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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, October 5th

Watches Suspends Campaign for Surrogate Court Judge:


Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge candidate Chauncey Watches released a statement Wednesday announcing that he is suspending his campaign.  In the primary election, Watches won on the Conservative and Independence tickets, but lost the Republican ballot to Patrick McAllister.  In his statement, Watches said he “reviewed the numbers in detail,… and given the history of elections in Steuben County” could not see a path to victory without appearing on the Republican line.  He will still appear on the November ballot, but he will no longer be actively campaigning.  As a sitting judge, Watches said he’s not allowed to endorse any other candidates, but he did say he’s known McAllister as a friend for a long time, and he wishes him well.



Corning Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend:


The quarterly dividend on Corning Inc.’s common stock was announced Wednesday by the company’s Board of Directors.  Shareholders of record as of November 16th will be eligible for dividend of 15 and a half cents ($0.155) per share.  It will be payable on December 15th



High Bids for E-C Airport Glass Project Put Hitch in Revamp:


There’s been a small hitch in the ongoing renovation project at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.  Bids for the airport’s signature glass wall project, which will be the front of the new building, have come back higher than expected.  Airport Manager Bill Hopper said they’ve had two bids for $6.9 million and $9.7 million, and that’s roughly two to three times more than their budget projected.  Despite this, he said they want to keep the design as its symbolic to our area.  He said they’re hoping to get local contractors to bid on the project.  Bids are open until the 20th.  The glass wall project accounts for about 12 percent of the overall $58 million project.



DEC to Hold Meetings Regarding Trout Stream Management:


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that two public meetings will be held this fall as part of a series of statewide meetings on trout stream management. The meetings will provide an overview of the state's approach to trout stream management and elicit feedback from anglers regarding their preferences and expectations for the management of trout stream waters. One of those sessions will be held at the Hammondsport High School October 19th at 7 p.m.



Cuomo Hoping to Give In-State Tuition to Students Displaced by Hurricanes:


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging the state’s higher education officials to approve in-state tuition rates for students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have been displaced by recent hurricanes.  Cuomo says assisting these students will remove a “huge burden” as their families work to recover.  Rates vary, but typically, an in-state student can save roughly $10,000 a year.  New York previously authorized such tuition changes for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.



First Responders to be Honored at Bath Football Game:


During Bath-Haverling’s next home football game, Saturday, October 7th, the district will be honoring our first responders.  Coach Wayne Carroll said that they are hosting a first responders day, and any and all first responders are welcome to the game with free admission, and they’re invited on the sidelines before the game.  They encourage first responders to wear their uniforms and to come down to the sidelines to talk to the Coaches and players.

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