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Today's Top Stories - Monday September 14th, 2020

NYSEG to Close Hornell Customer Service Center
NYSEG announced its customer service center in Hornell will be one of six centers the utility company says it will close. Star Gazette reports NYSEG has been on a more than 20-year campaign to trim or close the number of customer service centers, but has usually met resistance from the state legislature following constituent complaints and as a result, rejection from the Department of Public Service.


Mitrano Holding Rally to Urge Debates with Reed
Yesterday, Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano held a campaign rally in Corning. Tonight, Mitrano heads over to Ithaca for a rally in Dewitt Park at 6 p.m. to rally supporters to demand incumbent Republican Tom Reed agree to appear in one or more candidate debates this fall.


League Play Postponed to January by NYSPHSAA
All league play will be postponed and follow the New York State Public High School Athletic Association condensed fall, winter, and spring seasons that begin January 4th, 2021 in hopes all athletic seasons can begin, and end as scheduled and still include section and state level competition. The conference is comprised of 17 high schools including, Elmira, Ithaca and Corning.


Leslie Danks-Burke Visits Howard for Meet and Greet
Saturday, Leslie Danks Burke stopped by a Howard home for local voters to listen to and ask the Democratic State Senate candidate any questions. Gary and Mary Remchuck hosted the meet and greet event at their residence. Danks-Burke faces off against Republican incumbent State Senator Tom O’Mara in the general election.


Blandford Out on Parole
The Elmira man serving as a lookout in the plan to kill Kelly Clayton 5 years ago was put on parole. 53-year-old Mark Blandford is out of prison after serving three years of his sentence. Testimony by Blandford helped lead to murder convictions of former Elmira Jackal player Thomas Clayton and Michael Beard. The prosecutors said Clayton gave Beard $10,000 to bludgeon his wife to death inside her home in the Town of Caton in September of 2015. Both Beard and Clayton are serving life sentences.


One Dead After Elmira Home Invasion
A 29-year-old Elmira resident has died as a result of a home invasion robbery that occurred on the West side of Elmira about 2:30 this morning. Elmira police responded to the report of a gunshot victim and upon arrival, EMS attempted to revive the male victim whose identity has not been disclosed at this time. The death is believed to be the result of a home invasion robbery, which a 20 year old Elmira resident and her infant daughter were present to see. A vehicle was stolen from the residence at the time of the robbery and later recovered by officers. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 607-737-5626 or the anonymous tip line at 607-271-HALT.


NY Voters Who Applied for Absentee Ballot Should Re-Apply
The thousands of New York voters who already applied for an absentee ballot may have to re-apply as some voters in several New York counties received letters in recent weeks notifying them prior absentee applications were invalid and urging them to apply again for absentee. Officials say this error is a result of issues related to the pandemic and how applications are being processed. Voters that checked ‘temporary illness’ as the reason for requesting an absentee ballot between June’s primary and August 20th have a good chance of needing to make another request. A Board of Elections spokesman said there was no COVID-19 excuse available to request an absentee ballot during the time period between the Primary and August 20th.

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