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Canandaigua Republican Looks to Challenge Cuomo:


Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb announced Tuesday his bid for New York State Governor.  The 65-year-old Canandaigua Republican said he will seek the GOP nomination.  Kolb won a special election in 2000 to fill a vacant assembly seat and he was elected minority leader in 2009.  Kolb said if he secures the nomination, he will step down as minority leader.



Corning Inc. Buying 3M’s Communications Markets Unit:


Corning Incorporated announced Monday a $900 million deal to buy 3M’s Communications Markets unit.  The unit produces connectors, mounting panels, and other items used in fiber optic infrastructure installation.  The move is expected to add approximately $400 million in sales to Corning’s revenues by 2019.



Avoca to Vote on Property Tax Exemption for Vets:


The Avoca town board will hold a public hearing next week to discuss a proposed local law. That law would provide cold war veterans with a real property tax exemption. The hearing will be held in the village & town conference room on Chase Street on Wednesday December 20th at 7:30 p.m.



New Report Says Homelessness Down in Southern Tier:


A new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Housing says that homelessness is on the decline in the Southern Tier.  Counties including Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler have seen an overall drop of almost 12 percent over the past decade, according to the report.  The largest decline in the state has been in Elmira, where homelessness is down 55 percent.



Funding for Local Projects to be Decided Today:


At 11 a.m. today, Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce the awarding of state funding through the regional economic development initiative.  Locally, eight priority projects have already received favorable scores as part of the application process, and Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler said he’s hopeful the projects will be reviewed favorably.  Cochair of the Southern Tier Regional Council, Thomas Tranter Jr. said he is also “cautiously optimistic.”  The projects include: an expansion of Golden Age Cheese, the relocation of the Family Life Network offices and studios, funding for the second phase of improvements at the Nasser Civic Center ice rink, a large mixed-use development project in a historic area of Elmira, Beecher Emission Solution Technologies consolidation and growth, Clemens Center Commercial Development Project, Salient Management Company Expansion Project and SEPCA expansion. 



Gillibrand Calls on Trump to Resign; Trump Fires Back on Twitter:


There was more contention Tuesday between President Donald Trump and a New York Senator.  This time it was Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who on Monday called on the President to resign following renewed allegations of sexual assault and harassment have been levelled against Trump.  Gillibrand told CNN that the allegations are “very credible” and that Trump should “be fully investigated and he should resign.”  Tuesday, Trump fired back via his favorite media, Twitter, calling Gillibrand a “lightweight” that would “do anything” for campaign contributions.  Trump didn’t further explain what he meant by that.  Many, including Gillibrand, saw it as a sexist remark.  Gillibrand called the insult derogatory and said that “it’s not going to silence” her or “the women who have stood up against him directly.”  The White House has denied the allegations with Trump tweeting that they are “…false accusations and fabricated stories of women who [he] doesn’t know/or have never met…”  That is not entirely accurate, as one of the women interviewed him for a magazine article, and another was a contestant on the television show he hosted.



Donate to Bath V.A. at Walmart:


Several Walmart stores throughout the region, including the one in Painted-Post have teamed up with the Bath V.A. in creating a gift drive.  Bins are set up through the stores listing items that customers can purchase and later drop in the bin.  The items will be taken to the V.A. on Monday.  You can donate through Sunday.



AAUW Donates During Baby Café Holiday Party:


Dozens of little ones and their parents attended the third annual Baby Café Holiday Party Friday at the Dormann Library in Bath.  The event included a chat and a free 4x6-inch holiday photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a chance to decorate Christmas cookies.  Members of the Bath chapter of American Association of University Women also donated hygiene products, ranging from baby wipes and oils to disposable diapers, at a total value of $500. 



“We’ve Got You Covered” Drive Collects Over 500 Items:


In its first annual “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive, and together with the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems donated over 520 hats, mittens, gloves, socks and winter coats to a local charity that will benefit our neighbors in need.  Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems thanks its extremely generous employees and customers who donated and made this drive a success!

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