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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday March 21, 2018

Results of Local Village Elections
Local Village elections happened yesterday and Bath Mayor Von Hagn will serve another 2 year term. Von Hagn won in a landslide 31 votes over 13 votes going to the Democratic contender. A re-election also happened in Arkport for Mayor Charlie Flanders and Village Trustee Jon Hedges while Ryan Beers won over Patty Amidon for a Village Trustee position. North Hornell saw another term for Republican Mayor John Falci as well as Village Trustees Frank Libordi and Joe Ingalls. In Canisteo elected Michael Delaney and Grant Seaman as Village Trustees.


Reed Supports Death Penalty for Opiate Dealers in HELP Act
Congressman Tom Reed said he supports the death penalty for opioid and fentanyl dealers yesterday in his weekly media conference call. Reed supports the Help Ensure Lives are Protected Act (or HELP Act) which proposes the death penalty to dealers who are prosecuted for a connection to an overdose death. The bill is pending in congress and Reed says that he thinks the death penalty will “make headway against those major traffickers to send the message that their behavior and their actions and their criminal activity is just unacceptable…” He also noted that pharmaceutical companies manufacturing these opiates such as fentanyl “need to be held accountable also”.


Steuben Leaders Concerned About RTA Tax Cap
Yesterday, Steuben County leaders shared their concern that New York State will force its counties to be abide by the state tax cap formula to receive the “Raise the Age” reimbursement that has been proposed in the 2018 state budget. The budget provision, which would begin in the fall, would give $100 million back to law enforcement and raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years of age so long as counties comply with the proposed state tax cap. County Legislature Chairman Hauryski of Campbell says Steuben expects to comply with the tax cap to be reimbursed but has called on state lawmakers to remove the RTA tax cap stipulation for counties to receive reimbursement due to the possibility of local economic deficit. The proposal to remove the RTA tax cap has also been given support in State Assembly and Senate.


Hammondsport Central School Board Holding Meeting Tonight
Hammondsport Central School will hold its Regular Board of Education Meeting tonight. It will be held at 6pm in the Hammondsport High School Library. It is open to the public and anyone who is a part of the school district is welcome to attend.


Johnson Arrested for February Assault and Robbery
Bath Village Police announced the arrest of an Ithaca man connected to a robbery in Bath that occured last month. Devante A. Johnson, age 25, was arrested for Robbery in the 2nd degree, Burglary in the 1st degree, and Gang Assault in the 3rd degree. Johnson was arraigned in Bath Village Court by Judge Watches and remanded to Steuben County Jail with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond and will reappear in Bath Village Court this afternoon at 3:15pm. The arrest was accomplished by a warrant that occured in Ithaca and in coordination with the New York State Police Violent Felony Warrant Squad, US Marshall’s Office, and Ithaca Police Department.  


NYS Senate Passes Revenge Porn Legislation
The New York State Senate has passed legislation that protects individuals from the unauthorized sharing of intimate images, also known as revenge porn. The bill increases criminal penalties for this new form of cyberbullying to prevent potential victims from professional, emotional, or personal damage from the dissemination of explicit photos or other images. The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

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