Today's Top Stories - Thursday April 29th, 2021

Bath PD Conducting In-Person Sex Offender Verifications
The Village of Bath Police Department will be conducting, for the first time, in-person sex offender address verification. Bath Police made the announcement today and said they previously only made verification checks if they received a tip or a complaint about a sex offender not living at their registered address. Police say the newest system will allow for their investigations to be completed “quickly and efficiently,” and arrests or warrants can more immediately be made or filed.


BEGWS Closes Streets for Gas Main Replacement Next Week
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems will be replacing the gas main and services on Gratton Drive, between Geneva Street and Haverling Street. During work, the street will be closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. Work is scheduled to begin the week of May 3rd (next week) and will continue through the middle of June.


Steuben Public Health Dept Reports 175th Death
Steuben County Public Health reports its fourth death in a week as a 54-year old man from the town of Fremont passed away while hospitalized after previously testing positive for COVID-19. So far, 175 Steuben County residents have died from COVID since the beginning of the pandemic.


State May Ban Selling Pets at Pet Stores
You may not be able to buy furry, four-legged friends from New York pet stores as the state may ban selling cats, dogs and rabbits at pet stores. The State Legislature's Agriculture Committees passed the measure this week and Star Gazette says the bill now moves "toward getting the full chambers' approval after years of stalling at the state Capitol." This law would put a halt to puppy mills and focus on rescuing and saving animals, who are often not taken care of properly in puppy mills with abuse and poor conditions. This law has been pushed by animal rights’ advocate groups for some time now in efforts to help mistreated animals. 


Finger Lakes Area Still Awaits State Guidance for Fairs and Festivals
Despite giving the New York State Fair the okay to happen this summer, the state still hasn’t released clear updated guidance following the increase in vaccinations and growing data regarding outdoor gathering amid the pandemic. This lack of guidance from state officials has resulted in a slew of festival and fair cancellations in the Finger Lakes area over the past week.


Fair and Timely Parole Bill Passes in NYS Assembly
Parole reform is the new objective for the New York State Legislature. Last week, the assembly passed a bill that gives parolees the ability to register to vote no matter their crime. That bill is currently waiting to be signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and there are two more parole-focused bills on the docket that state Democrats hope to pass this year. There’s the elder parole bill, which would allow people 55 and older who have served 15 years in prison the chance to go before a parole board. The other bill, the Fair and Timely Parole bill, focuses on changing the standards of parole, basing release on a person’s rehabilitation while incarcerated not on the original crime.


Live Racing Returns to Tioga Downs
Tioga Downs returns to live racing. Tioga Downs will begin their 16th season of live harness racing on Saturday, with a special post time of 5:00 p.m.  The five-eighths mile track from Nichols, NY will race on Fridays (starting May 28) and Saturdays at 6:15 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.  Closing night will be Saturday (September 25th).


O’Mara Renews Recall to Subpoena Cuomo Administration Members
Following a report in the New York Times that Governor Andrew Cuomo and top aides repeatedly obstructed the release of accurate information on the number of COVID-19 deaths of seniors in nursing homes, State Senator Tom O’Mara Ranking Member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, has renewed his call for the committee to subpoena members of the Cuomo administration, including top state health officials, in order to obtain documents, emails, phone records, and all other information surrounding the state’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis in New York’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities. In a statement, O’Mara said, “It continues to remain clear that this Legislature has a responsibility to fully understand what has happened and why.”

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