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Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 19, 2019

Women Arrested for Shoplifting from Erwin Walmart
New York State Police report the arrest of a 35-year-old Jasper woman after responding to a report of shoplifting on September 15th. According to police, Lindsey Hunt allegedly stole $279.34 worth of merchandise from the Walmart on Silverback Lane in the Town of Erwin. Hunt was processed at the NYSP Painted Post Station and charged with Petit Larceny and will return to the town’s court at a later date. Two days later, Police were called to the same Walmart again and ended up arresting 20-year-old Savenna Carey and 23-year-old Megan Dean, both of Cohocton.  Both women were issued appearance tickets for Petit Larceny then banned from going onto Walmart property.


Alstom to Hire More Workers with Grant
High Speed Rail Car manufacturer, Alstom announced an expansion of jobs thanks to a $30 million New York State grant from Empire State Development. The company is anticipated to increase its number of workers from 800 to 1,000 by the end of next year. Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul stopped by the Hornell Alstom facility to take a tour and speak with workers. Hochul says this contract will bring stable jobs to the area with the next year and will continue to provide long-term employment.


Campbell-Savona School District Announces 2019-22 Plan
Campbell-Savona School District leaders proposed a new longterm plan for 2019-2022 on Monday’s Board of Education meeting. The plan sets academic achievement goals and other major measures of success, including decreasing chronic absenteeism, which is a problem in the district. Chronic absenteeism is defined as students who are not attending school more than 10 percent of the days they are enrolled.


NYS Plate Fee Proposal Won’t Go As Planned
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced the proposal to mandate replacing license plates across the state won’t move ahead as planned. The proposal would have charged drivers up to $40 for a new plate but will be delayed until April with some changes following overwhelming opposition to the plan. A Siena College poll released Tuesday shows the proposal is widely unpopular among New York voters – with 60 percent of New Yorkers opposing the requirement for drivers to replace their plates. A whopping 75 percent of New Yorkers disapprove of the $25 plate replacement fee and only 23 percent that think the fee is reasonable.


Bath Man Arrested for Assault
A Bath man faces multiple and serious criminal charges. State Police arrested 72-year-old Roger Barned. He was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and first-degree endangering and adult causing serious injury. Troopers said the crimes happened in the Town of Bath and were first reported January 3rd.


OFA Forum Set for Today
This year’s annual Office of the Aging Forum is today at the First Presbyterian Church on Pulteney Square in Bath. The forum begins at 8:30am with a continental breakfast and continues with attendees being able to choose two free workshops. Seniors will also attend a hearing on the county’s 2020 aging services implementation plan. Parking lot attendees will be available to assist participants.


Hornell City PD Hosts Car Seat Check Event Saturday
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor a Car Seat Check Event this Saturday September 21st at the Hornell City Police/Fire Station on 110 Broadway Street Hornell from 10AM to 2PM. It is free of charge and anyone with questions can contact Sergeant Matthew Sorge at (607) 622-3911 or the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.


League of Women Voters Announce Early Voting Resources
The League of Women Voters of New York State has announced that materials for educating voters on early voting are now available. A new website, www.nyearlyvoting.org is live. Voters can click on their county and find the early voting poll site locations and hours. In Steuben County, early voting begins October 26th and takes place at the County Annex building at 20 E. Morris Street in Bath.

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