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Today's Top Stories - Friday June 7, 2019

County Adds New Map App for Solar Development
A new app for municipalities has been added to Steuben County Planning Department’s online Mapping and Resources web page to help landowners and local governments if and when they are approached by solar companies. The new tool shows properties in each town that could be developed for sizable solar projects. The app helps towns and farmers locate land that can be leased or purchased for large scale solar energy purposes, while maintaining prime farm land for crops. The low-impact projects generate more and more interest across the state as a way to provide clean, renewable sources of electrical power, with the Steuben County Public Works Department considering a solar project at the county landfill. The app can be accessed here: https://scnygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=240781aab68e48a6b6d60960dc4ca6db


Consumer Alert Issued for SSA Scam
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection has issued a consumer alert regarding scammers impersonating employees from the Social Security Administration to steal personal information from unsuspecting victims. In most cases, the caller requests personal information such as a Social Security Number, date of birth, mother's maiden name, and/or bank account information. As an excuse to ask for the information, the impersonator may claim that the Social Security Administration (SSA) “computers are down," or they may discuss enrollment in a Medicare prescription drug program. Officials stress that you should never give out your personal information.


County Attorney Reed Stepping Down
Steuben County officials announced county attorney Alan Reed will be stepping down from his position. Reed has filled the county attorney position since 2011, heading up the county Law Department. Officials said in a written statement: “In recent months,Mr.Reed and the County Legislature have realized that Mr. Reed’s perspective on legal concerns has not reflected the policy direction in which the county is moving,” and noted a team of strong leaders is in place to continue work after Reed leaves. 


NYS Senate Passes Law to Forgive Snow Days
The New York State Senate Wednesday passed a bill that would forgive a snow day beyond a school district's allowed amount if a state of emergency is declared the same day. The state of emergency could be declared by the governor, county executive or other emergency management leader. School districts are required by the State Education Department to have students in session for 180 days. The state already has a waiver for districts to be forgiven, but only after vacation days are taken away. The Assembly has not yet taken action on the bill.


NYS Senate Passes Limo Legislation Package
Yesterday, the New York State Senate Majority passed several limo regulation reforms. The reforms include New CDL Requirements for limo drivers, Seatbelts mandated for any altered vehicle transporting nine or more passengers,GPS requirements for limos, Drug and alcohol testing required for for-hire vehicles carrying nine or more occupants and much more. This bill package is the first legislation since the October limo crash in Schoharie County that killed 20 people. The legislation will go on to be voted in the State Assembly. Details about the bill can be read at: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s6192. 

Travel Advisory – I-86 over C.R. 333 in Campbell
Work begins today on a bridge joint replacement project on Interstate Highway 86, eastbound over County Route 333.  According to the New York State Department of Transportation, one lane of traffic will be maintained during work.  The project is anticipated to last two weeks, weather permitting.  Motorists may encounter flaggers, lane closures, and could experience travel delays.    

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