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County Legislator Steven Maio Among 4 Charged on 54 Counts
Four men-one of which is a county legislator- have been indicted by a Steuben County Grand Jury on 54 counts following the investigation into a sex trafficking ring in the county. Earlier in 2021, Legislator Steven Maio and three other men faced the charges which ended up being dismissed earlier this year on a technicality by a State Supreme Court Justice. Now the four men are charged with Enterprise Corruption for their alleged knowledge of or involvement with a criminal prostitution enterprise between December of 2015 - December 2020. Legislator Maio was also arrested last August for patronizing a prostitute. Larry Comfort Senior was also charged. Comfort is known for his involvement in the 1980 fatal shooting of a State Trooper in Corning. In 1985, his conviction for that murder was overturned but he served a prison sentence for criminal sale of cocaine up until 2013 when he was paroled. 

 

Man Arrested for Drug Charges After Report of Stolen Bike
One man faces drug charges after he allegedly stole a bike in the Village of Bath 4 days ago on May 21st. Bath Police say they responded to a stolen bike complaint near West Washington Street then later located a man riding the bike who was “attempting to avoid officers.” Police identified the man as Shelby Buchanan, who was found to have a warrant out of Monroe County after being questioned. According to police, methamphetamine was located in Buchanan’s bike gloves and also found a large black dagger, a scale, multiple items for drug packaging, and other drug paraphernalia. Buchanan was arrested and processed for felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony criminal possession of a weapon, and misdemeanor criminal use of drug paraphernalia. He was released and is due in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. Officers returned the stolen bike to its owner, who was a 13-year-old boy.

 

21 More Steuben County Residents COVID-Positive
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 21 more county residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday's update. This brings the total to 6,867 confirmed cases, 97 of which are currently active.

 

Siena Poll Says More Voters Want Cuomo to Resign
Voters now say Governor Andrew Cuomo should not resign by a 49-41% margin, compared to a 51-37% majority who said he should not resign last month…that’s according to a just released Siena poll. Cuomo’s favorability rating has also ticked up slightly. 

 

Bath Man Arrested for Burglary
Steuben County deputies arrested 28-year-old Kyle J. Stone of Buell Street in Bath.  It is alleged that Stone entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling on East Washington Street Extension and stole property.  He was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, a class D Felony, and Petit Larceny. Stone was arraigned in the Bath Town Court and released.

 

Average Price of US Gas Jumps 8 Cents in 2 Weeks
The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 8 cents over the past two weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said that the increase is attributed to supply disruption from the 10-day shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline following a cyberattack, and a rise in prices for corn, a key ingredient in corn-based ethanol that must be blended by refiners into gasoline. The price at the pump is $1.05 higher than it was a year ago.

 

Alfred Station Man Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance
Steuben County deputies arrested 37-year-old Adam C. Koester of route 244 in Alfred Station.  It is alleged that Koester, while an inmate in the Steuben County Jail, possessed a quantity of suspected methamphetamine.  He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree, a class D Felony.  

 

Governor Cuomo Directs Flags in NY Be Flown at Half-Staff
Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed flags on State government buildings to be flown at half-staff and state landmarks to be lit red, white and blue on Sunday, May 30 to honor the essential workers who lost their lives due to COVID-19. Flags will remain at half-staff until noon and landmarks will remain lit on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day in honor of the service members who lost their lives fighting to defend our country.

 

O’Mara Participates in Virtual “Unmask Our Kids” Rally
State Senator Tom O’Mara and other members of the Senate Republican Conference joined parents and child care providers from the Southern Tier and throughout New York State to hold a virtual “Unmask Our Kids” rally in opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new mandate requiring children as young as two years old to wear a face covering at day care centers and summer camps. The new Cuomo executive order was handed down last week and has drawn strong criticism and opposition from providers and parents locally and statewide. Opponents note that throughout the pandemic, young children at child care facilities were not required to wear masks. O’Mara said, “Why now?”

 

COVID Vaccination Clinic at Addison School Gym 6/3
The Steuben County Public Health Department is holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Addison Middle / High School gym on Thursday, June 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.  Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at this clinic.  Registration is preferred but walk-ins will also be accepted. Pfizer is available for anyone age 12 and older.  A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18 and complete a consent form.  Johnson & Johnson is available for anyone age 18 and older. Proof of date of birth is needed for anyone seeking vaccination.  If the recipient is too young to have a driver's permit or license, a birth certificate or passport are options of proof of age.

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