Governor Prepares NYS for Winter Storm:
Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the state is prepared for the winter storm that could drop one to two feet of snow across New York. The State Emergency Response Operations Center has been activated, and the state has more than 2,000 plows and other vehicles with 430,000 tons of salt on hand. As much as two feet of snow is possible in some parts of the upstate region between Saturday evening and Sunday morning along with high winds and dangerously cold wind chills.
Parking Bans Established Ahead of Winter Storm:
Several towns throughout the region have implemented parking bans ahead of this weekend's predicted winter storm. In the Bath, Village Code requires that vehicles be off village streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. In Prattsburgh, officials ask that all vehicles be removed from streets in order to allow road crews to do their job. In the Village of Canisteo there will be no parking on the streets Saturday through Sunday; parking tickets will be issued to violators. In Southport, parking on all streets within the town is prohibited through April 1st, and in Montour Falls overnight parking is prohibited on West Main Street. All residents are reminded that it's against the law to shovel snow into a roadway.
Winter Storm Cancels/Postpones Events:
The expected winter storm has already postponed and cancelled several area events. To see the list, visit the StormWatch page at http:// http://wvinbath.com/pages/schoolbusiness-closings. We keep the list updated as information becomes available.
Rochester Man Arrested for Impersonation:
The Steuben County Sheriff's Office arrested a Rochester Man on January 5th for allegedly impersonating another person in order to avoid arrest. 20-year-old James Fredrick was initially released on a summons following a traffic stop, but was later arrested by the Village of Bath Police Department. After being fingerprinted, it was alleged he used an alias name and that he was wanted on five separate warrants out of the City of Rochester. He was charged with criminal impersonation and sent to the Steuben County Jail.
Three Charged in Bath Traffic Stop:
Three Bath residents have been arrested following a traffic stop on State Route 415 in Bath. It’s alleged that 18-year-old Samantha Coddington and 17-year-old Cassandra Stage were in possession of marihuana while there was a child in the vehicle. They were both charged with unlawful possession and endangering the welfare of a child. 29-year-old Sean Burton allegedly operated the vehicle while his ability was impaired due to an illegal drug, and he was also allegedly in possession of marihuana. He was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs as a felony due to two prior DWI convictions, aggravated unlicensed operator, unlawful possession, and inadequate exhaust. Burton was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail, while Coddington and Stage were released on their own recognizance.
Millions of Email Addresses Comprised in Data Breach:
Hundreds of millions of email addresses have been comprised in a newly uncovered data breach. The addresses, along with millions of unique passwords, were posted to a hacking forum. Users can search the website - https://haveibeenpwned.com/ - to see if their email address or password has been compromised.
NYS Agencies Directed to Assist Furloughed Federal Workers:
Federal workers affected by the government shutdown will be getting some extra assistance from New York State per direction from Governor Andrew Cuomo. The state Department of Labor has been directed to provide increased support to workers seeking unemployment insurance benefits, and the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to help those working without pay apply for and obtain public assistance benefits. Also, the New York State Public Service Commission announced Thursday that New York's major electric and gas utilities are implementing special collection practices for furloughed customers and those working without pay because of the shutdown.