Morning Minute: Friday, May 31, 2019

Local News

A fight for First Arena – it started with code violations, but has now turned into a political battle. Chemung County Executive Moss made that list of violations public on Thursday. Elmira Enforcers owner Robbie Nichols maintains that safety is his top priority, and that he has already worked to knock the items on the list from 13 down to 3. Moss says Nichols acquired the building through a deal that was “politically motivated,” and he does believe Nichols will be part of the long-term plan for First Arena. 

Today marks day three in a jury trial of an animal cruelty case in Chemung County. The defendant is facing 21 counts after more than two dozen abused horses were seized from her Pine City farm last year.

The New York State Senate is considering automatic voter registration. Advocates say it’ll help increase voter participation and make it easier for people who move often, such as college students. But critics argue, if you want a say in an election, you have to take responsibility. 

It’s World Tobacco Day, an internationally recognized day meant to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco, and to serve as a call to action for local policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Two local organizations are answering that call by hosting a luncheon today.

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