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Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 25th, 2018

O’Mara and Task Force Release Report on Opioid Epidemic
State Senator Tom O’Mara joined fellow members of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in releasing a comprehensive report detailing a series of recommendations for New York state to  combat the heroin and opioid addiction crisis. O’Mara has sponsored public forums in the district beginning 4 years ago which the  report follows and continues to develop. Goals to combat the epidemic are listed in the report and include increasing resources to support the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals trained to treat substance abuse ,maximizing federal funding to help support more children at the state’s Infant Recovery Centers, reducing the cost of naloxone to ensure greater access and more. More information on the legislative efforts initiated by the task force can be found in the 2018 report here.


Town of Campbell A Week Away from Finalized Budget
The final submission deadline for the budget of the Town of Campbell Fire District is one week from now on November 1st. Monday, October 29th, at 6:00 p.m. there will be a meeting held to discuss the budget’s figures and numbers. Earlier this week on Tuesday, community members in the Fire District were told the formerly anticipated 85% property tax rate hike for next year would not happen after adjustments like eliminating the insurance policy and worker’s compensation took place.


Flu Cases Reported in Steuben County
Guthrie Health officials report that several confirmed cases of influenza have been reported in Steuben County. Medical professionals urge citizens, especially those who are elderly or work in healthcare, to get the flu vaccination.Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration announced a new drug will be available to treat influenza this flu season. Xofluza will be available in a few weeks to those feeling sick for less than 2 days and are at least 12 years old.


NY-23rd District Shifts to “Likely Republican”
New York’s 23rd Congressional District has shifted politically this election season according to the Cook Political Report. For years, our district has been described as “Solidly Republican” but currently, the race between incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano ranks as “Likely Republican”. The Cook Report defines “Likely” as seats that are “not competitive” but have “potential to become engaged” or changed versus “Solid” which is seen as not competitive and highly unlikely to change.


O’Mara Receives NYSPFFA Endorsement
New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association (NYSPFFA) has announced their endorsement of Republican State Senator Tom O’Mara for re-election in the 58th New York State Senate District. NYSPFFA Executive Vice President David Holleran endorsed O’Mara earlier this week in Hornell, representing about 18,000 full-time members of the union and eight fire districts across the state.


BEGWS Continues Hydrant and Valve Flushing to Tomorrow
Hydrant Flushing continues this week by Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems for certain customers in the Village of Bath. Today and tomorrow from 11pm to 7am, hydrants will be flushed for customers on the streets of Rumsey Street, Rumsey Street Extension, County Building, Shirley’s Lumber Route 54, Route 54 & Ira Davenport Park, Ira Davenport Park Memorial, F & H Taylor Health, Industrial Park (North & South) and Wildflower Hills along with the corner valves of May and Rumsey Streets. Customers are advised to check their water for clarity and if they encounter dirty or cloudy water, to run their water until clear with an outside faucet, preferably, before using to clean, cook or do laundry.

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