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Today's Top Stories - Saturday May 15, 2021

14 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 14 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including two individuals associated with Haverling High School and Hornell High School. This brings the county total to 6,770 confirmed cases, 160 of which are currently active.


J&J, Moderna vaccine clinics to be held in Bath, Hornell

The Steuben County Public Health Department is now offering two COVID-19 vaccines at the weekday clinics in Hornell and Bath. Participants will have their choice of receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the two-dose Moderna vaccine.  Both vaccines are available for anyone age 18 and older. The Bath clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Civil Defense Training Center, 7220 State Route 54 in Bath. The Hornell clinic will be open on Tuesdays only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. located at the Hornell Community Arts Center, 58 Broadway in Hornell.


Hornell voters to decide on sale of Bryant Elementary School

Voters in the Hornell City School District will be voting on the proposed sale of Bryant Elementary School when they take to the ballots this Tuesday, May 18th. The building will close as a school at the close of the 2020-’21 academic year after the Board of Educators voted to close the building in Spring 2020. In May 2020, Rochester-based realty company Park Grove Realty approached the Hornell City School District as a potential buyer, with an offer of $500,000. Their proposed plan would preserve the Bryant building’s exterior, a majority of the surrounding green spaces, the school’s playground which would remain open to the neighboring community, and a small building extension. The project would deliver 39 workforce housing units, including two studios, 22 one-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom units, a community room and fitness center. With rents being in the ballpark of $625 and $850 a month.


Governor Cuomo mulls mask mandate

Governor Andrew Cuomo has yet to decide whether he will lift New York State’s mask mandate in the wake of new CDC guidelines that lift restrictions on those who are fully vaccinated. The Governor said Thursday, the mandate is still in effect, as his office reviews the new federal guidelines and consults with health officials in nearby states.


Elmira murder suspect arrested after lengthy chase through NY, PA

Elmira man Lawrence Williams was arrested in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, yesterday after leading police on two-hour long chase that crossed the New York and Pennsylvania border several times. Williams is the prime suspect the fatal April 14th shooting death of Christopher White. Mr. Williams’ was found operating a black Chevrolet Malibu in Elmira yesterday, and when police attempted to pull the vehicle over, he then led them on a two-hour long chase that crossed the border numerous times before coming to an end in North Branch Township, Pennsylvania. Mr. Williams was taken to the Bradford County Jail where he is awaiting extradition to New York State. Pennsylvania State Police say one trooper was injured during the chase, their condition is unknown at this time.

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