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Today's Top Stories - Saturday January 9, 2021

83 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that 83 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including two individuals associated with the Bath VA, and individuals associated with the Prattsburgh Central School District and the Canisteo-Greenwood Elementary School. This brings the county total to 4,071 confirmed cases, 719 of which are currently active.


Mayor Sweet shares his thoughts on DC rally

Many of us were shocked at the events that unfolded earlier this week in our nation’s capital. While many watched from the comfort of their homes, one of the hundreds of people who were present in Washington D.C. was Bath Mayor Mike Sweet. “I went down there because I thought it was gonna be the last opportunity to set eyes on the 45th President, I left 15 or 20 minutes before he finished speaking, but it was hard to hear him from where I was, I was on the perimeter. I didn’t want to get involved in the crowd.” In regards to the President’s speech, the Mayor said “I thought President Trump was ill-prepared unlike I’ve actually heard him in any rally before, I thought he rambled on…”. The Mayor said if given the opportunity to attend the rally again, he was unsure he would.  “Would I do it again? I don’t know, under these circumstances, I probably would not, and had I known what the President was gonna say, honestly, I probably wouldn’t have wasted my time.”


Reed against second impeachment, invocation of 25th Amendment

Congressman Tom Reed said he would not be in favor of a second impeachment or the invocation of the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office after the Capitol Building was breached on Wednesday. “We have 13 days until President Biden will be inaugurated as the next President of the United States. To me, that’s the more appropriate approach to take and to engage.”


Steuben County still waiting for COVID-19 vaccine

Earlier this week, 46 counties in New York State were scheduled to receive shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine and to open points of distribution to vaccinate individuals. Chemung County received 400 Moderna vaccines Tuesday and opened a point of distribution Friday. Per the public health director of Steuben County, Darlene Smith, the Steuben County has not received the vaccine, despite being pre-booked over a week ago. As of right now, there is no word when the vaccine will reach Steuben County.


Elementary School in Hornell to close at end of school year

The Bryant Elementary School in Hornell will be closing its doors at the end of this school year. Park Grove Realty has been announced as a potential buyer of the building, their hope is to use the building for workforce housing. The closure of the building is a certainty at this point; however, voters will decide on the sale of the building to Park Grove Realty at a later date.

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