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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 4th, 2019

Bath Volunteer Fire Department Elects New Officials
Last night, officers were elected for the Bath Volunteer Fire Department. Jason Causer was elected President. Ron Delio was elected Vice President while Greg Glashauser won the election for Secretary and Robin Havens won the title of Treasurer. Matt Glashauser was elected to be Fire Chief. The newly-elected officials will begin their terms in the upcoming year on January 1st.

 

I-86 Closed Yesterday After Logging Truck Rollover
Yesterday, portions of I-86 Westbound near Exit 34 were closed after a logging truck reportedly overturned. The Hornell Evening Tribune reported the accident occurred around 2pm yesterday. The Tribune also reports the logs were cleared by another truck that was owned by the same logging company. Investigators say the truck driver experienced minor injuries to the head and taken to the hospital. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

 

Hornell School District Votes “No” on Capital Investment Project
Yesterday, the Hornell School District voted “NO” on the proposed Capital Improvement Project. The project would not result in a tax increase for school district residents and would be covered by the New York State Smart Schools Bond Act. Remaining costs would be supported by existing capital reserve funds. The vote was 164 for “yes” and 189 voting “no” on the project.

 

New Bill Would Give Tax Credit to Those Adopting Shelter Pets
A new law being proposed in New York state, could give tax credits to people who rescue pets. If the bill passes, pet owners could receive up to $125 per pet they adopt from any animal shelter and applies only to domestic animals like dogs and cats. This tax credit is intended to cover and reimburse the cost of adoption fees and to encourage New Yorkers to adopt animals needing homes as opposed to buying them from breeders.

 

NYS Senate Bill Would Make Porch Piracy a Felony
New legislation in the New York State Senate could bring more serious charges for those caught stealing packages from someone else’s porch. The measure was introduced by State Senator Daphne Jordan on Monday and would make the theft of a package near someone’s home a felony. Jordan says the “legislation would establish Porch Piracy as a felony crime to try dissuading the unscrupulous criminals who steal packages…” A 2018 survey found over 26 million Americans have been victim to porch pirates.

 

Corning City Council Votes to Implement Delay of Bail Reform Laws
Corning City Council voted unanimously this week in favor of supporting a one-year moratorium on the implementation of new state bail reform laws so that statewide public hearings can be held on the measures. State Senator Tom O’Mara joined law enforcement and other New York officials calling on the state to delay implementating criminal justice reform laws set to take effect January 1st. O’Mara has been vocal in his opposition to the laws that would change New York’s discovery and pretrial detention processes. O’Mara and other opponents fear the bail laws will result in the mandatory release of 90 percent of those arrested, regardless of their criminal history.

 

Law Signed to Connect Military Sexual Trauma Survivors to Resources
Governor Cuomo Monday signed legislation to help connect veterans who experienced sexual trauma while on active duty or during military training with vital information and resources. The new law requires the Division of Veteran’s Services to maintain a Military Sexual Trauma Portal on its website where veterans can go to find information about where to seek treatment and counseling for military sexual trauma. The new law will go into effect in 90 days.

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