As schools are being mandated by the state to hold annual budget vores and school board elections via absentee ballots by mail. Prattsburgh School District's Superintendent Kory Bay said ballots were mailed to qualified voters and said that voting for school elections may be a completely new process for some voters. Ballots for all school board elections must be mailed back to the school by Tuesday, June 9th at 5pm. Prattsburgh will have a ballot box set up in front of the school to drop ballots off on June 8th and 9th.
Steuben County Public Health Department reports as of yesterday evening, 42 deaths have occured as a result of the COVID-19 virus while the total county confirmed case count stands at 265. A total of 3 people are currently hospitalized and the total number of those who have recovered from the virus is at 193.
It was announced that the Buffalo Bills will not hold their annual training camp at St. John Fisher College in the Rochester area this summer due to the NFL directing all teams to remain at their team facilities for the summer training camps. It was confirmed by 13WHAM Sports that instead of holding their annual summer training camp at the usual location of St. John Fisher College it will be held at New Era Field in Orchard Park, just outside of Buffalo.
Yesterday, in response to the nationwide protests against the murder of George Floyd by police officers, Governor Cuomo proposed a reform agenda which includes a national ban on excessive force and chokeholds by law enforcement officers. The agenda alos includes the discolusre of disciplinary records of police officers who have been investigated. Cuomo also says the mass gatherings of protest could exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 and added though understands the protesters' outrage, he said it is important they continue to wear masks and practice social distancing when possible. Cuomo also denounced the looting and violence by those exploiting the situation as "not a righteous indignation".
State Police are investigating a Tuscarora-area hiking accident that caused a 16-year-old youth in critical condition at the hospital. The victim was identified as Blake Driskell of Addison, who was with a group of friends when the accident happened Monday night. A Go Fund Me page was set ub by family friends at #BlakeStrong with over $9,000 reported to have been raised within two hours.
"Operation Thanks From Above" scheduled for this Saturday, June 6th, officially has released details of the event including the flyover schedule. The flyover is run by the National Warplane Museum as a way to thank essential workers during the nationwide pandemic. Aircrafts include WWII-era planes like the Douglas C-47 and a P-51 Mustang and flyover various local areas that include Bath, Corning and Elmira. Planes will hit our area at St. James Hospital in Hornell about 11:19am Saturday and continue to Bath area and then to Savona at about 11:36am before continuing to Coopers Plains and the Corning-Elmira area.