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Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) 2021

Steuben County Legislature Update
Steuben County officially recognized this week for its 225 years in local, state and national  history when they met on Monday. They also honored three retiring county lawmakers who, combined, have served total of 34 years as well as remembering former legislator Donald Creath of Corning who served a 16 year term. An entrepreneur and U.S. Army veteran, Creath passed away November 26th. Retiring county legislators also were recognized for their long service to their constituents include Bath’s Robin Lattimer, Erwin’s Gary Roush, and Canisteo’s Tom Ryan. In other action during the regular session of the county Legislature, county lawmakers also accepted $169,415 in additional funds from the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services’ COVID-19 Vaccine  Response Grant to comply with existing and future guidance regarding increased COVID-19 vaccination and other  vaccine uptake. County Lawmakers also awarded a contract to WAGA Energy Inc. to dispose of 850 tons per day of solid waste and the decomposition of the  waste generates methane gas, a known greenhouse gas. First launched in Steuben under retired county Public Works  Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti, the landfill is one of the few systems in the state to convert greenhouse gases into  electricity and reduce the carbon footprint. Steuben County Legislators also Authorized a capital account for the Civil Defense and Public Works renovations work in 2022.


Holiday DWI Crackdown Continues to New Year’s Day
State and local law enforcement agencies have stepped 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. Expect sobriety checkpoints


All Post Offices Closed Tomorrow, Some Close Early Today
With Christmas tomorrow, some last-minute shoppers may still need to send gifts or cards through the Post Office. All Post Offices are closed in the US on Christmas Day tomorrow. For Christmas Eve today, hours may vary depending on location. Some Post Offices may accommodate their customers with longer hours, while others might be closing early for employees to enjoy the holidays.


Temporary Lane Closures Suspended on NY Highways
Temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on NY State highways will continue to be suspendedthrough Monday, December 27th at 6am. Construction will also be suspended from Thursday, December 30th through Monday, January 3rd at 6am to ease travel for motorists.  Motorists should be aware that some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The construction suspension aligns with NY State’s Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work.

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