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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 3rd, 2019

Four Arrested in STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports from November 24th to November 30th, deputies arrested four people during their Thanksgiving STOP-DWI Crackdown for intoxicated or impaired driving.  Deputies arrested: Eddie. Burnworth of  Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, Mindy A. Lee of Bath, Jamie L. Thompson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Kasey Fisher of Painted Post. Each person was arrested and charged with at least a count of Driving While Intoxicated and will appear in local courts at later dates for their charges.


Campbell Man Arrested for Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that Ya’sin Richardson, age 19 of Campbell was arrested following a response to a reported domestic incident in progress. It is alleged that Richardson threatened a member of his family or household with what appeared to be a firearm, placed a child under the age of 17 in a dangerous condition and entered or remained in a dwelling without permission, with the intent to commit a crime therein. Richardson is charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, Menacing in the Second Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Richardson was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released to reappear in Campbell Town Court at a later date.


Hundreds in Steuben Still Without Power After Storm
After yesterday’s winter weather advisory, about 5,000 in Steuben County had reported power outages from the wet and heavy several inches of snowfall. Steuben County Emergency Services Manager Tim Marshall said the power outages across the county were sporadic and spread out in hundreds, noting: “It’s really all over the board throughout the entire county.” This morning, NYSEG reports about 71 outages in Steuben County with about 1,500 residents still without power. Customers without power can contact their utility company to learn when power is expected to be restored or to check the NYSEG website


Cuomo Signs Nuisance Call Act
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that enacts the Nuisance Call Act, closing a loophole in the Do Not Call Registry and making it law that live telemarketers must give consumers the option to be added to the solicitor’s do-not-call list. The Nuisance Call act also requires telemarketers have a consumer’s written consent to share or sell their contact information.The governor said: “With these new protections, we can help ensure New Yorkers receive fewer unwanted calls and their privacy is protected once and for all.” This legislation takes effect in 90 days.


Red Cross Holding Two December Blood Drives in Bath
During the holiday season, the Red Cross is urging everyone to set aside an hour to give blood and be the lifeline patients need. Bath will be holding two blood drives for the month of December: the first will be Wednesday December 18th at the Bath VFW from 11:30am to 5:30pm. The Bath Ambulance Corps will hold a blood drive Friday December 27th from noon to 5pm. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give blood or platelets now through Dec. 18th will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.


Commission Releases Reports on 2020 Campaign Finance Reform
Sunday, a commission released its 144 page report detailing recommendations on how to fund campaigns in New York through a system of matched taxpayer funds to lower contribution rates. The report also suggested tougher thresholds for parties to achieve ballot access. The recommendations in the report resulted from the work of the commission appointed by Governor Cuomo and top State Assembly and Senate Legislators. The commission’s findings will become law once the phased-in deadlines have taken effect: the party threshold provision will happen next year in 2020 while the public-financing program will be available in 2024 for legislative races and in 2026 for statewide races.


Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast Due Friday
The American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes is now accepting nominations for the Real Heroes Breakfast held on March 27th at the Corning Museum of Glass. The breakfast honors those who have shown “courage, dedication and unselfish character by their acts of heroism and service in our community”. Proceeds from the annual breakfast will benefit the Finger Lakes Chapter serving Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, December 6th. For a nomination form, and a description of award categories, visit redcross.org/flxrhb or email brian.mcconnell2@redcross.org.


CCE Holds Annual Meeting and Gala Thursday
Cornell Cooperative Extension reminds the public of their Annual Meeting and Gala this Thursday (December 5th) 5-9pm at the Steuben County Office Building Annex. Silent Auction, Hors ‘Doevres, Autumn Harvest Dinner, Trivia Program and more. Tickets are $25. RSVP and order tickets by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at 664-2300 or go to putknowledgetowork.org

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