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Today's Top Stories - Friday September 27, 2019

Cuomo Signs Election Bill Extending Enrollment Deadline
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on a bill yesterday to make it easier for New Yorkers to participate in primary elections. Voters now have the deadline extended to change party enrollment or newly enroll from October 11th to February 14th in order to vote in the April presidential primaries as well as the June Congressional and State primaries.  Cuomo says this measure will give New Yorkers more power as voters and increase voter access.

 

Mutliple Departments Sent to Fight Campbell Fire
Campbell Fire A fire ripped through a house trailer in East Campbell. Crews were dispatched at 11:38 p.m. after dispatch received numerous reports that the trailer was engulfed. Initial reports indicated the trailer was not occupied when the flames were discovered. It was a two-alarm blaze sending equipment in from East Campbell, Campbell, Coopers, Corning, Painted Post, Gang Mills and North and South Corning. The fire was declared under control within 45 minutes. The cause is under investigation.

 

State to Crack Down on Underage Drinking in October
The upcoming month of October has been dedicated to preventing underage drinking in the Empire State. In October, the New York State Liquor Authority and DMV will work with local law enforcement, conducting underage drinking checks at restaurants, bars, liquor stores and grocery stores. A total of 500 locations will be checked across the state and officials will check for fraudulent IDs. Sheriff Jim Allard reminds the public “If they have a fake ID that’s actually a possession of a forged instrument, which is a felony.”

 

Governor Adds Menthol to NYS Vape Ban
Following the recommendations of the New York Department of Health, Governor Cuomo has directed to ban the sale of menthol-flavored e-cigarettes. Cuomo directed State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to convene an emergency Public Health and Planning meeting to expand emergency regulations banning menthol flavors. The ban on flavored e-cigarettes and e-liquids begins on October 4th and the Governor says he enacted it due to teen preferences for menthol and fruit flavored vape products.

 

I-86 Traffic Stop Yields Three Drug Arrests
A traffic stop on I-86 in Corning led to the arrests of a Waverly man and two people from Sayre. They’re all facing drug charges. State troopers say they arrested 26-year-old Casey Stillman of Sayre, 37-year-old Joshua Bowman of Waverly and 36-year-old Brock Stillman of Sayre. Each was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Stillman was additionally charged with driving while impaired by drugs, first-degree. Court appearances are pending.

 

Corning Man Arrested After Alleged Burglary
Court action is pending for a Corning man who faces multiple felony counts. State police say they arrested 55-year-old Jerry Brown. Troopers charged him with burglary and tampering with physical evidence and the lesser count of possession of burglar tools. Troopers said the alleged crime occurred in Erwin and was reported September 9 th . In a separate incident, Brown was also charged with felony grand larceny. Court action is pending.


Free Fishing Weekend Starts Statewide Tomorrow
Coming up this Saturday…New York residents can fish for free without a license in any of the 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams across the state. Several events are being hosted on National Hunting and Fishing Day to encourage more people, whether skilled or new to these sports, to get outdoors and enjoy the abundant hunting and fishing opportunities available across the State. New York's hunters and anglers contribute an estimated $4.9 billion to the economy in spending, which supports more than 56,000 jobs and $623 million in state and local taxes.

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