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Top Stories, November 14, 2023

Update: Mayor Sweet On The National Hotel Sale In Bath

The Old National Hotel is up for sale.   Bath Village Mayor Michael Sweet says he’s going to work to make sure it is not sold to be used for low income housing.  Sweet tells our WVIN News he’d rather see it be used for a restaurant or another business, but not low income housing.  "I think the goal of the community is to restore that landmark and make it a thriving boutique hotel," Sweet tells WVIN.  "There is a tremendous market for that now, since Covid, people are moving to smaller hotels.  The Village is very concerned that it could be transient housing, which is short term housing, in the middle of our business district.  These are people who cannot get rental agreements: parolees, sex offenders, which are not good for downtown business.  So we're going to make sure that we have the proper zoning and regulations in place, so that doesn't happen.  Ultimately, if we're going to try to build back downtown Bath, we've got to have businesses where people can come spend money, and that just feeds off other businesses in the downtown district, such as restaurants and other downtown shops," Sweet said.  


Leaders Across The County Will Be Interested In This One

Steuben County officials are making it known that city, town and village leaders can borrow between $10,000 and $30,000 to help fund the redevelopment of a downtown community center building in your Steuben County community. The county says officials can call 607-962-3021 for info on applying for the Downtown Redevelopment Loan Program. 


Congressman Nick Langworthy's Recent Local Visits

"From bringing handmade cards to the Bath VA with Corning-Painted Post Middle School to ceremonies in Jamestown, my office was proud to thank veterans across Western NY and the Southern Tier this weekend," Langworthy said in a recent FB post.


Schumer Speaks Out About Trade With China

Democrat U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he wants less free trade when it comes to China.  "Time and time again, our best companies are prohibited from competing freely, or competing at all in China," Schumer said.  "While many of the best companies from China can come and compete here in the U.S.  So many of our companies are at a disadvantage, and the Chinese government stacks the decks against them, in the form of forced technology transfers and the theft of intellectual properties, and other unfair practices.  This is costing tens of millions of American jobs," Schumer said on the U.S. Senate floor.  

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