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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday March 31st, 2021

NWS Issues Weather Advisory for Steuben County to 5pm Tomorrow
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Steuben County, running from tonight until tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. Several hours of snowfall rates around a half to 1 inch per hour are likely during the overnight and early morning hours Thursday. Also, the snow will be wet and   heavy, which could lead to scattered power outages and will be very difficult to shovel. Look for 4-7” of snow to accumulate.


COVID on the Rise in Steuben With 24 New Cases Reported
COVID is spreading in Steuben County – that’s the word from Public Health Director Darlene Smith. She says even as restrictions are loosening, residents and visitors should remember the importance of COVID prevention protocols. Twenty-four new positive cases were confirmed yesterday. This brings the total to just shy of 6,000 confirmed cases, 180 of which are currently active.


Corning Inc. Receives $57 Million in Federal Funding for Vaccine Vials
Valor glass vials made by local Corning Inc are playing a key role in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Corning Inc. was awarded federal funding worth $57 million so the manufacturing capacity of glass tubing and vials for the vaccine can be increased. Just last year in 2020, Corning shipped vials to deliver over 100 million vaccine doses. Expansion made possible by the federal funding will increase the production of glass products which include valor glass vials.


SCLBC Holds Meeting Wed. April 7th
The Steuben County Land Bank Corporation (SCLBC) holds a meeting Wednesday April 7th from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Its agenda is online at www.steubencony.org. The meeting will be held in the Legislative Chambers located on the 3rd Floor of the Annex Building for Board Members, Legislators and invited staff only, and will also be held via teleconference for remaining staff, members of the public and the media. 

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Meeting ID: 972 4174 0283

Passcode: 55903106

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State Landmarks Lit Yesterday to Honor New Veterans’ Legislation
Yesterday, landmarks around the state were being lit in red, green and yellow to honor the new legislation for veterans in the Empire State. Governor Cuomo signed a new rule expanding access to veterans treatment courts across New York allowing qualifying justice-involved veterans in counties lacking a veterans treatment court to have their cases transferred into an existing one in a neighboring county. Yesterday, Cuomo said New York state honored Vietnam War Veterans Day with a virtual forum hosted by the New York State Division of Veteran's Services.


Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis in NY
New York state lawmakers have voted to legalize adult-use cannabis and create the country’s second-largest recreational marijuana market, setting the stage for the Empire State to officially join 16 other states that have embraced full legalization. The “Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act” cleared the Assembly and Senate after hours of debate on the bill’s proposed regulatory structure, public safety and health implications. It now awaits final approval from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he looks forward “to signing this legislation into law." Cities, towns and villages would have the ability to opt-out of having adult-use dispensaries and consumption sites in their communities. Don’t look to make a legal purchase for at least 18 months. Locally, senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano voted against the measure.


Still No Stimulus Payment? It Should Soon Come Electronically
If you still have not received your third stimulus payment, the Treasury Department says that most payments will be processed and dropped electronically like social security payments by April 7th, according to News10NBC. Some recipients will get the payments via electronic deposit or debit card. The delay was due to the Social Security Administration not sending the information quickly enough to IRS officials so they could then process the payments. Those eligible will be granted $1,400 to individuals making less than $75,000 and $2,800 to those couples who make less than $150,000 under the American Relief Act.


Tax Day Delayed to May 17th As NY Still Has Highest US Tax Burden
With Tax Day delayed to May 17 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2021 Tax Burden by State report. New York leads the country with the overall number one tax burden and the number one individual income tax burden. The Empire State’s property tax burden ranks sixth in the nation. Alaska has…the lowest tax burden.


Thurston Home Destroyed in Fire Monday
Fire destroyed a town of Thurston home on Monday. Thurston and several other departments responded to the blaze on County Road 24. Hours later, the home was declared a total loss. There were no reported injuries. While the cause of the fire has not been finalized, officials don’t believe it was suspicious. 


Collegiate Sport Venues Can Reopen Friday at 10% and 20%
Collegiate sports will once again bring fans back into the stands. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that, starting Friday, venues which hold more than 1,500 people indoors and 2,500 outdoors will be able to operate at 10% and 20% capacity, respectively. Everyone attending an event at large-scale venues must show proof of a negative COVID test or vaccination, and local or state health officials must be notified prior to a sporting event taking place.  Small-scale venues which feature intercollegiate, club or intramural sports can host up to two spectators per player – or up to 100 people indoors, or 200 outdoors.

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