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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 8th, 2021

Steuben Sees 150 More COVID Cases & Another Death
Steuben County Public Health Department reports the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 193.  The individual was a female resident of the City of Hornell who died at the age of 91. 150 new cases of COVID were also reported since Friday. The Health Department reminds all residents to continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.


Hammondsport Woman Arrested on Multiple Charges
State Troopers arrested a Hammondsport woman on multiple felony counts. State Police took 28-year-old Mellisa Gillette into custody. She was charged with felony grand larceny, felony forgery and a lesser count of criminal possession of stolen property. The charges stem from an incident in the Village of Painted Post on September 3rd. Gillette was initially held. 


Great New York State Fair Concludes After 18 Days
The 18-day long 2021 Great New York State Fair has wrapped up and even with the fair being an extra five days long, attendance numbers were much lower than years past. Over half a million more people attended The Fair in 2019 than this year’s extra-long event. This year’s opening day of the fair saw just over 37,000 guests, where the first day in 2019 had over 74,000.


Hochul Announces $6 Million Available for Climate Justice Fellowship
NY Governor Kathy Hochul has announced $6 million is now available over three years to support 150 Climate Justice Fellowship opportunities for individuals across the state currently residing in historically disadvantaged communities or from priority populations. This announcement, in advance of New York's upcoming celebration of Climate Week from September 20 to September 26, helps support New York State's commitment to ensure an equitable clean energy transition for all New Yorkers as required by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.


Bath Man Arrested for Shoplifting in Erwin
Troopers arrested 27-year-old Kyle Ellsworth of Bath. He was charged with shoplifting stemming from an incident report September 6th in the Town of Erwin. Court action is pending.


Wellsville Woman Arrested for Shoplifting
Canisteo-based Troopers arrest 47-year-old Tracy Green of Wellsville. She was charged with shoplifting/petit larceny stemming from an incident Monday in the Town of Hornellsville. She was released on a court appearance ticket. 


Hanna Hagadone Receives Nick Clark Memorial Scholarship
The New York State Police Signal 30 Fund has awarded Hanna Hagadone from Hammondsport High School the coveted Nick Clark Memorial Scholarship. Hanna plans to pursue an education in Early Childhood Education. This scholarship was chartered to honor NY State Trooper Nick Clark who was tragically killed in the line of duty in 2018. The Allegany County Deputy Sheriffs Association is pleased to have contributed to Hanna’s scholarship using proceeds from the Dan Barkley Basketball Showcase.


State Pushes Back Some Vaccination & Back to Work Guidelines
New York State has pushed back the date that employees working from home have to be back in the office and the date some state employees have to get vaccinated. Both dates have been moved to October 12. Face masks must also be worn by state employees, except when they are in a room or office by themselves, at their desk or workstation, and while eating or drinking. State healthcare workers have until September 27 to get their first shot of coronavirus vaccine.

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