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Bath Native Nominated for U.S. Air Force Academy:


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced her nomination for the U.S. Air Force Academy and its Bath native, Cameron Roote.  Roote and the other nominees were chosen from a large group of qualified applicants by a selection committee formed by Gillibrand.  They were chosen based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement.  Final acceptance will be determined solely by the academies. 



West Elmira Fire Depart. Loses Members After Firing of Captain:


The West Elmira Volunteer Fire Department lost around 12 members Thursday night, WETM reports, after the firing of the department’s captain.  Sources told media that the firefighters resigned after Captain William Michalko was let go after calling in sick to attend the funeral of 29-year-old David Miller of the Wellsburg Fire Department last week.  Chief Jon Vonhagen told WETM all he could say on the matter at this time is that it’s an “internal disciplinary issue.”  He did add, however, in response to concerns from the public about the potential lack of protection that the town would be covered by a mutual agreement with other stations in the area.



Gov. Cuomo to Give State-of-State, Budget Address Tues.:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he will deliver his annual State of the State Address, as well as unveil his budget proposal on Tuesday.  Expected are details on proposals to legalize marijuana, codifying abortion rights, and congestion tolls on Manhattan. 



Sen. Gillibrand Reportedly Looking at Troy Campaign Base:


According to several sources, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is considering Troy, New York, as the base for a 2020 presidential campaign.  While that is a strong signal that Gillibrand will soon enter the fray as a democratic contender, the sources cautioned that a final decision hasn’t yet been made, and Gillibrand’s representatives didn’t respond when asked about the possible headquarters on Thursday.  The 2020 field is expected to be a historically large one for democrats.  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has already formed an exploratory committee and has begun trips across early primary states.  California Senator Kamala Harris, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg are all also said to be considering runs.

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