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Today's Top Stories - Thursday November 21, 2019

Legislature to Discuss Gravel Leases, Taxing Land Parcels
When the Steuben County Legislature meets on Monday morning, they will meet to discuss two main issues. At 9:30, the Legislature will discuss Amendments to Gravel Leases for Public Works Business. At about 9:40am, legislators will talk about Adding Penalty Taxes to Converted Forest Land Parcels. The next Legislative Meeting is the morning of Monday November 25th at the County Office Building.


Bath CSD Meeting Tonight
The Bath Central School District Board of Education reminds the public they will hold their regular meeting tonight. The Board will meet this evening in the DLL STEAM Suite of the School at 6:30pm.


Boys Basketball May Be Delayed Due to Section V Dispute
The beginning of the high school boys basketball season may be delayed due to a dispute between Section Five and basketball officials. Only a handful of referees are currently available for the start of the boys basketball season tomorrow. If referees cannot be found by tomorrow, games could be postponed. Additional security and removal of mileage compensation seems to be the primary issue causing the shortage. Section Five officials plan to meet later today to discuss the upcoming basketball season.


Omar Asks Judge Sentencing Addison Man “Show Compassion”
The Minnesota Congresswoman threatened by Addison man Patrick Carlineo, has requested the judge deciding Carlineo’s punishment to “Show compassion” in sentencing. According to a criminal complaint and accompanying affidavit, Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar called for a restraint in the upcoming judgment of Carlineo, who pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Omar because of her faith in a phone call to her office. Congresswoman Omar wrote in a letter to New York Federal Judge Frank Geraci that: “We must teach the defendant love,” Omar also wrote: “I do not believe the defendant would be served by a severe prison sentence or substantial financial fine and ask you to show compassion in your sentencing.”


GasBuddy Predicts Higher Thanksgiving Gas Prices
There will be pain at the pump this Thanksgiving travel season, at least according to GasBuddy. The company projects the national average gas price for regular unleaded will be $2.56/gallon- its highest since 2014. Gasbuddy reports that prices are about a cent higher per gallon compared to a year ago. A survey by the company found 30 percent of Americans surveyed say the high cost of gas prices are affecting their holiday plans.


State Legislature Holds Hearing on Early Voting Results
New York discussed how its first election with the option of early voting went yesterday in a New York State Legislature hearing. Election officials are still reviewing their data, but New York City and several other counties did see a slightly higher turnout of voters this year compared to 2015. New Yorkers have been skeptical of the early voting initiative due to concerns of costs, roll-out of electronic voter rolls and the location of the sites for early voting. According to the state Board of Elections, over 256,000 people cast their ballots before Election Day between October 26th and November 3rd.


Corning-Painted Post High School Holds Poverty Panel
Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith joined the panel discussion on how to better deal with the needs of local children living in poverty at a free public screening Tuesday of WSKG-TV’s “Chasing the Dream” at the Corning-Painted Post High School. The event, sponsored by The United Way, centered on the roots of childhood poverty, one of many adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).  Successful programs were highlighted at the event including Tompkins County’s “Be The One” plan,which develops meaningful one-on-one relationships between a child and an adult. For more information, go to https://wskg.org/series/chasing-the-dream-


Gatehouse Media Takes Over Gannet for $1.1 Billion
GateHouse has closed its $1.1 billion takeover of Gannett, promising a $300 million cut in annual costs as it becomes the country’s largest newspaper company by far. The new company keeps the Gannett name and brings about 260 daily papers together, including The Leader. The headquarters will be in Virginia.  Executives say layoffs are expected, but they claim they will try not to slash reporter jobs.

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