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Today's Top Stories - Saturday June 29, 2019

Bill to Name I-86 Bridge After Trooper Clark Passes
The New York State Senate and Assembly approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano to designate a portion of Interstate 86 as the “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge.” The legislation designates “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge” to the bridges on I-86 intersecting State Route 415, which are less than a half mile north of the Bath State Police Barracks where the late Trooper Clark was stationed. The legislation awaits the signature of the governor before becoming law.


Steuben Public Works Installs AEDs Across County
The Steuben County Public Works outbuildings have installed 18 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in locations across the county. The buildings were installed with the AED equipment, which is used to help revive victims experiencing cardiac arrest by delivering an electric shock and analyzing the heart’s rhythm. The installations were made as a way to provide additional safety in the event of an emergency. 


Today Begins Free Fishing Weekend in NY
New York residents can fish for free without a license in one of the 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams across the state this weekend. New York's Free Fishing Weekends help encourage more people - whether skilled or new to the sport -to get outdoors and enjoy the many world-class fishing opportunities available. The free fishing days program began in 1991 to give people who might not fish a chance to try the rewarding sport at no cost. 


HEAP Offering Cooling Assistance
New York State is offering some relief from the heat through the statewide Home Energy Assistance Program. HEAP is now offering air conditioners and fans up to $800 for those households that are eligible. Those who have medical conditions aggravated by heat and meet the income qualifications can have an air conditioning unit installed at no cost. The program has been open since May 1st and availability is limited. To find out about  how you can apply for the Cooling Assistance Program go to: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#cooling-


NY Attorney General Creates Diversity and Inclusion Office
State Attorney General Letitia James announced that a Diversity and Inclusion Office has been created. New York Attorney General James says the new office is an attempt to promote inclusion and diversity within the attorney general’s office and throughout the state. Sandra Grannum, who has been working for the Attorney General’s Office for 17 years, will oversee the new office. Grannum said about the new office: “Diversity, equity, and inclusion have been the clarion call of Attorney General James throughout her career, and the urgency to heed that call is now greater than ever,” 


STOP-DWI Crackdown Begins Today
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says that his agency and others across the county will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide campaign begins today and will end July 4th. Allard says the Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities.


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