Delays and Closing:
The slippery conditions this morning have led some schools to have delays, including: Addison, All Saints Academy, Avoca, Bradford, BOCES – Bush, Coopers Plains, and Wildwood Campus, BOCES Stem Academy, Campbell-Savona, Canisteo-Greenwood, Corning Christian Academy and Little Lambs, Corning-Painted Post, Elmira City and Elmira Heights, Finn Academy, Hammondsport, Haverling, Hope Christian Academy Painted Post, Hornell, Horseheads, Jasper-Troupsburg, Odessa-Montour, Prattsburgh, Twin Tiers Christian Academy, and Watkins Glen are all on 2 hour delay. Dundee is closed today. The Arc of Steuben transportation is on a 2 hour delay, but staff is still to report on time. Bath Private Nursery is closed today.
SNAP Benefits Could be Affected by Gov. Shutdown:
As the government shutdown enters its third week, its effect is beginning to trickle down locally and it could start affecting those who rely on SNAP benefits. The federal food stamp program costs $4.8 billion to operate, and if the shutdown stretches into February there will only be $3 billion in emergency funds. Local food pantries are expected to help residents stay on their feet, but will likely feel the impact. There are 42 million people across the United States that rely on food stamps, with 4.7 million of those in New York and Pennsylvania.
White House Directs IRS to Process Tax Refunds:
The White House was expected Monday to issue a directive allowing the IRS to process tax refunds during a prolonged government shutdown. During a shutdown, the IRS only retains a portion of its workforce and it was previously reported that, while it would process returns and accept payments during an extended shutdown, it would not process refunds. The White House now says those refunds will be issued. That said, the IRS has not announced the date to start filing returns for 2018 tax year.
Corning/Riverside Plan Pedestrian Improvement Project:
The City of Corning and Riverside are working together to plan a project they say will improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow. The two have applied for a $487,000 state Transportation Enhancement Program grant for the area near the intersection of West Pulteney and West William streets and the entrance between the city and Riverside. According to the Corning Leader, upgrades would include the installation of sidewalks – on of each side of Fazzary’s Wine and Liquor Store parking lot and connecting the city to Tops Plaza in Riverside. Crosswalks would also be installed near Cutler and Townsend avenues. City Manager Mark Ryckman said if the grant is approved, work will likely be completed in mid-2019.
NY State of Health Announces Qualified Health Plan Enrollment Tops 2018 Level:
NY State of Health, New York’s official healthplan marketplace, has announced that as of January 1st more than 254,000 New Yorkers have enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP). With less than on month to go in the 2019 Open Enrollment Period, the number of QHP enrollees has already exceeded QHP enrollment at the end of the 2018 Open Enrollment Period. Enrollment continues through January 31st. After that, individuals can enroll in a QHP only if they have a life event such as loss of coverage, marriage, or birth of a child. Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and the Essential Plan continues throughout the year.