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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Livingston County Health Department says it still has flu shots—and is urging people who haven’t been vaccinated to get them. The flu continues its run through the state and the department says it has asked all providers to do all they can to make sure the shot and flu medicine is available. So far there are no reported issues with supply. There have been more than 300 people in Livingston County have been confirmed to have the flu—with experts saying the season probably has not even hit its peak yet. There is information available on the health department’s website accessible through livingstoncounty.us.

Livingston County has extended a tax break for veterans who served in the Cold War. That property tax exemption was first adopted in 2008 but was set to expire under a ten-year limit. Now, the board of supervisors has voted to keep that exemption in place permanently.

Livingston County’s Office of Emergency Management is in select company. The Office is one of only four in the state to receive accreditation from the Local Emergency Management Accreditation Program, according to Assemblyman Joe Errigo, who announced that designation. He says it’s a tribute to the people who work there and something that sets Livingston County apart. The accreditation involves a series of standards the county must meet. Errigo says only New York City, Broome County, and Onedia County met the same standard

Governor Cuomo says he wants to to curb toxic algae blooms Upstate. He has e has announced a series of summits across the state for experts to tackle the problem locally. The governor also wants to spend 65-million-dollars toward protecting affected bodies of water like Conesus and Honeoye Lakes.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is cosponsoring a bill to end federal prohibition of marijuana. Yesterday, she and New Jersey Senator Corey Booker announced their support for the Marijuana Justice Act. This would remove marijuana from the schedule of controlled substances. Gillibrand says the country knows how unfair the current laws are.