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Today's Top Stories - Friday June 22, 2018

Bath Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter For Overdose Death
A Bath man faces sentencing for up to 15 years behind bars for his involvement in an overdose death that occured in his apartment last August. According to the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, Mathew Taft, Sr. pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges after a man he sold heroin to died from taking an overdose of the drug which was laced with fentanyl. The D.A. Office says Taft sold the man heroin and failed to take steps to keep him from dying of overdose. Taft will be sentenced in court next month.

Campbell Man Arrested for Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument
A Campbell man was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested Patrick M. Rafferty for possessing counterfeit twenty dollar bills and trying to pass them at a store in the Town of Erwin. After being charged with the Class C Felony, Rafferty was arraigned in Bath Town Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail. Rafferty awaits to reappear in Town of Bath Court at a later date while the investigation continues as similar incidents have been reported in the town of Campbell and City of Corning.

State Senate Approves “Postconsumer Paint Collection Program”
This week State Senate legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara was approved unanimously with a vote of 60 to 0 to establish an industry-sponsored “Postconsumer Paint Collection Program”.  The program intends to reduce a costly burden on local governments that are currently responsible for collecting and disposing of most postconsumer, unused paint. O’Mara said his legislation would create local jobs, provide relief to local property taxpayers, and encourage environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unused paint in New York State.


NYS Senate Passes “Drug Take Back Act”
Legislation has been approved by the New York State Senate to discourage abuse of prescription drugs and prevent unused drugs from contaminating local water supplies. The “Drug Take Back Act” calls to establish an industry-funded, statewide pharmaceutical drug take-back program.  Drug manufacturers would be responsible for all of the costs of the initiative which includes collection, transport and proper disposal of unwanted drugs as well as informing citizens through public education and awareness.


NYS Bill Protecting Anonymity of Lotto Winners Passes
The State Legislature has sent a bill to Governor Cuomo that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. The bill passed the Senate this week by a vote of 61-1 and last week the State Assembly approved it by a vote of 140-3. Currently the law gives the state gaming commission the right to a winner’s name, hometown and photo for publicity, mainly online for the New York State Lottery website. The legislation prohibits the state lottery from identifying a winning ticket holder if the winner requests to be anonymous in writing.

Law Issuing ID Cards for the Disabled Passes NYS Senate
The New York State Senate this week has passed a bill to strengthen communication with those who have developmental disabilities. The bill creates a new optional identification card to be given to first responders and law enforcement in an emergency. The card would contain contact information as well as vital details about the individual’s developmental disabilities. The state assembly has passed the legislation which currently awaits the review and approval of the governor.

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