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County Approves $58K to Study Emergency Medical Response
Funding worth $58,000 for a study of the county’s emergency medical response system was approved by the Steuben County Legislature. The study will be conducted by the Center for Public Safety Management that will investigate the entire response process including the time it takes, who responds, mutual aid and many other factors. For years, the county has been struggling with the system’s dwindling number of volunteers, increased difficulty to obtain EMT certification and the state requirement for an EMT to be on scene before an injured person can be transported.


O’Mara & Palmesano Visit Bath VFD to Celebrate SAM-Funded Vehicles
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano stopped by the Bath Volunteer Fire Department yesterday morning. The two local Republican legislators helped secure $700,000 worth of funding through the State and Municipal Capital Facilities Program and saved village taxpayer two-thirds of the cost for the new vehicles. Joining O‘Mara and Palmesano was Bath Mayor von Hagn, Fire Chief Glashauser, firefighters and other local officials to celebrate the new ladder truck and Village Police car on display for the public to see.


Horseheads Man Jailed for Possessing Over A Pound Marijuana
A Horseheads man was arrested and jailed after police say they found over a pound of marijuana at his home on Gardner Road. Amadio Grimes was charged with criminal possession of marijuana after what Troopers called a multi-agency investigation. Police obtained a search warrant Thursday and found 1.4 pounds of processed marijuana, pot plants and a digital scale. Grimes was sent to Chemung County Jail on $3,000 bail.


No Increase in Election Day Voter Turnout for 2019
The Election Day on Tuesday brought a less than impressive turnout in New York state. New Yorkers casted some 2.6 million votes on Tuesday, which is only about 22.7 percent of eligible voters in the state, according to the New York State Board of Elections. Board of Elections also reported that 256,251 voters took advantage of early voting for the first time this year: about 1.9 percent of eligible voters.


Hammondsport Best Western Receives Guertin Award for Second Year
The second year in a row, the Best Western Plus in Hammondsport has been recognized with the M.K. Guertin Award at Best Western Hotels and Resorts’ 2019 North American Convention in National Harbor, Maryland. The award is held in high regard as hotels that receive this award best represent the vision of Best Western’s founder and demonstrate exceptional levels of quality, guest satisfaction and dedication to the brand. The Best Western Plus, Hammondsport is one of only 44 hotels out of 2,100 properties in North America to receive this award in 2019.


Work Begins on NYS Cashless Toll System
Preliminary construction of the cashless toll system on the New York State Thruway began this week at about one-fifth of the sites on the 570-mile long stretch of interstate called I-90. The Thruway will install gantries along the highway, eliminating the need for toll booths, tickets and toll workers since the scaffolds will track the vehicles and read E-Z Passes. For those without an E-Z pass, the system will record license plates, then bill the vehicle owner. The Thruway awarded a $355 million contract to the construction group to build the system which should be finished by the end of 2020.


Cuomo Says More DA and AG Funding Not Necessary for His Reform
Governor Andrew Cuomo says more money for local prosecutors and the State Attorney General won’t be necessary to implement the changes to evidence discovery. Across the state, District Attorneys have called for more money in the past few months in order to handle the expected increased workload in their offices’ to process evidence to be available on a faster basis to the defense – a part of the criminal justice reform law passed earlier this year to take effect in January. Cuomo questioned whether District Attorneys or the AG Office needs more funds, saying “They’ve gotten a lot more funding…”

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