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Today's Top Stories - Friday February 21st, 2020

Bath Central School Board of Education Meets Thursday 2/27
The next Bath Central School District Board of Education meeting is Thursday February 27th at 6:30pm. The meeting take place at the VEW Primary School Cafeteria on 216 Maple Heights in Bath.


NY Kicking Off Campaign for Plastic Bag Ban Awareness
Governor Cuomo has announced a statewide education and outreach campaign to ensure that New Yorkers are aware of the March 1 ban on single-use plastic bags. The Bring Your Own Bag NY campaign, spearheaded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, includes TV and radio advertisements, social media, Google Ads, and events hosted by Feeding New York State food banks across the state. As part of this effort, DEC is distributing more than 270,000 reusable bags with a focus on low- and moderate-income communities. DEC will continue to focus its outreach and education efforts to ensure a smooth transition for consumers and affected retailers, with enforcement to follow in the months ahead.

State Health Department Reports Flu Rate Drop
According to the Department of Health, incidences of influenza are decreasing. This as three new deaths were reported this week. The State Health Commissioner said on Thursday that confirmed flu cases have gone down 17%, and hospitalizations due to the flu have gone down 23% this week. The flu was classified as “widespread” in December, and this is the first time since that the number of cases has declined.

Environmental Groups File Petition for Hakes Landfill
Sierra Club, People for a Healthy Environment, Inc. (“PHE”) and Concerned Citizens of Allegany County, Inc. filed an amended verified petition in Steuben County Supreme Court in Bath to update their legal challenge to the expansion of Hakes Landfill in the Town of Campbell in Steuben County. The filing updated the lawsuit filed by the environmental groups and three individuals against the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) and the Town of Campbell on April 9, 2019. The case had been on hold pending the issuance of the required permits by DEC, which occurred in December. The lawsuit alleges that DEC and the Town of Campbell violated the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

UR St. James on Canisteo Street to Stop Operations
UR Medicine St. James Hospital’s Hornell location will cease all operations, including the emergency department, and move to their new facility in Hornellsville on March 17. The new 87,000 sq. feet location on Seneca Road North is less than four miles north of the current Canisteo Street offices.


Corning Public Art Committee Announces Meetings
The Corning Public Art Committee recently announced its schedule of upcoming meetings. Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday February 25th, March 24th, April 28th, May 26th, June 23rd, July 28th, Sept. 22nd, Oct. 27th and Nov. 24th.


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