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Today's Top Stories -Tuesday January 14th, 2020

Sunday’s Liberty Street Fire Ruled “Accidental”
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department has released a statement regarding the fire Sunday afternoon at Liberty Street. The BVFD said that the Steuben County Fire Investigation Team has determined the fire at 56 Liberty Street in the Village of Bath is of accidental nature. Though the investigation is not yet closed and the Fire Investigation team is still gathering details, they say nothing was found indicating anything suspicious. One man was rescued during the Sunday blaze.


Steuben Hall of Fame Nominations Being Accepted
Nominations for the Steuben County Hall of Fame will be accepted until March 31st. Over 450 outstanding people of the county have been nominated since 1976 and 145 people were inducted into the Hall of Fame. All nominees will be reviewed in early May through a special committee proposing the nominees for 2020. A reception for the inductees will follow the approval by the county Legislature in late June. Nominees may be any man, woman or child living or deceased, who has enhanced the name of Steuben County. Nominees should have resided in Steuben but may have been born elsewhere. Past nominees not inducted into the county Hall of Fame may be re-nominated.Applications and the full list of Hall of Fame honorees can be found at https://www.steubencony. org/pages. asp?PID=357; or call (607) 664-2199.


Bath VFD Highlights 2019 Work at Annual Meeting
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department highlighted the work done over the course of 2019 in the 2019 report at their annual meeting. Bath VFD responded to 478 total alarms last year and 135 of which were medical and rescue calls. Of those, 71 were involving motor vehicle accidents, 57 for medical assistance and three were for other types of rescues. In 2019, the Department responded to 127 false alarms ranging from broken detectors to alarms set off by minor steam or smoke from cooking. Another 78 calls were reports of hazardous conditions like gas odors, spills and leaks, carbon monoxide alarms and other situations.


Senator O’Mara Launches 2020 Community and Legislative Survey
State Senator Tom O’Mara announced the launch of a survey offering community members an opportunity to share their views on various regional and statewide issues. Shortly after Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address last week, the “2020 Community and Legislative Survey” was launched to encourage input from local citizens in the area. O’Mara has offered the survey to his constituents since he was first elected to State Senate and says it gives residents an opportunity to “share their own views and suggestions on private-sector job creation, government reform, state fiscal policies including taxes and spending, mandate relief, education, public safety, transportation, health care, and additional issues including the state’s controversial new 'bail reform' law.”


Traffic Restored After Last Night’s Crash on I-86
Last night, it was reported emergency crews responded to a one-car collision on I-86 in Chemung County. According to WETM, the accident happened before 9pm in the Westbound lane between the exits for Elmira and Horseheads. Fire crews, police and emergency responders arrived at the scene of the crash, where one car was majorly damaged and towed. Traffic flow was restored shortly after and there were no reports of any injuries so far.


Wegmans Recalls Breaded Chicken Breasts
Wegmans announced it is recalling 20-ounce packages of their brand of breaded chicken breasts due to safety concerns of the possibility of undercooked chicken. The product being recalled has a “Best By” date that reads October 23, 2020 and has a UPC code of: 7789025193. The item can be returned to any Wegman’s store for a full refund. Wegman’s customers with more questions can call 1-855-934-3663.


NY Adoptees to Receive Original Birth Certificates Starting Tomorrow
The new state law allowing adoptees to receive a certified copy of their original or pre-adoption birth certificate when they turn 18 begins tomorrow. This new law intends to ensure all adoptees of New York will have the right to information about their birth and biological parents. Adoptees are encouraged to request their birth certificate by applying online starting tomorrow for the soonest issuance of the birth certificate. Paper applications will be accepted in person and by mail and all certificates will be issued via regular postal mail. For more information: https://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/obtaining_birth_certificate.htm.


Cuomo Sets April Date for 27th District Special Election
Governor Cuomo has set a date of April 28th for special election to fill the seat vacated by former Congressman Chris Collins. The date falls on the same day as the New York’s presidential primary and critics say it will give Democrats an unfair advantage, as Republicans may not turn out to the election as heavily. Cuomo and other Democrats defend the date as the most efficient way to keep costs associated with the 27th District’s special election down.

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