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Today's Top Stories- Thursday, May 4th 2017

Reed Re-introduces HAND UP, DATA Acts
Congressman Tom Reed has reintroduced the HAND UP Act and the Standard DATA Act. Both pieces of legislation, he says, are designed to make social safety nets more efficient and effective. Reeds says the HAND UP Act legislation is designed to give states the flexibility to change how they administer social welfare programs such Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Reed says the Standard DATA Act will modernize government programs and streamline processes by cutting red tape.


Bath Man Arrested for Probation Violation
A Bath man is due back in court following his arrest by deputies Tuesday. 41-year-old Warren Cop of West Washington Street was charged in a warrant with violating probation. He was arrested while meeting with his probation officer. He was initially jailed on $5,000 cash bail.


Cuomo Declares Emergency for Flooding
Gov. Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for 8 counties being impacted by ongoing flooding from Lake Ontario.
Governor Cuomo also announced the deployment of 20 members of the National Guard and a coordinated Lake Ontario Rapid Response Team. 365,000 sandbags have been deployed to the region.


NY Senate Votes to Encourage Organ Donation
The New York State Senate has passed a package of bills aimed at encouraging more New Yorkers to become organ and tissue donors and protecting the rights of those who do. The bills focus on enhancing public awareness. Only 27 percent of potential New Yorkers are enrolled in the Donate Life Registry – the lowest rate in the country. Nearly 10,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in New York – the third highest rate in the country.

Painted Post Woman Arrested for Multiple Charges

A Painted Post woman was arrested yesterday for withdrawing various amounts of money from the bank account of a Steuben County resident for whom she acted  in the capacity of a paid home health aide. Darlene Brown was charged with Attempted Grand larceny 2nd (F), four counts of Petit Larceny (M), four counts of Falsifying Business Records 2nd (F) and one count of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person 2nd (M). Mrs. Brown was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court and released on her own recognizance to reappear in Erwin Town Court at a later date.


Market Street to Undergo Road Repairs
Market Street will be closed for an estimated two weeks to complete street upgrades as part of an almost $1 million project to improve city streets in need of repairs. Work is anticipated to begin in early-to-mid June. Bothar Construction of Binghamton entered a bid to complete updates to about 20 city roads, which is anticipated to be awarded in mid-May. It is not known if the entirety of Market Street will be closed at once or if streets will be closed section by section. Construction has been planned around major Corning events like Glassfest and the 4th of July celebration, for the sake of the local economy.

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