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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday June 23rd, 2021

BEGWS Announces Summer Closures Beginning Next Week
Beginning next week on Monday June 28th, Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems will be replacing the gas main and services on Robie Street, from Allen Street to Hillview Drive. The gas main and services on Hillview Drive will also be replaced. These streets will be closed while local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections on Robie Street at Allen Street, Lyon Street, Vermont Street, Whiting Street and Maine Street, along with the intersection on Hillview Drive at Wood Street, will be closed at times as crews work to tie into existing gas mains. Work will continue through the summer and into the fall. BEGWS apologizes for the inconvenience and says questions can be directed to (607) 776-2173, Option2.


O’Mara Sponsors Senate’s Family Online Summer Reading Program
State Senator Tom O’Mara is sponsoring The Senate’s online summer reading program for young readers and families across the state. O’Mara says the program “offers another convenient opportunity for students and their parents to enjoy the benefits and the rewards of summer reading together.” O’Mara added that it’s fortunate that the area has “an outstanding network of public libraries providing access to books and other reading activities, materials, and opportunities.” State library officials report almost two million young people participated in last year’s summer reading program. Youth who read over the summer statistically have more academic success during the school year. If your family wants to participate in the online program, visit Senator O’Mara’s website by clicking here. Participants who complete the program, will receive special recognition from the Senator for this achievement.


Hammond Leading Bath-District County Legislator Race
Guy Hammond has the lead in the GOP primary for Steuben County Legislator representing Bath. Unofficially, he has just a four vote lead. The results won’t be certified until next week. In Cohocton, Cheryl Duesenbery is the unofficial winner in the Supervisor’s race. Right now, she has a nine vote lead. Berton Candee and Cindy Smith have the leads at the moment for the town of Fremont council. 


Southern Tier Sees Low Voter Turnout for Yesterday’s Primary
Steuben County, as well as Chemung and Schuyler held Republican primaries yesterday with election officials reporting low voter turnout across the state’s Southern Tier for the state primary. Mail-in ballots were sent by mail to voters in all three counties, with a handful being completed and returned.  Today is the last day for voters to submit their mail-in ballot.


Over 69,000 Tickets Issued for “Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket” Today, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) announces law enforcement agencies throughout the state issued a total of 69,832 tickets for vehicle and traffic law violations, including 12,573 tickets for seat belt and child restraint violations during the “Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket” campaign which ran from May 24th to June 6th. State and local law enforcement agencies used marked and unmarked vehicles, checkpoints, and roving details to patrol for unbelted occupants. Law enforcement also made sure children were properly restrained.

 Full ticket breakdown:



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WalletHub Ranks NY Best Summer Driving State
With 59% of U.S. families saying they are more likely to drive than fly for their next trip, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released three key reports to help people maximize both savings and fun. WalletHub’s road trip report found that New York ranks 1st nationally for summer driving. New York also ranked first in the number of attractions.


Steuben County Health Dept. Reports Another COVID Death
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 188.  The individual was a female resident of the Town of Wayland who died at the age of 59. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said she looks forward to the day that COVID does not impact families in this way and we no longer report any COVID-related deaths.   


NY Parks and Rec Announces First-Ever Camper Reward Program
New York State’s Parks and Recreation Department announced the first-ever camper reward program for overnight stays at state campgrounds. You can earn points for every dollar spent on overnight accommodations, and redeem the points toward use fees on future stays. Points will be given once the visit is over, so campers can earn them on new or already-booked reservations.


AG Leads Coalition Rejecting Postmaster’s Proposed Cut to Services
New York Attorney General Letitia James co-led a coalition of 21 attorneys general and two cities in calling on the Postal Regulatory Commission to reject Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s proposal to cut services at the Postal Service, which she said would result in increased delivery times for First-Class Mail and other essential postal services. The proposed changes could impact up to 96 percent of ZIP codes in the United States.

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