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Today's Top Stories - Friday March 12th, 2021

Sheriff’s Office Investigating NYSEG Pole Struck in Woodhull
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash that occurred shortly after midnight on Wednesday. A NYSEG utility pole was hit by a gray Chevy Avalanche on County Route 102. The driver left the crash that happened north of Merring Rd. in the town of Woodhull. Power was out in the area for several hours. The owner of the vehicle has not yet been identified but anyone with information is asked to call 607-622-3911.


Shirley’s Hardware on Rt. 54 Hosting Sunday Boy Scout BBQ 
Those who want to enjoy one of the first Chicken Barbeques of the season in the area can support the Chicken Dinner at Shirley’s Hardware on Route 54 in Bath this weekend. $9 per BBQ on Sunday from 11am until food is gone. All proceeds benefit Boy Scouts of America. One order includes a chicken half, cole slaw, potato salad and a roll. Pre-Orders can be taken at (607) 661-8670.


Steuben Reported 14 New COVID Cases Yesterday
New COVID cases continue to be confirmed in Steuben County, although the number are declining. On Thursday, 14 new cases were reported. This brings the total to 5,671 confirmed cases, 124 of which are currently active. Two individuals are associated with Haverling High School and VEW Primary School. 


Hammondsport CSD Board Meeting Wed 3/17
The Hammondsport Central School District holds their regular Board of Education Meeting Wednesday March 17th, 2021 at 6pm. For more information go online to www.hammondsportcsd.org


Steuben Prevention Coalition Hosts Zoom Forum Thursday 3/18
Steuben County’s first virtual Zoom forum set for Thursday March 19th from 7 to 8pm will be hosted by the Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee. With more traditional support systems and rehabilitation services hampered by the pandemic, substance abuse rates have skyrocketed since the pandemic’s beginning. Addiction claimed the lives of nine county residents last year, with at least 141 overdoses reported. The forum will feature comments from local authorities, followed by a question and answer session. Anonymity will be assured at the Zoom meeting sign-in at: https://zoom.us/j/94656419115?pwd=L1lxUkdLam9vRC9oMXczdUtMODNZZz09

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State Republicans Introduce Bill to Loosen Pandemic Bar Rules
Republicans in the New York State Senate are introducing a measure that would remove the governor’s mandate prohibiting bars and restaurants from serving alcohol without food, calling the rule “arbitrary” because there was no scientific data presented to back it up. State Senator Tom O’Mara says fellow Republicans would also like to remove the curfew placed on establishments.


Cuomo Impeachment Investigation Authorized 
Governor Cuomo continues to refuse to leave office after a 6th woman accused him of groping her. The latest alleged victim is a current staffer. However, some lawmakers may be considering a Plan B, of sorts. State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says an impeachment investigation will begin following mounting allegations against Cuomo. In a statement last night, Heastie said he’s authorized the Assembly Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment investigation. The committee will be able to subpoena documents, examine evidence and interview witnesses. More than 120 lawmakers now say the governor should resign. 


Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Seeks Recognition Award Receipient
Prevent Child Abuse Steuben is looking for nominations of an individual, program, or organization that has significantly contributed to the prevention of child abuse in the county for its annual Child Abuse Prevention Recognition Award. Nominations are welcome from schools, government agencies, community organizations, private practitioners, churches, and other concerned individuals or groups.
Submissions should include what the nominee has done to prevent child abuse in Steuben; what distinguishes efforts from other prevention efforts and specifically why the nominee deserves special recognition.
The deadline for nominations is April 1st.


State DOL Reports Jobs in Steuben County Dropped January 2021
According to preliminary figures released by the New York State Department of Labor, the number of private sector jobs in the State increased over the month by 29,400 to 7.3 million in January. However, jobs dropped by 2,700 in Steuben County compared to January 2020. In addition, New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 8.7% to 8.8% in January 2021.

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