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Top Stories, December 23, 2022

AFTERNOON UPDATE ON LOCAL WEATHER CONDITIONS

Local temperatures as of the 3:00pm Hour: 

Bath 8 degrees

Campbell 11 degrees 

Prattsburgh 6 degrees

Savona 7 degrees 

Hammondsport 9 degrees

Kanona 6 degrees


From Steuben County Deputy Director Of Emergency Services, Ken Forenz:  "Trees and wires are down in the following locations this afternoon: Addison, Campbell, Caton, Corning, Greenwood, Hammondsport, Hornby, Urbana, West Union, Wayland, Prattsburgh, Pulteney, Rathbone, Thurston, Tuscarora, Troupsburg, Urbana, Wheeler, Woodhull.  As of 3:30pm, 783 outages for NYSEG (there were 900 outages earlier today) and about 400 outages for Steuben Rural Electric.  The amount of accidents has been minimal.  Less than a handful accidents, countywide"

 

Statement From State Police About Today's Weather

Troopers will be out checking all major routes of travel to ensure that motorists are as safe as possible and working with local Emergency Operations Centers. 

Extreme winds, whiteout conditions and dangerously cold temperatures will make travel on Friday December 23, and Saturday, December 24, highly dangerous. State Police advise motorists to drive only for emergency purposes. If you are on the roadways make sure you have a full tank of gas, food and extra warming items in your vehicle in case emergency vehicles have a delayed response due to the extreme storm conditions.

Use your best judgment to determine if driving is prudent. Remember, if you can’t see out your windshield, first responders can’t either.

Keep the following tips in mind:

 

  • Get the latest weather forecast before leaving with your local weather apps, monitor radio or TV stations.
  • Always clean your windows and mirrors FULLY of any snow and ice before driving.
  • Keep a full tank of gas
  • Fluid levels are sufficient ( windshield washer fluid, ant-freeze)
  • Spare tire is sufficient and you have the jack and wheel wrench
  • Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility to others.  Remember, if your windshield wipers are in use due to weather, then your headlights must be on.
  • Drive prudently.  If the conditions are adverse, you should decrease your speed accordingly.
  • Brake early
  • Do NOT use cruise control.  This decreases your reaction time to apply braking.
  • Look out for events farther down the road.  Creating more time to react can make a difference.
  • Be aware of maintenance vehicles and emergency vehicles.  Give them room to work.
  • If you do not absolutely have to go out on the roads, then don’t.

If you do go out, is your vehicle prepared?

 

  • Is your trunk supplied to help you to be safe in case you are stopped or stranded in an area without assistance readily available:
    • Gloves, blankets, warmers, tool kit, first-aid kit, non-perishable foods, water, working flashlight and batteries, cell phone charger, etc
    • Shovel, ice scraper, de-icer, snow brush, rock salt or cat litter, tow chain or cable, jumper cables or battery charger, etc.

 

If you are involved in a Collision or leave the roadway:

If you drive off the roadway and are stuck in a snow bank or ditch, stay in your vehicle and call 911.  DO NOT exit your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency.  You put yourself at risk of being struck by another vehicle.

Roll your windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Tailpipes can become blocked by deep snow and cause carbon monoxide to build up inside the car, and can lead to serious physical injury or death  

If you should become stranded on the Thruway or any roadway, know your location by being aware of your direction and mile post marker.  This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quick as possible. 

Follow the New York State Police’s Twitter page @nyspolice for up to the minute information on road closures and weather alerts.

The Thruway Authority provides a wide variety of information for travelers including current traffic conditions, accidents, and lane closures.  Visit www.thruway.ny.gov for more information. 

 

Former Corning CEO Jamie Houghton Has Died

Former Corning Glass CEO Jamie Houghton has died at the age of 86.  "To hear the news of Jamie's passing is the end of a chapter," said former Corning Mayor/former Congressman Tom Reed.  "A major chapter in our local history.  Jamie and his entire family were just, through and through Corning.  They were one of us, and Jamie is going to be sorely missed," Reed tells WVIN News.

 

Amazon Is Hiring - Today And Next Week

Here is the website for candidates to apply for our jobs for the Amazon site in Bath:

?https://hiring.amazon.com/app#/jobDetail?jobId=JOB-US-0000005892&locale=en-US    

Hiring Location for appointments or walk-ins available.  Best Western Plus/The Hammpondsport Hotel, 8440 State Route 54, Hammondsport, NY, US, 14840

Events will be held on Friday 12/23 from 10am-2pm, Tuesday-Thursday next week 10am-4pm.

 

Republican Lawmakers Are Opposed To Albany $ Increase

The State Assembly and State Senate majorities have voted to give themselves a pay raise.  It’s a $32,000 a year increase.  The state troopers union objected, saying the state government won’t give the state police the option of retiring after 20 years on the job.  Also, State Senator Tom O’Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Senator George Borrello and Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes and Assemblyman Joe Giglio were against the pay raise.  Those upstate GOP lawmakers list a number of reasons for being against the pay raise. Their reasons are: it should have been a public vote on the raises, there was no special session to change bail reform but there was a special session for pay raises, and they say New York State lawmakers will now be the highest paid state legislators in America.

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