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Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 21, 2019

Prattsburgh Man Indicted On Multiple Charges In Pulteney DWI Crash

The Steuben County Grand Jury has handed up a 15 count Indictment charging 30 year old Dustin Drake for his role in the fatal crash that killed Korbie Higgins, Adam Bellamy, Cory Miner, and Nicole Wise on County Route 76 in the Town of Pulteney on October 12, 2019. Drake, who suffered only minor injuries, was the driver of the vehicle and lone survivor of the crash that occurred shortly after 1:15 A.M. when he drove his vehicle off County Route 76 and into a tree. Drake had been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated within the past 10 years and had a a blood alcohol level of .21 at the time of the crash. Based on Drake’s actions, he was charged with Driving While Intoxicated as a class E felony, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated as a class E felony, 4 counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a class B felony, and Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony. Drake will be arraigned in Steuben County at a later date to be determined by the Court.


Salvation Army Pushing For Strong Finish To Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army needs your help in the “Fight for Good.” Neighbors are asked to donate $20 today to help make this year’s Red Kettle Campaign successful. The Salvation Army announced earlier this week that the annual holiday fundraiser is 24% behind last year’s donations and pointed to a shorter holiday season as the main cause. The Salvation Army has made up some ground but is still down 16% from this same time last year. The Empire State Divisional Commander, Major Ivan Rock, says he hopes today’s “$20 Challenge” and a strong final push from shoppers on the last shopping weekend before Christmas can help make up the difference. The “$20 Challenge” includes $20 bills, checks, online or digital donations. If you don’t carry cash or checks anymore, The Salvation Army also accepts Apple Pay & Google Pay at the Red Kettle. Donations during the Red Kettle Campaign fund Christmas assistance programs and year-round support for a list of programs, including; homeless services and shelter, utility assistance, feeding programs and children’s enrichment programs. 


Problem Solvers Caucus Pleased With Bipartisan Efforts On USMCA

Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus applaud the efforts of the White House and Congressional Leadership on the House passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). This important international trade deal would modernize the 24-year-old NAFTA and promote mutually beneficial freer markets, fairer trade, and more robust economic growth in North America.  Earlier this year, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Tom Reed (R-NY), joined together to request a timely vote on this nonpartisan economic proposal that benefits all American workers and farmers. The group of Democrats and Republicans are pleased to see that it has in fact been voted on before the year’s end.


Savona Teen Arrested After Incident

State Police arrested a 14-year-old boy from Savona. He was charged with forcible touching following an incident that happened in the Town of Campbell.


Cuomo Introduces Lwgislation To Protect Net Neutrality

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday announced the 7th proposal of his 2020 State of the State Agenda - advancing the strongest statewide net neutrality protections in the United States. As part of this proposal, the Governor will introduce legislation to prevent the blocking, throttling and paid prioritization of online content — practices that undermine a free and open internet. The legislation will also prohibit so-called "zero-rating" practices, which penalize consumers for accessing content or applications that are not preferred by their internet provider. The legislation will also codify into law Governor Cuomo's 2018 Executive Order mandating that state government entities may not enter into contracts with internet service providers unless they follow net neutrality principles.


Southern Tier And Finger Lakes Region Granted Funding

State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano welcomed Thursday’s announcement that the Southern Tier region will be awarded a total of $88.9 million and the Finger Lakes region $64.4 million under the ninth round of funding through the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) initiative. The Southern Tier Council was recognized as a “Top Performer” in this year’s funding cycle.

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