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Today's Top Stories - Friday July 5, 2019

Police Need Information on Attempted Robbery in Horseheads
Police are looking for help in their investigation into reports of an armed robbery yesterday in the Village of Horseheads. Officers say they responded to the Westinghouse Road Village Plaza early yesterday morning at 2am. The suspect allegedly approached an employee at a fireworks tent, drawing a handgun and demanding cash before he struck the employee with his weapon then ran North on Westinghouse Road. Police describe the suspect as an approximately six foot tall black male with a husky build who was wearing shorts and a dark colored t-shirt with the sleeves cut off. If anyone has information regarding this incident and suspect please call the Horseheads Police Department at 607 735-8600 or 607 739-5669.


DOT Announces I-86 Bridge Work in Campbell
The New York State Department of Transportation announced yesterday that bridge joint replacement work will begin on Interstate 86 eastbound over County Route 333 in the town of Campbell on Monday. Work will consist of removing and replacing existing bridge joints. For the duration of this work, one lane of traffic will be maintained.  Work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks, weather permitting. Motorists should anticipate travel delays.


Cuomo Responds to Trump Tweets About NY Attorney General
Fellow New Yorkers President Trump and Governor Andrew Cuomo are at it again! In a recent series of tweets, the president said Cuomo was using Attorney General Letitia James as a “bludgeoning tool” to shut the Trump Foundation down and hurt the president’s businesses. Cuomo responded to this in a press call, saying that unlike being appointed the Attorney General in the president’s cabinet, AG James was elected by voters in our state. Cuomo is also claiming the President is worried about what James’ office may find after she filed a suit against the Trump Foundation seeking almost $3 million in restitution four months ago in March even though the foundation said they would agree to shut down in December. 


Governor and Legislators Form Campaign Finance ReformTask Force
Leaders of New York State have formed a task force comprised of ten people to make new rules to govern the state’s new $100 million public campaign finance system. On Wednesday, the Governor and several state legislative leaders announced their appointments to the panel, which includes experts on campaign finance and election law. Months ago, New York State lawmakers voted to create a public finance system providing matching funds to legislative and statewide candidates receiving small private campaign contributions. This reform is intended to encourage candidates to collect and rely primarily on smaller contributions from everyday voters as opposed to mega sums of money coming from very wealthy donors and corporations. The task force will complete and submit its research by December 1st, when the findings are due, and will become law unless the Legislature votes to reject it within 20 days.


Bath Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident
A domestic dispute led to a felony charge for a Bath man. State police arrested 38-year-old William Margeson. He was charged with first-degree criminal contempt involving physical contact. He was also charged with harassment with physical contact. He was initially detained on cash bail.


Hornell Woman Arrested on Multiple Charges
State police arrested 55-year-old Janet Shanks of Hornell. She was charged with felony criminal mischief, second-degree menacing and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from an incident Tuesday in the village of North Hornell. Bail was set at $2,500.


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