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Today's Top Stories - Friday January 31st, 2020

County Land Bank Corporation Meets February 5th
Wednesday February 5th is the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation Meeting at 10:30 am. On the agenda is Election of Officers and Committee Assignments,  Approval of Investment Policy, Annual Re-Adoption of All Board Policies and Project Updates on the LISC Grants for various projects in the county. In other business, they discuss a plan for use of “Unrestricted” Funds.


County HSH&E Committee Meets February 5th
Steuben County Human Services, Health & Education Committee meets Wednesday, February 5th at 9am. Departmental requests will be discussed for a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Contract, Budget Adjustment and Office for the Aging. Additional EISEP Funds will be Accepted and Appropriated for Department of Social Services. An update on the Status of Coronavirus will be given. Also on the agenda is to Fund and Reclassify the Office of Community Services and a United Way Contract worth $20,000.


Karrie Neurauter Released on Parole
Officials confirmed yesterday that Karrie Neurauter, the 22-year-old woman who pleaded guilty in late 2018 to second-degree manslaughter for her involvement in the 2017 killing of her mother, Michele, was released on parole from Albion State Correctional Facility. She initially plead guilty but after her father Lloyd said he psychologically manipulated Karrie for years, the court agreed to reduce the charge to second-degree manslaughter and waived her right to appeal as part of that decision. Lloyd was sentenced late 2018 to life without parole for killing his wife.


Campbell Man Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance
A 22-year-old Campbell man was arrested on drug charges. On Wednesday, Joshua Stein was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He will appear in court at a later date.


O’Mara Honored with “Highest Conservative Rating” Award
At the Conservative Party of New York State’s 53rd Annual Political Action Conference this week in Albany, State Senator Tom O’Mara and two other New York State legislators received the annual “Highest Conservative Rating” award. O’Mara and his GOP State Senate colleagues Daphne Jordan and Robert Ortt, earned the recognition after the group’s evaluation of the 2019 legislative session. The ratings were based on how state legislators voted on 25 pieces of legislation passed in last year’s session that influenced issues like economic growth, fiscal policy, crime, health, education, and public safety.


O’Mara Pushing for Prison Contraband Screening Process
State Senator Tom O’Mara is working with fellow lawmakers on potential legislation to direct the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to come up with a “contraband screening plan”. O’Mara says Senate Bill S162 “is an effort to at least boost the efforts in screening for contraband.” The bill would have the Department of Corrections Commissioner  establish a contraband screening process and would make drug-sniffing dogs available to search 12 prisons weekly at random.


NYS Lawmakers Proposing Lowering BAC for Drinking and Driving
Two lawmakers are proposing to lower the state’s legal blood-alcohol limit for drinking and driving from .08 to .05. The bill has been introduced three times before and never made it out of committee, but the bill sponsors are optimistic this time around. Opponents say no matter what the law is, not drinking and driving comes down to personal accountability. The American Beverage Institute has called the push for a lower limit “criminalizing perfectly responsible behavior.” Right now, Utah is the only state to have lowered it to .05.


Environmental Debate in New York Continues
This week in Albany, New York State Lawmakers held budget hearings and faced protests from environmental and left-leaning groups who were demonstrating to criticize the lack of new solar and wind projects in the state. Groups are also pushing for the state to do more to boost electric vehicles, energy efficiency and block construction of infrastructure for natural gas. Governor Cuomo promised fighting climate change would be a top priority for 2020 agenda and proposed borrowing $3 billion for flood protection projects, wildlife habitat restoration, and construction of small renewable energy systems. New York aims to have 70% of its electricity come from renewable energy by 2030, and to become emissions free by 2040.

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