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Steuben County Reopens Offices to Walk-In Appointments
Effective today, Steuben County has reopened all public offices to walk-in appointments.As directed by state and federal guidance, those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 do not need to wear face coverings but those who are not vaccinated must wear face masks in all public areas in the office buildings, like hallways and office suites. The only exception is the State Court Offices which requires face coverings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Steuben County also says the DMV can open for walk-ins, which has been open by appointment only for more than a year. DMV appointments will be honored through June 14th and you must have all the required documents before arriving. Forms available at dmv.ny.gov and will also be available at the Main County Office Building entrance in Bath as well as the DMV offices in  Corning and Hornell. You can click here for more information.


7-Week Campbell Creek Closure in Howard Starts Today
The County Route 14 bridge (Campbell Creek Road) crossing Campbell Creek in the Town of Howard will be closed to all through traffic beginning today for approximately seven weeks. The bridge is located between the north end of CR 669 and Dublin Road. The closure will allow the current pipe to be removed and completely replaced with a new concrete box structure. There will be an onsite detour.


4 From Bath Injured in Saturday Morning Jerusalem Crash
WETM reports four people from Bath were injured in a motor vehicle accident in the Town of Jerusalem Saturday morning. Yates County Deputies were dispatched for a motor vehicle rollover with 4 people trapped inside. There were two vehicles involved. The first vehicle, with trapped occupants, was found overturned in a ditch. The second vehicle was found to be engulfed in flames. April Ordway, 40, and Michael Hixon of Bath were trapped in the first vehicle and flown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. The two other trapped occupants from Bath, Princess Anthony, 37, and Keziah Anthony, 7, were taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital. The occupants of the second vehicle were transported to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for further treatment. The crash remains under investigation.


Southern Tier COVID Positivity Rate Reported at 0.64%
Today, Governor Cuomo traveled to Jones Beach on Long Island to hold a conference updating the public on the state’s ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. Statewide, a 1.09% positivity rate was reported yesterday as well as the lowest COVID hospitalizations since early November. The regional average positivity rates for the Southern Tier was reported to be 0.64% and 2.34% for the neighboring Finger Lakes region. Cuomo said over 10 million or about 64% of New Yorkers have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Cuomo remarked about the situation: “.... so we have to make sure this complicated message is heard: We’re managing COVID, we’re doing well, the positivity rate is not misunderstood to say it’s over.”


Steuben County Legislators Met Today
A local law to bring two related Steuben County departments under one director, while a second law to allow young teens to hunt while under adult supervision also was on county legislators’ agenda when they met in regular session this morning. The plan to bring the county Office of Emergency Services (OES) and 9-1-1 together with the leadership of one director is expected to be endorsed by the county Legislature. The county OES is headed by county Director Tim Marshall, who was recently named acting 911 Director with the assistance of Deputy Director Tina Goodwin. If adopted by county lawmakers, youth in Steuben County, aged 12 and 13, will be able to hunt deer under the guidance of a licensed hunter 18 and older. The local law will allow the county to participate in a New York State pilot program.


Cuomo Announces “A Shot In The Park” to Promote Vaccination
Today, Governor Cuomo announced the new initiative to promote COVID-19 vaccinations called “A Shot in the Park” where between May 24th and 31st, anyone who gets vaccinated with either the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson, is eligible to receive a free two-day pass to any New York State Park which will be valid through September 30 and can be picked up at any state park. You can get your pass by showing confirmation of your eligible vaccine, such as your vaccination card, at any of the 181 parks across the state. Parking, beach and pool privileges are covered by the passes.


Over 1 Million Excelsior Passes Issued Since March
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that more than 1 million Excelsior Passes have been issued since New York State launched the first-in-the-nation voluntary platform in March. Excelsior Pass, which is now being utilized by venues, universities, stadiums and businesses statewide. Cuomo said it is a free, fast, and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results that's helping to get New Yorkers back to the things they love and miss — safely. As of May 19, the State lifted capacity restrictions and adopted CDC guidance on masks and social distancing for fully vaccinated individuals.


Addison Man Arrested for Drugs
During a traffic stop, State Police arrested 58-year-old Steven Faulkner of Addison. He was charged with driving while impaired by drugs. He was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.


Campbell Man Arrested Charged With Criminal Contempt
State Troopers arrested 44-year-old Loren Hill of Campbell. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly disobeying a court order as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance. He’ll respond in court at a later date.


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