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Today's Top Stories- Wednesday June 16th, 2021

O’Mara Reacts to NY Lifting Pandemic Restrictions
New York has lifted pandemic restrictions. After 15 months of pandemic living, New York hit the 70-percent vaccination mark. It's the threshold Governor Andrew Cuomo had said would trigger the end of restrictions on businesses, gatherings and masks except those suggested by the federal government for schools and mass transit. State Senator Tom O’Mara said in a statement yesterday “It is time to restore legislative checks and balances, and local input.” 


Steuben Deputies Arrest Penn Yan Woman for Misuse of Food Stamps
Investigators from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested 46-year-old Lori K. Scheldorn of Penn Yan. It is alleged that in January she used another person’s EBT Card without authorization totaling $122.00.  Scheldorn was charged with Petit Larceny and Misuse of Food Stamps.  She was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit and the District Attorney’s Office.


Black Bass Season Begins Saturday in NY
Just in time for the Father’s Day weekend, harvest season for largemouth and smallmouth bass in New York State begins this Saturday, June 19. Known collectively as black bass, the largemouth and smallmouth fish are New York’s most popular freshwater fish according to anglers with freshwater sportfishing generating nearly $2 billion in annual economic output annually for the state. Last year, 1.28 million fishing licenses were purchased in New York- increasing almost 10% compared to the previous year. New York State’s traditional bass season opens on the third Sunday in June every year and runs until November 30th.
For techniques to catch bass, both from the shore and by boat, click here. Those new to fishing can check out the I FISH NY Beginners Guide to Fishing.


Ticks on the Rise in the Region
There’s been rise in ticks throughout the Finger Lakes region and has some healthcare providers expressing concern about the prevalence of Lyme disease locally. Upstate Medical University’s Testing Lab in Syracuse reported last month they received more than three-times the number of ticks than usual, with more ticks carrying microbes that make people sick. 22% of ticks tested by the lab in the first half of 2020 carried disease-causing bacteria but has trended upward this year toward 37%  Experts say if you’re going to be outside do check yourself for ticks when you return from outdoors. If you think you’ve been bitten by one or find one on you, call your doctor.


Rochester Mayor Warren’s Budget Passed 5-4 Last Night
The $561 million budget put forth by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren passed 5-4 Tuesday night. Police department funding took up the bulk of the council's discussion. The budget cuts $4.5 million from the Police Department, but that's mostly the result of shifting some programs out of the RPD to other departments. The number of officers on the streets will remain about the same. The Police Accountability Board can go ahead with plans to hire 50 staffers, even though a court ruling last week said the board can't dole out discipline to officers.


New York Ranked 8th Best State for Dads by WalletHub
With Father’s Day approaching and 93.3% of married dads working last year compared to 69.2% of married moms, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States for Working Dads. New York ranked 8th in the nation and number one for day-care quality.


Schumer and Gillibrand Proposing DO NOT Call Act
U.S. Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY joined Senate colleagues in calling for legislation to increase penalties for automated and illegal phone calls. The Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious, and Outrageous Telephone Call Act…or the DO NOT Call Act would increase penalties for individuals and companies intentionally preying on consumers through unsolicited and illegal robocalls. According to YouMail, nearly 4.5 billion robocalls targeted Americans in April 2021. Of those calls, 229 million took place in New York State, making it the fifth most-called state in the nation. The Office of the New York Attorney General says consumers lose approximately $40 billion a year through telemarketing fraud.


Kodak’s CEO Will Testify in October for AG Investigation
Kodak’s CEO will be required to testify as part of the Office of the New York State Attorney General’s investigation into potential insider trading. Attorney General Letitia James says a State Supreme Court order will require the CEO to testify in October, and the company will also have to turn over documents to the A.G.’s office.

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