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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 22nd, 2021

Steuben Legislature Recognizes County’s 225th Anniversary
Steuben County’s 225th anniversary was officially recognized Monday through a resolution of the state Legislature presented by state Senator Tom O’Mara and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano. At first a part of Ontario County, Steuben became the 24th county in New York on March 18, 1796, and divided into six towns: Bath, Canisteo, Frederickstown, Middletown, and Painted Post. Portions of the pioneer county then formed parts of Allegany, Livingston, Schuyler and Yates counties. Steuben has distinguished itself during the course of the state’s long history, including being the home of the First US Army aircraft (Blimp), First US Navy aircraft (Seaplane),  First US Marine aircraft (Land plane),  First flight by an American woman (Blanche Stuart Scott) and Establishing the New York State Soldiers and Sailors Home (now the VA) and is the site of a national cemetery. Steuben also boasts an array of tourist attractions and scenery, and wildlife hunting grounds as it has access to The Finger Lakes Trail, longest trail system in the state. Famous people in history include birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger, Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor recipients Morris Brown and David L. Smith and slavery escapee, activist and entrepreneur Austin Steward.


Elmira-Corning Regional TSA Finds Loaded Handgun in Carry-On Bag
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport TSA found a loaded 9mm handgun in a man's carry-on bag as he was preparing to board a flight yesterday. Officers noticed the gun in his carry on bag, alerting airport police and before they confiscated the gun. The Geneva man was not identified publicly and now faces federal fines for bringing a weapon to the airport checkpoint. The TSA says passengers are allowed to travel with firearms but they must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided locked case separate from ammunition, in checked baggage while the item needs to be declared at the airline ticket counter, even if a passenger has a concealed carry permit. TSA Officers say last year over 3,200 firearms are confiscated from carry-on bags at checkpoints last year and 83 percent of them were loaded.


Steuben May Not Access State Vaccination Funding in Time
As Governor Kathy Hochul announced earlier this week that $65 million in funding and other resources are available for counties struggling to enforce the mask mandate she declared last week but Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says that is not enough and that it’s tough to enforce. He said he is what he gets " frustrated with is a mandate that is not enforceable, that [New York State] could have easily enforced if they wanted to." The Steuben county legislature won’t meet in order to accept funds from the state until after the mask mandate expires on January 15th and  Wheeler is concerned that the county will not be able to access the funds before the mandate expires. What Wheeler and Steuben county says they can provide is signage and free masks for local businesses despite being able to enforce the week-old mandate. As only 56 percent of county residents are fully-inoculated, Wheeler said "I would be lying if it said I wasn't concerned about what the case rates look like with omicron after the holidays," Wheeler said. He also reminds us as we gather together with family and friends for this holiday season to "Be cautious."


County Health Department Offering COVID Vaccine Clinics
The Steuben County Health Dept is offering all doses of all three COVID-19 vaccines at upcoming clinics.  They offer 1st and 2nd doses as well as boosters of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.  The next clinic will be Dec. 28th from 12 - 4pm at the Civil Defense Training Center at 7220 SR 54.  Friday clinics will resume on Jan. 7th and run from 10am to 2pm.  Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are also accepted. 


Bath Man Arrested for Domestic Dispute Monday
A Bath man was arrested after a domestic dispute early Monday morning at 7:30. Village of Bath Police Department says 29-year-old Bernard Campbell was arrested after they were dispatched to the area of Warden Street and Hudson Street for a physical disturbance between a male and a female. The investigation found that Bernard Campbell was the suspect, had a domestic dispute with the victim and damaged property in excess of $250.00 He was charged with Harassment and Criminal Mischief. Campbell was processed and then transported to the Steuben County Jail where he was arraigned later in the evening. He was subsequently released at the arraignment.


Man Arrested for Sex Assault in Canisteo
A 62-year-old Steuben County man was arrested by State Police after an alleged sexual assault in Canisteo earlier this week on Monday, December 20th. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports Michael Teribury is alleged to have “intentionally and without consent, touched the intimate parts of another person”. Teribury was charged with Forcible Touching, arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court, and released.


 Lindley Man Arrested for Selling Narcotics
A 29-year-old Lindley man was arrested following an indictment for allegedly selling narcotics in Steuben County and violating parole. Eric Graham was arrested by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office yesterday after an investigation into alleged narcotics sales. Graham was indicted by the Steuben County Grand Jury for allegedly possessing and selling narcotics to another person, as well as violating a term or condition of his NYS Parole. He was charged with third-degree Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (both class-B felonies) then taken to the Steuben County Jail pending arraignment in the Steuben County Court.


Canisteo Man Arrested for Assault and Endangering Welfare of Child
Canisteo Police Department say they arrested 52-year-old Canisteo man Christopher Young for Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following an alleged physical domestic altercation on Union St. in the village.


$8.5 Million in NY Funding  Going To Improve Steuben’s Water Quality
Governor Kathy Hochul announced more than $272 million is being awarded to 179 projects to protect and improve water quality across NY State.  It will help significantly improve water quality, combat contributors to harmful algal blooms, and update aging water infrastructure in communities across the State.  These awards are in addition to the $196 million awarded to 488 projects from multiple State Agency programs through Round XI of the Governor's Regional Economic Development Council Initiative announced last week to stimulate NY's post-pandemic economic recovery.  Locally Steuben County is to be awarded just under $8.5 million for 13 projects.


Hochul Signs Legislation Package To Help Those With Disabilities
Governor Kathy Hochul signed a package of legislation that helps people with disabilities.  One of the bills requires that people with disabilities be able to have a support person with them when they're in the hospital for the duration of their stay, even during a pandemic or disaster emergency.  Another changes who appoints members to the developmental disabilities advisory council and another bill requires that council to evaluate how NY State's response to the COVID-19 state disaster emergency impacted people with disabilities.  The last one requires the president of the Civil Service Commission to conduct a study on the employment of persons and veterans with disabilities by the state. 


NYS High School Regents Exam Program Cancelled for January
According to State Education Commissioner Betty Rosa, The High School Regents Examination Program has been canceled for Jan. of 2022 due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.  The NY State Department of Education says decisions have not yet been made regarding the Jun. and Aug. of 2022 Regents Examinations or any other State assessment programs.

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