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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday May 22nd, 2020

The former Dana Lyon school building in Downtown Bath will be purchased by the Providence Housing Development Corporation after an agreement was reached to purchase the building from the Save the Lyon Commission. Providence Housing will work to redevelop the building into apartments and a shared community space that features a community arts center and events space available to the public to rent. The Steuben County IDA says the project should bring more affordable housing to the area by developers. To learn more about the project, or to be added to the email update list, contact Amber Wilk at amber.wilk@dor.org


Special teleconference meetings for the Steuben County Legislature’s Finance and Joint Finance/Ad Hoc Office Space committees are set for this Friday May 22nd at 9:45am, followed by a special meeting of the county Legislature. These meetings are open to the media and the public and will discuss Requesting the Adoption of Senate Bill No. S.8345, Assembly Bill No. A.10416 Extending the Additional One Percent (1%) Sales Tax for Steuben County and Phase I Furniture.


Some in New York may be encouraging a shot at his gubernatorial run, but for now Tom Reed says his political efforts are currently “100 percent on the coronavirus.” Congressman Reed is now co-sponsoring a bill intended to give relief to state and local governments who’ve seen revenue decreases due to the COVID-19 crisis.


With this weekend being the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Governor Cuomo yesterday announced guidelines to follow for commemoration ceremonies for the occasion to take place said guidelines will follow CDC protocols. The Governor also encouraged vehicle parades in honor of veterans for Memorial Day to practice social distancing and other guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the Southern Tier regions like ours wrap up week one of the first phase of reopening the state.


A Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office patrol car was struck by another vehicle for the fourth time in one week. The latest incident was on Sunday on County Route 16 in the Village of Orange when 51-year-old Hammondsport man Billy Adams failed to pull over for deputies for a traffic stop. Adams struck a patrol car head-on and then crashed his car on Sugar Hill Road after a brief road chase. No injuries were reported but Adams was charged with drunken driving, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and multiple traffic violations.


Yesterday, Congressman Tom Reed announced a $748,000 grant is headed to the town of Prattsburgh. Funds will be used for a wastewater collection system. Executive Director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Jamie Johnson said the funds will help Prattsburgh’s downtown business district wastewater project.


The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that an additional Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 252 confirmed cases. The patient is a resident of the Town of Avoca. The individual is currently isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individual have been notified.


Yesterday afternoon, thousands of free, washable face masks were handed out across Steuben County thanks to efforts by the county’s Office For the Aging and Office of Emergency Services. Masks were available at Bath Volunteer Fire Department and through the New York State Office For the Aging and courtesy of Federal Emergency Management Agency through the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, respectively . A free mask and sanitizer giveaway is set for noon to 3 p.m. Friday (May 22) at the county Fairgrounds in Bath and sponsored by Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension for those in the farming industry. To register go to http://bit.ly/maskdistribution. For more information call (607) 664-2574.

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