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Driver that Fled Elmira Crash Turns Himself In:


The driver that fled the scene of a two-car rollover crash in Elmira Monday has turned himself into authorities.  22-year-old Dakota Baldwin of Elmira is charged with failure to keep right, unlicensed operation, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.  Police were called to the intersection of Walnut Street and West Second just before 7 p.m. and found a Jeep turned onto its roof and another vehicle against a utility pole.  The driver and passenger of the other car were transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  The investigation is ongoing.



More Support for McAllister:


Citing his long experience as an attorney and leadership in the Republican Party, Town of Bath Republican Party Committee members announced their support this week for Patrick McAllister’s bid for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge.  Currently a county Assistant District Attorney, McAllister won the September 12th Republican primary 2,988 to 2,665.



Hornell Water Pollution Control Plant to Enhance Disinfection:


The water pollution control plant in Hornell will be enhancing its disinfection measures following a notice from the DEC.  Mayor Shawn Hogan said that some communities still rely on drinking water from a tributary down the line from where the water is discharged so they will meet new standards to ensure the water is clean.  The city previously received a grant of $25,000 to determine the best way of achieving the disinfection, and decided on using ultraviolet light.  The city will now be looking at another major capital upgrade to the plant.



Village of Bath Leaf Collection Begins Monday:


The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin on Monday.  All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection.  Village crews will begin collecting leaves on the East Side of the village, and then move to the West Side.  Absolutely no brush or trash will be accepted.



Hydrant Flushing Schedules for Hornell, Savona:


The City of Hornell Water Department and the Hornell Firefighters will be flushing hydrants in the Town of Hornellsville/Village of North Hornell and the City of Hornell between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week of October 23rd through the 28th.  Residents are encouraged to refrain from washing clothes during these hours, and to check their water for discoloration before use.    In Savona, the semiannual flushing of hydrants is set for October 30th, 31st, and November 1st, weather permitting.  If you experience discolored water, let the cold water run until it clears.



Governor Announces Fund for Improvements to Animal Shelters:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a first-in-the-nation state capital fund to support critical improvement projects at non-profit and community animal shelters, humane societies, and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout New York.  Funded in the 2018 budget, the $5 million New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund will allow eligible organizations to make significant updates to their facilities to enhance animal care and health, as well as support companion animal adoptions.  All applicants must apply through Grants Gateway at https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/IntelliGrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=3#_blank by 4 p.m. January 10th.  More details on eligibility and the application process are available on the Division of Animal Industry webpage at https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AI/small_animals.html#_blank.  

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