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Today's Top Stories - Friday, March 31st

Governor’s Renewable Resources Mandate to Cause Electric Bill Bump:


As soon as tomorrow, homeowners across New York could see a small bump in their electric bill.  To pay for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s renewable resources mandate, electric customers will see their bill go up less than $2 a month.  The Governor’s plan is to have 50 percent of the state’s electricity generated by renewable sources like wind and solar by 2030, which Cuomo says will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent.  States like Hawaii, California, and Vermont have already implemented similar mandates.



Bath Village Budget Vote Monday, Tax Hike Likely:


On Monday, the Bath Village Board will vote on a proposed $4.8 million budget that would see a tax increase for residents of 2.98 percent.  The good news is that the increase is significantly lower than the 15.4 percent increase proposed in the initial budget draft.  This draft would see homeowners paying $29.77 per $1,000 of assessed value.  The current rate is $28.91 per $1,000.  A public hearing is expected before the 5 p.m. vote.



Corning Water Consolidation Meeting April 13th:


A public information session will be held in the Town of Corning on April 13th in regards to the proposed consolidation of five of its seven water districts.  The project would consolidate the Gibson, Corning Manor, East Corning, East Corning 1 and 2 water districts.  Topics at the meeting are expected to include proposed rates, implementation steps, and residents’ concerns.  The meeting will be at the Corning Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.



Over 600 Turn Out for CCC Job Fair:


Corning Community College was a busy place Thursday as attendance at the college’s annual job fair exceeded expectations.  Over 80 employers took part, and there was a line of hopeful employees waiting to get in at 10:30 a.m.  The fair didn’t start until noon.  CCC Executive Director of Workforce Education Jeanne Eschbach reminds those who weren’t able to attend the event that the CSS Workforce NY One-Stop Center in Corning, Elmira, Bath, Hornell, and Montour Falls can help get you connected with job search assistance.



NYS Launches “Problem Gambling Toolkit” for Students:


A “Problem Gambling Prevention Toolkit” has been launched by the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the state Education Department for use in school districts across the state.  The toolkit is for school administrators and others to teach students and parents about preventing underage gambling, and the risks associated with gambling.  According to a recent survey 49 percent of seventh through 12th graders reported gambling at least once in the past year. 



CCC Mascot in Final Four of Mascot Competition:


You’ve carefully monitored your March Madness bracket, but what about the mascots?  The fifth annual SUNY Mascot Madness competition is heating up and there’s a local competitor hoping to take home the win.  Corning Community College’s Red Baron is the only community college mascot remaining.  The challengers are SUNY Farmingdale’s Ram-bo, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Oakie the Acorn, and SUNY Geneseo’s Victor E. Knight.  Voting on the final four ends today at 4 p.m., you can cast your vote at http://blog.suny.edu/2017/03/mascot-madness-2017-final-four/.  The winners will move on to the finals.

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