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Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 5th, 2019

Steuben Traffic Safety Board to Discuss Wayland Speed Change
When the County Traffic Safety Board meets on the morning of next Friday, they will have an agenda focusing on a speed change in the Town of Wayland. The Board will discuss a request from the Town of Wayland to reduce the speed limit on County Route 91 between State Route 63 and the 30 mile per hour sign on County Route 91. The Board will also look at letters from NYSDOT acknowledging receipt of request and results of studies completed on County Route 91 and Michigan Road. The Committee meets Friday December 13th at 10am in Conference Room D at the Steuben County Annex Building.


Bath Woman Arrested for DWI
Steuben deputies report the recent arrest of 56-year-old Mindy Lee of Bath. She was stopped on State Route 53 in Prattsburgh and charged with felony DWI and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle. Court action is pending.


Flutie Flakes to be Reintroduced This Weekend
Tasty news for all you Bills fans: Flutie Flakes will soon be making a comeback. The breakfast cereal was first introduced in 1998 when Bills quarterback Doug Flutie was in the middle of a Pro Bowl season. Flutie Flakes will be reintroduced this Sunday as the Bills host to play the Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo’s New Era Field. Flutie will be honored by the Bills this Sunday as “Legend of the Game” and the stadium will offer Flutie Flakes and Flutie Flakes apparel for purchase. And like back in ’98, proceeds from the sales benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism charity.


Study Finds Almost A Third of Ticks in NY Carry Disease
A new study finds about one in every three ticks collected by the public this year were capable of spreading diseases. The lab found that 32% carried some kind of disease, primarily Lyme. The Syracuse study found most of the infected ticks carried the bacteria causing Lyme Disease, but also discovered several other diseases, including an emerging bacterial disease called miyamotoi, which was first identified in the Northeast area back in 2013. New York residents sent over 1,900 ticks to study from July to late October statewide, but most ticks were from the Central New York region.


New York Ranks 27th in US Credit Card Debt
A new report has ranked New Yorkers as having the 27th highest amount of credit card debt burden in the nation. The creditcards.com report takes a comparative look at credit card debts relative to household income. The researchers found that those in New Mexico have the highest average debt burden of over $8,000 per household. The report does offer tips to manage and overcome credit card debt like transferring your debt to a credit card with zero percent interest paying off the balance during the zero-interest card’s introductory period.


Cuomo Content with Campaign Finance Commission Proposal

After New York’s Public Campaign Finance Commission released recommendations Sunday evening, Governor Cuomo came out on Tuesday afternoon and said he has yet to go through the entirety of the report. However, Cuomo seemed to be fine with what he knew about the work done by the commission. He remarked: “It drops contribution levels way down. It starts public financing. So it’s probably in my life time it’s been the most aggressive positive reform of money in politics.” However, political activists have come out opposing the new vote and signature threshold provisions proposed by the commission out of concern these measures would neuter most of the minor parties in New York State.


Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast Due Tomorrow
The American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes is now accepting nominations for the Real Heroes Breakfast held on March 27th at the Corning Museum of Glass. The breakfast honors those who have shown “courage, dedication and unselfish character by their acts of heroism and service in our community”. Proceeds from the annual breakfast will benefit the Finger Lakes Chapter serving Steuben county. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, December 6th. For a nomination form, and a description of award categories, visit redcross.org/flxrhb or email brian.mcconnell2@redcross.org.


CCE Holds Annual Meeting and Gala Tonight
Cornell Cooperative Extension reminds the public of their Annual Meeting and Gala tonight from 5-9pm at the Steuben County Office Building Annex. The event includes a Silent Auction, Hors ‘Doevres, Autumn Harvest Dinner, Trivia Program and more. Tickets are $25. RSVP and order tickets by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at 664-2300 or go to putknowledgetowork.org

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