Recap of the Governor’s State of the State Address:
Tuesday night Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his annual State of the State Address. Many of the biggest points that he brought up have already been announced, such as passing a Constitutional Amendment to codify Roe v. Wade abortion rights into state law, passing the “Red Flag” bill to prevent people who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from buying guns, the legalization of recreational marijuana, eliminating single-use plastic bags, and raising the smoking age from 18 to 21. Not mentioned in the address, but announced by the Governor’s Office is a proposed crackdown on limousine safety regulations after the deadly crash in Schoharie County that killed 20. Cuomo has proposed a ban on aftermarket chopped and stretched limos that are remade to hold more passengers than originally designed, making it a felony to remove a limousine “out of service” sticker without having the vehicle re-inspected and cleared, and allowing the state to seize limo license plates. Among local responses, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano doesn’t think the Governor’s message matches the needs of Yates and Steuben counties, and Senator Tom O’Mara accused Cuomo of prioritizing “liberal politics over lower taxes.” You can read the details of the Governor’s full 2019 Agenda at https://media.news10.com/nxs-wtentv-media-us-east-1/document_dev/2019/01/15/2019StateoftheStateBook_1547589199905_67471338_ver1.0.pdf.
Misuse of Food Stamps Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Bath woman for alleged misuse of food stamps. 47-year-old Carol Gould allegedly used a Steuben County Department of Social Services Benefit card, issued to another person, while that person was incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail. As a result, she obtained benefits to which she was not entitled nor authorized to receive. She was charged with misuse of food stamps, a violation. She was issued an appearance ticket.
Public Hearing for Proposed Joint Corning Fire District:
There will be a public hearing later this month on a proposed joint fire district including the Village of South Corning and the Town of Corning, as well as the volunteer fire departments of North Corning, East Corning, and the Village of South Corning. Officials say, if approved, the merger will standardize operating procedures and even out fire protection costs in the area. The hearing will be held January 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the Corning Town Hall.
Senator Gillibrand Announces 2020 Presidential Run:
As has been hinted at for some time now, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand officially announced her intention to make a run in the 2020 Presidential Election. Gillibrand said Tuesday night during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that she’s taking the “important first step” and is launching an exploratory committee. She went on to mention some of the issues she’d tackle if elected, such as: better healthcare for families, stronger public schools, and more accessible job training. She will use Troy, New York, where she lives, as a home base. Gillibrand now travels to leadoff caucus state, Iowa, over this weekend.
First Time Homeowners May Qualify for STAR Credit:
New home buyers may be eligible for the School Tax Relief (STAR) Credit on their primary residence, according to Steuben County Real Property Tax Agency Director Wendy Jordan. Jordan said eligible new homeowners will receive the credit directly from the state, but must register with the state Tax Department to receive the STAR check. Homeowners with an income of $500,000 or less may be eligible for a Basic STAR credit on their primary residence only. Homeowners 65 and older with an income of $86,300 or less may be eligible for the Enhanced STAR credit on their primary residence. Homeowners can register for credits 24 hours a day, seven days a week at http://www.tax.ny.gov/star. Registration can also be completed by phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at (518) 457-2036.
Bath Vol. Fire Department Cancels Bingo Due to Possible Weather:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department has announced that due to the increasing possibility of an impending winter storm this weekend and stretching into Monday, they’ve decided to make an early decision to cancel Bingo Monday, January 21st. In a release, the Department said its their first priority to protect the people of the community, and that the move will also free first responders in case an emergency response is needed. The next Bingo will be held Monday, February 4th.
Haverling B.O.E. Meeting:
The Board of Education of the Haverling Central School District will meet tomorrow, January 17th, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.