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Today's Top Stories - Monday March 16th

EZ Rider Sharing Program Closed Today
Office for the Aging Director Patty Baroody announced that the EZ Rider Van Shopping Program has been closed for today as the group follows the county’s lead to close and limit activities as a precautionary safety measure to prevent spread of coronavirus.


BVFD Cancels All March Events

The Bath Volunteer Fire Department announces that all fundraisers, breakfast and bingo events have been cancelled for the month of March. The Fire Department has made this decision following the recommendations of the CDC and New York State directing large gatherings be discouraged. A decision for the Fire Department’s April activities has not yet been determined but will be released in the future.


Wind Farm Approved for Canisteo
The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment granted approval to Canisteo Wind Energy, LLC to build and operate a wind farm with 117 wind turbines in Steuben County. The Canisteo Wind project will consist of up to 117 wind turbines with an underground collection system and substation for infrastructure in the Towns of Canisteo, Cameron, Greenwood, Jasper, Troupsburg and West Union. The facility will be built on 25,000 acres of privately-owned land and will create direct jobs, revenues for participating landowners and local governments through a PILOT program.


Tom Reed Says Economy is Strong Despite Pandemic
In a Media Call about the Coronavirus, Congressman Tom Reed says there is no need for the public to panic and is actually optimistic about the market and says the economy is the “strongest it’s ever been.” Reed also reiterated that the bipartisan bill he supported has passed and the federal $8 billion package will deliver relief and access to virus prevention to the public.


Prattsburgh Town Board Cancels Tonight's Meeting
The Prattsburgh Town Board has cancelled its meeting for tonight to follow the county in precautions to prevent sickness.


Village of Cohocton Plans Tax Cap Meeting
The Village of Cohocton may want to or need to raises taxes beyond the state’s authorized limit. The village has scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. on next Wednesday March 25th at the village office. The hearing is on a proposed local law overriding the tax cap for the fiscal year that begins June 1st .


BEGWS Announces Warden Street Main Replacements Next Week
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems will resume replacing the gas main and services on Warden Street, from Hudson Street to Geneva Street. For safety reasons, Warden Street will be closed. Local access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections of Hudson/Warden, Shannon/Warden, and Geneva/Warden will be closed periodically as Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems cuts the pavement and replaces the gas main at and/or across these intersections. Work is scheduled to begin the week of March 23rd and last through the spring.


Brush Burning Ban Begins Today Through May 14th 
The NYS DEC says a statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning begins today and runs through May 14. With spring approaching, DEC is reminding residents that conditions for wildfires are heightened in springtime when most wildfires occur. Open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in New York State.


State of Emergency in Steuben Effective Wednesday
Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says a State of Emergency has been declared effective Wednesday. In addition, ALL Steuben County schools will close Wednesday, March 18 through April 12. Wheeler says the actions are “precautionary” noting that there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Steuben. Wheeler and Public Health Director Darlene Smith have met with school superintendents to develop a unified plan for an extended dismissal of students.


Two In Allegany County Test Positive for COVID-19
Two individuals from Allegany County have tested positive for COVID-19. One is a male in his early 20s and is recuperating at home and the other is a five-year-old male, who is also recovering at home. Allegany County follows Steuben County in the dismissal of students beginning March 18th through April 12th.

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