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Today's Top Stories - Monday May 10th, 2021

Nurses Needed at the Bath VA
Help is needed urgently as RN’s, LPN’s and Nursing Assistants are in demand at the Bath VA Medical Center. The VA says it provides a generous benefits package, that includes: a competitive salary, health care insurance, retirement benefits, vacation time, sick leave, and continuing education opportunities. Job openings are also available at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center.


Local Lawmakers Call for Full Reopening of DMV
Several local lawmakers recently sent a letter to Governor Cuomo, calling on him to allow local Department of Motor Vehicle offices to fully reopen. DMV offices do not currently allow walk-ins and you must sign up ahead of time for an appointment. New York State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano reported that local residents are waiting an average of three to four weeks for appointments.  In the letter, O’Mara and Palmesano, along with Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes, Assemblyman Chris Friend and Assemblyman Joe Giglio wrote that transactions at local DMV offices are “an important source of revenue for county governments and their full-time operation is critical to the ability of local governments to recover from the COVID-19 shutdown”.  


Hornell Woman Charged After Welfare Fraud Investigation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office report a 64-year-old Hornell woman was charged after a welfare fraud investigation. Maxine Huddle allegedly purchased and used another person’s benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services, allowing her to obtain benefits she was not entitled nor authorized to receive. She is charged with one count of criminal use of a public benefit card in the second degree and will appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date while charges at a later date are anticipated for the person that sold the benefit card to Huddle.


AAA Reports Gas in NY Reaches $3/Gallon
According to AAA, New York’s average gas price has reached $3/gallon-jumping five cents since last week. The current average for New York is three cents above the national average of $2.97 which was seven cents lower a week ago. Elmira reports an average of $2.94 which jumped five cents since last week and $1.01 higher than last year. This jump in gas prices is due to a cyber attack that led to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, along with the usual rise due to spring demand. The impact will depend on how long the pipeline remains shutdown, with a long shutdown resulting in moresupply concern issues.


SUNY and CUNY Students Need Vaccinations to Return to School
Governor Cuomo announced this morning during a COVID-19 briefing in Albany that all SUNY and CUNY boards will require vaccinations for all in-person students beginning in the fall while encouraging all private colleges and universities to require the vaccine as well. Cuomo also remarked: "Let's make a global statement - you cannot go back to school in person in September unless you have a vaccine.” and said the new rule will be “a major motivation for people to get the vaccine...”


Bath Woman Cited After Benton Horse and Buggy Crash
A Bath woman was cited following a horse-and-buggy crash in Benton during the early morning hours on Thursday. According to FingerLakes1.com, Melissa Carney was traveling east on State Rt. 54 in the town of Benton when she struck a horse-and-buggy traveling in the same direction. The horse died from injuries suffered in the crash while the 20-year-old carriage driver from Penn Yan was treated at the scene. The Yates County Sheriff’s Office say the sun’s glare and following too closely contributed to this accident.


30 More COVID Cases in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department reported on Friday that 30 more county residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,667 confirmed cases, 165 of which are currently active. Five individuals are associated with Hornell High School, Hornell Intermediate School, North Hornell Elementary, Prattsburgh Central and Wayland-Cohocton Elementary.


NY’s Statewide COVID Positivity Rate Drops to 1.45%
New York’s statewide 7-day average COVID positivity rate has dropped to 1.45%. That’s the lowest since October 28th and represents 34 straight days of decline. Hospitalizations have also dropped to just above, 2000 and that’s the lowest since November 15th. In the Southern Tier region, 64 people are in the hospital with virus-related issues. 


Body Found Saturday at Ithaca Falls Identified
Authorities have identified the body of a person found dead Saturday at Ithaca Falls. Phillip Zukowski was a Cornell University student. The sophomore transferred to the college last Fall. Ithaca police said the investigation is ongoing but at this time, police the death doesn’t appear to be criminal.

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