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Today's Tops Stories January 1st 2020

Jan Blood Drives in Steuben County

Two blood drives will be held in Bath for the month of January. The first one is at Davenport and Taylor on Tuesday January 7th from 9am to 1pm. Friday, January 17th a blood drive will be held at the Steuben County Office Building from 8:45am to 2pm Also blood drives at Savona Fire Hall on January 21s and Hammondsport Fire Hall on Jan 30th .  A good way start the New Year is by giving blood…the need is always there.

Bail Reform Official today

Criminal Justice reforms take effect in New York State today. One of the measures is the highly controversial bail reform act, which eliminates pre-trial bail for most criminal offenses. Beginning today, most defendants will simply be issued an appearance ticket for court despite the wave of criticism by law enforcement of the reform.

Cuomo Proposing legislation to fight robo calls

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the 2020 State of the State Agenda's 17th proposal is a plan to fight "incessant" robocalls or nuisance phone calls. The legislative package would require telecommunication companies to deploy technology that would allow customers to block suspected robocalls and require companies to update their blocking technology. This proposal also mandate providers adopt technology that would warn consumers about potential robocalls and scams, including for out-of-state numbers. Financial penalties would be increased against companies not complying with New York State's "Do Not Call" law.

 BOCES Building in Bath no longer a public health Concern

The New York State DEC announced yesterday that the Bath Steuben-Allegany BOCES site is no longer a threat to public health. The property was formally classified as a Superfund site in 1992 when drinking water wells were sampled and 1,1,1,-TCA was detected. According to the DEC, from 1973 into the 1990's, the film wash chemical 1,1,1-trichloroethane was used and allegedly stored in the south side of the facility inside a storage room. DEC officials have not identified any significant sources of contamination on-site from the most recent groundwater sampling. 


New York State Populations continues decline

New York's population is on the decline according to the U.S. Census Bureau's latest update of population estimates. According to the annual data, New York's population grew by .4% or about 16 times less than the overall population growth of the US for the same time period. The Census Bureau Data also shows that over 180,000 more residents moved out of New York State than moved in from other states in the past 12 months.

Local legislatures make Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends List


New York Farm Bureau has released its annual “Circle of Friends,” naming 77 New York State Legislators to the distinguished list. The award is an indication of the individual lawmaker’s support of New York agriculture and Farm Bureau. The “Circle of Friends” honor is based upon each legislator’s voting record on issues of agricultural importance as well as other evidence of legislative support, including sponsorship of bills that New York Farm Bureau has either supported or opposed during the most recent legislative session. Among those making the list from the state senate, Tom O’Mara…and from the state Assembly Phil Palmesano.

 New York’s  Minimum wages is going up today

The minimum wage increases today in New York State. For most areas outside of New York City and including Steuben County, the hourly minimum wage advances to $11.80. Critics have said businesses might be forced to cut hours and jobs because of the hike. New York’s minimum wage, which has been steadily increasing in much of the state in recent years, has also been blamed for contributing to a budgetary shortfall to the tune of $6 billion.

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