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Today's Top Stories - Saturday March 31, 2018

A notice for Easter travellers passing the Southern Tier this weekend: The New York State Department of Transportation has closed the Kanona Rest Area on Interstate 86 in the Town of Bath. The Rest Area was closed yesterday afternoon at 2pm due to electrical issues and will remain closed until further notice.


Steuben County Law Enforcement Memorial Park saw a boost in funding as members of the Steuben County Veterans Memorial Inc. recently helped with their donation of $3,000 to the Memorial Park. The donation will cover the purchase and installation of the “thin blue line” water feature that honors all law enforcement officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend their communities. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard expressed his gratitude for the generosity of Steuben County Veterans Memorial Inc. “It is an honor to work with them and we are extremely grateful that they have chosen to show their appreciation in this way.” said Allard.


Distracted driving tops driver’s list of growing dangers on the road, according to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.  The annual review shows that 88 percent of drivers believe distracted driving is on the rise, topping other risky behaviors like aggressive driving, drivers using drugs and drunk driving. Drivers in the AAA survey believe the problem of distracted driving has increased over the past three years, with nearly 50 percent reporting that they regularly see drivers emailing or texting while driving.


A judge has sentenced a Bath man to a prison term. On Thursday, 37-year-old Carlos Armenta was sentenced to spend 1.5-3 years in state prison as a second felony offender. He had been convicted of attempted promotion of prison contraband.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has released a new report documenting the record number of data breach notices filed with his office last year.  In 2017, companies and other entities reported nearly 1,600 data breaches, exposing the personal records of 9.2 million New Yorkers – quadruple the number of New Yorkers impacted in 2016. Schneiderman announced that he would introduce legislation to require Facebook and other social media sites to notify his office and New York consumers when they learn that users’ personal data was obtained and misused in violation of the law or the platform’s terms of service.

Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Kevin Costello shared with county legislators that the agency will continue to foster economic development and promotion of tourism. Costello says his agency will have a voice influenced by authentic storytelling, support and development of destination services that connects visitors to the many attractions in the county with a perspective rooted in local history. The story of Great Western Winery and Hammondsport’s role as the “cradle of aviation” are a few of the important historical highlights Costello wants to share with visiting tourists. SCCVB shared its goals with the Steuben County Legislature which include:
-Updating digital promotion with the development of a new website connecting tourists with recreation such as hunting, agritourism, hiking, water trails and events,
-Developing thematic group and leisure tour offerings, itineraries, and packages by working with Steuben’s tourism partners,
-Collaborating with neighboring counties for promotion of common attractions to bring more tourism to the area, and
-Offering alternative transportation options for visitors to the county.

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