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Bath Man Arrested in Geneva Traffic Stop:


A Bath man is facing multiple charges following a traffic stop in the Town of Geneva on Friday.  33-year-old Steven Farrell was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlicensed operation, aggravated unlicensed operation, and unsafe tires.  He was sent to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.



Steuben Leg. Approves Coalition Contract; Abuse Prevention Award Recipient:


During its regular session Monday, the Steuben County Legislature presented the 2018 Child Abuse (Prevention) Steuben Award to a Family Development Home Visitor for ProAction of Steuben and Yates.  Tawnya Hughes had dedicated her 18 years of experience with ProAction working with “at-risk” families to prevent child abuse, according to county Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller.  Active in all county child abuse prevention and awareness programs, and instrumental in launching the annual Color Walk (set this year for June 16th), Hughes has also taken the lead in the recent “Enough Abuse Steuben” initiative, applying for and receiving state funding for a community-wide campaign to identify and prevent the sexual abuse of children, said Muller.  In other action before the legislature Monday, lawmakers agreed to a contract with Treahy Consultation Services LLC, (TCS) as part of the local “Raise the Age Compliance Coalition.”  The state law raises the age of “criminal responsibility” from 16 to 18, but also requires the creation of regional detention facilities for youths aged 16 and 17 that a court determines are a danger to others or themselves.  TCS will look for a regional site, or sites, and will prepare proposals for the future use of the sites for the counties to consider.



Violation of Probation Arrest:


Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Corning man for allegedly violating a term or condition of his probation.  28-year-old Lee Cornell had been previously convicted of burglary.  He was arrested on a felony violation of probation warrant and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Gov. Cuomo Agrees to Debate with Nixon:


Ever since announcing her campaign for governor Democratic, challenger Cynthia Nixon has been calling for a televised debate against incumbent Andrew Cuomo.  Now, she’ll get it.  Cuomo’s campaign office has agreed.  The details, such as when and where, are still being determined. 



State to Use “Eco-Friendly” Tick Control Measures in Southern Tier:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced “eco-friendly” tick control treatments on public lands as part of a new plan to control tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease.  These treatments will be used in the Southern Tier, the capital region, and the Hudson Valley.  The state also plans to expand the use of deer feeding stations where deer automatically receive a tick treatment as they eat.  The stations are already in use on Long Island and in other areas.



RSVP Banquet Honors Volunteers:


The invaluable work of Steuben County’s senior volunteers was recently recognized with more than 150 people turning out for the county Office for the Aging’s annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Banquet at the Watson Homestead in East Corning.  Honorees at the event included: Richard (Rick) Packer of Hornell, who served 1,048 hours with the Residents’ Activities at Hornell Gardens in 2017.  Packer has accumulated a total of 4,717 lifetime RSVP service hours.  He was honored with the Louise Argentieri Service Award.  Mary “Betty” Langendorfer of Bath was posthumously awarded with the Spirit of Volunteerism Award.  She was a RSVP volunteer for more than 15 years, and accumulated 2,960 lifetime RSVP service house.

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