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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 17th, 2019

Winter Advisory Continues to 4pm This Evening
A winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 4pm this afternoon as Steuben and neighboring counties expect snow and sleet. Additional snow accumulation of 2 to 5 inches could occur. This morning, periods of snow will mix with sleet or freezing drizzle by mid to late morning so motorists are advised to be extra careful while commuting during this time. The precipitation mix will change back to snow showers, bringing an end to the Advisory this late afternoon. The latest road conditions for the state can be obtained by calling 5-1-1.

 

Corning Man Arrested for DWI After Two-Vehicle Crash
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports last Friday deputies arrested David L Rumiano of Corning.  Deputies responded to a report of a two vehicle crash involving personal injury on I-86 in the Town of Erwin. Rumiano allegedly operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, causing a collision with another vehicle.  Both occupants of the second vehicle were transported for treatment and released later that night. Rumiano was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with .08% or more blood alcohol content and failure to stay in a designated lane.  He was released on traffic summons to appear in Erwin Town Court on a later date.  

 

Bath Man Arrested for DWI
On Saturday, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Frank Gamet of Bath.  Deputies responded to a report of a one vehicle crash with a fixed object on Spaulding Drive in the Town of Bath.  It is alleged that Gamet drove a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, causing him to drive off the roadway and cause a collision with a guide rail. Gamet was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated; greater than .18% blood alcohol content, and Moving from Lane Unsafely.  He was released on traffic summons to appear in the Bath Town Court on a later date. 

 

County Public Health Releases 2019-2021 Health Improvement Plan
Steuben County Public Health Department and local partners set priorities for their 2019-2021 Community Health Improvement Plan. Top priorities include Mental and substance use disorders prevention, child and adolescent health, and tobacco prevention. The plan follows a wide-ranging review of community health needs this year by Steuben Public Health and Arnot Health, Guthrie and St. James hospitals, and includes input from area partners who work toward improving the health of the community. The priorities reflect the county’s efforts to stem the effects of drug use as well as reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the future emotional and physical health of children. Information on the review and the plan is available on Steuben’s Public Health’s Community Health webpage at https://steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=419

 

Banning Fentanyl Analogs on 2020 State of State Agenda
New York may soon ban deadly synthetic opioid drugs known as fentanyl analogs amid its crack down on the addiction crisis. Governor Cuomo announced outlawing the substance as part of his agenda for State of the State Address set for January 8th of the new year. This legislation would close a prosecutorial loophole, making fentanyl analogs punishable by the same possession or sale penalties as other controlled substances under New York State law. Cuomo also mentioned next year’s agenda will include the expansion of access to medication-based treatment for opioid use disorder in communities that are hard to reach with treatment access.

 

Cuomo To Reform Gun License Conditions for State of State Agenda
Governor Andrew Cuomo Sunday announced the 1st proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda: Preventing individuals from receiving New York State gun licenses if they commit a crime in another state that is similar to a crime that would disqualify them from owning a gun in New York State. New York State law currently prohibits individuals from obtaining a gun license if they commit certain New York misdemeanors that are deemed "serious offenses." However, the law does not prohibit individuals from obtaining a New York gun license after committing comparable misdemeanors in another state. Governor Cuomo proposes amending the New York Penal Law to prevent those individuals from obtaining a gun license in New York.

 


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 tomorrow at the Bath VFW from 11:30am to 5:30pm. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give blood or platelets through tomorrow will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. The Bath Ambulance Corps will hold a blood drive Friday December 27th from noon to 5pm. 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” to 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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