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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 12, 2019

Canisteo Teen Jailed on Sex Crime Charges
A teen from Canisteo faces rape and sex abuse charges following allegations of incidents that involved 3 juvenile-aged victims. Eighteen-year-old Darrel Towsely Jr. has been charged with rape, sex abuse, forcible touching, criminal sex act, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawfully dealing with a child. It is alleged that the incidents have occurred since February of this year to the present. Towsley is currently held in Steuben County Jail pending his arraignment.


HEAP Applications Accepted Beginning Today
Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be accepted beginning today. Steuben County DSS 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 DSS at (607) 664-2500. Those wishing to file HEAP applications in person may between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, in Bath or between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. the county DSS office.


Cuomo Announces Plans for NY’s First State Veteran’s Cemetery
Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday announced the state’s plans to establish New York’s first State Veteran’s Cemetery. Cuomo says the Veteran’s Cemetery will be a comfort for older veterans as well as a monument for all New Yorkers to be able to honor veterans. Director of the State Division of Veteran’s Services will chair the committee that will develop the action plan and determine the cemetery’s location. Currently, New York is one of the few states nationwide that does not have a State Veteran’s Cemetery.


SUNY Colleges to Begin Waiving Application Fees for Veterans
New York State colleges will soon be waiving application fees for veterans and their spouses. Currently, veterans must pay a fee from $50 to $65 when applying to SUNY college campuses. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday he will work to waive the fee for all military veterans and their spouses applying to all state-operated campuses. The SUNY Board of Trustees will include an agenda with resolutions to discuss in upcoming board meetings to implement the change.


NYS Bill Would Change Tanning Age to 21
A New York City area state senator has proposed a bill that would raise the age to use tanning beds to age 21. Currently, minors as young as 17 years old can use indoor tanning beds with written parental consent. State Senator Skoufis asked his legislator colleagues to support this bill in a memo where he wrote ultraviolet radiation and related skin cancer are bigger health issues than smoking. Skoufis cites the American Skin Care Foundation’s statistic that over 419,000 cases of skin cancer occur related to indoor tanning use in the United States every year.


Dormann Library Offering A Free Coffee A Day for Veterans This Week
The Dormann Library has announced they are offering one free cup of coffee per day today through Saturday to our local Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans in gratitude for their service. Dormann Library was closed in observance for the Veteran’s Day holiday yesterday. Director of Dormann Library Carol Berry invites all to join at the library for “Crafternoon” time 11am-1pm Saturday as the holidays quickly approach.

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