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Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 22nd, 2020

Steuben County Placed Under Yellow Zone after COVID Spike
The regional outlook on the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen as Governor Cuomo announces that portions of Steuben County have reached the threshold to be placed in the yellow zone under the state’s COVID-19 cluster action initiative. Cuomo cites commutes between Pennsylvania and New York as possible cause for the outbreaks in counties like Chemung and Steuben. The City of Corning and parts of a dozen other communities are impacted. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says “Community transmission remains high in Steuben County.”


Two More COVID Fatalities; 15 New Cases in Steuben
COVID-19 has claimed the lives of two more Steuben County residents. The latest victims include a 65-year-old woman who was a resident at Corning Center and a 71-year-old woman who lived in the Village of Bath. Both were hospitalized at the time. Another 15 new cases have also been reported.


Steuben County Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Bath police made another heroin and fentanyl drug bust. Police said in a press release they arrested Alan L. Sherry. The 50-year-old man doesn’t have a permanent address. He was charged with 2 counts each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, all class B felonies. It is alleged that Sherry sold the narcotic drugs fentanyl and heroin in the Village of Bath in 2020. Court action is pending.


Pulteney Library & STLS Receive Construction Grants
New York has awarded several local library construction grants awarded through the state Library Construction Grant Program, which received $34 million in the 2019-20 state budget to allocate this year’s awards. Grants help libraries and library systems make renovations and upgrades Pulteney Free Library will be awarded $21,487.00 to purchase and install a generator. Southern Tier Library System receives $176,746.00 to upgrade ten furnaces and A/C units, renovate a meeting room, construct new offices and install a phone system in new and existing office space. State Senator Tom O’Mara commented: “It’s an investment in education, economic growth, and quality communities.”


Reed Calls on NY Dem Leaders to Denounce Ithaca Protests
Last Friday an incident occurred in Ithaca where Republicans protesting in support of President Donald Trump had their posters damaged and burned and one supporter had her Trump flag attempted to be taken by members of Democrat Socialists of America’s Ithaca chapter during a rally. Two women reported injuries after protest, which Congressman Tom Reed and other Republicans are claiming as “violent”. Reed says he plans to travel to Ithaca to meet with city leaders about it. Earlier this week, New York’s GOP leaders called on Governor Cuomo and state Democratic leaders to condemn the protest. More demonstrations are set to begin this Saturday at the Ithaca commons. Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor said protestors must social distance and that surrounding law enforcement agencies have been contacted to coordinate and address any acts of violence and vandalism.


C-PP District’s Learning Going Remote for 2 Weeks
Yesterday, Superintendent Michelle Caulfield of the Corning-Painted Post School District announced the district will temporarily go remote for two weeks after Governor Cuomo placed part Steuben County in the Yellow zone, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Caulfield says they are working with the Steuben County Public Health Department to plan the next steps, and transitions to 100% remote early next week. The this decision was made due to the large number of weekly COVID-19 tests that would be required for all students and faculty in the hybrid model due to the recent Yellow Zone designation which requires mandatory weekly testing of all students and staff for in-person school settings. Corning-Painted Post will finish this week under its hybrid model. More details from the district are forthcoming. The district holds a virtual parent town hall tonight at 6PM. 


Charnetski Denied Appeal for Vehicular Manslaughter Charges
Caden Charnetski’s appeal was denied by the State of New York’s Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department over a year after Charnetski was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison for vehicular manslaughter. Charnetski was charged for deaths of Matthew and Harolyn Matteson after they were ejected from a motorcycle following a colliding head-on accident with Charnetski’s car on Westinghouse Road in Horseheads in July of 2018. Charnetski was released on $25,000 cash/$50,000 property bond following his sentence and has remained free since.


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