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Today's Top Stories - Saturday April 21, 2018

Bath Police Searching for Matthew Taft of Gang Mills
Bath police need help in locating local wanted man Matthew Taft of Gang Mills. Taft is 37 years old and wanted for charges of manslaughter, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance and falsifying business records. All charges stem from the August 2017 overdose death of a man in the Village of Bath on Buell Street. Anyone with information of Matthew Taft’s whereabouts is urged to contact 9-1-1.

Students Demonstrate at Reed's Office During Walkout
Demonstrating at the front of Congressman Tom Reed’s West Market Street office in Corning yesterday were two dozen students from both Alfred-Almond and Arkport Central Schools who participated in the Friday walkout protesting in favor of stricter gun control laws. The peaceful protest was registered with the National Walkout Association and the 24 students who participated disagree with Reed’s gun control stance of bargaining with the major Washington interest group the NRA, which lobbies on behalf of gun rights under the second amendment. In a press release, the students expressed their thoughts on the issue of gun control and violence: “We say enough is enough. It is time to reform the nation’s laws about gun control so that mass shootings stop happening. We are disappointed by our government’s inaction on this issue, and are calling for action. We need a future where schools and all of the nation feel safe in collection.” Congressman Reed said the following about the students that gathered:“It is a very important part of our democracy to have people engaged. It is only fair that everyone gets a voice in our government.”

Legislature Discussing Deputy Sheriff Salaries on Monday
The Steuben County Legislature meets Monday morning and one item lawmakers will address is wage options for deputies. Legislators are saying that it has become increasingly difficult to recruit and retain Deputy Sheriffs. One resolution to be voted on Monday is amending the Deputies Association Collective Bargaining agreement. One change would allow for higher starting salary for new deputies who are experienced law enforcement officers from outside agencies.  The Personnel Officer, County Manager, Sheriff and the Administration Committee of the Legislature have recommended the changes in the current contract.

Wegmans Allowing Refunds Following Traditional Medicinals Recall
Locals are warned about a product recall for two types of Traditional Medicinals teas due to possible salmonella contamination.  Customers that purchased EveryDay Detox Lemon Tea (lot number of 19461 and UPC code 03291700197) or Organic Throat Coat Lemon Echinacea Caffeine Free Tea (lot number 19482 and UPC code 03291700159) who bought the tea from Wegmans can return both brands to the store to be refunded. Customers with additional questions about the product or the retail can contact Traditional Medicinals directly by phone at (800) 543-4372.

Local Officials Encourage Organ Donation at DMV Press Conference
Leaders of Steuben met at the Corning DMV yesterday to encourage local residents to register to become organ and tissue donors. Chairman of the Steuben County Legislature Joseph Hauryski, County Clerk Judy Hunter, County Manager Jack Wheeler and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano organized and appeared at the press conference to promote and recognize April as National Donate Life Month. The local officials explained the enrollment process to become a donor has been recently incentivized by an initiative granting new donors “lifesaver” cards they can share by posting to encourage friends and families to sign up so they too can “donate life”. “While April is National Organ Donation month, people should consider registering as donors every month of the year,” said Hauryski, (R-Campbell). “The value of organ donors’ generosity is immeasurable.” Steuben County’s 43% donation rate leads over New York’s 30% rate of donation but is below the national average of 54% The County leaders also shared that the process to register has been updated to be easier and more accessible for citizens to donate through the online portal:

Reed Endorsed by New York State Conservatice Party
This week, Congressman Tom Reed was given the New York State Conservative endorsement for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. “Over the course of his career in Congress, Tom Reed has been an advocate for conservative principles,” Chairman of the New York State Conservative Party Michael Long says. “We supported Tom in his four previous races for Congress and are proud to endorse him again.” Reed has also won endorsements from New York State’s
Independence Party and from Republican Committee Chairmen for all 11 counties within the local 23rd Congressional District.


NY State Private Sector Job Rate Up from Last Month

New York State’s private sector job count rose to 8.1 million last month…that’s a new, all-time high, according to preliminary figures released by the State Department of Labor. The number of people holding jobs in Steuben County dropped .5% in March compared to a year ago. Job losses were also report in the Elmira metro area as well as Allegany County. Schuyler County remained steady.

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