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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday September 3, 2019

Bath Kmart to Close by December
USA Today reported that weeks after announcing 26 Sears and Kmart locations would be closed in October, another almost 100 additional stores will also close their doors for good in December or sooner. It has been confirmed the Kmart store in Bath will soon be closing. The store manager confirmed the planned closing on Sunday. Earlier this year, the Kmart in Wellsville was also shut down. 


Steuben County Crash Kills One Person and Injures Another
One person has been killed while another person was injured after a crash in Steuben County. According to WENY, the crash occurred at the intersection of Mormon Hollow Drive and State Route 414 on the border of North Corning and Hornby shortly before 8 o clock Sunday evening. State Police have not released the identities of either victim but it was confirmed one occupant was pronounced dead and the other victim has suffered minor injuries.


Cuomo Says He’s Open to Repealing New License Plate Fee
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is open to waiving or reducing the new fee for state license plates, if state legislators agree on such an idea. Cuomo says the new plates are needed in order to comply with the cashless toll system that will begin by the end of next year. During a recent Northeast Public Radio interview, Cuomo took umbrage at the notion his move to modernize these plates is a way to collect more money from taxpayers. State Senator Patty Ritchie has begun an online petition for state officials to scrap this plan for New Yorkers to pay the fee to replace license plates starting April 2020.


Comptroller DiNapoli Reports Strong Agriculture Sector for NY
According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the agricultural industry in the state has remained strong by the numbers despite some recent changes. DiNapoli says the ag industry remains an important economic driver in the state, continuing to bring in millions of dollars in revenue each year. DiNapoli says his office monitors the agricultural sector as well as other economic sectors to measure the strength of the economy. DiNapoli says these figures are calculated by periodic analysis of USDA data.


T&R Owner Donates Property to Bath VFD Trainings
Brian Polmanteer, owner of T & R Towing, gave the Bath Volunteer Fire Department the opportunity to train live on a weekly basis. Polmanteer purchased 4 acres in total that used to be home to a car dealership, Dr. Paddock’s Vet clinic and a building used once by the NYS Environmental Conservation Department all located between the Tops Market and Super 8 Motel on West Morris Street in the Village of Bath by Exit 38. His plans are to demolish all the buildings on the properties, take care of any environmental issues they may find and clear the land to make it available to anyone looking for a commercial property to develop a business to help the community of Bath and help the tax base in the village. Demolition is planned to start this week. The Bath Volunteer Fire Department wants to thank Brian Polmanteer for giving them the buildings for their training purposes and for all the support and generosity he continually gives them.

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