NYS Lawmakers Finalizing 2019 State Budget Deal:
State lawmakers worked all Sunday to agree on a 2019 state budget deal. As of last night, the $175.5 billion budget contains a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags (which makes New York the third state in the nation to do so), new tolls for motorists entering parts of Manhattan, spending increases for schools, the elimination of cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies, and a new tax on the sale of mansions in Manhattan. Marijuana legalization was not included in the deal. Lawmakers say they hope to take up that proposal again before they adjourn in June.
Bath Vol. Fire Dept. Annual Awards:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department recently held their annual awards banquet. Following comments from state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, in which he thanked all first responders for their dedication, the following awards were presented, among others: in lieu of Firefighter of the Year, Firefighter Dedication was given in recognition of John Bogart, who passed away in October 2018. Rebecca Washburn was named Firefly of the Year, and Junior Firefighter was awarded to Dakota Johnson. In 2018, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department ran 487 calls.
Healthcare Auction Raises Funds for Davenport & Taylor:
The 17th annual Keuka Healthcare Foundation Super Radio Auction was held this Saturday and over $10,000 was raised in support of capital improvement projects for Davenport and Taylor Hospital. The four-hour event, which was broadcast here on WVIN, has raised more than $118,000 over its lifespan.
Hammondsport B.O.E. Meeting Tuesday:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a public comment forum on Tuesday relating to the Smart Schools Bond Act. It will begin at 5:45 p.m. and will be held in the high school library.
Travel Advisory Reminder - Corning’s Bridge Street Bridge:
A reminder to motorists that Corning’s popular Bridge Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic starting today for improvements. It will remain closed until about October 1st. Also, a reminder that later this week, on April 4th, bridge repair work will begin on the I-86 eastbound ramp to I-390 in the Town of Avoca. That project is expected to last approximately 2 months.