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  1. See more at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stoneman-douglas-high-school-students-arrested-for-bringing-weapons-to-school/
  2. Local Newspaper Group Plans Layoffs

    Operations for the printing of three regional newspapers is reported to be moved out of the area. Gannet News, which publishes The Star Gazette, The Ithaca Journal, and The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin will begin laying off nearly 100 employees, most of them at the Johnson City plant the papers are published at beginning in June. Plans are for the Johnson City publishing plant to be closed, and the newspapers printed in Rochester.
  3. See the rest at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks/stocks-tumble-to-worst-day-in-six-weeks-after-trump-tariff-action-idUSKBN1GY1IF
  4. Elmira Man Arrested On Drug Charges

    Earlier today, the Elmira Police Department arrested 35 year old Chris M. Kimbell of Elmira for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, a Class A-2 Felony. Police say the arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Elmira Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and a subsequent Search Warrant executed today at a residence within the City of Elmira. During the execution of the search warrant several items were recovered including: Over one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine, Oxycodone, narcotic paraphernalia and a sum of US currency. The investigation continues and police say further arrests are pending.
  5. Bath Man Charged With Rape

    An investigation by the New York State Police in Bath and the Steuben County Child Protective Services has resulted in charges against a Bath man. On March 18, 2018, the New York State Police were dispatched to Ira Davenport Hospital regarding an alleged sexual assault. The subsequent investigation revealed that Cody Marvin, age 23, of Bath, N.Y., was charged with Rape in the 3rd degree, a class “E” felony, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class “A” misdemeanor, for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with a child less than seventeen years of age. Marvin was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Bath returnable at a later date.
  6. Reid To Run For NY Assembly

    Area businessman Randy Reid announced his candidacy for New York State Assembly today, seeking to represent the states 124th District which encompasses the area from between Elmira-Corning Regional Airport to the Binghamton Regional Airport in the Town of Maine along the I-86 Corridor. "I feel I have something to offer this underserved District. I will bring the same commitment and passion to this elected position that I have for my current role serving on the Elmira City School District Board of Education. Our campaign will focus on making the 124th Assembly District a player in Albany,” said Reid "There are so many development opportunities for our region and we need an experienced leader, who will champion our area," he said. "We haven’t had leadership from our Assembly Representative since George Winner and Tom O’Mara were in the Assembly." Reid said that as a small business owner himself, he plans to represent Main St. in Albany. He plans to work toward reducing small business taxes, opening up access to capital and working to ensure proposed legislation will not stifle growth for businesses in the region. "Small businesses are the backbone of the community. Small businesses support their families and help keep the communities a vital place to live and work." Reid said he understands what it's like for working families in the area who are living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to pay bills." My wife and I experienced this when we first were married 22 years ago," he said. "Recently, we overcame bankruptcy in our businesses so I know the struggle is real.” Randy Reid spent over 20 years in the TV industry, 8 of those years as VP and General Manager of WETM-TV before opening his Advertising Agency in 2011. Currently Randy is a partner at Gateway Product Solutions in Elmira and works as a consultant in Marketing and Advertising. In addition, Randy was recently hired by Capabilities, in Elmira as the Business Development Manager. He is currently a member of the Elmira City School District Board of Education. First elected to the board in 2012, he is now serving his second term. Additionally, Reid serves on a number of Boards including, Southern Tier Economic Growth, and STC Regional Planning Board. Reid is also a board member of Chemung County Child Care Council, Arctic League, and the Ernie Davis Scholarship Committee. Mr. Reid is also a member of the Elmira Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
  7. On March 20, 2018, Chemung County Sheriff Deputies arrested 30 year-old Alisha R. Talmage of Waverly, NY for Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony. Police say Talmage was employed as an Office Associate at Sears Department Store at the Arnot Mall. An internal investigation conducted by Sears Asset Protection revealed that she used her position to steal nearly $8,000 in cash from the store between November 2017 and March 2018. Talmage was released on an appearance ticket and will appear in the Town of Big Flats Court at a later date.
  8. See the rest here http://thehill.com/policy/technology/379455-co-founder-of-whatsapp-it-is-time-deletefacebook
  9. CHEMUNG COUNTY – Wednesday, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli called on the New York State Senate and Assembly to include the Internet Fairness Conformity Tax in their respective one-house budgets. The Internet Fairness Conformity Tax was introduced in Governor Cuomo’s 2018-19 Executive Budget. The proposal would update New York’s sales tax collections process to ensure that sales taxes owed are collected regardless of the method of purchase. The proposal would require large Internet marketplace providers that facilitate more than $100 million annually in sales through their portals to collect and remit to the State the sales tax on behalf of all vendors that use their platform. Local businesses in Chemung County and across the state find themselves at a competitive disadvantage – losing customers and sales revenue to online providers because they are not required to collect sales tax on purchases. As a result, these online sellers can offer their products at least eight percent cheaper. “Our malls, shopping plazas, and small hometown stores are closing because the current sales tax law favors out-of-state internet retailers. You must collect sales tax if you are a retailer in our State whether it is an in-store purchase or an internet sale. But the internet seller from out-of-state does not have to collect sales tax when they sell an item in our backyard, that’s just not right,” says Chemung County Executive, Tom Santulli. Currently, online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay are required to collect sales tax from New York residents only if the seller is located within New York State. Essentially these online providers are providing a tax-free marketplace for sellers outside of the state. The Internet Fairness Conformity Tax would ensure New York’s existing sales tax laws are enforced fairly across most sales platforms, regardless of whether it is in a store front or over the Internet. This proposal would require the online marketplaces to collect sales taxes on any products sold to a New York residents from sellers located both within and outside of New York State. Five states have enacted similar legislation including the home state of Amazon, where Amazon and other leading online retailers including New York-based Etsy are now collecting sales tax in Washington State for third party vendors using their Internet marketplaces. This proposal is not a new tax and does not increase sales taxes. Rather, this proposal is a modernization to New York State’s current sales tax collection procedures. New York residents legally owe the sales tax that would now be collected by the online marketplaces if the proposal is implemented. The proposal allows New York State to adapt to the rapidly changing retail Internet economy by leveling the playing field for brick and mortar stores as online marketplaces continue to grow and expand rapidly. A 2017 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report estimates that New York State is not collecting between $500 million and $900 million annually due to sales transactions occurring over the Internet. The Internet Fairness Conformity Tax proposal would close a substantial portion of the gap. According to the Governor’s Office, in the first year of implementation, the proposal is estimated to generate $318 million — $159 million in revenue for the counties and another $159 million for the State.
  10. May 1st 2018, Elmira Animal Control officers will begin a wide sweep for unlicensed dogs in the Towns of Ashland, Baldwin, Catlin, Chemung, Erin, Elmira, Horseheads, Southport and Veteran and the City of Elmira. The sweep’s goal is to encourage proper rabies vaccinations and identification through licensing, according to city animal control, which has agreements to perform animal control services in those nine towns. “When we go out and do this, we go out in numbers and hit them hard,” said Craig Spencer, the city’s animal control director. “They’ve already had notices from the clerks in those particular towns, so they’ve already had warning. So we’re out there to issue tickets or seize unlicensed dogs.” Animal control encourages owners of unlicensed dogs to obtain rabies vaccination and a license to avoid a criminal citation, court appearance and fines that can be up to $200 for each offense. Rabies vaccinations are also required for cats and ferrets. Article 7 of state Agriculture and Markets Law requires rabies vaccination, licensing and identification when a dog turns 4 months old. Licensing dogs guarantees appropriate rabies vaccination, as well as providing for identification of lost and roaming dogs through easily traceable identification tags that are required at all times, animal control said. Enforcement will target unlicensed and untagged dogs, as fewer than 1 percent of dogs coming into the Elmira Animal Shelter are properly tagged, and a high percentage are both unlicensed and not vaccinated, animal control said. “Our staff is truly committed to saving the lives of every lost and homeless pet in our community, and proper identification is one important key to our success,” Spencer said.
  11. Read the rest at https://www.yahoo.com/news/ben-carson-blames-purchase-31-175753051.html
  12. Chemung County legislator David Manchester, a Republican, announced he is seeking re-election in the Second District, which covers the Town of Big Flats. Manchester, who grew up in Webb Mills, was elected to the county legislature in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He is chairman of the legislature's aviation committee, and also serves on the budget and highway committees. Manchester was previously a member of the Big Flats Town Board for 14 years. Manchester works in the aviation department at Corning Inc. He is chairman of the Webb Mills Cemetery Corp., and other community activities include membership on the Elmira/Chemung Transportation Council, the National Soaring Museum board of trustees, and the Big Flats Lions Club.
  13. After more than 30 years of representing Chemung County's 14th Legislative District, Donna Draxler has announced her intention to retire. In her place, former Southport Town Board member Michael Smith has announced he will seek to replace Draxler. In addition to being on the town board, Smith is the Deputy Town Supervisor and assistant chief for Southport Fire Dept. He retired as Director of Fire and Emergency Services for Chemung County in 2014. The 14th District encompasses the Town of Southport. Smith will face political newcomer and Democratic candidate Christina Heyward this Fall.
  14. A former Steuben County Youth in Government intern has received the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Dylan Marshall, a 2016 Haverling High School graduate, will receive the Chancellor’s award at an April 10 ceremony honoring recipients at the Albany Capital Center. The award honors SUNY students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts. Active in on-campus government at Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) in Canandaigua, Marshall also was featured in the New York State Association of Counties magazine for his involvement in Steuben County Youth in Government. A communications graduate from FLCC in December, Marshall is currently a junior at SUNY Albany majoring in Globalization with a minor in French and Arabic.
  15. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on Friday and Saturday nights, March 16th and 17th, 2018, deputies conducted an enhanced patrol period in conjunction with the Steuben county STOP DWI Program. Six arrests for DWI and two drug arrests in Campbell, Corning, Fremont, Hornell, Jasper and Tuscarora resulted: Brandon B. Lewis, age 29, of Tall Meadow Court Painted Post, New York, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in Corning, New York. He is scheduled to appear on April 16th, 2018 in the Corning Town Court to answer his charges. Vanessa M. Nunez, age 24, of W. Broad Street Horseheads, New York, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in Campbell, New York. She is scheduled to appear on April 16th, 2018 in the Campbell Town Court to answer her charges. Bryan C. Pierce, age 32, of W. Main Street Knoxville, Pennsylvania was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operator in the third degree, and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Syringe. It is alleged that Mr. Pierce possessed a quantity of heroin. Mr. Pierce was released with appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Tuscarora Town Court on April 17th, 2018 to answer his charges. Daniel W Rouse, age 55, of Hardscrabble Road, Addison, New York was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated after a Property Damage Motor Vehicle accident investigation on State Route 417 near Timmerman Road in the Town of Jasper. Mr Rouse is scheduled to appear in the Town of Jasper Court on April 3rd, 2018. Brian A. Doll, age 42, of Tobes Hill Rd, Hornell, New York, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in Hornell, New York. He is scheduled to appear on April 26th, 2018 in the Hornell City Court to answer his charges. Joseph P Gibson, age 19, of Mack School Road, Arkport, New York, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in Fremont, New York. He is scheduled to appear on April 9th, 2018 in the Fremont Town Court to answer his charges. Michael T. Brouwere, age 48, of Savona, New York, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the first degree, a felony, in Campbell, New York. He is scheduled to appear on April 23rd, 2018 in the Campbell Town Court to answer his charges. Maurice F Fitzgerald, age 73, of Arkport, New York, was arrested for inadequate exhaust and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana while on SR 21 in Fremont, New York. He is scheduled to return to the Fremont Town Court on April 16th, 2018. “Traffic Safety is everyone’s business," said Sheriff Allard. "It is everyone’s responsibility to keep Steuben County safe.”
  16. See the rest at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/17/us/politics/cambridge-analytica-trump-campaign.html
  17. Former Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Mike Belosky, a Republican, plans to run for Chemung County Legislature. Belosky is running in the county's 3rd district, which includes the Village of Horseheads and parts of the Town of Horseheads. Incumbent Third District legislator Tom Sweet, also a Republican, announced recently that he would seek re-election. In addition to his county position, Belosky has been a self-employed contractor since 1974, with projects such as Colonial Estates and Prospect Ridge housing subdivisions on his résumé, along with leading renovations at Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath. He is a former board member of the National Soaring Museum and former cabinet member of the United Way. Belosky's goals included shared service agreements, maintaining local municipalities and fiscal responsibility.
  18. Chemung County legislator Peggy Woodard, a Republican, plans to seek re-election this fall. Woodard represents the 8th District, which includes the Village of Elmira Heights and parts of the City of Elmira, and the towns of Horseheads and Elmira. Woodard was appointed to fill the position to replace her late husband, Daniel, in 2005 and has been elected to the seat since then. She faces a primary challenge from businessman Frank Cicci, who ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2014. Woodard chairs the legislature's multi-services committee and also serves on the budget and aviation committees. She chairs the Chemung County Sewer and Water District No. 1, and is secretary of the board for First Heritage Credit Union. Woodard is also involved in other volunteer positions in the county.
  19. BATH – Steuben County’s efforts to stem the tide of opioid addiction locally could get a boost by mid-April, with county legislative committees agreeing to hire two new deputies, thereby allowing two veteran deputies to be trained in drug traffic interdictions. The county Legislature’s Administration Committee agreed to allocate four vacant positions for the county Sheriff’s department, with the stipulation two of the positions be filled immediately. County officials also will apply for a grant to fund the remaining two open positions which would allow for more drug investigators later in the year. The committee’s action Tuesday followed approval by the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee last week. The new positions are part of the Steuben’s joint law enforcement initiative, Comprehensive Opioid Prevention Effort (COPE) announced by county District Attorney Brooks Baker and county Sheriff Jim Allard two weeks ago. The far-ranging initiative looks to address substance abuse in Steuben through law enforcement, prevention, treatment and education. Elements of COPE include a victim impact panel, a pilot youth court, school competitions and a law requiring all law enforcement and emergency medical “NARCAN saves” and emergency room overdose treatment cases be reported to the Steuben County Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services within 72 hours for follow-up. The proposal also includes a beefed-up interdiction program, more drug investigators and a rehabilitation program for county jail inmates with alcohol/substance abuse addictions. For more information on COPE, call the county Sheriff at (607) 622-3930 or the county D.A. at (607) 664-2270.
  20. Three more candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to run for seats on the Chemung County Legislature. Deborah Lynch is a Corning native now living in Horseheads and is expected to announce her candidacy for the 3rd District Legislative seat. The 3rd District includes the Village of Horseheads and part of the Town of Horseheads. She will face incumbent L. Thomas Sweet. Among her platform is transparency in government and affordable housing in the 3rd District. She will be holding a formal announcement on March 21 at Thai Asian in Horseheads. Here website can be found HERE Christa Heyward announced her candidacy for the county's 14th District earlier this week, seeking to represent the people of Southport. She will face incumbent Donna Draxler. Heyward a molecular biologist, is an Elmira native. She says she supports investigating further shared services as well as consolidation of local municipalities and regional services as a way to decrease spending. She also says she supports policies that spur economic development across the county, not just along the I86 corridor. Her Facebook page can be found HERE Christina Bruner Sonsire will be holding an event March 20th at the West Elmira Fire Department where she will officially announce her candidacy for the County's 7th District seat, which represents the Town of Elmira. She will face incumbent Cornelius Milliken. Sonsire is a Chemung County native and is a partner at the Ziff law Firm in Elmira. On her website, Sonsire writes that she is for a more open government and wants to help strengthen Chemung County in the hopes the next generation will consider living and working here. To learn more about her campaign, click HERE Anthony Pucci has announced he will run for the County's 1st District seat which is currently held by Legislator John Patrick representing the Towns of Catlin, Veteran, & Village of Millport. Pucci has lived in Chemung County since 1974, currently residing in the Town of Veteran. Pucci is a retired school teacher and author of four mystery novels. If elected, Pucci says he will note against any proposed salary increases for the county legislators as well as support a resolution to lower the salaries of the legislators, the Chairman, the Deputy County Executive, and the County Executive. He also supports limiting legislators and the County Executive to no more than two consecutive terms, saying legislators should see their work as a community service, not a lifetime occupation. To learn more about Pucci, click HERE
  21. While investigating suspected narcotics sales in the Bath and Corning areas, New York State Police from the Painted Post barracks executed a traffic stop in the City of Corning which resulted in additional arrests. Randy Brown, age 60, of Corning, New York, was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th degree (a class “D” felony) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree (a class “A” misdemeanor). A second person, AmyJo Ayers, age 41, of Bath, New York was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree (a class “A” misdemeanor). As a result of the traffic stop, Brown was confirmed to have sold methamphetamine earlier in the day and both he and Ayers were found in possession of an additional quantity of the drug, as well as paraphernalia and a digital scale. A third person who was operating the vehicle was interviewed and released. Randy Brown was arraigned in the Town of Corning Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail with no bail. AmyJo Ayers was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Corning Court at a later date and released.
  22. In a statement released this morning, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Deputy County Executive released a statement regarding the City of Elmira's recent 17% tax increase. In the statement, the two deny the county's sales tax reallocation had anything to do with Elmira's financial woes, saying the problem began as far back as 2014. Read in its entirety below:
  23. On March 14, 2018, the fourth and final suspect involved with the January 24, 2018 home invasion robbery that occurred at 224 Overlook Drive in the Town of Horseheads was arrested by the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office. Daiquan Bythwood, 18 years old, of Elmira was arrested on a Superior Court Warrant charging him with Burglary in the First Degree, and Robbery in the First Degree. Bythwood sustained critical injuries after being shot by the homeowner during the robbery. He was recently released from the hospital and turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office due to the outstanding warrant. Bythwood was arraigned in Chemung County Court and released to Project for Bail.
  24. See the rest at http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/03/05/stephen-hawking-says-knows-what-happened-before-dawn-time.html
  25. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/14/national-school-walkout-students-to-protest-gun-violence-call-for-action-one-month-after-parkland-shooting.html