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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

6 Steuben Municipalities Say Yes to Both on Cannabis
As the deadline passed for municipalities across the state to opt-in or opt-out of marijuana dispensaries and/or on-site consumption lounges. Many Steuben County Municipalities that still have No Official Resolution on whether to opt in or out. There are six municipalities that voted yes to both dispensaries and/or on-site consumption lounges include the: Village of Bath, Town of Cohocton, Village of Cohocton, Town of Hornby, Town of Pulteney and the Town of Rathbone. The City of Corning and Town of Lindley voted ‘Yes” to dispensaries but “No” to consumption sites.


Free COVID Testing Wednesdays & Saturdays at Civil Defense Center

Free COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 1 PM by registration or walk-in. Participants can register at https://tinyurl.com/covidtest0105. The tests are conducted via self-administered saliva swabs and are diagnostic tests with results in about 48 hours, not rapid antigen tests.  Anyone who has already tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days should not get retested. Testing is free to participants; insurance will be billed if available.  Please bring your insurance card to the test site.  Participants must wear a mask.


Health Dept. & STLS Distributing KN95 Masks & COVID Rapid Test Kits
Steuben County Public Health Department is partnering with the Southern Tier Library system to distribute free KN95 masks and rapid test kits to residents across Steuben County.  Starting today until supplies run out, each family can pick up masks and up to three boxes of rapid tests at their local library during business hours which can be found at https://www.stls.org/for-the-public/member-libraries/.  Test kits and masks are also available at the Steuben County Public Health Office.


Canisteo Man Arrested for Assault & Obstruction of Breathing
A Canisteo man was arrested yesterday after an alleged assault that took place last month. Canisteo Village Police Department arrested 38-year-old Nickalus Carbone for Assault in the 3rd Degree, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing. Carbone was processed and transported to the Steuben County Jail awaiting Centralized Arraignment Procedures.


NY’s IRC STill Deliberating Redistricting Maps
New York’s Independent Redistricting Commission has not yet reached an agreement on district maps…except when it comes to the Southern Tier region. The bi-partisan Independent Redistricting Commission met virtually yesterday to approve one set of newly drawn maps to present to the state legislature. They could not come to a single consensus and are supposed to present two sets of maps, each drawn by the respective political party. Southern Tier lawmakers say they were most concerned about preserving the rural congressional district. Local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said “There was such a push to put an independent redistricting commission in place to take the politics out of it, but it didn’t seem like this was really able to be successful,” The state legislature decides next week between the two sets of maps or to throw both of them out entirely. If the latter happens, the Independent Redistricting Commission must come up with a consensus on these maps by the end of February. Palmesano also remarked: “The question will be, if the maps get sent to the legislature, will the legislative majorities agree and continue to adhere to that thinking of preserving a Southern-Tier-based congressional district.”


Arnot Announces Local COVID Vaccine Clinics

Arnot Health announces several COVID-19 vaccine clinics in our area. Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital holds a clinic Tuesday, January 11th from noon to 3:00 pm. Bradford Central School District hosts a clinic Friday, January 14th 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Arnot Mall Events Center will hold clinics from 10am to 5pm every Wednesday through February. Clinics will offer all doses of all three vaccines. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted until 30 minutes before the clinic closes but kids 5-11 years old getting a vaccine must have an appointment. Walk-ins will not be accepted for the pediatric vaccine clinics. Appointments for these clinics can be made by calling 1-800-952-2662 or by visiting Arnot’s website.


Reed Hosting Press Conference Tomorrow in Chautauqua County
Tomorrow morning at 10:30, Tom Reed hosts a press conference at the Chautauqua County Highway Department in Falconer to highlight funding for New York State roads and bridges under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. Reed will highlight the approximately $13.5 billion in investments made in New York State roads and bridges under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.


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