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Today's Top Stories - Monday May 17th, 2021

Bath Woman Arrested for Stolen Property for 2nd Time in 2 Days
A Bath woman was arrested for a second time in two days in connection to reports of stolen property. According to Bath Police, Ashley Short was charged with felony grand larceny in the fourth degree for allegedly stealing a purse with credit and debit cards out of a vehicle on West Morris Street. Police say that Short was arrested the night before on a separate incident for felony criminal possession of stolen property, misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was processed and released on appearance tickets to appear in the Village of Bath court at a later date.


Cuomo Says NY Will Adopt New CDC Masking Guidance
Governor Cuomo announces today that effective Wednesday, New York State will be adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new masking guidance for fully-vaccinated individuals. The CDC released the new guidance late last week and Friday, Cuomo said the state would review the data before adopting the new guidance.


Statewide Brush Burning Ban Now Lifted
New York’s statewide ban on outdoor residential brush burning has now been lifted. In 2020, DEC Forest Rangers extinguished 192 wildfires that burned a total of more than 1,122 acres.


2 COVID Vaccine Clinics in Hornell & Bath
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. Anyone who lives, works, or attends school in New York can attend either clinic to be vaccinated.  The Bath clinic remains open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and is located at the Civil Defense Training Center, 7220 State Route 54 in Bath.  The Hornell clinic will be open on Tuesdays only from 10 am to 2 pm and is located at the Hornell Community Arts Center, 58 Broadway in Hornell. To attend either clinic, participants can pre-register for an appointment time using the link found on Public Health's COVID-19 page. Walk-ins are also accepted at both clinics, but they may have a short wait if appointment slots are already filled.


$250-$300 COVID Relief Payments to Parents Start in July
Payments from the last round of COVID relief will start to be sent to parents with children 17-and-younger starting in July as part of the federal American Rescue Plan passed in March. Individuals with children 17 or younger will get payments of $250 to $300 per month for those who make less than $75,000 if filing taxes as an individual, or $150,000 as a married couple. The payments are an advance on the child tax credit and with today being the deadline to pay and file your income taxes, officials say now is the time to get your taxes filed!


Addison Man Arrested After Erwin Traffic Stop
A traffic stop led to multiple charges for an Addison man. State Troopers say they arrested 31-year-old Jarin Veasaw in the Town of Erwin. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated unlicensed operation and driving while impaired by drugs.  He was released on an appearance ticket for court. 


Guthrie Corning Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy Now Open
The Guthrie Corning Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy is now open, providing new services and making it easier than ever for patients to fill prescriptions. The new pharmacy can fill prescriptions quickly and conveniently, carries over-the-counter medications for colds, coughs, and other minor illnesses, and is centrally located near the Guthrie East Corning Medical Office Building, Guthrie Corning Cancer Center and Wound Care Center at Corning Hospital. The pharmacy is located on the first floor of the hospital, in the former cardiology clinic location near the administrative suite and is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Most insurances are accepted. A ribbon cutting is planned for 11 a.m.


Monthly Statewide Local Sales Taxes Up $464 Million from Last Year
Local government sales tax collections in New York in April grew by 45.7 percent over the same month in 2020. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says collections totaled $1.5 billion, up $464 million from April of last year. Much of this spike in monthly statewide local sales taxes over last year reflects the extremely weak collections experienced by every region of the state in April 2020, when many businesses were closed.


Half of All New Yorkers Now Fully-Vaccinated Against COVID
50 percent of all New Yorkers have completed the COVID-19 vaccine series. All New York State mass vaccination sites are now open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first come first serve basis. The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot.

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