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Today's Top Stories - Thursday March 5th, 2020

State Route 415 Accident Under Investigation
There were multiple injuries in an accident on State Route 415 in Avoca yesterday afternoon when a car rolled over numerous times and struck a utility pole at around 4:15pm. On scene radio reports indicated one person was in the road and another trapped in the vehicle. Bath Heavy Rescue was dispatched to the scene along with advanced life support. A portion of Route 415 was shut down during rescue operations and cleanup. Steuben County deputies are investigating this crash. 

 

Two Recent Bath Fires Ruled Accidental
Two recent Bath fires now have causes determined. Monday’s fire on County Route 10 at David Havens’ Alignment and Auto Service was determined as accidental after the owner had taken ashes from his woodstove and put them in a barrel then strong winds that morning blew embers into a box and ignited the blaze. The Halsey Street fire on February 15th was determined to be accidental and to have started from an electrical malfunction in the kitchen.

 

GTSC Announces Over $300K to Southern Tier Traffic Safety Projects
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee announced over $28.6 million is available to improve traffic safety in New York. Through the highway safety grant program, funds are provided to local, state and not-for-profit agencies for projects to improve traffic safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries from crashes. Our Southern Tier region will be awarded $342,209 for these highway and traffic safety initiatives.

 

Legislators Unite to Protest Cuomo’s Medicaid Plan
Steuben County legislators united with state lawmakers yesterday to protest against Governor Cuomo’s plan shifting Medicaid costs back onto county taxpayers. The plan has the state absorb Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) funds that counties now receive and also force counties to pay any Medicaid expenses in excess of the state’s budgeted Medicaid cap. The governor says the plan would reduce the state’s looming $6.1 billion budget deficit while he blamed the counties for mismanaging the state’s mandated Medicaid system -- the most extensive and expensive programs in the nation. “The counties are not to blame for the Medicaid deficit…” that’s what county Manager Jack Wheeler told the county Legislature’s Human Services Health and Education Committee.

 

O’Mara and Local Officials Join in Albany for “Local Roads Matter”
Over 700 local and county highway superintendents and highway department employees representing nearly every region of New York State have been in Albany this week for their annual “Local Roads Matter” advocacy campaign. State Senator Tom O’Mara of Big Flats was one of the organizers. Eighty-seven percent of New York State’s roads and over half of its bridges are owned and maintained by local governments.

 

Addison Woman Arrested Following Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports deputies arrested 21-year-old Addison woman Brianna Graves following a report of a domestic violence incident in Woodhull. Graves allegedly struck and choked a member of her family or household who was under the age of 17 and was charged with Assault in the Third Degree, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Graves was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court then released.

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