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Village Election Results:


Village elections were held on Tuesday.  The results are as follows: in Bath Mark Bardeen and Melani Coots ran unopposed for the trustee seats.  In Hammondsport Emery Cummings Jr. was running unopposed for Mayor; there is no report at this time regarding the trustee seats.  In Savona it was Brian Scott for Mayor, Mary Finch and Morris Ben Smith each for a 2 year trustee term, and Christopher Laursen for a one year trustee term.  In Wayland, Richard Saxton and Aimee Campbell were named trustees; Michael Parks and Thomas Recktenwald were unopposed for Mayor and village justice, respectively.



Demolition Begins Today on Steuben Co. Project:


Demolition of two buildings on East Morris Street in Bath is expected to get underway today in anticipation of Steuben County’s first capital construction campaign in nearly 10 years.  County Manager Jack Wheeler said the construction of an office complex on East Morris, and a storage/records building on Mount Washington, is expected to begin in early May.  The cost of the two projects is estimated at $8.7 million.  The final project design and costs are slated for review by the county Legislature on Monday.



Accident Dumps Construction Waste in Hodgman’s Creek:


Construction waste was spilled into a stream in Erwin Hollow Tuesday after a tractor-trailer overturned just after 1 p.m. on Erwin Hollow Road.  The stream feeds into Hodgman’s Creek.  The Department of Environmental Conservation was called in, and officials report that there are no indications of serious environmental risk.  One lane of the road was closed for several hours.  The driver was not harmed in the accident.    



Clayton Murder Case to be Featured on NBC Dateline:


Friday’s episode of NBC’s Dateline will feature the Clayton murder case.  Kelley Stage Clayton was murdered in her Town of Caton home on September 29th 2015.  Her husband, Thomas Clayton, was found guilty in February of hiring a former employee, Michael Beard, to kill her in exchange for money.  Clayton is set to be sentenced on April 24th.  Beard was also convicted and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.  A third man, Mark Blandford, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and testified at Clayton’s trial in exchange for a plea deal.  A preview of the episode is available at http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/preview-the-house-in-the-woods-903024195561



City of Hornell Looks to Override Tax Cap:


Next Monday the City of Hornell will hold a special meeting to override the 2 percent tax cap.  At a public hearing and budget presentation on Saturday, it was revealed that the city plans on a 1.6 percent tax increase.  According to Mayor Shawn Hogan, the reason for the override is because a substantial amount of money was added to the city’s total assessed value.  It order to stay under the cap, Hogan said, the city would need to cut over $80,000 from the budget.  Following the special meeting on Monday there will be a vote on the budget.



Work on I-86 in Bath Friday:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that road work will be done on I-86 in the vicinity of Exits 37 to 39 in Bath on Friday.  Detours are not expected, but traffic speeds will be reduced in 15 minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. as the NYSDOT and the Town of Bath removes 12 light poles.   

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