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Today's Top Stories - Friday, February 2nd

Spike in NYSEG Electric Bills:


NYSEG customers got an unhappy surprise in their latest billing statements.  There was an increase for late December and early January.  In response, NYSEG told media that the prolonged cold at the beginning of January increased demand for natural gas, both by power plants and people who heat their homes with it.  That caused the price to go up.  NYSEG, along with other companies, have passed that cost on the customer.



Alstom Extends Lease with Hornell:


With two years left on its current lease agreement, Alstom has agreed to sign a new agreement with the City of Hornell.  The new deal will extend their lease for another 13 years, with options on 3 more 5 year agreements.  Alstom has been part of the city for 20 years.



GOP Fundraiser Announces Run Against Gillibrand:


In a video released Thursday, Chele Chiavacci Farley announced that she will be run against U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  Farley is a private equity executive and a Republican Party fundraiser.  In the video, she accused Gillibrand of being a political opportunist and she promised to bring “tax dollars back home and rebuild New York.” 



Superbowl DWI Crackdown:


Just a reminder as we all get ready for Superbowl fun and excitement, Steuben County police agencies will be participating in a special statewide enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.  The STOP-DWI crackdown starts today and ends on February 5th.  You can help make a difference by Having a Sober Plan, which you can easily make with the mobile app “Have a Plan.”  If you’re hosting a party, designate a responsible driver before the game begins.  Root for your favorite team, enjoy your friends and family, and remember “Don’t Drive, Get a Ride!”



Flu Shots Still Urged as Cases Rise:


The latest flu statistics were released Thursday and the numbers continue to climb.  State officials say laboratory confirmed flu cases topped 11,000 over the past week, with another 2,200 New Yorkers requiring hospitalization.   Governor Andrew Cuomo again urged people to get their flu shots. 



“I Love NY” Signs Could Cost NYS $14M:


The hundreds of “I Love NY” tourism signs installed along New York’s highways could end up costing the state more than the $8 million it took to create and install them.  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration sent a letter Thursday to state transportation officials saying the state stands to lose $14 million in federal funding for failing to remove the signs, which they say are unsafe.  DOT officials, however, say the signs are safe.  They said they will continue to work with the FHA on a resolution. 

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