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Today's Top Stories - Friday February 10, 2018

O'Mara Asks for Veteran Hall of Fame Nominations
New York State Senator Tom O'Mara is seeking nominations for the Veteran’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame began as an online tribute in 2005 and continues to honor the men and women who have dedicated themselves to service for our country here at home and in combat. Citizens of our district are encouraged to submit nominees to the Veterans Hall of Fame online at:

Easy Rider Transportation Program Smart Option for Seniors
For seniors with transportation needs and limited options, the Easy Rider program is a resource that many take advantage of, especially in the colder months where commuting can be hazardous. A program made possible through the Project Care programs working in conjunction with Faith in Action, Steuben RSVP, and Steuben Coordinated Transportation provides transportation services to seniors.  The free service offers seven different routes throughout Steuben County to any senior citizen who needs transportation. Drivers also help bring in groceries and make sure the senior gets into their home safely. Those eligible and interested in using the service for rides or finding out more information about the program can talk to officials at: (607) 664-2298.

Reed Criticizes New Budget Deal
Tom Reed took time at his weekly press conference call to address his concerns on the recent budget deal the president signed. “Going down the path of uncontrolled spending that continues to add to our national debt. This debt crisis is real…” Reed has been a supporter of Trump on most fiscal issues, but feels this deal will be on the dime of taxpayers. The congressman added: “Because at $21 trillion worth of national debt if we just maintain the status quo, if we do what so many elected officials like to do and what you see in this budget agreement is it’s easy to come to a bipartisan agreement when you spend taxpayer dollars.”

Steuben County Flu Cases Rise
A record number of influenza cases have been reported this year everywhere in New York State, hitting the Southern Tier especially hard and the flu Season is not over yet. According to the most recent report by the State Department of Health, Steuben County reported 60 cases of the flu, a significant increase from the 37 cases reported the previous week. The number of reported cases in the county for the season to date totals 185.

Sheriff's Office Plans CRASE Emergency Crisis Trainings for March
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports they will be conducting three CRASE trainings during the month of March in the Bath, Corning and Hornell areas to meet the emergency management needs of local clergy and lay-leaders in assisting security concerns in houses of worship. CRASE trainings were planned and organized by the Sheriff’s Office as a response to concerns expressed in the local community about nationwide events of catastrophic violence. Those interested in attending these classes or wishing to assist by hosting a training in their area can contact Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Terri Moir at (607) 622-3930 or

Bath Village Board to Hold Hearing on Property Tax Cap
The village board in Bath will hold a public hearing later this month on a proposed local law. The legislation would allow the village to override the state required property tax cap. The law doesn’t mandate an override, but it does give Trustees the authority to do so. The hearing has been scheduled for February 20
th at 5:30 at the Municipal Building.

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