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Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 12th, 2019

Cameron Woman Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that yesterday deputies arrested Connie L. Tillinghast of Cameron.  It is alleged that in March 2019, Tillinghast used another person’s benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services, following that person’s death.  Tillinghast obtained benefits which she was not entitled nor authorized to receive in the amount of $304.42.  Tillinghast is charged with one count of Misuse of Food Stamps, and one count of Petit Larceny.  She was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.  


Wheeler Says Project Would Be Lower if Divestment Forms Complete
Bids for Steuben County’s first phase of the project making more space for court facilities came within projections this week. County Manager Jack Wheeler thinks the cost to taxpayers could have been lower and that some contractors neglected to include major paperwork in their bids. Specifically, their Iranian Divestment Act form which certifies contractors aren’t doing business with Iran, a country that is under international economic sanctions. Wheeler noted that some of the bids lacking the form were lower than those that completed the process correctly. Wheeler says the $2 million first phase would have been cheaper by $100,000 if all participating contractors included the completed form.


Hammondsport Village Trustees Hold Dec 17th Special Meeting
The Village of Hammondsport Board of Trustees will be holding a Special Meeting at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday December 17th in the Village Office on 18 Water Street in Hammondsport. The special meeting is for a Budget Workshop and any other business to be presented before the Board.


O’Mara Calls on Cuomo to Implement Bail Reform Moratorium
State Senator Tom O’Mara is trying again to call on Governor Cuomo and downstate Democrats of the State Legislature to delay the implementation of the bail reform laws set to begin on January 1st, 2020. The State Senator renewed his call following the USA Today report that New York courts are in the process of releasing 3,800 inmates in county prisons. O’Mara is co-sponsoring legislation that calls for a one-year moratorium on implementing the laws so statewide public hearings can be held to examine the measures. The District Attorney’s Association of the State of New York has estimated it will cost $100 million for resources like additional staff for offices outside of New York City to comply with the new discovery laws.


Routes Shut Down After Wegman’s Tractor Trailer Rollover
Crews shut down several routes in Painted Post following reports of a Wegman’s tractor trailer rolling over on I-86. The tractor trailer rolled over on the I-99/I-86 flyover yesterday. I-86 West near Riverside and the Robert Dann Drive to I-99 were both shut down. State Troopers say no one was injured during the wreck and the roads have since been reopened.


Traffic Reduced to One Lane After Big Flats Crash
Traffic came to a temporary halt on Monday evening after a school bus and delivery truck were in a collision. WENY reports the crash happened between a Horseheads school bus and FedEx delivery truck round 7pm Monday on the Eastbound lane of I-86 in Big Flats behind Petco and Michael’s stores. Traffic was reduced to one lane for the crews to clean up the site of the collision. More details of the crash are unknown at the time, but will develop as officials investigate further and release more information about this accident.


Governor & NYS Elections Board Being Sued by Republican Chairman
The chair of the New York State Republican Committee and two voters are suing Governor Cuomo and the State Board of Elections with the claim residents of the 27th Congressional District are being denied the right to representation. Chairman Nicholas Langworthy thinks that by not calling for a special election to fill the vacant Congressional seat left open by the September resignation of Chris Collins, Cuomo has denied about 750,000 constituents their right to representation in U.S. Congress. In October, the governor said he would fill the vacant seat with a special election so long it is held when a strong voter turnout is expected and it is done as soon as possible to avoid having an empty seat. Cuomo indicated he would more likely wait until April 28th in 2020– the date of the presidential primaries in New York- to hold a special election.


Red Cross Holding Two December Blood Drives in Bath
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.

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