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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 21, 2019

Reed to Return to DC Monday Following Collapse
After his collapse in Washington two days ago, Congressman Tom Reed released a statement yesterday saying George Washington University Hospital has released him. The Representative of the 23rd  Congressional District was diagnosed with a case of pneumonia and is taking the weekend off to recover. Reed thanked everyone wishing him wellness and said he returns back to work in Washington Monday.


Bath VA Hosts POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony
Veterans and the public attended the Bath VA’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony yesterday in observance to remember veterans who were captured prisoners or still remain missing in action. Speaking at the ceremony was US Air Force pilot and Vietnam Veteran Moe Newcomb, who was captured in North Vietnam for five years. Guest speaker for the ceremony was Historian and Director of the Chemung Valley Museum Bruce Whitmarsh, who spoke about the history of the Civil War POW camp located in Elmira, known as “Hellmira,” during the Civil War. POW/MIA Recognition Day is traditionally observed on the third Friday in September annually.


North Hornell FD Club to Receive $43K in Federal Funds
Three Southern Tier fire departments were announced to receive federal support his week. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the news that the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program will award fire departments in Otsego County, Chenango County and our own  Steuben County’s North Hornell Fire Department Club will receive thousands of federal dollars in funding. North Hornell’s Fire Department Club will receive $43,809.52 to purchase and install a vehicle exhaust removal system for the fire station. Grants are awarded based on a competitive basis to applicants that best match the program's priorities and demonstrating financial need.


GOP Reps Ask AG to Consider Green Light Law Constitutionality 
Six Republican House members from New York want the U.S. Justice Department to review the state’s new law granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. GOP House members John Katko, Peter King, Chris Collins, Elise Stefanik and Tom Reed wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr Thursday asking Barr to determine if New York’s “Green Light Law” violates the Constitution and suggested Barr consider supporting a federal court lawsuit to halt the implementation of this law, which was signed by the Governor in June. Several county clerks in the state running DMV offices on behalf of the state have already objected to the law with Erie and Rensselaer counties filing lawsuits in federal court, in the effort to have the law ruled unconstitutional.


Bath Man Arrested for Child Porn
A Bath man faces up to 20 years in prison for allegedly possessing child pornography following a federal investigation. Daryl Sumeriski, aged 51, was orginially charged by local law enforcement with the felony of possessing a sexual performance by a child under the age of 16. The Office of Homeland Security in Buffalo then began an investigation allegedly finding Sumeriski kept about 1,000 images of underage girls engaged in sex acts on his mobile phone. Sumeriski will face sentencing in January could receive a $250,000 fine on top of a possible 20 years behind bars.


DEC Wants Regulatory Proposal to Expand Dangerous Animal List
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced a new regulatory proposal to help protect the public and the state’s native fish and wildlife by expanding the list of animals regulated as “dangerous.” The proposed regulation also enhances DEC’s authority to implement licensing requirements that will ensure that dangerous animals held at facilities for exhibition purposes do not pose a threat to humans or other animals. These changes were prompted by a growing number of incidents involving dangerous animals that have posed a risk to public safety and the environment, including DEC seizures of alligators, vipers, cobras and rattlesnakes. The proposed regulation change expands the list of animals that pose a threat to public safety.

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