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Today's Top Stories - Monday, July 19th, 2021

Village of Bath Reminds Public of Planting and Right of Way
The Village of Bath reminds the public it maintains responsibility for planting, pruning and removal of all trees in the village street right of way and Village parks. They also remind residents the street right of way is between the sidewalk and the edge of the pavement. In case of no sidewalk, the street right of way is normally 25 feet from the middle of the street with a few exceptions. Any questions can be directed to the Village Street Department at 607-776-6321.


Sheriff Deputy Brooke Payne Sworn In As County Criminal Investigator
Sheriff Jim Allard reports July 15th, Deputy Brooke Payne of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, was sworn in as a Criminal Investigator.  Investigator Payne is an eleven year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and has served as an instructor, physical training instructor, field training officer, car seat technician, Emergency Medical Technician, on the bicycle patrol team, the Safe Harbor CSEC team, and has attended the undercover narcotics investigations course, animal cruelty investigation course, and assisted in many investigations. Investigator Payne joins the Criminal Investigations Unit and will complete her field training in that capacity.


Reed Speaks About Sex Harassment Allegations at Local Appearance
Congressman Tom Reed spoke recently about the allegations of sexual harassment made against him in 2017. At an appearance in Chautauqua County on Thursday,  Reed said that incident 3 and a half years ago, was caused by him being intoxicated, and has been sober since. The Congressman thanked his supporters for reaching out after the allegations were made by a junior lobbyist who claims Reed rubbed her back as well as unhooked her bra without her consent. Reed apologized to the lobbyist and also announced he decided even before the accusations were published, he would not be running for re-election to Congress or for New York Governor.


DEC Offers Bear Season Advice
Bears in the Southern Tier have become more common now as the summertime mating season coincides with young bears looking for new homes. Sightings have grown in the area in recent weeks and the DEC is now encouraging New Yorkers to respect bears and keep your distance if you encounter one. Also, keep your house free of smells and secure your garbage because bears are said to have the best sense of smell of any animal in the world.


NY State COVID Positivity Rate Climbs to 1.51%
New York’s statewide COVID positivity rate has now climbed to 1.51%. While the rate has increased, hospitalizations have dropped slightly. In the Southern Tier Region, the positivity rate is 0.61%. 


Corning Man Arrested for Petit Larceny
State Police report the arrest of 52-year-old Robert Babcock of Corning. He was charged with 46 counts of petit larceny. He was processed and released to appear in Town of Corning court at a later date.


State Voting Reform Package Signed to Law by Cuomo
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a sweeping package of voting reforms into law. The reforms he says will help voters, candidates and boards of elections more easily perform their functions. A few of the reforms include eliminating signed absentee ballot applications and allowing absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day to be considered timely; Allowing voters to request absentee ballots through electronic means and allowing candidates who have lost primaries to be removed from ballots as candidates for different parties. 


WGI Hosting Job Fair Saturday @ WGI Media Center
Watkins Glen International will be hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, in the WGI Media Center in advance of the Go Bowling at The Glen NASCAR race weekend. Applicants will be considered for positions as guest services attendants, event operations staff, event staff – cleaners, and gate staff. Attendees should enter through Gate 2. Job fair attendees are reminded that they will be required to fill out an application in full, and supply two forms of identification to WGI. Resumes are encouraged, but not mandatory.


New State Memorial Honoring Fallen Highway Workers Announced
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a new memorial honoring fallen highway workers across New York is currently under construction and will be unveiled at the 2021 Great New York State Fair.  The memorial, which will be located near the midway entrance and west of the Horticulture Building on the fairgrounds, is meant to honor all transportation workers killed while performing their job duties on or near New York's thousands of miles of highways, including State Department of Transportation and Thruway Authority employees, municipal highway workers, contractors, consultants and towing service employees. The State Department of Transportation alone has lost 56 workers during its existence.

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