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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday February 5th, 2020

County Legislature Not Charging to Bring Fire Debris to Landfill
The Steuben County Legislature will not charge the City of Hornell to bring over debris to the county landfill from the November Preston Avenue fires. County spokesperson Mary Perham says, the move will save Hornell between $60 and $120,000. A meeting will be held at 2pm this afternoon in Hornell to discuss this.

Public Officials Attend Rally to Repeal Bail Reform
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard, County D.A. Brooks Baker, State Senator Tom O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Hornell Mayor John Buckley and Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen attended yesterday's "Repeal Bail Reform" rally  in Albany. Allard, Baker, Buckley and Mullen are all opposed to the new bail laws and joined fellow officials that included representatives of the state Sheriffs Association, the District Attorney Association of New York, and the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police. Lawmakers and law enforcement say the reforms have created a system the releases violent criminals into the community without supervision, causing a threat to public safety.


Bath Community Helps Keeney With Cancer Treatment
Almost 100 residents of the Bath community gathered at the Wooden Nickel Bar on Liberty Street to help bartender Stacey Keeney raise money for cancer treatment. Keeney, who is a beloved bartender with many friends, was diagnosed with aggressive ductal carcinoma breast cancer. Bring Your Skin shop owner Andy Rowley helped set up the event and prior to the event helped get 17 donations. Rowley said: “While walking around and talking to different business owners, a lot of people kind of teared up and were immediately interested in making a donation.” Rowley said altogether, over $1,000 was raised to help Stacey Keeney in her fight against cancer.

Nominations Needed for 23rd Annual "Women of Distinction"
State Senator Tom O’Mara announced nominations will be accepted until March 16th for the Senate’s 23rd annual “Women of Distinction” program honoring local women making outstanding contributions to area communities for Women's History month. O’Mara and his Senate colleagues choose one new “Woman of Distinction” per year from their respective legislative districts. This year’s honorees will be recognized at a statewide awards ceremony and reception in Albany in early May. Nominations can be submitted online through O’Mara’s Senate website, (scroll down the home page.

State Report Finds Growth in Local Tax Collections
According to a report released yesterday by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, overall growth in local sales tax collections across the state last year was relatively strong. Sales tax collections across the state totaled $18.3 billion last year and saw a growth of around 4.7 percent from the previous year.  Steuben County saw a rise in local sales tax collection by 2.1 percent to over $59 million.

Sheriff's Office Introduces New App
Steuben County Sheriff's Office announces the release of the organization’s new smartphone application. The app is a means for the Sheriff's Office to connect with residents and visitors of Steuben County and quickly provide information for access by anyone who has a smartphone. The user-friendly app also offers quick access to items of public interest.

No Injuries Reported from Pulteney Fire
Yesterday, a house fire on West Lake Road in Pulteney was reported in the afternoon hours. Volunteers and equipment responded from Pulteney, Hammondsport, Branchport, Keuka Park and Prattsburgh and when crews first arrived, heavy smoke poured from the home. No injuries wer reported and the fire was controlled in under an hour. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


One-Car Rollover Reported on County Route 66
The North Hornell Fire Department reports a one-car rollover on County Route 66, just past the entrance to Kanakadea Drive. There were no injuries during the accident but the car was on its roof and badly damaged.

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