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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 29th

Hammondsport Man Facing Drug Charges:


A Hammondsport man is facing drug charges following a four-month investigation by Hornell Police into the sale and diversion of prescription narcotics and methamphetamine.  40-year-old Jeremy Johnson was arrested August 27th after oxycodone, methamphetamine, money, and other evidence was found during a traffic stop.  Johnson is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  He is being held on $5,000 cash bail.



New Law to Allow NYers Online Access to Meetings, Hearings:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that expands online access to open meetings and public hearings.  The law requires industrial development agencies to live stream meetings and hearings, and the agencies will have to post recordings of the live streams within five business days of the event and the recordings will have to be available for a minimum of five years.  The hope is the new measure will help foster civic engagement.  “Industrial development agencies are tasked with revitalizing communities and fostering economic growth at the local level, but most New Yorkers don’t have time to attend meetings and participate in the process,” Cuomo said.



Sen. Gillibrand Ends Presidential Run:


The Democratic field of Presidential challengers has narrowed again with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ending her 2020 run.  In a video posted on her Twitter account Wednesday, the Senator said “…this isn’t the result we wanted… but it’s important to know when it’s not your time.”  Gillibrand polled at less than two percent throughout her campaign and Wednesday night was the deadline to come up with the national poll numbers needed for an invite to the next Democratic primary debate. 



Bath Police Officers Make Time for Kids Football Game:


Some local teens playing a friendly game of football got some unexpected guests.  Two officers with the Village of Bath Police Department took some time out of their patrol to stop, toss the ball around, and talk with the kids.  Officer Christopher Daloia and Recruit Officer Alex Hargraves were patrolling Mountainview Road East when they came upon the game.  They played and chatted with the teens for about twenty minutes before returning to their duties. 


Photo Courtesy of Sarah Yehl.



9th Annual Steuben Strong Kids, Safe Kids Set for Sept. 14th:


The ninth annual Strong Kids Safe Kids festival is set for September 14th from noon to 4 p.m. at its new location, the Steuben County Fairgrounds.  This free event will provide kid-friendly, family-oriented activities, including carnival games, inflatable bouncers, and art activities tailored for children from birth to sixth grade.  There will also be information on health and safety issues from more than 25 family-related agencies.  The popular “Passport to Fitness” activities will return, with the Fairgrounds providing more room for games such as basket toss, beanbag throw, Duck Race, Plinko, and Connect Four.  Children will be able to pick produce at the free Kids’ Farmers Market, provided by the Foodbank of the Southern Tier, and other healthy snacks will also be available.  Other new activities will include “Hands-On Trucks,” “Wildlife Rockstars,” disc golf, bike rodeo, and a 25-foot climbing wall. 



Adopt a Glass Pet at CMoG:


If you’d like to add a pet to your family, but aren’t quite ready for the extra responsibility, the Corning Museum of Glass has a solution for you.  This Saturday, August 31st, CMoG is hosting their annual Adopt a Glass Pet Day, where you can pick the pet you like, have it customized and have its name put on it, and receive adoption papers.  Catherine Labonte will be running the event, and she will customize the glass pet of your choice, as well as hold a glass blowing demo at 6 p.m. where she will reproduce a glass penguin.  If that’s not enough fun at the Glass Museum for you, stop by again on Sunday when a contestant from Netflix’s glass-making competition “Blown Away” will be giving a demonstration at 6 p.m.   

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