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Cuomo Vetoes electric scooters and bikes bill

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill to allow electric scooters and bikes statewide. Cuomo’s veto message said the bill overwhelmingly passed by lawmakers this year didn’t include enough safety measures, such as a helmet requirement. The Governor said failure to include these basic measures renders this legislation fatally flawed. According to the Associated Press, lawmakers may try to pass a bill with more safety measures next year. Cuomo said electric bikes and scooters must be regulated to protect public safety and said he looks forward to working with lawmakers on the issue in 2020.


Alfred U appoints new chief of Public Safety

Alfred University announces the appointment of Wellsville native Jessica Middaugh as chief of Public Safety, effective Jan. 6. As chief, she will oversee a staff of three full-time officers and eight part-time officers, as well as 12 student public safety officers and one office staff. Middaugh’s career in law enforcement began in 2012, as an officer and dispatcher with the Wellsville Village Police Department.


Cuomo to reexamine high speed rail as part of State of the State agenda

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the 13th proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda - convening outside experts to reexamine and rethink strategies to bring high-speed rail to New York. The Governor will task a panel of engineers to reexamine past high-speed rail plans, question and rethink every assumption and method, and recommend a new plan for how to build faster, greener, more reliable high-speed rail in New York.


NYS set for minimum wage increase

New York’s minimum wage is set to increase again on New Year’s Eve. Gov. Cuomo’s budget director says several studies show New York’s gradual increase in the minimum wage hasn’t directly caused a loss in jobs. The minimum wage increased to $15 in New York City for all business with over 10 employees last year. The $15 wage will expand to small businesses in the city with 10 or fewer employees starting Dec. 31. Meanwhile, the rest of the state will see an increase from $11.10 to $11.80 per hour beginning next Tuesday.


Bath woman arrested for forgery

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on December 18, 2019, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Valerie L. Rhodes, age 48, of Bonny Hill Road, Bath, New York.  Deputies were dispatched to a report of a person forging a check and cashing it.  As a result of the investigation, it is alleged that Ms. Rhodes took a check belonging to another person, completed and signed it as that person and cashed it without that person’s permission. It is further alleged that Ms. Rhodes violated a term or condition of her New York State Parole and was arraigned due to a parole violation warrant and remanded to the Steuben County Jail. Ms. Rhodes was charged with Forgery in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and Petit Larceny.  Ms. Rhodes is scheduled to appear in Bath Town Court at a later date to answer the local charges.


Steuben County Legislative Chairman to resign after 9 year term

Steuben County Legislative Chairman Joe Hauryski (R-Campbell), will be stepping down effective December 31st after serving a record 9 years in the position. Hauryski spent 30 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture after graduating from The Ohio State University. First elected in 2007, Hauryski chaired the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee before filling the vacancy left by then chairman Patrick Donnelly. He was a strong advocate for agriculture, economic development, communication, and he was able to help guide the county through many fundamental changes.

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