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Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 20th, 2021

LP Solutions Siding Plant Coming to Bath's Industrial Park
Steuben County IDA announced today multi-million dollar company LP Building Solutions has selected Steuben County to build a new engineered wood siding pre finishing facility in the county IDA industrial park in Bath. The company LP Building Solutions expects to start construction in 2022 with a targeted opening date in the third quarter of 2023. The facility is projected to add more than 60 new jobs to the Steuben County community. LP Building Solutions (LPX) is a leader in high-performance building solutions headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The worldwide company makes engineered wood building products in 25 manufacturing facilities across the U.S.


New Walgreens and ServU May Come to Corning
The Corning Planning Commission says they recently reviewed applications to  build a new Walgreens pharmacy on West Pulteney Street and a ServU Credit Union branch on East Denison Parkway. If approved, the Walgreens pharmacy project would be built on a vacant site on Pulteney Street, near the city’s western entrance that formerly housed a Sugar Creek gas station.The ServU Credit Union location would be on East Denison Parkway, across Columbia Street from the Alternative School for Math and Science. The City Planning Commission has not received a timeline for either proposed project at this time.


Grant Will Help Turn Hornell’s Old Bryant School to Housing
A $4.6 million New York State Homes and Community Renewal grant going to The City of Hornell will help to turn the former Bryant Elementary School into affordable housing.The building will be converted into 39 affordable apartment units. This summer, the property was rezoned as residential. Rochester developer Park Grove Realty purchased the building for $500,000 in a deal that was approved by voters in the Hornell School District. Park Grove says rents will range from $600-900 a month. 


60 Percent of CCC Staff Receiving Raise
60 percent of the non-union employees at SUNY Corning Community College will be receiving pay increases which will go into effect next month. CCC’s Regional Board of Trustees announced the unanimous decision in a press release and said the raises are the result of a study begun in June by the institution’s HR and Finance departments.


Holiday DWI Crackdown Continues to New Year’s Day
State and local law enforcement agencies throughout NY State will be stepping up patrols targeting impaired driving during the holiday travel season. Governor Hochul announced the high visibility engagement campaign starts this Friday, December 17th and runs through Saturday, January 1st.  This campaign is part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative designed to reduce alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes.


Bath VA Lays 6,800 Wreaths for Wreaths Across America
National Wreaths Across America Day was Saturday, at 3,136 participating locations across the country.  At Bath National Cemetery fallen soldiers were honored for their leadership, legacy, and history. All attending guests placed wreathes throughout the cemetery to celebrate and remember our soldiers. Wreaths Across America staff were able to add more wreaths than in previous years, placing over 6,800 wreaths on headstones compared to 5,100 wreaths two years ago.


Hochul Announces Solar Program Energy Transition
Governor Kathy Hochul announced a framework for NY State to achieve at least 10 gigawatts of distributed solar by 2030, enough to annually power nearly 700,000 homes.  The roadmap, submitted by the NY State Energy Research and Development Authority and the NY State Dept of Public Service to the Public Service Commission for public comment and approval, proposes a comprehensive strategy to expand the state’s successful NY-Sun initiative into one of the largest and most inclusive solar programs of its kind in the nation, helping to increase access to solar for more NYers.  In addition to spurring approximately $4.4 billion in private investment and creating 6,000 additional solar jobs across the state – including with the State’s 1st application of prevailing wage for solar projects between 1 and 5 megawatts – the program expansion will also deliver at least 35% of the benefits with a goal of 40% from the investments to statutorily-defined disadvantaged communities and low-to moderate- income NYers.  The announcement supports the State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandate to generate 70% of the state’s electricity from renewables by 2030 as part of a resilient and equitable transition to a clean energy economy. 

One Death Reported in Elmira Stabbing
One person died after a large disturbance on Washington Ave. in Elmira ended in a stabbing and shots fired.  Elmira Police were dispatched to 406 W Washington. Ave early Sunday morning and said they observed at least 75 people in the street in front of “The Branch Office.” Officers located one man that had a substantial injury to his neck.  The victim was transported to Arnot Ogden Medical Center and was later pronounced deceased.  Further investigation into the incident determined that there was a large fight that began inside the business and several others carried out into the street.  Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to call (607)737-5626 or (607) 271-HALT.

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