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Today's Top Stories - Friday November 13th, 2020

Steuben Proposes County Spending Plan
Early retirement of 44 Steuben County employees and solid reductions in departmental spending next year are changes made by the county for its proposed 2021 spending plan of $194 million in an effort to budget well under the state’s cap. The committee also reduced spending for agencies receiving tax dollars through municipal taxes. If the spending plan is passed by county legislators on Monday November 23rd, the proposed spending plan weighs in with an anticipated 0.99 percent increase of roughly $500,000 in the county levy of $51 million. The average tax rate is expected to drop 14 cents per $1,000 from $8.07 in 2020 down to $7.93 next year if the budget is adopted. A public hearing on the 2021 budget is set for 11:30 am, Nov. 23, followed by a vote by the Legislature on adopting the budget.


86 New COVID Cases Reported in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 86 more Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. There were 11 new cases on Wednesday and 75 Thursday.  This brings the total to 1,388 confirmed cases, 232 of which are currently active. One of the new cases involves an employee of the Bath VA.

Four People Displaced in Yesterday’s Bath Pine Street Fire
The cause of a two-alarm fire in Bath remains under investigation. Four people were displaced when flames broke out at an apartment house at 115 Pine street. The fire was declared under control in about an hour. The Red Cross was called in to assist.


Bath Woman Arrested on Drug Charges
Bath Police say they arrested of 28-year-old Delana Elliott of Campbell Street in Bath and 36-year-old Steven Farrell of W. Morris Street in Bath. They were each charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, class B felonies. The charges are the result of a New York State Parole search that allegedly found a large quantity of crystal methamphetamine and fentanyl with intent to sell. 


Bath Man Arrested for 81 Felony Sex Counts
A Steuben County man faces 82 felony and misdemeanor crimes, 81 of them are felony sex counts. Wednesday afternoon, Bath-based Troopers arrested 40-year-old Scott O. Costly of Bath. He was charged with 70 counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, a class E felony; 11 counts of second-degree criminal sexual act, a class D felony and a single count of endangering the welfare of a child. Costley was detained for court action. According to the State Police blotter, the first crime was reported on November 12, 2019 and occurred in the Town of Bath. State Police have not (yet) released any further information.


Rexville Man Arrested for Welfare Fraud Charges in Steuben County
Steuben County deputies arrested 56-year-old Gregory O. Anthony of Rexville.  It is alleged that Anthony received and obtained benefits which he was not authorized to receive in the amount of $1,368.00 between May and August, 2020.  Deputies also say that Anthony presented false documents in to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. He was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree and one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, both of which are felonies. Anthony was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. 


NYS Thruway Converts to Cashless Beginning This Weekend
New York State Thruway’s ticketed system will convert to cashless tolling this weekend at 58 tolling locations across the state. The $355 million project takes place in two phases: Phase 1 takes place this weekend where steel gantries with new technology will be installed to replace cash collection at toll booths. Phase 2 will remove the existing toll plazas following the current Phase 1 conversion.The posted speed limit when traveling through the toll lanes will be 20 MPH.


Cornell Cooperative Seeks Help for 4H Bathroom
Today is FLX Gives day and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben is asking the community for help by giving to their annual one-day campaign. The 4H Group is looking to raise $4,000 to build a new bathroom that is closer to their 4H site at the fairgrounds to make getting ready before a show much easier for the members. Those interested in donating to the cause for FLX Gives can give online today by 11:59pm at: http://bit.ly/buildthe4Hbathroom

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