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I-90 Fault Fight Escalates, Rep. Reed Calls for Investigation of Gov. Cuomo:


A war of words that began over the weekend between the Governor’s Office and local representative Tom Reed over the state of the stretch of I-90 through the Seneca Nation escalated Tuesday, with the Representative calling on federal prosecutors to investigate Governor Andrew Cuomo for misuse of federal funds.  The section in question, roughly five miles long, is located near the Silver Creek exit and is in bad state of disrepair – with the speed limit even dropping to 55 miles per hour.  The Governor said last week that the state won’t do the repair work because the Seneca Nation “will oppose it,” and he didn’t want to jeopardize the state’s position as it disputes with the Nation over casino revenue payments.  On Friday, Reed reacted, calling Cuomo a “bully” and saying that it sounded like “misuse of federal funds and abuse of power.”  That spurred a response from the Governor’s office calling Reed “the president’s patsy” and telling him to instead “demand the Senecas make good on the arbitrated decision.”  Tuesday, Reed called on federal prosecutors to find out what the state is doing with the over $10 million in funding that he says has been allocated to the highway.  The Seneca Nation, meanwhile, contests that it has “routinely approved resolutions for routine maintenance” on that stretch of the Thruway, adding that “there has been no meaningful dialogue or outreach from the state, only public posturing and political rhetoric.”   



Keuka College Security Officer Accused of Sexual Abuse:


A security officer at Keuka College has been arrested on charges of sexual abuse.  60-year-old Stephen Hilyer, of Seneca Falls, is accused of subjecting another person to sexual contact against her wishes at the Commons building on the college campus.  The victim is not a student, according to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office.  Hilyer is employed by a private security company that operates at the college.  Following arraignment Hilyer was sent to the Yates County Jail in lieu of bail.



Welfare Fraud Arrests:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrests of two people in separate incidents of welfare fraud.  28-year-old Carissa Liberti, currently incarcerated at the county jail, is accused of knowingly and with the intent to defraud, presenting false documents to the county Department of Social Services in April and May of this year.  She was charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for filing and was released on an appearance ticket.  It’s alleged that in October of 2018, 22-year-old Amanda Wilson-Martin of Bath knowingly and with the intent to defraud presented false documents to the county Department of Social Services.  She was charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing and one count of welfare fraud.  She was released on an appearance ticket.



Paving to Close Corning Boulevard This Week:


Paving work will close Corning Boulevard tomorrow and Friday, weather permitting.  The road will be closed from Centerway to Craumer Driver between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. to both traffic and parking.   



Dormann Library Celebrating 150 Years with Special Event:


The Bath Library Association was formed in 1869.  Now known as the Dormann Library, it’s getting ready to celebrate it’s 150th Anniversary and is inviting the public to join in on Saturday, September 7th at 2 p.m.  This gathering will also serve to introduce the library’s newest endeavor – a musical garden.  The garden will allow people of all ages to enjoy creative musical play in the outdoor space that surrounds the library and the Magee House.  The event will include special guests, live music, an ice cream social, and curated tours of the library and the Magee House. 



Fill the Bus Campaign to Support Food Bank Underway:


The annual Fill the Bus campaign in support of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is once again underway.  Customers at participating Wegman’s stores throughout the Southern Tier can purchase either a $3, $5, or $10 bag of non-perishable food that will go toward filling the bus, or, alternatively, customers can make a monetary donation instead if they so wish.  Wegman’s is looking to raise 130,000 pounds of food this year. 

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