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Healthcare Bill Passes; Local Representatives Share Opposing Opinions
By a four vote margin, the House of Representatives approved the American Health Care Act this week. Congressman Tom Reed of Corning called it a "great victory for the American people". He believes the Act will put the country on the path to fixing a broken health care system. However, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called the Trump health care bill "atrocious" and said it must be defeated by the Senate. She added the bill would harm people at-risk who cannot afford healthcare otherwise. The legislation will move to the Senate.

Bath Man Charged with Criminal Contempt
State police on Thursday arrested 53-year-old Rex Rossman of Bath. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly violating a court order. He was initially detained in lieu of bail. 

Savona Woman Charged with Larceny
State police investigated a larceny from a building. Asa result, troopers arrested 35-year-old Heidi Saxbury of Savona. She was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She'll answer the charges in court at a later date. 

Steuben County Finance Committee to Meet Tuesday
When the Steuben County Finance Committee meets on Tuesday, it will discuss the semi-annual mortgage tax distribution to villages, towns and cities. The total amound to be shared with local governments is slightly more than $534,000. The village of Bath is scheduled to receive about $8,700 while the town will receive nearly $32,000. 

State Scholarship Promises Free Tuition
Beginning in the fall, the Excelsior Scholarship will allow New York students from families earning $100,000 or less annually to go to SUNY or CUNY schools for free, not including room and board. Cuomo says the first year of the scholarship program will cost taxpayers in the state $163 million. Scholarship applications will be available on June 7. 

Construction Planned for Howard and Avoca
Construction will be underway in Avoca and Howard on Wednesday for I-86 asphalt pavement overlay work, extending 7 miles from Exit 35 in Howard to Exit 36 at the interchange on I-390. One lane traffic with two-lane traffic flow maintained by flaggers while paving takes place. Drivers should plan for moderate delays and encouraged to use other routes during construction.

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