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Greenwood, West Union Wind Farm Approved by Siting Board:


A wind farm facility proposed by NextEra subsidiary Eight Point Wind has been approved for the Towns of Greenwood and West Union in Steuben County by the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board).  The decision came Tuesday, following review and public participation to ensure the facility meets or exceeds all siting requirements.  The project will include 31 wind turbines to be located on leased or purchased land, as well as the construction of access roads, a collection substation, up to two permanent meteorological towers, temporary staging and laydown areas, an operations and maintenance building, mostly underground collection lines, and other related facilities.  A transmission line is also proposed that would interconnect the project with NYSEG’s existing substation in the Town of Hornellsville.  The project is expected to create 103 direct construction-related jobs, and six permanent jobs are expected to be created during operation.  The next step for the project is state approval, which is expected by the end of the year, and a planned PILOT still needs to be determined.  A PILOT is a payment in lieu of taxes, where the developer pays a set amount over a set period of time rather than standard taxes based on property value.  This Eight Point Wind project is not the only one proposed for Steuben County.  Baron Winds is also proposing 69 turbines in the Towns of Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont, and Wayland.



Bath Man in Yates Co. Accident:


A Bath man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries Monday night after he was involved in an accident on County House Road and Yatesville Road in Yates County.  According to authorities, 27-year-old Anthony Sutfin struck the taillight of a friend’s motorcycle as they came to a curve in the road.  This caused him to go off the road and strike a ditch, which threw him from his motorcycle.  No tickets were issued in the accident.



Bath Man Arrested for Trespass, Petit Larceny:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Bath man following investigation into property reported stolen.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to a residence on State Route 415 in Bath on July 8th in response to a report of stolen property from a barn.  Their investigation found that 33-year-old Adam Webster allegedly entered and stole the property, and then sold it as scrap.  Webster was charged with trespass in the third and petit larceny.  He was released on an appearance ticket. 



Drug Charges for Rochester Man:


A Rochester man is facing drug charges in Steuben County.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old William Randall Jr. was allegedly both in possession of and sold narcotics illegally.  He was charged with criminal sale of narcotics and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned and was released to reappear at a later date. 



Over 100 Tickets Issued During “Operation Hardhat”:


The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation have announced that 112 tickets were issued during last week’s “Operation Hardhat,” a joint initiative that featured troopers dressed as highway workers to crackdown on work zone violations in the Rochester and Hornell regions.  Tickets were issued for a host of violations, including speeding, use of a cell phone while driving, and failure to obey a flagger.  Based on the initial success of the initiative, plans are in place to roll out additional operations in the coming months. 



Algae Blooms Confirmed in Steuben County:


Reported algal blooms continue to be confirmed throughout the Finger Lakes region.  In June, harmful blooms were confirmed in Lake Salubria, Loon Lake, and Tanglewood Lake, while a bloom was confirmed in Smith Pond this month.  A “suspicious” bloom was reported in Cayuta Lake this week.  Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, can lead to health problems for humans and animals.  The Department of Environmental Conservation recommends avoiding “contact with any floating mats, scums, or discolored water.”  The colors can vary from shades of green, blue-green, yellow, brown or red.  If you do come into contact with an algae bloom, you should rinse with clean water and seek medical attention for symptoms including: vomiting, nausea, skin, eye or throat irritation, breathing difficulties, and diarrhea.

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