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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, December 27th

Rescue Incident Knocks Out Power to Thousands Around E-C Airport:


According to NYSEG, nearly two-thousand customers around the Elmira-Corning Airport had their power knocked out Tuesday afternoon following an incident involving power lines.  Initial scanner reports came in for a utility bucket tangled in power lines just off Airport Road.   An on-scene firefighter confirmed to media that the incident was a rescue mission.  First responders said no one was injured.



Gov. Issues Order to Allow Property Owners to Pay Taxes Now:


Governor Cuomo has issued an emergency Executive Order to help protect property owners in New York from what he calls the devastating impact of the GOP tax bill. The order authorizes local governments to immediately issue tax warrants for the collection of 2018 property tax payments and allows property owners to pay at least a portion of their bill before the end of the year and under the current tax construct. The Governor directed the Department of Taxation and Finance to work with local governments to facilitate early tax collection.  Check with your local government and school district to see if you’re eligible for early payment.  The deadline is December 31st



Arkport-Canaseraga Athletics to Continue Merger in 2018:


Whatever the eventual outcome of the proposed merger of the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts, the merger of their respective athletic programs will probably continue in 2018.  Canaseraga Superintendent Chad Groff said that the joint schools Athletic Council, he and Arkport Superintendent Jesse Harper almost certainly will recommend to the school boards positive votes for sports merger again in January.  Last June each board unanimously voted to merge athletic programs because of difficulties fielding complete teams in varsity, junior varsity, and modified sports.



“Ramp Guys” Volunteers Complete 40 Ramps in 2017:


People confined to their homes have greater mobility, thanks to the “Ramp Guys” – a group of volunteers dedicated to building ramps throughout Steuben County through funding by the county Office for the Aging, private donations, and recycling usable materials.  In 2017, the volunteers completed 40 ramps with roughly half paid by the county Office for the Aging through a combination of government funding, and donations from community groups and private donations.  The United Centenary Methodist Church also donates funds and provides volunteers.  To request a ramp, or for more information on volunteering, call NYConnects at (607) 664-2322.



Spectrum Boosting Download Speeds Free of Charge:


Following an announcement by parent company “Charter” months ago, area customers of Spectrum are beginning to see their download speeds increase.  The company is looking to increase speed by 66 percent – from 60 mbps to 100 mbps – at no extra cost to customers.  You can test your internet speeds for free at http://beta.speedtest.net/.  

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