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Bath P.D. Investigating Car Break-Ins:


The Bath Village Police Department is investigating a string of car break-ins that occurred Tuesday night, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department at (607) 776-2175.  Officials also urge residents to remember to lock their vehicles and residences.



Former P-P Police Chief Files Against Village, Mayor, and Trustees:


The former Police Chief of Painted Post has filed a lawsuit against the village, the Mayor, and the village trustees.  Dennis Mullen alleges that he was illegally fired and that his civil rights were violated as he was terminated without charges or a hearing.  A date has not yet been set by the Federal District Court.



Former Steuben Co. Legislators to be Sworn in as Judges:


Steuben County history will be made when two former county legislators are sworn in at 11 a.m. tomorrow to places in the county Court system. Former county Chairman of the Legislature Philip J. Roche, R-Erwin, and current county Public Defender, will be sworn in as the new County and Family Court Judge. Former county Vice-chairman of the Legislature Patrick F. McAllister, R-Wayland, will be sworn in as county Surrogate Court Judge. The event will mark the first time in county history former members of the Steuben Legislature have made a successful transition to the county's judicial branch. The ceremony is expected to take 30 minutes.



Steuben Real Property Tax Service Releases Tax Rate Schedule:


Steuben County Real Property Services Director Wendy Jordan has released the Town and County 2018 Tax Rate Levy, which includes upcoming taxes for the county, towns (TOV) and villages.  Property owners also may be subject to special district taxes to pay for services such as lighting and fire services.  The full chart can be viewed at https://steubencony.org/Files/Documents/rpt/2018_tax_rate_levy_percent_change.pdf



Steuben Notes Top 5 Achievements of 2017:


As 2017 comes to a close, Steuben County is taking note of its top achievements, including a united, inter-agency effort to combat the mounting local opioid epidemic.  The county hosted three forums throughout the year in Bath, Hornell, and Corning with active participation from representatives of county departments and related agencies.  Additionally, the county recently joined a lawsuit filed by counties and the state Attorney General against any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic.  The county also notes united efforts by the Industrial Development Agency, and federal and state leaders in the sale of the Kraft Heinz cheese factory in Campbell to the dairy farmer cooperative, Niagara Upstate in June; joining with Schuyler and Chemung counties in developing a central focus using current employment data to form a cohesive strategy for workforce development; the launch of two construction projects expected to solve the chronic problems at the county Office Building of space and inconvenience of residents; and the moving of the Hornell Department of Motor Vehicles to its new location on Seneca Street North in Hornellsville.



New State Law Changes Requirements for Nurses:


A new state law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this week makes some changes to the requirements for anyone looking to become a registered nurse.  Nurses-to-be now need to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing within 10 years.  Those who are already a R.N. or already in nursing school are exempt and will not need to abide by the new law.  Some hospitals are offering tuition reimbursement and pay incentives to nurses who would like to get their degree.



Bill Pullman to Premiere Movie in Hornell:


There will be a very special event in Hornell on January 5th to benefit the Shawn Hogan YMCA Scholarship Fund.  Movie-star, Bill Pullman, a native of Hornell, will be premiering his new movie, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, at the Hornell Spotlight Theater.  The evening begins with a Meet & Greet with Bill at the Hornell Area Family YMCA at 5:30 p.m., then the movie will be shown 7 p.m. at the Spotlight Theater.  Afterwards there will be a reception at the Main Place.  Tickets are $50 and include all three events.  Tickets are exclusively available at the Hornell Area Family YMCA.

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