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Top Stories, May 10, 2023

The Old Dana Lyon School, To Be Turned Into Apartments

Bath Village Mayor Michael Sweet says, Providence Housing Development Corporation has been awarded financing assistance from the state, to develop the old Dana Lyon School and construction is scheduled to begin by the end of the year. The mayor says, Providence has a solid reputation building high quality, income based rental units and an even better reputation for maintaining them long after the initial construction has ended.   The mayor also says, he wants to thank Jamie Johnson from the IDA and the Save the Lyon Committee, for working together to make this project a reality.


Road Work In Bath Tonight - Overnight On 86 And 390

The New York State Department of Transportation is today advising motorists of upcoming nighttime closures along Interstates 86 and 390 in the town of Bath, Steuben County, to accommodate an overhead signage project. Beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, I-86 eastbound will close between exits 35 and 37 and I-390 southbound will close between Exit 1 and the I-86/I-390 interchange. The roadway is anticipated to reopen by 6 a.m. Thursday morning.  Beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, I-86 westbound will close between Exits 35 and 37 and I-390 northbound will close between exit 1 and the I-86/I-390 interchange. The roadway is anticipated to reopen by 6 a.m. Thursday, May 18.  A signed detour will be in place for both closures. Motorists are advised to utilize the signed detour.


Steuben County Opiod Data, For April 2023

The Steuben County Public Health Department and partners are sharing updated opioid overdose data for April: 40 overdoses were reported, 3 fatalities were reported, and Narcan administration was reported nine times.    “Steuben County experienced a 38% increase in the number of overdoses reported in April compared to March, and April also accounts for 60% of opioid overdose fatalities reported this year,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith.  “It is more important than ever to become trained in Narcan administration and to have a Narcan kit within reach.” 

Narcan training is available at https://www.steubencountyny.gov/narcan or in person training can be scheduled by calling Steuben Public Health at 607-664-2438 or reaching out to the Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Opioid Committee.

Local support is available.  Steuben County Substance Abuse Services (SCASAS) offers outpatient services in Bath (607-664-2156), Corning (607-937-6201), and Hornell (607-324-2483) as well as after hour services (607-937-7800).  CASA Trinity in Hornell (607-282-5200) and Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath offer detox and inpatient services as well.  Residents are also encouraged to call 211 for other local supports. 


Gillibrand Working To Help Solve College Age Hunger

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at Baruch College yesterday, to announce the Enhance Access to SNAP (EATS) Act, which would expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit eligibility to all college students attending 2- and 4-year universities part-time or more who meet traditional SNAP income and eligibility requirements. Gillibrand’s EATS Act is especially needed as the emergency COVID-19 provisions that expanded SNAP eligibility for college students expire 30 days after the end of the Public Health Emergency this Thursday, May 11, 2023.  Gillibrand says that even before the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the hunger crisis, students on college campuses in New York were experiencing high levels of food insecurity and hunger. the senator also noted that as many as 290,000 New York college students would become newly eligible for SNAP benefits under the EATS Act.


Palmesano's New Legislation About Prison Violence

Yesterday, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) joined his colleagues on both sides of the aisle as well as correction officers and the executive team of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Inc.  (NYSCOPBA) for a press conference on the importance of passing common-sense legislation to make the sexual assault of a correction officer a felony.  “We have a dangerous staffing, violence, security and safety crisis going on inside our state and city correctional facilities,” said Palmesano. “It is long overdue for the state Legislature to pass this common-sense legislation (A.1606/S.5506) that would make sexual assault against a correction officer a felony. Currently, it is only a misdemeanor to sexually assault a correction officer. This is abhorrent, completely unacceptable and must be corrected immediately. Sexual assault in the workplace should not be tolerated.

“We, as a Legislature, must act now and put the safety and interests of correction officers and law-abiding citizens over the interests of violent criminals. We must pass A.1606/S.5506 and repeal the HALT Act (A.03196/S.03035) now to show we are serious about protecting our correction officers," concluded Palmesano.


FCC File

On January 4, 2024 Tower Broadcasting, LLC, licensee of call signs: WABH, 1380.0, Bath, New York; W293CE, 106.5, Bath, New York; W262CX, 100.3, Bath, New York; and WVIN-FM, 98.3, Bath, New York, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to transfer control of its broadcast licenses to the Estate of Gordon Ichikawa.  Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit:  https://publicfiles.fcc.gov and search in the public files of the stations.

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