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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday March 10th, 2020

Town of Urbana Meeting Today
Today at 4pm is a special Town of Urbana Board meeting at 8014 Pleasant Valley Road in Bath, NY regarding Urbana’s waterfront pier project.


County Youth Bureau Dinner Honors Youth Service
The annual county Youth Bureau Board’s dinner Friday at the Bath Country Club honored Lita Brown for the Gary S. Pruyn Youth Service Worker of the Year and Kerry Elasser with the Champion for Youth award. Both women received plaques from the board, and official state recognition presented by state Legislature liaison Mike Palmesano. County Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill also spoke of the bureau’s accomplishments in 2019, including substance abuse prevention programs, 13 summer recreation programs, the biannual Youth in Government and the annual Youth Leadership Summit. The bureau also expects to look for ways to improve post-graduate opportunities for Steuben youth.


New York State Coronavirus Cases Climb to 142
New York currently leads in the country in diagnosed coronavirus cases after the number of positive cases jumped from 105 on Sunday to 142 yesterday. Most cases have been in Westchester county. Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York state due to the outbreak. No cases have been reported in Steuben County.


City of Hornell Welcomes New Business to Old Courthouse
On Saturday, the City of Hornell welcomed three new businesses downtown. Officials from the City of Hornell, Hornell Partners for Growth, Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes’ were officially introduced to the businesses of: Twin Tier Chiropractic & Wellness, Roots Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy and Valle Boxing Club during a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house event.


Bradford Fire Dispatches a Dozen Departments
Firefighters from Steuben, Schuyler and Yates and more than a dozen fire departments responded yesterday morning to a massive multi-building fire on Kelly Hill Road close to Bradford and near the Steuben/Schuyler County line. The flames destroyed a barn utilized as a wood shop as well as a garage. A home and milk parlor near the wood shop were damaged as well. Other nearby buildings were spares. Fire officials said the lack of available water was a big problem. Four firefighters were injured when oil splashed on their faces while battling the flames. They were all transported to a hospital. The fire was brought under control after about three hours. The preliminary investigation suggested the fire was sparked by a wood stove.


New York will Provide Hand Sanitizer to Combat Price Gouges
New York officials have announced the state will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer to New Yorkers free of charge. To help combat price-gouging and ensure New Yorkers have access to this vital prevention method, the state will produce up to 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer each week in 1.7 oz., 7 oz. and gallon bottles. The hand sanitizer will be made available to residents free of charge, and distribution will be prioritized by the most impacted and high-risk communities.


Failure to Pay Fines May Not Result in Suspension of NY License
Failure to pay a fine may not result in suspension of license if a new proposal passes that would end the practice of suspending licenses for people who don’t pay fines in New York State. According to a study, the main reason for suspended driver’s licenses was due to unpaid tickets. Proponents of the change say without them, offenders can’t drive to work, school or even court and creates a difficult to break cycle especially when heavy fines are used to penalize minor offenses. Those who commit crimes like vehicular homicide and those with hefty points on their license would be not be eligible to end their suspensions.

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