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Today's Top Stories - Thursday April 8th, 2021

Steuben reports 24 New COVID Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 24 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,111 confirmed cases, 194 of which are currently active.


Steuben County Could Be Designated National Heritage Area
A study to designate Steuben County and more than a dozen counties in the Finger Lakes as a national heritage area is underway. The designation of National Heritage Areas (NHA) reflect historic, cultural, and natural resources which form cohesive, nationally important landscapes, according to NHA presenter Chuck Lawson, who spoke with the county Legislature Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee yesterday. This designation could boost Steuben’s economic development and tourism industry, and allows the county to draw any available state funds to match federal money. The study and any recommendations from the U.S. Secretary of the Interior will be reported to Congress, for review and an official designation. A resolution supporting the study is expected to be voted on by the Legislature at 10 am, Wednesday, May 26th.

A link for public comments until June 1st is available on the county website at https://www.steubencony.org/ and will posted on the county Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/1.SteubenCountyNY

For more information, go to https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=91275 A link for public comment also is located in the left hand column on the document.


Bath Man Arrested for Fentanyl Sales
A 41-year-old Bath man is behind bars following his arrest on warrants related to the sale of fentanyl. Bath P.D. says Christopher Aldrich was picked up on two warrants for the criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. According to Bath Police, charges stem from the alleged sale of fentanyl that happened last year on Belfast Street in the Village.


Palmesano Says State Budget Will Further Stifle Economic Growth
Local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano joined fellow Republicans in criticism of the New York state budget passed earlier this week. Palmesano accuses Governor Cuomo and Democrats of recklessly passing a fiscally irresponsible budget, saying:
“This budget, with their misplaced priorities, will just further stifle private sector investment, job creation and economic growth for our small businesses, farmers, manufacturers and the hardworking men and women of our state.”


11th Accuser Comes Forward; Says Cuomo Groped Her at Mansion
The 11th of Governor Cuomo’s accusers spoke out this week about an alleged groping incident. The woman chose to be unnamed and told the Times Union that while she was a staffer, Cuomo groped underneath her blouse at the governor’s mansion after he asked for help with some phone issues. The woman said the incident wasn't the first time she felt uncomfortable around Cuomo, adding he gave her tight hugs and kisses on the cheek since she first joined the team in 2017. Cuomo continues to deny any of the allegations of inappropriate behavior but did say some of his comments "have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation." The Attorney General’s office continues its investigation into the governor. Despite Democrats and Republicans alike at the state and national level calling for Cuomo to step down from office, he says has no plans to resign.


Young Hunters in NY Can Use Firearm to Hunt With Adult Supervision
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced a new opportunity for young hunters. The new state budget includes legislation that now allows residents ages 12 and 13 to hunt deer with a firearm or crossbow under the supervision of an experienced adult hunter. The legislation requires each county to “opt-in” to the program by adopting a local law. Until now, New York was the only state that didn’t allow 12- and 13-year-olds to hunt big game with a firearm.


Reed is Stepping Down from Problem Solvers Caucus
Congressman Tom Reed will no longer serve as the co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus. WETM reports that according to a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick of Bucks County, Pennsylvania has been elected to replace Reed as co-chair of the bipartisan caucus. Reed announced in March that he will not seek re-election in 2022 after a former lobbyist accused him of sexual misconduct.


Andrew Guiliani Announces Bid for 2020 NY Gubernatorial Run
Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, announced plans to run for governor of New York in 2022. Giuliani told the Washington Examiner he plans to run and says he believes he can win the race. Giuliani previously worked as part of Donald Trump's presidential administration. Current Governor Andrew Cuomo has faced backlash for his administration's handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes, as well as at least ten women accusing the him of sexual misconduct.


Canisteo Man Arrested for Rape and Kidnapping
Canisteo Police arrested 41-year-old Kevin Tibbets of Green Street. He was charged with kidnapping, two counts of first-degree rape, strangulation, aggravated criminal contempt, three counts of criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief. Tibbits was initially jailed.


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