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Farm Workers Rights Bill Signed into Law:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that gives collective bargaining rights and other labor protections to farm workers.  The Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act will go into effect on January 1st.  Besides the ability to unionize, the legislation also extends workers compensation benefits to all types of farms, guarantees workers at least one day off a week, and requires overtime pay for more than 60 hours a week.   



Congressman Reed, Problem Solvers Caucus to Visit Border Detention Center:


Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, including local representative Tom Reed, are expected to travel to the United States southern border tomorrow to visit facilities in the Rio Grande Valley.  Among the places they will be stopping are points of entry, a border patrol station, and a centralized processing center.  Said Reed, “We care deeply about the people caught up in the broken immigration system. …  We, as a caucus, and more broadly, as a nation, need to have the hard discussions on this matter in order to find consensus that ensures the safety of our border and fair treatment of all immigrants, legal and illegal.”   



Road Work in the Village of Bath:


With summer in full swing, there’s plenty of construction and paving projects taking place throughout the area, and the Village of Bath is no exception.  Village streets that have already been paved include: Ontario Street, Bundy Avenue, Cameron Place, Old Cameron Place, and Cruger Street.  Officials say more work is still planned for: East William from Gansevoort to Liberty, and all of Gansevoort Street.  Those streets are expected to be tackled after the Steuben County Fair in August, weather permitting. 



Staying Cool and Safe During High Heat:


With temperatures expected to climb into the 90s and linger there over the next few days, staying cool and hydrated is important.  Some tips include: avoiding strenuous activity, and running your errands first thing in the morning when temperatures are lower; and closing your blinds and curtains.  Family, friends, and neighbors should check on those more prone to heat illnesses, such as the elderly, young children, and those who have a disability or a chronic medical condition.  If you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting a public place that does like a library, mall, or grocery store. 



DEC Seeking Public Comment on Deer Feeding/Bear Hunting Proposals:


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing changes to current deer feeding and bear hunting regulations.  Public comments will be accepted until September 1st on proposals related to feeding wild deer and moose and the expansion of early bear hunting to reduce population growth in parts of Delaware and Sullivan counties.  The feeding proposal is to strengthen and clarify the existing prohibition on the intentional feeding of wild deer and moose.  It proposes that products packaged to be sold as a food or attractant for deer or moose carry a clear label stating that is illegal to use in New York.  Incidental feeding, such as deer or moose being attracted by a bird feeder, would only be considered a violation if the DEC has already previously issued a written warning.  Exceptions for wildlife plantings, agricultural practices, livestock husbandry, and research and nuisance abatement would continue.  Both proposals are available on the DEC website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html.  Comments should be submitted via email to wildliferegs@dec.ny.gov or via mail to Game Management Section, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754. 

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