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Today's Top Stories - Good Friday, April 2nd, 2021

BEGWS Announces Street Closings for Next Week
Next week, Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems will be replacing the gas main and services on South Fowler Street, from East William Street to the end. During work, the street will be closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersection of East William Street and South Fowler Street will be closed at times. Work is scheduled to begin the week of April 5 and will continue through the month of May. Any questions can be directed to (607) 776-2173, Option 2.


23 New COVID Cases Reported in Steuben Yesterday
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 23 more County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 5,998 confirmed cases, 197 of which are currently active.


Missing Teen May Be in Steuben County
Elmira Police need the community’s help to find a missing 14-year-old girl last seen a month ago on March 2nd. Jariah Reeves was last seen wearing a black puffy jacket, a black and gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans. She is described as biracial, 5 foot 7 inches tall and about 120 lbs. Police say she may have traveled to Steuben County or be in the Elmira area. If you have any information about Jariah’s whereabouts, contact Elmira Police at 607-737-5626 or message them on Facebook.  


Entertainment Venues Begin Reopening at 33 Percent
Today performing arts and entertainment venues around New York begin reopening at 33 percent capacity. Venues may host up to 100 people indoors or up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of completed vaccination or recent negative test result prior to entry, capacity is allowed to increase up to 150 people indoors or up to 500 people outdoors.Social distancing, face coverings, health screening and other health protocols will still be required by all attendees, as well as strict adherence to all applicable Department of Health guidance, available online here.


Bath-Based Trooper Saves Toddler from Choking
A Bath-based Trooper is being credited with saving the life of a two-year-old child from Avoca. Trooper Robert Webster was called to a home in the village of Avoca for a child possibly seizing. After learning the child had been eating, then stopped breathing, Trooper Webster performed the Heimlich maneuver. After two attempts, the child began to cry. The child was taken to the hospital by EMS, conscious and alert. The Trooper is being lauded for his efforts on Facebook. 


O’Mara and GOP Condemn Cuomo Police Reform
State Senator Tom O’Mara and members of the Senate Republican Conference Thursday condemned what they call “extreme pro-criminal, anti-police reform policies and actions being driven by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Albany’s legislative Democrat majorities that they are convinced are putting police officers and all New Yorkers at risk”. O’Mara and his colleagues continue to charge that New York State government under one-party control is to blame for policies like the failed bail and discovery reforms and questionable parole actions. The senators highlighted the appointment of Richard Rivera, a paroled cop-killer, to sit on one of Cuomo’s “police reform” boards in Ithaca. Sen. Another senator said every day, under the current downstate Democrat Leadership in Albany, families across this state are waking up to what appears to be a New York nightmare.


NYS’ New Fiscal Year Begins Without Budget
As New York enters its second day of the new state fiscal year, it does so without benefit of a new budget. The spending plan was due Thursday, but the day came and went with little action. A budget spokesperson said negotiations are continuing. GOP leaders say they have been shut out from the negotiations. Several sticking points remain and talks will most likely continue into next week.


Law Bans Solitary Confinement in NYS
Legislation has been signed into law in Albany, reforming the practice of solitary confinement in New York State correctional facilities. This legislation limits the amount of time an incarcerated person can spend in segregated confinement to 15 days, clearly defines and reduces the number of disciplinary infractions eligible for segregated confinement, and exempts certain vulnerable populations, including the young, elderly, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and individuals with a serious mental illness.


NYSSI Honorary Members' Drive Begins Soon
The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Steuben County within the next 10 days according to Sheriff Jim Allard. The Institute was established in 1979.  The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children.  The Camp, in its 45th year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York State attend each summer.  The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation.  Most children attending would not otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.


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