Top Stories, April 6, 2022

The old Phillips Lighting Building in Bath is being demolished. 

“As part of the company’s ongoing cleanup efforts they have begun the process of tearing the building down,” said Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Director Jamie Johnson.  “The IDA has been engaged in discussions with company on redevelopment opportunities once the work is completed.”  Bath Village Mayor Mike Sweet tells Wvin News that when the demolition is finished, that location will be sold, but there are no specific buyers at this point.  “That’s a ways away,” Sweet said.  “They will be putting it up for sale once it’s demolished and all taken care of, they’re doing it so that somebody will buy it,” Sweet stated.                        


Increase In Child Abuse In Steuben County

Steuben County officials put out a statement today, saying that there’s been a big increase in child abuse and neglect.  Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says it’s five times worse than they expected it to be.  The D.A. says there’s a 90 percent increase in physical and sexual abuse in the county, and a big increase in juveniles abusing other juveniles.  Steuben County officials have assisted in investigations by the FBI, Livingston, Schuyler and Yates counties and New York State Police. 


Congrats, To Local Fire Fighters, For Years Of Service

The Bath Volunteer Fire Department is congratulating the following members for their service to the Bath fire department: Larry Storm, Joe Washburn and Chris Kincella…Storm has been with the Bath Fire Department for 20 years, Washburn for 20 years also, and Kincella for 10 years.


Political Petitions And The Old Maps And New Maps

Political Petitions to run for office in local, county or statewide races, are due Thursday, April 7, at 500pm.  Steuben County Democrat Chairman Shawn Hogan says, because there is a stay, on Judge McAllister’s ruling, that petitions have to be filed, with the old maps in mind.  But, Hogan says, if the maps are eventually changed, then the petitions will have to be done all over again, according to the changed maps.  Steuben County Republican Chairman Joe Sempolinski agrees with Hogan on that and Sempolinski made the following statement: “Because of the stay that’s in place, petitions are being filed as scheduled.  However, because of the clear unconstitutionality of the maps that were signed into law, I anticipate that the maps may be changed at a future date.”


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