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Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 19th, 2019

County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Sweep Nets 15 Arrests
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports from November 24th to December 15th deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested the following fifteen people during the two-week period due to active warrants: Carissa Marie Liberti of Robert Allen Scheer of Corning, Richard Holley of Campbell, Brendan Bassler of Elmira, Lindsey Webb of Elmira, Sheldon Sedgwick of Prattsburg, William Levesque of Wayland, Adam Greenberg of Bath, Jonathan Walton of Corning, Cody Douglas of Hornell, Erin Stubenrauch of Wayland, Catlynn Empson of Greenwood, Adam Wiley of Wayland, Jared C. Green of Arkport and Heather Bower of Burdett. All warrants were issued out of Steuben County Court and each individual was remanded to Steuben County Jail following their arrests.


Tranter Retiring from Corning Enterprises After 20 Years
After 20 years of service, President of Corning Enterprises and Director of Community and Government Affairs G. Thomas Tranter announced on Tuesday he will be retiring. Effective January 2nd, 2020, Chris Sharkley is to be appointed to President of Corning Enterprises and Dawn Burlew will be appointed the Director of Community and Government Affairs. Tranter was first hired by Corning Inc. in 2000 and said “It’s been a great run…I’ve had a great team at Corning Enterprises. I know they will keep the momentum going forward and I’m thrilled with the two people they have picked to replace me.”


Rockwell Museum Seeks Art Exclusively by Women for Acquisitions
Rockwell Museum is attempting to counter the under-representation of works by women in the art world starting with its own collection. The Museum recently announced it will exclusively seek art by women in its acquisitions. Rockwell officials say the theme for 2020 is “Advancing Women” and was inspired by the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. A 2019 study by the Public Library of Science found only 13 percent of the artists with work on view in major institutions are women.


One More Day to Donate to BEGWS and BVFD Winter Clothing Drive
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems and the Bath Volunteer Fire Department will conclude “We’ve Got You Covered” tomorrow. Donations of new hats, scarves, gloves or mittens and warm socks will be accepted for the clothing drive to be distributed to local Bath neighbors in need for the holiday season! 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.


Cuomo Announces Rx Drug Proposal for State of State Agenda
Governor Cuomo announced his sixth proposal of the 2020 budget includes a three-pronged plan lowering prescription drug costs for all New Yorkers. Cuomo’s proposal caps insulin co-payments at $100 per month for insured patients in an aid to address rising insulin costs resulting in diabetes patients skipping and rationing doses as well as not filling their prescriptions. The second part of the plan empowers the State Department of Financial Services to investigate and hold drug manufacturers accountable for spikes in drug prices. The proposal would also establish a commission of experts who study the feasibility and benefits of a Canadian drug importation program and submit plans for the US Department of Health and Human Services to review.


Restaurants Concerned with Possible Styrofoam Ban by Cuomo
While environmental groups celebrated Cuomo’s proposed ban on Styrofoam products Tuesday, the restaurant industry is concerned about the measures placing additional burdens on restaurants to purchase the more eco-friendly yet expensive containers which may negatively affect the feasibility of their operations. A single-use plastic bag ban announced earlier this year at the New York State of the State Address will take effect in March despite concerns proposed by state environmental officials that the ban will have too many loopholes.


OFA Launches its New & Improved Website
The New York State Office for the Aging has announced the launch of its new website, aging.ny.gov, featuring improved design, navigation, search functions, and accessibility from virtually any device. The Office says older adults are increasingly using technology to connect to news and information, health and wellness resources, and social support. According to the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of adults over the age of 65 use the Internet and 88 percent of people between the ages of 50 and 64 use the Internet. And while smartphone ownership was uncommon at all ages 20 years ago, about half (53%) of people age 65 and older now own smartphones. These numbers will only continue to increase as the aging population grows.


Conservative Nonprofit Suing to Block Cuomo Pay Raise
Conservative good government group The Government Justice Center is suing to block a pay hike placing Governor Cuomo among the nation's highest paid governors. The organization seeks an injunction to block the pay raise in a lawsuit filed in state court this month against State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The nonprofit claims New York's constitution forbids making changes to the compensation of a governor or lieutenant governor during their term. Cuomo’s salary will jump from $200,000 annually to $225,000 in January and then to $250,000 in 2021. When Cuomo was rel-elected in 2018, his salary was reported to be $179,000 per year.

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