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Today's Top Stories - New Year's Eve Tuesday December 31st, 2019

 Bath Man Arrested for Burglary and Grand Larceny

A Bath man was charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny stemming from a reported burglary on an unoccupied residence on East William Street in Bath. According to Village Police, several long guns and jewelry were taken from the residence. Addison Police helped locate Isaac Smith on Cooper Avenue in Addison then he was taken into custody. State Troopers helped recover the long guns in Rathbone. Smith was held for approximately 12 hours at the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and released without bail.


Gordmans in Hornell Hiring Soon
Peebles department stores will be converted into Gordmans stores and several of the store locations in the Twin Tiers will be hiring. Tuesday, January 7th from 11am to 8pm, Gordmans is hosting a job fair at several locations including in Hornell and Penn Yan. New York State will open 13 new store locations in total. Interested candidates can apply online at gordmans.com/careers and then visit the job fair. Walk-ins are welcome.


Vivian from Louie’s Gun Shop Talks Carry Laws with WETM
Though New York State is one of the two states in the nation prohibiting openly carrying guns, with the exception of long guns, not everyone in the Central Steuben area agrees with the law. Vivian Woodworth is a Manager at Louie’s Gun Shop and yesterday spoke with WETM about the issue. The Gifford’s Center says that studies show there is evidence open carrying firearms “endangers public safety” but Vivian says she feels safer when she can see someone carrying a gun. Vivian is not the only one locally who feels that way and she mentioned: “I have a pastor that comes into our gun shop and he has assigned two people to sit on different sides of the churches in regards to safety and that was after one of the other big shootings that we had in California,” Currently, the only gun licenses you can get in New York are for concealed carry.


Congressman Reed Contemplating 2022 Run for Governor
According to the Buffalo News, Congressman Tom Reed could be contemplating a gubernatorial run. The publication reports in an interview at his Washington DC office earlier this fall, the Congressman of the 23rd district did not rule out a possibility that he may run for governor against Cuomo in 2022. Upon searching Tom Reed’s website, the Congressman attacked the Governor 38 times in the last two years in press releases and newsletters compared to only three mentions of Cuomo in the years before that.


Two Steuben County Residents Arrested on Bench Warrants
Two people from Steuben County were both arrested on bench warrants over the weekend. Mary Beam of Hornell was arrested Sunday on a bench warrant. Arron Thompson of Corning was arrested on Saturday for a bench warrant.


Inmate Death Reported at Elmira State Correctional Facility
An inmate at the State Correctional Facility in Elmira died earlier this month. The Associated Press reports that 40-year-old Darrell Fuller was pronounced dead at the prison on December 9th. He was serving a life sentence for a conviction of killing a Nassau County police officer and motorist he attempted to carjack in Long Island back in 2014. Fuller’s death is not yet being considered suspicious but investigators are still awaiting the results of an autopsy.


Farm Group Coalition Challenging Farm Labor Law in Suit

A coalition of farm groups is soon bringing a lawsuit challenging a farm labor rights law signed by Governor Cuomo this year. According to the Auburn Citizen, the coalition includes the New York State Vegetable Growers Association and Northeast Dairy Producers Association. The coalition aims to stall the legislation that is supposed to take effect tomorrow which gives farmers overtime and protects their right to unionize. The point of contention is the ambiguities of the legislation and those advocating for farmers say these uncertain issues must be resolved before the law is implemented.


Legislature Chairman Hauryski Retires Today
After serving a record nine years as Steuben County Legislature Chairman, Joe Hauryski of Campbell retires today. 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 this Thursday when the county Legislature meets.

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