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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 19, 2019

Addison Man Who Threatened Omar Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges
An Addison man pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges of threatening to assault and murder an official of the United States as well as being a felon possessing firearms. Patrick Carlineo made national news in March when he  was arrested for calling the office of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and leaving his name and contact information, threatening to kill her and accusing her of being a terrorist working for the Muslim Brotherhood. Carlineo is scheduled for sentencing the morning of February 14th and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for the charges.


Corning’s Bridge Street Bridge Re-opens Today
Today is the the day the Bridge Street bridge in Corning will finally be reopened. Originally expected to be open to traffic on October 31st, the opening was pushed back to complete additional steel repair work that was discovered during the project. Corning City Manager Mark Ryckman says though the exact time is unknown, the bridge will be open sometime today.


Audit Calls for Better-Notification of Residents' Parents
A state audit calls on New York to improve when it comes to notifying parents of abuse and neglect at group homes serving those with developmental disabilities. According to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli yesterday, also says families and guardians aren’t always provided with records they requested about substantiated abuse and neglect by the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. The agency generally agreed with the findings of the report but questioned deadlines used by the state auditors and said it must provide reports only if a legal guardian specifically makes the request.


NY Legislature to Hold Hearing on Early Voting Tomorrow
New York will take a look at its first statewide experiment with early voting. Tomorrow, the Democratic-led State Legislature will hold a hearing on how the start of early voting went in New York. According to the state Board of Elections, over 256,000 New Yorkers casted their ballots before election day between October 26th and November 3rd under early voting.    


NY Humane Association Opposing 2020 State Criminal Justice Reform
The new state criminal justice reforms will take effect in January and received a lot of opposition. The latest criticism coming from the New York State Humane Association. President of the state Humane Association Patricia Valusek says animal crimes are not addressed or considered in the legislation and she says the seriousness of animal cruelty offenses aren’t accounted for in these reforms, especially with dogfighting. The group is also concerned about a 15-day period where district attorney’s offices must collect and share their information because that’s a brief time window for investigation and the Humane Association thinks this could cause more cruelty cases to be tossed.


Department of Labor Reports Over 13K Jobs Added to NY Economy
The New York State Department of Labor reports 13,300 new jobs were added to the state economy between September and October. The DOL’s report was based on data collected from a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers by the United States Department of Labor.


Steuben County Poverty Panel Tonight
Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith will be a part of the panel looking at the future impact of children raised in poverty at a free public screening of WSKG-TV’s “Chasing the Dream” 5:30pm tonight at the Corning-Painted Post High School auditorium. According to a Cornell University study, estimates show 3,901 kids or two in 10 children ages 0-17 in Steuben are living in poverty and 12,1761 people or more than one in 10 of all residents in the county live in poverty. Registration for the free event is requested through Eventbrite: https://chasingthedreamcorning.eventbrite.com


Dansville Man Arrested After Domestic Incident
A domestic dispute led to the arrest of a Dansville man. State Police said they took 51-year-old Edward McMichael into custody. He was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and a single count of third-degree assault. Court action is pending.


Historic NYS Marker Grants Available
The latest round of grants for the New York State Historic Marker grant program has started. The program is a way to commemorate historic people, places, things and events in New York State between 1740 to 1920. Grants will cover the entirety of the blue and yellow marker, pole, and shipping. The grant program is open to local, state and federal government entities, non-profit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State. Those interested in applying for a marker grant must submit an online letter of intent verifying primary sources by Monday December 16th. The final application deadline is Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. To apply for a grant or review application guidelines, visit the Foundation’s NYS marker program page.

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