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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 17th

Hammondsport Man Facing Drug Charges:


A traffic stop in the Village of Penn Yan Monday has resulted in drug charges for a Hammondsport man.  40-year-old Jeremy Johnson was pulled over on Cornwall Street for allegedly failing to use his turn signal.  He was allegedly found in possession of a large number of pseudoephedrine pills, a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe, a coffee filter with meth, plastic tubing, and lantern fuel, along with other equipment and precursors to methamphetamine manufacturing.  He was charged with felony criminal possession of precursors of meth, along with misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.



DEC Investigating Possible Keuka Lake Spill:


A possible spill into Keuka Lake in Yates County is under investigation by the Department of Environmental Conservation.  The Yates County Sheriff’s Department says that a hydraulic line on a barge broke Monday and less than a gallon of product was released into the water before it was repaired.  The Dresden Fire Department’s Spill Response Team placed absorbent booms around the barge to contain the spill.



NYS Smoking Age Bill Signed into Law:


Legislation raising the smoking age in New York State from 18 to 21 has officially been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  That means only adults 21 and over will be able to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes.  The bill goes into effect this fall. 



Public Hearing on Proposed Hammondsport Sewer Project:


The Village of Hammondsport will hold a public hearing to determine the need and location of its proposed sewer system project. The hearing will be held on August 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fred and Harriet Taylor Library on Williams Street in Hammondsport. The proposed Project will result in a sewer system to serve a portion of the Village.



TSA Recruitment Event for E-C Airport:


Looking for a career change?  Your chance could come on Thursday, July 25th as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will hold a one-day recruitment event from 9 a.m. to noon to assist individuals applying for a job as a TSA officer to work at Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.  Prospective candidates must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent security experience, and be a U.S. citizen or national.  Applicants are also required to have two valid forms of state or federal identification.  The event will be held at the NYS Department of Labor office on Madison Avenue in Elmira.  Anyone interested can also apply online at https://hraccess.tsa.dhs.gov/hraccess/index.html, text “TSO” to 95495, or call 877-872-7990.



Woodstock 50 Appeal Denied By Vernon:


The latest twist in the ongoing saga of the proposed Woodstock 50 Festival came Tuesday night at a meeting of the Town of Vernon Planning Board.  Event organizers appealed an earlier decision by the town to deny permits for the festival, but the planning board upheld the denial during Tuesday’s meeting.  The vote was unanimous.  WSYR reports that the decision was ultimately due to safety concerns, many of which were voiced ahead of the meeting by the Oneida County Executive and Sheriff’s Department, who cited inadequate safety, traffic, and parking plans.  Woodstock’s Michael Lang continues to vow to try again.  The original proposed date for the event is now less than a month away.  The event currently has no site and tickets still have not gone on sale.



Six Percent Toll Increase for P.A.:


If you’re going to be traveling into or through our neighbor Pennsylvania in the future, be prepared to pay more at tolls.  The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced Tuesday a six percent toll increase for 2020, for both E-ZPass and cash customers.  The increase will go into effect on January 5th, 2020, with the exception of three western PA highways which will increase instead on October 27th, 2019.  Those highways are: PA Turnpike 376 (Beaver Valley Expressway), PA Turnpike 66 (Greensburg Bypass or Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass), and the Gateway tolling point (milepost 2 near Ohio on I-76).  The PTC will help travelers plan ahead by posting a 2020 trip calculator and toll schedule online this fall at https://www.paturnpike.com/toll/tollmileage.aspx

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