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Today's Top Stories - Thursday August 16, 2018

NYSP Seeking Information About Savona Break-In
State Troopers need the public’s assistance with an active investigation of a forced entry of a Village of Savona residence. In the early morning hours yesterday, a group of suspects broke into a home, assaulting the homeowner and fled by foot after a female occupant of the home confronted them. The home invasion and botched burglary is believed to have been committed to specifically target the residence. No threats or danger to the general public have been indicated and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Bath State Police barracks.


CCC Announces Energy-Efficiency Partnership with Siemens
Corning Community College has announced an agreement with Siemens Industry Inc. to make their campus more energy efficient. Costs of inspections and upgrades to the over 50-year old buildings in the college will be assisted by the major company. This partnership with Siemens will also offer opportunities for students to become involved on an educational level. CCC president Dr. Kate Douglas says: “we know in the 21st century, we all have to be responsible in terms of our environmental sustainability. So reducing our carbon footprint is something that is important to us first and foremost as an educational institution because we have students who are very committed to the future and that future has to be environmentally sustainable."

Prattsburgh School Board Shares 2018-2019 School Tax Info
The Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education has released the school tax information for the 2018-2019 school year, revealing the tax levy will be unchanged from last year’s. For the district’s flat tax levy, there will be a decrease of nineteen cents per thousand dollars of assessed value. Superintendent Jeffrey Black says this tax rate is the lowest Prattsburgh has seen in almost twenty years, explaining “Small increases in state aid coupled with small increases in property value across the district have enabled us to maintain one of the lowest tax rates in the area.” Property owners in the Prattsburgh Central School District will receive their tax statements by the end of August and begin paying those taxes September 4th.

Prattsburgh School Board Announces Administrative Changes
Effective yesterday, the Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education has appointed Erin Peck of Prattsburgh as the new KP-12 principal for the school. Peck has served Prattsburgh Central School for eight years as a coach and special education teacher. Previous district elementary school teacher Kory Bay will be the new KP-12 Assistant Superintendent and District Treasurer. Bay has served in administrative capacities for the school as well since 2005. The new Athletic Director for 2018-2019 school year is long-time Prattsburgh teacher and coach James Burke, who returned to serve after his 2002 retirement.

Bath CSD Holding Board Meeting Tonight
Bath Central School District’s regular Board of Education meeting is set to take place tonight at 6:30pm in the High School Library. Students, parents, teachers and the public are encouraged to attend.


Republicans Respond to Cuomo’s “America was Never Great” Remark
Controversial remarks made by Governor Cuomo yesterday at at a New York City event criticizing the president’s  “Make America Great Again” slogan has left some Republican politicians in the state upset. Cuomo’s Republican opponent in the race for governor Marc Molinaro fired back with his statement: “America, with its imperfections, has always been great….He should be ashamed of himself.” Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb responded with: “America is the greatest country in the world, and an apology is in order.  You can dislike the President. You can disagree with his policies. You can mock his slogans. But to demean America’s greatness insults our history, our ideals, and the people from all walks of life who have built this nation.”

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