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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday March 20, 2018

Hornell Common Council Adopts New City Resolutions
In last night’s meeting, Hornell Common Council approved two major resolutions regarding the city’s Chamberlain term and policy for residency requirement. Changes made to the elections of Mayor and Chamberlains were made so neither of the separate offices will be elected to a new position in the same year and according to Mayor Buckley, this will make the transition into city hall smoother for the elected officials. The term for Chamberlain was also lengthened from 2 to 4 years. Residency requirement was updated so that any employee newly hired by the City of Hornell will have to be a city resident within 6 months of hiring with the few exceptions for part time or seasonal employees. Several budget adjustments were approved during the meeting and City Chamberlain, City Clerk and Mayor were given permission to draw checks for payments of bills.

Local Villages Elections Happening in Steuben County
Today is an important day in local politics as several Village elections are taking place. Elections in the Village of Bath is for Mayor only where Mayor Von Hagn is running unopposed. North Hornell is holding a mayoral race and an election for two trustee positions. In Canisteo, Two village board seats are up for vote while three candidates - Independent Michael Delaney, and Republicans Grant Seaman and Don Lewis. If you are a voter in one of these townships who wants to participate but do not know where to go to vote, please refer to the County Board of Elections website to look up your polling place at: https://www.steubencony.org/Elect-Polling-Places/Poll_lookup.aspx.

Allard Calls for Corning/Elmira Border to Contain Drugs
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is calling for a financial border around the Corning area and throughout the Steuben County area as a means to control the drug epidemic as soon as possible. Allard recently told the city council “Whatever happens in Elmira will be here in five years. We need to establish a border around this area or it’s coming here.” Allard also says the fight against opioids will be given an edge when the Steuben County Legislature will hire two new deputies in mid-April to assist in drug traffic interdictions. Two other positions will be added later as part of a plan with the Police Chiefs of Bath, Hornell and Corning. Allard and District Attorney Brooks Baker recently announced the Comprehensive Opioid Prevention Effort, or “COPE” that seeks to resolve substance abuse in the county through the four-tier approach focusing on law enforcement, prevention, treatment and education. Sheriff Allard believes following this strategy is key to making the urgent call for isolating Steuben County possible.

 

Dansville Man Killed in Snowmobiling Accident
A Dansville man was killed over the weekend when the snowmobile he was operating was struck by a car. Police said 54-year-old Robert Henry died after he attempted to cross State Route 19A in Wyoming County and was struck causing fatal injuries. 56-year-old Thomas Brice of Nunda was not charged.

CASH Program Available for Taxpayers Earning Less than $54K
With Tax Day less than a month away, Steuben County residents, including retired seniors and their families, earning less than $54,000 in 2017, can receive free income tax assistance and electronic filing through the Southern Tier CASH Program. For more information, appointments and a checklist of necessary documents, call 2-1-1. A photo ID is required.

Canaseraga Man Charged With DWI
A traffic stop on I-86 resulted in the arrest of a Canaseraga man. State police charged 38-year-old Joshua Capwell with driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with refusing to submit to a breath test, speeding and other infractions.

Dansville Man Arrested on Meth Charges
State Troopers of the Wayland Barracks arrested a Dansville man for meth-related charges on State Route 36 in Dansville during an investigation for a domestic incident. Police pulled over Thomas J. Jacobs Jr, age 39, whose driving privileges were suspended, and say they found equipment, chemicals and other materials to make methamphetamine. Jacobs was charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the 3rd degree as well as other Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. Jacobs was arraigned in Town of Dansville Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

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