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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday September 10, 2019


DOT Announces Saturday Close of I-86 Ramp Near Exit 43
The New York State Department of Transportation announces Interstate Highway 86, westbound ramp at Exit 43, will be closed on Saturday. The ramp will be closed to make repairs to the concrete approach slab and work is anticipated to last only one day, with weather permitting. Motorists are advised to use Coopers Plains Exit 42 during the closure and should expect minor travel delays.


Tom Reed “Raising the Stakes” for Cuomo on Seneca Dispute
Congressman Tom Reed continues his war of words with the Governor, accusing Cuomo of deliberately withholding $6 million worth of annual payments to the City of Salamanca in Cattaraugus County due to a dispute with the Seneca Nation there. The local Congressmen of the 23rd district says these lack of funds have resulted in the city of Salamanca’s shortage of emergency responders, which he believes led to a recent death of a resident who suffered cardiac arrest.  Reed demands Cuomo settle the dispute or else he promises to continue “raising the stakes” on the office of the governor.


County Legislators Consider Wind Farm Road Agreement
Yesterday, Steuben County legislators considered a road use agreement for a large planned wind farm in Western Steuben County during the monthly meeting for the County Public Works Committee. Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont and Wayland would host 69 wind turbines under the Baron Winds Project. Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said this agreement will begin with a bond payment for the use of each road, with amounts depending on the condition of each road. A survey of road conditions will be conducted before and after the company uses the road.The agreement was forwarded for final approval.


CAP System’s Exceeding Caseloads Cause of County Strain
Steuben County’s centralized arraignment system is seeing caseloads that have significantly exceeded estimates presented by state officials and county leaders are concerned the costs of the new system will only expand. The County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee met yesterday to discuss the issue. The new court protocol caused deputies assigned to court are often asked to take on duties outside of their position to keep cases moving. A new change of law for 2020 requiring files be turned over to defendants in every case had DA Brooks Baker request hire of at least one new assistant district attorney and one paralegal to meet the state requirements by January 1st. Despite the county’s strain, the state not supporting Steuben County with any funding to meet the requirements.


County Public Health Announces Rabies Clinic
Steuben Public Health announced they are holding and sponsoring a free rabies clinic Saturday September 28th from 9 to 11 am. The clinic will be happening at three locations: the Mt. Washington County Barn in Bath, the Fire Department in Hornell and the Town of Corning Water Building. A voluntary donation of $5 is requested. All pets must be restrained. Please bring proof of previous rabies vaccination if possible. State law mandates all cats, dogs and ferrets receive rabies vaccination by four months of age. Call 607-664-2438 for more information. 


Hornell Man Arrested for Probation Violation
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hornell man for a probation violation. It is alleged that 23 year old Michael D. Austin violated a term or condition of his probation and was arrested due to a violation of probation warrant. Austin was arraigned in Steuben County Court then remanded to county jail. 

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