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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday January 21st, 2020

Palmesano Joins Food Bank of Southern Tier for MLK Service Day
State Assemblyman Philip Palmesano joined hundreds of volunteers yesterday at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Jenn Harris, Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator says the Food Bank event was from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and had 200-plus volunteers. Palmesano commented of the service event: “As we remember and honor Dr. King today, it is a privilege to volunteer on this National Day of Service to help an organization, the Food Bank of The Southern Tier, that does so much to provide assistance to people in need right here in our community.” In 1994, Congress passed legislation called the King Holiday and Service Act which designated MLK day as a National Day of Service.


Von Hagn Announces Run for Re-Election
Incumbent Bath Village Mayor Bill von Hagn announced he is running for re-election. Republicans of Bath will hold a caucus on Tuesday, January 28th 6:30pm at 110 Liberty Street to decide who will appear on the Republican ballot in November’s general election. Von Hagn will run against Bath entrepreneur Mike Sweet for the mayoral nomination.


League of Women Voters Hosts Annual Brunch Saturday
The League of Women Voters of Steuben County holds its annual Winter Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday January 25th at the Mennonite Fellowship Hall on Park Avenue in Corning. Guest speakers will include Steuben County Election Commissioners Vicki Olin and Kelly Penzuil as well as Mary Thorpe of Let NY Vote. The talks will give perspective on New York’s new voting reform laws and the discussion starts at noon after a brief 11am business meeting. A potluck brunch will follow at 11:30am. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service.

To RSVP, check out this link: facebook.com/events/554612528719846


Johnson City Hemp Processing Plant Making CBD This Year
A hemp processing plant could join the existing two in our Southern Tier region. Great Eastern Hemp is reportedly renovating a former sheltered workshop in Johnson City to make CBD out of industrial hemp. Great Eastern Hemp purchased the vacant building for $2.2 million and has plans to begin processing later in this year. The first processing plant was set up by Canadian company Canopy Growth in Broome County this previous July. Southern Tier Hemp is another venture hoping to be established at a building that was once a Gannett newspaper printing plant.


Cuomo Announces Census Council Creation
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of the Census Council. The council will be co-chaired by Martin Luther King Jr. III, actress Lucy Liu and Lin-Manual Miranda. The group is meant to ensure every New Yorker is counted in the upcoming 2020 census, which Cuomo says will have major impacts on New York State. *Audio*. Cuomo also declared he will propose an additional $10 million allotted in this year’s budget to guarantee a fair, complete Census count of every New Yorker. Additional funding brings the state’s financial support for the 2020 Census up to $70 million.


Hammondsport Board of Trustees Meet Tuesday
The Village of Hammondsport Board of Trustees will hold a Special Meeting today at 12:10 p.m. in the Village Office on 18 Water Street in Hammondsport. The meeting is to discuss the Village’s 2020-2021 General Fund and Water Fund Budgets as well as any other business before the Board


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. Over 5,000 wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans last month. The cleanup event will be held this Friday, January 24th in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center at 3pm. 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.


American Red Cross in Critical Need of Blood
The American Red Cross urges for more donations as they face a critical blood shortage. With the flu on the rise in NY state preventing some donors from giving blood and winter weather cancelling drives, the Red Cross announces the shortage and cites those factors as its cause. Red Cross Officials say the group has less than a three-day supply of Type O blood available. Those that are able to give are highly encouraged to do so. Here is a list of drives happening soon in Steuben County:


Saturday 1/25/2020: 8 am-12 pm at Addison Community Center
Thursday 2/6/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Arkport American Legion Post 1248
Monday 2/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Campbell Savona High School, 8455 County Route 125
Tuesday 1/28/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Corning Community College
Wednesday 1/29/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Corning Community College
Thursday 1/30/2020: 11:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. at Hammondsport Fire Department
Wednesday 1/22/2020: 9 a.m-2 p.m. at Henderson-Smith State Office Building in Hornell (107 Broadway)
Friday 1/24/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Corning Painted Post Board of Education
Thursday 1/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Ramada of Painted Post
Monday 2/10/2020: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, 150 Victory Highway
Tuesday 1/21/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Savona Fire Department


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