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Painted Post Man Arrested for String of Corning Burglaries:


A Painted Post man has been accused in a string of burglaries in the Corning area.  25-year-old Adam Wilson was arrested last week while allegedly in the act of attempting to burglarize a Northside business.  Police believe Wilson is responsible for 7 other burglaries at Gaffer District businesses.  He is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.



Bath Teen Facing Multiple Charges:


A Bath teenager is facing multiple charges following an incident in Bath.  16-year-old Davon Bloom is accused of entering a building on Snell Hill Road and intentionally causing more than $250 worth of damage.  When confronted by police, Bloom allegedly resisted and struck a State Trooper in the head in an attempt to injure him.  Bloom has been charged with criminal mischief, attempted assault, and resisting arrest.



State Tax Considered to Offset $2B Medicaid Hit:


Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a tax on counties if Congress enacts a healthcare provision to shift the $2.3 billion local share of Medicaid outside of New York City on to the state.  The new charge would be listed on county property tax bills as the “Faso-Collins federal tax,” according to administration officials.  The name is from New York GOP Reps. John Faso and Chris Collins, whose plan for cost shifts were included in both the Senate and House versions of the federal healthcare reform bills.  In a statement, Cuomo called the shift a “shell game” that will “force every resident of the state to pay… to make up the difference to avoid decimation of our healthcare system.”  In response, Faso and Collins said Cuomo should be able to find the savings in the existing budget, and Faso said his plan gives the state until 2020 to reform its Medicaid system and eliminate waste and duplication.  The Senate plans to act on its version of the healthcare repeal this week.



More Funding for Elmira-Corning Airport:


The Elmira-Corning Airport is getting some more financial help.  On Monday, the Aviation Committee of Chemung County accepted an $11.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to assist with improvements at the airport.  A portion of the grant will be used to purchase friction measuring equipment which will help ensure the safety of the runways during winter, and the rest will go towards the “Airport Improvement Plan,” covering phase one: preparation and demolition.  With this grant the total amount of funding for the airport’s improvement plan is now nearly $58 million.



Paving Resumes in Bath Today:


The Department of Transportation announced that paving is expected to resume today in Bath from Haverling to West Washington Street.  Crews will pave the remainder of Liberty Street and parts of Steuben Street on Wednesday.  Parking restrictions will be in force.



2017 Steuben Co. Property Auction to Feature Historic Property:


This year’s Steuben County Property Auction will feature a historic property, the Club Valentine, which was the first nightclub to open in the county.  The auction is set for July 14th at 10 a.m. at the Campbell-Savona High School.  Properties sold by the county are behind on property taxes for two or more years, or had defaulted on a payment plan with the county.  The list of sites, which consists mostly of residential homes and vacant lots, can be found at http://steubencony.org.  Last year’s auction raised just over $752,000.



Farmers’ Market Coupons Available for Seniors Mid-July:


Farmers’ Market coupons for senior citizens in Steuben County will be available in mid-July.  The county Office for the Aging will distribute the $20 coupon booklets on July 12th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Corning Senior Center and the Hornell Senior Center, and on July 14th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lakeview Apartments in Bath.  The coupons may be used to purchase locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at participating farmers’ markets throughout the area.  Eligibility requirements including age and income apply.  For more information, call (607) 664-2298.



Registration Open for Law Enforcement Memorial Golf Tourney:


Registration is open now for teams wanting to participate in the first Steuben County Law Enforcement Memorial Park Golf Tournament.  The tournament is set for a 9 a.m. check-in on August 25th at the Bath Country Club.  Shotgun start at 10 a.m.  Besides a day of fun, the event will raise funds for the memorial honoring police and peace officers within the seven-county region that have died in the line of duty.  The cost is $300 per team of four, with each team including at least one retired or active member of law enforcement.  The event will also feature food, refreshments, chances to win prizes, and more.  Contact (607) 622-3930 for more information.



Bath Police Officer Goes Viral After Teen Shares Sweet Video:


In the wake of the shooting of a Rochester police officer, a Bath teen decided to share a positive experience he had with a local officer and the video he shared online has now gone viral.  The video 15-year-old Cordell Galvan posted on Facebook showing Village of Bath Police officer Michael Jackson playing basketball with local children has gotten over 8,000 views.  Galvan said he shared the playful moment because of how often bad things about police are shown, and he wanted to post “something good.”  For his part, Jackson said that he’s getting a lot of response to the video, and while that’s “pretty cool” he added that it was a “no-brainer” especially as he’d grown up playing basketball in the area.  The Rochester officer was released from the hospital on Monday.

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