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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, March 16th

Gov. Lifts Tractor Trailer Restrictions:


Late Wednesday afternoon Governor Andrew announced that the restrictions on travel and tractor-trailers on roadways across the state were being lifted.  The bans impacted the New York Thruway, 1-81, I-86/Rt. 17, I-87 from Albany to the Canadian border, and I-88.



Update on New St. James Mercy Location:


At this week’s meeting of the Hornellsville town board, there was some news regarding the future site of the new St. James Hospital.  Town Supervisor Ken Isaman announced that the old Kmart plaza, which was originally designated to be sold to the hospital, will now be sold instead to private developer Morgan Management out of Rochester.  The plan is for the property to be broken up into two parcels, with a Medical Arts Building in the main structure, and the new hospital in the adjacent field and parking lot.  Isaman called it “great news,” as when the projected owner was solely St. James Hospital, it was tax exempt.  Now, tax revenue can be collected from Morgan Management.



Snow Fall Record Set in Binghamton:


This week’s storm helped the City of Binghamton break a dubious record.  The city recorded 31.3 inches of snow over Tuesday and Wednesday, shattering its previous record of 23 inches that was set in February 1961.  For the season, Binghamton has seen 127.7 inches – just short of seasonal record set in the winter of ’93-’94.   



Food Bank Fights for “Farm to Food Bank” Bill:


Representatives from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier traveled to Albany Wednesday where they met with New York State lawmakers who are fighting for the “Farm to Food Bank” bill.  The bill, which has previously been vetoed by Governor Cuomo, would provide tax credits to family farms that donate directly to food banks.  The Assemblymen are also working to protect funding for the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program.



Lawmakers Propose Pay Hike for Arc Workers:


While Governor Andrew Cuomo left out a pay hike for direct support professionals in his proposed budget, the state Assembly and Senate have both drafted their own proposals that include $45 million for a pay increase for those who provide services to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  It would bump pay to $15 an hour.  The Arc of Steuben employs roughly 275 direct support professionals.



Bath Board of Ed. Meets Tonight:


The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the high school library.

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