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Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 24, 2020

19 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 19 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 997 confirmed cases, 304 of which are currently active. Three of the individuals are residents of the towns of Campbell and Corning, two are from the Town and Village of Bath, with the rest coming from the cities of Corning and Hornell, the towns of Bradford, Caton, Erwin, Greenwood, Lindley, and Wheeler, and the Village of Canisteo. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. An investigation concluded five individuals are contacts to previously reported positives, one is an employee of the Arc of Steuben, one is an employee of Guthrie Internal Medicine in Big Flats, one is an employee of the Bath VA, one is a student at Alfred University, one is an employee of Woodbrook Assisted Living in Elmira, one is an employee of the NYS Police, and four individuals are employees of Corning, Inc; three at the Diesel Plant and one at Sullivan Park.

 

Tom Reed “threatened” with dead animal and brick at home

Rep. Tom Reed released a statement yesterday claiming he and his family were attacked with a dead animal and a brick at the Reed family home in Corning. Reed said “Today, my family and I were threatened at our home in Corning. The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a family member’s name on it to try to intimidate us. Reed also said “We have to overcome this. I know that we can. We are all Americans first. What unites us is far greater than our political differences.” Earlier this year, a brick was thrown through the window of his Corning office on Market Street. Reed’s counterpart in his bid for re-election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, Democrat Tracy Mitrano said “while I’m sympathetic, I must point out that Tom Reed has done a great deal to create the political environment he so deplores. The harsh visuals in his attack ads, the inflammatory language he uses to describe me, all contribute to an escalation of hostility that too often leads to incidents like the ones he reports today—or worse.”. Corning Police say they are investigating and have turned evidence over to New York State Police.

Two arrested for welfare fraud in Steuben County

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that two women, Christine M. Andrews, age 42, of Pennsylvania, and Megan L. Stage, who is currently incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail, have been arrested after a welfare fraud investigation into the illegal use of food stamps. It is alleged Stage’s benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Service was transferred to Andrews, who then used the card to obtain $640 in benefits she was not entitled to between the months of April and July 2020. Andrews and Stage have been charged with one count of Misuse of Food Stamps, a class A misdemeanor in violation of New York State Social Service Law. Andrews has also been charged with one count of Petit Larceny. The pair were both issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.

 

Voting options for those with COVID-19 in Steuben County

The Steuben County Board of Elections commissioners said Friday that voters who have diagnosed with COVID-19, are quarantined, or are choosing to self-quarantine due to possible contact can still vote in the General Election this November 3rd. Options include requesting an absentee ballot at https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingabsentee.html, until October 27th, printing an absentee ballot application from the Steuben Board of Elections webpage at https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=63/ and returning by mail on October 27th or in person November 2nd, or having someone pick up an absentee ballot application in person at the Board of Elections office. The signed and dated form may be filled out with someone designated on the application to pick up the ballot in person. The completed application must be brought in person to the Board of Elections by November 2nd. The voted absentee ballot must be postmarked by November 3rd.

 

Bath Municipal Utility Commission to hold meeting

The Village of Bath Municipal Utility Commission is slated to hold a special meeting this Tuesday, October 26th via GoToMeeting. On the agenda for the meeting is to review proposed work for Well No. 7 discharge pipe rehabilitation, discuss capital and financial plans for the water utility, and to handle any other various matters that come before the commission.

Today's Top Stories - Friday November 23rd, 2020

Drug Prescription Take Back Day Tomorrow at Public Safety Building
In recognition of National Drug Prescription Take Back Day, the Steuben County Sheriff and the Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee will host the annual “Drug Prescription Take Back” collection from 10 am – 2 pm Oct. 24 at the county Public Safety Building. County residents are asked to bring their unwanted and expired prescription medications to the drop off at the PSB lobby, located on Rumsey St. Ext.

 

Police Investigating Shooting Last Night at Horseheads Hotel
An investigation began in Horseheads following Village Police receiving a report of gunfire last night. Police responded to the Red Carpet Inn around 10:30 p.m. last night for a report of shots fired. Officers from the Elmira Heights Police Department, Chemung County Sheriff's Office, NYSP, NYSP K-9 and the City of Elmira Police Dept. all responded to the report. Police say no one was injured in the incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact Horseheads Police at 607-739-5669. 

 

Addison School Begins Full-Time Virtual Learning Next Week
The Addison Central School District will transition to full-time virtual learning for all students (PreK-12) beginning on Tuesday. District officials say they are planning for this transition to last for two weeks. However, if their ability to conduct COVID testing changes or the positive rate declines for our area, they may be able to open sooner.

 

20 New Cases of COVID Reported in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 20 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 978 confirmed cases, 301 of which are currently active. The new cases include an employee of Calvin U. Smith Elementary School; Two employees of Campbell- Savona: one at the Elementary School and one at the Jr./Sr. High School; Two employees of the Bath VA; and employees at Guthrie Southern Tier Pediatrics, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Elmira Correctional Facility and Wegmans in Rochester.

 

Early Voting Begins Tomorrow
Early voting begins tomorrow in Steuben County. Tomorrow’s hours will be from 9-2. The voting location is the Steuben County New Annex Building at 20 East Morris Street in Bath. Early voting continues until Sunday November 1 st . 

 

NYS Property Tax Cap Meeting Set for Friday 11/11
The Town of Pulteney says it needs to override the New York State property tax cap. On October 14 th , the town board considered a local law giving the town the authority to go beyond the tax cap in needed. Now, town residents can weigh in at a public hearing on the local law scheduled for Friday evening, November 11th at 7:25 p.m. at the Town Hall. Five minutes after that hearing, the Council will hold a second hearing about the preliminary town budget.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 22nd, 2020

Steuben County Placed Under Yellow Zone after COVID Spike
The regional outlook on the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen as Governor Cuomo announces that portions of Steuben County have reached the threshold to be placed in the yellow zone under the state’s COVID-19 cluster action initiative. Cuomo cites commutes between Pennsylvania and New York as possible cause for the outbreaks in counties like Chemung and Steuben. The City of Corning and parts of a dozen other communities are impacted. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says “Community transmission remains high in Steuben County.”

 

Two More COVID Fatalities; 15 New Cases in Steuben
COVID-19 has claimed the lives of two more Steuben County residents. The latest victims include a 65-year-old woman who was a resident at Corning Center and a 71-year-old woman who lived in the Village of Bath. Both were hospitalized at the time. Another 15 new cases have also been reported.

 

Steuben County Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Bath police made another heroin and fentanyl drug bust. Police said in a press release they arrested Alan L. Sherry. The 50-year-old man doesn’t have a permanent address. He was charged with 2 counts each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, all class B felonies. It is alleged that Sherry sold the narcotic drugs fentanyl and heroin in the Village of Bath in 2020. Court action is pending.

 

Pulteney Library & STLS Receive Construction Grants
New York has awarded several local library construction grants awarded through the state Library Construction Grant Program, which received $34 million in the 2019-20 state budget to allocate this year’s awards. Grants help libraries and library systems make renovations and upgrades Pulteney Free Library will be awarded $21,487.00 to purchase and install a generator. Southern Tier Library System receives $176,746.00 to upgrade ten furnaces and A/C units, renovate a meeting room, construct new offices and install a phone system in new and existing office space. State Senator Tom O’Mara commented: “It’s an investment in education, economic growth, and quality communities.”

 

Reed Calls on NY Dem Leaders to Denounce Ithaca Protests
Last Friday an incident occurred in Ithaca where Republicans protesting in support of President Donald Trump had their posters damaged and burned and one supporter had her Trump flag attempted to be taken by members of Democrat Socialists of America’s Ithaca chapter during a rally. Two women reported injuries after protest, which Congressman Tom Reed and other Republicans are claiming as “violent”. Reed says he plans to travel to Ithaca to meet with city leaders about it. Earlier this week, New York’s GOP leaders called on Governor Cuomo and state Democratic leaders to condemn the protest. More demonstrations are set to begin this Saturday at the Ithaca commons. Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor said protestors must social distance and that surrounding law enforcement agencies have been contacted to coordinate and address any acts of violence and vandalism.

 

C-PP District’s Learning Going Remote for 2 Weeks
Yesterday, Superintendent Michelle Caulfield of the Corning-Painted Post School District announced the district will temporarily go remote for two weeks after Governor Cuomo placed part Steuben County in the Yellow zone, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Caulfield says they are working with the Steuben County Public Health Department to plan the next steps, and transitions to 100% remote early next week. The this decision was made due to the large number of weekly COVID-19 tests that would be required for all students and faculty in the hybrid model due to the recent Yellow Zone designation which requires mandatory weekly testing of all students and staff for in-person school settings. Corning-Painted Post will finish this week under its hybrid model. More details from the district are forthcoming. The district holds a virtual parent town hall tonight at 6PM. 

 

Charnetski Denied Appeal for Vehicular Manslaughter Charges
Caden Charnetski’s appeal was denied by the State of New York’s Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department over a year after Charnetski was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison for vehicular manslaughter. Charnetski was charged for deaths of Matthew and Harolyn Matteson after they were ejected from a motorcycle following a colliding head-on accident with Charnetski’s car on Westinghouse Road in Horseheads in July of 2018. Charnetski was released on $25,000 cash/$50,000 property bond following his sentence and has remained free since.

 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 21st, 2020

County COVID Deaths Reach 71
The COVID-19 death toll in Steuben County has now reached 71. The latest victim is a 91-year-old male resident of the Bath VA nursing home who died while hospitalized with the virus. Health Director Darlene Smith advised the public that as cases remain high across the county, to please take every precaution to slow the spread and protect friends, family and neighbors.

 

Steuben Sees 14 New COVID Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 14 new Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the number of active cases to 309 and a total of 943 confirmed cases. The new cases involve several people were reported as contacts to those who recently tested positive, an employee at BOCES at the Coopers campus and a student at Addison High Schools. Health officials say while they are glad to see a drop in the number of new cases for one day, this one-day drop is not a trend.

 

Third Arrest Made in Bath July Robbery
A third arrest was made in a home invasion and robbery that occurred in the village of Bath over the summer. Robin Robinson was arrested on three counts of robbery and criminal possession of a weapon along with four counts of assault and a single count of burglary. According to police, his two co-defendants were arrested in July and August shortly after the burglary. Cops say numerous weapons were used in the assault and robbery of the West Morris Street homeowner back in July. Robinson was arrested in Elmira after allegedly being found to be in possession of another illegal weapon and is currently in Chemung County Jail and will be transported back to Steuben County.

 

BOE Reminds Voters of Absentee Deadline on Tuesday 10/27
Steuben County Board of Elections reminds registered voters that the absentee ballot application deadline is less than one week away. Those interested in voting via absentee ballot this year must postmark an Absentee Ballot application by October 27th. Voters may also apply for an absentee ballot at: https://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19. Commissioners remind those coming in to vote in person must wear a mask to keep with pandemic protocols at polling places.

 

Pulteney to Vote Library Funding on Proposition One
This year, Library Proposition Number One is on the ballot in the Town of Pulteney. If this passes, the library would receive an extra $3,728 annually. The over $3,500 worth of funding may be applied to staffing, supplying books, and utilities while boosting the library’s annual budget total to $41,010.

 

St. James and Noyes Limit Visitors Following Area Spike
An increase in COVID-positive cases in the greater Hornell area and start of flu season led St. James Hospital in Hornell  to limit ethe number of visitors for outpatient services and appointments, which includes visits to the hospital’s emergency department. Noyes Health is also implementing a revised visitor restriction policy beginning today. With just a few exceptions, visitors will not be allowed in the hospital.

 

Campbell Voters Approve Bond to Buy Church for New Fire Dept.
Voters Last night, voters of Campbell approved a bond to purchase a church in the Campbell Fire District, 133 to 44 votes. This allows the Fire Department to purchase the Campbell Missionary Alliance Church located at 8766 State Route 415 with the goal to eventually convert the church into a new fire hall.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

County Announces 49 New Cases of COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports 47 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 317 active cases and a grand total of 929 confirmed cases thus far. Individuals include 8 residents from the City of Hornell, 6 residents from the City of Corning, 5 from the Town of Thurston, 4 from the Town of Bath, 3 from the Villages of Bath and Riverside, 2 each from the Towns of Campbell, Canisteo and Woodhull and one each from the Village of Painted Post and Towns of Bradford, Canisteo, Caton, Cohocton, Corning, Howard, Hornby, Jasper, Wayland, Wayne and Wheeler. One individual is a resident of Corning Center, one individual is a student at Avoca Elementary School and two individuals are employees of Tops in Bath.

 

Trick-or-Treating Scheduled in Steuben
With Halloween next Saturday, Steuben County is getting ready for trick-or-treating! The Village of Bath will hold trick-or-treating Halloween night from 6 to 8pm. The Village of Painted Post and City of Corning have cancelled trick-or-treating but will hold a Halloween Drive Lane event Halloween Night in Denison Park from 6-8pm.Town of Erwin announced they will keep with CDC guidelines by not establishing a time in the Town for Halloween trick or treating observance. The Town said they encourage parents to provide a safe, fun Halloween experience for their children.

 

SUNY Athletic Conference Cancels All SUNY Athletics
The SUNY Athletic Conference announced yesterday that SUNY colleges across the state will not have winter sports seasons. Winter sports impacted by the decision include the conference schedules and championships for men’s and women’s basketball as well as men’s ice hockey. The championships for men’s and women’s swimming & diving and men’s and women’s indoor track & field also have been canceled.

 

Painted Post Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that October 15th, deputies arrested 31-year-old Michael R. Neally of Painted Post due to a Superior Court Warrant issued by the Steuben County Grand Jury. Neally allegedly sold and possessed suspected fentanyl in the Town of Erwin. He was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Neally was arraigned in Steuben County Court and released. The indictment warrant was a result of a multi-agency narcotics investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Village of Bath and City of Corning Police Departments.

 

Mitrano Responds to Reed’s Accusation She’s “Anti-Cop”
Tensions build between incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed and his challenger Tracy Mitrano, after Reed’s campaign released social media posts made by a former staffer of the Mitrano campaign back in 2018 and current staffer for making comments in support of the policy to defund and abolish the police force. Mitrano filed complaints with the FEC and FCC last week over Reed television ads that accuse her of being anti-police. Mitrano held a news conference yesterday to address what she says are lies because she supports funding police and military. Mitrano said upon discovering the unprofessional social media posts made by her staffer in 2018, she told the young organizer she would be fired if she did not resign from the campaign. Mitrano also remarked:
“If we’re going to go back [to 2018], I have not heard Tom Reed denounce his campaign manager for arresting a minister for trying to clean up lawn signs. Or the individuals in Schuyler and Yates County who’ve been arrested for stealing Democratic lawn signs right now. Why doesn’t Tom Reed deal with his own people?”

 

Gillibrand Visits Clemens Center to Talk ReStart Act
Yesterday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited The Clemens Center to call on support for the bipartisan Restart Act, which aims to support live event venues and small-and mid-sized businesses that struggling to recover after months of limited operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a new loan program to fund six months of employer and operating expenses for businesses that have lost significant revenue and need support not adequately provided by the Paycheck Protection Program. The Clemens Center closed its theater in March and is expected to remain closed through next spring. Independent venues forecasted to lose almost 9 billion dollars in revenue if they stay closed to the end of the year and Gillibrand said: “The need for extended relief for arts venues, restaurants, and tourist attractions in Elmira and the state is greater than ever.” Gillibrand says the Payment Protection Program did not go far enough to offset unprecedented revenue losses and the next relief package must prioritize the needs of small businesses so they can survive this economic crisis and continue providing jobs and revenue for local communities.

 

Keuka Watershed Nine Element Plan Releases Latest Newsletter
The Steuben County Legislature’s Agriculture Industry and Planning Committee endorsed the Nine Element Plan two years ago, looking to reduce invasive species as well as the amount of nutrients and sediment entering both Keuka and Seneca Lake. Those nutrients and sediment have been linked to harmful algal blooms. The Nine Element Plan is Steuben county’s three-year project expected to sample streams in the area for pollutants that contributed to the degradation of the watershed, which can lead to health concerns for people and their pets, potentially impacting the local economies and reducing property values. A newsletter will be issued quarterly, to provide information and build support for the Nine Element Plan and future projects with the goal of an ecologically healthier and socially dynamic Keuka-Seneca region. The first newsletter is available at https://senecawatershedio.wordpress.com/9e/   or https://senecawatershedio.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/seneca-keuka-watershed-partnership-september-newsletter-1.pdf

Today's Top Stories - Monday October 19th, 2020

Village of Bath Leaf Collection Starts Today
Today is the annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Residents are asked to please place leaves between the sidewalk and street or edge of street, without covering storm drain grates. Crews will begin collecting leaves on the West Side of the village and work their way Eastward. No brush or trash will be accepted.

 

County Road 119 in Canisteo Closed Next Week
The County Road 119 bridge over the Canisteo River in the Town of Cameron will be closed to all traffic starting one week from now on Monday October 26th through October 30th. The five-day closure affects traffic between McMaster Road and County Route 10 in the Town of Cameron and will enable work on the new CR 119 bridge. Travelers are advised there will not be an onsite detour and to use existing town and county roads to detour the site.

 

Village of Bath Meeting Tonight
The village of Bath will hold its regular meeting online from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight To join by computer, tablet or smartphone:
global.gotomeeting.com/join/170272797. The GoToMeeting app can be downloaded ahead of time. To dial in by phone: 571-317-3122. Access Code: 170-272-797.

 

NY Republican Party Call on Dems to Condemn Friday Protest in Ithaca
The NY Republican Party has called on Governor Cuomo and the New York’s Democratic leaders to condemn Friday’s protest in Ithaca. The protest, which was led by the Democrat Socialists of America’s Ithaca chapter, led to protestors overwhelming counter protesters rallying in support of President Trump, based on a video posted by the Tompkins County GOP Facebook they filmed from their office. They claim Ithaca Police took a half hour to respond to the 9-1-1 call and then directed traffic around the scene. Two women report injured, including a 60-year-old lady who suffered a dislocated shoulder. Tom Reed’s campaign called the incident “disgusting”.

 

Buffalo Bills Play Chiefs Tonight on WABH
The Buffalo Bills take the national stage for the second straight week, this time for a matchup with the reigning Super Bowl champions. It will be a meeting of two prolific offenses, headlined by quarterbacks Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes. Allen ranks second in the NFL in passing yards; Mahomes ranks fourth. The game will air nationally at 5 p.m. Both teams sport a 4-1 record.

 

New York Officially Begins Statewide Bag Ban
New York State begins fully-enforcing its ban on the distribution of plastic bags after the March 1st initial ban was stalled due to a lawsuit by the plastic bag industry held up the state’s enforcement. The lawsuit rejected by the New York State Supreme Court. It is estimated New York uses 23 billion plastic bags each year and that costs recycling facilities at least 1 million dollars a year in damage to equipment.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 17, 2020

56 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that 56 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 882 confirmed cases, 355 of which are currently active. 14 of the individuals are residents of the City of Corning, 10 from the city of Hornell, 9 from the Town of Erwin, 4 for the Town of Bath, 3 for the Town of Corning, 3 from the Village of Wayland, 2 from the villages of Bath and Painted Post, with the rest coming from the Towns of Campbell, Caton, Cohocton, Pulteney, Wayne, and Woodhull, and the Villages of Addison, Arkport, and Canisteo. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. An investigation found 17 individuals are contacts to previously reported positives, 13 are linked with Pathways homes, 11 are linked with Arc of Steuben homes, two had traveled to a state on the advisory list and attended an event, one is an employee of Campbell-Savona School District, one is an employee of Absolut Care Three Rivers, one individual is a resident of Corning Center. and one individual is an employee of Corning Center

 

One new COVID-19 death in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 70.  The individual was a male resident of Corning Center who died at the age of 87.

 

Bath man arrested on drug charges

The Village of Bath Police Department has reported the arrest of Kenneth T.  Turner Jr., age 32, formerly of 518 W. Washington St. He was charged on October 15th, 2020 with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, a class D felony. The charges allege the sale of narcotic preparations in the Village of Bath in 2020. Mr. Turner was arraigned in County Court. Mr. Turner is in jail on other charges, including a parole violation.

 

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and City of Corning PD receive police reform survey results

The Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative being led by the City of Corning and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to proceed along a strong path. This week, stakeholder groups were briefed on survey results from the General Public, Police Officers, and Arrestees. Survey results can be found under the “Police Reform” tab on the front page of City of Corning website. Over 1,700 participated in the survey. In the coming weeks, the project’s core team will be producing a draft plan for final public input, as part of the “analyze" phase of the project.

 

Steuben-endorsed Nine Element plan receives first progress report

The Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization recently released a progress report for the Steuben-endorsed Nine Element plan in the form of the organization’s first newsletter. The newsletter sets the stage for future improvements and potential funding by New York State. The effort to develop the Nine Element Plan, endorsed by the Steuben County Legislature’s Agriculture Industry and Planning Committee two years ago, looks to reduce the amount of nutrients and sediment entering the two Finger Lakes. Those nutrients and sediment have been linked to harmful algal blooms. The Nine Element Plan also will work to reduce invasive species in Keuka and Seneca lakes. Organizers expect the newsletter, which will be issued quarterly, to provide information and build support for the Nine Element Plan and future projects.

 

 

Six with active warrants arrested

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that from October 1st, 2020 to October 15th, 2020, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested the following persons due to active warrants:

Mrs. Bethany Chantelle Andrews, age 32, of West Washington Street, Bath, NY., on October 4th

Mr. Tyrand Terrell Scott, age 41, of Walnut Street, Elmira, NY., on October 6th

Ms. Brittany Rose Hunt, age 30, of Delaware Avenue, Hornell, NY., on October 10th

Ms. Tara Lee Ann Wilcox, age 31 of Main Street, Campbell, NY., on October 10th

Mr. John Ervin Eplin, age 24, of County Route 333, Campbell, NY, on October 11th

Ms. Courtney Sierra Wheeler, age 21, of East First Street, Corning, NY on October 12th

All were remanded to the Steuben County Jail

Today's Top Stories - Friday October 16th, 2020

Free COVID-19 Testing Next Week in Painted Post
The Steuben County Public Health Department has collaborated with the New York State Department of Health, to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing next week at the Beartown Road Alliance Church located at 21 Beartown Road in Painted Post. Testing is free and open to New York State residents and you must pre-register to be tested.
To pre-register, click here.

The times for each day are as follows:

  • Monday, October 19 from 10 am – 4 pm
  • Tuesday, October 20 from 12 pm – 6 pm
  • Wednesday, October 21 from 10 am – 4 pm
  • Thursday, October 22 from 12 pm – 6 pm
  • Friday, October 23rd from 9 am – 2 pm

Those getting tested need to register separately, even if they come in the same car. Participants must stay in their car with windows rolled up until testing occurs. Masks must be worn and you must have identification. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

NYS DOT Reports Route 54A Construction
The State DOT announces construction will be underway along Route 54A (West Lake Road), in the town of Urbana, approximately 2.7 miles north of the Village of Hammondsport. The project is expected to continue for about six weeks, dependent on weather, and replaces an existing culvert along Route 54A near Glen Cove. Two-way traffic will be maintained using an alternating single-lane pattern, controlled by a temporary on-site traffic signal.

 

Pulteney Fire District Holds Budget Hearing Tuesday
The Pulteney Fire District will hold a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss its proposed budget. The Board of Fire Commissioners will accept comments from the public when the hearing begins at 7 p.m. A copy of the proposed spending plan is available at the Pulteney Town Clerk’s office.

 

Town of Campbell Holds Public Hearing Monday 10/26
The Town of Campbell holds a public hearing Monday, October 26th to discuss the two main issues of the town’s preliminary 2021 budget and a plan to override the property tax cap. The hearing will be held in the Town Hall at 7 p.m. on the 26th.

 

Man Arrested for Painted Post Burglary
State Police report an arrest has been made stemming from a Steuben County burglary that occurred earlier this month. Troopers took 40-year-old Joseph Andrews into custody stemming from an October 4th break-in in Painted Post. Andrews was charged with felony third-degree burglary.

 

November 3rd is Deadline for Lapsed NYS Vehicle Inspections
You have until November 3rd to get your car inspected if you let your annual vehicle inspection lapse during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to comply with the latest executive order issued by Governor Cuomo. The Executive Order issued yesterday clearly says the state would not further extend the deadline for expired inspections, which Cuomo previously allowed to remain valid during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic months ago. The same deadline applies for expired driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations. About 10,000 inspection shops in the state could see a rush of customers in the next few weeks as a result of the order.

 

Mitrano Files Formal Complaints Against Reed Campaign for Ad
After Tracy Mitrano received no response from Congressman Tom Reed’s campaign to Mitrano’s cease and desist order over a political ad, the Mitrano campaign is filing formal complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the FCC. Congressman Reed’s campaign ran this ad describing Mitrano as “anti-police” and calling to defund police departments, which Mitrano says is untrue. The Mitrano campaign sent cease and desist letters asking individual TV stations to stop airing the ad on the grounds of defamation of character. Reed and Mitrano are set to debate Tuesday, October 27th.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 15th, 2020

COVID Claims 4 More Steuben County Lives
COVID-19 claimed the lives of four more Steuben County residents. Three of the individuals were residents of Corning Center, and one individual was a resident of the Village of Bath who died while hospitalized. The county death has now reached 69.

 

Health Department Reports 23 More Steuben COVID Cases
Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 23 more county residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 804 confirmed cases, 304 of which are currently active. The investigations indicate one individual is a teacher at Canisteo-Greenwood, two individuals are teachers at the Corning-Painted Post Middle School, one is a teacher at Jasper-Troupsburg Junior/Senior High School, another is a teacher at Avoca Central School, two individuals are employees of Pathways and six individuals are contacts to previously reported positives. County health officials the majority of the new cases involve people between age 20 and 39.

 

Bath Woman Arrested Following Theft Investigation
Steuben County deputies arrested 38-year-old Angela M. Smith of Colonial Lawns in Bath following an investigation of a theft from a retail establishment in the Town of Erwin. Smith allegedly stole a purse containing a credit or debit card while at the retail establishment, and then destroyed evidence associated with that theft. Smith was charged with Grand Larceny and Tampering With Physical Evidence, both class E Felonies.

 

Bath & Gov. Cuomo Both Approve Trick-or-Treating This Halloween
Halloween is happening in the Village of Bath this year despite CDC warnings. Governor Cuomo has given the state the green light for Halloween trick-or-treating while the CDC says activities such as trick-or-treating are high risk and should be avoided. Village of Bath officials have decided to follow state guidelines.

 

Danks-Burke Talks Small Business & Property Tax Reform in Corning
Democratic State Senate candidate Leslie Danks-Burke spoke in Corning yesterday with the goal to bring additional relief programs, as opposed to loans, to Southern Tier businesses if she is elected. Danks-Burke says she wants to hone in on what resources New York can provide to residents outside of New York City and added: "The state needs to stand up for the half of people who do not live in New York City," she said. Danks-Burke also shared plans for local business tax relief, promising to provide one full year of property tax forgiveness for any seasonal business that loses more than 25 percent of its annual revenue. Danks-Burke runs against State Senator Tom O’Mara in the November 3rd General Election.

 

State Funding to be Withheld to Local Govs Not Enforcing Guidelines
New York State announced it will withhold funds for local governments and schools in COVID-19 cluster zones failing to enforce public health laws. The State Department of Health will mail a warning that local governments in cluster zones that they will lose state funding if they fail to enforce state limits on gatherings and the closure of schools. Cuomo also said an additional letter will be sent warning public and private schools in Red Zones or cluster zones that they will lose state funding if they do not comply with state requirements on closure and testing.

 

Juneteenth Signed as Official NYS Holiday
Juneteenth is now an official public holiday in New York state. Earlier this year, Cuomo issued an executive order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees. Juneteenth commemorates the freeing of slaves in the United States.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 14th, 2020

Five More Die from COVID; 91 in Steuben Test Positive
Five more residents of Corning Center have died from COVID-19 related complications with victims in their 80’s and 90’s. Meanwhile, the health department says another 91 county residents have tested positive for coronavirus. This brings the total to 781 confirmed cases, 330 of which are currently active. New cases include 14 individuals who are employees of Upstate Farms Cheese in Campbell; 11 are employees or residents of Pathways; One is an employee of Tuscarora Elementary; One is an employee of Corning Painted Post Middle School; Two are students of Corning Painted Post High School; Two individuals are students of Bradford Central School and one is a student of Campbell-Savona Elementary School. Governor Cuomo said statewide shutdown is possible, but not guaranteed and the state is keeping a close eye of clusters of COVID-19 hotspots that have emerged.

 

Steuben County Inmate Arrested for Possessing Drugs
A 24-year-old Steuben County woman was arrested for allegedly possessing drugs inside the Steuben County Jail. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 24-year-old Megan Dean allegedly possessed “two quantities of suspected fentanyl while incarcerated.” Dean was charged with Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree. Dean was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court, remanded to the Steuben County Jail and is currently committed on several other charges.

 

Bath Man’s “Dad Joke” Page Goes Globally Viral
Bath native Woody Latour has made news on WETM for his contribution of Dad jokes to the community since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. Latour’s daughter gave him the idea to start posting a daily dad joke outside of his Haverling Street home. Initially, people from as far away as Alabama tuned into his Facebook page daily to see what kind of silly dad joke Woody would tell each day. His jokes are brightening spirits all over the world now as far as South Africa and Australia. Our own WVIN has him send them his daily dad joke to air every morning for local listeners.

 

Mitrano Appearing at League of Women Voters ZOOM Forum Tonight
 Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano appears tonight at a League of Women Voters candidates forum on ZOOM at 6:00 p.m. One other contender to represent New York’s 23rd district will appear with her: a Libertarian candidate from Chautauqua County. The League invited incumbent Republican Tom Reed, but he has declined.

 

O’Mara Sponsoring Registration for NYS Parole Board Oversight
State Senator Tom O’Mara will help sponsor legislation in the state Senate to establish stronger legislative oversight of the state Parole Board, which has come under fire over the past two years by O’Mara and other state legislators for its leniency in releasing those convicted of killing police and other individuals with violent criminal histories.

 

BU Investigated by Dept of Education for Incident Last November
Binghamton University is being investigated by the US Department of Education due to concerns over a possible violation of freedom of speech as well as the Higher Education Act. According to WBNG, an incident occurred last November where College Republicans hosted a tabling event in a common space. BU College Republicans they were sharing information with one another about a visiting speaker and the Department of Education says another unaffiliated group displayed signs of support for the Second Amendment, causing roughly 200 students to protest in return with material from the College Republicans being destroyed in the incident. The report says the university supposedly did not protect freedom of speech rights for College Republicans and the University knew that protests would disrupt events the College Republicans were hosting.

 

Corning Inc Contributes Ceramic Shield Technology to iPhone 12
Corning Inc’s “new, cutting-edge material” is part of the Apple’s newly unveiled iPhones. The new Ceramic Shield technology was unveiled as Apple released its new product lineup, including the iPhone 12. Vice President of iPhone Product Marketing  Kaiann Drance gave Corning Inc. a shout-out for their contribution to the device’s latest glass technology. You can pre-order iPhone 12 via Apple starting Oct. 16th for $799.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 24th, 2020

Bradford School Reports 2 Students Positive for COVID
The Bradford Central School district reports two students tested positive for COVID-19. As a result of those cases, the second and sixth grades have been placed into quarantine until October 21st. This news was posted on Facebook by superintendent John Marshall. He added there were “some additional students in other grade levels” who have to be quarantined due to coming into close contact with the two students either on the school bus or at other times.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Burglary
Bath Village Police reported they arrested a 31-year-old Bath man after a burglary investigation. Mickey Pike was charged with felony second degree burglary and misdemeanor petit larceny. He is currently on parole for criminal possession of a controlled substance and was taken to the Steuben County centralized arraignment court where he was arraigned and released. Bath Police say New York State Parole has not yet issued a parole warrant for Pike for allegedly violating the conditions of his release.

 

Steuben County Health Department Reports COVID Uptick
The Steuben County Health Department says they're seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases this and last month, compared to the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak that began in the spring. “A high day for us in March, April and May would be you know 10, 12 cases and we're pretty consistently reporting over 20 a day," says Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler.  Hospitalizations are also reported to be higher in Steuben County. The Steuben County Health Department says they will be reporting the new number of COVID-19 active cases and additional information sometime today. 

 

Bills Play Tonight on WABH
It’s game time for the Bills tonight. With the undefeated Bills and Titans set to play tonight at 7 p.m., there will be four unbeaten teams left after week five. In the past two seasons, the last remaining undefeated teams, Rams in 2018 and 49ers in 2019 made it all the way to the Super Bowl. For the Bills, they are looking to start 5-0 for the first time since 1991. It would also be the Bills first five-game win streak since 2004. Hear the 7pm game tonight on WABH 1380 AM and 100.3FM or go to www.wabh1380.com to stream.

 

Reed at Geneva Rally Today ; Mitrano Holds Meeting Tomorrow
Republicans will be turning out in support of Congressman Tom Reed at an endorsement rally at the Geneva Printing Company this afternoon. State and local Republican politicians like Senator Pam Helming and State Supreme Court Candidate Vince DiNolfo, among several others, will show up to support Reed. Reed’s opponent, Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano will appear at a League of Women Voters candidates forum on ZOOM tomorrow night at 6pm. A Libertarian candidate from Chautauqua County will join her as a contender to represent the 23rd Congressoinal District. The League of Women Voters invited incumbent Republican Tom Reed to the Zoom meeting, but he has declined.

 

E-Z Passes Encouraged as Thruway Tolls go Cashless in 2021
Drivers don’t need an E-ZPass to travel on the Thruway, but starting next year, they may want one. New York State Thruway tolls will be cashless by the end of this year and drivers are being encouraged to get E-ZPass devices. If they don’t, they can still go through tolls, but they will be charged more. Those who don’t have an E-ZPass will pay 30 percent higher tolls and a $2 surcharge for each bill sent through the mail.

Today's Top Stories - Monday October 12th, 2020

Addison School Returns To Hybrid Learning Tomorrow
Addison Central School will return to a hybrid learning schedule starting tomorrow. Hybrid learning  will be implemented in the school district with the exception of one classroom at Tuscarora Elementary School, where a staff member recently tested positive for COVID-19. The first day of classes, tomorrow, will be a “B” in-person day.

 

Bath Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges
Bath man Jason York faces several drug-related felony charges. The 41-year-old York allegedly sold narcotics in the Village of Bath this past spring. He was arraigned on 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance.

 

Village of Bath Leaf Collection Starts in One Week
The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents begins in one week on Monday, October 19th. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Residents are asked to please place leaves between the sidewalk and street or edge of street, without covering storm drain grates. Crews will begin collecting leaves on the West Side of the village and work their way Eastward. No brush or trash will be accepted.

 

Market Street Eater “FLX Hospitality” Opening Soon
A new eatery on Market Street in Corning will open its doors to the public in the coming months. Formerly known as the old Tony R Steakhouse, the building will be renovated into a wine enthusiast restaurant chain called "FLX Hospitality" adding to the chain with locations already in Geneva, Rochester and Dundee. No specific opening date has been announced but according to a sign on the storefront window, they are now hiring for the new location and eager to join the Corning community.


Steuben and Southern Tier Face Moderate Drought
Steuben County and portions of the Southern Tier remain in a moderate drought resulting in a continued elevation of fire danger. Worse conditions are reported meanwhile in Northern New York around Lewis County as this region experiences severe drought.

 

Bills’ Game Schedule Changes Following NFL COVID Cases
The Buffalo Bills will play tomorrow night on WABH against the Titans in Nashville at 7pm. Scheduling changes have also been made to The Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Week 6 game which has been moved from this Thursday to Monday, October 19th at 5:00 p.m. The Titans reported another positive test result for COVID-19 involving one of the coaches Sunday and at this time, it's unclear if the game will be pushed back again. To hear the game, tune into WABH 1380 AM, FM 100.3 or stream online at 1380wabh.com  

 

Steuben DSS Announces P-EBT Relief & Online Applications
Steuben County DSS announced those in Steuben County looking to apply for food, heating, Medicaid and temporary assistance benefits may now apply online. Applications for those benefits are located at the site: mybenefits.ny.gov where people can apply for one or multiple programs and upload supporting documents once they have created an account, they can apply directly or upload documents at a later time using the new free mobile app, NYDocSubmit. Parents or caretakers of a child who received free or reduced priced meals in school during the 2019-2020 school year will be receiving the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits. There is no need to apply for P-EBT benefits as families should receive a benefit card in the mail. Any family that meets these criteria and has does not receive a card from the State should contact the P-EBT Food Benefits Helpline at 1-833-452-0096.
For more information about P-EBT please visit:
https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Pandemic-EBT.asp
Those looking to learn if they’re eligible or current benefits recipients who are unable to use the online services should contact Steuben County DSS at (607) 664-2000, and leave a message with a contact number for a follow-up interview. For immediate help, call 2-1-1.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 10, 2020

36 new cases of COVID-19 in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that 36 new Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the county total to 690 confirmed cases, 266 of which are currently active. 12 of the individuals are residents of the City of Corning, 8 are residents of the Town of Campbell, 4 from the Town of Corning, 2 from the village of Addison, with the rest from the towns of Bath, Bradford, Hornby, Thurston, Urbana, Wayne, the villages of Canisteo, Riverside, and South Corning, and the City of Hornell. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. An investigation of the individuals found four are residents of Corning Center, two are employees of Corning Center, two are employees of Upstate Farms Cheese in Campbell, Four are employees of Pathways, one is an employee of the Campbell-Savona School District, one is an employee of Tuscarora Elementary School, one is an employee of Corning-Painted Post High School, one is an employee of GST Boces Bush Campus, and nine individuals are contacts to known positives.

 

Steuben County reports three new COVID-19 deaths

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification of the death of three individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 60. One was an 85-year-old female, one was a 69-year-old male, and one was a 66-year-old male. All three were residents of Corning Center.

 

Bath man arrested after drug bust

Christopher Aldrich of Bath was arrested this past Thursday morning after a no-knock search warrant was carried out by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident Response Team. The warrant led to the discovery of fentanyl, methamphetamine, scales, and baggies to be used for the sale of controlled substances. Aldrich was taken into custody and charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Police also say that Aldrich also had a misdemeanor DWI warrant from the Town of Woodhull Court. Aldrich was processed at the Bath Police Department and taken to CAP court where, due to multiple felony convictions, bail was not set. The Village of Bath Police Department says that a future charge of criminal nuisance in the first degree will also be made for “maintaining a residence for the purpose of the unlawful sale of controlled substances and deriving a benefit from such unlawful conduct.”

 

Fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents to begin October 19th

The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents is slated to begin Monday, October 19th. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Residents are asked to please place leaves between the sidewalk and street or edge of street, without covering storm drain grates. Crews will begin collecting leaves on the West Side of the village and work their way East. No brush or trash will be accepted.

 

Addison Central School District announces return to hybrid learning schedule

Effective Tuesday, October 13th, the Addison Central School will return to a hybrid learning schedule, with the exception of one classroom at Tuscarora Elementary School, where a staff member recently tested positive for COVID-19. The first day of classes, October 13th, will be a “B” in-person day.

Today's Top Stories - Friday Octobef 9th, 2020

Bath Man Arrested for Burglary
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested 28-year-old James M. Sick of West Morris Street, Bath, New York following an investigation of a burglary in progress at a residence on Stever Road, Avoca, New York. It is alleged that Mr. Sick entered and remained unlawfully in the dwelling with the intent to steal property. Sick was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony, and Petit Larceny. Mr. Sick was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

 

Steuben Reports One COVID-19 Death and 21 New Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports the death of a 71-year-old male resident of Corning Center previously testing positive to COVID-19 and brings the COVID-19 total deaths in Steuben county to 57. 21 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 654 confirmed cases, 245 of which are currently active.  The individuals are four residents of the Town of Erwin, three from Town of Campbell, two from City of Corning, two from the Village of Bath and one each from the City of Hornell, Town of Bath, Town of Cohocton, Town of Lindley, Town of Urbana, Town of Woodhull, Village of Canisteo, Village of Painted Post,  Village of Riverside and  Village of Savona. Individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. 

 

Steuben May Be Seeing Second Wave of COVID Cases
While Steuben County deals with cluster outbreaks of positive COVID-19 cases, public health officials worry that what they are seeing is a second wave. The current number of 245 active cases has been steadily on the rise since early-September when the first cases were identified at a local nursing home. County Public Health Director Darlene Smith says this could be our second wave and hopes it is, “because if it’s not and a different second wave is still coming, that could be a big problem.” Smith’s contention is that a major reason for the surge in cases is due to residents disregarding essential practices to keep the virus down. For example, large parties have been reported where people are gathering and by not observing safe distances as well as a lack of mask-wearing.

 

Buffalo Bills Games Rescheduled 
Scheduling changes for the Buffalo Bills have been prompted by a rise in COVID-19 cases in the NFL. The League says Sunday’s Bills and Tennessee Titans game has been bumped to Tuesday night at 7 p.m. There is no guarantee that the game will take place since more than a dozen Titans have tested positive for virus. If the game is played, then Thursday’s Kansas City at Buffalo matchup will be moved to sometime during next weekend. WABH will still have all your Bills action!

 

County Jail Inmate Arrested for Assaulting Officer
A Steuben County jail inmate faces new felony charges for allegedly attacking and strangling a Jail Corrections Officer. 24-year-old Richard Freeland of Addison has been charged in the Monday attack. The Officer was transported and treated at a medical facility. Freeland was charged with Strangulation in the Second Degree and Assault While Confined in a Correctional Facility, both Class D Felonies. He was arraigned and returned to jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

 

Bath VA Hosts Annual Stand Down Event in Horseheads
Yesterday, the Bath Veterans Affairs held their annual stand down event in Horseheads to donate supplies to homeless veterans. Organizers adapted the event to a drive-through this year under new state COVID guidelines. Volunteers, some of whom were veterans themselves, were provided surplus military items from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to give out food staple boxes as well as bags that had everything from blankets, to face masks, to books, and cookies. Donations come from a long list of other supplies from community providers. Volunteers were happy to practice and act on the value of helping veterans.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 8th, 2020

The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents begins next  Monday, October 19th 2020. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Village crews will begin collecting leaves on the West Side of the village upon the completion of the West Side the crews will begin collection on the East Side of the village. Residents are asked to please place leaves between the sidewalk and street or edge of street, without covering storm drain grates. ABSOLUTELY NO BRUSH OR TRASH WILL BE ACCEPTED Anyone with Questions may call the Village Street Department during the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. @ 776-6321

 

Four more Corning Center residents have died from COVID-related illnesses and 29 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed as the COVID-19 cluster outbreak continues to grow in Steuben County. New cases include: Corning Center, Siemen’s Energy in Painted Post, Corning-Painted Post school and Upstate Farms Cheese. More cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Allegany County. As of last nights update, there were 23 active cases and 265 people are in isolation or quarantine. 55 new cases were reported in Chemung county yesterday.

 

The recent Steuben County Real Property Auction saw 16 properties change hand, with gross proceeds totaling $296,250. Held in the Steuben County Annex, through virtual access and limited attendance due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the auction featured fewer parcels. Typically, between 50 and 60 parcels are on the block during less-restricted years. County officials say the purpose of the auction is to recover back taxes and put the properties back on the tax rolls, not to seize property. The county Finance Office allows owners who cannot pay their taxes the option of a monthly installment plan, for a 1 percent monthly interest charge. There are specific requirements for eligibility for an installment payment arrangement.

 

Though President Trump told his negotiators yesterday to stop discussions with Democrats about a new stimulus bill until after the November election, Congressman Tom Reed and members of his bi-partisan Problems Solvers Caucus say they have been hard at work over the last several weeks trying to get a deal for the American people. Yesterday, Reed said he and the group are not giving up hope on a deal. He also added that the parties were extremely close to reaching an agreement to a relief deal to reach the American people. Reed believes there are various elements preventing the deal finishing now that include: finalization of language on who receives stimulus money or how, fine-tuning unemployment benefits and clearly articulating concrete numbers in the budget. Yesterday, the White House said the administration is open to working with Congress on other stand-alone measures, but not on a wide-ranging package.

 

Tracy Mitrano held a press conference in Corning earlier today where she spoke out against Congressman Tom Reed's claim in of his ads that she was “anti-police”. During the press conference, Mitrano stated she was sending a cease and desist letter to Reed's office and said the campaign commercial is 'a lie about her position with respect to law enforcement.'  Mitrano also noted Reed's advertisement could cause  further political division and distract voters from their stances on other political topics.

 

The popular local volunteer program Steuben County RSVP that has saved Steuben County municipalities and agencies an average of $1.4 million each year is operating under a new name: Americorps Seniors but will continue operations as a Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) serving Steuben County. AmeriCorps Seniors Coordinator Christine Towner said the change will mean more efficient and effective services in Steuben at a time when volunteer efforts are needed more than ever in a post-COVID-19 world. “As the nation continues to grapple with the challenges of COVID-19 and other disasters, the demand for volunteers is growing,” Towner says. For more information, go to https://www.nationalservice.gov/

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 7th, 2020

The National Weather Service-issued wind advisory for Steuben County continues to 8pm this evening. Forecasters say gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could likely be blown down and a few power outages could result. Strongest winds are expected during today’s afternoon hours across the area.

 

Steuben County has 20 new cases of COVID-19 as of this morning. Latest cases are people that live in Canisteo, Corning and Bath. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.

 

New York state has extended the expiration dates of vehicle inspections, registrations, and driver licenses for another month. The new order expires November 3rd and the original order signed by Cuomo expired Sunday. The extension’s purpose is to encourage state residents to save the trip and stay home to help minimize the spread of COVID.

 

Leader of Steuben County SCOPE, Douglas Mitchell says that the county chapter will be providing free cable-style gun locks at four different locations in the area: Double L’s in Arkport, Louie’s Gun Shop in Bath, Southern Tier Sporting Goods in Savona and Bullseye Shooter’s Supply in Painted-Post/Gang Mills. The free locks are made possible by the gun safety group Project Child Safety and Department of Justice Grant. To hear more about the effort and other SCOPE outreach, listen to the interview on tomorrow’s morning show with Dave Taylor Smith or go online to the Community Focus Podcast Section to find the Douglas Mitchell interview with Sonya Ellison.

 

A 35-year-old Bath woman now faces a half dozen felony-level drug crimes. Bath Police report they arrested 35-year-old Elizabeth Gee  at the Holland American Hotel in Bath. Mullen said his department acted on Steuben County Superior Court Arrest Warrants. Gee was charged with a total of 6 class D felonies, 3 for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in Fifth Degree and 3 for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. The investigation began late last year regarding the sales of crystal methamphetamine from 18 W. Steuben St. in the Village of Bath. Gee was arraigned and released. Police said Gee has a class B felony charge pending from the December 2019 search warrant executed at 18 W. Steuben Street.

 

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says last year, almost $17 billion was raised in sales tax revenue, which represents almost 10 percent of all local government revenue. This is according to a comprehensive report on local sales tax just released by the Comptroller. Every county and city in the state, along with many towns and villages, depend on these funds to pay for essential services and operations, revealing the statewide impact of the revenue losses from the pandemic. DiNapoli says COVID-19 has decimated local sales tax revenue this year and blew holes in the budgets of municipalities across New York State.  He said just as local, small businesses can’t rebuild alone, our local governments don’t have the means to do this themselves. Therefore, direct aid from the federal government is needed to help local communities recover.

 

“Unshackle Upstate”, political organization that describes itself as “pro-jobs and pro-taxpayer’s advocacy” endorsed the re-election of State Senator Tom O’Mara – one of only 11 incumbent State Senate endorsements the group is issuing in 2020.  In addition to its Senate endorsements, Unshackle Upstate has also endorsed Assembly members Chris Friend, Joe Giglio and Phil Palmesano.

 

Governor Cuomo is defending his decision to not wear a mask an indoor press conference yesterday in response to questions from reporters. Along with five aides, the Governor also went mask-less yesterday. Meanwhile journalists that were close to one another wore their masks. Cuomo says since he was more than six feet away from the journalists, it was not unsafe.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

Steuben County continues to control a new surge of COVID-19. Yesterday, health officials reported the 52nd death who was 82-year-old resident of Corning Center who died in the hospital. Also reported yesterday was 36 new COVID-19 cases. The county now has 209 active cases. Just a partial list of new infections include: workers at Upstate Farms Cheese and Pathway, a teacher at Campbell-Savona School District, an employee of the Addison school, a student at Dana Lyon Middle School in Bath and Two more are students at Corning-Painted Post High School.

 

Leader of Steuben County SCOPE, Douglas Mitchell says that the county chapter will be providing free cable-style gun locks at four different locations in the area: Double L’s in Arkport, Louie’s Gun Shop in Bath, Southern Tier Sporting Goods in Savona and Bullseye Shooter’s Supply in Painted-Post/Gang Mills. The free locks are made possible by the gun safety group Project Child Safety and Department of Justice Grant. To hear more about the effort and other SCOPE outreach, listen to the interview on Thursday’s morning show with Dave Taylor Smith or go online to the Podcast Section to find our WVIN Community Focus interview.

 

Steuben deputies arrested 25-year-old Mikel C. Beer of Savona following an investigation of reported domestic violence. Beer allegedly struck, choked, pushed and restrained a member of his family or household while at a residence on State Route 226 in the Town of Bradford. The victim was treated by an emergency medical service at the scene. Beer was charged with Strangulation in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree and Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree then arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

The Leslie Danks-Burke for State Senate Campaign announced her office will hold a Day of Action this Saturday October 10th from 10am to 3pm at her headquarters on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen. Danks-Burke is running against incumbent Republican State Senator of the 58th District Tom O’Mara. The Democrat will host a DONUTS & DIALS phonebank from 10AM-noon, a Virtual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch from noon-1pm and a Virtual phonebank from 1-3 pm this Saturday.
 FOR MORE DETAILS, RSVP HERE: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/2402552358011670016


Leslie Danks-Burke in the Howard area Saturday when she visted Lain's Cider Mill in Canisteo and Smith-Lowell Farm in Hornell

 

SUNY Cortland announced a pause on all in-person classes and activities following an increase in COVID cases which now stands at 101 which means SUNY Cortland has met the threshold to transition to remote learning under New York State Department of Health guidance. Many of the cases are from off-campus students. Elmira College reports another spike in COVID-19 cases following a reported cluster on campus.

 

According to the college’s online dashboard, 25 new cases were reported late Sunday evening. And brings the total number of active cases among students to 126. Additionally, one additional employee has tested positive. Yesterday, Elmira College temporarily moved to online learning.

Following the death of prominent attorney Steve Barnes and niece Elizabeth in a Genesee County plane crash, the search for human remains continues today at the scene in Batavia. Steven Barnes was piloting the craft and was last heard telling air traffic control he was fine. Controllers grew concerned at the rate of descent of the plane soon after. Moments later observing this, the craft vanished from radar. Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron said it could take up to a year or more for the NTSB to make a final determination on the cause of the crash.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 3, 2020

35 new cases of COVID-19 in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that 35 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, brining the county total to 548 confirmed cases, 185 of which are currently active. Eleven of the confirmed cases were from the City of Corning, four from the Town of Prattsburgh, two from the Towns of Bath, Cameron, Hornellsville, Addison, and Rathbone, while the rest came from the Towns of Campbell, Caton, Cohocton, Corning, Erwin, Hornby, Thurston, and the Villages of Bath, Savona, and Wayland. An investigation found four individuals are residents of the Corning Center, nine are employees of the Corning Center, three work for various ambulance services, three are employees of Upstate Farms Cheese in Campbell, nine had contact with known positives, one is a student at Frederick Carter Elementary School, and one is an employee of the Addison School District. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.

 

One new COVID-19 death in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 51.  The individual was a 71-year-old female resident of Corning Center.

 

New York State Senate hopeful to host meet and greet

New York State Senate hopeful, Democrat Leslie Danks Burke is set to hold a meet and greet with potential voters from the Canisteo, Hornell, and Howard area. The event is slated to begin today at 11:30 a.m., at Lain’s Cider Mill, 6226 Lain Road, in Canisteo. Cider and donuts will be provided.

 

Mossy Bank Park Program cancelled due to COVID concerns

The Mossy Bank Park Program, the program meant to take you on a walk through the woods and teach the principles of Leave No Trace that was slated to take place today, beginning at 10:00 a.m. has been cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19.

 

Governor Cuomo to send care package to first family

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would be sending President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania a “New York Cares’ get well soon care package as the two recently tested positive for COVID-19. “We’re going to be sending the President and First Lady a New York Cares package, just to give them some comfort as they go through this,” Cuomo said. The Governor did not mention what would be included with the care package. He did say “Politics aside, we can have political differences and Lord knows I have political differences with the President, and we’re both New Yorkers, so we’re not shy about speaking our mind. We wish him all very well, a speedy recovery both to him and the First Lady. This creates a lot of anxiety. I’ve gone through this in my family. I’m sure his children are worried.”

 

Governor Cuomo rolls out new mental health regulations for insurers

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday new regulations that will require insurers to make policies and procedures that ensure health care is sufficient for those dealing with mental health and substance abuse disorders. The Parity Compliance Program regulations, which were proposed by the New York State Department of Financial Services and Department of Health, will go into effect December 29th of this year.

Today's Top Stories - Friday October 2nd, 2020

Steuben County reports 15 additional cases of COVID-19 and that the latest COVID-19 victim is a 72-year-old male resident of Corning Center who died while hospitalized. The latest reported infections bring the total to 513 confirmed cases, 159 of which are currently active.  13 residents are from Corning, and one each is from the Town of Bath and the Village of Painted Post. Individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. 

 

A week ago, Prattsburgh School was closed after a BOCES employee who visited the school the week prior tested positive for COVID-19. Last night, a statement from Prattsburgh Superintendent Kory Bay was posted on the school’s Facebook page where he said the District was “presently working through a situation with the Steuben County Department of Health, and this process will take the day to resolve.” Bay posted Sunday night on the school’s website that a student tested positive for COVID-19. Bay says the school was working with the DOH to contact trace and make further decisions about when and how to reopen.

 

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested 31-year-old Michael Shepherd of Bath or offering one false instrument for filling to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. Shepherd allegedly received benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services in the amount of $1,348.00 that he was not eligible to receive. He is charged with one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree  and one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth degree. He was also found to have an active violation of probation warrant issued out of Steuben County Court. Shepherd was remanded to the Steuben County Jail.

 

After news President Trump and First Lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, both Congressman Reed and Governor Cuomo expressed their wishes of support and wellness by releasing statements. Reed sent his prayers and best wishes to the President and First Lady while wishing them a speedy recovery and added "This is a moment that, I beleive, we as leaders can demonstrate who we are as a country." Governor Cuomo also said his thoughts are with the President and Melania while wishing them a speedy recovery, adding: "The virus is vicious and spreads easily. Wear a mask. Let's all look out for each other." 

 

New York State has created the new app called COVID Alert NY to notify users of potential COVID-19 exposure while maintaining user privacy and security. The app is available in English and 5 other languages for those 18 and over. COVID Alert NY will use Exposure Notification System technology to notify users if they have been in close contact (within six feet for at least 10 minutes) with someone testing positive for COVID. Visit: ny.gov/covidalerts for more information about the app.

 

The State DEC says its Drought Watch to the Southern Tier region, which includes Steuben and Chemung counties, has been expanded. Southern Tier waters users are urged to avoid wasting water while monitoring their usage. Since spring, dry conditions and low precipitation across the state have resulted in reduced water availability and reduced streamflow with many streams seeing record lows for this time of year. Some tips to conserve water include: raising your lawn mower cutting height, fixing dripping and leaking faucets and toilets, only using automatic lawn watering systems when it is dry or with a gauge to control water usage, watering lawns and gardens on alternate days and sweeping sidewalks instead of hosing them.

 

This week, Congressman Tom Reed joined Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady for discussion on a host of tax and trade issues, including the Paycheck Protection Program, payroll taxes, the significance of USMCA, and opportunities to boost domestic manufacturing as part of . Reed’s 6th annual Manufacturing Summit. The summit is a week-long event to connect manufacturers and entrepreneurs with policymakers and industry experts to ensure access to needed resources, support, and information.

 

A Greece man who threatened two Democrat politicians will serve six months in prison.  Salvatore Lippa II pleaded guilty to threatening to assault and murder a federal officer on account of the performance of their official duties and interstate communication of a threat back in June after Lippa admitted he threatened the lives of Congressman Adam Schiff and US Senator Chuck Schumer.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 1st, 2020

Haverling athletic events will be starting soon according to Haverling Athletic Director Randy Abrams. Abrams says as a notice to the public, these events will be limited to only two relatives of each player and only with a pre-issued pass due to current Steuben County Department of Health guidelines. The events are closed to the general public at this time. The district is working on streaming options for some of the games and will release that information when available.

 

 A Steuben County man is in jail after a drug bust. Bath Village Police say 25-year-old Shannon Brockway allegedly sold fentanyl this past spring on West Steuben Street in Bath. Brockway faces a list of felony charges that includes 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. A Police said a parole warrant had been issued. Brockway is held at the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Public health officials say over half of the latest active COVID-19 cases in Steuben County are linked to the Corning Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. The total number of cases at the facility spiked to to 83 as of mid-week, with 57 residents having contracted the virus. Employees accounted for 26 of the positive cases. A total of 146 cases of COVID-19 are active in Steuben County. Click here to check out the County’s interactive dashboard.

 

The Bath Village Board will hold a special and virtual meeting tomorrow to discuss a resolution for the village of Bath courts to apply for a grant. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. Friday.

 

Restaurants and bars in Steuben as well as Chemung counties are adapting their hours and dining rules following the latest cluster outbreaks of COVID-19 in the area. Hand and Foot closed for this weekend initially out of caution and later announced it will be staying closed for the time-being until the local of COVID-19 caseload declines. Management says no one on their staff has tested positive for the virus. Woodhouse is also closed until further notice for sanitation and deep-cleaning.

 

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) formally announced its endorsement of incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed’s reelection. To be eligible for this endorsement, candidates must acknowledge a role for the federal government in reducing America’s carbon emissions and developing a robust clean energy industry, as well as demonstrate leadership on policy initiatives related to climate change and emissions reduction. CRES Executive Director Heather Reams says Reed played a role in advancing clean energy technology that created 159,000 new jobs across the state.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 30th, 2020

Sixteen properties are up for bid during the 2020 Steuben County Real Property Auction set for Friday, October 2nd .The auction will take place in two sessions scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and held in the county Annex in Bath. Due to restrictions on gathering size, those able to do so are asked to bid online and must pre-register before 4 p.m. today to bid during the auctions. Those unable to bid online must pre-register before 4 p.m. today in order to maintain gathering-size guidance. Those attending the auction in person will be screened in line with COVID-19 protocols before entering the building and be required to wear a mask.
For more information, go to the county website at www.steuben.org or pirrunginc.com

 

With 35 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Steuben County, bringing the number of active cases to 136. The investigations indicate a total of 51 infections among the residents of Corning Center Nursing Home, 21 of which are new infections. Four deaths have occurred there and employee ceases has grown to 25. County Health Director Darlene Smith said the Corning Center cluster has been happening for about a month. Smith said right now the source of the outbreak is hard to say.

 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that the State has expanded its Drought Watch to the Southern Tier drought region, which includes Cattaraugus, Alleghany, Steuben, and Chemung counties.

 

Announced yesterday was the 2020-2021 hunting schedule for the region’s state parks. Archery, shotgun, muzzleloader, and small game duck, Canada geese, and snow geese hunting is allowed in local parks in the Finger Lakes Region. Hunters must reference the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hunting and trapping guide for dates and hunting rules.Hunters must check with park office to obtain a self-issue permit for any hunting. 

 

The November 3rd General Election is seeing a record number of absentee ballots submitted via mail thanks to the late hours spent by the Steuben County Board of Elections and volunteers this week. Election commissioners said the board has received over 4,600 absentee ballot applications.

 

The Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers, Inc. has endorsed the re-election of State Senator Tom O’Mara in New York State’s 58th Senate District. The NYS Troopers PBA represents more than 6,000 active and retired, uniformed members of the New York State Police, from the rank of Trooper through the rank of Major, including many within the 58th District whose service, past and present, included public safety and protection across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. O’Mara said it’s truly a privilege to have earned their confidence and support.

 

Four Alfred University students are currently confirmed as positive for COVID-19 and remain in isolation. 54 students in quarantine, on and off campus, related to the students in isolation as a result of contact tracing. In Monday’s surveillance testing, the testing team administered the pooled saliva test to 129 students. Those students who were assigned to Monday’s testing schedule but did not appear for testing on Monday will be required to meet with the Dean of Student Wellbeing for sanctions under the student conduct policies, and possible suspension or expulsion.

 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday September 29th, 2020

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification 23 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 448 confirmed cases, 101 of which are currently active.  The individuals are 5 residents of the City of Corning, 4 from the Town of Campbell, 3 from the Town of Hornby, 2 from the Town of Thurston and one each from the Towns of Addison, Bath, Caton, Erwin, Prattsburgh, Rathbone and Villages of Bath, Painted Post and Wayland. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. 

 

Steuben County Vulnerable Youth Program Coordinator Lisa Baker says youth these days become increasingly dependent on the internet for school socialization which makes them vulnerable to predatory actions and “Now, as a result of the COVID Pandemic, all youth face an increased risk.” Safely navigating social media is the focus of the upcoming, free 2020 Anti-Trafficking Summit  called “Making Connections”, which is set for October 5th – 9th, with two daily virtual sessions. Session times are available on the registration form. Topics include: the impact of COVID-19 on the Online Underground Commercial Sex Economy, Social Networking, Virtual Community Awareness and Telehealth, Mitigating Suicide Risk for Trafficked Runaway and Homeless Youth, Navigating Virtual Prevention Work During COVID-19 and more. To register for any or all sessions, go to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehaqunts0b122af0&oseq=&c=d5de3960-3131-11e9-8a60-d4ae52a82222&ch=d63a8a30-3131-11e9-8a87-d4ae52a82222

 

A Rock and Roll icon, a pioneer advocate for disabled people and the first Director of Steuben County Emergency Services and Fire Coordination were unanimously approved by the Steuben County Legislature for induction into the 2020 county Hall of Fame. Inductees were selected from a field of more than 30 candidates and include : Duane Eddy - a Corning native, called by many the most successful and influential instrumentalist in Rock and Roll history, Arthur Hansen - A First Lieutenant with the Army Corps of Engineers in the Pacific during World War II and founder of The ARC of Steuben in 1964, and Canisteo native Donald Merring who was was appointed to the US Naval Academy and later a member of the Canisteo Fire Department (CFD) since January 1960 and continues to actively respond almost daily to emergency situations as a fire equipment operator and ambulance driver. Since 1976, nearly 460 people have been nominated with 149 individuals inducted into Steuben Hall of Fame. Due to restrictions on social gatherings, a reception for this year's inductees will be held at a later date.
For a list Steuben County Hall of Fame members, go to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=357

 

The gym at HealthWorks in Painted Post is closed today for clean-up after a small fire broke out in the locker room area last night. Only the fitness center is affected by this closure. Guthrie Erwin medical offices, rehabilitation, sleep studies and other medical services are open for regular services today.No injuries were reported in the fire and the cause is under investigation.

 

Corning Mayor Bill Boland has endorsed fellow Democrat Tracy Mitrano in her campaign to represent New York’s 23rd congressional district. Mitrano hopes to win that seat from incumbent Tom Reed, a Republican and a former mayor of Corning himself.

 

The Steuben County Legislature on Monday awarded a total of $6.1 million to low bidders for the Phase II Court and County Offices Renovation Project. Phase II work includes significant renovations to the County Office Building, and county court complex in keeping with mandated state court reform. Work may begin as early as next week with completion set for 2023, according to county Manager Jack Wheeler. Lawmakers will also receive a formal presentation on the 2021 proposed budget on November 12th. Work on the budget is already under way, with the first legislative workshop set to follow the county Legislature’s Finance Committee regular 10 am meeting October 13th.

Today's Top Stories - Monday September 28th 2020

Candidates for the 2020 Steuben County Hall of Fame were confirmed this morning by the county Legislature. Since 1976, nearly 460 people have been nominated with 149 individuals inducted into Steuben Hall of Fame. Due to restrictions on social gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a reception for this year's inductees will be held at a later date. 

 

Fourteen more people were hospitalized Sunday in New York State for COVID-19. Right now, 541 people statewide are hospitalized. 155 people are in the Intensive Care Unit…that number is down by nine patients. Six more deaths were also reported yesterday. Positive cases in Steuben County continue to surge.

 

A weekend fire in Big Flats claimed the life of a man. The home on West Hill Road was completely destroyed. Two family dogs were also killed. Other occupants in the home were able to escaped. Ten fire departments responded. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

 

The Steuben County Legislature officially requested today the current state of emergency imposed by New York State be lifted, giving county officials the ability to set suitable guidelines for local operations.
Some legislators cited concerns about the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the county. The request will be forwarded to the state Governor and Legislature. County lawmakers also approved:
· Awarding a total of $6.1 million to low bidders for the Phase II Court and County Offices 
Renovation Project. Vendors include general construction, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and controls.
Phase II work includes significant renovations to the County Office Building, and county court complex 
in keeping with mandated state court reform. The Phase II work may begin as early as next week with 
completion set for 2023, according to county Manager Jack Wheeler.
· Setting 10 am, Nov. 12 for the formal presentation of the 2021 county budget. Work on the budget 
is already under way, with the first legislative workshop set to follow the Finance 
Committee regular 10 am meeting Oct. 13th.

 

Local employment appears to be rising after a an economically chaotic spring. Steuben County's jobless rate fell to 9 percent in August as the number of county residents on the unemployment rolls decreased by 1,800 from the previous month of July when the rate was 11.7 percent. These numbers are according to the New York State Department of Labor.

 

Steuben County residents lined up at the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post Saturday for the second and final day of drive-through COVID-19 testing sponsored by the county Public Health Department through the New York State Department of Health. The event  also drew staff from other county services such as Buildings and Grounds, Public Works and the Office of Emergency Services as well as the VA in Bath.

 

The Steuben County Board of Elections announced important deadlines for the upcoming General Election on November 3rd. Dates include:
· October 9th – Last day to apply in person or postmark a voter registration form for the November 3rd
Election.
· October 14th – All voter registration forms must be received by Oct.14.
· October 27th- Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot.
· November 2nd – Last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot
· Novemebr 3rd – Last day to deliver a general election absentee ballot in person to the County
Board of Election, any Steuben County poll site or in the Absentee ballot Drop Box 
located in the entry way of the County Office Building.
The commissioners also announced the final, complete list of polling site changes. All other poll site will 
remain where they have been during previous elections.
For a complete list of polling sites, go to https://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19
For the Steuben County Poll Locator, go to https://www.steubencony.org/Elect-Polling-
Places/Poll_lookup.aspx
For more information, call (607) 664-2240

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today's Top Stories - Monday September 28th 2020

Candidates for the 2020 Steuben County Hall of Fame were confirmed this morning by the county Legislature. Since 1976, nearly 460 people have been nominated with 149 individuals inducted into Steuben Hall of Fame. Due to restrictions on social gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a reception for this year's inductees will be held at a later date. 

 

Fourteen more people were hospitalized Sunday in New York State for COVID-19. Right now, 541 people statewide are hospitalized. 155 people are in the Intensive Care Unit…that number is down by nine patients. Six more deaths were also reported yesterday. Positive cases in Steuben County continue to surge.

 

A weekend fire in Big Flats claimed the life of a man. The home on West Hill Road was completely destroyed. Two family dogs were also killed. Other occupants in the home were able to escaped. Ten fire departments responded. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

 

The Steuben County Legislature officially requested today the current state of emergency imposed by New York State be lifted, giving county officials the ability to set suitable guidelines for local operations.
Some legislators cited concerns about the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the county. The request will be forwarded to the state Governor and Legislature. County lawmakers also approved:
· Awarding a total of $6.1 million to low bidders for the Phase II Court and County Offices 
Renovation Project. Vendors include general construction, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and controls.
Phase II work includes significant renovations to the County Office Building, and county court complex 
in keeping with mandated state court reform. The Phase II work may begin as early as next week with 
completion set for 2023, according to county Manager Jack Wheeler.
· Setting 10 am, Nov. 12 for the formal presentation of the 2021 county budget. Work on the budget 
is already under way, with the first legislative workshop set to follow the Finance 
Committee regular 10 am meeting Oct. 13th.

 

Local employment appears to be rising after a an economically chaotic spring. Steuben County's jobless rate fell to 9 percent in August as the number of county residents on the unemployment rolls decreased by 1,800 from the previous month of July when the rate was 11.7 percent. These numbers are according to the New York State Department of Labor.

 

Steuben County residents lined up at the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post Saturday for the second and final day of drive-through COVID-19 testing sponsored by the county Public Health Department through the New York State Department of Health. The event  also drew staff from other county services such as Buildings and Grounds, Public Works and the Office of Emergency Services as well as the VA in Bath.

 

The Steuben County Board of Elections announced important deadlines for the upcoming General Election on November 3rd. Dates include:
· October 9th – Last day to apply in person or postmark a voter registration form for the November 3rd
Election.
· October 14th – All voter registration forms must be received by Oct.14.
· October 27th- Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot.
· November 2nd – Last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot
· Novemebr 3rd – Last day to deliver a general election absentee ballot in person to the County
Board of Election, any Steuben County poll site or in the Absentee ballot Drop Box 
located in the entry way of the County Office Building.
The commissioners also announced the final, complete list of polling site changes. All other poll site will 
remain where they have been during previous elections.
For a complete list of polling sites, go to https://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19
For the Steuben County Poll Locator, go to https://www.steubencony.org/Elect-Polling-
Places/Poll_lookup.aspx
For more information, call (607) 664-2240

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 26, 2020

15 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 15 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 425 confirmed cases, 79 of which are currently active. Seven of the individuals are residents of the City of Corning, three residents of the Village of Addison, and a resident of the Town of Campbell, the Town of Caton, Town of Erwin, Village of Bath, and the Village of Painted Post. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified. An investigation revealed eight individuals are employees of Corning Center, two individuals had contact with Chemung County positives, one individual had contact with a previously reported Steuben positive, One individual had contact with Corning Centers residents, and one individual is an employee of GST BOCES and has visited the following school districts: Bath, Hammondsport, Jasper-Troupsburg, Prattsburgh, and Phoenix Academy on the BOCES Bush Campus.

 

Multiple shot after shooting on west side of Elmira

Police responded late last night to a reported shooting in the City of Elmira. The incident took place just after 10:30 p.m. outside a home on the 500 block of West Second Street. Witnesses said multiple people were shot, although the exact number of victims and their status remains unclear at this time.

 

Construction bid, Hall of Fame nominees on the agenda for Steuben County Legislature meeting

Confirmation of the Candidates for the 2020 Steuben County Hall of Fame is among one of the items on the agenda for the Steuben County Legislature as they are set to meet in a regular, publicly teleconferenced session on 10 a.m., Monday the 28th in their chambers in the County Annex, 20 East Morris Street. Since 1976, nearly 460 have been nominated and 149 have been inducted into the Steuben County Hall of Fame. Due to restrictions on social gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a reception for this year’s inductees will be held at a later date. Other agenda items include awarding a total of $6.1 million to low bidders for the Phase II Court and County Offices Renovation Project, accepting and appropriating the Emergency Solutions Grant, accepting the 2020 State Homeland Security Program Grant, accepting the 2020 Emergency Management Performance Grant, and · Presenting the Steuben County Hazard Mitigation Plan, with a public hearing scheduled for 10 a.m., October 26th.

 

Two Livingston County residents arrested for sale of prescription drugs

Carolynn C. Hedges, age 49, was arrested on September 18th and Raymond Salters Sr., age 56, was arrested on September 22nd by members of the Livingston County Drug Task Force. Hedges was charged on a Livingston County Superior Court indictment with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, also a class B felony. Salters was charged on a Livingston County Superior Court indictment with four counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, and four counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, also a class B felony. The arrests and investigations alleged the sale of prescription pain killers in the form of oxycodone in the Geneseo area. Both were arraigned on the indictment warrant in Livingston County Court and released on their own recognizance.

 

Today is free fishing day in NYS

As a celebration of sorts for National Hunting and Fishing Day, New Yorkers without a license can fish for free today. Although license requirements will be waived today, all other regulations will remain in effect. The same goes for COVID-19 safety protocols, like following social distancing guidelines, and wearing a mask if you are unable to do so.

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