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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 9th, 2020

Steuben Reports 55 New Cases of COVID as of Yesterday
55 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Steuben County yesterday. Five of the cases were from Bath and brings the total to 2,219 confirmed cases, 414 of which are currently active. The new cases involve nursing facilities, schools, Alstom and an employee at the Corning Police Department, among others. There were no new deaths.


Santa Appearing at Dormann Next Thursday
Santa is coming to the Dormann Library and doing Zoom visits by appointment  Thursday, December 17th between 4 and 7 pm, or you can drive by the window of Dormann Library and wave! To schedule a Zoom visit, or for more information, call the library at (607) 776-4613.


Two Bath Residents Arrested After Child OD
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports December 4th, deputies arrested 24-year-old Kelsey R. Ritter, and 30-year-old Anthony A. DeVito, of State Route 415, Bath, following an investigation into a reported overdose of a child at that residence, who was transported to a medical trauma facility and admitted for treatment. Deputies and Investigators responded to the residence and recovered suspected opioid compounds. Ritter and DeVito were charged with one count each of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a class D Felony, and one count each of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Ritter and DeVito were arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released. Further charges are expected.


Steuben County Landfill Announces Plastic and Glass Changes
Changes are in store for customers at the Steuben County landfill and transfer stations beginning January. Plastics will now be sorted between types 1 & 2  clear versus colored plastic, while colored and clear glass can be mixed. County Environmental Project Coordinator Rich Bills said No. 2 (thick and sturdy) plastics are highly sought-after recyclable materials and easily turned into new products. However, if plastics are mixed together when placed in recycling stalls at the landfill and transfer stations, they must be run through an extremely expensive sorting process before they can be recycled. For more information, go to: https://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publicworks/2021recycleguide.pdf 

or https://www.facebook.com/Steuben-County-Solid-Waste-and-Recycling-162155157298049


Police Reform Plan Public Review is Today
The two-week public review of Steuben County’s proposed Police Reform Plan began early this morning. The county’s Police Reform draft is located on the county website and was timed to open to the public early this morning at 8 a.m. Compiled by law enforcement agencies, municipalities and key civic and elected stakeholders in Steuben County, the draft aims to improve community relations with local law officers and enhance public safety. Reform includes setting up criminal penalties for a police officer or peace officer who uses a chokehold that causes serious physical injury or death. County Sheriff Jim Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee yesterday that “Ninety percent of our stakeholders believe that police in Steuben County are fundamentally honest, with an approximately 80 percent approval rating...”


Tom Reed Says Congress Must Find COVID Stimulus Relief Agreement
Problem Solver Caucus co-chair congressman Tom Reed issued a statement saying, it’s time to double down on finding a solution to the remaining obstacles in a bipartisan COVID-19 emergency relief agreement because lawmakers are simply too close. Reed said with families and small businesses hurting, and local communities running out of money as they fight the virus, Congress must do what Americans elected them to do: find commonsense solutions to get emergency relief out the door which includes taking care of our state, local, and tribal governments and recognizes the importance of worker and liability protections.


CCC & Other SUNY Schools Canceling Winter Indoor Sports
Corning Community College is one of dozens of SUNY schools which have decided to cancel some winter indoor sports. These are sports considered "high risk" for COVID-19 exposure and spread of infection. The schools are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Sports affected include: basketball, cheerleading, dance, volleyball and wrestling. 


O’Mara Says Young Farmer Apprenticeship Program Now Law
State Senator Tom O’Mara says that legislation he supported and voted for in the Senate earlier this year to establish a “Young Farmer Apprenticeship Program” has been signed into law. The new law was unanimously approved by the Senate in early March.  The State Assembly approved the measure in late July and it was recently signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.


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