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Today's Top Stories - Monday, January 6th, 2020

Rochester Woman Arrested on Drug Charges
Bath Police report the arrest of a Rochester woman in connection with the alleged sale of crack cocaine out of a local hotel. Diane Jackson, age 27, was wanted on a Superior Court Sealed Indictment Arrest Warrant from May 2018. Jackson is charged with one count each of 3rd-degree criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was arraigned and released without bail. The name of the hotel was not released.

Mike Sweet Formally Announces His Run for Bath Mayor
Entrepreneur and community activist Mike Sweet has formally announced his candidacy for Village of Bath Mayor.  Sweet has been active in local politics as a Village Trustee in the past 7 years and member of the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce as well as owner of Bath liquor store Vines and Barrels. A businessman, Sweet wants his community’s businesses to thrive by tackling issues like assessments, taxes, loitering and poverty. Sweet said of his aspirations for mayor: “I have my own ideas and I want Bath to be the modern-day success story of how once a Village with a bad reputation made an incredible comeback.” 

HEAP Filing Workshop Tomorrow in Hornell
Tomorrow is a HEAP filing opportunity in Hornell to get help in person with a HEAP expert. The workshop will be held tomorrow at the Office for the Aging on Broadway Mall in Hornell from 8:30am to noon. You can also file a HEAP application online at www.mybenefits.ny.gov.

Former Painted Post Police Chief Yost Passes Away
Former Painted Post Police Chief Don Yost has passed away over the weekend at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Yost lived to be 75 years old and spent 36 years in the department, serving as chief for 30 years from 1976 to 2006 when he retired. A funeral service is set Wednesday 1-3pm and 6-8pm at Haughey Funeral Home on East First Street in Corning. 

State Attorney General Calls for Review of Bail Reform Laws
New York Attorney General Letitia James has called for the new bail reform changes to be reviewed. James did not specify which parts of the new reforms she felt needed to be challenged but did say “I’m not going to negotiate in public,” and added that additional state resources will be needed to meet the demands of the new law. James also commented: “Safety should be the first priority.”

Car Accidents Involving Cell Phones Increase in NY
A rise in accidents involving cell phones has been reported in the past decade. According to New York state data, accidents involving cell phone use has increased 86% in the last ten years. In 2009, there were 650 accidents involving cell phones compared to 1,212 accidents in 2018.

Hammondsport Central School Holding Workshop Tonight
Hammondsport Central School reminds the public that they will be holding a Board of Education Workshop this evening. The meeting begins 6pm tonight at the High School Library. 

State Lawmakers Return to Albany for Legislative Session
New York lawmakers are set to return to Albany this week for the start of the new legislative session. Also happening this week in Albany is Governor Cuomo’s annual State of the State Address on Wednesday. Cuomo’s State of the State Agenda will include initiatives such as restricting vaping advertisements and a ban on single-use Styrofoam take-out containers. Medicaid spending on a $6 billion budget gap is another hot issue as well as potential legalization of pot, bail reform changes, and carbon emissions caps to fight climate change. The state legislative session ends on June 2nd this year. 

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