STATE SUSPENDS NON-ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ROAD CLOSURES
New York state is making efforts this Fourth of July weekend to ease the holiday drive for many New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo announced New York is suspending all lane closures of non-essential construction projects. Cuomo says state officials will do "everything in (their) power" to make travel less difficult and ease traffic during the busy holiday weekend. These closure suspensions will continue to Wednesday July 5th.
CUOMO REFUSES COMPLIANCE WITH TRUMP ELECTION COMMISSION
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he will not to comply with Trump’s voter fraud investigation commission's request for information stating New York law does not permit disclosure of confidential and sensitive voter information and must maintain such privacy to protect New York voters from potential harassment. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity requested states submit voter information such as names, birthdays, voter history and the last four digits of Social Security numbers, so long as state law doesn’t prohibit the release of such data. Cuomo is critical of the commission’s effort to investigate what he calls "debunked theories of voter fraud." Other states resisting compliance to this request include California, Kentucky and Virginia.
STEUBEN OFFICIALS URGE CODERED REGISTRATION
Steuben County officials urge residents to register for emergency notifications through the CodeRED system as we enter the summer storm season. The system issues calls, texts or email messages to residents who live in areas affected by storms and officials will use it to call residents for emergencies like evacuations and floods. Updated yearly in January, the CodeRED database includes phone numbers of most business and residential telephone numbers within the county. To find out more or to register for this service please visit the CodeRED website at www.steubencony.org (check CodeRED link at the bottom of the page or call (607) 664-2996 Monday through Friday during the hours 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
STATE AUDIT REVEALS UNSANITARY HOTELS HOUSING HOMELESS
Over one in four New York hotels and motels housing the homeless were found to have unsanitary conditions in a new state audit. State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released the audit as a follow up to a 2016 report revealing problems at certain hotels and motels used as shelters in New York. Auditors inspected 80 of these facilities and 24 were identified as unsanitary, sometimes to the point of being “squalid” and uninhabitable according to DiNapoli. Improved conditions by a few establishments were observed by the report, but the audit recommends inspections that are more consistent and clearer policies to correct these problems.
DORMANN RESCHEDULES BUDGET VOTE
Due to Unforeseen Circumstances the vote for Dormann Library’s budget Is been changed to July 26th. Polls will be open at 12-8 p.m. for residents of the Bath Haverling Central School District to vote on whether their taxes will be raised to support a larger annual sum of funding that totals $ 234,004 an increase of over $18,000 from last year’s budget of $216,700Residents who cannot make the polls are advised to apply for absentee ballots at the Dormann Library. Those who are eligible for absentee ballots will be listed five days before the election during normal business hours in the library.
OFFICERS CRACK DOWN ON HOLIDAY DRIVING
Yet another reminder to drive carefully this holiday weekend: with gas prices at a record low, this year’s Fourth of July weekend is anticipated to be an especially busy one for holiday travel. State and local law enforcement are maximizing patrols to crack down on traffic violations and drunk driving with sobriety checkpoints as well as speeding and seat belt safety observance until Tuesday, the July 4th holiday. State troopers made 206 DWI arrests and came to the call of 756 collisions and three crash deaths last year.