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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday February 26th, 2020

The County Board of Elections announce petitions are now being circulated by party members for anyone wanting to run in the November 3rd General Elections. Seats up for the General Election include the district seat for U.S. Congress, state Senate and Assembly, and the state Judiciary, officials said. Several town positions also are up for election in November. People must be registered under the same party as the petitioner to sign for the candidate. The primary in New York is set for April 28th. For more information call 664-2260 or go to https://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19

A Pine City man was charged yestereday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal impersonation after being stopped on his bicycle on Camden Avenue in Corning. Robert Howell was also found to have an active bench warrant issued by Town of Big Flats Court and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Horseheads Town Court at a later date. 

State officials announced the New York State Fair tickets will be the lowest price since 1980. Tickets will cost $5 at the gate and $3 online and children under 12 will still get in for free. On Thursday, prices will be even cheaper when tickets will only be $2 each at etix.com.

Two local energy companies have warned customers about potential scams. Both NYSEG and RG&E say they received reports of phone calls and people going door-to-door in an attempt to scam households in the area. The companies noted the calls and visits are scams and reminds customers to never give any potential information out over the phone. Both companies also remind the public legitimate employees and contractors will have a photo ID And employee numbers on them. 

Last night in the Village of Horseheads a pedestrian was hit and killed by a car. The fatal crash happened shortly before 8pm near the Horseheads Police Department. Following the crash, a portion of South Main Street was blocked off by First Responders. Horseheads Police Chief Thomas Stickler confirmed one person died but revealed no further information. The crash is under investigation.

Steuben County will be receiving over three-quarters of a million dollars to update and improve the county's First Responder Communication systems. The grant of $800,000 was approved unanimously by the County Legislature on Monday and will be used for maintenance of EMS and fire communications systems along with the maintenance of public safety radio towers. WENY TV reports the funding comes from the state’s collection of surcharges from mobile phones.

A bill giving New Yorkers an opportunity to be organ donors when applying for a hunting, fishing or trapping license recently passed unanimously in the State Assembly. The bill was co-sponsored by local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, who said: "We have so much work to do to increase our donation rate, and my colleagues and I are going to continue to press forward in a bipartisan way.” The bill will next go to the state Senate and if it passes, will go to the governor to be signed into law. Palmesano said individuals who would like to enroll today can easily do so by logging on to https://donatelife.ny.gov/register.


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