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Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 13th, 2019

Legislature Voting Monday on Hurd-Harvey for Finance Commissioner
Tammy Hurd-Harvey, who is current Deputy Commissioner to Finance Commissioner Patrick Donnelly, is expected to be Steuben County’s new Commissioner of Finance starting in January. Donnelly’s five-year term for the position expires at the end of this year. Hurd-Harvey was given recommendation by Legislature Chairman Joseph Hauryski on Tuesday. The Steuben County Board will vote on Tammy Hurd-Harvey’s appointment during its monthly meeting at 10am on Monday.


County Legislative Meeting to Tackle Many Matters on Monday
The next Steuben County Legislative Meeting on Monday December 16th will focus on multiple issues such as authorizing the county to participate in tax certiorari proceedings in the Town of Campbell, authorizing the transfer and appropriation of funds to the County Route 119 over Canisteo River Federal-Aid Bridge Project Account, Authorizing the Commissioner of Public Works to Enter into a Shared Services Agreement with the New York State Department of Transportation, Approving the Final Scoping Documents Relative to the SEQR for the Bath Landfill Eastern Expansion and more. The Monday meeting is at 10am in the Legislative Chambers of the Main County Office Building.


Law Enforcement Holiday DWI Crackdown Begins Today
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces that Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort cracking down on impaired driving during the holiday season. The STOP-DWI crackdown begins today and will continue to the new year on January 1st. State Police, the County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies everywhere in New York will be out in full force. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and find a designated driver or safe ride home if they will be drinking.


Guthrie Scholarships Available to High School Seniors
Guthrie Scholarship applications are currently available for high school seniors. Two categories of scholarships will be offered: one for students who are pursuing a career in health care occupations and the other scholarship is for children of Guthrie employees who are enrolling in an accredited junior college, college or university. Children of physicians who work at Guthrie are not eligible for these scholarships. Eligible students can apply for scholarships by going to their school guidance departments, referring to the Guthrie Human Resources Department at the Corning Hospital or going to the Guthrie Administration Office at Corning Centerway. The scholarship application deadline is Friday, January 24th, 2020.


Arkport School District Votes “Yes” on Capitol Improvement
Arkport Central School District approved a capitol improvement plan last night. The proposed second phase of renovations uincludes the replacement of steam boilers and piping with an updated hot water system, renovating the gymnasium and fitness center, installing a new main entrance and upgrades to classrooms, offices, nurse’s suite, bus garage and main driveway. The vote was 122 voting in favor and 75 votes against. Construction will begin in Spring 2021 and be finished in spring 2022. No additional local taxes will be needed for the project as it is funded through a combination of capital reserve funds worth $1 million and district debt replacement.


Reed Praises Passing of Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019
Congressman Tom Reed is applauding the passage of the Bipartisan and Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 to help struggling farmers in New York gain access to much needed farm workers. He called it a common sense bipartisan compromise. The bill takes a two-pronged approach to meet year-round labor needs: creating a new, capped program for employers seeking to bring in temporary workers for year-round needs; and builds off current law dedicating an additional 40,000 employment-based green cards per year for agricultural workers. It also includes mandatory e-verify, new investments in farmworker housing, H-2A wage reform, and streamlined recruiting.


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.


BEGWS and BVFD Holds Winter Clothing Drive
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems and the Bath Volunteer Fire Department announce they will be holding a winter clothing drive called “We’ve Got You Covered”. From now until December 20th, donations of new hats, scarves, gloves or mittens and warm socks will be accepted for local Bath neighbors in need. Donations can be dropped off at the BEGWS Commercial Office on 7 South Avenue in Bath or at the Hall Side of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department at 50 East Morris Street.

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