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NYS Authorizes Emergency Responders to Remove Animals from Cars:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday that gives firefighters and other emergency responders the authority to remove animals in unattended vehicles under conditions that endanger the animal’s health or well-being.  The legislation will help reduce wait times when calls are made to 911 that a pet is in danger, especially in areas and at times when law enforcement or animal control availability is limited.  The bill goes into effect immediately.  Said Cuomo, “Leaving a pet in a stifling hot or freezing cold car is inhumane and potentially dangerous, and emergency responders should have the ability to remove them if necessary.”



NYS Limits Arming of Teachers:


Also on Wednesday, the Governor signed legislation limiting an educational institution’s ability to authorize any person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard to carry a firearm on school grounds, and directing State Police to establish statewide regulations aimed at strengthening existing gun buyback programs and create new programs for the safe removal of illegal, unsecured, abandoned, or unwanted firearms.  Citing that the introduction of guns into schools could create the potential for accidental shootings or other acts of violence, the first bill stipulates that educational institutions can’t issue written authorization to carry a gun to any teacher, professor, administrator, or other person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer, or security guard.  It goes into effect immediately.  The other bill directs State Police to work with the Department of State to establish uniform regulations for gun buyback programs so that all the programs across the state are operated consistently, and that these programs take place in every county in the state.  This bill will take effect 180 days after becoming law.



Woodstock 50 Officially Canceled:


After months of obstacles and backsteps, Woodstock 50 has officially been canceled.  The announcement came Wednesday after more of the originally scheduled acts backed out of performing, including: Santana, The Lumineers, and The Killers.  In a statement, co-founder Michael Lang cited “conflicting radius issues in the D.C. area,” as a reason why artists were unable to perform, as well as “for their own reasons.”  He went on to thank the artists, fans, and partners who stood by the event.  While the Woodstock 50 event is no more, those looking to celebrate the anniversary can still do so at the original Woodstock site with the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival.  Original Woodstock performers John Fogerty and Santana will perform, along with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band.  There will also be TED-style talks and special exhibits. 



Tuition Debt Relief Program Available for CCC Students:


Students laboring under tuition debt at SUNY Corning Community College will now have help easing their burden.  CCC is offering the “Barons Brought Back” program for former students who accrued debt during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Students with bills of $1,500 or less will be able to enroll for the fall semester as long as they have a prior grade point average of 2.00 or higher, are enrolled for at least 12 credit hours, and complete financial aid paperwork to have grants or loans in place to pay for the fall 2019 semester.  Students who owe more than $1,500 qualify for the Barons Brought Back program if they can first pay enough to reduce the outstanding balance to $1,500.  CCC will reduce one third of the debt, up to $500, at the end of the fall semester if students successfully complete at least 12 credit hours and achieve at least a 2.00 grade point average.    



Travel Advisory – Upcoming Road Work in Arkport & Campbell:


The state Department of Transportation has announced upcoming road work in the Town of Campbell and the Village of Arkport.  In Campbell, bridge work will resume on Interstate 86 over County Route 333 on Sunday.  Work will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. with interstate traffic being detoured around the area.  During the day, I-86 will be open to a single lane of traffic and C.R. 333 will have both lanes open.  In Arkport, paving will take place around a railroad crossing on State Route 961F beginning Monday.  The crossing is near the intersection of County Route 67.  Traffic will be detoured along State Route 36.  The Campbell project is expected to take 5 days, while the Arkport project will last through Wednesday.

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