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Alger to Leave Steuben Deputy Manager Position, Take BEGWS Position:


Current Steuben County deputy manager, Mitch Alger will be stepping down from his position to take one with Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems.  Alger was hired Thursday by the Bath Village Board of Trustees as the Assistant Director of Municipal Utilities at BEGWS.  Alger said he will leave his current position in mid-January and start his new job shortly after.



Parking/Traffic Restrictions for Tonight’s Spirit of Xmas in Bath:


Tonight the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Spirit of Christmas event in Bath from 5 to 8 p.m.  Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen has announced that starting at 3 p.m., vacant parking spaces along Liberty Street and portions of Pulteney Park will be posted to prohibit further parking.  At 3:30 p.m., Liberty Street from William to Steuben, and Steuben Street between Howell and Gansvoort will be closed to traffic.  All vehicles must be removed from these areas, along with East and West Pulteney Square, no later than 4 p.m. or they will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.  Detour routes will be posted for those traveling through the Village.  During the event, the permit parking area of the municipal parking lot will be open to the public without charge.



Hornell Woman Injured in N.J Accident:


A woman from Hornell is said to be in Intensive Care following an accident in New Jersey.  According to the Atlantic City Police Department, 63-year-old Martha Marino was walking on the sidewalk when she was struck by a van that left the roadway.  The police investigation alleges that the driver of the van, 52-year-old Mario Macellari of New Jersey, was driving under the influence.  He has been charged with aggravated assault, assault by auto, DWI, reckless driving, careless driving, and unlicensed driver.



Commission Votes to Give Lawmakers Raise:


On Thursday, a state compensation committee voted to give New York lawmakers their first pay raise in twenty years.  The raise would be from $79,500 to $130,000 annually, and would be phased in over three years, beginning with $110,000 this New Year’s Day.  The increase would make New York lawmakers the best paid state legislators in the country.  Commission members also called for a cap on how much lawmakers can make from outside jobs.



Assemblyman Errigo Hit with Lawsuit by Whole Foods:


Assemblyman Joe Errigo’s legal woes continue.  He’s now been hit with a federal lawsuit from Whole Foods.  13WHAM News in Rochester reports that the company claims a bill introduced by Errigo at the behest of a lobbyist – both of whom were allegedly paid to write the bill – intended to stop a project by the company without due process of law.  They’re seeking more than $650,000 in damages.  Errigo was arrested in October on charges of bribery and wire fraud stemming from a federal investigation into alleged bribery involving two New York assembly members, a lobbyist, and a developer. 

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