Winter Storm Causes Closings, Cancellations:
As predicted a winter storm moved into the area this morning and it has lead to numerous closings and canellations for schools and area events and orgainzations. To see the full listing, visit Stormwatch at https://wvinbath.com/pages/schoolbusiness-closings.
Steuben Co. Restauranteur Pleas Guilty for Failing to Pay Sales Tax:
A Steuben County restauranteur has plead guilty for failing to pay more than $175,000 sales in tax at two Sonora's Mexican Restaurant locations in Bath and Corning. As part of a plea deal, 56-year-old Christopher Klee paid $225,000 to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for the unpaid sales tax, related penalties, and interest. He will have to pay an additional $129,380.40 as a condition of his release. He will be sentenced in March. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he will be sentenced to supervised release.
Parking Ban in Canisteo Today:
The Canisteo Village Hall announced that there will be a parking ban in place in Canisteo today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hornell City Issues "Code Red" Message for Parking:
The City of Hornell issued a "Code Red" message on Tuesday afternoon urging residents to keep their vehicles off the streets during today's snow storm to allow the snow plows to work more easily. It is not a ban, but a request from Hornell City Hall.
Senator Gillibrand Pushes Legislation to Help Dairy Farmers:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is looking to help New York dairy farmers with new legislation called the Dairy Premium Refund Act. Gillibrand says the bill would return unused insurance money from the Dairy Margin Protection Program to dairy farmers at the end of every production year. The Dairy Margin Protection Program was developed under the Farm Bill in 2014, and Gillibrand says it just isn't helping dairy farmers the way it should.
Kiosks to Replace Parking Meters in Elmira:
The old-fashioned coin-operated parking meters in the City of Elmira will soon be a thing of the past. After getting approval in last's years budget, the city will be replacing the meters with kiosks, where motorists can pay with either cash or card. The first batch of kiosks is expected to be installed this spring in the Downtown area.
Village of Canisteo Takes out $200K Loan:
At this week's meeting of the Canisteo Village officials explained why the village has needed to take out a $200,000 loan. The mayor said that there "there was a lack of oversight and supervision of the former Clerk/Treasurer position" and four years worth of year end reports were not submitted to the State Comptroller's office. Other factors leading to the loan were unpaid water sewer bills, which have climbed to $180,000, and several unexpected high retirement payments that were never made. The former clerk resigned of her own accord last fall and has since been replaced by Katrina Oliverio, whom the Mayor supported at the meeting, saying "she's doing an excellent job." The loan will be paid by existing streams of revenue, and the village has put in place cost-cutting measures, and the comptroller's office has advised the new clerk with on-site training and telephone support for software.