General Election Voting Today:
Voters are finally heading to the polls today in the 2017 General Election. There are active races throughout the region, and voters need to remember to check the back of their ballots. There are three statewide propositions. The most controversial is whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. A Siena poll out last week showed a majority of voters say they’ll vote against the measure.
State Labor Commissioner to Visit CCC to Discuss Paid Family Leave:
Tomorrow the state Labor Commissioner will visit Corning Community College to discuss the new Paid Family Leave law. You may have noticed over the summer that a deduction for this program was added to your paycheck. The law goes into effect January 1st, and offers virtually all private sector employees 8 weeks of paid family leave at 50 percent of their weekly salary. Time off and pay will increase every year until 2021. The law will allow families to take time to care for a sick relative, relieve pressure when a family member is called to military service, or to bond with a newborn, adopted, or foster child. Commissioner Roberta Reardon will answer questions about the law tomorrow at CCC’s Health Education Center from 6 to 8 p.m.
Empire Access Reaches Deal to Acquire Ontario Fiber Ring:
Empire Access has announced that it has reached a deal to acquire the Axcess Ontario fiber ring. The Axcess Ontario fiber ring is a state-of-the-art 200-plus-mile open-access fiber optic network in Ontario County. The ring offers telecommunications carriers access to the countywide fiber optic network with the ultimate goal of improving telecommunications services in Ontario County. The CEO of Axcess Ontario, Sean Barry, called the deal a “natural fit,” and the COO of Empire Access, Jim Baase said that it will allow them to “offer fiber services to substantially more homes and businesses within Ontario County.”
New Hotel, Other Changes Coming to Arnot Mall:
As part of its upcoming “50th Anniversary” celebrations, some changes are coming to the Arnot Mall. Officials have announced that a new hotel, a Holiday Inn Express, will be taking the place of the existing Bon Ton location and “a hospitality, food, beverage, and entertainment neighborhood” will be created at the mall. Also as part of the celebration, the mall will be donating $50,000 to several local charities, including the Foodbank of the Southern Tier and the United Way of the Southern Tier.
Corning Ice Rink to Open Tomorrow:
With the temperatures dropping and the holidays on the horizon, a popular local venue will once again be opening its doors to the public tomorrow. Corning’s Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink will open at 10 a.m. and there are events planned seven days a week, including open public skate, lessons, figure skating and hockey. In 2016, the rink was closed for 42 days after an aging cooling tower caused the ice to melt. The City Council unanimously voted to put $900,000 in to the city budget to complete needed improvements at the rink. Corning Enterprises committed $150,000, and the Crystal City Parks Foundation donated $3,000 to help with the work. The rink is expected to be open until around mid-March.
Netflix Warns Against Scam:
Netflix subscribers beware, the company is warning of a new email scam. An email is making the rounds that appears to be from Netflix, but the company says it’s not. The message tells users that their membership will be suspended unless they update their billing information. If you click the link provided, it leads to a bogus website where you’ll be asked to give personal information, including credit card numbers.