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Two Bath Warrants Yields Arrests of Three Rochester Men
Two search warrants led to the arrests of Rochester men in the town of Bath this week following several complaints of suspected drug trafficking at two residences. Two arrests were made for the first warrant issued at an apartment on Route 54: 35-year-old William Q.C. Randall for possessing a quantity of suspected crack cocaine packaged for sale and 57-year-old John E. Banks for allegedly having knowledge of the criminal activity and allowing it in the residence. Randall was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Banks for Criminal Nuisance in the first degree. The second warrant was issued at an East Steuben Street residence and resulted in the arrest of Jemarr T. Smith for False Personation after Smith provided a false identity to a Bath Village Police officer. All three men were arraigned at Bath Town Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail.


DEC Reports Record Low of Incidents for 2018 Hunting Season
The 2018 hunting season in New York tallied the lowest number of recorded hunting-related shooting incidents and tied with the 2016 mark as one of the safest years yet with 13 total incidents recorded according to the head of the Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC documented five tree stand incidents and zero fatalities in 2018, down from 12 tree stand incidents the previous year.


Cuomo Directs NYSDTF to Accommodate Furloughed Federal Workers
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has been directed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow furloughed federal workers’ late payment penalties be waived and suspend collection of their tax returns for 90 days after the April 15th income tax deadline. Cuomo has also signed off on a bill that authorizes local governments to extend local property tax deadlines for federal employees affected by the government shutdown. In a statement, the governor remarked: “We will always stand with the hardworking women and men of this state and continue to do everything in our power to fight back against Washington's attack on our people."


Board of Elections Follows Election Reform with Funding Uncertainties
Steuben County Board of Election officials are preparing to make voting law changes to meet the conditions of election reform legislation that was passed in New York State Senate this week. Governor Cuomo signed the bill to law this week after state lawmakers voted last month in favor of this legislation mandating counties to offer in-person voting beginning 10 days before an election but, like many other counties across the state, Steuben County faces a challenge when it comes to adequately funding the effort. Though Governor Cuomo has said he will pledge funding to support the early voting provision, he did not include any specified amount in the 2018 budget  and says revenues to do so will be available once New York State collects its sales tax from out-of-state retailers.


Wreaths Across America Cleanup Event is Today
Wreaths Across America is holding a wreath cleanup this morning at 9am to clean up the over 4,800 wreaths placed on the graves of late veterans buried at the Bath VA National Cemetery for December’s wreath-laying ceremony. No sign-up or registration is necessary to participate. Parking will be at the back of the Bath VA Museum building where instructions will be announced for proper cleanup procedure. It is highly recommended to bring a broom or rake to handle carrying wreaths to the disposal trucks. For more information about our local VA’s annual Wreaths Across America program, please follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WAA.BathNationalCemetery


Wayland Woman Arrested for Order of Protection Violation
State police report the arrest of 31-year-old Charlene Ward of Wayland. She was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly violating an order of protection. The alleged incident occurred in December. Court action is pending.


Office of the Aging Seeks Older New Yorkers' Day Nominations
Steuben County Office of the Aging says residents have until Feb. 22nd to nominate seniors to be recognized for 'Older New Yorkers' Day.' The event recognizes two senior citizen volunteers in the community with a spring banquet scheduled in Albany. The two seniors will be chosen from the submitted nominees. Qualifications for nominees include:

• Be a current resident of Steuben County, although they don't have to have lived their whole lives here

• Be 60 years of age or older

• Have served as a volunteer with one or more agencies serving their community, and whose service has enriched the lives of others.

• Nominees may be either individuals or couples who serve together, and do not need to be affiliated with programs sponsored by the Steuben OFA.

Applications are available at the county Office For The Aging, 3 Pulteney Square, Bath or online at https://www.steubencony. org/pages.asp?PID=12907 or on the “Older New Yorkers’ Day” link on https://www. steubencony.org/OFA Nominations also may be made by phone at 664-2298, mailed to Steuben County OFA, 3 E. Pulteney Square, Bath, NY 14810, emailed to OFAinfo@SteubenCountyNY.gov or RSVP@SteubenCountyNY. gov.


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