Steuben County Budget Hearing at 11:30AM
At this morning’s 11:30 public hearing at the County Office Building in Bath, the $191 million budget for 2019 is expected to be passed by the Steuben County Legislature. For the third year in a row, Steuben’s spending plan calls for a slight decrease in the county tax levy and tax rate with $8.25 per thousand dollars of assessed value, down from the previous year’s rate of $8.44.
Hornell DPW Approves 5 Year Labor Contract
Hornell and the employees of its Department of Public Works have reached agreement on a labor contract lasting 5 years. According to the Hornell Evening Tribune, the deal provides 2% raises for the first 4 years and a 2 ½ % pay hike in the final year. The deal is retroactive to April 1st. A deferred compensation plan was also approved by the Hornell Common Council for employees, bringing some associated costs to be covered by New York State.
Bath Kmart to be Auctioned Following Sears Bankruptcy
Bath Kmart is one of the 505 locations Sears is planning to auction to a new owner in an attempt to keep the retail business afloat. Sears Holding Corp. filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday of last week and if the auction is successful for Kmart locations including Bath and Wellsville, the stores will be sold and remain in business under new ownership. New owners would make the call to continue business, bring in another business to the site or liquidate the store assets. Bids will be accepted from now until December 28th by Lazard Frères & Co. LLC, while an auction series begins January 14th.
Audit Finds Misuse of I-Stop Monitoring in Addiction Treatment
According to a new audit from Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, addiction treatment programs are using the opioid prescription monitoring system incorrectly. The audit recommends better coordination by treatment professionals and points to instances of administrators neglecting to check the I-Stop monitoring system to make sure patients receiving addiction treatment were not getting opioid medicines from a different physician. Failure in checking this system put patients in danger and can set back their addiction recovery, especially if the patient receives opioids as part of their treatment program.
All Pistol Permit Owners Reminded to Recertify By End of Year
This year is the first where the SAFE Act required everyone with pistol permits to recertify. Under the law, permit owners must recertify every five years but the state will not send a reminder of when to recertify. The status of a permit can be checked by calling 1-855-LAW-GUNS or visiting the New York State Pistol Permit Recertification website. Paper recertifications take about 9 to 12 months to finalize but filing electronically shortens the recertification process drastically. Upon submitting your recertification, your state legal obligation is complete.