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Steuben to Launch Child Advocacy Center:


A plan to improve the protection of abused and neglected children in Steuben County will be up and running within weeks, after county legislators accepted Monday the first phase of the New York State Office of Victims Services’ Victims of Crime Acts Grant.  The county’s plan calls for the Child Advocacy Center to be located on the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital campus in Bath, and a mobile unit to better serve children in rural areas.  The new center will help with coordination between the many agencies that investigate child abuse cases, and will offer children a safe and child-friendly place to talk about reported problems.  The center and mobile unit will be fully funded by the state through two grants.  Funding from the Department of Social Services will be used for a contract with Family Services to provide sexual abuse counseling services, and a separate contract with Arnot Health will pay for specially trained nurses and examiners for the young victims of alleged sexual abuse.  State funds will also pay for the mileage and fuel for the center’s mobile unit; gas cards; furniture purchases; staff training; program support and transitional housing services.



Local Channels Return after Nexstar/AT&T Deal:


Local channels are returning to Direct TV, AT&T TV and U-verse now that a deal has been reached between Nexstar Media Group, Inc. and AT&T.  The multi-year retransmission consent agreement will provide Nexstar-owned network-affiliated and local broadcast stations to customers of AT&T’s video platforms in 97 markets across the country. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both companies said they regret the inconvenience to customers, viewers, and advertisers, and they thank them for their patience.



Senator Calls for Hearings on New NYS License Plates:


Accusing the state administration of trying to “fleece taxpayers,” Senator Jim Tedisco is calling for public hearings on the new license plates coming to New York State.  The Governor recently announced all license plates more than 10 years old will be subjected to the replacement requirement.  The new plates will cost a minimum of $25, with an additional $20 for those that wish to keep their current plate numbers.  Tedisco wants the DMV to justify the cost and to ask why the state isn’t getting a refund from the previous plate vendor that produced the peeling plates.  Additionally, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Senator Robert Ortt hosted a press conference Wednesday, announcing legislation to protect New Yorkers from the fee.  In response, DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder said that the license plate fee predates the current administration and was set by a law passed by the legislature in 2009, and points out that the national standard set by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators is that 10 years is a license plate’s useful life.  He challenged that if the legislators are interested in lowering the fee, the Governor is agreeable to that and invites them back for a special session to do so. 



Cremains of 12 Veterans to be Buried at Bath National Cemetery:


Today the Patriot Guard Riders of New York will be escorting the cremains of 12 unclaimed Military Veterans to their rightful resting place at the Bath National Cemetery, where they will receive the full Military Honors they have earned.  These 12 Veterans served in the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force and passed away between 1 and 19 years ago.  The escort will begin in Buffalo and travel through Erie, Wyoming, Livingston, and Steuben Counties.  The Interment Ceremony and Military Honors will occur at 11 a.m.



Hornell C.S.D Open House for Music Department:


The Hornell City School District will hold an open house for its music department on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6 p.m. for its incoming students in grades 7 through 12 and their parents.  Meet the new band directors, and get information about the upcoming year, including, concerts, fundraisers, and the annual choir competition trip.

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