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Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 2nd, 2021

Rumsey Talks Back To School Mask Mandates & More
With in-person classes starting again in less than a week, Bath Central School District Superintendent Joe Rumsey spoke about Back to School for Bath Haverling this year as New York State required indoor masking for all schools and a second-wave of COVID surges have hit Steuben and other counties. Rumsey said in a WVIN Community Focus interview that the administration is looking to host classes outside as much as possible and look for creative ways to work in what he calls “mask breaks” throughout the day while legally-abiding by the state mask mandate that was issued last minute.
Listen to the full interview at: https://wvinbath.com/assets/podcaster/215/2021_08_31_215_109219_4795.mp3


Rockwell Museum Hosting Social Impact Study for $25 Visa Gift Card
Corning’s Rockwell Museum is one of a handful of museums across the US that are participating in a social impact study  with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums that allows people to receive a free $25 Visa Gift Card.  The aim of the study is to learn what impact art and culture have in a given community and what impact museums can have in a local area. To participate in the study, people just need to sign up at the Rockwell Museum or online and then visit the Rockwell Museum three times between September 1st and May 2022. After visiting the museum, participants must fill out a survey with questions ranging from people’s opinion of the museum, to what were their thoughts on the museum before and after their visit. Each participant will get a $25 visa gift card for completing the survey. 
Sign up to take part in the study by going online to the Rockwell Museum website. 


Senator O’Mara Rejects Passed Eviction Moratorium Extension
New York’s eviction moratorium to help tenants falling behind due to the economic hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been extended until January 15th after the state legislature voted in session 38-19 yesterday to extend it. State Senator Tom O’Mara rejected the legislation because he says it fails to take any immediate, significant action to help tenants and landlords struggling to access vital relief through the state’s failing Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).  To date, of the nearly $3 billion in federal assistance allocated to New York state for relief of tenants and landlords, less than 10% of it has been distributed.


Hochul Confirms Nominees to Create NY’s Cannabis Industry
The New York State Senate confirmed the first two nominees of Governor Hochul's administration who are expected to help launch the cannabis in by overseeing two departments that will implement a framework that includes  production, licensing, marketing and sales of cannabis products for the state’s future marijuana industry. Tremaine Wright will be serving as Chair of New York's Cannabis Control Board (CCB), while Christopher Alexander was named Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). Governor Hochul said launching New York's cannabis industry is one of her top priorities and that it’s "long overdue." The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) was passed March 31st, and focuses on the regulation of the adult-use, medical and hemp industries.


DEC Adopts New Bear & Deer Hunting Rules
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that DEC has adopted new rules for deer and bear hunting in New York. Rule changes include extending hunting hours and dress code requirements when afield to improve hunter safety. DEC announced the proposed changes in June, after adopting the updated New York State Deer Management Plan.


NY’s Fall Foliage Season Officially Begins
Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the start of the 2021 fall foliage season in New York State. Fall is one of the most popular travel times in New York, attracting visitors from around the world to explore the state's unique communities and support local businesses. To help travelers and foliage enthusiasts plan a fall getaway, I LOVE NY will begin issuing its weekly fall foliage reports on Wednesday, September 8, and will now include a new enhanced interactive progression map.  The foliage report is compiled each week using the on-location field observations from I LOVE NY's team of volunteer leaf peepers. More than 85 spotters extending across the state's 11 vacation regions are tasked with keeping track of the color change in their area as leaves progress each week. Reports detail the predominant leaf colors, approximate percentage of change, and how much color change has progressed relative to peak conditions. 

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