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Sheriff Allard to Present Defense pins to All Veteran Deputies
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces that deputies and officers will be recognized for their service to the nation. Sheriff Jim Allard will present Defense pins to all military veterans employed at the County Sheriff’s Office to formally recognize our veterans and their service in honor of today’s Veteran’s Day Holiday. Allard will distribute New York State Sheriff’s Association National Defense pins for uniform wear to all employees who are military veterans. The ceremony will be conducted at noon today in the front training room at the Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension and is open to the public. The pins are small, visible reminders of the esteem in which we hold all veterans every day and a method to thank all who served their nation and Steuben County.


$5 Million Available in State Grants to Animal Shelters
State officials announced $5 million is available to support animal shelter improvement projects for shelters across New York State. According to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, this disbursement is the third round of funding for the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund that supports major improvements to facilities to enhance animal care and health. A total of $15 million has been dedicated to the program since 2017. Since its inception, the State Companion Animal Capital Fund has awarded 24 projects grants worth between $50,000 to $200,000 for eligible organizations serving a single municipality with a population of less than two million people. Interested applicants must apply through Grants Gateway by 4 p.m. on January 20, 2020. More details on eligibility and the application process can be found here.


Veteran’s Day Ceremony Scheduled at Pulteney Park
A Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held 11am this morning at Pulteney Square Park’s Veterans Memorial. The ceremony marks the 100th anniversary of the American Legion and will also honor veterans and their families for the Veteran’s Day Holiday. If it rains or snows during that time, the Ceremony will be taken indoors to the American Legion Hall Post on 14 William Street in Bath.


Free Fishing is Today in NY
New York residents and non-residents can fish for free without a fishing license today for the Veteran’s Day Holiday. New York's Free Fishing Days help encourage more people get outdoors and enjoy the many world-class fishing opportunities available. New York's hunters and anglers contribute an estimated $4.9 billion to the economy in spending, which supports more than 56,000 jobs and $623 million in state and local taxes.


Bath Village Board Meeting for Speed Change Set 11/18
The Bath Village Board wants to slow down traffic on a specific street and has proposed a local law to do so. The law would reduce the speed limit on Delaware Avenue to 25 mph. The village will hold a public hearing on the proposed legislation one week from now on Monday, November 18th at 5:30 p.m. The hearing will take place at the Municipal Building.


Pulteney Holding Public Hearings Wednesday
The town of Pulteney holds two public hearings this week on Wednesday, November 13th. The first hearing is based on a proposed local law that would allow the town to override the state property tax cap. The second hearing will allow public comment on the town’s proposed 2020 budget. A copy of the budget is available at the town clerk’s office. The hearings begin at 7:25 p.m. this Wednesday evening.


HEAP Applications to be Accepted Starting Tomorrow
Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be accepted beginning tomorrow according to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. Steuben officials said HEAP applications can be filed in person, mailed to the county Department of Social Services (DSS) or submitted on-line at www.mybenefits.ny.gov. Those who need the application sent to them can call (607) 664-2500. Those wishing to file HEAP applications in person may do so beginning tomorrow between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. in Bath or between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. the county DSS office in Bath.

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