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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 23rd

Steuben Property Auction Brings in $1.1M:


The recent auction of 94-properties in the county tax sale brought in approximately $1.1 million, according to Finance Commissioner Patrick Donnelly.  On Monday, Donnelly told the county Legislature that only one parcel failed to sell.  Donnelly also noted that while law requires a buyer pay 30 percent of the purchase price the day of the sale, more than half of the purchases this year were paid in full up front. 



Steuben Moves to Join Class Action Drug Lawsuit:


Steuben County legislators unanimously approved Monday the joining of a nationwide class action suit against 20 pharmaceutical companies alleging price fixing, market division, and other antitrust violations related to 15 generic prescription drugs.  The legislators approved retaining counsel to go forward with the lawsuit on the county’s behalf.  Compensation will be paid out of the proceeds of any award decided by the court.  In other action Monday, the county board also approved additional funding for a study on algae blooms in the Keuka Lake watershed.  The cost of the study will be split between Steuben and Yates county, with Steuben’s share paid through the county Economic Development Fund.      



Animal Cruelty Arrest:


A Rathbone man is facing charges following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into possible animal cruelty.  According to County Sheriff Jim Allard, his department received a tip to check the welfare of animals allegedly not being fed on Welch Road in Cameron Mills in June.  Their investigation lead to the seizure of 24 live animals as well as evidence of deceased animals.  All the live animals were treated by a licensed veterinarian.  38-year-old Paul Jones, Jr. was charged with 18 counts of overdriving, failing to provide proper sustenance.  All the charges are misdemeanors and Jones was issued an appearance ticket.  Sheriff Allard thanks the Finger Lakes SPCA for their assistance and animal care in the investigation.



Misuse of Food Stamps Arrest:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 33-year-old James Smith, currently incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail, for alleged misuse of food stamps.  Smith allegedly used a county Social Services Benefit card, issued to another person while that person was incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail, and as a result obtained benefits that he was not entitled nor authorized to receive.  He was issued an appearance ticket.



NYS Becomes First to Ban Cat Declawing:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation Monday that makes New York the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats.  Declawing involves the removal of all, or most, of the last bone of each of the toes on a cat.  Cuomo called the procedure “cruel and painful” and that it “can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals.”  The law is supported by the Humane Society, which says declawing should only be used in rare cases for medical purposes, such as the removal of cancerous nail bed tumors.  The New York Veterinary Medical Society argued that declawing should be allowed as a last resort.  Declawing is already illegal in some cities around the U.S., including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver, and it’s illegal in most of Europe and Canada.  New York’s new law takes effect immediately.  Veterinarians who violate the law face fines of up to $1,000. 



Steuben to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 2nd:


Steuben County will celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” with a Bath Baby Café event on August 2nd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dormann Library in Bath.  This free, family-friendly event will feature games, snacks, car-seat checks, education and information from local organizations.  Parents are also reminded that the Bath Baby Café also meets every Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Dormann Library. 



Town of Vernon Rejects Woodstock Proposal Again:


The third time wasn’t the charm for Woodstock 50 organizers, as the Town of Vernon has once again rejected their application to hold the event there.  In response to the latest proposal, which was filed last Wednesday, the Town cited a long list of concerns, including security and traffic, and the Town said the application violates the 120-day deadline and that it was also unsigned.   

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