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Today's Top Stories - Thursday January 30th, 2020

Corning Inc Foundation Gives $560K to United Way
Corning Incorporated Foundation Board of Trustees approved $560,000 worth of grants to support the United Way of the Southern Tier. Corning Inc. Foundation gave a grant of $535,000 and a special $25,000 gift to recognized Corning Inc. employees who newly donated to the United Way of the Southern Tier in the fall. Corning Inc. Foundation is a charitable contributions organization established in 1952 that seeks to make Corning communities better through support of education, human services, culture and volunteerism in Corning business locations.


Public Works Committee Meets Monday
Steuben Public Works Committee meets 10am the morning of Monday, February 3rd and they will be discussing in Landfill business: the City of Hornell’s Request to Waive Tip Fee for Preston Avenue Fire Debris. In Highway Business: A New York State Department of Transportation Agreement for the county to maintain a portion of County Route 60 upon completion of the NY-248 Bridge Replacement Project over Bennett’s Creek in Greenwood and Approval to buy a New Stone Chip Spreader Machine in Highway Business. In Park Business, the committee will discuss possibly having no charge to Finger Lakes Volunteer Workers to have 4 nights, 2 cabins and 1 electric and non-electric site.


County Educates Public to Prevent Trafficking and Raise Awareness
Noting January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Steuben’s program Coordinator Lisa Baker said awareness of the issue is growing in the county, with governmental, non-profit, school and civic organizations signing up for classes on recognizing and preventing the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Human trafficking occurs when anyone is forced to perform sex acts or provide labor in exchange for anything of value. Under the state?s “Safe Harbour” program, Baker has conducted in-service sessions for the county Department of Social Services. Steuben also is providing schools and any youth-service organizations an opportunity to participate in an age-appropriate curriculum “Not A Number” which helps recognize and prevent human trafficking.


O’Mara Calls on Cuomo and State to End Unfunded State Mandates
State Senator Tom O’Mara Monday urged Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders to get behind legislation to end the practice of unfunded state mandates on local governments and school districts. O’Mara is co-sponsoring legislation in the Senate that would ban any future state mandates that increase costs on local governments and school districts without providing state funding to pay for delivering the required programs and services. O’Mara said the legislation keeps attention focused on the need for New York to provide mandate relief to local governments and school districts.


NYSP Superintendent May Issue Subpoenas to Investigate Exploitation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced legislation in his proposed budget that grants the State Police Superintendent the right to issue administrative subpoenas as a way empower the State Police to investigate internet crimes against children. This new power, if approved, would enable the State Police to move quickly to identify and locate persons suspected of online sexual exploitation of minors by streamlining the subpoena process necessary to obtain their online records.


Crash on I-99 Under Investigation
A three-vehicle accident yesterday on I-99 at about 11:50 a.m. resulted in a driver being life-flighted to a local hospital according to the Painted Post State Police. Officials said I-99 was temporarily closed to traffic so police could clean up the roadway and have vehicles towed from the scene before the passing lane was reopened.The accident’s cause is currently not known and is being investigated by Troopers.


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. Those that are able to give are highly encouraged to do so. There are blood drives scheduled today 11:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. at Hammondsport Fire Department and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Ramada of Painted Post. February 10th Campbell Savona High School holds a drive from noon to 6pm. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information.


New York State Ranks Third on List of Wine-Producing States
Wine continues to be a major industry in the Empire State and a new study by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation found New York ranks third on a list of wine-producing states. New York’s wine business nets almost $7 billion for the economy statewide. The growing New York wine industry has created close to 72,000 jobs, the majority of which are in the Finger Lakes. The study also found wine retailers, alone, pay about $1.21 billion in wages and contribute $2.40 billion in economic activity to the state. You can read the study here.

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