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Today's Top Stories - Thursday March 12th, 2020

Mitrano Makes Town Hall Stop at Dormann
Democratic Congressional Candidate Tracy Mitrano made a stop at Dormann Library for her Fighting to Save the Middle Class Town Hall 6pm last night to talk to district voters about issues that impacted them. Issues Mitrano highlighted as priority include the constriction of the middle class, rising costs of healthcare that restricts the income of many working Americans and the high debt and interest rates for educational loans. The Penn Yan Democrat welcomed residents to share their concerns and experiences as voters. Mitrano continues her Town Hall tour in Elmira today and tomorrow in Ithaca.

 

Howard Town Board Discusses Plan for Highway Trucks
Last night at the Howard Town Board Meeting the big discussion was regarding the options to purchase Town of Howard Highway Trucks. Multiple avenues and options were discussed to purchase trucks of varying brands and conditions. Raised in general discussion was the idea to buy trucks one at a time every two or three years and coming up with vehicle costs as part of five and ten-year plans. Board members will discuss the details of the purchase at next month’s meeting after getting quotes from the county and other information needed to make a decision about purchasing new and used trucks. Next month the Board will also discuss the roof repair project of Highway Department Building #01.

 

Reed Comments on Coronavirus Crisis
Yesterday in his weekly media conference call Congressman Tom Reed touched upon the developments in the coronavirus outbreak. Reed mentioned he met at a White House meeting then referenced and praised the recent bipartisan approval by Congress of $8 billion to help prevent coronavirus.  Reed also said media and leaders should resist fear tactics and instead act as a “calming voice” in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

 

County Clerk Adds $10 Fraud Prevention Fee to Deed Transfers
The Steuben County Clerk’s Office is adding a $10 fee to deed transfers or “conveyances” as a response to the state’s efforts to prevent fraud around property deeds. The $10 charge is to cover a new state requirement notifying the person the deed is being transferred from by mail. Fraud schemes often involve property owners being unaware a deed has been transferred to another person and tend to target senior citizens. This change will only affect residential properties.

 

Third Annual “Stand Up for Recovery” Tomorrow Morning
The third annual “Stand Up for Recovery Day” takes place tomorrow morning at 10am on the Steuben County Office Building’s third-floor atrium. The event aims to change the negative perception and stereotypes of addiction with a “meet and greet” opportunity for the public to speak with those recovering from substance abuse addiction, a panel presentation and information from area agencies offering support for addicts and their loved ones. The event is a collaboration of Addiction Awareness of Steuben County, Friends of Recovery- Steuben, Steuben Prevention Coalition - Opioid Committee, and Steuben County.

 

State Brushfire Ban Begins Monday
Monday begins a statewide ban that prohibits residential brush burning continuing through May 14. With spring approaching, the DEC reminds residents conditions for wildfires are heightened in springtime. DEC will post a Fire Danger Map rating forecast daily for the 2020 fire season on DEC’s website. Currently, fire conditions in most of the state are low risk.

 

Bath Man Convicted for DWI
Bath man Bradley Wonderling was convicted yesterday in Steuben County Court for driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle for a June 2019 incident in the City of Corning. Based upon the investigation by the Corning Police Department the jury found the defendant guilty of all charges. Sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday April 27. Wonderling faces up to four years in prison on the conviction.

 

Avoca Beats Prattsburgh 60-56 in Last Night’s State Qualifier
Avoca Tigers will take it to the state boys’ basketball championships after last night’s 60-56 victory over Prattsburgh Vikings in the far west regional qualifier in Bath. WABH will broadcast the state championship game as the Tigers face the Sherman Wildcats Saturday afternoon at about 1pm.

 

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