Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, September 27th

Father and Son Charged with Drug Possession in Bath:


A father and his son were arrested and charged in Bath following a traffic stop on I-86 by state police.  According to authorities, 45-year-old Michael Ward and 20-year-old Coty Ward, both of Oneonta, were stopped for vehicle and traffic violations and troopers could allegedly smell marihuana in the vehicle.  State Police report they found .9 ounces of suspected Hashish oil, 3.9 ounces of packaged marihuana, 2 smoking devices, and 20 containers used for storing Hashish oil.  Michael Ward was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.  Coty Ward was arraigned and remanded to the jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. 



Siemens, Alstom to Merge:


Two international companies, both with locations in the Southern Tier, have announced they will merge.  German based industrial equipment maker Siemens AG has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with French based rival, Alstom.  Siemens has a location in Painted Post, and Alstom has one located in Hornell.  At this time, there’s no word yet if the merge will affect local jobs or locations.



Rep. Reed Says “Simple, Modern” Tax Reform Plan to be Unveiled Today:


During his weekly media call Tuesday, Representative Tom Reed said that President Trump plans to unveil the GOP plan for tax reform today.  Reed attended a tax reform meeting with both the President and Vice President at the White House Tuesday as part of the Ways and Means Committee, and he said it was both optimistic and bipartisan.  Expected proposals include lowering the corporate tax rate, repealing the estate tax, eliminating state and local tax deductions, addressing the number and percentage of individual tax brackets, and possibly the cutting of taxes on the middle class.  Reed said the new code will be developed to be “simple, fair, and focused on growth,” and it isn’t, as critics claim, pandering to wealthy individuals and corporations. 



Work on S.R. 414 Starts Today:


Asphalt pavement overlay work begins today on State Route 414.  The project will extend from the Corning city line to Kerrick Hollow Road, for a total of approximately 4.8 miles.  The scope of this project includes the town of Corning. While work is being conducted, intermittent closures to the I-86 west bound on-ramp in Corning will be necessary.



Bridge in Hornby Restricting to One Lane, Weight Limit Posted:


The bridge on Wilson Hollow Road over Wilson Hollow Creek in the Town of Hornby will be restricting to one lane of traffic starting tomorrow, according to town officials.  The bridge, which is located just north of State Route 414, has also had its weight limit “R”-Posted.  Traffic will be restricted on the bridge until it can be replaced in the summer of 2018.



Public Health Warning Issued for Seneca Lake:


A public health warning has been issued by Schuler County Public Health regarding Seneca Lake.  Harmful blue-green algae blooms have been identified on the east side of the lake, and officials urge residents and visitors to not swim, fish, or boat in those areas as they can cause health issues for both people and animals.



“I Voted” Sticker Vote:


The 2017 general election will mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York and the state is looking to celebrate by creating a new “I Voted” sticker and in true democratic fashion, they’re opening the final design choice to a vote.  New Yorkers can vote one of three special stickers, and the winner will be distributed at polling places across the state on Election Day November 7th.  Voting closes this Friday, September 29th at 5 p.m.  Vote at https://www.ny.gov/content/vote?nysWebRef=Email



Volunteers Sought for Southern Tier Outdoor Show:


The 11th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show is coming up October 11th through the 14th and its looking for volunteers to help.  Positions needed included helping children fish, directing the crowd through activity stations, transporting the public around the grounds on a golf cart, and manning a stationary booth.  Volunteers who work at least four hours will receive a T-shirt, a meal ticket, and water.  Volunteers will receive access to the show anytime that they’re not working.  For information, call (607) 583-3224, or visit http://www.southerntieroutdoorshow.com.  

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