Here are the top stories for Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Livingston County sheriff’s deputies are looking for help finding out more about a hit and run boating crash on Conesus Lake. Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says a boat left the scene after hitting another vessel Saturday afternoon around 4:20 near the Mark’s Leisure Time Marine –and that responding marine patrol units were unable to find the suspect. The boat involved is described as a black fishing boat approximately 20 feet long, operated by a black male with two white female passengers. Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office.
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to take part in what it calls a potentially life saving event this fall. The Red Cross is hoping to install 700 smoke alarms in homes in the region and is recruiting who want to help. Volunteers—and people who need alarms –can sign up on the Local red Cross website., That installation event called “Sound the Alarm” will be held from September 23rd to October 15th.
Congressman Chris Collins is introducing introduce a bill that he says would protect the second amendment. He says the measure—called the Second Amendment Guarantee Act—or SAGA—would bar states from going beyond federal restrictions on rifles and shotguns,. That takes aim at New York’s SAFE act, which the congressman says is an assault on the freedom to bear arms. Those who support the state law say it passes constitutional tests and that Collin’s bill is nothing but political grandstanding.
A report says Governor Cuomo could have to get by a primary challenge next hear when he seeks re-election. The New York Daily news says the Mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie Miner, is thinking about running against Cuomo in 2018, saying the governor has a lot of explaining to do about several issue facing the state. Cuomo says he plans to run for a third term on what he calls an unmatched record of accomplishment.
Senator Chuck Schumer is urging the federal government to implement laws that would help research tick borne illness. Schumer is calling on Washington take fast action in implementing legislation last year which he says could lead to better research and possibly a vaccine. The virus is spread by ticks and can be deadly.
New York State isn’t know for its alligators, but officials in Broome County, near Binghamton say they had to do some gator wrangling over the weekend. They captured a three foot long gator in the town of Whitney Point after looking for the reptile for several days. It was apparently someone’s pet that got loose.. The alligator has been taken to a new home at Animal Adventures park in Harpursville.