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Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 26, 2019

Werth Construction to Oversee County Legislature Building Project
Bids for the Steuben County Office Building to be extensively overhauled could soon begin. The County Legislature agreed to hire Werth Construction Services, LLC, of Binghamton as the project’s construction manager on Monday. The county plans to convert the majority of the space of the third floor in the County Office Building into court-related offices and courtrooms. The plan is expected to cost about $484,000 , take four years to complete and anticipated to provide a more efficient, secure and effective court system.


Caudill Selected for Appalachian Leadership Institute
Steuben County Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill will be one of the first participants in the nation to attend the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Appalachian Leadership Institute. Caudill was selected from 180 applicants for the 40 member class and he will take part in a nine-month program to build skills in best practices reviews, field visits, mentoring and networking. Funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the program’s classes will include six seminars throughout the Appalachian region beginning Oct. 21-24. Commencement is set for July 2020 in Washington, D.C.


Governors LaMont and Cuomo Meet Regarding Marijuana
Governor Cuomo met yesterday in Connecticut with Governor Lamont and other state leaders to plan a "regional strategy" on marijuana and e-cigarettes. In an interview this week, Cuomo said that it doesn't make sense for nearby states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to have different policies on marijuana, because people would travel to neighboring states to obtain it. * Cuomo says he is serious about cooperating with legalized states and legalizing marijuana in New York State. * The Governor says he will unveil a detailed plan for the joint initiative to limit vaping and legalize recreational marijuana by early January.


State Lawmakers Begin Planning Public Campaign Finance Reform
During session in Albany this week, state lawmakers introduced public campaign financing of statewide and legislative offices on the agenda. A commission will plan the specifics and how public campaign financing will work in New Tork State. The commission has the duty of creating recommendations on how to allocate up to 100 million dollars in public funds per year. Supporters of public campaign financing are in favor of the practice because they believe it will result in more fair elections. This commission will have until the first of December to complete their recommendations and unless these recommendations are changed within 20 days, they will become “binding” law.


Elmira Woman Arrested for Alleged Walmart Theft
An Elmira woman was charged this week with petit larceny after a report at the Horseheads Walmart. Kelsey M. Malone was charged Monday with petit larceny in connection with an alleged theft from Walmart on County Route 64. Malone was released on an appearance ticket for Town of Horseheads Court.


NY Senator Calls to Ban License Plate Fees
A New York senator wants to ban license plate fees permanently. According to News 10 Sen. Jim Tedisco has introduced the “No, New License Plate Fee…Ever…Bill.” The bill would make sure that no one would have to pay additional fees if they need to get a new license plate for any reason. The state appeared to backpedal on its original plan to require $25 fees to get new plates and another $20 to keep their plate numbers. The state plan that would have required New Yorkers change their plates after 10 years has been dropped for now.

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