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Today's Top Stories - Saturday March 2, 2019

Bath Inmate Arrested for Controlled Substance Charges
Bath Village Police report the arrest of a Steuben County Jail inmate for drug charges. On a sealed indictment warrant, 31-year-old Colin Decker, formerly of Bath, was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Decker has been in Steuben County Jail since January 2019 for a felony violation of probation. He was arraigned at Steuben County Jail. The investigation and arrest is the result of efforts by the Steuben County Drug Initiative.


Assemblyman Palmesano Calls for $150 million for CHIPS Support
This week, the New York State Assembly Republican Conference met and revealed its Top 10 list of legislative priorities for the 2019 session. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano spoke on behalf of the State Senate Minority for a $150 million increase in CHIPS funding and commitment.

The Republican Minority also stressed locking the 2 percent property tax cap by making it permanent, keeping AIM Funding intact, and giving aid and support to local small businesses.


FFW Announces $1 Million Milestone
The Fund for Women of the Southern Tier yesterday announced the group has reached its target funding goal of $1 million endowment and used the announcement as an opportunity to give the $150,000 FFW Empower grant to Arbor Housing and Development. According to Fund for Women Board President Amanda Chafee,the group set a goal of $1 million because an endowment of that size can fund an annual grant cycle supporting educational opportunities for girls and women as well as efforts by local organizations to support and empower ladies. By reaching this milestone, FFW’s grant process will now be perpetually-funded. Chafee said: “There is so much need in our region. Knowing the funding for our existing grants process will now always be there does not mean our work is done. It means we can and should do even more.”


Bill to Make Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Passes
A bill  to designate the Finger Lakes Region as a National Heritage area has been passed by the House this week. Sponsored by Congressman Tom Reed, the bill awaits the signature of President Trump before our area is officially recognized as a National Heritage Area, which would help give our region a platform to leverage funds and support economic development and conservation of the legacy of our region’s heritage. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also supported a similar bill in the Senate and Reed noted that this effort is a great example of bipartisanship and community pride.


Public Works Reports Less Poor Roads in Steuben County for 2018
Steuben County has reported an improvement in its roads for 2018, with a notable reduction in deficient bridges and poor roads. According to County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti, the number of miles of poor roads in the county was cut in half last year from 41 to 20 miles. This reduction puts county roads at a rate of 3 percent being in poor shape this year-a drastic difference from the state average of 28 percent of roads in poor shape according to the State Department of Transportation. Spagnoletti credited our local and state leaders like State Senator Tom O’Mara, State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Governor Cuomo for helping to provide funding for improvements and maintenance of our infrastructure.


Sunday Snowfall from Storm System Possible
Not even a week after being dumped with a storm bringing winds and precipitation, Finger Lakes could likely get more this weekend. So far, we have chances of precipitation tomorrow ranging from 20 to 40 percent, but meteorologist Kevin Williams says the storm system from Genesee Valley to Long Island could very well bring us snowfall.

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