Corning Woman Arrested For Alleged Assault
A Corning woman was arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly unlawfully entering a home on Denison Parkway in Corning and assaulting a 34-year-old woman following a report. Andrea Cruz, age 38, was charged by Corning City Police with third-degree assault, second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Corning Police say Cruz has been in contact with their Department 76 different times since October 2013. Cruz was arraigned yesterday morning in Steuben County’s Centralized Arraignment Court and released on her own recognizance. She will appear in Corning City Court at a later date to answer to charges.
Problem Solvers Caucus Launches Website
The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by local Congressman Tom Reed, now has a new caucus website launched just yesterday. The caucus, which is also co-chaired by New Jersey Democrat and fellow Congressman Josh Gottheimer, has established the website to provide a platform for news updates, press releases, background and information about the caucus and its work, as well as other updates. The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan Congressional group with 48 members – half of which are Democrats and half Republicans- who work with the mission of promoting bipartisan cooperation on key issues. Click here to check out the site.
Bath PD to Participate in Shop With a Cop Next Month
Bath Police Department announced for the fifth year, they will be participating in Shop with a Cop. Chief of Police in Bath, Chad Mullen says this year will differ from previous years with the County Sheriff's Office, Bath Police, the Bath V.A police, the Corning police Department, New York State police, and New York State D.E.C. all participating in Corning due to the closure of the Bath Kmart. The event will be set in December, as always, but no date has yet been set.
Town of Pulteney Holding Public Hearings Tonight
The town of Pulteney holds two public hearings tonight. The first hearing is based on a proposed local law that would allow the town to override the state property tax cap. The second hearing will allow public comment on the town’s proposed 2020 budget. A copy of the budget is available at the town clerk’s office. Hearings start 7:25 p.m. tonight.
Age to Purchase Tobacco Raised to 21 Beginning Today
Effective today, anyone purchasing tobacco or electronic cigarettes in New York state must be at least 21 years of age. In July of this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill to legally change the age from 18 to 21. Both traditional and e-cigarettes will require the buyer to be 21 or older to purchase. The law was enacted in an effort to decrease tobacco use among teens. According to data from the Department of Health, 27 percent of high school students in New York now use e-cigarettes.
Finger Lakes Museum Earns Corning Incorporated Foundation Grant
Corning Incorporated will support The Finger Lakes Museum in Branchport by making the museum a recipient of the Corning Incorporated Foundation Grant. This grant supports a Southern Tier marketing initiative that was outlined by the Finger Lakes Museum to draw in area residents for programs and events. This is Corning Incorporated Foundation’s second year supporting the Museum to help boost its outreach to the Finger Lakes region’s Southern markets. The museum will receive the grant and begin its expanded marketing campaign in 2020.
Cuomo Says $3 Billion Medicaid Gap Major 2020 Budget Issue
Governor Andrew Cuomo says a big challenge of the 2020 New York State Budget will be the $3 billion gap in New York’s Medicaid program. Cuomo says the reduction in federal aid and increase in labor costs will make Medicaid budgeting “a major financial issue for the next year.” Hospital groups have organized and mobilized to oppose any potential cuts to Medicaid, worried the cuts will cause more nursing homes and hospitals to close. Over the years, hospitals in New York State have seen a significant increase in revenue according to health analyst Bill Hammond from the Empire Center.
NY Court System to Update Juror Cards with More Gender Options
New York State’s court system plans to expand the gender options on jury documents to be inclusive of people not identifying as male or female. According to the state court spokesperson, the system aims to have updated juror information cards ready to be distributed by early 2020. The new cards include gender options of male and female as well as transgender, nonbinary, intersex and other. Currently, cards only offer male and female gender options. The court system will also reform its juror questionnaire to offer a question asking a person how they would like to be addressed. Proponents of this change say more gender options can help mitigate discrimination in juror selection and promote a more reflective jury pool.