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Today's Top Stories - Monday December 28th, 2020

Steuben’s COVID Count: 58 New & 588 Currently Active
The latest COVID update from the Steuben County Public Health Department shows that 58 more residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 3,098 confirmed cases, 588 of which are currently active.


Bills Play Tonight at 8:15 on WABH
After their win against the Denver Broncos, the 11-3 Buffalo Bills are back on the field the final time during the regular season, as they visit the 6-8 New England Patriots tonight on Monday Night Football.Buffalo blew the Patriots out of the AFC East title race, and last week the Dolphins took the Patriots out of the postseason in general for the first time since 2008. The Bills have made it the Playoffs this year for the first time in over 20 years since 1998.


NYS AG James Warns New Yorkers of Vaccine Scams
New York Attorney General Letitia James warns New Yorkers about potential scams offering early access to a COVID-19 vaccine, which will not become widely available to the general public in New York for several more months. The Office of Attorney General (OAG) reminds  New Yorkers anyone who calls, e-mails, or texts individuals offering access to a COVID-19 vaccine or using online platforms with similar schemes is most likely a scammer who should be reported to law enforcement.


Hornell Police Respond to Call of Suicidal Hornell Man
Sunday, Hornell Police responded to a suicidal man with a gun on Taylor Street around 5:45 p.m. for a report of a despondent person with a gun to his head. Officers made contact with the man and after 15 minutes convinced him to put the gun down. The man was transported to St. James Hospital for a mental health evaluation. Those needing help are encouraged to call the local 2-1-1 Helpline.


Bath Town Board Handling 3 Public Hearings in January
The new year will begin with several public hearings for the Bath Town Board. The three hearings will deal with proposed fire contracts. The first involves the Town of Bath and the Kanona fire department for a contract amount of $38,059. The next involves the town and village and the Village of Savona for a fire contract priced at $56,238. The third is a $242,529 contract with the Bath Volunteer Fire Department. Those hearings will be held in the Municipal Building on January 5th at 4 p.m.


Clemens Center to Receive Part of $15 Billion in Federal Aid
Two performing arts venues and an independent movie theatre in the Southern Tier will receive portions of $15 billion in federal relief to keep them alive during the pandemic as part of the “Save Our Stages Act”, providing funding for independent live venue operators, independent movie theaters and cultural institutions like live performing arts organizations and museums that have been impacted by the pandemic. According to Schumer, the relief package will create a new Small Business Administration grant program, where independent performing arts venues can receive six months of financial help if they have experienced at least 25% lost revenue due to COVID-19. The Clemens Center in Elmira as well as the State Theater and Cinemapolis in Ithaca will receive portions of the aid.


Senate Democrats Call Special Session on Eviction Moratorium
The Senate Democratic Majority have called a special session in an attempt to pass what they are describing as “the strongest eviction moratorium in the nation.” The session on the “COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act” is scheduled for later today. The legislation will put a stay of at least 60 days on all pending eviction proceedings, or any that are commenced within 30 days of the legislation’s effective days. The stay will give tenants the opportunity to submit a “hardship declaration” demonstrating they are unable to pay their rent in full or move due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


Troopers Arrest Woman on Controlled Substance Charges
State Police from the Painted Post barracks arrested 30-year-old Devin Goodrich of Corning. She was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance following an incident early Sunday in the Town of Lindley. She was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.

Dansville Man Arrested for Possession of Stolen Property
Following a month-long investigation stemming from a complaint in the Village of Wayland, State Police arrested 25-year-old Stephen Zeh of Dansville. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Court action is pending.


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