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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, July 11th

Painted Post to Dissolve Court:


Citing revenue concerns, cramped facilities, and concerns over future expenses, the Village of Painted Post has announced plans to dissolve its village justice court on April 1st 2020.  While the village would still handle matters such as parking fines, Mayor Ralph Foster says all open court cases and arraignments would be held at Erwin’s newly constructed courthouse facility.  Village residents can respond once a referendum goes out in the next ten days.  Residents will then have 30 days to gather approximately 220 signatures on a petition to bring the matter to a vote.  If the signatures aren’t gathered, the court will close next year. 



Steuben Sheriff Deputies Certified EMTs:


The first formal class of Steuben County Sheriff deputies has completed the required training and are now certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).  County Sheriff Jim Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee recently the certifications are the first in his department’s initiative to have all county deputies certified EMTs.  Allard has also completed the EMT training himself.  Allard told the committee that his department is often the first on scene, and the training is another tool they can use in their mission of public safety. 



Sen. O’Mara Sponsoring Summer Reading Program:


Senator Tom O’Mara is teaming up with the New York State Senate and New York State Library, and with public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes to sponsor an online summer reading program for all the region’s young readers.  To participate, students and their parents can visit O’Mara’s senate website at http://www.omara.nysenate.gov/ and click on the Summer Reading Program logo.  The site includes a reading journal, popular summer reading lists, and more.  When the program ends, participants will be formally recognized by Senator O’Mara for their reading achievement. 



Ford Recalls Focus Models for Fuel Tank Issue:


The Ford Motor Company has announced the recall of some 58,000 Focus model vehicles due to a possible fuel tank issue.  According to Ford, some 2012 and 2017 Focus models and some 2013-2014 Focus ST models are included in the recall.  The issue is said to be with the powertrain software, which could cause the fuel tank to deform.  It’s connected with an October recall where nearly 1.5 million vehicles were recalled for the same issue and were improperly serviced, prompting them to be recalled again.  Ford says those with affected cars should take their vehicles to their dealers, where they can reprogram the software and replace any affected parts.

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