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Today's Top Stories - Friday November 22, 2019

 Free Parking in Bath Business District Beginning December 1st
Beginning Monday December 1st until January 2nd, 2020, Mayor VonHagn and the Village Board authorized Chief Chad Mullen to change metered parking to two hour free parking in the Business District for the Holiday Season. The parking spaces will be on Liberty Street, East William Street, Buell Street, Steuben Street, and the Westside of West Pulteney Square. Metered parking will not be enforced, so it will not be required to put money in the meters while parking in those designated areas. Parking enforcement will be checking the vehicles in the area for anyone parked over the limit of two hours. All other metered spaces will still be enforced during those dates.

 

Mike Sweet Running for Mayor, Von Hagn Running for Re-election
Bath Village Board member and business owner Mike Sweet has announced on Facebook that he intends to run for mayor of Bath. He will run against Mayor Bill Von Hagn, who confirmed with WVIN yesterday that he is running for re-election. Both Republicans will compete for the Mayoral nomination during the party’s caucus in February. Elections for Mayor and other Village positions take place March 2020.

 

Senator O’Mara Co-Sponsors Bill Putting Moratorium on Bail Reform 
State Senator Tom O’Mara is currently co-sponsoring legislation (S.6853) calling for a one-year moratorium on the implementation of the new bail reform laws so that statewide public hearings can be held on the measures. Earlier this week, the New York Humane Association joined the number of groups and officials opposing this legislation. O’Mara and other opponents believe that the move will result in the mandatory release of 90% of those arrested, regardless of their criminal history.

 

Section Five Settles Boys’ Basketball Dispute with Board 60
Last night, an agreement was reached with the Section V boys basketball dispute. Though an official ratification is needed and a referee schedule must be made, the boys basketball season will continue as usual without postponements. Board 60- the group overseeing the boys basketball referees- agreed to the latest proposal from Section Five. No details were released regarding the agreement as Board 60 wanted improved security and more control of game assignments for members.

 

Howard Man Arrested for Killing Domestic Animal
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday, deputies and members of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Police arrested Christopher N. Bertram from Howard.  It is alleged that Mr. Bertram shot and killed a domestic animal which did not belong to him in the Town of Howard, then moved that animal to another location in the Village of Canisteo. Bertram is charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, all class E Felonies. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released to appear in the Howard Town Court at a later date.  Further charges regarding an alleged illegal killing of a deer may be filed.

 

AAA Reports Second-Highest Thanksgiving Travel Season
Over 55 million travelers are making travel plans this holiday season with a trip of 50 or more miles away from home for this Thanksgiving. According to AAA, this will be the second-highest volume for Thanksgiving travel since AAA began tracking the numbers in 2000. Elizabeth Carey from AAA cites low unemployment for this phenomenon. AAA reports 49.3 million Americans will be traveling for this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005 and Carey predicts gas prices won’t prevent people from making long-distance holiday plans.

 

Wegmans Announced as Title Sponsor for 2020 Wineglass Marathon
Wineglass organizers are proud to announce that Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is the Title Sponsor of the Wineglass Half Marathon beginning in 2020. Sheila Sutton, Race Director, shared, "We are thrilled to announce Wegmans as the title sponsor of the half marathon. Wegmans has been a long-time community partner of both the full and half marathons offering runners a display of healthy food options … This next level of sponsorship highlights our shared commitment to helping people achieve healthier lifestyles." To learn more about the Wineglass Race Series or to register for one of the events, visit wineglassmarathon.com or follow Wineglass Marathon on Facebook.

 

Two Arrested Following Dansville Dispute
State Police have arrested two people following a domestic dispute in Dansville. Troopers took 51-year-old Edward McMichael and 34-year-old Anna O’Dell into custody. Both were charged with two counts of child endangerment. McMichael was additionally charged with assault and O’Dell was also charged with criminal mischief and harassment with physical contact. Court action is pending.

 

NY DOH Reports Second Vaping Death
New York’s Department of Health has declared the state’s second death linked to a vaping-associated illness. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that the person who died was a man in his 30′s from Manhattan with a reported history of using e-cigarettes and vapor products. The first death, on Oct. 4, was of a 17-year-old boy from the Bronx. The state said the teen had been hospitalized in early September for a respiratory illness related to vaping.

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