Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, September 6th

Hornell Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Murdering Infant:


The Hornell man convicted of biting and beating his girlfriend’s 17-month-old baby to death was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison.  The sentence came on the second-degree murder charge.  On the charge of first-degree manslaughter, Dakota Miller was sentenced to 25 years, with five years of post-release supervision.  Both sentences will run concurrently.  His defense has already announced that they plan to file an appeal.  The prosecution said they hope Miller won’t be released on parole after serving the minimum sentence. 



Bath Democratic Caucus:


Democrats in Bath held their caucus last night to select candidates for Town Offices in the November General Election.  Cindy Knowles was chosen for the Town Clerk position.  She’ll be running against current Clerk Rhonda Tobias, and third candidate Courtney Divens.  No candidates were chosen for the Town Supervisor position currently held by Ron Smith, or for the two councilman positions currently held by Hal Baily and John Lycyczn.



Cuts to Obamacare to Have Major Impact:


President Trump’s promise to make massive cuts to Obamacare is anticipated to have a major impact on those using the federal healthcare marketplace.  New York recipients of public healthcare won’t be directly impacted because New York’s marketplace is funded by the state.  The national open enrollment period for Medicare and Medicaid will be 45 days shorter, lasting from November 1st to December 15th.  However, enrollment periods for New York are not yet established.



Cuomo Favorability Rating Inches Back Upward:


After dropping in July, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating among New York voters is slowly climbing back upward, according to a new Siena College poll released Tuesday.  In the survey, 56 percent of respondents gave Cuomo a favorable rating, up from 52 percent in July.  37 percent gave him an unfavorable rating, which is down from 41 percent in the last poll.  The survey included 771 registered voters with a 4.2 percentage point margin of error.



NY Considering Banning Hunters from Using Deer Urine:


Due to the concern of possibly spreading chronic wasting disease amongst New York’s whitetail deer population, the state is considering banning the popular method of hunters using deer urine to attract deer.  Chronic wasting is a brain infection that affects deer similar to mad cow disease in cattle.  It’s caused by infectious proteins believed to be found in saliva, feces, and urine.  Before making a decision the state will be taking public comments on several rule changes, including the deer urine bane, until September 15th.

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