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Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 23, 2019

O’Mara Proposes Delay in Bail Reform
State Senator Tom O’Mara Thursday joined legislative colleagues, law enforcement agencies, county district attorneys, and many others on the front lines of fighting crime locally and throughout New York calling on the state to delay the implementation of several criminal justice reform laws set to take effect on January 1. The Senator said “It is becoming increasingly clear that these new laws will put public safety at risk.” O’Mara is the ranking Republican member on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The actions have raised alarms throughout New York’s law enforcement community. O’Mara is currently co-sponsoring legislation (S.6853) calling for a one-year moratorium on the implementation of the new laws so that statewide public hearings can be held on the measures.


Comptroller Reports $43 Billion in Debt for Local Governments
New York’s local governments had $43.6 billion in total outstanding debt in 2018, according to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Total debt has remained fairly steady since the Great Recession, after more than doubling from 1998 to 2010. A major factor behind the slower debt growth over the last ten years is that school districts have borrowed less


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.


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.


County Youth Board Award Nominations Due at the End of November
Nominations for awards recognizing individuals serving Steuben County youth will be accepted until the end of the month on November 30th by the County Youth Board. Nominations will be accepted for the 2019 Champion for Youth Award for a “behind the scenes individual actively supporting one or more youth programs within the county.” Nominations are also needed for the 2019 Youth Service Worker Award honoring a “line worker” providing direct service to Steuben Youth such as a career youth service worker, educator, coach and similar occupations. Individuals may be nominated by any person familiar with the person’s work but not from family members. Winners of both awards will be selected by the county Youth Board and announced at the Steuben County Youth Bureau’s Annual Dinner meeting set for February.


County Legislature Holds 2020 Budget Hearing Monday
A public hearing on the proposed Steuben County 2020 budget is set for this Monday morning at 11:30 a.m., immediately followed by the adoption of the county’s spending plan by county legislators during a special session. If adopted by the county Legislature, next year’s budget of $197 million carries a 1 percent hike of $500,000 in local costs, bringing the property tax levy up to $50.5 million. While spending will increase the average tax rate will drop 2 percent, down from the current average of $8.25 per $1,000 to an average of $8.07 per $1,000. Each municipality’s tax rates vary because of the state’s complicated equalization formula.

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