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Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 16, 2017

Massive State Budget Questions Remain for 2018
New York's state-funded debt is projected to reach $63.7 billion at the end of the current fiscal year and to increase over the following four years to $71.8 billion…that’s according to a report just released by State Comptroller Thomas  DiNapoli. The comptroller once again called for reforms to New York's use of debt, including voter approval of borrowing and better capital planning for infrastructure projects. New York ranks second in the nation in total state debt. New York debt is $3,100 per person or three times the median for all states.

Bath Woman Arrested for Scheme to Defraud; Making False Statement
A Bath woman has been arrested and is facing multiple felony counts stemming from a crime last month in the town.State Police said 26-year-old Erica Bacon was charged with felony counts of grand larceny and 1st degree scheme to defraud. She was also charged with making a false statement and six counts of offering a false instrument for filing. She was initially detained on bail.

Two NYC Men Arrested for Counterfeiting
Two New York City men were arrested following a traffic stop on Interstate 86 in the town of Bath. State Troopers from the Bath barracks say they conducted a traffic stop for a traffic law violation on a vehicle owned by  33 year old Manuel Williams, who gave them a false name when he was questioned. Williams and his passenger, 24-year old Joshua Marshall were found to possess a quantity of counterfeit NFL team tee shirts that they were alleged to be selling at area sporting events without proper authorization. Troopers charged Marshall and Williams both with a count of Trademark Counterfeiting in the 3rd Degree while Williams was charged additionally with one count of False Impersonation. The two were arraigned the two in the Town of Bath Court before being released on their own recognizance and scheduled to reappear in town court on January 3rd.

Hammondsport Approves School District Rennovations
Hammondsport voters approved a capital project worth over $8 million for improving existing school buildings and facilities within the school district. Out of 171 voters, 138 voted “yes” on the proposal. The plan will be funded partially by $2.1 million coming from an existing capital reserve fund while an energy performance contract will fund $1.3 million of the project. The remaining $4.6 million of the project will be funded by State Aid and school taxes.

Emergency Services Director Urges Citizens to Install App
Steuben County Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall says the best way to stay on top of public safety alerts is to download the county’s new Ready Steuben App. It’s free and is available for Iphone and Android users. It also works on tablets. Marshall says you’ll receive more than just Steuben County weather alerts Marshall made the comments on WVIN’s Community Focus program.

Operation Safe Sales Results in Violations for Three Businesses
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reported that the county’s “Operation Safe Sales” resulted in write ups for three Steuben county businesses selling alcohol to the underaged. The operation made a total of 34 checks of retail establishments throughout the county, and alcohol was allegedly sold to underage operatives by representatives from the three following establishments: Canisteo Acorn Mart, 7-Eleven at 40 Denison Parkway in Corning and Arkport’s 7-Eleven located at 26 Main Street. Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Jim Bassage is part of the organization’s Underage Drinking Task Force and says this Alcoholic Beverage Sales Compliance Check resulted in a 90 percent compliance rate by retail establishments in Steuben county.  

State DWI Crackdown Continues Throughout Holidays
Beginning yesterday and continuing through New Year’s Day, police agencies in Steuben County will participate in an impaired driving enforcement campaign. In December 2016, impaired driving resulted in 781 deaths nationwide.

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