Top Stories, May 3, 2023

Bath Man Has Pleaded Guilty In Federal Court

From The U.S. Attorneys Office:  U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Gerald Barclay, 25, of Bath, NY, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who is handling the case, stated that on August 22, 2022, the New York State Police executed a search warrant at Barclay’s residence in Bath, seizing drug packaging materials, digital scales, and approximately $1,866 in United States currency inside the residence. Outside the residence, near a stack of tires next to the garage, investigators found approximately 195 grams of pure methamphetamine.  

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Brian Ratajczak.  Sentencing is scheduled for July 27, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Geraci.


An Assessment Meeting Tonight At Haverling High

Another meeting on the Bath Town assessment situation: this meeting will be tonight at 7:00 in the High School Auditorium.


Bath Central School Budget Update

The Bath Board of Education has a proposed school budget of $43.3 million dollars, for the upcoming school year.  Superintendent Joe Rumsey says, due to an increase in state Foundation Aid and proper planning, the school board is presenting a proposed budget with no increase to the tax levy.  Rumsey also says, it is anticipated that this will result in a decrease in the tax rate for the upcoming school year based on historical trends in property assessments.  Voting will be May 16th noon to eight, at the Bath School District Office.

Hornell Summer Baseball Team Hires Coach

Over in Hornell, the summer baseball team, the Hornell Steamers have hired Curtis Shulz, to be this year’s coach.  Curtis Shulz comes to Hornell, after most recently being an assistant Coach for the Geneva Red Wings.


Update On The New York State Budget

State Budget Update: Democrat Governor Hochul has signed legislation to allow pharmacists to dispense contraception over the counter and ensures SUNY campuses offer students access to medication abortion.  Assembly Speaker Democrat Carl Heastie says, there won’t be any tuition increases at SUNY Colleges in the coming school year.  Republican State Senator Tom O’Mara says, because of the budget, starting in 2025, there will be no natural gas within newly constructed buildings; beginning in 2030 there will be no new gas service to existing buildings, and in 2035 two things will happen: no replacement natural gas appliances and no gasoline-automobile sales.

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