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Today's Top Stories - Friday, April 14th

Water Tanks to be Replaced at Steuben Co. Public Safety Building:


The Steuben County Finance Committee has awarded a $22,000 bid to Monroe Piping and Sheet Metal of Rochester for the installation of two new water storage tanks at the Public Safety Building.  The original tanks were installed in 1995 and county Manager Jack Wheeler says some failures have recently been noticed in the aging tanks.  The tanks will be replaced in the coming months.



Funds Awarded to Southern Tier to Fight Climate Change:


The Southern Tier is getting a boost in the fight against climate change.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced more than $390,000 for eight farms for reducing environmental impact and preparing for extreme weather.  Another $1.5 million has been given to County Soil and Water Conservation Districts across six regions.



Steuben Co. Considering Responsible Driver Rewards Program:


Over the holiday season, responsible drivers stopped by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received a special treat of a candy cane for being compliant.  As it turns out, the program was so popular, the Sheriff’s Office, along with several local police departments – including Bath, are considering an expanded, non-seasonal reward program for safe drivers.  The proposal is for drivers to be offered coupons or certificates for local businesses, which would not only reward responsible behavior, but encourage hometown shopping.  Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard and Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen have reportedly already met with Central Steuben Chamber Co-Presidents Mike Sweet and Bill Collmer to discuss the possibility. 



Target Recalls Easter Toys:


Before the kids hunt for what the Easter Bunny leaves this weekend, parents might want to take a look for themselves as Target has announced a recall of more than 560,000 water-absorbing Easter eggs and dinosaur toys.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the hatch and grow Easter eggs, Easter grow toys, and ‘hatch your own dino egg’ products could pose a “serious ingestion hazard.”  If ingested, the product may not show up on x-rays, according to the Commission.  The toys can be returned to any Target for a refund.



Congressional Art Competition for Students Underway:


Representative Tom Reed is encouraging area high school students to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.  It’s open to all high school students from the 23rd district.  One student will have a chance to have their work displayed in the Capitol for one year, as well as being awarded the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for opening celebration of their artwork.  Five finalists will have their work displayed in Reed’s D.C. office.  Entries are due by April 24th.  Contact any of Reed’s district offices for more information.  



Former V.P. to Speak at Cornell Convocation:


Cornell University will host former Vice President Joe Biden as the keynote speaker as its upcoming Senior Convocation.  Biden will speak on Saturday, May 27th during the school’s 149th Commencement Weekend.  The event is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m., and the school says it plans on live-streaming it.

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