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Today's Top Stories - Monday December 30th, 2019

Chairman Hauryski Steps Down Tomorrow
After serving a record nine years as Steuben County Legislature Chairman, Joe Hauryski of Campbell will step down tomorrow. Hauryski was first elected in 2007 to chair the Legislature’s Public Works Committee before filling the vacancy in 2010 left by Chairman Patrick Donnelly. Some of the changes Hauryski led during his leadership was a new charter and organizational restructuring, Medicaid reform and the construction of the county Annex. Hauryski spent 32 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was well-known as a strong advocate for agriculture, economic development and communication. A new chairman will be elected on Thursday January 2nd when the county Legislature meets.


Bath Woman Arrested for Forgery
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports an arrest of a Bath resident for attempting to cash a forged check. Valerie Rhodes of Bath is accused of taking a check belonging to someone else, then completing it and signing it without the owner’s knowledge or permission. It is also alleged Rhodes, as a result, violated a term or condition of her parole and was arraigned on a parole violation. Rhodes was charged with Forgery, Criminal Possession and Petit Larceny.  Rhodes is scheduled to appear in Bath Town Court at a later date to answer the local charges.


C-PP Marching Band Plays at Camping World Bowl
A local high school marching band got to be part of the NCAA’s Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Florida this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, the Corning-Painted Post marching band performed as part of the half-time show ensemble along with 700 other student musicians from across the nation. Roughly 47,000 attended at Camping World Stadium. The football game’s final score was 33-9 with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish beating the Iowa State Cyclones.


Painted Post Man Arrested for DWI
A Painted Post man faces several charges after he allegedly drove drunk and crashed his car on Interstate 86 after going in the wrong direction. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Hamilton crashed his car into an object off-road after driving on I-86 in the Town of Corning. He was treated at the scene for injuries and released on traffic summons. Hamilton faces charges of reckless driving and Aggravated DWI for an alleged BAC over .18 percent. Hamilton is due back in Corning Town Court at a later date.


Cuomo Cracking Down on Flavored Vaping in 2020 State of State
Governor Cuomo has declared cracking down on flavored vaping as his fifteenth proposal for the 2020 agenda. Cuomo’s plan is for the State Department of Health to regulate the sale of chemicals used in vaping-related products and ban the sale of vaping product carrier oils deemed to be a public health risk as well as restrict vaping ads targeted to youth. This legislation would also prohibit the online, phone and mail order sale of e-cigarettes, making only registered retailers authorized to purchase e-cigarettes using those methods.


Employers Can’t Ask About Past Salary in One Week 
Beginning on January 6th, employers will no be able to ask about salary history thanks to new legislation passed in an effort to close New York’s gender wage gap. The new law prevents private and public employers from getting such information from other means including asking past employers or using other coordinated efforts to discover how much a person made at a past job. This ban is part of the 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda passed by Cuomo. A Department of Labor press release says the measure “builds on the progress New York has made to improve reproductive, economic and social justice for all New York women…”


Cuomo Proposing Healthcare Competition Website for 2020
The fourteenth proposal from Governor Cuomo for the 2020 State of the State Agenda will be the creation of a consumer-friendly website called NYHealthcareCompare, a resource where New York residents can compare the cost and quality of healthcare procedures at hospitals across the state. The site will also provide educational resources designed to help consumers be aware of their rights which includes financial assistance options. The governor said of the platform: “This new website will give New Yorkers the facts they need to make informed decisions about the cost and quality of healthcare procedures – helping increase competition in the marketplace and driving down prices.”


Minimum Wage in NY to Increase Tomorrow
New York’s minimum wage is set to increase again tomorrow. 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 starting tomorrow.


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