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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday January 12th, 2021

Praise for Steuben Law Enforcement Reform in Cuomo's State of State
Governor Cuomo praised efforts made in the last year by Steuben County community officials for safety and police reform in yesterday’s State of the State Address. Cuomo signed an executive order mandating police reform plans for each county in the state following Black Lives Matter protests in the summer. The governor acknowledged Steuben and Ulster County citizens and officials are using listening sessions and surveys to increase participation. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard said representatives from over 60 groups participated in creating the police reform, including members of the LGBTQ, Hispanic, African-American communities as well as religious leaders in our area. The Sheriff’s Department is also adding an online version of their citizen academy where they assign a deputy resident to be a conduit between the sheriff’s office and the localities within the county and their people. Monthly information gatherings will be hosted every month throughout the county for the community to share feedback for local law enforcement.The County Legislature votes on the plan at it’s January 25th meeting.


Steuben Sees 4 More Die from COVID; 197 New Cases
Steuben County health leaders say four more county residents have died from COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 153.  All of the individuals passed at area hospitals. Meanwhile, the Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 197 Steuben County more residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday.  This brings the total to 4,268 confirmed cases, 688 of which are currently active. The Southern Tier region’s current positive percentage rate for the virus is 4.6%


Wayne Man Arrested for Property Damage
A 27-year-old Wayne man was arrested two days ago for allegedly damaging multiple pieces of public property. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said Benjamin Webb intentionally damaged several road signs, a camping trailer, and a digital sign in the Sylvan Beach area of Wayne, causing more than $1,500 in damage, according to the Steuben County Sheriff's office.Webb was charged with Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court, and was released.


Corning Man Arrested After Attack on Corrections Officer
A 21-year-old Corning man was arrested and put in custody after an attack at the Steuben County Jail on an corrections officer. Horton allegedly struck an officer  in the face as he exited his cell, causing physical injury. The officer received treatment at a medical facility and was released. Horton was charged with second-degree assault, a Class D felony, arraigned and will answer the charges at a later date.


Reed Says Trump Should Face Justice But "No" to Impeachment
Republican Congressman Tom Reed published an op-ed in The New York Times Monday, calling on Congress to set aside impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in favor of other options. In the article, Reed says President Trump “must face justice” for the riot at the Capitol on January 6, but says “the manner in which President Trump and others are held accountable is a difficult question that demands more scrutiny.” The House article of impeachment introduced Monday accused the president of “Incitement of Insurrection.” In his op-ed, Reed says, “while the president’s words were unwise, intemperate and wrong, they may not qualify as incitement.” 


Bills’ Saturday Home Playoff Game Set for Attendance of 6,700 Fans
Following successful implementation of the pilot plan to open Bills Stadium to fans last week, Buffalo Bills fans can now attend the team's second home playoff game this Saturday, January 16th. Approximately 6,700 fans will be allowed to attend the game only after first obtaining a negative COVID-19 test result and adhering to all public health precautions. Contact tracing will also be conducted after the game and tailgating remains prohibited. This plan was developed cooperatively between the Bills, the New York State Department of Health and BioReference Laboratories.


More NY Residents Now Eligible for Vaccine in 1B Phase
Governor Cuomo says additional groups of people will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine including "public-facing grocery store workers," in-person college instructors and people living and working in homeless shelters. The initial groups of Phase 1b now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine included 75 and older, first responders, Corrections Officers, teachers and other school staff, childcare workers and public transit workers. The governor said vaccine administrations can begin at hundreds of sites and due to limited federal distribution of vaccine supply, all New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient when scheduling appointments as it could take up to 14 weeks to determine eligibility and schedule appointments with providers. 


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