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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 3, 2019

Bath Woman Arrested for Alleged Arson
A Bath woman has been charged with arson after an investigation discovered she intentionally set fire to her home on Ash Street. 39-year-old Rebecca Manry-Miller allegedly intentionally started a fire in her residence, causing damage and endangering responding firefighters. Manry-Miller is also accused of submitting false information about the fire on an insurance claim and is being held at the Steuben County Jail awaiting arraignment for charges of insurance fraud and reckless endangerment.


Schuyler Sheriffs Announce New Traffic Patterns for WGI Weekend
The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department has released information regarding some new traffic patterns for Watkins Glen due to the NASCAR Monster Energy Series Cup race at WGI on Sunday.  A large volume of traffic is expected on County Route 16 because of the influx of cars coming to the race circuit. As a result, the department will use County Route 16 as one-way traffic with three lanes going from State Route 414 to Gate 2 at the track, and two lanes of traffic from Townsend Road to Kuhl Winner Way.  There will be one lane of traffic from Bronson Hill Road to Townsend Road. This will start at 6 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. Starting at 9 a.m., Kuhl Winner Way will be a one-way road southbound from County Route 16 to Gate #5, and northbound from Bronson Hill Road to Gate #6.


Reed Calls on Cuomo to Take Action on I-90 Repairs
Congressman Tom Reed Thursday called on Governor Cuomo to end the political dispute with the Seneca nation and repair the I-90 Thruway and other roadways running through the Seneca Nation. Reed, citing dangerous conditions and the possibility of injury to motorists and damage to vehicles, served the governor and other DOT officials with a formal letter of defective conditions holding New York State liable “for any and all injury, loss of life, and or damage resulting from the road conditions.”


Cuomo Signs Law Expanding Address Confidentiality Protections
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation allowing victims of sexual offenses, stalking and human trafficking to participate in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program. The program allows victims to keep their address hidden from their perpetrators by using a substitute address provided by the Department of State in lieu of their actual home, school or work address. The bill will take effect 90 days after becoming law. Under the previous law, only victims of domestic violence were eligible to participate in the Address Confidentiality Program. However, many victims of sexual offenses, stalking or human trafficking also have a need for the benefits of an address confidentiality program because they often attempt to evade actual or threatened violence by moving to a new address in order to hide from an assailant or potential assailant.


Comptroller Sales Tax Report Released
According to a report just released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, local sales tax collections for the first two quarters of 2019 grew at a moderate pace compared to the stronger early quarters of 2018. Most of the economic factors that typically explain overall sales tax collections — such as wages and consumer spending — grew at a modest pace. However, a decrease in gasoline prices in the first half of 2019 caused a drop in the portion of taxes collected from the sale of motor fuels. Outside of NYC, only the Southern Tier had a growth rate above the statewide average of 3.3 percent. A number of counties saw fairly robust growth. Broome County had the highest year-over-year increase of 9.8 percent, followed by Seneca County (7.3 percent) and Yates County (6.8 percent).


Governor Signs Law Creating Maternal Mortality Review Board
Governor Cuomo has signed legislation to create a Maternal Mortality Review Board charged with reviewing the cause of each maternal death in New York State and making recommendations to the Department of Health on strategies for preventing future deaths and improving overall health outcomes. The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world - and racial disparities continue to persist, as black women are nationally almost four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women, and three times more likely in New York.


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