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Today's Top Stories - Friday September 4th, 2020

Classes Begin for Bath on Tuesday
The first day of classes for the Bath School District begins Tuesday as the district adopts a hybrid format. Special Needs students will attend in person every day, while other students will attend every other day according to School superintendent Joe Rumsey (Joe2). Rumsey said students will be required to wear masks on buses and in hallways but said each classroom has been redesigned to achieve social distancing, so students will not have to wear a mask in the classroom.


NYS Siting Board Reaffirms Approval for Baron Winds to Build Facility
Yesterday, the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment reaffirmed its approval to Baron Winds LLC to build and operate a wind facility in Steuben County. The Siting Board decided to deny a petition for rehearing, submitted by three residents, challenged the Siting Board’s decision in May approving amendments to Baron Winds’ Article 10 Certificate on the grounds that the Siting Board failed to consider the potential enactment of a local law regarding heights of turbines. The Siting Board said it’s not required to reevaluate projects for compliance with new local laws passed after issuance of a final determination, nor is there a requirement that the Siting Board reverse its decision or delay rendering a decision because a town is considering a new local law.


One New Case of COVID in Steuben County
One new COVID-19 case has been reported in Steuben County, bringing the case count to 328 cases. The individual is from the Town of Wayne and is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individual have been notified.


County Public Works Committee Meets Monday
The Steuben County Public Works Committee meets Monday September 14th from 2 to 3pm via Zoom to discuss the Transfer of $108,351 from New Bath Landfill Post Closure Capital Expenses to landfill Administration, Appropriating $141,916.34 of Revenue within the Grinder Repair and Replacement Capital Project, the Employee Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Acquisition Program, and the Road Use and Repair Agreement with Canisteo Wind Energy, LLC. The meeting can be accessed online at: https://steubencountynygov.zoom.us/j/98827631890?pwd=ZjMrajhNcVBaS1cxRW13cUZxeXFwQT09


Leaders React to Daniel Prude’s Murder
Rochester police officers involved in the suffocation death last March of a Black man in their custody have been suspended. Body camera video released Wednesday by Daniel Prude’s family shows officers putting a so-called spit hood over Prude’s head which contributed to his death according to the Medical Examiner. Governor Cuomo called the video ‘deeply disturbing’.  Relatives say the 41-year-old had mental health issues but was harmless. At a press conference yesterday Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren urged the State Attorney General to complete the investigation into Prude’s death.

Tom O’Mara Graded High by Independent Small Business Group
National Federation of Independent Business of New York, New York’s leading small business association, gave State Senator Tom O’Mara a 91% rating on its 2019-2020 legislative review of how state legislators addressed priority issues for small business owners across New York. O’Mara is the second-highest rated among all state.


Bath Prepares to Wave the Red Bandana on 9/11
As the 20th Anniversary of September 11th is in one week, people in the community are encouraged to pick up free red bandana strips to “Wave the Red Bandana” this Patriot Day. The Red Bandana is an effort to honor Welles Crowther or the “man in the red bandana” who was a Volunteer Fire Fighter that saved at least 18 people before perishing in the collapse of the Twin Towers. Free red bandana strips will be available at Betty Kay Bake Shop, Peacock’s Barber Shop and Shirley’s Lumber so the community can participate.

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