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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, April 24th

Brush Fire in Rathbone Damages Building:


Numerous fire departments were called to Merring Road in Rathbone Monday for a brush fire that engulfed a nearby building.  It took over an hour for the blaze to be brought under control.  The cause is under investigation.



Offering False Instrument Arrests:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of three people in two separate cases of alleged false instrument reports to the county Department of Social Services.  25-year-old Ashley Jordan of Hornell allegedly offered a written instrument to Social

Services knowing it contained false information.  She was charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a class E felony, and was issued an appearance ticket.  21-year-old Robert Freeman of Atlanta and 22-year-old Chelsea Damboise of Avoca both allegedly filed Job Search forms with Social Services knowing they contained false information.  Both were charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a class E felony, and were issued appearance tickets.



Steuben Deputies to Provide Mutual Aid for WGI Events:


Steuben County deputies will provide mutual aid services for Schuyler County during the Watkins Glen racing season, under a contract approved Monday by the Steuben Legislature.  The agreement allows Steuben deputies to respond to regularly recurring emergency situations throughout the auto racing season due to the crowds, traffic volume, and other incidents at race events at Watkins Glen International.  Special detail deputies from Steuben will volunteer for mutual aid police under the command of the Schuyler County Sheriff.  Schuyler will pay for all costs connected to the mutual aid, provide insurance, and pay $30 a day for the Steuben vehicles.  The one-year agreement can be renewed annually for five years by the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee.



Tops Looking to Close Some Stores:


Tops Markets is looking to close some of its stores.  The grocery chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, and in a document filed this week, its asking a bankruptcy court for permission to close an unspecified number of stores.  In a motion, Tops officials wrote, “A few stores have consistently underperformed.  Historically, these underperforming stores, among other things, are subject to above-market rent, are in regions oversaturated with supermarkets, or are too large.”  Tops has stores in three states and employs roughly 14,000 people.  It is unknown which stores could be closed.



Gov. Cuomo Proposes Plastic Bag Ban Bill:


Single-use plastic bags could soon be a thing of the past in New York State.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a bill that would ban them beginning January 1st, 2019.  Trash bags, garment bags, and bags used to wrap certain foods – like meat and fruit – would be exempt.  Several places in New York already have similar legislation, or are considering it.  The state says New York residents use 23 billion plastic bags a year, and the Governor said, “The blight of plastic bags takes a devastating toll on our streets, our water, and our natural resources, and we need to take action to protect our environment.”  A study last month found that a mass of plastic in the Pacific Ocean known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” filled with bottles, bags, and other trash, is three times the size of France.



Democratic Challenger to Tom Reed Receives National Endorsement:


One of the Democratic challengers looking to unseat Tom Reed in the race for the 23rd congressional seat has received an endorsement from a national organization.  Ian Golden of Ithaca has been endorsed by the Justice Democrats, a federal political action committee with the goal to get everyday, working people in Congress.  In a statement, Director Alexandra Rojas said that they believe Democrats with a real message have the best shot of winning, and that Golden’s “…message of addressing income inequality, providing healthcare for all, and a strong public education system are clearly resonating across this upstate district.”  In response, Golden said that he’s honored to earn the endorsement, and that it underscores his promise to prioritize people over profit and influence. 



Campbell-Savona Announces Give-Back Snow Day:


The Campbell-Savona school district has announced a Snow Day Give-Back for Friday, May 25th.  School will not be in session as originally scheduled that day as the district has not used all their emergency closing days for this year. 

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