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Sheriff: Disagrees with state breakwall decision

    WATKINS GLEN—An investigation by the New York State Canal Corporation has ruled that the breakwall northeast of the Village Marina does not need any more warning lights, even after a Florida man was killed in a boat crash at the breakwall in July.
     Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman said he wanted additional lights put on the wall, besides the two that are already there.  He said the completed investigation by the state was given to his office in October and it said that the two lights already there meet the U.S. Coast Guards’ standards.
    “They felt that additional, non-standard light would cause confusion among boaters,” said Yessman.
    He explained the canal corporation already has concerns about the amount of light pollution coming from the land.  Yessman said a shroud has been placed on the traffic light at Cargill and Wal-Mart to lessen the light viewable on the lake.
    “I don’t think that’s the right answer,” he said.
    He said he will pursue getting something added to the wall so boaters know it is there.  He added if not a light, maybe a sound device can be installed to alert nearby boats.



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