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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday January 18th, 2020

Danks-Burke Appears Today in Bath for Whistlestop Tour
Democratic Candidate for State Senate Leslie Danks-Burke holds a Whistlestop Tour today to promote her campaign for State Senator. The tour kicks off in Penn Yan at the Yates County Democratic Headquarters 8:30am. Danks-Burke continues the tour in Watkins Glen, then she will be in Hornell at Marino’s Restaurant 12:30pm. Danks-Burke will appear in Bath 2pm at the Bath Fire Hall then continue to Corning, Elmira and finish in Ithaca.


Bath Village Republican Caucus Tonight
Currently, 4 candidates have announced they are running for Village of Bath Trustee: Karen Causer, Joe Washburn, Dan Chapman and Jeff Muller. There are two trustee positions on the village board open. Robert Plaskov is running for Village Justice. For Mayor, Chamber Board member Mike Sweet is running against incumbent Bill Von Hagn. The Republican caucus will be tonight at 110 Liberty Street 6:30pm. Last week, Bath Village Democrats had their caucus and no candidates were selected. Village elections will be held March 18th.


Palmesano Named Leader of Republican Conference
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will serve in a new leadership position as Assistant Minority Leader of the Assembly Republican Conference. Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Pulaski) suggested Palmesano serve under the title. Palmesano will assume a more major role in promoting Conference priorities, managing internal operations and fostering fruitful relationships with leaders and advocacy groups across the aisle. Palmesano will continue serving as ranking member of the Energy committee as well as serving on the Corporations, Corrections, Insurance and Ways and Means Committees. Palmesano also serves on the bipartisan Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.


County Legislature Accepts Funding for Housing Study
The Steuben County Legislature accepted funds yesterday to fund a study looking at housing needs in the county and discover how housing needs affect economic development. The study will cost $25,000 and be covered by a recent $12,500 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission as well as funds that are being matched by the county. The study came as a result of numerous reports showing housing is an important factor that brings in and keeps workers in Steuben county and that housing is a resource our county critically lacks. Steuben’s share of the study was approved by the Steuben Legislature’s Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee.


Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seven in DWI Sweep
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports from January 18th – 27th deputies arrested seven  people for Driving While Intoxicated. Canisteo man Jodie Dineen was arrested in Hornellsville yesterday. Nicholas Nichols of Hornell was arrested in Canisteo Saturday. Also arrested Saturday was Corning man Chad Powers in Corning. Matthew Graham of Hornell was arrested in Hornell. Hornell man Thomas Burdick picked up a DWI charge in Hartsville. Also arrested was Michigan woman Angela Estes in Bath on I-86 and New Mexico man Patrick Bulger in Corning. All subjects were eventually released on traffic summons to appear in town courts at a later date.


O’Mara Encourages Residents Visit Website
State Senator Tom O’Mara reminds area residents to utilize his Senate website to share their opinions on legislation and other state government issues, especially the recently-enacted bail reform changes that O’Mara has spoken out against. The State Senator of New York’s 58th   District said: “I look forward to opportunities to keep constituents informed about legislative actions, as well as about state policies and programs impacting our local communities, families, workers, businesses, and taxpayers.” O’Mara’s website is: omara.nysenate.gov


Cuomo Says He’s Open to Bail Reform Changes
Governor Cuomo says he’s willing to consider changes to the new, controversial cash bail reforms implemented in recent weeks but has not endorsed or proposed any specific changes to the law. Cuomo expressed skepticism towards the “dangerousness” standard where judges determine whether a defendant is too dangerous to be released from behind bars and commented at a Friday press conference: “The dangerousness standard basically takes us back to where we were…” Cuomo also remarked that the reform is both a work in progress and he is open to changes “100 percent”.


Bill Offers Sexual and Domestic Assault Education to Cosmetologists
A new bill would give the cosmetology industry the advantage of domestic violence prevention education if it were to become law. Senate Bill S96 intends to amend the general business law while providing beauty industry professionals an option to take a domestic violence and sexual assault training course upon renewing their cosmetology license. The bill states the courses will be offered at least once yearly and those who take at least an hour of domestic violence and sexual assault education would receive a certificate of completion.

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