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Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 12, 2019

Route 15 Fire Destroys Building, Killing 16 Pets
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call for a fire yesterday afternoon at 12:58  on County Route 15 in the Town of Bath. A second call was made for manpower, ambulances and the Bath VA to bring their rehab bus to cool off the crews fighting the fire. In the fire, 3 dogs and 13 cats were lost. American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the tenants of the home, which was a total loss. No tenants were killed but one tenant was injured from attempting to rescue pets and two Bath Firefighters were also transferred to Ira Davenport for heat exhaustion from the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Noren Declares Candidacy in Democratic Congressional Primary
Candidate for the 23rd Congressional Seat Tracy Mitrano will not run unchallenged in the Democratic Primary election. Dr. Scott Noren announced he will challenge Mitrano. Noren, who is a local surgeon, veteran, and longtime member of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee, says he chose to run because he believes the opioid epidemic issue has been poorly dealt with by Tom Reed and others in Congress. Noren says he has a blueprint to prevent opioid addiction as well as plans to solve student debt and climate change. Noren will kick off his campaign as co-moderator of an Opioid Pill Abuse Prevention Panel at SUNY Cortland, September 25th 7-9pm.


Mill Road in Howard to be Closed Monday
Road work has been announced for Mill Road in Howard beginning this Monday September 16th. The project is to replace piping and should be finished by Wednesday the 18th but hopefully Tuesday evening, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to use Demmon Pond Road and Rice Road as detours until construction is completed.


Howard Board Plans Budget Resolutions and 2% Tax Cap Hearing
Last night the Howard Town Board met to discuss the state 2% tax cap, re-appoint the town assessor and settle other business. The Board motioned for a resolution to hold a public hearing to exceed the state's 2% tax cap on October 9th. Mayor Don Evia says he has worked on the "2%" preliminary budget, but has not yet released it for public view. Justice Dave Price says Budget resolutions will be assigned dates next month. The meeting concluded with the approval of the Assessor's Monthly report which reported spending totals as Over $3,000 under the General Fund and about $14,300 for Highway Funds.


Six People Arrested on Probation Warrant Sweep
Sheriff Jim Allard reports the arrest of six people by the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad due to active warrants. Arrests were made from September 5th through September 9th, all for alleged violations of probation following active warrants in Steuben County. Wendell Draper of Urbana, Rebecca Anne Parsons-Price of Wayland, Elliot Dixon Cornaire of Bath, Christopher Barrett of Corning and homeless man Joshua Sumers were all arrested for violated terms or conditions of probation before each being remanded to Steuben County Jail.


NY State Seeks Restitution from Opioid Industry
The New York State Department of Financial Services is seeking fines and restitution from the opioid industry for overpayment and directs insurers to fully cooperate. The agency says consumers in the state have overpaid about $2 billion in insurance premiums over the last ten years due to the costs of opioid manufacturers misrepresenting the safety and efficacy of opioid drugs. Governor Cuomo said this overpayment resulted in over-prescription of the drugs, additional addiction treatment and treatment for other adverse health effects from opioid use. New York state will also hold hearings to discuss this problem with consumers and generate transparency in regards to the impact these medications have on the health insurance system.

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