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Today's Top Stories - Saturday January 8, 2020

Sonsire announces bid for County Court Judge

Damian Sonsire, a local attorney who served as a prosecutor with the Chemung County District Attorney’s Office for nearly seventeen years and currently works as an Assistant Chemung County Attorney, will formally announce his candidacy for Chemung County Court Judge at 5:15 pm today in the Federal Building’s Courtroom located at 200 E. Church Street in Elmira.

Horseheads PD looking for suspect in hit and run case

The Horseheads Police Department say they are looking for a suspect involved in a hit and run incident Tuesday night in Hanover Square. The incident occurred around 6 o’clock, and the vehicle was heading towards Old Ithaca Road. The vehicle in question is a newer styled dark pick-up truck with silver trim, and the suspect was described as a white male in his late 40’s to early 50’s, between 5’8 and 5’10, bald, and has a “larger build”. At this time, there is no word on the condition of the person hit.


Corning man charged with multiple sex crimes

Court action is pending for a Corning man accused of committing a sex crime. State Police have reported the arrest of 34-year-old Dale D. Button. His charges include third-degree sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching. Troopers said the alleged incident happened Sunday in the Town of Erwin.


Wegmans to remove single use grocery bags ahead of statewide ban

Wegmans has announced it will remove single-use plastic grocery bags from all its New York State stores on Monday, January 27. The removal of plastic bags comes ahead of a state ban that takes effect on March 1.



Scholarship competition to be held in Corning

The Miss Finger Lakes/Miss Upstate New York Scholarship Competition and the Outstanding Teen Scholarship Competition will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at the United Steelworkers Local 1000 Union Hall, located at 100 Civic Center Plaza, Corning. This is a local preliminary for the Miss New York Scholarship Organization and Miss America Scholarship Organization. Featured guest and emcee will be Miss New York Lauren Molella. Admission tickets cost $20 per person or $10 for students, available at the door.


Cuomo announces plan to improve Erie Canal

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $300 million plan to revamp the Erie Canal ahead of his State of the State address later this week. The initial phase of the redesign would cost around $165 million, $100 million of that focusing on economic development projects, including building pedestrian bridges across the canal, implementing a whitewater rafting course, and building a series of new homes along the old canal in Canastota, while the other $65 million would be put towards flood mitigation projects. The New York Power Authority is expected to vote on the funding later this month at its board meeting.

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