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Today's Top Stories - Friday October 25, 2019

Operation: Fall Clean Up Sweep Arrests 36 for Drugs
At a Press Conference yesterday, it was announced the investigation Operation Fall Cleanup, netted thirty-six suspected drug dealers who were arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine or other drugs since September. Operation Fall Cleanup was a multi-police agency drug crackdown effort across the county, beginning with the information generated by Bath Village Police Investigator Colin Taft. District Attorney Brooks Baker called the operation a county-wide effort of information sharing among local law enforcement and says this effort is a way to avoid creating a task force and overtaxing taxpayers while still implementing effective drug enforcement.


STOP-DWI Crackdown Begins Today
Beginning from today to November 1st, local law enforcement is getting involved with a STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Effort. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Police Departments like Corning’s will participate in the patrol to prevent impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols will be a part of the effort and all agencies will be in full force. Research show high-visibility enforcement efforts like these reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.


CCE of Steuben Granted $12.9 Million to Promote Healthy Lifestyles
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County was granted $12.9 million dollars in federal funding for 16 different non-profit organizations with the goal to promote healthy diets and active lifestyles among people eligible for or receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance will administer $794,000 to help low-income and working-class citizens across the state avoid chronic nutrition-related diseases like obesity while also improving their overall health and outcomes.


Cuomo Threatens to Shut Down National Grid
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened to shut down energy giant National Grid if the company does not cooperate with state officials looking for answers about its recent moratorium on hook-ups for natural gas and battle over a natural gas pipeline. National Grid denied service for months to new and returning customers as the state DEC and the state of New Jersey was rejecting a permit for the controversial pipeline to run across the New York Harbor. Last week, Cuomo vowed to fine National Grid millions of dollars unless the company provided over 1,100 customers with natural gas who were denied re-connections to their service.


Schumer Calls for FDA to Create Hemp Farm Regulations
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is demanding new regulations for the booming business of hemp farming. Schumer, along with other Senators are asking the FDA to set basic safety requirements for the hemp farming industry and he thinks the rules will help area farmers. Schumer is calling these new regulations “guidelines”. According to Forbes, hemp farms have quadrupled in the U.S. this year.


Early Voting Begins Tomorrow
Early Voting in Steuben County begins from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the handicapped-accessible Steuben County Annex in Bath and will continue until Nov. 3 on the following days and times:

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Sunday, October 27th

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Monday, October 28th

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Tuesday, October 29th

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Wednesday, October 30th

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Thursday, October 31st

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Friday, November 1st

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Saturday Nov. 2 and Sunday Nov. 3

Steuben Board of Elections commissioners Veronica Olin (R) and Kelly Penziul (D) report the process for early voting will be the same as for voters voting at their own poll site, describing the process as: "It's one and done."


RSVPs for Ira Davenport Friends Gala Fundraiser Due Today
The annual “Friends Gala” to support Ira Davenport and Taylor Health is set for Friday November 2nd 6pm at the Glenn Curtiss Museum. Today is the deadline to RSVP. The event has been vital in providing significant financial contributions to help renovate server departments and purchase essential medical equipment for Ira Davenport and Taylor Health Center. The evening will be catered by the Main Place and have music provided by Niklite. Tickets are $80 and available by emailing kimsprague@arnothealth.org or calling (607) 776-8634. RSVPS are due today by contacting Kim Sprague.

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