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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 29th, 2021

Structure Fire Put Out at Bath Dollar General on State Rte 415
Fire departments were recalled around 1:40pm today after they were dispatched from across the county to put out a structure fire reported at the Bath Dollar General on State Route 415. WVIN will keep you updated with more details as this story develops.


Bath Village Will NOT Opt-Out of Cannabis Dispensaries
Village of Bath Mayor Michael Sweet told WETM TV News that the Village of Bath will not opt-out of the pending marijuana laws allowing dispensaries and on-site consumption. Sweet said it “doesn’t make sense to opt-out…There are no benefits, marijuana usage is not going to go down in the community. People have the legal right to do it at home.” Sweet said the advantage of Bath opting in  is that people from other communities that opted-out would come into the village, possibly generating more revenue sharing from the taxes. Mayor Sweet also says the village may receive about three percent of the tax revenue, which could mean several hundred thousand dollars in annual revenue. However, the Town of Bath voted to opt-out of both on-site consumption and dispensaries on November 8th. This means the village will receive the full tax revenue instead of splitting it with the Town. Though the village is not opting out of the dispensaries and on-site consumption laws, it does not mean they will automatically come into the county as Steuben may only receive two licenses and that it will be heavily regulated so Sweet says establishments won’t “pop up all over.” Other communities that have not opted out of cannabis dispensaries and onsite consumption include Watkins Glen, Ithaca, and Elmira.


Bath Man Arrested for Burglary Less Than 24 Hrs After Larceny Arrest
The Bath man arrested and released earlier this week after allegedly stealing a vehicle, has been arrested again less than 24 hours later in Steuben County. 33-year-old Clifford Hurd was arrested by Troopers yesterday at 1:10 p.m. after a burglary investigation in the Town of Bath. He was arrested for second-degree burglary, criminal mischief with intent to damage property, and endangering the welfare of a child before being taken to the Steuben County Jail where he is being held. Hurd was arrested Monday for grand larceny, petit larceny, and three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in connection to a stolen vehicle. 


Bath Legion Post 173 Hosts Chicken Biscuit Dinner Tomorrow 5pm
American Legion Riders Post 173 in Bath reminds the public they will be having an end of month Chicken & Biscuit dinner tomorrow from 5pm until gone.  Open to members & guests, $10 per dinner with all monies raised going back into the community for charitable causes.


Troopers Still Looking for Owner of Envelope Lost at Erwin Walmart
NY State Police are attempting to locate the owners of items that were lost in the Erwin Walmart.  A couple located a white envelope containing personal items.  State Police did not disclose what was inside the envelope.  If you believe the envelope and contents are yours, contact police at 607-776-3356. 


State Ban on Polystyrene Starts Saturday
New York’s ban on foam food packaging containers takes effect this weekend on January 1st as part of the state’s effort to reduce the environmental impact of the materials. Restaurant owners are concerned the measure will cause prices to increase.


State Hemp Plan Receives Federal Approval
NY State’s Hemp Plan has received federal approval.  On Tue., State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball announced that the NY State Dept of Agriculture and Markets’ Hemp Program Plan was approved by the United States Dept of Agriculture.  This approval will allow NY to continue to administer a hemp grower licensing program that will start January 1st and the Department is now accepting applications. 


Cuomo Won’t Face Criminal Charges for 2 Allegations
Former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo won't face criminal charges stemming from allegations of unwanted kissing by 2 women, one of them a state trooper assigned to his detail.  The Westchester County District Attorney said that while there was evidence to conclude the conduct the women described did occur, the office could not pursue criminal charges. 


Hochul Announces Increase in Home Heating Aid
Governor Kathy Hochul announced a substantial year-over-year increase in available emergency home heating aid—with more than $90 million in federal funding available to help low and middle-income NYers avoid having their home heating disconnected or exhausting their heating source amid fuel price increases this winter.  Administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Home Energy Assistance Program will begin accepting emergency benefit applications starting Mon., Jan. 3rd, for those NYers who have already used up their regular benefit and who are now facing a heating emergency.


Move.org Says NY Among Most Moved-From States
NY and PA are among the most moved from states, according to a new report from Move.org.  The report highlights various moving trends among people in the United States.  Out of all 50 states, NY was ranked 3rd and PA 9th in states where people moved away. California was #1 and Texas #2.

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