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Today's Top Stories - Friday March 6th, 2020

Southern Tier Remembers the Late Amo Houghton
Corning Incorporated leaders and the Southern Tier are mourning the loss of 93-year-old Amory (Amo) Houghton Jr. Houghton passed away Wednesday at his home in Corning. He served  our region in the House of Representatives for nine terms and as a chairman and chief executive officer for Corning Incorporated from 1964 until 1983. Among his numerous accomplishments, Amo led the recovery efforts after Hurricane Agnes flooded the Southern Tier area in 1972, he initiated Corning’s first LPGA event in 1976, and he supported the expansion of the Corning Museum of Glass in 1980.


One Teen Dies in Avoca Crash
Steuben County Sheriff's Office reports that in the tragic one-vehicle crash Tuesday on State Route 415 in Avoca three of the passengers aged 16-18 were immediately transported for medical treatment and one was treated and released at the scene. The 18 year old passenger, Christopher O’Dell of Avoca, later succumbed to his injuries while receiving emergency treatment from a local medical provider. The 16 year old passenger is in critical but stable condition in Rochester, New York and the 17 year old passenger was treated and later discharged at a medical provider in Dansville. The investigation is continuing into determining the contributing factors of the crash and continuing to collect information and evidence relating to the investigation.

Cuomo Confirms Coronavirus Case Count During Breifing
During a briefing on the novel coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday confirmed 11 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 22 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 22 individuals who tested positive for the virus, one resides in Nassau County, three reside in New York City and 18 reside in Westchester County (Cuomo). In response to the growing number of cases, the Governor activated the statewide Emergency Operation Center in Albany, as well as two Emergency Operations Center outposts in Westchester County.

Shareholders Approve Merger of Community Bank and Steuben Trust
Community Bank System, Inc. announced that the Shareholders of Steuben Trust Corporation, at its Special Shareholders Meeting held Tuesday, overwhelmingly voted to approve the proposed merger of Steuben with Community. Steuben reported that more than 98% of the votes cast were voted to approve the Merger. The acquisition is expected to close during the second quarter of 2020, pending regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. Community acquits Steuben for $109 million in company stock and cash.

Congressman Reed Supports $8 Billion to Fight Coronavirus 
Congress has approved $8.3 billion worth of funding to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and local Congressman Tom Reed is among those supporting the bill. Reed and the 13 other members of the House Problem Solvers Caucus met with Vice President Mike Pence and Reed says they voiced their backing for a “clean bill”. Reed says he is supportive of this bipartisan bill. (AUDIO) About two dozen people have confirmed cases of Coronavirus here in New York state and almost all of the cases are in Westchester County.


Reed Endorses Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act
The Problem Solvers Caucus Thursday formally endorsed the bipartisan Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act, which will close an insurance loophole so that children born with congenital anomalies such as ectodermal dysplasias can get the medically-necessary treatments that they need. Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-05) and Tom Reed (R-NY-23) brought the bill to the Caucus for endorsement.

Two Arrested for Impaired Driving
Steuben County Sheriff's Office arrested Juan Duran, age 45, of Elmira following a vehicle stop on South Hamilton Street, in the Town of Erwin. Duran allegedly operated a motor vehicle while impaired due to drug use. It is further alleged Duran had a previous conviction for DWAI by drugs in the past ten years. He was charged with DWAI and inoperable plate lamps then arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released. Deputies also report the arrest of 23-year-old Rachel Terry of Canaseraga following a vehicle stop in Corning. Terry allegedly operated a motor vehicle intoxicated then charged with  Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated; Greater than .18% Blood Alcohol Content and Driving While Intoxicated. Terry was released on Traffic Summons to appear in Corning City Court at a later date.

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