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Today's Top Stories - Monday November 18, 2019

Hornell Fire Destroys 4 Buildings, Leaves 21 Without Home
The Hornell fire department is investigating cause of a structural fire that destroyed several homes and close to half of a city block on Preston Avenue and Washington Street yesterday at around 2:30pm. Police and firefighters both responded to the call and were able to get all residents out safely before the buildings were destroyed. A total of 21 people were left without a home: 13 adults and 8 children. Four buildings on Preston Avenue are predicted to be total losses while two Washington Street buildings are sustaining with smoke and water damage. A GoFundMe has been created for the victims of the fire and anyone who wants to donate can do so here.


Cuomo Signs Law Giving Adoptees Certified Birth Certificate at Age 18
Governor Cuomo signed legislation that allows adoptees to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate when they turn 18-years-old for the first time. The measure aims to help guarantee all adult New York adoptees can have the same unimpeded access and right to information about their birth and biological parents. Governor Andrew Cuomo said of the new law: “Where you came from informs who you are, and every New Yorker deserves access to the same birth records – it’s a basic human right…” Governor Cuomo also said he was proud to sign the law to “correct this inequity once and for all.”


NYS Comptroller Says Local Sales Tax Collections Up from Last Year
According New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, local sales tax collections have increased from last year. Friday, DiNapoli reported that third-quarter local sales tax collections in the state totaled $4.8 billion- a 6.3% increase from last year’s July to September period. This year’s July to September period was also this year’s strongest quarter. DiNapoli says the increased internet sales tax revenue may have sparked the uptick.


Bath Village Board Meeting for Speed Change Set Tonight
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 tonight at 5:30 p.m. The hearing will take place at the Municipal Building.


Dunkin’ Donuts to Phase Out Foam Cups
Big news for Dunkin’ drinkers: if you are a double-cupper, you no longer will have to do that anymore. Dunkin’ Donuts says they plan to phase out its foam cups nationwide. Double cupping is when an iced beverage in a plastic cup is placed inside a foam cup for insulation. Dunkin’ Donuts instead will use a newly-designed double-walled paper cups, making the cup sleeve or second cup unnecessary. Dunkin’ says all of its New England locations will have the new cups by December 1st.


OFA and CCE Pass on the 10 Gallon Challenge for Food Banks
Steuben County Office for the Aging Director Patty Baroody and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Theresa McKinley have picked up on and encouraged local food pantries to practice the “10 Gallon Challenge”. The challenge is a way to support local food pantries while supporting dairy farmers and began in Wisconsin last year. Milk is one of the most requested items by food banks, yet the least-donated. Greg Olsen, Acting Director of the OFA, challenges OFAs across the state to donate 10 gallons of milk to their local food pantries and pass this challenge on.


Local Vet and Legislator Roush Featured in Two National Magazines
Vietnam veteran and Steuben County Legislator Gary Roush has been featured recently in two national magazines. In the Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine October issue, Roush recalled a particularly dangerous mission to rescue 23 wounded Americans at a military base on the top of a mountain. Roush’s missions of delivering supplies and exploits like the dangerous rescue ultimately deprived him of his ability to hear, he wrote in the November/December issue of Hearing Life. “… I never let the label of Vietnam veteran -- or my hearing disability -- hold me back from being a productive member of society,” Roush said. “Through it all I learned that you have to make the best of the cards you’re dealt. And when it comes to hearing loss, you need to seek professional help when you need it.”


Governor and AG File Expanded Lawsuit Against IJC
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James filed an expanded lawsuit on behalf of New York State against the International Joint Commission. Both officials have been building on the State DEC’s lawsuit against the IJC. The expanded suit claims the IJC failed to implement its flood protocol for the Moses-Saunders Power Dam of Lake Ontario and claims a collective over $50 million in damages incurred by all state agencies, including the DEC. The Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau will be handling this lawsuit as more details in the case develop.

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