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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday August 14, 2018

Flash Flood Watch Continues This Evening

A Flash Flood Watch continues in the Twin Tiers through tonight. Areas along streams and rivers are most at risk for flash flooding. Additional rainfall of 3 inches or more is expected throughout the day as widespread showers and thunderstorms are forecasted. Showers will continue this evening, tapering off until early tomorrow morning.


County Finance Committee Meets to Review Transferring Funds to DA

The Steuben County finance committee meets today and on the agenda is reviewing a request to transfer $88,000 from a contingency fund to the District Attorney. Approval would spread the money out across seven different accounts. The lion’s share, some $75,000, would fund investigations, professional witnesses and transcripts. According to the resolution, there isn’t enough money in this year’s budget to continue normal prosecutor’s operations.


Assemblyman Errigo Files Complaint Against Byrnes Campaign
The campaign of local Assemblyman Joe Errigo has filed a complaint seeking investigation into a payment made by his opponent’s campaign to Livingston County Conservative Party’s Chairman. Errigo, who represents the 133rd Assembly District that includes the town of Prattsburgh and the Northwest corner of Steuben County, has consulted both criminal counsel and election attorneys to look into Marjorie Byrnes’ campaign. The Byrnes campaign paid $20,000 to Conservative Chairman of Livingston County Jason McGuire, listing him as a “Consultant” to the campaign for the month of July in the Byrnes’ periodic campaign financial report. Chairman McGuire then lobbied for the New York State Conservative Party Endorsement of Byrnes in July without disclosing to his party peers that her campaign paid him. Errigo’s complaint was forwarded to the Office of Public Integrity of the State Attorney General.

Red Knights Holding Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser Ride
The Red Knights NY 42 announced a ride to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project later this month on Saturday August 25th. Beginning at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department at 10am, the motorcycle ride continues up Morris Street, then circling the Bath VA Medical Center to specially honor our local veterans. The ride continues down West Washington Street to Route 54, hitting Hammondsport, Pulteney, Branchport, Gorham, then to Route 14 South, passing the Dundee Legion, Tyrone and finishing at the Hammondsport Fire Department. People on the route are encouraged to show their support and salute the cause by waving American Flags. Sign-ups for the ride are the morning of the event from 8:30-9:30.

State Department of Health Finds Drastic Spike in Lyme Disease
The New York State Health Department reports a sharp increase in Lyme Disease cases last year in the Finger Lakes region. The data reports an increase of nearly 600 percent in cases from 2012 with 62 cases to 365 cases in 2017. State Health Department Deputy Director of Communicable Disease Control Bryon Backenson says ticks have been given a longer active season to survive due to “This combination of slightly warmer temperatures, plus slightly more humid conditions, almost on a year-round basis now…” Backenson reminds New Yorkers that tick season continues well after the end of summer and through Thanksgiving. For the entire season, please wear long pants tucked into socks while outdoors to prevent Lyme Disease, which carries symptoms of fever, headache and bullseye-shaped skin rash which can later develop into arthritis, heart problems and neurological damage.


First Day of the Fair Begins Today
The 199th annual Steuben County Fair officially begins today. Crews in downtown Bath have continued working in the rain to accomplish setting up for the local yearly event. The carnival opens today at 4pm and will continue until this weekend on Sunday. Opening the week up today is Senior Citizen Day where Senior Citizens age 62 and over pay only $3 in admission until 5pm. Highlights for today include Harness Racing and 4-H Open Meat Goat Show at noon, Music at the Pavilion noon to 4pm by Craig Wilkins and tonight at 7pm is the Demolition Derby Sponsored by Pinnacle Rental Centers.

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