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Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 23, 2019

Chairman Hauryski Will Not Run for Re-election
Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski announced he will not run for a fourth term on the county board. The Campbell Republican has worked as a county legislator for 12 years and will finish his current term at the end of December this year. During his time as legislator, Hauryski supported local economic development and has represented himself on several economic boards. Hauryski said he enjoyed his time as a county lawmaker, adding: “I have been very fortunate to work with legislators of the quality and caliber we have who have improved county operations, I believe, for the betterment of our county.”


NYS Assembly Bill To Ban Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations
State lawmakers are attempting to eliminate the option for parents opting out of vaccinations for religious beliefs. The new bill is currently in the New York State Assembly and before the Assembly Health Committee. This legislation comes following five measles outbreaks across the country this year, three of which were in New York State. Local Assemblyman Palmesano said he thinks children should be vaccinated yet added “ But, I also understand the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs."


NWS Issues High Wind Watch Beginning Sunday
A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for tomorrow. Steuben, along with 12 other Finger Lakes-area counties, will be under High Wind Watch from 1pm tomorrow afternoon until 7 AM Monday morning with West winds blowing 20-30 miles per hour with gusts as much as 60 miles per hour possible. Trees and power lines may be blown down. Widespread power outages and difficult travel is expected.


Three Arrested for Drug Possession Charges
State police based in Bath arrested three people on drug-related charges Wednesday evening. Taken into custody… 24-year-old Sherri-Ann Huffner of Cameron Mills, 19-year-old Lela Arnett of Savona and 45-year-old Jason Workman of Andover. Troopers charged all three with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th degree. Arnett was additionally charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia-packages. The trio will answer the charges in Town of Bath court at a later date.


County Legislature to Discuss Exempting Mossy Bank Monday
The Steuben County legislature meets on Monday. Lawmakers will be asked to exempt Mossy Bank Park in Bath and the Village of Savona Park in the town of Bath from County property taxes. The legislature will also act on a resolution authorizing the reclassification of a 1st Assistant Public Defender, to a Senior Assistant Public Defender.


Cuomo Announces New Transportation Worker Protections in Budget
Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced that his budget proposal includes new measures to protect transportation workers in New York State against assault. Under the new provisions, offenders charged with attacking transportation workers would be subject to a Class D felony, which is punishable by a mandatory term of imprisonment of up to seven years and a fine of up to $5,000. Currently, only certain employees with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are covered by these protections. The legislation also extends the same protections to workers and contractors with the State DOT and Thruway Authority, municipal highway workers and contractors, as well as airport workers across the state.

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