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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday January 15th, 2020

Senator O’Mara Launches Petition to Repeal Bail Reform
State Senator Tom O’Mara has launched an online “Repeal Bail Reform” petition to give local residents an opportunity to express their opposition to the newly enacted, controversial state law. Among other provisions, the new law eliminates cash bail and pretrial detention for nearly all misdemeanors and nonviolent felony cases, resulting in the mandatory release of 90% of those arrested, regardless of their criminal history. O’Mara is encouraging Southern Tier and Finger Lakes residents who oppose the law to sign the petition on his Senate website, omara.nysenate.gov (go to the home page, scroll down and click on the “Repeal Bail Reform” icon).


Report Finds NY Receives Less Money Back Federally Than Any State
According to a report released yesterday by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, New York paid $26.6 billion more in taxes to the federal government last fiscal year than it saw returned in federal spending. The report found that it was the biggest disparity of any state in the U.S. DiNapoli said for every dollar New York generates in tax receipts, it gets 90 cents back in federal spending-much lower than the national average of $1.21.


Public Invited to Wreaths Across America Cleanup
The public is invited to retrieve and clean up wreaths that were laid during Wreaths Across America Day. The cleanup event will be held Tuesday, January 24th in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center at 3pm. Over 5,000 wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans last month. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath VA museum and no sign-up or registration is required to participate. Cleanup instructions are to be announced at the cemetery monument. Bringing a rake or broom is highly encouraged.


Congressman Reed Announces Energy Innovation Tax Credit Bill
In his weekly media conference call yesterday, Congressman Tom Reed announced the Energy Innovation Tax Credit Bill as a Republican alternative to the Green New Deal intended to give small businesses tax relief for their green efforts. The bill was authored and sponsored by Reed and is what he calls "a Republican proposal to recognize that the climate is changing and innovation and the American people are going to lead the way in order to address climate change."


Elmira-Corning Airport Offering Flights to Myrtle
Allegiant Airlines announced the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport will offer a new, nonstop outgoing route to Myrtle, South Carolina. The new seasonal route will be offered twice a week. The company is offering one-way fares on the new route for as low as $55 to celebrate the new flight. Flights must be purchased by January 16th for travel by August 29th to enjoy this promotional offer. For more information  on flight services and baggage fees, click here. Flight days and times can be found here.


HEAP Filing Opportunity is Today in Corning
A HEAP filing opportunity is scheduled for today at the Steuben County Courthouse in Corning. Those needing assistance with applying for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program can attend and applicants will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. HEAP Applications will be accepted there. The event is from 8:30am to noon then 12:30 to 4pm at the Steuben County Courthouse at 10 West First Street in Corning.


Hornell PD Reports Meth Use and Arrests on the Rise
At the Hornell Board of Public Safety Meeting, the Hornell Police Department detailed the state of Hornell’s drug interdiction efforts. According to the Hornell Police Department, use of meth has gone up by 34% while heroin use increased by 1%. Based on arrests in 2019, use of cocaine and pills have gone down 18% and 12%, respectively. Hornell Police Department arrested 78 people for meth and 16 for heroin in 2019.

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