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Today's Top Stories - Friday September 6th, 2019

AirBnb Generates Over $750K in Summer Revenue for Steuben County
The online lodging and homestay marketplace Airbnb has announced a combined $12.8 million in supplemental income for the Southern Tier region this summer. More guest arrivals than ever were reported in the region for the season r with approximately 78,000 guests that checked into the area. Josh Meltzer from the Head of Northeast Public Policy says this growth is indicative of an expanding tourism economy and says “our goal remains to work with the State and counties to ensure short-term rentals can continue to play a strong role in the New York economy, including by generating hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.” Steuben county alone saw 6,000 guests for a total of $774,000 in generated income.


Wegmans Says it Would “Prefer” Customers Not Carry Firearms
Yesterday, Wegmans Food Stores announced it would “prefer” that customers do not openly carry firearms at their stores on Twitter following public pressure from gun control groups like Everytown for Gun Safety. Wegmans made the statement a day after Walmart announced they are asking customers not to carry guns and that they would ban sales of ammunition and handguns. Wegmans and Walmart join other retail chains like CVS, Walgreen’s and Kroger in asking that customers not carry at their locations following a shooting at an El Paso Walmart that injured 24 people and killed 22. Wegmans did not clarify in its statement whether those that open carry in their stores will be asked to leave or the corporation was discouraging customers from carrying but did say in the statement: “The sight of someone with a gun can be alarming, and we don’t want anyone to feel that way at Wegmans...”


 Construction on I-99 Bridges in Lindley Starts Today
Maintenance and repair work begins today on the bridges that carry Interstate Highway 99 over Glendening Creek, south of Exit 6 in the town of Lindley, according to the State Department of Transportation. The project work includes structural lifting and replacing bearings, removing and replacing concrete on abutments and minor drainage work. Work is expected to last about seven weeks, weather dependent. Long-term stationary single lane closures of I-99 northbound and southbound will be utilized at the structures for access and structural lifting operations. Motorists should expect and plan ahead for travel delays. 


St. James Implements Daily Quiet Hours
St. James Hospital officials announced the rollout of a daily “quiet time” at the facility at 411 Canisteo Street, between the hours of 2:30 – 4:30pm and 1:00 – 3:00am designed to give patients designated hours to enjoy undisturbed rest and sleep.  During quiet time, unnecessary noise will be minimized throughout the facility especially in inpatient care areas. This includes phone usage, loud talking, overhead paging, alarms, use of doors, elevators and equipment, bright lights, cleaning and moving items.  Quiet time signs have been posted in elevators and in patient rooms, and all St. James Hospital staff have been briefed.


County Legislators Approve Early Voting Funding and New K-9 Officer
Legislators from Steuben County have accepted an addition to the county Sheriff’s K-9 program, and a state grant for early voting requirements during a packed legislative agenda. August 26 th , the board approved a memorial donation of $8,500 from the family of the late county Deputy Pete Knapp for the purchase and training of the county sheriff department’s third K-9. The dog is called“Knapp” in honor of the late Deputy and he will join fellow sheriff K-9s Daimon and Twiggy in assisting law enforcement throughout the county. Also accepted was $64,000 from the state to put in place new early voting requirements beginning in 2020. The state’s Early Voting grant will be used to buy electronic poll books, ballot-on-demand printers and training.


Hornell Woman Arrested for DWI
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Jim Allard reports that a Hornell woman was arrested on September 1st following a report of a one car roll over vehicle crash on North Main Street Extension in Hornell. It is alleged that 32-year-old Andrea J. Norton, operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition on North Main Street Extension, crashed the vehicle, and left the scene of the crash. Norton was located near the scene of the crash by Hornell City Fire Department members then given treatment for injuries sustained in the crash as well as toxicology testing once she was transported to St. James Mercy Hospital. Norton was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving With Greater than .08 Percent Blood Alcohol Content. She was released on traffic summons to appear in Hornellsville Town Court on a later date.  

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