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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 18, 2019

Tabitha Brewster Named New CEO of Catholic Charities of Steuben
Catholic Charities of Steuben has gotten a new CEO. Laura Opelt’s former position has been newly-occupied by Tabitha Brewster. Brewster has worked for Catholic Charities for a decade and served the last several years as Livingston County’s Executive Director for Catholic Charities. Tabitha Brewster says she is in the field she is in because she passionately believes in the importance of providing high-quality programs for all people in need regardless of socioeconomic standing, race, religion, ethnicity, or gender.


Paint Recycling Bill Co-Sponsored by O’Mara Signed to Law
Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara to establish a paint recycling program has been signed into law. The legislation establishes an industry-sponsored “Postconsumer Paint Collection Program” to reduce the costly burden on local governments, who are currently responsible for collecting and disposing of most post-consumer, unused paint. Senator O’Mara says the new law will create local jobs, provide relief to local property taxpayers and encourage environmentally-sound recycling and disposal of unused paint in New York State. O’Mara first introduced the bill back in 2016 when he was serving on the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee as chairman. The State Senate approved the measure consistently and with overwhelming bipartisan support but was stalled in the Assembly until this year.


Avoca Woman Arrested for Animal Cruelty
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that an Avoca woman was arrested on multiple charges of animal cruelty. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Kerry Arrigenna failed to provide proper sustenance and medical care to cats and dogs in her possession. Arrigenna was charged with two counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals and one count of failure to provide proper sustenance. She was released for re-appearance for later date at the Avoca Town Court.


Hornell Man Arrested for Welfare Fraud
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested Christopher Olcott of Hornell. In August 2019, Olcott allegedly used another person’s benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services, while that person was incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail. Olcott obtained benefits which he was not entitled nor authorized to receive in the amount of $257.80.  He is charged with three counts of Misuse of Food Stamps and one count of Petit Larceny. Olcott was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. 


Hammondsport Central School Holds Regular Meeting Tonight
Hammondsport Central School reminds the public it will hold its regular meeting tonight. The meeting will be 6pm tonight at the High School Library of the school.’


Banning Styrofoam Fifth Proposal for Cuomo's State of State Agenda
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the fifth proposal of his 2020 State of the State Agenda will be prohibiting the distribution and use of single-use food containers made of expanded polystyrene, or Styrofoam. The proposal would also ban the sale of Styrofoam packaging materials like packing peanuts and authorizes the State Department of Environmental Conservation to review and take action to ban or limit other packing materials upon discovering their environmental impact. The ban would go into effect by January 1st, 2022 and echoes his ban of single-use plastic bags announced in last year’s state of the state address.


Red Cross Holds Blood Drive Today
The first blood drive in Bath for the month of December is today 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 today 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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