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Today's Top Stories - Monday December 16th, 2019

Howard Town Clerk Elect Will Not Take Oath for Office
Town of Howard Clerk Elect, Darci Knoll, has announced that she will not be taking the oath of office for the Town of Howard Clerk position for the 2020 to 2022 term. Knoll said in a letter to the Steuben County Board of Elections she will be declining the offer for Town of Howard Clerk. The Howard Town Board will interview prospective candidates for the 2020 Town Clerk position. The board will next appoint a Town Clerk candidate in January 2020 for the Town of Howard by majority for a one year term from January to December 2020.


Corning Man Arrested for DWI
A Corning man was arrested Friday for DWI. Lawrence McRae, age 61 of Chemung Street in Corning was charged Friday with DWI, failing to signal, improper turn and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. He will re-appear in Town of Corning court at a later date.


County Legislature Meets 10am Today
Financing projects are on the agenda when the Steuben County Legislature meets this morning at 10am. The Legislature will be asked to approve a 10-year, $3.5 million statutory bond to purchase three county Community Service Office buildings located at 115 Liberty Street in Bath, one on Seneca Road in Hornell and one in Corning on Chestnut Street. The proposed purchase essentially will allow the county to buy the properties it now rents and maintains; which officials say will result in more savings in the long-term. The bond also allows the county to maintain its excellent credit rating, which meets state requirements.


Two County Sheriff’s Members Recognized With Annual Honor
Two members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department were honored recently for their contributions to the department, their coworkers and the public good. County Sheriff Jim Allard announced to the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee that Correction Officer Brian Harrison was named “Correction Officer of the Year” and county deputy Matthew Butler as “Deputy of the Year”. Both were selected for this honor by their peers Allard said. He remarked “These two are fine examples of this department and the service we all strive to provide to the people of this county.


Simmons-Rockwell to Sponsor Real Heroes Breakfast in March
Simmons Rockwell was named a premier sponsor for the 2020 American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes’ Real Heroes Breakfast. Today, an official announcement for the sponsorship, worth $10,000, will be made during a check presentation at the Elmira Simmons-Rockwell location around 10am. The Real Heroes Breakfast is held on March 27th at the Corning Museum of Glass and is the signature event for the Finger Lakes chapter of the Red Cross. All proceeds from the event benefit Red Cross Services in our local Finger Lakes chapter.


Law Enforcement in Full Force for Holiday DWI Crackdown
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces that Steuben County police agencies are participatimg in a special enforcement effort cracking down on impaired driving during the holiday season. The STOP-DWI crackdown began on Friday and continues 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.


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 this 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 Wednesday 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 continue their winter clothing drive called “We’ve Got You Covered”. From now until this Friday, 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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