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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 19th

Rochester Man Facing Drug Charges:


Tuesday, a Rochester man was arrested by Bath Police with assistance from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the Steuben County District Attorneys Drug Initiative.  23-year-old Danny Elliot was initially arrested on a warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  But at the time of his arrest, authorities say they discovered a quantity of crack cocaine and money on Elliott’s person.  He was charged with a separate count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was sent to the county jail on $50,000 cash bail.



Public Hearing on Bath Grant Application:


The Bath Village Board will hold a public hearing next week in an attempt to gather feedback on a potential grant application. The Board wants to hear feedback on community development needs so it can submit one or more applications under the state program. The hearing will be held Monday, 4 p.m. at the village hall.



Diabetes Bill Introduced by Rep. Reed:


Representative Tom Reed has introduced a bill that he says would strengthen protections for Medicare beneficiaries who buy blood glucose testing supplies through the National Mail Order Competitive Bidding Program.  The “Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies Act” would, according to Reed, strengthen enforcement of current laws requiring that Medicare Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) suppliers must include at least 50 percent of the types of test systems that were on the market before the CBP’s implementation, and it would bolster consumer protections that prohibit suppliers from encouraging beneficiaries to switch to another testing system.



Schumer Joins Fight for Expanded Air Service at E-C Airport:


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is joining in the fight to expand air service at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.  Schumer is calling on the Department of Transportation to approve nearly $1 million in funding for the airport that would be used to expand access to destinations, support the regional economy, and draw carriers to the airport.  In a letter to the DoT, Schumer said the grant will give Chemung County the opportunity to try and provide service from Elmira to Newark Liberty International Airport.



Travel Advisory - Work on S.R. 415 Starts Tomorrow:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that maintenance paving work will begin on state Route 415 at the intersection of W. Morris St. and W. Washington St. on Thursday, weather permitting.  Work will begin at 7PM on Thursday and continue through Saturday morning, including work during both nights. The scope of this project includes the village of Bath. Motorists will encounter lane closures and could experience travel delays. 



Travel Advisory – Henry and Brush Street Closing in Arkport:


The Steuben County Department of Public Works has announced that Henry Street and the southern end of Brush Street, between Park Avenue and Meadowbrook Road, will be closed, probably starting on July 21st for about 2 weeks until August 4th.  Officials say they will be installing a temporary detour bridge for the upcoming Meadowbrook Bridge Project.  Residents will have access via Brush Street.



New Poll Shows Cuomo Favorability Down:


In a swift turn from May’s poll, the latest numbers from the Siena College Research Institute show that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating is now down to its lowest point in over a year.  In May, his rating was at 61 percent, while in June it’s dropped 9-points to 52 percent.  It’s his lowest favorability rating since February 2016.  According to the poll, the reasoning is likely due to the ongoing issues surrounding mass transit in New York City and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  Also, many New Yorkers are opposed to naming the new Tappan Zee bridge for Cuomo’s father, the late Governor Mario Cuomo, and New Yorkers are split on legalizing recreational marijuana.



Two Runners to Reach Milestones at 2017 Wineglass Marathon:


Two runners coming to the Finger Lakes this October for the 2017 Wineglass Marathon weekend will be reaching pretty big milestones.  One runner from Florida, Melissa Fricke, will be coming to compete in the half-marathon in her 50th state, while for runner Karen Murray, the Wineglass will be her 100th marathon.  When asked why she chose the Wineglass, Fricke said that the half-marathon is “almost the perfect distance that you can go out there and get lost on the run.”  For Murray, who’s from New York, she said that the Wineglass was her first marathon back in 2012, so she’s coming back where it all began for her.   

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