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19 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 19 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19, including three individuals associated with Siemens Energy in Painted Post, and one individual associated with Corning, Inc. at IDM. This brings the total to 5,866 confirmed cases, 140 of which are currently active.

 

NY Senate minority leader files complaint against Governor Cuomo

New York State Senate minority leader Rob Ortt has formally filed a complaint with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, and requested an investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo, specifically, to look into a report by the Times Union that the Governor unlawfully used his power by directing the state Department of Health to provide his family, and influential people with ties to his administration special access to scare COVID-19 tests last year. The impeachment inquiry is already focusing on the sexual assault allegations made against him, whether he withheld information on COVID-19, and whether he ordered any related investigations to be suppressed.

 

Power outages may exceed 24 hours as NYSEG, RG&E respond to strong winds

NYSEG and Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) are currently responding as powerful winds continue to impact much of their service area. At one point, approximately 36,000 NYSEG and 3,700 RG&E customers were without power, including customers in Steuben and surrounding counties. Due to the continuation of high winds in some areas, coupled with softened soil as a result of the recent weather, some outages may exceed 24 hours.

 

Argentieri to run for Mayor of Hornell

4th Ward alderman on the Hornell Common Council, Hornell native, and Hornell High School graduate Rich Argentieri has announced his bid for mayor of the City of Hornell. He will be running against incumbent first term Republican John Buckley. Argentieri said yesterday when his campaign was announced that nonpartisanship, effective municipal management and taxes will be the main focuses of his campaign. He also said Hornell taxpayers have been subjected to three consecutive years of tax increases, along with a property tax revaluation, without the payoff of increased services. “"The city services have been lessened and many neighborhoods are more run-down than ever,".

 

Missing Steuben County man located

The New York State police announced yesterday that 20-year-old missing Steuben County man Josh Tietje was located and is in good health after being reported missing from his residence on Friday morning.

 

Deadline for police reform plans approaches, failure to meet deadline could result in loss of funding

Thursday, April 1st is the deadline for local governments to submit their police reform plans to the state to either be enacted into law or made a resolution. Failure to do so could result in those municipalities losing state funding. This was made a requirement after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order requiring local governments to adopt police reform policies in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and other African Americans at the hands of police officers. Every local government in Steuben County has enacted their plans.

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