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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 26, 2018

Population Decline to Cause New York to Lose One Seat in Congress
Due to the decline in state population, New York will be losing one Congressional seat. According to the U.S. Census, between July 2017-2018, New York state lost 48,510 citizens. A population change of just 20,000 people in a state is all it takes to add or subtract a House seat. A change in the number of representatives and redrawing of Districts would take effect in the 2022 Congressional Race.


Rosno Case Seeking Witness; GoFundMe Created for Family.
Newly-appointed Chemung County Attorney, Matthew Rosno was found dead this weekend, leaving behind a wife and two young children. Those wishing to help out the family can donate here to the GoFundMe page dedicated to supporting them. The death of Rosno is still under investigation as police continue their search for witnesses. According to police, Rosno was last seen on foot on his way towards South Main Street and out of a Hanover Square establishment in the Village of Horseheads. Those who may have seen him between 12:00 and 3:30 a.m. Saturday should contact the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office at 607-737-2933.


Santa Visits Bath on Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, the Village of Bath had a very special visitor: Old St. Nick made an appearance by taking a detour ride around the community. Elves handed out candy canes to the community while Santa Claus deputized two firefighters: Dakota Johnson and Junior firefighter Harry Keen. Firefighter Jim Baroody played chauffer to Santa as he drove around the Bath Village in a fire department Christmas-lighted ladder truck. The Bath Volunteer Fire Department hosts Santa every year and say they are grateful for his visit.


Reed Remarks on NY’s Population Decline
U.S. Congressman Tom Reed remarked on the recent U.S. Census results reporting a population loss for New York State. In a recent Democrat & Chronicle article, Reed said:

“The fundamental problem has to be addressed. The question is: Why are people leaving? And I will tell you what I hear from folks across the district — there is just no opportunity in New York.” According to the U.S. Census, between July 2017-2018, New York state lost 48,510 citizens. This trend is nothing new for the Empire State with 42 of the 50 counties in New York steadily declining in population for the past decade.


Lane Closures and Construction Suspensions Continue to Next Week
Suspensions of road and bridge construction projects for the holidays will continue on New York state highways until next week. Shutdowns were declared by the governor this past weekend for traveling New Yorkers and visitors to meet their destinations for the holidays. Highway construction will be temporarily suspended from December 29th at 6 a.m. until January 2nd at 6 a.m.


STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown Continues

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police are continuing the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving for the holidays.  Troopers and deputies continue the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign into next week on Tuesday, January 1st. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more police on roadways during this campaign. During last year’s crackdown, State Police issued more than 40,000 tickets. There were 645 people arrested for DWI and 10 people killed in motor vehicle crashes.


No Mega Millions Winner for Christmas Day Drawing
Did you receive a Mega Millions ticket as a gift for Christmas this year? If you win the lucky grand prize, you could be to $321 million richer. No one has yet been reported to come forward with a winning ticket for the fifth-ever Mega Millions jackpot drawing held on Christmas Day. But this Friday will be the next drawing, raising the estimated jackpot to $348 million. Out of the entire U.S., 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands play in Mega Millions jackpots with eight states allowing anonymity to winners of Mega Millions.

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