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WVIN News Archives for 2016-11

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, November 30th

Governor to Make Announcement in Hornell:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo will be making a trip to Steuben County today.  According to his press office, he will be visiting the Alstom manufacturing facility in Hornell this morning, where he will make an announcement.  His office did not say what that announcement will be, but Cuomo has not officially announced the $2.45 billion Amtrak contract that’s expected to create 400 new jobs in Hornell.

 

 

New Law Targets Illegally Tinted Car Windows:

 

Vehicles with illegally tinted windows will fail their New York State vehicle inspection, per a new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday.  The bill will require auto inspection shops to fail any vehicles with an illegal tint level, which for New York State means the windshield and front side windows must allow at least 70 percent or more of outside light to pass through.  It also applies to rear windows unless the vehicle has outside rear-view mirrors on both sides.

 

 

Farm to Food Bank Bill Vetoed:

 

For the second year in a row, Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed the Farm to Food Bank Tax Bill.  The Governor gave three reasons for his decision in a letter to the assembly.  He said the bill is redundant because farmers can already claim donations on their tax returns, establishing an accurate value for donated food, and he said that the bill fails to define who can take advantage of the tax break.  In response, officials from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier said that while they’re disappointed, they’re not defeated, and local lawmaker Tom O’Mara said that they’re “not gonna let go” and that he’s willing to continue working with other sponsors and the governor’s office to get the legislation passed. 

 

 

National Influenza Week Starts Sunday:

 

With National Influenza Vaccination Week set to begin on Sunday, the Steuben County Public Health Department is urging residents to get their flu shots.  Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death.  The best protection is an annual flu shot.  County Public Health Education coordinator Lorelei Wagner said that the flu season typically peaks between December and February and that “it takes about two weeks after receiving a flu shot for the immune system to build full protection.”  Flu shots are especially important for people at high risk of flu complications, such as young children, pregnant women, those with certain chronic health conditions, and people over 65.  Contact your health care provider or visit participating pharmacies for more information.

 

 

Cyber Monday Sets Sales Record:

 

Americans were feeling generous Monday, as the annual shopping day “Cyber Monday” set a new record for sales.  According to Adobe Digital Insights, $3.45 billion was spent online, up 12.1 percent from last year.  Some of the best-selling items were gaming systems, 4K TVS, and toys like Lego sets and Barbie.

 

 

Gold Coin Found in Local Salvation Kettle:

 

Another gold coin has turned up in an area Salvation Army Kettle.  The coin, estimated to be worth around $100, was discovered last week at the Jubliee Foods in Horseheads.  Over the past five years, the Salvation Army has gotten ten gold coins, all that the Jubliee location and all of them are greatly appreciated.  Especially this year, as Commanding Officer for the Elmira Red Cross Major Craig Haggerty said that they’re down roughly $20,000 compared to the same point last year.  Part of the reason for that, he said is due to a lack of volunteers.  If you’re interested, visit the Salvation Army’s website.

 

 

$1.4M in Funding for Cornell Uni.:

 

Cornell University has been awarded $1.4 million in federal funding for agriculture research.  The University will put the money toward four research projects aimed at reducing weeds on farms and pests in residential apartments.    

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, November 29th

BEGWS Director Fired:

 

In a surprising move, the village board in Bath Monday morning fired Guy Hallgren, the Director of Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems. The vote was 4-1, with trustee Mike Sweet opposing the move.   Hallgren took the lead job slightly more than two years ago. He says he has already received numerous job offers.  Bath mayor Bill VonHagn said that the village is looking for different leadership for BEGWS.  The top utility job remains unfilled.

 

 

2017 Steuben Budget Approved, Tax Levy to Go Down:

 

Following a public hearing Monday night, the Steuben County Legislature voted to adopt the 2017 county budget, which includes a tax levy decrease.  The average tax rate for 2017 will decrease by $0.13 to $8.46 per $1,000 of value.  The current rate is $8.59 per $1,000.  County Manager Jack Wheeler credited flat Medicaid expenses, efficient staffing levels, and increased state funding for highway improvements with the drop in the tax levy.  Key points in the budget include: an increase for the county Public Works Department; a decrease in costs for the county Department of Social Services; an increase at the county Jail, due to state Department of Corrections requirements; and an increase for CSS Workforce NY to support short- and long-term economic growth in the county.

 

 

Prattsburgh C.S. Holding Lockdown Drill Today:

 

In compliance with state regulation that requires school districts to hold at least 4 lockdown drills within the school year, the Prattsburgh Central School District will be holding their first drill of the year this morning.  All doors will be locked and there will be no entrance into the building during the drill.  Also, secretaries will not answer any phones during the drill.  It’s expected to last approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

 

 

Steuben Co. Accepts Law Enforcement Grants:

 

In regular session Monday, the Steuben County Legislature approved federal and state funds to help ensure the safety of law enforcement and jail personnel.  $17,375 from the federal government and $8,687 from the state will be used for the purchase of bulletproof vests for use by the county Sheriff’s Department.  In other action, the legislature also accepted a state award of $5,000 to be used to publicize the county Drug Tip Line. 

 

 

Gillibrand Announces Broadband Legislation:

 

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Corning Incorporated Monday afternoon, where she announced bipartisan legislation that she says would improve access to high-speed internet for upstate residents.  The “Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act,” would combine federal grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service to finance rural broadband projects across the state to help close the broadband gap and ensure that all New Yorkers have access to affordable, high-speed internet.   Locally, Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler said that residents are “at a clear disadvantage” opposed to urban locations, and Representative Tom Reed said that “it’s only right” they do their part in expanding access.  Gillibrand said she hopes that the legislation could be passed by the end of the year, but if not it’ll be reintroduced in 2017 with the first available economic bill.

 

 

Governor Announces $2.5M to Fight Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse on

Campus:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the release of $2.5 million in state funding to programs that are aimed at preventing underage drinking and substance abuse on 20 SUNY and CUNY campuses across the state.  Each college will be awarded $125,000 annually for five years to help reduce “the serious consequences associated with underage drinking and drug use” such as academic problems, overdoses and injuries, assaults and fights.

 

 

Free Presentation on Investigating Hunting Accidents:

 

Hunting is a major economic force in Steuben County, and hunting safety is a constant concern.  To that end, this Friday at 4 p.m., Captain Michael Van Durme will present “C.S.I. in the Woods: Investigating Hunting Accidents,” a free presentation at the Bath Fire Hall.  The Steuben County Historical Society is sponsoring the event, and they will also have 2017 barn calendars available, along with other items of interest for Christmas shoppers.

 

 

Giving Tuesday:

 

After a long weekend of shopping and deals, today is the day to give.  November 29th is Giving Tuesday, a charitable promotion that was launched in 2012.  Americans are urged today to volunteer or to make donations to local, national, and international charities.  For more information visit https://www.givingtuesday.org/.  

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, November 28th

Bath Police Continue Search for Subway Robber:

 

Police in the village of Bath are continuing to search for the man who robbed the Subway on West Washington Street late Friday night. Police Chief Chad Mullen said no weapon was displayed. Mullen said the man entered the eatery, ordered a sub and then said "this is a robbery...give me all the money." His hands remained concealed in his pockets. The suspect made off with about $232, according to police. The robber is described as a white male…late teens to early 20's, between 5'8'' and 6 foot tall. A rough picture is posted of the Bath PD Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/1505145646412338/photos/a.1527745610819008.1073741829.1505145646412338/1791246287802271/?type=3&theater.  Mullen said the man fled on foot in an unknown direction. Police said they have spent the weekend following up on leads and reviewed nearby security cameras. Anyone with information is asked to call Bath police at 607-776-2175.

 

 

Rep. Reed to be Named to 2 New Posts in 2017:

 

Congressman Tom Reed has announced that he’ll be named to two new posts in 2017: the House of Representative Steering Committee, and he’ll move to a more senior position on the House Whip Team.  The Steering Committee names representatives to committees, and the Whip Team ensures that party lawmakers are in attendance when votes are taken.  Reed says that both positions will benefit the 23rd District.

 

 

Painted Post Man Arrested on Warrant:

 

A Painted Post man has been arrested on an active warrant from the Corning Police Department.  23-year-old Andrew Hatter turned himself in on November 13th and he was subsequently arraigned on three grand larceny charges.

 

 

More Shoppers, but Less Spending for Black Friday:

 

While the number of shoppers went up for the Black Friday weekend, from 151 million last year to more than 154 million, the actual amount of money spent this past weekend is down.  Based on a survey by the National Retail Federation, customers will have spent an average of $289.19 over the four-day weekend, down nearly 3.5 percent from 2015, due to the deep discounting customers have come to expect during the period.

 

 

1st Annual Holiday Cookie Walk in H-port:

 

Hammondsport will be celebrating the season with another unique, new event this weekend.  This Saturday will be the first annual Holiday Cookie Walk, an old fashioned event that can be enjoyed by singles, couples, or the entire family.  Custom, collectible cookie tins will be available for purchase at the Hammondsport Visitor Center, along with a list of participating businesses.  Each of those sponsoring businesses will hand out a wrapped cookie, or candy, during the event.  There is a limited supply of tins, so stop the Visitor Center for more information and to purchase your tin.

 

 

Baby Café Holiday Party Dec. 9th:

 

The second annual Baby Café Holiday Party will be December 9th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dormann Library in Bath.  The event is free and open to all, and will feature a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with a free photo with Santa, decorated Christmas cookies, and other family activities.  Families will also have an opportunity to meet with other mothers and children, and to ask for advice about breast-feeding from trained professionals.

 

 

Bath Rotary Celebrates 100 Years:

 

The Bath Rotary Club enjoyed a special, late-season picnic recently in celebration of the 100th birthday of the Rotary Foundation.  Fifty attendees enjoyed hotdogs, hamburgers, and other picnic favorites, as well as decorated cake at the Activity Hall at Hickory Hill Camping Resort.  There was also a wine tasting experience provided by Pleasant Valley Winery, and a joint, inspirational invocation delivered by the pastors of the First Presbyterian and Centenary United Methodist churches in Bath. 

 

 

Red Cross Seeks Blood Donations:

 

In the spirit of the giving season, the American Red Cross is urging donors to roll-up their sleeves and give blood.  Busy holiday schedules and travel plans make it more challenging for regular donors to give, and many businesses and organizations postpone hosting blood drives during the holiday season.  This can lead to a decline in blood donations, while the need for it stays constant.  To help ensure that patients continue to receive the blood they need through the season, visit http://redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive near you.

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