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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 2nd, 2020

Gunlocke Delays Layoffs
Wayland-based Furniture manufacturer Gunlocke report they have delayed the layoff of about two dozen employees at their Steuben County plant, according to an updated WARN notice. Layoffs scheduled to happen in mid-December “will be postponed from the 14-day period starting on 12/15/2020 to the 14-day period starting on 3/12/2021.” Originally, 29 employees were to be impacted by the layoff but the new notice says there will be a “permanent separation of 23 employees.” According to the original WARN notice, Gunlocke made the layoffs for “relocation of certain product lines to other facilities within the United States.”

 

Pulteney Park to be Decorated Despite No Spirit of Christmas
Though the pandemic put a damper on Bath’s annual Spirit of Christmas event for this holiday season, Bath is still planning to get in the spirit. Mayor Mike Sweet spoke today on the WVIN Morning Show says Spirit of Christmas is canceled but Pulteney Park will soon be decorated with the help of the Bath Village Street Department and BEGWS by the end of this or next week. Sweet said the Village isn’t going to cancel Christmas or take the spirit out of the holidays. 

 

Steuben Reports 51 More COVID Cases & 2 Deaths
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports 51 more Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19.  Currently, there are 286 active cases. Latest cases involve residents in the Town of Bath while another six involve people living in the Village of Bath. Steuben Public Health also reports the death of two individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 101.  One victim was a female resident of the Town of Erwin who was in Elcor for short term rehab and died while hospitalized at age 91.  The other individual was a female resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers who died at the age of 78. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said “Breaking one hundred deaths is a marker we never anticipated when this began.”

 

Mayor Sweet Optimistic About New Bath Businesses and Renovations
During an interview on WVIN’s Morning Show today, Mayor Mike Sweet shared progress of new business being created in the Village of Bath-including the current renovation of the old Super-Duper on Route 54 into a new Keuka Watersports showroom as well as concrete being poured for a new Dunkin’ Donuts in the same plaza as soon as today or tomorrow. Sweet also reports the Auto Plus is renovating the old Sears building to use as their new facility. Sweet said that he and the Board have a vision to transform empty, unused buildings in the Village.

 

ThruWay Charges Expected to Increase
Some drivers on the New York State Thruway can expect to pay a little more in the new year. A proposal for new toll rates was approved by the Thruway Advisory Board, and is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1. Under the plan, those paying tolls via mail will be charged 30% more than the E-ZPass toll rate. There will also be a $2 administrative surcharge on each billing statement. Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew Driscoll said they haven’t imposed a toll adjustment in 10 years.

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