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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 2, 2019

Schumer Wants TTB to Sell Wine in Single Cans
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped in Watkins Glen yesterday to announce his efforts for the trade and tax bureau to allow manufacturing of wine in single cans. Schumer says this change will be beneficial to consumers as well as the local winery businesses who want to sell these cans. Currently, the TTB allows beer to be sold in cans of all sizes but their regulations restrict wine and harder cider above 6.9% alcohol content to be sold in can sizes that are “less popular” than the single 12.7 oz. cans. Right now, wine is often comes in packages of four 8.4 oz cans. Schumer’s goal is to make single cans more accessible to the public so they don’t have to buy a whole four-pack by late 2020.


Reed and Schumer Speak Out About Impeachment Inquiry
New York politicians Tom Reed and Senator Chuck Schumer offered commentary on the recently-announced impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Schumer, like many Democrats, believes “This should be looked into,” and supports the House looking into the situation to see what the facts are, adding “We’re the jury if the house were to vote for impeachment, and we have to wait… for the facts before jumping to a decision.” Congressman Tom Reed remarked: “I don’t see that smoking gun that warrants an impeachment effort. I think the American people want us to work on problems that affect them day to day.” The House Intelligence Committee expects the whistleblower in the middle of impeachment process to testify “very soon”.


State to Discuss SLA Alcohol Regulation for Food Service Apps
A group of state lawmakers are deliberating on a proposed New York State Liquor Authority Advisory that would require restaurants or bars limit food delivery apps to no more than a 10 percent service charge and if apps charge more, they must be added to the restaurant’s liquor licenses. Companies like Grubhub say the proposal puts them in a dilemma because they say a 10 percent or less charge is too low for them to make a profit and requiring them to join a restaurant’s liquor license would be a hassle and increases their legal liability as a business. The SLA says the goal of the advisory is for delivery apps and others providing third-party services to bars and restaurants to be held accountable to state laws requiring alcohol licensing transparency. The SLA will hold a public hearing on the advisory on Monday in New York City.


Cuomo  Anticipates NY-27 Election “Sooner Rather Than Later”
Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview yesterday a special election for the vacant congressional seat of recently-resigned Representative Chris Collins could happen “sooner rather than later”. Former Congressman Collins is expected to plead guilty in his insider trading case and the Governor may have little choice but to call a special election so the district is represented federally. Several Republican politicians as well as a single Democrat have filed to run in the race.


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.


Road Closings Announced for Weekend’s Wineglass Marathon
Road closures for the 38th Annual Guthrie Wineglass Marathon this weekend have been announced. In Bath area, closures for these major roads will occur on:

  • State Route 54 and County Route 113/Mt. Washington Rd. in the Town of Bath (8–8:45am)
  • State Route 54 - all traffic will be stopped at 8:00am for a period of 5–10 minutes at the County Route 113 (Mt. Washington Road) intersection at the beginning of the race to allow all runners to enter the course and turn south on State Route 54 towards Village of Bath
  • County Route 113/Mt. Washington Road at Spur Rd. - will be closed from 6am until approximately 9am
  • Rumsey Street Extension - will be closed from May St. to County Route 113 from 6am until approximately 8:30am
  • East Morris St./Rt. 415 from Roosevelt Ave. to the intersection of Rt. 11 will be Alternating one-way from 8:00 – 9:30 AM

Closures for the Village of Bath include:

  • State Route 54 (Geneva and the north end of Liberty Street) from Washington St. to the Village of Bath line
  • W. Washington St. from Liberty St. to Hubbell St.
  • Hubbell St. from W. Washington St. to W. Morris St.
  • W. Morris St. from Hubbell St. to W. Steuben St.
  • W. Steuben St. and E. Steuben St. (SR 415) to May St.

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