical trauma, depression, anxiety, and isolation from family, neighbors, and friends.  The theme for this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is “Building Strong Support Elders.”  It’s a call to action, sending a message that causing physical and emotional harm to an older person, taking financial advantage of an elderly individual, or jeopardizing the health or welfare of a senior is inexcusable and unlawful.

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