Green Light Law update
There may soon be a settlement in a dispute over New York’s Green Light Law and giving Department of Motor Vehicle records to immigration agents. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security suspended New Yorkers’ access to the Trusted Traveler Program because the Green Light Law denies U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents access to records at the DMV. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, to restore Trusted Travelers, he would give up the DMV records but not social security numbers as they can be used to find undocumented immigrants. Acting Homeland Security Sec. Chad Wolf released a statement Thursday: “The Governor’s proposal looks promising. We are in discussions with the Governor’s office regarding this proposal. We understand a number of New York sheriffs, county clerks, police chiefs, state lawmakers, members of congress, and many other officials who understand why we had to take these measures are urging the Governor to work with us on a solution”.
Stand Up for Recovery Day
The Third annual “Stand up for Recovery” Day is coming March 13th. The event is looking to erase the negative perception of addiction and will take place in the Steuben County Building at 10:00am. A meet and greet is planned and will give people the opportunity to speak with those recovering from substance abuse. There will be a panel presentation and information from area agencies offering support for addicts and their loved ones. The event is a collaboration of Addiction Awareness of Steuben County, Friends of Recovery Steuben, and the Steuben Coalition.
Today is the last chance to RSVP for the annual Awards Dinner presented by the Steuben Central Chamber of Commerce. The dinner will be held Saturday March 7th at the Bath American legion and will feature several awards to be given to citizens of the community who are being recognized for their impact on the community. The theme is “Roaring into 2020” and will feature a social hour, dinner and a slide presentation of the year 1920 in Steuben County. RSVP is required at the chamber office at 776-7122.
NYSEG Rates going up
NYSEG customers can expect a rate increase in May. The Public Service Commission had scheduled a hearing regarding the rate proposal for Monday. Earlier this week, the utility provided notice that an agreement in principle has been reached among the Department of Public Service Staff and other parties. The agreement, according to reports shows the price NYSEG customers pay for electric delivery would rise by 23.7%. That's an average bill increase of about $10 per month.
Arrest in Mall Burglary
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two people in connection with a burglary at “Journey’s at the Arnot Mall. They have been identified as Brighid Rosekrans and Jerry White. Both were issued appearance tickets to appear in Big Flats court at a later date…the burglary occurred back on Feb 10th.
Dates for sampling of rainbow trout announced
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Paul D'Amato has announced the dates and locations for the annual sampling of the rainbow trout run in Finger Lakes tributaries. This year, sampling is scheduled for Friday, March 20, 10 a.m., at Cold Brook (Keuka Inlet) in the hamlet of Pleasant Valley. DEC is conducting the sampling to aid its ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the opening day fishing forecast. During sampling, data will be collected for each fish, including length, weight, sex, and spawning condition.
The local state senate race is heating upState Senate candidate Leslie Danks Burke Thursday called out her opponent's voting record on a range of issues, such as paying for Medicaid through increased property taxes; decreasing assistance programs for veterans and more. She said in a press release that these votes span the legislative career of Tom O'Mara, who has been in office since 2010. She called the votes…shameful.