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Today's Top Stories - Christmas Wednesday December 25th, 2019

Red Cross Holds Blood Drive Friday
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.

 

Free Lunch at Bath’s O’Malley Hall Today
Today, St. Mary’s in Bath will be holding a Christmas Day Lunch. The lunch begins at noon at O’Malley Hall. The lunch is free and this year’s meal will consist of baked ziti, fresh-baked rolls, butter, salad and treats!

 

NY Law Requires Insurance Coverage of IVF in 2020
A new law taking effect on January 1st of the new year will make access to receive in vitro fertilization and fertility preservation services easier. New York state will mandate coverage of prescription drugs intended for IVG services under large group health insurance policies. New York will also begin requiring coverage of three cycles of IVF and prevent insurers from imposing lifetime limitations or age restrictions. Health insurance policies providing comprehensive care in the state also must be able to cover fertility preservation services under this measure.

 

Cuomo Orders Phase Out of Chlorpyrifos
Monday, Governor Cuomo ordered that state regulators must phase out the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, a chemical used to protect apple orchards. The governor demanded the chemical be phased out by July 2021 and called for an immediate halt on aerial spraying of the pesticide by December 2020. Chlorpyrifos was used widely for agriculture in the Finger Lakes region, including Steuben County. At extremely low doses, chlorpyrifos can trigger neurological damage in children and in 2001 it was banned nationally for indoor home use.

 

Hornell Man Arrested
Police report the arrest of a Hornell man for drug and larceny charges on Monday. It was reported that 23-year-old Jared Baumgarten of East Elm Street in Hornell was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny.

 

Brooklynn Woman Arrested in Bath for DUI
A Brooklyn, NY woman faces charges after she was stopped on I-86 in Bath. State Police arrested 35-year-old Rhea Bazile. She was charged with driving while impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana.

 

Gillibrand Announces Postpartum and Maternity Support Funding
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced that the bipartisan FY 2020 appropriations package includes $22 million in funding to address the maternal mortality and postpartum depression crises in New York and across the country. Specifically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was awarded $12 million to support state-run Maternal Mortality Review Committees. These committees are comprised of local public health experts who study maternal deaths to better understand their causes, identify solutions to prevent further deaths, and improve the quality of maternity care.

 

Cuomo’s 12th Proposal:Make “New York Buy American” Act Permanent
Governor Cuomo Monday unveiled the 12th proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda - making the "New York Buy American" Act permanent. The Act requires all structural steel and structural iron used in all state road and bridge construction projects with contracts worth more than $1 million to be made in America. The current law is set to expire April 2020, and making this law permanent will continue to require State agencies to use high-quality American-made structural iron and steel, creating union jobs and helping ensure our infrastructure projects last long into the future.

 

Cuomo Signs “Safe Way Home Act” for Sexual Assault Survivors
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the "Safe Way Home Act". The legislation provides survivors of sexual assault no-cost transportation from medical facilities where they received initial care in the wake of an assault to their home or a shelter.  Cuomo said "This measure will provide some peace of mind and security at a time when victims are most vulnerable by helping ensure they get home or to a shelter safely."  This legislation will go into effect after 90 days.

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