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Today's Top Stories - Monday November 25, 2019

ARC Employee Accused of Murder Commits Suicide
The employee working for ARC of Steuben who was accused of killing a client at the Hornell home earlier this month has committed suicide. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Alan Schultheis died Friday night at Noyes hospital in Dansville. Schultheis died after jumping out of a window of the jail he was detained at. He was alive when he was found but succumbed to his injuries once he was transported to Noyes Hospital. This happened following the preliminary hearing on Friday where Schultheis admitted in a video he stabbed his 60-year-old client Jay Sprague. The case was awaiting a grand jury hearing.


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 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.


County Youth Board Award Nominations Due at the End of November
Nominations for awards recognizing individuals serving Steuben County youth will be accepted until this Saturday, 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
A public hearing on the proposed Steuben County 2020 budget is set for this 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.


CCE Hosts Medicare Workshop this Afternoon
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is to host the Medicare workshop titled, “Unraveling the Alphabet Soup of Medicare: Parts A, B, C and D.” The workshop will be held today 1 to 3 p.m. at the Steuben County Office Building Annex on East Morris Street in Bath. The program will give a brief overview of what Medicare is, what options may be and a few essential things to know. Attendance is free but registration is required by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-664-2300.


Gillibrand Co-Sponsors Expanded Food Safety Inspection Act
As Thanksgiving day approaches, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced new legislation proposed to help improve food safety. Co-sponsoring the Expanded Food Safety Inspection Act, Gillibrand says this legislation would allow the FDA to investigate beyond produce farms.The FDA currently lacks authority to investigate animal farms, which can be cause food borne illnesses. (Gillibrand AUDIO) Senator Gillibrand also says this bill would facilitate coordination between the FDA and other organizations and agencies like the CDC and USDA to better determine the source of food borne illness outbreaks.

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