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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 17th, 2020

55 New Cases of COVID in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 55 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday. This brings the total to 1,478 confirmed cases, 223 of which are currently active. The latest infections include two people from Bath. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified. Among those infected…students at Canisteo-Greenwood and Tuscarora Elementary. Steuben County Public Health remains concerned about a COVID-19 outbreak recently at Painted Post nursing home Absolut Care Three Rivers, which had 53 confirmed cases-38 of which are residents. One resident died of the virus last week.


Village of Bath Seeking Volunteer Leadership Position
As the Village of Bath completes a comprehensive economic development strategy with Hunt Engineering, leadership expertise is needed on a volunteer basis for two roles. According to a Facebook post by Mayor Mike Sweet, the Board is looking for a leader who has a strong background in marketing that would volunteer to make a difference in this community. In addition, the board also seeks someone who is or was in the restaurant business and knows Bath well. The two leaders would work together to execute action steps regarding wants, needs and for food and other tourism destination-type businesses for Bath. Those interested in volunteering in this way for the community can contact Mayor Mike Sweet.


NYSPHSAA Delays High-Risk Winter Sports
New York State Public High School Athletic Association pushed back the start of the basketball, wrestling, hockey, and competitive cheerleading seasons earlier today. These sports deemed “high-risk” to COVID-19 transmission, won’t see their seasons begin now until January 4th at the earliest. Though New York state hoped for a November 30th start to these sports, an increase in infection rates statewide forced the state to make the change. Practice for low-and-moderate-risk sports like bowling, skiing, swimming, diving, gymnastics and indoor track and field are still scheduled to begin on November 30th.


DiFiore Announces Delay in New Trials Due to COVID Spikes
New York’s Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced that though sitting grand juries will continue for the time being in New York state, the courts are now being impacted by the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the Empire State. New trials will be temporarily delayed due to the uptick in Coronavirus cases statewide. Bench trials in progress will be allowed to proceed to completion while newly-commenced bench trials and hearings may proceed virtually unless otherwise authorized by Deputy Chief Administrative Judges.


Hunting Season in Our Region Continues to 12/13
The regular deer and bear hunting seasons in New York’s Southern Zone begin at sunrise on Saturday and continues through Sunday, Dec. 13th. The Southern Zone regular season is New York’s most popular hunting season, with participation from about 85 percent of New York’s 550,000 licensed hunters. Harvest during this season accounts for nearly 60 percent of the total statewide deer harvest and 30 to 60 percent of the statewide bear harvest.


Ontario Man Arrested After Route 54 Crash
Steuben County deputies arrested 52-year-old Ronald D. Gross, of Ontario, New York, following a one car rollover crash in the Town of Urbana. It is alleged that Gross operated a vehicle on State Route 54 while intoxicated and left the roadway crashing the vehicle in a ditch. It is also alleged that he was previously convicted of DWI in the previous ten years. Gross was charged with Driving While Intoxicated as a Felony, Fail to Use Designated Lane and Refusal to Take a Breath Screening Device.


Hornell Man Arrested for DWI After Traffic Stop
Deputies arrested 57-year-old James A. Booth of Airport Road in Hornell following a vehicle stop on Seneca Road in the Town of Hornellsville. Booth was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving with greater than .08% Blood Alcohol Content. He was released on traffic summons to appear in the Town of Hornellsville Court at a later date.


Click It or Ticket Seatbelt Campaign Continues to 11/29
The 21st Annual “Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign is underway and continuing through November 29th. The statewide campaign raises awareness about the importance of wearing seat belts as state and local law enforcement agencies use marked and unmarked vehicles, checkpoints, and roving details to patrol for unbelted occupants. Law enforcement is also making sure children are properly restrained. During last year’s enforcement campaign, police issued 26,432 tickets for seat belt and child restraint violations. With the intent to better-protect everyone on New York’s roadways, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that took effect earlier this month stating everyone in passenger vehicles, regardless of where they sit, needs to wear a seat belt or be properly restrained in a child safety seat.

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