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Today's Top Stories - Memorial Day - Monday May 25th, 2020

Steuben County is hopeful that Phase Two of the state’s reopening plan can begin this Friday. Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler tells The Corning Leader the county is set on track for re-opening, as Phase One goes as planned. Some county officials, however, are concerned that the warmer weather and holiday gatherings may cause a spike in COVID-19 cases.On this holiday, Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith reminds folks to limit Memorial Day backyard barbecues to household members only. Phase Two of reopening will have more businesses starting to open including retail stores, real estate, and insurance firms.


Yesterday afternoon the Thurston Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a roll over motor vehicle accident on County Route 2 in Thurston where they found a 4-door sedan standing on its front bumper in a ditch. One person was out of the car, but one female was still in the vehicle and was pinned with serious injuries. When Bath Fire Department arrived on scene after, they found Thurston Fire working with the New York State Police to stabilize the car. After the woman was successfully pulled out of the vehicle, she was taken by Corning Ambulance crew and Guthrie Medivac teams.


Governor Cuomo announced campgrounds and RV parks across New York State re-open today. Cuomo says state beaches are also open for Memorial Day but stressed New Yorkers to use caution if they go out. Tomorrow, veterinarian offices will begin opening and sports teams are set to start their training programs.


Friday afternoon, four young people were rescued from the Cohocton River after Bath Firefighters say two boys and two girls went out on the river near Scudder Road in the Town of Bath on an air mattress sometime after 4 o’clock that day. The mattress hit faster-moving waters and the four were able to get to get to dry land on an island in the middle of the river. Rescuers pulled the victims to shore and none of the four were injured in the incident. Officials remind those going out on the water should use an approved craft and wear life vests.


The Steuben County Board of Elections reports absentee ballot applications are in the mail for all registered voters eligible to vote in primary elections on June 23, under NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order. Steuben will hold primaries for the Democratic Presidential and SAM party State Committee election only. County officials say that “Voters just need to fill out the absentee ballot application they receive in the mail and return it to the Board of Elections in the postage paid envelope provided. Once the application is processed the voter will receive their ballot in the mail.


State Police continue until tomorrow to have increased patrols to combat drunk, impaired and reckless driving. The crackdown is part of the annual STOP-DWI campaign where State Police and local law enforcement will be out in force with sobriety checkpoints and undercover police vehicles.

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