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Today's Top Stories - Friday, January 29th, 2021

Steuben Reports 35 New COVID Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 35 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 5,000 confirmed cases, 338 of which are currently active. Two individuals are associated with Hammondsport Central School and Horseheads High School.

 

Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Gets Over $1.5 Million in COVID Relief
The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport has received over $1.6 million in supplemental funding from the December COVID relief package passed by Congress. The December bipartisan COVID relief package includes $36 million for specific airports across Upstate New York. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said that as the COVID crisis is extending beyond its estimated timeline, the air travel industry is being impacted “for months on end.”

 

NY Says Wedding Receptions Can Open Limited Capacity in March
Today, New York State announced wedding reception venues will be able to open at limited capacity beginning March 15th. Venues can open at 50% capacity with a limit up to 150 people, as long as the county health department approves and guests get tested for COVID-19 beforehand. Health departments will be responsible for monitoring testing. This model for weddings was based on the pilot program that New York created  to allow some fans to attend the recent playoff games for the Buffalo Bills.

 

Cuomo & Zucker Under Fire After AG Report of Death Undercounts
State Health Commissioner Robert Zucker responded to  a newly-released report from the New York Attorney General alleging that nursing homes across the state underreported COVID-19 deaths by as much as 50%, saying: “the report is clear that there was no undercount of the total death toll from this once-in-a-century pandemic.” In response, several Republican leaders like NY GOP Chair Nick Langworthy and Congressman Tom Reed have called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to resign. Zucker also commented in a statement:  “The word “undercount” implies there are more total fatalities than have been reported; this is factually wrong. In fact, the OAG report itself repudiates the suggestion that there was any “undercount” of the total death number.” State Senator Tom O’Mara said Cuomo and Zucker should be subpoenaed immediately.
Read the full report yourself at: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/statement-new-york-state-health-commissioner-dr-howard-zucker-1

 

Land O’ Lakes Donates Mac and Cheese to Food Bank
Land O’Lakes, Inc. has donated almost 40,000 pounds of LAND O LAKES® Macaroni & Cheese to Food Bank of the Southern Tier through the Land O’Lakes First Run Program. Since its inception in 2010, the First Run Program has donated over 6 million pounds of product  and the program continues its commitment to donating truckloads of fresh product year-round, made specifically for food banks to help alleviate hunger across the United States. Natasha Thompson, Food Bank President & CEO, said the Food Bank is so grateful and “This generous donation will provide a warm meal and hope to many during this challenging time.”

 

High School Art & Music Programs Await Green Light
While high school sports are moving forward, music and arts programs are still partly on pause in schools across New York. Instructors are now looking for new guidance from the state with uncertainty on how or when musicians can begin playing differently. Many band and orchestra concerts have been held virtually, along with a majority of music lessons taking place over Zoom, with some exceptions during the school week. With the announcement of high school sports resuming soon, student musicians say they aren't happy to still be sidelined.

 

Corning Man Arrested for Sex Crime
A Steuben County man has been accused of a felony sex crime. It allegedly happened in the City of Elmira. State Police say they took 29-year-old Joqwon Greene of Corning into custody. He was charged with two counts of felony rape involving a victim under the age of 17. The new bail laws came into play and Greene was issued appearance tickets and released. Troopers said the crime was reported last September. 

 

Savona Woman Arrested
State police arrested 24-year-old Sarah Baldwin of Savona. She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Also arrested…39-year-old Jon Nellis of Mansfield. He faces the same charge as well as false personation. Court action is pending. 

 

Savona Man Arrested for DUI

State police conducted a traffic stop in the Town of Bath. As a result, they arrested 25-year-old Ryan Jacobs of Savona. He was charged with first-degree driving while impaired by drugs and will appear again in Town of Bath court. 

 

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