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Today's Top Stories - Saturday January 15th, 2022

Kickoff 8:15 As Bills Play Tonight on WVIN
AFC Champs the Buffalo Bills play tonight in the NFL Wild Card Round against longtime rivals the New England Patriots at Buffalo’s Highmark Stadium. As always, WVIN will have all the Bills action! Pregame starts at 6pm on 98.3 FM WVIN. Kick-off is at 8:15.


Tops Plaza in Riverside Sold To Carnegie Companies
The Tops Plaza in Riverside has been sold to Carnegie Companies, according to minutes from the Steuben County IDA. Carnegie Companies have requested the current PILOT benefits remain in effect and be transferred to the new ownership group. Public tax records indicate the sale has not yet been registered and the property is still listed as being owned by Pulteney Plaza Inc. The plaza in Riverside has been a site for businesses like Tops, Rent-A-Center, OIP and other office and restaurant spaces.  Pulteney Plaza would be the company’s second property in New York with their first being in Ripley, New York but a majority of their holdings are based in Ohio, according to the company website.


Another COVID Death Reported in Steuben County
Steuben County Public Health Department reports another COVID-related death, bringing the total number of COVID deaths in Steuben County to 282 since the beginning of the pandemic.  The latest death was a 79-year-old Town of Hornellsville man. All residents should 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.


State Eviction Moratorium Expires Today
Today, the New York State eviction moratorium ends after being extended  in 2021. The  Cuomo administration put in the pandemic-era law so tenants could be allowed to delay rental payments if they experienced hardship during the pandemic. Area landlords say after almost two years of not being paid by some residents, they are now struggling.  As the moratorium expires, local organizations like Arbor Housing are trying to help tenants and landlords by offering counseling and other services for residents who qualify. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program, (or ERAP) is accepting applications again to help tenants who fell behind on rent payments during the pandemic. Though those who apply this time around aren't guaranteed to get funding, a pending application will provide a tenant temporary protection from eviction.


Hochul Says NY’s Weekly COVID Numbers Offer “Glimmer of Hope”
At yesterday’s COVID-19 press update, Governor Hochul says there has been a recent “glimmer of hope” regarding the pandemic as in the past week, the 7-day average COVID Positivity Rate in New York State has been on the decline from over 90,000 cases statewide to just over 49,000 Friday. Hospitalizations and deaths have also decreased.

Steuben DPW Urges Caution on the Road for Tomorrow's Snowstorm
Steuben County Public Works is preparing for the Nor'easter snowstorm expected to hit the area tomorrow. Deputy Commissioner Todd Housel said the DPW’s preparation begins days before the snow storm is anticipated in our area. Housel says part of the early-prep process is having salt and sand “mixed, fully stocked and ready to go,”  while also checking trucks and their tires. When there's an accumulation of six to 12 inches of snow, the county’s plowers work in sequence together and are dispatched by two district supervisors: one in the North and South.  Plows stay out and go around until about 9 or 10 at night. Housel reminds the public to be cautious of their surroundings and patient on the road as plows will be traveling at 20 mph to evenly spread salt on the roads. Drivers are also urged to look out for turn signals on the roads as it gets very snowy out, especially with those snow plows moving so slowly. 


Steuben Prevention Coalition Needs Feedback for Survey
Steuben County residents are being asked to take five minutes to complete a survey to help the Steuben Prevention Coalition. The survey is available online at the link below.  Feedback is strongly encouraged as it will be part of local drug prevention efforts this year. The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBJF3JF

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