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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, September 12th

Primary Election Day:


It’s Primary Election Day, and voters will be headed to the polls to decide a number of contested races.  On the Republican side, here in Steuben County, Chauncey Watches and Patrick McAllister are both vying for Surrogate Court Judge, and there’s a county legislator race for the 10th district, which includes Greenwood, Jasper, Rathbone, Troupsburg, West Union, and Woodhull between George Farrand and Frederick Potter.  For local town and village races, visit the Steuben County Board of Elections website at http://steubencony.org/pages.asp?PGID=19.  An Election Day Hotline has been established by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to help troubleshoot and resolve any issues voters may encounter at the polls.  Call 800-771-7755 any time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. today.  Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m.   



Real Estate Scam Hits Bath Area:


Bath police are warning of another scam impacting local residents. Police say they have received several complaints regarding fraudulent civil court claims against real estate in the Bath area. The documents appear to be issued by Civil Court in NYC. Police said while the documents do have signatures of actual attorneys and court officials they do not have proper court seals or are missing specific information which would be required by the courts. Bath police say call law enforcement if you encounter this apparent scam.



Equifax Breach Security Tips:


In the wake of the Equifax data breach, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is offering tips to help keep New Yorkers safe.  Consumers are advised to be on the lookout for phishing emails claiming to be from Equifax where you can check if your data was comprised and phishing emails claiming a problem with a credit card, your credit record, or other personal information; calls from scammers claiming to be from your bank or credit union; and fraudulent charges on credit cards.  According to Equifax, hackers accessed names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers.  Over 200,000 people had their credit card number stolen.    



Hackers Hit Schuyler Co. Communications:


Schuyler County officials say that roughly two weeks ago, hackers were able to gain access to the entire county’s communications system, including the 911 center.  County Administrator Tim O’Hearn said that while the county had anti-virus and anti-malware protection, the attack was very sophisticated.  It’s currently being investigated on state and federal levels.  Despite being hit, the 911 center was still able to receive and dispatch calls.  O’Hearn says he’s been told no personal information was stolen.



Changes Approved for Common Core Learning Standards:


On Monday, a Board of Regents committee approved a rework and renaming of the Common Core learning standards.  The Next Generation Learning Standards for English and math are expected to be fully implemented in the start of the 2020-21 school year, which officials say will give teachers and students time to adjust to the new standards before they become the basis of statewide testing. 



NY Health Exchange Enrollment to be Open Through January:


The New York State Health Department has announced the enrollment on the state’s health exchange will be open from November 1st through January 31st.  That’s longer than the federal government, which is closing its enrollment on December 15th.  The state says it has the right to keep its enrollment open later, as it has since the exchange first opened in 2014.  Roughly 18 percent of New Yorkers get their health insurance through the state exchange, and consumers need to re-apply yearly.  Individuals will receive notices in October about how to renew their coverage for the coming year.      

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