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Steuben Co. Real Property Auction Set for July 12th:


The Steuben County Real Property Tax Auction has been set for July 12th at 10 a.m. at the Campbell-Savona High School in Campbell.  The properties, which include houses, businesses, and vacant lots are listed on the County website at https://www.steubencony.org.  In several cases, vacant lots will be sold with the neighboring building.  Notable on the list, which is subject to change, are four properties also subject to separate agreements with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.



Report Names Hornell 2nd Fastest Growing City in NYS:


Hornell has been named the second fastest growing city in New York State in a report by the Center of Economic Growth in Albany.  Hornell Mayor John Buckley responded to the news, saying it’s “something we should all be proud of.”  He cited the growing local economy and the vibrant downtown, and said he believes they’re “just getting started” and that the future of Hornell looks bright.



Fireworks – What Is and Isn’t Allowed in NYS:


The 4th of July is just days away, and you may be thinking of celebrating the occasion with some fireworks.  While New York did sign legislation last year that allows private citizens to purchase fireworks, there are still restrictions.  In fact, most fireworks one might see during professional shows are still illegal.  What is allowed are “sparkling devices,” which stay on the ground or that can be held in the hand.  They can temporarily be purchased until July 5th.  If you do decide to partake this year, be sure to use caution even with these smaller “sparkling devices.”  They do still shoot off sparks that can burn you and take care around clothing. 



Tompkins Co. Coal Plant to Close:


One of New York State’s last two remaining coal plants has announced that it will soon close.  The Cayuga Operating Company, LLC in Lansing in Tompkins County will deactivate its coal-fired power plant within the next 90 days.  The deactivation notice was filed by the company on Friday, June 28th, and employees and union leadership were also notified on Friday.  The facility currently employs 44 people, including 34 members of the IBEW Local 10 Union.  Reportedly, Cayuga’s owner, Riesling Power LLC, has proposed repurposing both the Lansing plant and the one in Somerset (in Niagara County) into a new data hub called the “Empire State Data Hub,” which Riesling says would create union construction jobs, new permanent full-time positions and would allow Riesling to retain “many” IBEW employees for ongoing remediation and plant closure work.  Company officials say no decision about the plant’s future have been made yet.



Red Knights 8th Annual Bucket Brigade Ride July 13th:


The Red Knights NY Chapter 42 motorcycle club, hosted by the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, will hold their 8th annual Bucket Brigade ride on Saturday, July 13th.  As in the past, all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.  There’s not only a new date for the event this year, but also a new route with food and live music after the ride at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department.  Day of registration will be held at the fire department at 8 a.m., with the ride beginning promptly at 10.  Registration is $15 a person.  Pre-registration is open now by PayPal, credit or debit card at https://redknightsny42.org/bucketbrigade

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