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Today's Top Stories - Monday February 3rd, 2020

OFA Holds “Dementia-Friendly Communities” Forum This Month
Office For the Aging offers its forum on "Dementia-Friendly Communities" set for 2 p.m. Sunday, February 9th at New Beginnings United Methodist Church in Elmira with a panel including Steuben County Office For the Aging Director Patty Baroody and representatives from other local offices for the aging. This program is free and open to the public and will be led by Alzheimers Disease expert Cynthia Huling Hummel. The event is sponsored by the American Association of University Women Elmira-Corning Branch.

 

Schumer Thinks Impeachment “Not a Real Trial” Without Witnesses
The United States Senate is expected to vote to acquit President Trump of two impeachment articles this week. US Senator Chuck Schumer thinks doing so without first calling witnesses would make the process “not a real trial”. Schumer also lambasted Senate colleagues for not hearing out testimony. Wednesday is when the formal vote for impeachment takes place.

 

NYSBA Supports Marijuana Legalization
The New York State Bar Association has gotten behind supporting legalization of marijuana. According to the Associated Press, the NYSBA supports a report by its Cannabis Law committee that calls for any law to include marketing guidelines, opt-outs for municipalities and environmental protections. Governor Cuomo included recreational marijuana legalization part of his 2020 State of the State Agenda and called for a 20% tax on dispensaries. Currently, marijuana is legally only supposed to be used in New York for medical reasons.

 

Reed Concerned With Federal Deficit
Congressman Tom Reed expressed that he is alarmed by the growing federal deficit after a Congressional Budget Office report released this week says the deficit for fiscal year 2020 will exceed $1 trillion. Reed says Congress should act and he disagrees with the Trump administration’s handling of the issue. Reed reiterated his call for spending cuts. By 2030, the overall federal debt is projected to exceed $31 trillion.

 

Addison Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty
A 41-year-old woman from Addison is facing animal cruelty charges. Kristin Olson was charged with two counts of Overdriving/failing to feed. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says they received a tip about dogs who were not being fed or cared for properly at a home in Jasper on State Route 417. The Finger Lakes SPCA took two dogs for treatment and Olson was released on an appearance ticket.

 

Narrowsburg Man Arrested for Alleged Assault
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports Deputies arrested Steven L. Campfield of Narrowsburg.  Deputies responded to County Route 66 in the Town of Hornellsville to investigate a reported assault.  Mr. Campfield allegedly struck another person twice in the face and caused physical injury.  Campfield was charged with Assault in the Third Degree then released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.

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