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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, March 28th

Corning's Bridge Street Bridge to Shut Down April 1st for Improvements:


Corning's heavily traveled Bridge Street bridge will be shut down starting April 1st for improvements.  The bridge will be closed to all traffic until about October 31st.  Detours will be in place for the duration of the work.  This will be the bridge's first major renovation since the late 1990s.  Engineers say this will be the last time it can be repaired.  



Boarding House Law Public Hearing in Hammondsport Moved:


The Village of Hammondsport’s Public Hearing on the Boardinghouse Law, scheduled for today at 6 p.m. at the Village Hall, has been moved.  It will now take place at the Fred and Harriett Taylor Memorial Library, on William Street, at the same time.



Area Residents Approached by Woodstock Coordinators for Land Use:


Preparations for the upcoming anniversary event for Woodstock at Watkins Glen International are underway, including coordinators reportedly approaching nearby land owners about using their property.  Several track neighbors spoke with WETM saying that they were offered an undisclosed amount of money to use their land for off-site parking.  Event coordinators say the style of the festival, with camping and the planned three main stages taking up a lot of space, has them turning to nearby residents about leasing land.  In other news related to the festival, organizers held a public meeting Wednesday to address residents’ concerns and questions.  Public safety, traffic flow, and ticket sales were all discussed.  One of the biggest notes to come out of the meeting was that guests will have to buy a ticket for the full three-day event.  There will not be any day passes.  Ticket prices have not been released, but they will go on sale on Earth Day, April 22nd.  The three-day festival is set for August 16th through the 18th. 



Proposed Bill Would Make Robocalls Illegal in NYS:


A bill has been proposed that would make robocalling a thing of the past in New York State.  The legislation would make it illegal to use automatic dialing technology to contact state residents for commercial purposes without prior permission.  Telephone companies would also be required to provide free services to consumers allowing them to pre-screen robocalls.  The bill is not scheduled for a vote at this time.



Haverling B.O.E. Special Meeting Today:


The Board of Education of the Haverling Central School District will hold a special meeting and budget workshop today at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office.  The purpose of the meeting will be for awarding capital outlay project construction bids, personnel, and other routine business matters as needed.



23rd Annual Regional Leadership Conference April 4th:


The Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board will hold the 23rd Annual Regional Leadership Conference on Thursday, April 4th at Corning Community College to provide a full day of training to local government employees in and around the Southern Tier.  There are plans for over 400 attendees with 27 vendors from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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