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Local Networks Dropped by DirectTV:


If you’re a DirectTV customer and have been having trouble accessing your local channels, it’s not you or your tv.  It’s DirectTV.  The company dropped WROC in Rochester, WSYR in Syracuse, and WETM in Elmira as of Thursday as part of a contract dispute between the TV provider and parent company Nexstar Media Group.  DirectTV previously dropped WHAM in Rochester in May.



Minor Injuries at Watkins Glen State Park Following Lightning Strike:


Minor injuries were reported at Watkins Glen State Park after lightning struck at a campground over the weekend.  According to officials, they were dispatched to the Cayuga Loop campground on Friday evening around 7:30 p.m.  Two campers suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for observation.



Travel Advisory Reminder – S.R. 417 in Steuben County/I-86 in Campbell:


A reminder for motorists this morning that road work is set to begin today on State Route 417 between the Town of Woodhull and the Village of Addison, and on I-86 eastbound over County Route 333 in the Town of Campbell.  S.R. 417 will be milled along the full width and milling will also occur between the 417/I-99 Exit 8 and the 417/I-99 Exit 11 in the Town of Erwin and is expected to last approximately two weeks.  Asphalt will be overlaid immediately following milling and that phase is expected to last three weeks.  A one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flaggers will maintain traffic.  In Campbell, work will consist of removing and replacing existing bridge joints.  One lane of traffic will be maintained.  Work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks.  Motorists could experience travel delays. 



NYS Legislature Passes Boating Safety Bill:


With the busy boating season upon us, the New York State legislature is taking steps to make the state’s lakes safer.  The Assembly and Senate have passed “Brianna’s Law,” which requires anyone operating a motor boat to take a safety course.  Currently, only people born after May 1st, 1996 must do so.  While lawmakers say it will create a bit of an inconvenience for people, having to register to go through a safety course, supporters say it’s worth it to prevent tragedies.



Rent Reform – What Does it Mean?


This legislative session, New York State passed new rent control laws.  While the biggest impact of the new legislation will be on New York City, renters in the upstate can expect to see changes as well.  New protections have been added for renters, such as: security deposits being limited to one month’s rent, and making it easier to get those deposits back.  A cap of three percent was also instituted on rent for mobile homes. 



Watkins Glen Fireworks Postponed to Friday:


Inclement weather on Friday postponed the firework display planned for Clute Park in Watkins Glen.  The event will now happen this Friday, July 12th at 9:45 p.m.  The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce thanks everyone for their understanding.



Unclaimed Funds Continue to Grow in NY:


The New York State Comptroller’s Office says it is holding on to $16 million in unclaimed funds.  So far in 2019, $206,144,717 has been returned to state residents.  In Steuben County, there are 21,775 accounts representing $9.4 million.  To see if you’re owed money, visit https://ouf.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/?wicket-crypt=4_e-HZa3dJw

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