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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 15, 2019

Families of Four Pulteney Crash Victims Confirm Identities
Family members of the four victims whose lives were claimed by an accident in Pulteney this weekend have confirmed the identities of their late loved ones. The four lost in the crash were confirmed as Korbie Higgins, Coy Miner, Nikki Wise, and Adam Bellamy by WETM News. The fifth victim in the crash, Dustin Drake, survived with injuries of a broken arm and leg. It is believed that some or all of the five people in the crash were at Maloney’s in Hammondsport shortly before the accident. More details in this case are emerging as the investigation continues.


Allard Talks Staff and Reduced Population After Bail Reform
Sheriff Jim Allard spoke about the state’s recent bail reform measures that take effect on January 1st and says the result of these changes will likely be a reduction of the county jail population by over one-third. Allard says the current daily jail population is 155-165 and anticipates it to be around 100 after the law takes effect. He says a team has been set up from agencies like DSS, Mental Health, Catholic Charities and more in order to review each inmate to determine what each individual needs for community support. Allard says though he believes the employment of current staff will most likely not be threatened, the level of staffing necessary to accommodate to the new state law is still unknown.


Congressman Reed Encourages Constituents to Participate in Census
Congressman Tom Reed has stressed the importance of participating in the 2020 Census for the sake of New York State to maintain an accurate representation in Washington. Reed expressed concern over the declining number of New York representatives in Congress in the last three Census cycles. He says his office will continue encouraging constituents to participate in the upcoming census. The Corning Republican claimed “extreme liberalism” from Albany again,  this time as a cause for population decline in the Empire State.


Gillibrand Working on Union Reform Bill
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is in the process of furthering a bill called the “Build Local, Hire Local Act” introduced to the Senate back in July that would strengthen unions and raise wages for workers. Gillibrand said that infrastructure “offers a major opportunity to revitalize manufacturing jobs” and stressed the importance of using American-made products. The bill also seeks to encourage apprenticeship for veterans, women and those in need as well as encourage local union contracting.


American Legion Hosts Blood Drive Tomorrow
There will be a blood drive tomorrow at the American Legion on William Street in Bath from 11:30am to 5:30pm. Blood is desperately needed at this site. You can donate by going to redcrossblood.org, downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling Eleanor Sample at (607) 569-2063.


Paving on Rte 415 in Avoca Begins Today
The New York State Department of Transportation begins paving today on State Route 415 in Avoca. With weather permitting, work will last from today to this Friday October 18th. The project involves a combination of state forces and railroad personnel replacing and paving around a railroad crossing on State Route 415 in the Town of Avoca .25 miles South of the Hamlet of Wallace. Local traffic will be detoured on County Route 7 through the Village of Avoca while truck traffic will be detoured on I-390.


Medicare Open Enrollment Begins Today
The Steuben County Office For the Aging reminds county residents the Medicare Open Enrollment period for 2020 plans begins today and continues until December 7th. The open enrollment period allows those receiving benefits to review changes and options and make changes as needed. Those changes must be made during the open enrollment period to take effect next year in 2020. Those with questions about their plans may call the county OFA at (607) 664-2298.

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