Monday December 26,
Dangerously cold weather is expected to stick around for a while. Forecasters are calling for a week of highs in the teens and lows in the single digits. It’s not expected to go below zero in but with wind chill, it could feel like it did. It was a tough overnight for travel,with whiteout conditions in some pats of Livingston County. No accidents or other major problems have been reported.
A young girl is recovering after a serious Christmas weekend crash. The girl—whose name and age aren’t being released—was a passenger in one of several vehicles involved in that rollover on 390 north of exit 4 on Saturday afternoon. No other iinjuries were reported. The busy highway was closed for several hours as part of an investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s office.
Non profit groups and municipalities in Livingston county could get a boost for preservation of historical properties. The state says its taking applications for its Preserve New York Initiative, totaling more than $300,000. Those selected would be able to use the money for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports and cultural resource surveys. We have a link to more information on our website. [www.preservenys.org/preserve-new-york]
You only have this week, but you’ll be able to pay your state taxes early and still get the current allowable deduction. Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order allowing property owners to pay some or all of their 2018 property taxes early. Payments have to be postmarked or submitted on line by December 31st. Under the new tax plan passed last week, the amount of state and local taxes New Yorkers can deduct from federal returns will be limited to ten-thousand-dollars.
Flu rates are up across the area The newest numbers from the state health department show that regional flu cases have been rising since November. The CDC says with people traveling and getting together with family over the holidays, flu season could peak next week. The flu shot isn’t expected to be much help against this year’s extremely nasty flu strain.
Gas is up this holiday season Even though fuel prices are down from last month, a website that tracks gas prices reports that travel this holiday season will be more expensive than it has been in three years. The average cost of a gallon of gas in the area is about two-dollars and 50-cents compared to two-35 last year and around two-20 the year before that.