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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, December 29th

Steuben Co. Inmate Charged with Having Drugs in Cell:


An inmate at the Steuben County Jail is facing more charges after drugs were found in his cell.  Officers reportedly found marijuana in the cell of 27-year-old Cameron Charles, of Rochester, during a search.  He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of contraband in prison.



Bath Teen Charged with Rape:


An 18-year-old from Bath is facing charges of rape and endangering the welfare of a child.  State Police say Dakota Bulkley engaged in sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 15.  He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.



Hammondsport Considering Law to Override Tax Cap:


The new year could quickly bring a new law in the village of Hammondsport. The village board has scheduled a public hearing on the first proposed local law of 2017. That hearing is planned for January 10th, 6pm, at the village hall. The law, if approved, will give the village board the authority to override the mandatory state property tax cap. The preliminary proposed 2017/2018 budget was recently adopted and is available for review at the village office. It calls for spending slightly more than $688,000 and carries a tax rate of $8.23 per thousand of assessed property value. A hearing on the budget will also be held January 10th.



Smart Steuben Releases 2017-18 Goals:


Smart Steuben – a group made up of the Steuben County Health Department, Corning Hospital, St. James Mercy Hospital, and Arnot Health – has released a Community Health Assessment, with its goals for the next two years.  The report includes reducing obesity in children and adults, reducing hypertension and heart disease, and increasing early childhood health in Steuben County.  The full report can be viewed at http://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publichealth/steuben_county_cha-csp-chip_final.pdf.



No Uber for Elmira Yet:


While ride-sharing services like Uber aren’t currently allowed in upstate New York, many would like to see them come to the area, including the City of Elmira.  Unfortunately for supporters, however, a resolution in support of Uber was pulled from the City Council agenda this week because council members want more information.  Mayor Dan Mandell said he has questions regarding how Uber screens its drivers, insurance, and other requirements.



Santa Visits Prattsburgh Free Library:


It wasn’t just the homes of good little boys and girls that Santa visited on Christmas Eve.  He also made a very special visit to the Prattsburgh Free Library.  When workers returned to the library Tuesday morning after the holiday weekend, they discovered Christmas gifts lying under their tree and a check of webcams recently installed on the library computers revealed Santa, caught in the act.  The gifts included various art supplies, and some new books.  The library said they plan to use the supplies for their pre-and-grade school programs.

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