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Today's Top Stories - Friday October 4th, 2019

Bath Police Report Street Closures for Wineglass Weekend
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen reports the Village of Bath is making preparations for the Wineglass Marathon this weekend. Temporary “no parking” signs will be erected to prohibit parking in some areas. Signs will be posted no later than today but enforcement action won’t begin until 6am on Sunday. Vehicles parked in violation of this police order will be ticketed and towed. WVIN will keep you posted on the details of road closings and the Wineglass marathon.


Former Phillips Plant Auction Ends “In Escrow” with Potential Buyer
The auction former Phillips lighting plant in Bath has ended in a potential sale. Auction for the former factory building closed at about 1:30pm Wednesday afternoon and is in escrow pending corporate approval by the Phillips company. The auction’s final bid displayed was $700,000 on the real estate site Ten-X.com. Though the exact sale price at the time is uncertain but the site did disclose the minimum price set by the seller also known as the “reserve price” was not met. The winning bidder of the building has not yet been revealed either. Remediation for the site has been completed as it is monitored as part of the final phase of cleanup.


National Weather Service Issues Freezing Warning for Tonight
The National Weather Service has issued a freezing warning beginning late tonight through Saturday morning. Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 40 degrees are possible for most counties in the Finger Lakes area. Frost and freezing conditions may kill crops and other sensitive vegetation and could damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. Farmers and gardeners are advised to take steps to protect tender plants from the cold during the warning.


CCC to Offer eSports Team in 2020
Corning Community College announced they will be home to an eSports team at the beginning of next year’s fall semester in 2020. The NJCAA Esports group will offer member colleges like CCC competition software, communication forum creation moderation, competition administration and account management. The college has purchased 18 Alienware computers specifically designed for gaming and will hire a coach in the future.


HEAP Program Applications Available Nov. 12th
As winter gives us a tease with tomorrow’s frost warning, we are reminded that cold weather season is upon us and the HEAP program can help low-income households with heating related energy costs. Low-income families can apply to the home energy assistance program beginning November 12th at the Department of Social Services. For more information about HEAP and applying, Please call Steuben County DSS at (607) 664-2500.


NYS Flavored Vape Ban Stalled by State Ruling
The state’s ban on flavored e-cigarette and vaping products was supposed to go into effect today but was delayed thanks to a ruling by state courts. Yesterday, a New York State Appellate Division Court granted a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit lobbied against the state by Vapor Technology Associated and other pro-vaping affiliates. It was ruled by four appellate court judges that New York is “temporarily enjoined and prevented from enforcing” the ban until they determine a ruling in a motion hearing on October 18th.

Blood Drive at Bath Grange Today
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive today from 1 to 6pm at the Wheeler Grange on Fitz Road in Bath. To make an appointment or for more information please call 800-RED-CROSS, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit www.redcrossblood.org.


SALT Tax Cap Ruled Not Unconstitutional By State Judge
This week, a federal judge ruled President Trump’s cap on state and local tax deductions was not a “constitutional assault” on New York and other states with higher taxes. Governor Cuomo along with New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland’s governor’s sued to overturn the $10,000 cap on the state and local deductions, or SALT, claiming it was an unconstitutional assault on the right for states to make sovereign choices. The challenge was dismissed Monday by Judge Oetken, who wrote “the cap, like any federal tax provision, will affect some taxpayers more than others and, by extension, will affect some states more than others.” Cuomo says his administration is considering all options to reverse this ruling, including an appeal to this decision in the future.

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