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Today's Top Stories - Monday December 9th, 2019

Three Arrested from Bath Following No-Knock Warrant
Bath Village Police and Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announce after they executed a no-knock search warrant on Friday in Bath, it resulted in the arrest of three people and the recovery of cash, drug paraphernalia, and a quantity of methamphetamine. Three people from Bath were arrested for Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Elizabeth A. Gee of Bath, Tony A. Cole and John E. Corcoran all of Bath were arrested. Cole was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree for being in possession of cocaine. All three subjects were taken to Centralized Arraignment Court before being released.


O’Mara & Palmesano Announce Emergency Communications Grant 
Senator Tom O’Mara  and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano announce Steuben County is among the counties sharing $45 million in state funding to help enhance and support local emergency communications systems. Steuben County will receive $796,257 administered by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. The funding is intended to be utilized for undertaking infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades.  The assistance is part of the latest round of funding through the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program, a competitive grant program supporting regional communications partnerships throughout New York. 


Bath Woman Charged With Arson Now Faces New Felony Counts
A Bath woman charged with arson back in August now faces new felony counts as the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office continues investigating the case. Investigators say Rebecca Manry-Miller intentionally set fire to Ash Street home in Bath, causing damage and recklessly endangering members of the responding fire departments. Manry-Miller is accused of submitting false information about the fire on an insurance claim. She is now charged with two counts of falsifying business records, forgery and making a terroristic threat. Manry-Miller is being held at the County Jail pending arraignment.


Corning Duo Arrested on Felony Drug Charges
A Corning pair are facing felony drug charges following an investigation by Corning and Bath Police. Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies say they discovered suspected heroin, methamphetamine and cash from a home that belongs to 21-year-old Dylan Smith and 31-year-old Katie Robbins following a raid on Thursday. Each are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell in the fifth degree. Smith is held in Steuben County Jail on $2,000 bail while Robbins was released on her own recognizance.


NYS Bill Proposes SUNY Schools Cover Medication Abortion
Under a proposed new law, SUNY schools would be required to provide access to medication abortion on all on-campus student health centers. Services would be paid for with a combination of private and public funds managed by three officials: the state comptroller, SUNY chancellor and state health commissioner. SUNY health centers currently offer women gynecological exams, breast exams, contraception and pregnancy counseling. Access to RU-486, or the abortion pill taken early in the first trimester of pregnancy, would be a new addition. California is the only state in the US requiring public universities to offer the medication at campus health centers. The bill was introduced last week in the New York State Assembly.


Lawmakers Vote on Campaign Finance Bill on December 22nd
Lawmakers have until December 22nd if they are to nix or improve New York’s plan to allow candidates to run for office with up to $100 million in matching public funds. The public campaign finance reform measures would have New Yorkers giving $250 or less to candidates matched with public funds 6-to-1 for statewide candidates like governor. Residents giving to their local candidates would see a 12-to-1 match for the first $50 contributed, 9-to-1 for the next $100 and 8-to-1 for the final $100. Thursday, a state court is set to hear arguments on lawsuits filed by minor parties claiming the commission that established the conditions is attacking third-parties unconstitutionally.


Schumer Says Paid Parental Leave is “Breakthrough for Families”
According to US Senator Chuck Schumer, congressional leaders have reached what he calls a “real breakthrough for families”. Senator Schumer says the agreement over the National Defense Authorization Act was reached Friday night and a vote is anticipated for later this week. The must-pass bill contains a provision that would allow over 2 million federal government workers to take paid leave to care for a new baby or adopted child. Establishment of President Trump’s proposed Space Force is also included in the bill. Ivanka Trump, the daughter and adviser to the president, seems to be in favor of the parental leave provision, saying Friday that the measure would "mark a HUGE step forward towards making paid leave a reality for all Americans.


CDC Says no Single Product or Brand Can Be Blamed for Lung Injuries
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, no single product or brand can be blamed for the outbreak of lung injury linked to vaping. The CDC also says though the so-called “dank vapes” are the THC products most commonly-linked to hospitalization, patients have also reported using other products. So far, almost 2,300 people have suffered lung injuries reportedly linked to vaping. At least 48 deaths have been reported. Investigators have suggested Vitamin E acetate as a possible cause to the lung problems reported but they are still investigating and say it’s likely there could be more than one cause for lung sickness. The CDC currently recommends people stay away from all vaping products containing THC.

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