Corning Exits on I-86 to be Closed Next Week
Interstate Highway 86 eastbound and westbound will be closed the evening of April 24th. From 6:30 p.m. to midnight, exits 47 and 48 will be temporarily closed as structural testing is facilitated while a detour will be possible according to the state Department of Transportation. State Route 352 will be utilized for the detour and State Police will be onsite to assist with the detour. Motorists should anticipate minor travel delays.
Cuomo Says Eliminating Vaccine Exemption “Legally Questionable”
Governor Cuomo has weighed in on the recent possibility of New York State eliminating its vaccination exemption, saying legislation ending the ability of parents to object to their children being vaccinated on religious or medical grounds is “legally questionable”.The Democratic Governor called the recent surge in measles a serious public health concern but getting rid of the religious exemption could conflict with the First Amendment. A bill to eliminate the exemption has been introduced into the Democratic-led State Legislature but has not yet been scheduled for a vote.
Two-Day Youth Turkey Hunt This Weekend
Spring has sprung and in New York that means the annual turkey hunting weekend for young hunters is coming very soon in most of our state. Licensed hunters aged 12 to 15 years old can hunt this weekend as part of the special two-day hunt. Shooting hours begin a half hour before sunrise and end at noon. Young hunters must have a turkey permit, be accompanied by an adult and have written permission from a parent or legal guardian. The regular spring turkey season begins on May 1st in upstate New York and the DEC says this year, hunters may see fewer adult turkeys due to poor reproductive success in the summer of 2017.
Steuben DPW Reminds Public of Environmental Events
With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day to be celebrated next week on Monday April 22nd, the Steuben County Landfill Division reminds residents of the county that caring for the earth should happen every day. Steuben County Public Works reminds residents that upcoming events like shredding days, tire dollar days, book recycling days, household hazardous waste days and latex paint drop-off days will help increase recycling and proper waste disposal in the area year-round.
Upcoming events include:
** May 13-18 Tire Dollar Days
** Shredding program (8 am. – noon)
• April 20 at Erwin transfer station
• May 4 at Bath landfill
• June 22 at Wayland transfer station
• July 27 at Hornell transfer station
** Household Hazardous Waste Days:
? June 15 at Erwin transfer station
? Sept. 7 at Bath landfill
** July 8 -13 Book Recycling Days at Bath landfill
** Aug. 3 Latex Paint drop-off Day (8 a.m. – noon) at Bath landfill
Bath Landfill -- 5632 Turnpike Rd., Bath, NY (open 7:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday)
Erwin Transfer –622 South Hamilton St, Painted Post *
Hornell Transfer -- 6360 East Avenue Ext, Hornell *
Wayland Transfer -- 2078 Dieter Road, Wayland *
(Transfer stations hours 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday)
OFA Announces Benefits Enrollment Center Program
Steuben County Office for the Aging announced its new Benefits Enrollment Center program for low-income residents in the county who are eligible for Medicare. The program is a simple way for residents to apply for five core benefits including the Medicare Savings Program, Low Income Subsidy, Low Income HEAP, Medicaid and SNAP. The Benefits Enrollment Center is funded through a grant from the National Council on Aging. Anyone eligible for Medicare, including people with disabilities and aged 65 and older will be assisted by the program. OFA Director Patty Baroody says the new center will coordinate with all Medicare and Medicaid related agencies in the county to make sure each person receives the benefits they are eligible for more quickly while helping them apply to the program and avoiding unnecessary duplication.
County Legislature Proclaims Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week
County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski announced this week has been proclaimed as National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week by the County Legislature. April 14th to the 20th has been recognized by the Steuben Legislature to honor the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our county and its citizens safe. Haursyki noted the 911 dispatchers are the first and most critical contact residents have during an emergency and the vital link for police, fire and medical teams responding to a crisis. “Each dispatcher exhibits compassion, understanding, and professionalism during the performance of their difficult job,” Hauryski said. “We are proud of them.”