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Wreaths Across America to be celebrated at Bath Natl. Cemetary

The 2019 Wreaths Across America Day will be held today in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center. This year’s theme is “Everyone Plays a Part” and the mission is to REMEMBER the Fallen, HONOR those who Serve, and TEACH our children the value of Freedom. It is an event that helps us to never forget that the freedoms we enjoy came at such a great cost by area service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country free and safe. There are approximately 5,000 wreaths that have been sponsored for the event. Placing of wreaths on Veterans graves will begin immediately following the noon ceremony. The VA Employees Association will provide refreshments following the event. The main entrance to the Bath VA is closed for bridge repairs. Access to the cemetery is through the rear entrance to the VA from route 415 just north of the NYS police barracks.

 

Arkport School District approves capital improvement project

Voters in the Arkport school district Thursday approved a $10.7 million capital improvement project. 122 people supported the plan and 75 people voted no. Some of the improvements include replacement of boilers, upgrading the small gym and installing a new and secure main entrance. State aid covered 87% of the project while local reserves will cover the balance.

 

Rep. Reed votes in favor of Act to lower drug costs

Rep. Tom Reed has voted in favor of the Lower Costs, More Cures Act to lower the cost of prescription drugs by using 100 percent bipartisan reforms to lower out of pocket spending, protect access to new medicines and cures, strengthen transparency, and champion competition without limiting the development of new, lifesaving drugs. Some items in the act… •Provides first-ever out-of-pocket cap for seniors in the Medicare Part D program. •Caps the cost of insulin for seniors in the Medicare Part D program. And •Cuts the cost of drug administration, including cancer treatment, for Medicare beneficiaries by as much as half.

 

Cuomo to continue crackdown on E-cigarettes

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced further action to address the growing threat of e-cigarette use, with measures to combat the increasing number of vaping-related illnesses. As part of these efforts, the Department of Financial Services today issued guidance advising New York insurers that they must cover the costs associated with most vaping cessation - without co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles - using the same treatments recommended for smoking cessation. As of December 3, almost 2,300 cases of e-cigarette-associated lung injury had been reported to the Centers for Disease Control from 50 states, and 48 deaths have been confirmed in 25 states, including here in New York, where a second death due to a vaping-associated illness was reported on November 20.

 

Justice for New Yorkers in magazine subscription scam

New York Attorney General Tish James has announced a victory for more than 68,000 New Yorkers who were victims of deceptive and illicit solicitations from the operators of an illegal and fraudulent magazine and newspaper subscription scam. A decision by the New York State Supreme Court awarded more than $16 million to New York State in restitution and penalties, as well as permanently enjoined a ring of New York and Oregon companies and one individual from further conducting their illegal operation that could have affected millions of additional New Yorkers in the future. The Attorney General filed a legal proceeding against Orbital Publishing Group, Inc., and its interrelated New York and Oregon companies, in 2015, for mailing millions of unauthorized and misleading magazine and newspaper subscription notices to consumers nationwide over a three-year period.

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