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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday June 30th, 2021

Sweet Talks Bath's Sidewalk Confusion on Community Focus 
There’s a growing sidewalk controversy in the Village of Bath. Mayor Mike Sweet spoke as a guest on this morning's Community Focus to clarify some issues and explains there are two different projects. The sidewalk paving on Washington to Geneva Streets and Route 54 is a state project.  Sweet says the village is aware of some of the concerns expressed by residents and has put pressure on the state to make changes as  the Board discusses responses. Sweet says the Village's sidewalk project continues on Liberty and Washington which includes new crosswalks. Hear the full interview at:

 Risk of Severe Thunderstorms with Heavy Wind & Rain Today
While today's temperature is a cool change from the past few days of heatwave, there is still a slight Risk for severe thunderstorms with potential to produce damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall at times.

Bath PD Continues K9 Fundraising 
Fundraising efforts continue to establish a new K-9 program for the Bath Police Department with the goal of raising $15,000 by October according to Bath Mayor Mike Sweet, who spoke about the issue in a Community Focus interview this morning. Officer-in-charge Colin Taft is spearheading the effort. The mayor said the Elks Clubs also wants to make a significant donation. 



Sheriff Allard & Local Officials Offering Community Coffee Sessions
Mayor Mike Sweet shared that Wednesday, July 7th will be Bath's first Coffee with the Mayor and Chief of Police at the Chat-A-Whyle Restaurant 8:30am. The program is the first in a monthly series of meetins set at rotating community restaurants. Friday July 2nd at 8am, the North Hornell Village Police Department and Steuben County Sheriff’s  holds“Coffee with the Chief and Sheriff”as Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard will join Hornell Police Chief Amidon. Later, at 9am, Allard joins the Canisteo Village Police Department for "Coffee with the Chief and Sheriff". This program is open to all community members who may want to know more about crime prevention or further understand police or the Sheriff’s Office in a casual atmosphere to discuss any areas of concern or for local law enforcement. For more information about the Canisteo event, visit www.villageofcanisteo.com , the Village of Canisteo’s or the Steuben County Sheriff’s Facebook pages. You may also contact the Village Clerk’s Office at 607-698-4553 Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM or by emailing canisteo_pd@yahoo.com



State Bill Seeks to Improve Water Quality in Schools
A state bill that received bipartisan support from New York Assembly's lawmakers that would work to improve water quality in schools while preventing children being exposed to lead, which can lead to health defects. The legsilation requires more water testing and for the results to be made public and if passed, will result in new funding revenues to repair outdated infrastructure. 

WVIN's Own Dave Taylor Smith Inducted in County Hall of Fame
A former US Congressman, WVIN's own longtime radio personality and a Civil War-era married team of physicians will be inducted into the Steuben County Hall of Fame later this summer. U.S. Rep. Randy Kuhl, of Hammondsport, our station's own  morning host Dave Taylor Smith and Drs. Joseph Seeley Dolson and Amelia Smith Dolson were formally approved for induction by the county Legislature when it met Monday in regular session.

State Troopers Planning July 4th STOP-DWI Crackdown
New York State Troopers are planning a special DWI prevention campaign for the July 4th holiday. Pennsylvania Troopers have just issued a press release saying, they’ll be having DUI patrols and checkpoints as well. 

WIC Benefits Temporarily Increasing 
The New York State Department of Health will temporarily increase the Women, Infants and Children’s nutrition program’s fruit and vegetable benefit through the American Rescue Plan. For the next four months, WIC participants will now receive $35 per month for fruits and vegetables instead of $9 or $11. The goal of the program is to increase the nutritional quality of WIC-approved foods and reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. New York State began implementing the increase June 1 and will continue until September 30th.

Empire Access Named Fastest Internet Provider in US
Empire Access announced today that it has been named fastest Internet provider in the United States for 2021 by PC Mag, beating out national and regional Internet providers. Empire Access is a fast-growing fiber optic telecommunications service provider, offering high-speed Internet, digital television, phone and security services to homes and businesses – all enabled by Fiber Optic technology – to over 25 communities in Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. After starting with one telephone line in Prattsburgh, NY, Empire Access has grown significantly as a family-owned, locally based communications provider.

NY's IDAs Report $3.5 Million Increase in Project Values
Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) reported 4,320 active projects valued at $109 billion for 2019, a 3.3 percent, or $3.5 billion, increase in project values from 2018, while net tax exemptions totaled $796 million in 2019, compared to nearly $784 million in 2018. Project values have increased by 48 percent since 2009, while the number of active projects has declined by six percent over the same period, according to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

Corning Inc Appoints Pamela Craig to Board of Directors
Corning Incorporated has announced that Pamela J. Craig been appointed to Corning’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Craig will serve on the board’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committee as well as its Audit Committee. She will hold office until Corning’s annual meeting of shareholders in the spring of 2022, at which time she will stand for election to a one-year term. Her appointment brings the number of Corning directors to 15.


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