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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Congressman Reed Named Part of NY Trump Re-Election Team
Congressman Tom Reed was named one of the six elected New York officials selected as one of the leaders of President Trump’s New York State re-election team. Reed will be working with Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson, fellow Congressmen Peter King and Lee Zeldin, New York City Councilman Joe Borelli and Albany-area Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. The six officials were named 'Honorary State Chairs' to the 'New York Trump Victory' effort yesterday to 'advance the agenda of President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot,' according to the campaign’s news release. The Empire State’s presidential primary election is April 28th.


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 Friday, 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.


Palmesano and GOP Conference Calls to Repeal Bail Reform Laws
Yesterday, the State Assembly Republican Conference called to repeal the recently-enacted bail reform measures that went into law. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says the state Democratic leaders are to blame for what he calls “the most pressing matter facing New Yorkers at this time” and said these reforms have turned New York’s criminal justice system “upside down”. During the call for a repeal yesterday, Republican representatives were joined by families impacted by the new bail reform measures as well as law enforcement officials who are critical of the new requirements.


Cuomo Sending Assets to Puerto Rico After Earthquakes
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced more assets to Puerto Rico will be deployed to assist with emergency response efforts following a series of initial damage assessments made by Cuomo and his delegation. Eight additional engineers and utility experts from the New York State Power Authority will be deployed to address power outages caused by recent earthquakes and work to stabilize the island’s power system to help with the repeating power outages. Bilingual health professionals from the State and the Greater New York Hospital Association will be deployed to support people on the island suffering from the trauma of the disaster. Dozens of inspectors from State Fire and the Department of State will be deployed to conduct extensive damage assessments of buildings and basic code-compliance inspections of public facilities. Cuomo called on the Trump Administration to release federal funds to Puerto Rico immediately and declare a Major Disaster Declaration for the damage caused by the earthquakes.


Van Etten Man Arrested After Horseheads Traffic Stop
A 40-year-old man from Van Etten was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Horseheads. Timothy J. Bird was charged Tuesday with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop on Church Street in Horseheads. He was released after being charged to appear in town court at a later date.


Video Shows Alleged Charter Sales Rep Lying About Empire Buyout
A new video has surfaced of  a sales tactic from an alleged Charter employee lying about Charter Communications acquiring Empire Access. The video shows a man who says he is a sales rep trying to get someone to switch to Spectrum then halfway through the interaction, the so-called sales rep lies about Spectrum buying Empire Access. Empire Access says this is not the first time this has happened to residents in the Steuben county area, as they have had numerous calls reporting similar interactions in Bath. Empire Access says they have not been sold to Spectrum and do not plan on selling themselves to the company. A representative from Spectrum’s parent company Charter Communications says: “The content of the video is not accurate and we’re investigating these apparent comments by the sales representative.” Empire Access is asking anyone who has a similar experience with an alleged sales representative to contact them by phone or email.



Finger Lakes Researchers Discuss Algal Blooms at Conference
Health of the Finger Lakes was the topic of discussion at the 2020 Finger Lakes Research Conference yesterday. Researchers say people need to be aware of what's in the lakes with algal blooms being among the first topics discussed at the conference. Algal blooms have been appearing in all of the finger lakes and the blooms can not be eliminated but can be controlled and minimized by controlling nutrient flow and availability, which researchers say will make them less frequent and intense. Researchers are fighting for funding for their Finger Lakes research projects that allow them to collect data and projections of the lakes. Researchers are hoping to gain more funding throughout the year to continue studying and improving Finger Lakes ecosystems.


Full Circle America Offers Affordable Care for County Seniors
Steuben County’s Full Circle America has allowed nearly 30 senior citizens to remain safely in their homes while receiving services tailored to their needs, according to Steuben Senior Services Funds Inc. (SSSF) Executive Director Linda Tetor .Now helping 13 individuals stay at home, with an average age of 90, the Full Circle America (FCA) is operated by SSSF and the county Office For the Aging and readily adapts to changes in levels of care by combining basic computer “smart” technology with medical and volunteer services. Tetor recently told the county Legislature’s Human Services Health and Education Committee the county’s FCA clients have relied on Full Circle America for some 230 days at a maximum cost of $1,890 before they passed away or required other care arrangements. Individuals receive a six-month free trial followed by payments on a sliding fee scale based on income.

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