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Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 18, 2018

Campbell Fire District Proposes Budget at Hearing
A tax increase from $101.30 to $164.28 with a tax levy of $227,829 for the Campbell Fire District was announced this week at a public hearing. This annual tax rate is for a home assessed at $100,000 and Fire District Board of Commissioners said the tax rate has increased to meet higher expenses in the proposed budget like a new fire engine expected to cost $500,000. A new engine would be paid over issuing a bond that would last 10 years to be approved by taxpayers in a separate vote. The board has agreed to review the details of the budget with possible changes at the Fire District’s next meeting before they submit the budget to the town.


Senators Urge NHTSC to Update Limousine Regulations
United States Senators from New York have called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Committee to upgrade regulations and safety approval for stretch limousines following the deadly Schoharie County crash that happened October 6th. “…Stretch limousines are woefully under-regulated; they fall into a gap between cars and buses, both of which have well-developed safety rules,” said Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have joined Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal in demanding the NHSTC to change their standards to mandate the following:

  • Conduct a study on how to improve protection for passengers

  • Review construction of stretch limousines, report safety gaps and identify improvements for federal safety standards

  • Create specific requirements for inspection of structural safety once a limousine has been constructed so only structurally dependable vehicles can be on the road

  • Review if limousines should be identified as commercial vehicles where drivers would be mandated to carry commercial drivers’ licenses and have more comprehensive training to drive


Houghton Endorses Reed
Former Congressman Amo Houghton announced he is endorsing Congressman Reed for re-election. Houghton served as a politician in the Southern Tier from 1986 to 2005 and said about Reed: “He has become a champion for bipartisan government and I appreciate the support he has received from Republicans and Democrats alike.” Reed responded to the endorsement with the statement: “Amo truly represented what the founding fathers had in mind for members of Congress and I am honored to have his support.”


NYSP Warn Public of Phone Scam
The New York State Police are warning the public about a recent scam after receiving information that an individual is contacting people in the Western New York area identifying themselves as the New York State Police, requesting personal information like social security numbers. The number the subjects are calling from shows a State Police station number on the caller ID though the calls do not actually originate from the location. State Police remind the public they would never ask for this information over the phone and never to share personal information with any party over the phone. New York State Police report that meanwhile they are investigating this situation.


Mitrano Releases FEC Filings
Democratic Congressional Nominee Tracy Mitrano Tuesday released her FEC filings, showing that she raised more than $945,000 for the period July through September. She also emphasized that in contrast to Representative Tom Reed, her campaign is powered by individual donations from people within the district, not corporate political action committees (PACs). Mitrano said her principal campaign committee raised $225,000 more than Reed’s—proof, she says, of unprecedented grassroots support and evidence of the district’s appetite for change.


BEGWS Begins Second Week of Hydrant Flushing
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems has announced a schedule for the second week hydrant flushing beginning October 21st and continuing until the 26th. Street hydrants and corner valves will be flushed beginning this Sunday. Hydrants on the following streets will be flushed:
Liberty north of Washington Colonial, Lawns, Haverling Street, Locust Street, High Street, Gratton Drive, Muck Circle, Peach Street, Grape Street, Apple Street and Mitchellsville Road. Valves on Haverling St / Geneva Street, Elm Street (Fairgrounds), Allen St / Haverling St, Vermont St / Haverling St, Maine St / Haverling St and Gratton / Geneva Street will be flushed on Sunday. Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems Customers are reminded to check their water for clarity before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry. If the water is dirty or dingy, you must flush it before using, preferably with an outside faucet, and running the water until it is clear.


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