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Today's Top Stories - Monday December 21st, 2020

3 Arrested for DWI Last Week
Steuben County’s Office reports from December 15th-19th, deputies arrested 3 people for DWI charges. Roman D. Sutton of Lindley was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with Greater than .08% Blood Alcohol Content and Moving from Lane Unsafely. Mark Smith of Hornell was arrested on charges for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with Greater than .08% Blood Alcohol Content and Fail to Use Designated Lane. Andrew J. Passmore of Hornell was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired due to Drugs, and Fail to Stop at a Stop Sign. All 3 men were released on traffic summons to appear in Town Courts at later dates.


Corning Legislator Arrested with 4 Others in Alleged Sex Traffic Ring
Steuben County Legislator Steven Maio is among 5 men indicted in connection with an alleged sex trafficking ring. According to the Hornell Evening Tribune, Corning Democrat Steven Maio was arrested along with Larry Comfort Senior and Larry Comfort Junior, both of Elmira Heights, Jonathan Hamilton of Elmira, and Michael Stratton of Corning. The five men face a total of 34 felony counts. Back in August, Maio was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute. Despite calls for him to resign from his position, Maio has not yet stepped down.


House and Senate Prevent Shutdown, Prepare to Vote on Relief
Late last night, the House and the Senate agreed on a $1 Trillion Covid-19 relief package while passing a one-day stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown at midnight. A temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefits and $600 direct stimulus payments to most Americans is established in the bill, as well as a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses and money for schools, health care providers, and renters that face eviction. Before the deal was reached, Senate Minority Leader Schumer said that peoples’ lives depend on the deal and if his Republican colleagues joined in negotiations in the last 6 months, they would not be in the position of negotiating against the government funding deadline.The House and Senate are expected to vote on the legislation once it goes through the House Rules Committee.



Status of Playoff Game at Home Still Uncertain
The Buffalo Bills secured the AFC East division title Saturday night and fans are wondering if they'll see a playoff game at home and in person. In a briefing yesterday, Cuomo says it is in consideration and will ultimately depend on regional COVID-19 numbers in Western New York. For longtime fans, a home playoff game is a dream they haven't seen in more than two decades and one they're still holding out for. Cuomo says a reopening plan for Bills Stadium is under review by the state department of health.


Haverling High School Adopts Remote Learning for All Students
Haverling High School today moved to remote learning for all students and staff due to a potential positive COVID case in the high school only. This case will require more feedback from the Steuben County Public Health Department and will require more time for the contact-tracing process to be completed if necessary. Once again, this is for the high school only. 


Cuomo Signs Order in Effort to Support Struggling Restaurants
Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order that he says will provide support for restaurants being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The order will push back the sales tax deadline for restaurants in orange zones, which have been required to suspend indoor dining. That deadline will now be extended until March.


Congressman Reed Reports He’s Received COVID-19 Vaccine
Congressman Tom Reed is one of the latest public officials to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. In a statement on Twitter, Reed said the vaccine is safe, effective, and painless. Working together, the congressman said we will continue to bring an end to COVID-19.


NWS Reports Possible Heavy Rain Later This Week
The National Weather Service in Binghamton’s Daily Hazardous Outlook reports an increase in a short warm up and the potential for heavy rain Thursday over portions of Central NY and northeast PA. Because many aspects of this storm system are still uncertain, residents are advised to monitor the forecast for updates through the week.

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