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42 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County since Friday

42 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since last Friday, including an individual associated with Steuben Centers, an individual associated with the Pinecrest Home for Adults in Avoca, an individual associated with the Corning Inc., Diesel Plant, two individuals associated with Haverling High School, four individuals associated with the Painted Post Walmart, and four individuals associated with Siemens Energy in Painted Post. This brings the total to 5,796 confirmed cases, 111 of which are currently active.

 

SUNY Chancellor announces 72 new faculty hires across 21 schools

State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced today the hiring of 72 faculty across 21 SUNY campuses, as part of the Promoting, Recruiting Opportunity, Diversion, Inclusion and Growth program, designed to increase the representation of historically underrepresented faculty in the SUNY system.

 

Steuben County officially designated as Purple Heart Community

Monday, Steuben County legislators unanimously approved designating the county as a Purple Heart Community. Legislators also accepted slightly more than $370,000 from the New York State Division of Criminal  Justice Services under the state Criminal Justice Discovery Reform Grant for April 2020 through  March 2021.

 

Reed apologizes for allegations; Senator doesn’t believe he should resign

Last week, Congressman Tom Reed was accused of sexual misconduct by former lobbyist Nicolette Davis in a Washington Post article after an incident at a Minneapolis Bar in 2017. Reed apologized to Davis in a statement Sunday saying he was battling alcoholism and “Simply put, my behavior caused her pain, showed her disrespect, and was unprofessional.” Reed also announced he will not run for Governor or re-election in 2022. State Senator Tom O’Mara said that he was surprised to hear of the accusation and disappointed to see all of Reed’s hard work come to an end but says he does not think Reed should resign, as he did not call for Governor Cuomo to resign as a result of the allegation made against him.

 

New Pedestrian and Traffic Signals Coming at 415 Intersection in Village of Bath

In the next few months, intermittent lane and shoulder closures should be expected at the intersection of Route 415 and Liberty Street in the village of Bath due to the installation of new traffic and pedestrian signals at the intersection. The project at the intersection is the result of a $2 million award announced this previous August to replace existing sidewalks while making the village of Bath more walkable. Construction is weather-dependent and subject to change.

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