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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, June 17th, 2021

5 More Test Positive in Steuben County for COVID Since Monday
Steuben County Public Health Department reports five Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Monday's update. This brings the total to 6,943 confirmed cases, 22 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the Town of Corning, Town of Erwin, Town of Hornellsville, Village of Avoca, and Village of Hammondsport. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.


Jury Selection for David & BillieJo Gee Case To Begin in July
Next month, jury selection is scheduled to begin for the case of a fatal snowmobile accident that killed a Steuben County man’s wife in 2019. On January 21st, 2019, David Gee was driving a snowmobile with his wife BillieJo in Tuscarora  on a private road when Troopers say he pulled onto State Route 417 into the path of a vehicle, ejecting them both from the snowmobile and neither were wearing helmets. BillieJo was pronounced dead at Guthrie Corning Hospital. Gee was originally charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, and felony Driving While Intoxicated. Gee was arraigned on May 2019 with $10,000 bail/$20,000 bond posted. Gee pled not guilty.


Southern Tier COVID-Vaccination Rate Under 70%
Though the state’s COVID vaccination rate for the first dose is up to 70%, our own Southern Tier region falls short of the percentage at 51.4% of those 18 or older getting at least one shot of the COVID vaccine- behind both Chemung County, which is at 52.3%, and Schuyler County at 56.1%. Local officials say there is no need to worry because they did not anticipate reaching the rate of 70% due to the low vaccination turnout.


Wegmans Reports Database Leak of Personal Information
After Wegmans experienced database issues, some peoples’ personal information, which includes names, addresses, birthdates, emails, phone numbers, passwords and more, could have been exposed. Wegmans says two databases were left open which allowed potential outside access,and blamed the potential leak on a configuration issue.  The store says the issue has since been fixed. Any customer impacted by this leak has already been notified. Social security numbers and banking information was not leaked. Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call 1-855-535-1851.


Man Found Dead at South Seneca Marina in Watkins Glen
A man is dead after suffering an apparent medical emergency at South Seneca Marina in Watkins Glen. His body was found under the dock and rescuers recovered his body from the water. The Watkins Glen Police Department is asking anyone with information to give them a call.


Cuomo Says Not to Get “Cocky” With COVID Success
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo says “we cannot get cocky” with COVID successes. He says the best way to honor frontline and essential workers for all they have done for us is to stay vigilant and get everyone vaccinated. New York’s statewide positivity rate has dropped to 0.35%...it has declined for 72 consecutive days. Sadly, nine more virus-related deaths have been reported in New York.


Woodhull Man Arrested by Troopers
State Police report the arrest of 28-year-old Matthew Stanton of Woodhull. He was charged with reckless endangerment, menacing and criminal mischief. He was initially detained. 


Black Bass Season in NY Begins Saturday 6/19
The harvest season for largemouth and smallmouth bass opens Saturday in the Empire State. These two species, also known as black bass, are New York's most popular freshwater sportfish, and account for 31 percent of total freshwater angling effort in the state.  New York's traditional bass season opens on the third Saturday in June each year and runs until Nov. 30.


Local Sales Tax Collection in NY Increase by 57 Percent
Local sales tax collections in New York in May increased by 57 percent over the same month in 2020, the highest one month increase in recent history…that’s according to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Collections totaled $1.4 billion, up $530 million from May of last year.

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