Today's Top Stories - Friday, September 10th, 2021

Mayor Sweet Says New Village LED Lights Use 42% Less Energy
On his Facebook page, Bath Mayor Mike Sweet reported on the Village’s transition from their old street lights to LED lights that began two years ago. Funded primarily by New York State, the project had goals to reduce electric consumption and increase lighting.  The updated lights use 42% less electricity and as a result have cut the cost of lighting for village taxpayers.  Sweet remains optimistic that next year will bring even more savings for village taxpayers.    


O’Mara Releases Statement on 20th Anniversary of 9/11
Today, State Senator Tom O’Mara released a statement on tomorrow’s 20th Anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks, saying thoughts and prayers “remain with all of the victims of September 11th, their families and loved ones, and all those who responded on that terrible day.” O’Mara expressed gratitude and respect to the men and women of our military “who have always stood ready to defend, protect, and serve.” The State Senator also remarked: “Two decades later, these memories can still remind us that even in the toughest of times and during the darkest of days, Americans face a future of hope, that the fundamental American values of decency, fortitude, generosity, and strength will help us carry on and keep this region, this state, and our nation strong.”


Bear and Deer Hunting Season Begins Tomorrow
As hunting season begins this weekend, more hunters will be out in the fields over the next week. The State Department of Environmental Conservation has released new regulations for deer and bear hunting. The new nine-day season for antlerless deer has been established and begins tomorrow. Fluorescent orange or pink hats, vests or jackets is now a dress code requirement when hunting deer or bears with a firearm. Daily hunting hours have been extended to 30 minutes before sunrise through 30 minutes after sunset.


2 Bath Man Arrested for Sex Offender Registry Violation
State Police arrested 42-year-old Bert Stocking of Bath. He was charged with a sex offender registry violation as a first offence. He was detained on cash bail. State Police also arrested 36-year-old Allen Horten of Bath. He was charged with a sex offender registry violation as a first offence. He was detained on cash bail.


Hochul Signs Bill to Make Vehicles Zero-Emissions by 2035
In an effort to fight climate change, Governor Hochul has signed a bill that would make all vehicles need to be zero-emissions by 2035 as well as directed the DEC to release a proposed regulation that would diminish air pollution from trucks. The law requires new off-road vehicles and equipment sold in New York to be zero-emissions by 2035, and new medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles must be zero-emissions by 2045. By 2023, the development of a zero-emissions vehicle development strategy will be established and led by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to execute State policies and programs necessary to achieve the law’s new goals.


Hochul Hopes More Will Choose COVID Vaccination
Governor Kathy Hochul said adding the coronavirus vaccine to the list of required immunizations for students to attend school “is certainly an option,” but first she hopes parents will make the decision on their own. Hochul shared state data that shows only about of New York’s children, of age, vaccinated. 45.3% of children, ages 12-15, are fully vaccinated. 56.8% of students ages 16-25 years old. Hochul says if the number doesn’t improve, she’ll take more dramatic action.


DEC Bans Styrofoam Containers and Packing Peanuts
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has proposed regulations to implement the ban on expanded polystyrene foam containers and loose fill packaging or “packing peanuts” in New York State. The ban would go into effect on January 1, 2022. The ban was originally proposed in 2020 and several counties in New York have already adopted it. These include Albany, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. The DEC has now fully released the regulations to fully enact the ban. The DEC will be holding a virtual public hearing on the proposed regulations on November 15, at 1 p.m. and are accepting comments until Nov. 22, 2021.


City of Hornell Flushing Hydrant System Starting Tomorrow
After ongoing reports of discolored water, the City of Hornell is planning to flush the fire hydrant system beginning September 11. Hornell has received multiple reports of residents experiencing discolored water in their homes, with some having a persistent problem, and with others the issue comes and goes. The city said because of the inconsistent nature of the reports, it is hard to diagnose and resolve the issue.


Brian Benjamin Sworn In as Lt. Governor
Brian Benjamin is officially New York's lieutenant governor. Benjamin, a Democrat, was sworn in at Gov. Kathy Hochul's New York City office Thursday, just more than two weeks after Hochul unveiled the state senator from Harlem as her choice to serve in the post.

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