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Today's Top Stories - Saturday January 25th 2020



Addison Fire

Fire in Addison Friday afternoon damaged a two-story home on the Jones Hill Rd.  It was reported that fire originated in the chimney, when firefighters arrived it had spread to the back of the house on the second floor.  They’re no reports injuries and the fire is being investigated.


Watkins Glen Executive stepping down

Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rebekah Carroll has decided to step.  The Board of Directors accepted her resignation yesterday.  Carroll said she has decided to pursue her dream of opening an accounting business.  She has been with the Watkins Glen Chamber since 2008 being named President and CEO last year.  Under her term the Chamber of has done well…growing 67% to 480 members.

And now there are four

There are now 4 announced candidates for Village of Bath trustee. Karen Causer, Joe Washburn, Dan Chapman and now Jeff Muller. Last night Village Democrats held their caucus and no candidates where selected.  There are two trustee positions on the village board up for grabs. There is also a race for Mayor…Board member Mike Sweet is running against incumbent Bill Von Hagn.  The Republican caucus will be Tuesday Jan 28th. Village elections are March 18th  Longtime Board member incumbent Jeanne Glass reportedly will not be running for election.


STAR Program update

Governor Cuomo has announced a proposal in the FY 2021 Executive Budget to deny School Tax Relief Program benefits to delinquent property owners. The measure would eliminate STAR benefits for homeowners that do not pay their property taxes. It would also require localities to report tax delinquents to the Department of Taxation and Finance so that a STAR credit or exemption can be withheld. Homeowners will be excluded from the STAR program until past-due property taxes are paid.

More Highway Money

New York State officials have announced $151 million in new funding for the renewal of State roadways impacted by extreme weather events. This State funding will support 95 paving projects and the renewal of approximately 1,000 lane miles of pavement across the state, including at least one project in every county. •$3.1 million has been awarded to renew Route 53 south from the Hamlet of Kanona to the Village of Prattsburgh in Steuben County…and $2.2 million to renew Route 53 north from the Village of Prattsburgh to the Livingston County line in Steuben County.

Legal Marijuana gaining traction

A recent poll by Sienna College says the legalization of marijuana has received the highest approval rating ever.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has said legalizing the drug for recreational use is the kind of thing that should be included in the state budget. There is a bill that is gaining traction in the State Senate

Dollar General Employee Arrested

An Elmira man has been arrested for allegedly stealing $1,000 from a Dollar General Store in Horseheads.  Laken Thomas was an employee at the time and has been charged with grand larceny fourth degree.

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