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The Steuben Courier Advocate publishes each Sunday, with a household readership of 26,880 - distributed to New York homes in Bath, Hammondsport, Avoca, Cameron, Pulteney, Prattsburgh, Campbell & Savona. The Steuben Courier also publishes Waterside Monthly, a special magazine distributed along Keuka Lake. In addition to print, the Courier also offers advertising solutions to area businesses such as responsive web sites, mobile-optimized web sites, Search Engine Marketing and Optimization, as well as Social Media Marketing.

DMV offices reopen by appointment MondaySteuben County Clerk Judy Hunter announces effective Monday, June 15th, county r...
06/12/2020
How to register a vehicle

DMV offices reopen by appointment Monday

Steuben County Clerk Judy Hunter announces effective Monday, June 15th, county residents may begin scheduling in-person appointments at the Bath, Corning, and Hornell DMV offices. At this time, the county DMV will be prioritizing licenses and testing.

Residents are encouraged to continue mailing or using the secure county drop boxes located at the Bath, Corning, and Hornell offices to submit all other transactions not requiring an in-person visit.

As with all county facilities, individuals entering DMV offices will be required to have a temperature screening by security staff, wear a face covering, and maintain social distancing while in the facility. Individuals are also encouraged to bring their own pen to their appointment.

To schedule an appointment, call:

Bath - 607-664-2029
Corning - 607-936-7430
Hornell - 607-281-3605

Vehicle registrations, transfer of vehicle registrations, and plate surrenders can be completed by utilizing the county drop boxes outside the offices or by mailing to:

Bath DMV
3 E Pulteney Square
Bath, NY 14810

Corning DMV
10 W 1st Street
Corning, NY 14830

Hornell DMV
7604 Seneca Road North
Hornell, NY 14843

The required forms for mailing or drop box can be printed from the DMV website at https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/how-register-vehicle. Mail or drop off the following forms to register a vehicle:

• MV-82 (phone number must be provided)
• DTF-802 and bill of sale
• Proof of insurance
• Title
• Copy of your driver’s license
• Signed blank check made out to Steuben County Clerk or credit card authorization
• If you need plates, please provide a prepaid, self-addressed large envelope for return of your plates and receipt. The USPS offers a Priority envelope for the flat rate of $7.75.

Anyone submitting plate surrenders must include $1 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of your receipt.

[insert:covid-alert]Register and title a passenger or commerical car, motorcycle, truck or SUVYou or your business must register and title any vehicle you own or lease. Registrations do not need to be in the owner's name, or for only one person. Auto dealers can register and title vehicles, and issu...

Guidance provided for Phase 3 reopeningBATH – New York State released detailed guidance for businesses that are eligible...
06/09/2020
Phase Three Industries

Guidance provided for Phase 3 reopening

BATH – New York State released detailed guidance for businesses that are eligible to restart operations in Phase Three of the State’s reopening plan.

Phase Three businesses include:

Restaurants / food services for indoor dining at 50% of maximum occupancy;
Bars and social/membership clubs at 50% of maximum occupancy;
Personal care
Tattoo and piercing facilities
Appearance enhancement practitioners
Massage therapy
Spas
Cosmetology
Nail specialty
Tanning
Waxing


Specific guidance for the businesses included within these categories can be found by visiting the State’s NY Forward website at https://forward.ny.gov/phase-three-industries.

To reopen when Phase Three begins, businesses in Phase Three categories must go to the NY Forward website and review the guidance, their industry’s business safety template, and affirm via an online form that they have implemented the measures outlined.

Businesses are encouraged to put in place any additional safety measures as needed. In addition, businesses should keep their reopening plan and attestation to the State on file, so it is available should it be requested.

Additional resources are available on the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency’s website at https://www.steubencountyida.com/docs/2020/03/31/useful-tools-for-our-business-community/.

The guidelines below apply to non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to reopen, essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open, and commercial and recreational activities that have been permitted to operate statewide with restrictions. If guid...

Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce
06/05/2020

Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce

Please understand these decisions were not made easily.

The Keuka Lake Art Show and The Wine Country Classic Boats are non Chamber sponsored events. Their committees make the decisions.

The Festival of Crafts struggled to make this decision. We took into consideration the type of event and the situation we find ourselves in and it was agreed to postpone until next year. This will give us the opportunity to celebrate our 40 years to it's fullest!

As far as the Music in the Park Series, some of our performers canceled, leaving us to postpone until August when we have a better idea of the NYS guidelines.

We will keep you up to date on our future events. Keep positive!

06/04/2020

Two new cases of COVD-19 confirmed in Steuben

BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that two additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 267 confirmed cases. The individuals are residents of the:

· Town of Bath

· Town of Wayland

The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individual have been notified.

Per CDC and New York State Department of Health guidance, information is collected beginning 48 hours prior to symptom onset, or date of test if asymptomatic, through the day of the positive test result. The investigations indicate the individuals visited the following locations within that timeframe:

· 6/1/20 – 6/4/20 – Fred & Harriet Taylor Health Center in Bath

· 6/2/20 Afternoon – Save a Lot in Bath

· 6/2/20 Afternoon – Tops in Bath

· 6/2/20 Afternoon – Kwik Fill in Bath, pump only

“Overall, the numbers continue to head in the right direction,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “As more businesses reopen and opportunities to gather increase, please remember to continue using precautions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.”

All residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.

For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website at www.steubencony.org or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth.

06/03/2020
511NY| New York Traffic | Commuter Information | Road Conditions

Paving and culvert repair underway along State Route 53

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced lane closures are in place along Route 53 in the hamlet of Kanona and in the Town of Prattsburgh in Steuben County to facilitate culvert repairs and a pavement restoration project.

Work to repair a culvert along Route 53 in the town of Prattsburgh, just south of the village, is underway and the road is open to local traffic only. A detour is in place guiding motorists using Flynn Road. This work is expected to be complete by the end of June.

Additionally, a paving project has also begun along Route 53 starting at the Route 415 intersection in Kanona and continuing north to the Ontario County Line at the border of the town of Naples. Construction on this 20-mile stretch of roadway includes a two-course overlay designed to establish a new layer of pavement on the road. Two-way traffic along this road will be maintained using alternating single-lane closures and on-site flaggers. This work is expected to last approximately six to seven weeks. Motorists should expect delays during this time and consider an alternate route.

All construction activities are weather dependent and subject to change based on conditions.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

For real-time travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or the mobile site at m.511ny.org, New York State’s official traffic and travel information source.

Follow New York State DOT on Twitter at @NYSDOT and @NYSDOTHornell. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/NYSDOT.

Provides up to the minute traffic and transit information for New York. View the real time traffic map with travel times, traffic accident details, traffic cameras and other road conditions. Plan your trip and get the fastest route taking into account current traffic conditions.

06/02/2020
Steuben County Public Health

Four new cases of COVID-19 reported in Steuben

BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that four additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 265 confirmed cases. The individuals are residents of the:
· Town of Bath
· Town of Cohocton
· Town of Fremont
· Village of Bath
The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individual have been notified.
Per CDC and New York State Department of Health guidance, information is collected beginning 48 hours prior to symptom onset, or date of test if asymptomatic, through the day of the positive test result. The investigations indicate the individuals visited the following locations within that timeframe:
· 5/25/20, 5/30/20 – 6/2/20 – Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center in Bath
· 5/27/20 Late Afternoon – Walmart in Painted Post
· 5/29/20 Midday – Dollar General in Dansville
· 5/29/20 Midday – Save a Lot in Dansville
· 5/29/20 Midday – Dollar General in Cohocton
· 5/29/20 Evening – Walmart in Painted Post
· 5/29/20 Evening – Pizza Deelite in Bath
· 5/31/20 – Absolut Care of Three Rivers in Painted Post
· 5/31/20 Afternoon – Skate Park in Bath
· 6/1/20 Afternoon – Sam’s Club in Big Flats
· 6/1/20 Evening – Burger King in Bath
· 6/1/20 – 6/2/20 – Bath VA
“We are not shocked to see new cases come in this week,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “As more people get tested, we will see more positive test results. As people start to congregate and loosen up on prevention practices, we will see more community spread. Please remember that COVID-19 is still in the community and continue to take steps to prevent the further spread, thereby protecting the most vulnerable populations.”
All residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.
For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website at www.steubencony.org or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth.

Steuben County Public Health
Bath, NY
Website: http://www.steubencony.org/publichealth

06/02/2020
Bath Central School District

Bath Central School District

A few common questions related to the budget vote and election process:

𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝗜 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗺𝘆 𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝗮 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘁 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀? On May 1st, Governor Cuomo ordered that all school budget votes be done by absentee ballot. The school was required to follow this order, and the rules that governed this process. Please be sure to return your ballot so that it arrives at the Bath CSD District Office by 5pm, June 9th. There is a locked drop box in the District Office for you to drop off your ballot if you don’t think it will return in time.

𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐭𝐚𝐱𝐞𝐬 𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐩 𝐢𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫? The school relies on revenue from several sources. State aid makes up 66% of the budget. This makes our school very vulnerable when the state is in a financial crisis. When discussing school property taxes, this makes up only 23% of our total budget. This means for every 1% we raise the local tax levy, it only generates approximately $85,000 in revenue. Therefore, based on the current state aid scenario and the upcoming threats of cuts due to the pandemic crisis, the Board is increasing the tax levy by 1.92% just to attempt to close the gaps. The budget was reduced by nearly $700,000 in order to pass on the absolute lowest burden to our taxpayers. More importantly, the tax rate, which has been reduced for several years and remains significantly lower than over 10 years ago, should remain constant, but may increase slightly in a worst-case scenario. Please see the school website for further details.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐛𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧? A budget that does not pass means the school utilizes a contingency budget. The Bath Central School District is proud to be the hub of the community. With a contingency budget, only required contractual costs can be covered. This means that costs such as non-essential materials and supplies, field trips, etc. can’t be supported within the budget. Additionally, groups normally using our school campus for their programs must pay the school to cover any costs associated with their programs. We understand that any costs passed on to programs would likely impact the availability of these enrichment activities that are so important to the development and success of our kids! Unfortunately, a contingency budget ties our hands legally.

𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐛𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐯𝐢𝐚 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐰. #bathcsd #rampride #haverlingstrong

06/02/2020
06/01/2020

The Steuben County Public Works Department announced Monday the Macadam Road bridge over Rice Glen Creek in the Town of Howard will be closed to all traffic beginning June 8. The bridge is located between Craig Road and Harris Hill Road in Howard and will be closed to all through traffic for approximately 12 weeks. Travelers will be directed to use Turnpike Road as a detour.

05/27/2020
Steuben County Public Health

No new cases or deaths in Steuben for second time in week

BATH – For the second time in one week, the Steuben County Public Health Department has no new cases of COVID-19 or deaths related to COVID-19 to report.
The total number of cases that have been reported since March 20 is 260. Of those cases:
· 181 have recovered
· 9 are currently hospitalized
· 41 have died
· 38 are actively isolated and monitored
“As we move towards Phase Two of reopening this Friday, we are very pleased with our current standings related to COVID-19 in Steuben County,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “We still have a ways to go before we are in the clear, but having multiple days without new cases in one week is a testament to all the efforts of our community.”
All residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.
For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website at www.steubencony.org or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth.

Steuben County Public Health
Bath, NY
Website: http://www.steubencony.org/publichealth

05/26/2020
511NY| New York Traffic | Commuter Information | Road Conditions

Lane closures along I-86

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced construction activities requiring lane closures along Interstate 86 in the towns of Campbell and Coopers Plains in Steuben County.

A fascia replacement project is currently underway on the I-86 eastbound bridge between Coopers Plains and Campbell, which is expected to be complete in July 2020. This construction requires a single-lane closure along the eastbound bridge of I-86 using a temporary concrete barrier. Traffic underneath the bridge on Curtis Hollow Road is also being maintained using a lane closure with on-site flagging personnel.

Beginning this week, traffic along I-86, west of Exit 42 in the town of Coopers Plains, will be reduced to a single lane to accommodate a project to paint bridge spans. This work is anticipated to take place each night until early July. There will be no detour in place at this site, and traffic on the Route 415 bridge over I-86 will not be affected.

All construction activities are weather dependent and subject to change based on conditions.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

For real-time travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or the mobile site at m.511ny.org, New York State’s official traffic and travel information source.

Follow New York State DOT on Twitter at @NYSDOT and @NYSDOTHornell. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/NYSDOT.

Provides up to the minute traffic and transit information for New York. View the real time traffic map with travel times, traffic accident details, traffic cameras and other road conditions. Plan your trip and get the fastest route taking into account current traffic conditions.

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