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3 Arrested During Traffic Enforcement Detail:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that three people were arrested during a recent intensified traffic enforcement detail on State Route 415 and State Route 21 in Wayland.  20-year-old Jeffrey Drake of Hornell allegedly knowingly possessed a controlled substance while in a vehicle and he was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and was released on an appearance ticket.  39-year-old Amanda Goodridge of Brooklyn allegedly knowingly possessed a controlled substance while in a vehicle and was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marihuana and she was released on an appearance ticket.  And 53-year-old William Corcoran of Campbell allegedly consumed an alcoholic beverage and knowingly possessed marihuana while in a vehicle and he was charged with unlawful possession of marihuana and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, and he was released on an appearance ticket.



Bath Woman Accused of Passing Fake Money:


A Bath woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to use fake money.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 33-year-old Amber Crout was arrested after she allegedly knowingly passed a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill for cab services in the Town of Erwin.  She was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft of services.  She was arraigned and released to appear in the Town of Erwin Court at a later date.



State Legislature Passes Farmworkers Rights Bill:


After several hours of debate Wednesday, the New York State Senate and Assembly both passed the proposed Farmworkers Rights Bill.  The legislation will give farmworkers the right to organize, collect overtime if they work more than 60 hours a week, and get a guaranteed day off each week.  Supporters – which include many farm laborers, their advocates, and groups including the Catholic Church – say farm workers deserve the same rights and benefits as other workers.  Those opposed, including many farm owners, warn that it could dramatically increase labor costs.  Senator Tom O’Mara voted against the bill, saying it will drive family farms out of business and have profound repercussions throughout local farm economies. 



Steuben Public Health Plan Tackles Substance Abuse:


One of the primary concerns to come out of the recent Health Priorities Setting Meeting for the 2019 Steuben Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was the current opioid crisis in the county.  In response, the county Public Health department expects to work with other county agencies to curb the substance abuse epidemic.  County Public Health Director Darlene Smith added that Steuben Public Health must also work under the state Department of Health’s guidelines and expects to decide in August what exact role it can take in the fight against substance abuse.  Currently, Steuben Public Health provides training in NARCAN – an opioid overdose reversal medication.  The other priorities set at the May 7th priorities meeting are: promoting healthy infants, women and children, with a focus on child and adolescent health; and tobacco prevention. 



Travel Advisory – S.R. 371 & 21 in Cohocton:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that the first phase of a two-part paving project on State Routes 371 and 21 from the Ontario County line south to the Village of Cohocton will begin Monday, weather permitting.  The road will be Cold-In-Place Recycled during this phase.  The second part of the project, a hot mix asphalt overlay, will occur later this season. Traffic will be maintained with a one lane, two-way alternating flagging operation and a pilot vehicle. The public should expect delays.



Netflix Series Featuring CMoG to Begin July 12th:


Mark your calendars – the previously announced Netflix series featuring our own local Corning Museum of Glass will begin streaming to audiences worldwide on July 12th.  Blown Away will follow a group of 10 highly skilled glassmakers from across the U.S. who will be challenged to design, create, and make beautiful works of art under limited time.  Their pieces will be showcased and assessed by a panel of judges.  CMoG served as a key consulting partner for the series, and the museum’s Senior Manager of Hot Glass Programs Eric Meek also appears on the show as a “guest evaluator” during the finale.  The winner of the series will be awarded the title of “Best in Blow” and will earn a prize package valued at $60,000, which includes a week-long Guest Artist appearance at CMoG.  Additionally, artwork made on the show will be available for viewing at the museum this summer.  Learn more about the show at https://www.cmog.org/blownaway



Vernon Downs Reportedly Being Considered for New Woodstock 50 Home:


WKTV in Utica reports that Vernon Downs, a casino and race track located east of Syracuse, is being considered as a possible new home for the beleaguered Woodstock 50 festival.  Vernon Downs is said to be one of possibly six venues being considered.  Watkins Glen International was originally set to host the event, but the track announced on June 10th that it had ended its partnership with Woodstock.  Tickets for the three-day festival still have not gone on sale.

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