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A Lindley man was injured yesterday after he was shot in the back. Pennsylvania Troopers reported this incident occurred in Tioga following an argument that escalated into the shooting of a 35-year-old victim with “birdshot” from a shotgun. He was taken to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment and Troopers arrested 33-year-old Lewis Nagy of Tioga and charged him with attempted murder. He was arraigned and remanded to jail without bail.


A fire early yesterday destroyed a home in Wayland on State Route 21. Numerous departments responded and no injuries were reported. Some family pets were saved while other were killed in the fire. The cause of this blaze is under investigation.


The Steuben County Public Health Department reports notification that one additional Steuben County resident from the City of Hornell has tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 241 confirmed cases.  The individual is linked with a previously reported positive case, and is currently hospitalized outside the county.

In recognition of the dedication of nursing professionals, especially during the COVID19 pandemic, Steuben County Legislature Chairman Scott VanEtten has proclaimed the week ending May 12 as “Nurses Week in Steuben County.” A national tradition for 65 years, the week ends on the renowned nurse Florence Nightingale’s birthday. VanEtten urged all residents of Steuben County “to help celebrate and recognize nurses as an expression of gratitude for all they do to keep us healthy and safe” and also saluted nurses for stepping up with their service in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis in, the Legislature's proclamation.

State Senator Tom O’Mara and his GOP colleagues in the state Senate have called for an independent investigation of New York’s response to what he calls the tragedy continuing to unfold in state-regulated nursing homes impacted by COVID-19. In a statement, O’Mara said - Working as a team with Hornell Mayor Buckley, County Manager Jack Wheeler, the entire Steuben County Health Department, and all of the local officials and health care providers serving during the COVID-19 response, he can attest to the collective frustration with the response by the Cuomo administration, which has come under criticism for nursing home deaths now totaling nearly 5,000 following recent state reporting. 


All outpatient services have virtually been reopened at St. James Hospital in Hornell. Safety protocols include pre-visit and on-site screening of all individuals, universal masking, limited points of entry to clinics and the hospital, reconfigured waiting rooms and work space for social distancing, use of personal protective equipment, scheduling that promotes social distancing, and continued use of telemedicine appointments where appropriate. 


Office for the Aging Director Patty Baroody announced local agencies serving seniors’ needs are in line for additional funding through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. She told the county Legislature’s Human Services, Health and Education Committee the state Office For the Aging has allocated over $70,000 for use with transportation, additional meals and other needs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used as needed and will not replace other sources of revenues. 


Several members of the House of Representatives will return to Congress this afternoon to debate the next CARES package virtually. The Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Corning Republican Congressman Tom Reed, will hold its first “Virtual Congress,” where 24 lawmakers will participate in a Floor debate via video conference, just as they would in regular floor proceedings. Today’s virtual Congress is to be live-streamed on the Problem Solvers caucus Facebook page beginning at 3:30

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