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Deputy Senate Majority Leader Considering Gubernatorial Run:


Senate deputy majority leader Senator John DeFrancisco may challenge Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 Governor’s race.  The New York Republican from Syracuse says he is touring the state to explore the possibility of running.  DeFrancisco has been a vocal critic of the Governor.  He has been a state Senator since 1992 and became deputy majority leader two years ago in summer 2015.



Bath Man Arrested for Trying Pass Fake $100 Bill:


A Bath man was arrested after he allegedly tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at a Town of Horseheads business.  33-year-old Matthew Squires has been charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and was sent to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.



Bath Man Charged with Fraud:


A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly failing to report income while applying for SNAP benefits.  35-year-old Thomas Weinman was charged with one count offering a false instrument for filing and one count of welfare fraud.  He was issued an appearance ticket.



NYS to Comply with Revised Election Commission Info Request:


After first denying President Trump’s Election Commission’s requests for voter information including Social Security numbers and criminal history, New York State will now comply with a revised request for information.  The revised letter to the state Board of Elections is for information already publically available under the state’s Freedom of Information Law – including names, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, and voting history.  This general request will be granted by the Board, but nothing further.  In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo assured that they “will continue to deny requests for sensitive personal data about New York residents, which is protected under the law.  [They] will never provide private voter information to anyone….”



Portraits Honor Judges from Steuben County:


Three judges with strong ties to Steuben County were honored in a special ceremony Wednesday.  Justice Henry Scudder, Judge Joseph Latham, and Judge Philip Patti were presented with portraits that will hang in the main courtroom at the county Office Building.  Scudder served 17 years as a judge in the county before being appointed to the state Appellate division for the Fourth Department.  Latham, a native of Canisteo, has spent 20 years as a county and family court judge in Steuben.   Patti is a former assistant county Attorney, who was named to the Rochester-based Court of Claims in 1996, where he served 16 years.



Car Seat Check Aug. 16th:


Take some time out from the rides and fun of the Steuben County Fair later this month to make sure your children are safe in your vehicle with a Car Seat Check Event.  It will be the Wednesday of the Fair, August 16th, at the Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Pavilion at the Main Gate. 



Cut-A-Thon to Benefit Animal Rescue:


Fringe Hairdressers on East Market Street in Corning will be hosting their first annual Cut-A-Thon to benefit Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue on August 19th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  No appointment necessary.  All proceeds to benefit the rescue and assist with the veterinary care of their animals.  Pawz and Purrz is a nonprofit animal rescue based in Steuben County. 

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