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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 26, 2019

Steuben County Legislature Approves $197 Million Budget
Yesterday, the Steuben County Legislature unanimously approved a 2020 spending plan that will decrease the average tax rates throughout the county by about two percent. Under the spending plan worth $197 million, the tax levy will decrease slightly to about $50.5 million. The average tax rate will also drop to $8.07 per $1,000- a two percent decrease.  County Manager Jack Wheeler says the levy increase of close to $500,000 was driven by unfunded state mandates to reform the criminal justice system and the uncertainty of revenues promised from the state.


STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Crackdown Begins Tomorrow
The statewide STOP-DWI crackdown effort begins tomorrow as state Troopers, sheriff's departments and local law enforcement across the state increase patrols to combat impaired driving. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says checkpoints will run from tomorrow through Sunday to stop impaired driving. Historically, the night of Thanksgiving Eve is one of the top days for intoxicated drivers while being one of the top travel times of the year. During Thanksgiving Day weekend last year, 291 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes across the US.


Congressman Reed Holds Corning Town Hall Event
Last night, Congressman Tom Reed held a town-hall style meeting in Corning. The town hall event touched upon the issue of the presidential impeachment inquiry and hearings in Washington. While Congressman Reed reiterated that he does not see the “smoking gun evidence” to warrant impeachment, many of his constituents at the meeting disagreed and were in favor of the proceedings.


Hornell Fire Department Still Investigating 11/17 Fire
Hornell City Fire Department officials are investigating the cause of the November 17th fire that burned seven homes and displaced dozens. Investigators are still interviewing everyone who was involved and looking over the remnants of the burnt homes. If you have any information about this fire, please call the Hornell Police Department at (607) 324-2860


Schumer Introduces Fair Warning Act of 2019 to U.S. Senate
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer shared his plan to close loopholes in the WARN Act that permitted the Friendly’s Corporation to shut down 15 Upstate locations overnight last April, laying off hundreds of employees without so much as a day’s notice. Specifically, Schumer introduced the Fair Warning Act of 2019 to the Senate, to fortify the WARN Act and prevent employees from having their employment stripped away so abruptly. The legislation would reduce the circumstances under which employers are allowed to lay-off large numbers of employees without giving them advance notice.


Prattsburgh Man Arrested for Allegedly Selling Opiates in Canandaigua
A Prattsburgh man was arrested by Canandaigua Police for allegedly selling drugs in Canandaigua. Police say Daniel Raymond allegedly sold heroin and fentanyl there. Raymond is in Ontario County jail awaiting arraignment. Additional charges against Raymond are pending.


NYS Budget Faces Over $6 Billion Shortfall from Medicaid Gap
As the 2020 state legislative session comes into form, the biggest budget challenge will most likely be the $6.1 billion budget shortfall. Outlined by the midyear budget report released past its deadline on Friday, the state faces a $6.1 billion shortfall which was majorly fueled by a gap in Medicaid spending. This year’s legislative calendar has also been upended by an early primary lined up by state lawmakers this year to coincide with congressional party primaries. This calendar means legislators will spend their days in Albany the beginning of the year and into the spring so they can be done with legislative business by early June.


NYS Troopers Hiring Communications Specialists
New York State Police will soon be hiring Communication Specialists to assist police across the state. Communications Specialists are professionals responsible for all radio communications within a Troop jurisdiction. Specialists use data terminals, perform file checks, transmit information, handle complaints and requests for assistance. Appointees will have a 40 hour workweek and must handle stress well. Applications must be postmarked today at the latest. There is no online application. Instructions to apply and for information on the test and position is available online at: http://troopers.ny.gov/Employment.

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