(WBNG) — Crews are moving forward with the launch today, as the weather looks better than Wednesday. The launch is scheduled for 3:22 p.m.
Commissioner of BC Transit Greg Kilmer said he appreciates the support from elected officials, and told 12 News that money received recently will be used to help support rural communities in the Southern Tier. “The rural communities in Broome County are much, much larger than anyone would imagine,” he said. “We have embraced the spirit of the CARES money, and so we’ve made a lot of modifications to make things safer, and it’s going to make us safer going ahead.” Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced around $1 million in funding would be heading to the Broome County Department of Transportation from the Federal Transit Administration. VESTAL (WBNG) — As Broome County Transit continues to receive funding, the Commissioner Greg Kilmer said he appreciates the support and changes to the bus station are coming. He mentioned that he’s been in touch with officials at the county’s health department, and said the contact tracing teams have seen few issues with buses. The department had previously received just under $11 million as part of the CARES Act back in April. Kilmer says these measures are just part of the department’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will allow for changes like touchless fare systems, and the experimentation with new sprays that kill germs more effectively, as well as helping hire and retain CDL drivers for buses. Kilmer says there is no evidence to support the virus being transmitted on a bus. Overall, Kilmer said the current funding the department has will also be used to help offset costs brought on by the pandemic, which has included a decrease in ridership.
SAYRE (WBNG) — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Guthrie Health is teaming up with Dandy Mini Marts to help raise money for those fighting the disease. The promotion runs through the end of October. Organizers stress that they want anyone fighting Breast Cancer to remember that they have the community’s support. “We’re so proud to partner with Dandy and we feel like we’re behind you, they’re behind you, your community is behind you. They make one purchase of a cup of coffee and it’s because they want to support you as a patient,” said Jennifer Warner, Manager of Guthrie Resource Development. Called ‘Pink Cups for a Cause’ Dandy will donate a percentage of the purchase of large coffees, sold in a pink cup at all of their locations across the area.
This is the 88th Christmas tree the center has had, but the lighting ceremony this year will look a little different. MANHATTAN (WBNG) — The Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree has officially arrived and is standing in Manhattan, traveling from Oneonta. Rockefeller Center says there will be no public access to this year’s tree lighting ceremony. However, the ceremony will be broadcas live. For more information on the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting, click here. The tree arrived in Manhattan today and in just 17 days, on December 2, the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting will take place. Click here to see our coverage of the backstory behind this year’s Rockefeller tree. Viewers can catch the tree being lit for the holiday season in “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” from home on NBC on December 2. 12 News reporter Julia Gorman was live at the scene in Oneonta Thursday when the chosen tree was cut down and sent on its way to New York City.