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Parole Reform Passes Senate:


The New York State senate has approved parole reform legislation that would extend the period of time that certain convicted murderers have to wait to apply for a parole hearing.  Under the existing law, the state Parole Board is required to allow inmates to request a parole hearing every two years.  The new bill would extend that time between hearings from two to five years for offenders convicted of first-and-second degree murder, or aggravated murder.  Earlier this month, Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, along with family members of murder victims, including the family of Derrick Robie of Savona, called for the law’s approval.  The law now moves to the Assembly.



Bath P.D. Connects with MobilePatrol:


The Bath Village Police Department is now connected with MobilePatrol.  MobilePatrol helps police agencies rapidly communicate public safety information such as emergency alerts, jail bookings, VINE notifications, arrest warrants, and lists of most-wanted persons and sex offenders. Users of the app can also send crime tips and offender sightings directly to police. The police department has already received 137 tips from the community.



Goodrich Autoworks Donates Two Cars to Those in Need:


As a part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides Program, Goodrich Auto in Bath recently donated two cars to a veteran and a family in need.  Joanna Stevens of Canisteo, one of the winners, said that they need to travel frequently for their children – they have a son that was born prematurely, and a daughter that’s autistic.  Now they know they’ll be able to get where they need to go and that they’ll be able to get there safely.  Brannden Hanchett, an Army veteran and the winner of the second car, commended Goodrich’s, saying that he’s so happy to see “that there are good people out here that are actually trying to help out.”  This was Goodrich’s first time participating in the national event.  The program has seen over 1,000 vehicles donated since 2007.



Allegiant Offering Free Services for Qualifying Military Personnel:


With Memorial Day just days away and we prepare to remember and honor all veterans and military members, an airline that serves the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport has announced that it is now offering select free services for qualifying military personnel.  Allegiant will offer 3 pieces of checked baggage free, no charge for oversized checked baggage, one carry-on with size limits, free boarding pass printing at the airport, free seat assignments (pending availability), and up to one pet in cabin for free to U.S. active or reserve duty, National Guard, and their families.  Active military will also be given boarding priority at no charge, and will not be charged for a change or cancellation due to a change in orders.  To see a full list of services, as well as more information about eligibility and the requirements visit http://allegiant.com/military-discount



New Restaurant Coming to Big Flats:


The bustling shopping and restaurant district in Big Flats is going to be growing soon, as Moe’s Southwest Grill has confirmed that it plans to open doors in the area.  According to WETM, the chain has set a tentative opening date for July 20th in the vacant storefront near Tops and Bed Bath and Beyond.



Memorial Day Observance at Bath National Cemetery:


The Bath VA Medical Center, in partnership with the Bath National Cemetery, will be hosting a special Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday, May 29th.  The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m., and to walk through the cemetery following the ceremony to view the over 15,000 flags placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade class.  Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will be this year’s keynote speaker.



STOP DWI and Click-It or Ticket Campaigns This Weekend:


If you’re among the many planning to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, be sure to do so safely.  Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Monday that Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.  The STOP-DWI crackdown starts today and will end on May 30th.  Also, the New York State Police have teamed up with local law enforcement for a seat belt and child safety seat enforcement that is currently underway and runs through June 4th

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