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Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Corning:


Two men are facing drug charges after a traffic stop in the City of Corning earlier this week.  On November 26th, Corning Police stopped a vehicle on Columbia Street and charged the driver, 40-year-old Micah Rogers of Painted Post with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  The passenger in the vehicle, 41-year-old James Thaddies of Elmira, fled on foot, but was later found hiding under a vehicle.  Thaddies allegedly possessed a large quantity of methamphetamine and attempted to destroy it while fleeing.  He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.  He was also found have arrest warrants in the State of Pennsylvania and by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.



Corning Firefighter, Family, Critical After Serious Car Accident:


A Corning firefighter and members of his family suffered serious injuries after the vehicle they were traveling in was hit head-on by an alleged drunk driver on Sunday night.  Firefighter Christopher Willis and his girlfriend are reported to be in critical condition while his mother was scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday.  According to state police, they were traveling on Shaffer Road in the Town of Newfield when 27-year-old Andrew Sampson of Horseheads crossed the double yellow line and crashed into their vehicle head on.  Sampson was arrested and charged with vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, and unlawful possession of marijuana.  He was also issued several traffic tickets.  He was sent to the Tompkins County Jail on $3,000 cash bail.



Free 2-hour Parking in Bath Business District in Dec.:


Busy shoppers and travelers will have one less thing to worry about in the Village of Bath this December.  Mayor Bill Von Hagn and the Village Board have authorized Police Chief Chad Mullen to change metered parking in the business district to 2-hour free parking.  Starting Monday and lasting through January 4th parking spaces on Liberty Street, East William Street, Buell Street, Steuben Street, and the Westside of Pulteney Square will not have enforced metered parking.  You will not be required to put money in the meters while parking in those areas.  That said, parking enforcement will be checking vehicles in those areas for anyone violating the 2-hour limit.  All other metered spaces will be enforced as normal throughout those dates.



NYS Lawmakers Considering Pay Raise:


A pay rise could be coming to New York State lawmakers.  The pay commission is considering the proposal and must have a recommendation on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk by December 10th.  The commission said many people are opposed to lawmakers receiving a salary increase without including some sort of stipulation, such as a full-time legislature or cutting off outside income for lawmakers.  Currently, lawmakers make $80,000 for part-time work.



NYSDOT Public Information Meeting in Bath on Sidewalk Project:


The New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 5th regarding the replacement and extension of sidewalks on Route 415 and Route 54 in the Village of Bath.  The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Bath Fire Hall on East Morris Street.  The project proposes to replace or extend existing sidewalks at various locations along West Morris Street, Washington Street, Liberty Street/Geneva Street, and East Steuben Street.  Construction is expected for 2020.  Public officials and residents are encouraged to attend the meeting.  Attendees will be given an opportunity to submit comment/question forms for response by the Department.



H-port B.O.E. Public Hearing:


Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will host a public hearing this evening with information on the Audiovisual Technology Capital Reserve.  It will be at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.

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