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Hornell Men Arrested Following Drug Raid
Two Hornell men faces charges after a drug raid on their East Washington Street home in Hornell this weekend. Hornell Police say they found methamphetamine and packaging material in the home belonging to both 50-year-old Robert Snyder and 30-year-old Eric Drake. Snyder was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance, both in the 5th degree, along with criminal use of paraphernalia. Snyder is held in jail pending arraignment and Drake was released on an appearance ticket for his charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, Criminal Nuisance in the Second Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.


Steuben Prevention Coalition Receives $125K Grant
The Steuben Prevention Coalition has announced they have been awarded the Drug Free Communities Grant for $125,000 per year for the next 5 years. The Drug Free Communities Grant is an initiative sponsored by the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Steuben Prevention Coalition responded to the news by saying the group is extremely excited to receive this award and to be able to continue the work they do in Steuben County. The Coalition's goals are to reduce alcohol and drug use by youth, promote factor reducing substance abuse and encourage community dialogue relating to teen substance abuse.


Palmesano Against Downstate Bill Granting Inmates Voting Rights
A downstate lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow prison inmates serving time in a New York State prison the right to vote. The new bill introduced by Senator Kevin Parker of Brooklyn would give inmates still serving their time inside the state prison system the right to vote in all elections and establish a program to help inmates register to vote. Parker says the bill will fight “felony disenfranchisement in New York State”. Currently, two states in the US -Maine and Vermont-allow inmates to vote. Assemblyman Palmesano responded by accusing Democrats of “reward”ing inmates “by offering the most important privilege in our democracy…” and promised to “work tirelessly to make sure this bill never becomes law.”


Aldi’s Recalls Frozen Berries For Possible Hepatitis A Contamination
Packages of frozen berries from Aldi’s grocery stores have been recalled due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. According to the company issuing the recall, a government sampling program tested for the virus and received a positive contamination result. There have been no illnesses reported yet, but the company issued a recall as a precaution. The recall includes frozen raspberries sold under Aldi's private labels and Aldi-branded frozen berry mixes. Health officials are urging people who bought these berries to return them to the grocery store.


Horseheads Man Arrested for Stealing Vehicle
A Horseheads man has been arrested after he allegedly drove a stolen car to a Big Flats gas station and caused a disturbance.  Ryan Summers was arrested after Chemung County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to Big Flats for a disturbance report. Upon further investigation, it was found the 2019 Nissan Sentra Summer was driving was stolen from Simmons-Rockwell by Summers. Summers was arrested then arraigned in Town of Big Flats Court.


Cuomo Vows Legal Action of Rule Against LGBTQ Protections
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York will pursue legal action to block the Trump administration’s proposed rule that allows foster care and adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ families. Under the proposed rule, the Department of Health and Human Services would repeal the Obama-era rule that included sexual orientation as a legally-protected trait under anti-discrimination protections, allowing faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to continue receiving taxpayer funding despite excluding LGBT families and others from their services.

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