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19 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 19 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 997 confirmed cases, 304 of which are currently active. Three of the individuals are residents of the towns of Campbell and Corning, two are from the Town and Village of Bath, with the rest coming from the cities of Corning and Hornell, the towns of Bradford, Caton, Erwin, Greenwood, Lindley, and Wheeler, and the Village of Canisteo. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. An investigation concluded five individuals are contacts to previously reported positives, one is an employee of the Arc of Steuben, one is an employee of Guthrie Internal Medicine in Big Flats, one is an employee of the Bath VA, one is a student at Alfred University, one is an employee of Woodbrook Assisted Living in Elmira, one is an employee of the NYS Police, and four individuals are employees of Corning, Inc; three at the Diesel Plant and one at Sullivan Park.


Tom Reed “threatened” with dead animal and brick at home

Rep. Tom Reed released a statement yesterday claiming he and his family were attacked with a dead animal and a brick at the Reed family home in Corning. Reed said “Today, my family and I were threatened at our home in Corning. The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a family member’s name on it to try to intimidate us. Reed also said “We have to overcome this. I know that we can. We are all Americans first. What unites us is far greater than our political differences.” Earlier this year, a brick was thrown through the window of his Corning office on Market Street. Reed’s counterpart in his bid for re-election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, Democrat Tracy Mitrano said “while I’m sympathetic, I must point out that Tom Reed has done a great deal to create the political environment he so deplores. The harsh visuals in his attack ads, the inflammatory language he uses to describe me, all contribute to an escalation of hostility that too often leads to incidents like the ones he reports today—or worse.”. Corning Police say they are investigating and have turned evidence over to New York State Police.

Two arrested for welfare fraud in Steuben County

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that two women, Christine M. Andrews, age 42, of Pennsylvania, and Megan L. Stage, who is currently incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail, have been arrested after a welfare fraud investigation into the illegal use of food stamps. It is alleged Stage’s benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Service was transferred to Andrews, who then used the card to obtain $640 in benefits she was not entitled to between the months of April and July 2020. Andrews and Stage have been charged with one count of Misuse of Food Stamps, a class A misdemeanor in violation of New York State Social Service Law. Andrews has also been charged with one count of Petit Larceny. The pair were both issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.


Voting options for those with COVID-19 in Steuben County

The Steuben County Board of Elections commissioners said Friday that voters who have diagnosed with COVID-19, are quarantined, or are choosing to self-quarantine due to possible contact can still vote in the General Election this November 3rd. Options include requesting an absentee ballot at https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingabsentee.html, until October 27th, printing an absentee ballot application from the Steuben Board of Elections webpage at https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=63/ and returning by mail on October 27th or in person November 2nd, or having someone pick up an absentee ballot application in person at the Board of Elections office. The signed and dated form may be filled out with someone designated on the application to pick up the ballot in person. The completed application must be brought in person to the Board of Elections by November 2nd. The voted absentee ballot must be postmarked by November 3rd.


Bath Municipal Utility Commission to hold meeting

The Village of Bath Municipal Utility Commission is slated to hold a special meeting this Tuesday, October 26th via GoToMeeting. On the agenda for the meeting is to review proposed work for Well No. 7 discharge pipe rehabilitation, discuss capital and financial plans for the water utility, and to handle any other various matters that come before the commission.

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