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Today's Top Stories - Monday September 30, 2019

Demonstrators Gathering This Morning for Vaccination Law Court Date
Demonstrators will gather this morning to protest the state's recent ruling to eliminate the religious exemption from vaccinations. The law passed by New York State in June is being contested by a lawsuit against the state Attorney General's Office. The state selected the closest possible court date, which was scheduled as such at the County Courthouse this morning at 10:30. Chief of Police Chad Mullen says his department does have a security plan in place for an estimated turnout of 1,500 or more people demonstrating at Pulteney Park, lasting about as long as the court is in session. Mullen says the demonstration is anticipated to be peaceful. 


Blood Drive at Bath Grange on Friday
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive this week on Friday October 4th from 1 to 6pm at the Wheeler Grange on Fitz Road in Bath. To make an appointment or for more information please call 800-RED-CROSS, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit www.redcrossblood.org.


County Route 10 Closed Starting Today
A reminder that closure for construction begins today on County Route 10 in Bath. Motorists are advised this first phase will close all traffic from 9am to 2pm today through Wednesday between the Bath Village line and Turnpike Road. The detour route for this closure will be Moore Road, Turnpike Road, and County Route 15 (Knight Settlement Road). The detour will be posted to alert drivers. 


Last Board of Elections New Inspector Class is Tomorrow
County Board of Elections officials are wrapping up their final 5-hour class for new election inspectors beginning 10am tomorrow at the county Annex. With less than five weeks away from the November 5th General Election, volunteers are needed. Half day shifts are available and the class provides hands-on training on the electronic voting machines and basic information on general operations at each poll site. For more information or to sign up for Tuesday’s class to become an inspector please call (607) 664-2260.


BEGWS Warden Street Closings Begin Today
Today Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems begin replacing the gas main on Warden Street, from Geneva Street to Hudson Street. For safety reasons, Warden Street will be closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections of Geneva/Warden, Shannon/Warden, and Hudson/Warden will be closed periodically as Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems cuts the pavement and replaces the gas main at and/or across these intersections. Work is expected to last through the fall.


E-Cig Industry Denied NYS Vape Ban Delay
The e-cigarette industry has been denied a request to delay the ban on e-cig and vape products by a New York State Judge. The industry's attempt to postpone the ban was answered by a Supreme Court Justice's refusal to issue a temporary order to restrain and prevent regulations approved by the Governor back on September 17th. The 90-day ban regulation restricts selling vaping flavors other than tobacco and has yet to be officially passed into law. On Friday, Governor Cuomo expressed his desire to also add menthol-flavored e-cigarettes to the ban. 


Senator Gillibrand Working on Produce Price Bill
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate if fruit and vegetable farmers across the New York State and the United States receive fair prices for their produce. Gillibrand says she is coming up with a bill that improves the farm sales data reporting system to give farmers access to more accurate, real-time information. Gillibrand says though wholesale buyers and consumers at the grocery store have experienced price increases for produce, the prices farmers earn for the same products have not kept up with steady increases and in some cases, have actually decreased.


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