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Today's Top Stories - Monday, January 20, 2020

County Shared Services Plan Meeting Being Held in One Week
A presentation on Steuben County’s 2020 Shared Services Plan will follow the regular 10 a.m. meeting session of the county Legislature Jan. 27th.The unanimously-approved, new plan builds on the plan adopted in 2017, and carries on a long tradition of sharing services between the towns, villages and county departments. Notable savings include shared public works construction and maintenance, along with personnel costs. Among the shared county-municipal services are the costs of road repair, bridge construction, property demolition, and equipment and personnel. Steuben also will join 3 neighboring counties in a study looking to improve broadband services. The presentation is expected to begin around 10:30 a.m. on Monday January 27th in the legislative chambers of the Steuben County Office Building.


National Diabetes Prevention Program
Informational sessions on the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) offered by the Steuben County Public Health department are set for February. The two-year NDPP program helps participants lose weight, become more physically active, lower stress, and reduce their Type 2 diabetes risk. Participants must be at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes but not previously diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Information on the program will be presented at noon on Tuesday February 4th in the Steuben County Annex Room A on East Morris Street, Bath. Classes are set for noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning February 25th. The cost of the program is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and Steuben County employees participating in the county’s Wellness program. Private pay for the program in $150.
To register, or for more information on the program, qualifying blood work or other questions, call (607) 664-2438, email lwagner@steubencountyny.gov, or register online at https://steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publichealth/DPP%20Fillable%20Registration%20Form%202020.pdf


HUD Grants Over $1.6 Million in Funding to Southern Tier
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced over $1.6 million in funding for Southern Tier programs, such as Livingston Supportive Housing and Continuum of Care awards. Carson said “The grants awarded today help our partners on the ground to reduce homelessness in their communities and help our most valuable neighbors”. The funding for the Southern Tier is part of a package totaling $2.2 billion.


Hammondsport Board of Trustees Meet Tuesday
The Village of Hammondsport Board of Trustees will hold a Special Meeting tomorrow at 12:10 p.m. in the Village Office on 18 Water Street in Hammondsport. The meeting is to discuss the Village’s 2020-2021 General Fund and Water Fund Budgets as well as any other business before the Board.


Mitrano Announces RIP Medical Debt Forgiveness Program
Doctors in Upstate New York are partnering with a nonprofit to help alleviate the burden of medical debt for local residents. This was announced during a Jamestown press conference with Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano, who called the program a “unique partnership helping district residents out from serious medical debts”. Doctors from from Ithaca and Jamestown have partnered to work with the nonprofit group RIP medical debt and area doctors so they can donate over $170,000 to the organization. The project is supposed to “eliminate more than $500,000 of medical debt at one percent of the original cost” by forgiving $10,000 in medical debts for every $100 donated to the group. RIP Medical debt reportedly help forgive over a billion dollars’ worth of debt already. Today, Mitrano launches a five city listening tour in Dunkirk and will be in Corning this Thursday from 6 to 8pm at the United Steelworkers Union Hall at the Nassar Civic Center Plaza.


Public Invited to Wreaths Across America Cleanup
The public is invited to retrieve and clean up wreaths that were laid during Wreaths Across America Day. Over 5,000 wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans last month. The cleanup event will be held this Friday, January 24th in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center at 3pm. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath VA museum and no sign-up or registration is required to participate. Cleanup instructions are to be announced at the cemetery monument. Bringing a rake or broom is highly encouraged.


State Senator O’Mara to Continue Serving on Multiple Committees
State Senator Tom O’Mara will continue to serve on the Transportation Committee, Environmental Conservation Committee, and several other key Senate committees in 2020, according to a press release. O’Mara is to continue his post as the ranking Senate Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee and serve as the top Republican member on the Banks Committee. O’Mara was renamed the Senate GOP representative on the Legislature’s Administrative Regulations Review Commission (ARCC), which is a legislative oversight committee that monitors the impact of the state’s regulatory process on the economy. O’Mara said of the Environmental Conservation Committee: “I hope the committee will continue to strengthen the important foundations we’ve built over the past several years.”


Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash in Erin
The New York State Police report they investigated a one-car, fatal motor vehicle crash that happened Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. on Langdon Hill Road in the Town of Erin. The investigation found the vehicle was operating westbound on Langdon Hill Road when the operator lost control and went off the north side of the roadway, striking several trees.  A 17-year-old female passenger in the vehicle, Alecia I. Sedlak, was pronounced deceased at the scene while another 17-year-old female passenger was air lifted to Upstate Medical Center and one 18-year-old male passenger was air lifted to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment. The accident is still under investigation.

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