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Bath Man Arrested in Connection with Incident at Hornell Track Event:


A Bath man is facing charges of public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child following an incident at a track meet in Hornell.  20-year-old Cody George is accused of exposing himself in a lewd manner during a women’s pole-vaulting event at the annual Hornell Invitational track meet on May 3rd.  According to the Hornell Police Department, witnesses said George was performing highly inappropriate actions.  A video of the incident was posted to social media, but it was removed over the weekend.  George turned himself into police on Tuesday.  He was issued an appearance ticket and was released.   



Tax Break for Businesses That Hire Recovering Addicts:


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that a tax break was included in this year’s New York State budget for businesses that hire recovering addicts.  Starting in 2020, the tax breaks will be for “certified employers,” with the state offering $2,000 for each eligible employee hired.  The employee will have to work a minimum of 500 hours before the tax break takes effect.  Said Cuomo, “As the opioid epidemic continues to impact families and communities across the state, we remain committed to ensuring individuals who are in recovery have the support they need to lead healthy lives.” 



Finalized Bus Camera Bill Heading to Vote:


The details have been ironed out and a bill that would authorize cameras on school buses to catch drivers passing them illegally is now heading to a vote.  According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the bill will allow school districts to mount cameras on the stop arms of buses, which extend when buses stop to pick up or drop off students.  Drivers caught passing a stopped bus would face a fine of $250, with the school district and municipalities splitting the money.  The bill, which already has broad support, is expected to be voted on in the coming weeks.



New Director for VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System:


A new director has been announced for the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System.  Bruce Tucker will oversee the delivery of healthcare to more than 33,000 veterans and an operating budget of over $220 million.  Tucker has previously held “progressive leadership positions” at the Bath and Canadaigua VA Medical Centers.



New Playground to be Built in Hammondsport:


This Saturday, May 11th, a new, natural playground will be built at the Hammondsport Children’s Center thanks to a partnership between local donors and allies.  More than 30 volunteers, sponsors, and friends and family from across the area will work to build the play area, which will feature a mini-trike track, secret fort, two slides, and an accessible infant deck with shade canopy.  Additionally, there will be a new balance beam, shade structures, and raised vegetable garden planters.  Materials were donated and collected from many area businesses.  The “Build Day” begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication. 

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