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Rochester Man Arrested for Allegedly Selling Drugs in Bath:


A Rochester man is facing additional charges in Steuben County for allegedly selling crack cocaine in the Village of Bath.  40-year-old Melvin Huff, already in the county jail after a recent arrest in April for drug possession, is now charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.



Trooper Clark Memorial Bridge Officially Dedicated:


The memory of Trooper Nicholas Clark was honored Monday with the official dedication of the Route 415 bridge over Interstate 86 in Bath in his name.  Members of Clark’s family were joined by members of the State Police, U.S. Representative Tom Reed, State Senator Tom O’Mara, State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and other area officials at the ceremony at the Bath State Police barracks where Trooper Clark was stationed at the time of his death.  State Trooper Major Eric Laughton said the designation will make sure Trooper Clark will never be forgotten.  Clark was a native of Canisteo who had served with the state police for three years when he was killed in the line of duty in July of 2018.  He was 29 years old.



Slow July for Job Growth:


According to the latest date released by the Department of Labor, New York saw less job growth in July.  By the numbers, the private sector added 1,800 jobs during the month, nearly 5,000 less than the initial reports for June.  However, the state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment figure remained at 4 percent for the third consecutive month.  In Steuben County, there were 38,200 non-farm jobs in July, compared to 38,100 12-months ago.  There were 31,300 private sector jobs last month, 200 more than July 2018. 



Elmira Native in Running for Miss New York 2020:


A native of Elmira could be the next Miss New York.  22-year-old Dominique Miles is set to compete on January 17th through the 19th for the coveted title.  If she takes home the crown, she’ll go on to represent the state in the 2020 Miss USA pageant. 



Governor Launches Statewide Survey to Choose New State License Plate Design:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a statewide survey to select New York State’s new license plate design.  The voting – which opened Monday on the Governor’s website (https://now.ny.gov/page/s/vote-for-the-next-nys-license-plate-design) – runs through September 2nd and will allow New Yorkers to choose their favorite among five proposed designs.  Voting will also be available to the public at the Governor’s exhibit at the Great New York State Fair starting tomorrow.  The license plate with the most votes will become the State’s official license plate and will be available to customers beginning April 2020.  The new plates will replace the Empire Blue & White plates and the Empire Gold plates.  Beginning in April 2020, as customers renew their vehicle registrations over the next two years, those with license plates 10-years-old or older will be issued new plates.  The current $25 license plate replacement fee will be added to the cost of the vehicle owner’s registration renewal. 

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