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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 1, 2019

Reed Says Impeachment Lacks “Smoking Gun”
Amid the possible launch for impeachment in Washington, Congressman Tom Reed says the impeachment inquiry raised by Democrats lacks a “smoking gun”. Reed says he has read both the whistleblower complaint and transcript of the President’s July conversation with Ukraine President Zelensky and believes there is no substantial evidence in the documents to support the impeachment inquiry. He claims the Democratic majority in the House that has initiated impeachment has been hijacked by what he calls “radicals” in the party. Reed predicts the inquiry won’t sustain itself while most Democrats strongly contest these documents contain evidence of the abuse of executive power.


Pulteney Park Protesters Demonstrate During Court Hearing
Yesterday’s rally against the state’s recent ban on religious exemptions for vaccines filled Pulteney Park with hundreds of participants demonstrating to support two parents in Addison suing the State Attorney General’s Office after their children were removed from Corning Christian Academy for not being vaccinated. Many of those estimated thousands across the state who have not vaccinated their children cite religious reasons as their prerogative to not vaccinate. A verdict for the case is expected to be reached by the end of the week. 


REAL ID Deadline One Year from Today
October will be one year until New York State's REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses will be required as verification for boarding domestic flights and entering federal buildings. October 1, 2020 is the deadline for New Yorkers to have either a REAL ID compliant license or enhanced license. Transportation Security Administration urges everyone to get the new IDs as soon as possible. Those who have Enhanced IDs can board a plane and enter the U.S. by land or sea to cross into the U.S. From Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean. Real IDs are available through your local DMV office. 


History Awareness Week Begins in Steuben County
Today kicks off the start of Steuben County’s Second Annual History Awareness Week with the theme “Crops, Critters, and Farm Life in Steuben County”. From today to Friday, historic exhibits will be on display from 2-6pm at the Steuben County Fairgrounds Horticultural Building. Talks by Historians Craig Braack and Kirk House are also scheduled this week on the 3rd and 4th. The week’s finale of festivities takes place Saturday at the Howard Community Center. According to County Historian Emily Simms, this year the event will center on the history of agriculture in the area and its 200 year evolution. 


NYS Launches Underage Drinking Crackdown
Today begins the month of October which has been dedicated to preventing underage drinking in the Empire State. This month, 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.”


Ohio Man Arrested for Bath Arson
A man from Ohio has been accused of setting a fire in the town of Bath on Saturday. During an interview at the barracks, state police arrested 28-year-old Aziz Abbasov of Dayton. He was charged with felony arson for allegedly intentionally damaging property. He was also charged with second-degree reckless endangerment then detained.

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