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Two arrested after drug bust in Corning

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on December 5, 2019, deputies and investigators of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dylan L. Smith, age 21, and Katie J. Robbins, age 31, both of Main Street, Corning, New York.  The Sheriff’s Office, City of Corning and Village of Bath Police Departments executed a search warrant at the residence of Mr. Smith and Ms. Robbins, recovering suspected heroin, methamphetamine and cash.  This warrant resulted from an investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, City of Corning and Village of Bath Police Departments, into reported narcotics trafficking at that location.  Mr. Smith and Ms. Robbins were both charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, with Intent to Sell, a Class D Felony.  Both were arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court, Ms. Robbins was released, Mr. Smith was remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 property bond.  Mr. Smith and Ms. Robbins are scheduled to appear in Corning Town Court at a later date.

Focus groups discussing senior needs to be held

As a way to learn more about the needs of seniors in the Hornell region, the Steuben County Office for the Aging and ProAction Senior Nutrition will hold two focus groups on Dec. 12. The meetings are set for 11:30 am at Church Street Court Dining Room, 71 Church Street and at 12:30 pm at the Hornell Senior Center, 20 Broadway Mall in Hornell.

Schuyler and Chemung counties prevail in court battle over tower sight

Schuyler and Chemung Counties have again prevailed in their five-years-long court battle against an adjoining landowner regarding the counties’ use of the Terry Hill Emergency Tower site (and right of way), owned by Schuyler County, near Beardsley Hollow Road in Chemung County. On Thursday the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division upheld the prior judgment affirming Schuyler and Chemung County’s continued right to use the site and related easement for emergency radio and voice communications. The site is the single transmission site for the entire Schuyler Public Safety Communication system.

Local legislator helps crack down on robocalls

Southern Tier Congressman Anthony Brindisi lead House Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation to crack down on unwanted robocalls. Following an outcry from constituents and reports of fraud and abuse, Brindisi introduced legislation to fight back against robocallers. Key provisions from Brindisi’s bills passed the House as part of a bicameral and bipartisan compromise solution. In 2018, Americans were hit with 26.3 billion robocalls, a 46 percent increase from the previous year. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) receives more than 200,000 complaints of robocalls each year.

CMOG to host open house this weekend

The Corning Museum of Glass is holding its annual holiday open house this weekend. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. During the event, there will be free admission, craft activities, live music and sales on unique gifts.

New York Farm Bureau holds annual meeting

New York Farm Bureau members wrapped up their 63rd State Annual Meeting this week in Binghamton where Farm Bureau first began more than a century ago. It concluded with an evening banquet full of awards, state dignitaries and celebration of another successful meeting that set the organization’s public policy agenda for 2020. This year’s theme, “Growing Stronger Together,” was meant to inspire members to build bridges with their communities, lawmakers and consumers.

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