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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, November 16th

Bath Man Charged in Hit-and-Run:


A Bath man has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a hit and run accident on November 7th.  Police say 23-year-old Brian Patterson fled the scene of a property accident on Bates Road in the Town of Wheeler.  He allegedly did not have permission to use the vehicle and he’s alleged to have intentionally rammed another vehicle off the road.  Patterson was charged with reckless endangerment and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.



Proposed 2018 Steuben Tax Rate, Levy to Drop:


Steuben County taxpayers can expect to pay slightly less in 2018.  In his presentation of the draft 2018 county budget Wednesday, county Manager Jack Wheeler said the projected average tax rate of $8.44 per $1,000 full value will be the lowest in over fifteen years.  The current tax rate is $8.46.  Important elements of the proposed 2018 budget include: employee insurance expenses up 6.5 percent, Sheriff’s Department personnel costs up 5 percent, Medicaid increases of 4.3 percent, landfill cell 4 construction at a cost of $5 million, an allocation of $1 million in PAVE NY funds, and a decrease of 5 percent in mental health programs.  The final decision on the budget is set to follow a public hearing 6 p.m. November 27th in the Legislature’s chambers.



Painted Post Police Officer Fired:


There are more changes at the Painted Post Police Department as Officer Brennan Hardy has been fired due to “personnel issues,” according to the village.  Officer Hardy was let go on Friday.  Trustee Brian Francis said they received “too many verbal and written complaints.”  Hardy had a reputation as an extensive ticket writer.  The move follows the firing of Chief Dennis Mullen, who was let go several weeks ago.



Public Presentations for C-G Capital Work:


Before voters in the Canisteo-Greenwood school district head to the polls to decide whether or not to approve a $14.5 million capital project, they’ll get a chance to learn more about it.  There will be public presentations at 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 27th and Monday, December 4th in the high school conference room.  Voting will be noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 12th at Somers Hall, Canisteo, and the Greenwood Fire Station.   



Massive AT&T Outage:


If you’re an AT&T customer and you were having trouble with your device Wednesday, you weren’t alone.  There was a massive service outage, leaving thousands of users unable to make any calls.  The company responded on Twitter, telling customers to restart their devices.  They said it could take several tries.  What caused out the outage is unknown; AT&T hasn’t offered any further details.



Win Big by Shopping Small:


As the holiday shopping season gets underway, one local community is looking to give back to those who remember to “shop small” and support local businesses.  On Saturday, November 25th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Village of Hammondsport, you can Shop Small, Win Big.  Shoppers who participate will have a chance to win 1 of 3 gift baskets full of merchandise and gift cards donated by the small businesses participating in the event.  To take part, all you have to do is pick up your game card at the Hammondsport Visitor Center and fill in the destination check marks as you go, then at the end of the day, turn your game card in to the office.  For more details, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1384940444951168/.  

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