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Voter Registration Deadline Today for Sept. Primaries:


If you’re hoping to vote in next month’s primary elections, today is the last day to register.  Applications must be postmarked no later than today, August 18th, and received by the Board of Elections no later than August 23rd in order to be eligible to vote in the primary.  Voters can register, or change their current enrollment information, by visiting the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ website.



Prattsburgh CSD Reduces Tax Levy:


At their regular meeting on August 15th, the Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 tax levy of $2,606,960 which is a decrease of $50,000 from the current levy.  This decrease will reduce the tax rate by twenty-three cents per thousand dollars of assessed value.  The fall tax bill will include a new line item this year following the approval of the Prattsburgh Free Library tax levy on August 8th by voters.  District property owners can expect their tax statements to arrive in the mail at the end of August, and can start paying September 1st



NYSDOT Hosting Public Route 54 Info. Meeting:


The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 30, to share information with public officials and residents on many topics specific to State Routes 54 and 54A adjacent to Keuka Lake, in the towns of Pulteney, Urbana, Wayne and the Village of Hammondsport.   The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hammondsport Fire Hall.  Topics that will be covered include the legal aspects of the DOT right of way along these routes; responsibilities of the Department and of private property owners, retaining walls; parking; drainage and more.



Steuben Co. Shared Services Draft Public Review August 28th:


The draft review of a four-month combined effort by Steuben County, local communities, and school districts on shared services will open for public comment on August 28th with public hearings at three locations across the county: the Steuben County Office Building at 10 a.m.; the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning at noon, and Hornell City Hall at 3 p.m.  The plan is available online at http://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/shared_services_plan_2017.pdf.   



Texas Solar Company Wins Southern Tier Clean Energy Competition:


Texas solar heating company, Skyven Technologies was awarded a $1 million grand prize Wednesday as part of a clean energy competition designed to bring jobs and opportunities to New York State and the Southern Tier.  The 76West Clean Energy Competition awarded a total of $2.5 million to six companies, selected from eight finalists.  One of the requirements of the competition is that winning companies must either commit to moving to the Southern Tier or establishing a direct connection with the Southern Tier.  Companies already in the region must commit to substantially growing their business and employment. 



Health Insurance Rates to Rise 15% in NYS:


The New York State Department of Financial Services announced this week the health insurance rates for 2018.  In June, insurers sought a 17 percent increase for individuals and 11.5 percent for group plans, but the state agency has cut the increase to 15 percent for individuals and 9 percent for group.  The rates will affect the more than 3 million people enrolled on the state’s health exchange.  Part of the reason for the hike, according to the Department of Financial Services, is to offset potential cuts if the Affordable Care Act is replaced, and to address a potential cut in subsidies that’s being considered by the federal government.  Another driving reason is the increase in medical costs, including drug expenses and inpatient hospital costs.  However, the D.F.S. said that the lowest cost silver-level plans will decrease as much as 5 percent compared to current rates when tax credits are included, and that overall individual coverage will still be 55 percent lower than it would be without the Affordable Care Act.  The rate increases will not affect the Essential Plan, which covers 650,000 New Yorkers.



Wings & Wheels: A Weekend of Seaplanes, Classic Cars and More in



On September 16th and 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seaplanes and Classic and Exotic Cars will “take over” the Village of Hammondsport for the free public event called Wings & Wheels in Hammondsport.  The exciting two day event will feature a seaplane show at Depot Park, seaplane competitions, a seaplane parade, and a classic and exotic car show on the Village Square.  Also an assortment of food and craft vendors, and a special event banquet including a cocktail hour, dinner, and seaplane contest awards.  You can learn more about the event and register for the banquet at https://www.wingsandwheelshammondsport.com.  

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