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Today's Top Stories - Monday June 17, 2019

Rent Reform Bill Signed into NYS Law
New York lawmakers passed a bill series of sweeping rent reforms to grant housing tenants the strongest protections in state history. The State Assembly and Senate passed the packages minutes away from each other and sent the legislation to the Governor, who signed it into law on Friday. The reforms include allowing any municipality outside of New York City to be included in rent control regulations, allowing cities, towns and villages with rental vacancy rates of 5% or less to be able to set up their own rent control units and requires landlords statewide to provide notice if they are going to increase a tenant’s rent by more than 5% or do not intend to renew a tenant lease. The legislation also makes eviction a crime when a landlord locks out or uses force to evict a tenant. Sponsors of the bill say it will help to stabilize the speculative housing market statewide.


Anti-Robo Call Bill Passed in NYS Senate
A New York Senate bill passed Friday to help limit robocalls throughout New York state. The legislation, State Senate Bill S3297D, would require telephone service providers offer call mitigation technology to their users, free of charge. The bill would also require robocalls be received only with prior consent. A recent FCC ruling says service providers can, by default, block unwanted robocalls. Bill S3297D will next be voted on in the state assembly.


Color Walk to End Child Abuse Attracts Dozens of Local Supporters
Over 70 local citizens showed up in Pulteney Square for the fourth annual Steuben County Color Walk to Prevent Child Abuse on Saturday. The event was intended as a colorful reminder that every one of us can do something to prevent child abuse. Walkers were splashed with non toxic colored paint powder and participating agencies provided information on services and resources for families. The event was sponsored by the Steuben County Youth Bureau, the Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Task Force, Keuka Insurance Group, Inc. and the Corning Police Benevolent Association.


Route 21 in Cohocton Closes Tomorrow for Construction
The New York State Department of Transportation says that that State Route 21 in Town of Cohocton will be reduced to one lane at a location about a ½ mile south of the Ontario County line tomorrow. This lane closure is being implemented to facilitate subsurface repair to the road base and drainage enhancements to State Route 21.  Work is anticipated to last approximately one week. Traffic will be accommodated by a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers. Motorists should expect delays.


OFA Issues Needs Assessment Survey
Steuben County residents are asked to weigh in on how to best serve the needs of our elderly. Every few years, the Steuben County Office For the Aging conducts its “Needs Assessment Survey” with its community members to help determine how the organization focuses their services. Surveys are available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019OFA-NAS or calling (607) 664-2298 to receive a survey through mail. Surveys are also available in large print for ease and comfort of participants.


AAA Projects Lower Summer Gas Prices
According to experts from AAA, the national average for regular gas currently is $2.75 a gallon- a price 17 cents lower than last year’s high in early May. AAA is expecting a drop in gas prices this summer as prices per gallon have fallen steadily for the past several weeks. According to one analyst, United States drivers could pay less than $2.25 per gallon in the next few months.

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