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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday June 15th, 2021

11 Arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies for Probation Violations
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports from June 1st to Monday, June 14th, deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested the 11 people due to active warrants. Suspects include: Sarah Jayne King of Canisteo, Jamison Michael Ferreira of  Painted Post, Joshua Allen Bradshaw of Addison, Semachiah Letrell McDuffie of Cameron, Amanda Jo Barnes of Elmira, Benjamin Carl Francis of Hornell,  Kiersten Anne Smith of Bath, Ellyn Laura Williams of Lindley, Jason Milford York of Bath, Leilani Elaine Johnson of Bath, and Danielle Marie Smith of Campbell. It is alleged the suspects violated a term or condition of their probation then arrested on a Felony Violation of Probation Warrant issued out of Steuben County Court and then remanded to the Steuben County Jail.

 

James Kuhl Running for County Legislature’s 12th District Seat
James Kuhl of Painted Post has announced his intention to run for the office of Steuben County Legislature District 12 seat. The 39-year-old is a Senior Business Consultant at Salient Management Company, a business intelligence software company based in Horseheads. Kuhl spent his youth in Hammondsport. After earning his undergraduate degree, he ran a successful 2006 reelection campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives for his father, Randy Kuhl. Kuhl is also seeking a seat on the Erwin Town Council.

 

2 More Steuben County Residents Die from COVID
COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Steuben County. The victims had previously tested positive for the virus. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 186.  One individual was a male resident of the Town of Canisteo who died at the age of 59 and the other was a female resident of the Village of Arkport who died at the age of 61.  

 

NY's COVID Restrictions Lifted Across Commercial and Social Settings
With 70% of New York adults receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Cuomo made the announcement this afternoon that effective immediately, state-mandated COVID restrictions are lifted across commercial and social settings.  Mask requirements will continue to remain in place for schools, public transit, and healthcare settings. Cuomo announced a few days ago that the The New York State Fair will be back at full capacity this summer. In accordance with the State's evolving health guidelines, indoor spaces will be subject to capacity limits to allow attendees to be socially distanced within each building.

 

NY Bill Passes That Would Faking Vaccine Cards A Crime
State lawmakers in both chambers have passed a bill making the creation of fake vaccine cards or passports illegal. Vaccination cards are required to get into some sporting events, concerts, and shows. The legislation makes faking the digital vaccine records a crime lumped into computer tampering- a felony charge while forging a fake paper document would be considered a misdemeanor charge. The bill awaits the Governor to sign it into law.

 

Steuben County Health Incentivizes COVID-Vaccinations with Railhead
As New York State maintains efforts for a return to “normalcy” and a safe reopening of the state and the rest of the country by encouraging as many New Yorkers as possible to get vaccinated, Steuben County Health officials continue to do their part. In an attempt to reach people in the western portion of the county where vaccination rates are the lowest, the county’s Department of Public Health is collaborating with Railhead Brewing in Hornell to offer a tasty incentive to anyone who gets vaccinated at a pop-up vaccination clinic to be held at the brewery from 3:00-5:00pm on Wednesday, June 23rd. Those who get vaccinated at the pop-up clinic (and who are twenty-one years of age or older) will receive a voucher for a free pint of beer of their choice to be redeemed at the brewery either immediately after receiving the vaccination or at a later date.

 

County Health Dept. Resumes Regular Immunization Clinics
The Steuben County Public Health Department is resuming their regular immunization clinics for children and adults who are uninsured, underinsured, or whose insurance does not cover vaccinations. COVID-19 vaccines will not be available at these clinics. Vaccines that children and adults are required or recommended to receive will be available. Immunization clinics will be held at the Steuben County Public Health Office in Bath. Appointments are required.

Today's Top Stories - Monday June 14th, 2021

Bath’s Chat A Whyle Restaurant Reopening Tomorrow
The Chat A Whyle Restaurant is reopening in downtown Bath tomorrow! The restaurant's new owner is Dillion Towner and he shared some details WVIN's Community Focus. Though the building wasn't structurally changed, new paint and furniture were added to freshen the space up. The menu will be what Towner describes as a modern American one, and he says they are in the process of getting their license to serve alcoholic beverages as well. Towner says he is looking forward to serving the community that has long-awaited Chat A Whyle’s reopening. Hear the full interview with Dave Taylor Smith at: https://wvinbath.com/.../215/2021_06_14_215_104565_4795.mp3

 

County Health Dept Resumes 3 Regular Summer Immunization Clinics 
Steuben County Health Department resumes regular immunization clinics for children and adults who are uninsured, underinsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccinations. COVID-19 vaccines will not be available at these clinics. Available vaccines for this clinic include: DTaP and Tdap, MMR, HPV and others. Clinics will be held at the Steuben County Public Health Office in Bath, located at 3 Pulteney Square in Bath. They will take place:
Tuesday, June 29 from 9:00 – 11:00
Wednesday, July 21 from 1:00 – 3:00
Tuesday, July 27 from 9:00 – 11:00
Appointments are required and can be made by calling 607-664-2438. A parent or guardian must accompany any children under 18. All clinic attendees must wear face coverings. Those currently under isolation or quarantine at the time of the clinic due to a positive COVID-19 test or COVID-19 exposure cannot attend the clinic.

 

Hornell Police Department Investigating 2 Drug Use Deaths
The Hornell Police Department is investigating two deaths in what is believed to be a drug related incident…that from WENY-TV. Officers responded to a home on Hill Street just after 4:00 a.m. Sunday. Their initial investigation revealed that the men had died “after being involved in drug use”. Both men were sent to Broome County for their autopsies.

 

Glenn Curtiss Museum Opens “Art of War…” Insignia Exhibit
A new exhibit called “The Art of War: Squadron Insignia from the Curtiss Collection” opened at the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport this weekend. The exhibit started as a way to chronicle 60 years-worth of military insignia and similar items. Staff of the museum say some items haven't seen daylight in decades. The “Art of War…” exhibit will continue to hang through the fall.

 

WalletHub Ranks NY 4th “Most Fun” State
According to WalletHub, 2021’s Most Fun States in America, New York State is the 4th “Most Fun” in the nation. The 50 states were compared across 26 key metrics including movie costs, accessibility of national parks, casinos per capita and more. New York boasted the highest restaurants, movie theatres, performing arts and fitness centers per capita. California, Florida, Nevada, New York and Illinois were named the top five most fun states in the US. The report named the least fun state West Virginia.

 

State’s COVID Positivity Rate Continues Decline
New York State’s COVID stats remain encouraging. The statewide positivity rate has declined to 0.35%. It remains the lowest in the nation. Hospitalizations have dropped below 700 and statewide vaccination rate has climbed to 69.7%. More than 20 million COVID vaccine doses have been administered in New York.

 

Today is World Blood Donor Day
Today is world blood donor day. The Day is recognized annually to thank blood donors around the world for their voluntary, unpaid contributions which ultimately save lives and contribute to better health. It also serves as a call to action for more people all over the world to donate blood on a regular basis. Safe blood, blood products, and their transfusions are an essential aspect of care and public health – saving millions of lives and improving the health and quality of life for many every day. Blood is in continuous need because it can only be stored for a limited amount of time before use. To Donate Blood call 1-800-RED-CROSS or find a drive locally at www.redcrossblood.org

 

Addison Man Arrested After Woodhull Dispute
Court action is pending for an Addison man following a domestic dispute in the Town of Woodhull. State Troopers arrested 26-year-old David Gee. He was charged with felony second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree reckless endangerment. 

 

State Troopers Chase Stolen Ambulance from Utica to Irondequoit
State troopers were led on a lengthy pursuit on the Thruway Sunday morning into the afternoon, after the reports of a stolen ambulance from a company based in Utica. The chase lasted about 100 miles, when police say they caught the vehicle on the Thruway and later on I-490 and into the city of Rochester. Police the ambulance eventually crashed into Irondequoit Bay. Members of the Monroe County Sheriff's scuba team helped locate the vehicle sunken below, not far from the docks. Police have not yet confirmed the driver’s identity or where she is from, but say she was taken into custody immediately.

 

Painted Post Woman Arrested After Penn Yan Crash
Yates deputies arrested 56-year-old Susan Brooks of Painted Post following a vehicle crash in Penn Yan. She was charged with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, leaving the scene of the crash and felony DWI.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday, June 12, 2021

C-G School Board member resigns amid slew of criminal charges
Jason Mullen, formerly a member of the Canisteo-Greenwood Central School Board, has resigned after being arrested for allegedly placing a camera in a place that would “invade the privacy of a person without the person’s knowledge or consent.”, per the Village of Canisteo Police Department. Officers also said they found pieces of evidence destroyed. Mullen was charged with Unlawful Surveillance of Camera in the 2nd Degree and two counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence. He was arraigned in the Canisteo Village Court and released on his own recognizance to appear in Canisteo Village Court at a later date. Superintendent Tom Crook released a statement saying in part there is no evidence to suggest any faculty or staff member were physically harmed, nor is there any evidence to suggest any misconduct took place on school grounds relating to the charges.

 

Family of missing Steuben County man offers $20,000 reward for info leading to discovery
The family of missing Steuben County man Nieko Lisi announced yesterday, on Nieko’s birthday, they will be offering a $20,000 reward, lasting until June 13th, at 11:59 p.m., for anyone who calls the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations with information leading to the whereabouts of Nieko Lisi. Lisi, a native of Addison, was last seen on October 1st, 2011 in Franklin, Tennessee after traveling there from Upstate New York. The case has been largely cold since then. Nieko’s truck was discovered stripped down to the frame in a garage in Nashville in 2016, and his cell phone last pinged in Franklin in 2016.

 

5 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that five Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,937 confirmed cases, 31 of which are currently active.

 

Early voting for Republican Primaries in Steuben County begins tomorrow
12 Steuben County communities, including Addison, Bath, and Campbell, will hold early Republican primary elections beginning today. All voting will take place in the County Annex, at 20 E. Morris Street in Bath 

 

Hammondsport Fire Department to host boat race on Keuka Lake
The Hammondsport Fire Department has announced they will be hosting two US Title Series boat races on Keuka Lake this weekend. The races will be held at Champlain Beach today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event has been in the works for over a year, the fire department decided now would be a good time to hold the event for the first time after losing various other events and fundraisers to the pandemic.
 

Today's Top Stories - Friday, June 11th, 2021

Early Voting for Republican Primary Begins Tomorrow
12 communities in Steuben County will hold Republican primary elections June 22nd and beginning tomorrow, all registered Republican voters can participate in early voting at the Steuben County Annex Building at 20 E Morris St in Bath from 9am to 2pm. Those voting during the early voting period, which runs from June 12th-20th, are not eligible to vote on Election Day, June 22nd.
Early voting for the 12 Republican primaries is held during these dates and times:

  • Saturday, June 12 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • Sunday, June 13 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • Monday, June 14 from 10 am to 6 pm

  • Tuesday, June 15 from 10:00 pm to 8:00 pm

  • Wednesday, June 16 from 10:00 pm to 6:00 pm

  • Thursday, June 17 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

  • Friday, June 18 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Saturday, June 19 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • Sunday, June 20 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Rockland Silk Mill Nominated for Registers of Historic Places
Hornell’s Rockland Silk Mill is one of 15 landmarks in New York State that have been nominated for the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Formerly an industrial facility with its beginning dating back to 1894, the business helped Hornell develop into the second-largest silk manufacturer in the U.S., eventually became nicknamed the “City of Silk.” Before its closing in 1923, the facility hosted several business enterprises. Governor Cuomo remarked: “...these additions to the Historic Registers will help to recognize and celebrate what our State has to offer...” To view the registration form, click this link: Rockland Silk Mill Hornell Steuben County.

 

Elderly Avoca Woman Found Safe in New Jersey
New York State Police report 83-year-old Avoca woman Charlotte Clark was found in New Jersey late last night and was taken to a local hospital for precautionary measures. Troopers in Bath reported yesterday they were searching for Clark from Avoca, who is a vulnerable adult, after she was last seen in the area of Newark, New Jersey-about 270 miles away or an over four hour drive. 

 

Bath Police Two for Drugs & Stolen Property
The Bath Police Department reports the arrest of two homeless people after receiving information they were walking through private yards. Police located the pair inside a vacant house and charged 37-year-old Amber Gerow with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said she possessed Meth. 36-year-old Steven Jeffers was charged with criminal possession of stolen property for possessing items previously stolen from a local business. Additional charges are pending. Both were released with appearance tickets for village court.

 

Watkins Glen Man Arrested for Targeting Congressman Reed
An arrest has been made after a local NY congressman was targeted last year. Authorities say Jack Kahabka of Watkins Glen has been arrested and charged with throwing a brick through Congressman Tom Reed’s Corning office and for leaving a dead rat at the Congressman’s home in Steuben County- both incidents which happened during Reed’s 2020 reelection campaign. Kahabka has been charged with making terroristic threats and criminal mischief, both felonies. Corning Police were assisted by the FBI.

 

High Speed Boat Racing at Keuka Continues This Weekend!
High speed boat racing is coming to Keuka Lake. The Hammondsport Fire Department is proud to bring this exciting event for the first time. The Champlain Beach Lake area is where you will be able to watch this heart pounding, high speed racing. Boat speeds…over 120 mph. These are professional racers. Time trials will continue until 5 p.m. today. Saturday and Sunday will feature high speed racing from 10am to 5pm. Spectators will watch 80 or more boats in total participate.

 

NY’s COVID Positivity Rate Continues Decline
Officials report that New York has had 13 consecutive days of record-low COVID positivity rates statewide. The 7-day average has now dropped to 0.47% and has declined for 66 consecutive days. The rate is the lowest in the country. The statewide COVID vaccination rate is 69.2%.

 

Corning Man Arrested After Yates County Incident
After investigating an incident in Yates County, State Police arrested 32-year-old Travis Fassett of Corning. He was charged with two counts of felony grand larceny. Fassett was initially detained. 

 

Man Who Shot Trooper in Broome County Found and Arrested
The man accused of shooting a NY State Trooper late Wednesday in Broome County was taken into custody after a daylong search yesterday. 34-year-old Jason Johnson was captured around 4:30 p.m. near a riverbank off Route 79 in Colesville. State Police say Trooper Becky Seager, a seven-year veteran of the department, was shot by Johnson and suffered a non-life-threatening hip injury. She was released from the hospital yesterday and was greeted by a sea of law enforcement.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday June 10th

2 More Steuben Residents Test COVID-Positive
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports two Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total to 6,932 confirmed cases, 28 of which are currently active. Both individuals are residents of the Village of Wayland.All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.Public Health Director Darlene Smith reminds the public starting tomorrow there will be a COVID vaccine clinic at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

Manhunt for Broome County Man Who Shot Trooper Continues
A manhunt continues for a suspect after he allegedly shot a New York State Trooper in the Broome County Town of Colesville last night. Last night at around 8:36pm, Broome County Sheriff’s and State Troopers responded to East Windsor Road to do a welfare check. State Police say seven-year veteran Trooper Becky Seager was shot by Jason D. Johnson, suffering a non-life-threatening hip injury she was treated for at Wilson Memorial Hospital. Officers say Johnson exchanged gunfire with other responding law enforcement before he fled. Johnson is 34 years old, 5’7 and approximately 160 pounds. His hair is in a long, mohawk style.  He was last seen in the East Windsor Road area near Thorn Hill and is considered armed and dangerous. 
It’s possible that Johnson may be operating a 1996 Ford F-250 pick-up truck, blue in color with the NY license plate HZV7759.  If you see Jason D. Johnson or the pick-up truck, do not approach it and call 911.

 

DPW Tire Dollar Days This Week & Book Recycling Event July 12-17th
Steuben DPW’s Environmental Project Coordinator Rich Bills sat down for a WVIN Community Focus Interview where he promoted Tire Dollar days which is happening this week as well as a book recycling event next month. Tire Dollar Days is where residents can drop their tires off to be recycled for only $1 each at the Bath and Wayland landfills. Tire Dollar Days continues this week and ends Saturday June 12th. Next month from July 12th-17th will be a Book Recycling event at the Bath Landfill. To hear the whole Community Focus Interview, click here.

 

 

Steuben Teen Wins Full SUNY Scholarship for Getting COVID Vaccine
A Steuben County teen is part of the second group of ten who were made scholarship winners through a new vaccine incentive program geared toward young New Yorkers aged 12-17. Isabella Wolcott is the local winner of a full scholarship to any SUNY college or university which includes tuition and room and board. Wolcott was eligible after she received her COVID-19 vaccination. Last week, a student from Victor was among the winners. The “Get a Shot to Make Your Future” incentive program is one of several launched by the state to increase vaccinations in New York.

 

NY’s Positivity Rate Drops Below 0.50%
New York inches closer to lifting most COVID restrictions. Officials in Albany say the state’s 7-day average positivity rate has dropped below 0.50% for the first time since the onset of the COVID crisis. The new rate is 0.48%, the lowest in the nation according Johns Hopkins University. The state's single-day positivity rate, 0.37%, is also the lowest single-day rate the state has seen since the onset of the crisis.

 

USA Today Nominates WGl as “Best NASCAR Track”
Watkins Glen International has been nominated for USA Today’s Best NASCAR Track for the fifth time in seven years. Watkins Glen International is among 10 tracks in the United States to be nominated. 

 

Steuben County Sees Slight Uptick in COVID Cases
Health officials say there has been a slight uptight in COVID cases in Steuben County. In the latest report, there are now 27 active cases in the count, bringing the total confirmed cases to 6,930. The investigations indicate that two of the individuals are associated with Canisteo-Greenwood High School and Corning-Painted Post Middle School, and individuals reported visiting Watkins Glen International on June 1 and Corning Natural Gas on June 4 during their investigation timeframes. However, Public Health Director Darlene Smith says cases remain at a very low level.

 

Footin’ It for Family 5K Raises $25,000 for Noyes’ Cancer Center
When Randy Hamilton of the Footin’ it for Family 5K contacted Noyes Memorial Hospital and said they had the best year yet for the annual event, he certainly wasn’t exaggerating. Footin’ it for Family commit members dropped off a check for $25,000 for the cancer center -- $10,000 more than what was raised the previous year. All of the funds will stay locally at the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday June 9th, 2021

PA Fugitive Arrested in Bath Drug Arrest of 2
Bath Police report two were arrested in the Village of Bath. One suspect was a man with an arrest warrant out of Pennsylvania, after allegedly having hypodermic needles and meth. Police say at 7:30 the morning of Sunday, June 6th, an officer patrolled the railroad tracks off of Lackawanna Avenue and saw two people trespassing and looking through an abandoned bus off the tracks. Police investigated and said both suspects allegedly had multiple hypodermic needles and one of the suspects was identified as Robert Camp, who had an active warrant out of Pennsylvania. Camp also had a “small sandwich bag” of meth, according to the Bath PD. Camp was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and being a fugitive from justice. He was sent to Steuben County Jail to await extradition by Pennsylvania authorities. The other suspect named Amanda Salsman was charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument then released with an appearance ticket to return to court at a later date.

 

Tire Dollar Days Continue at Bath and Wayland Landfills
Tire Dollar Days continues this week until Saturday, June 12th. In a WVIN Community Focus Interview, Landfill Environmental Project Coordinator Rich Bills explains this week is an opportunity to get rid of unwanted tires to be recycled at a reduced price. There is no limit on how many tires you can take. Though the special $1 per tire price ends Saturday, Bills reminds the public that you can still recycle your unwanted tires through the landfill year-round. You can hear the interview tomorrow around 8:45am on the Morning Show with Dave Taylor Smith.  For more information on what the DPW is doing for the environment, click here

 

 

Horseheads Man Arrested for Obscenity with a Minor
A Horseheads man faces obscenity charges behind bars at the Seneca County Jail. Jason Kimbell, who is a 48-year man, is alleged to have sent inappropriate pictures and videos of a sexual nature to a minor in the town of Lodi.  On top of the obscenity charge, he is also charged with two counts of disseminating indecent material to a minor. Kimball was sent to Seneca County Jail in lieu of bail following his arraignment.

 

5 Steuben County Residents Reported COVID-Positive Today
Steuben County Public Health Department reports five Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,930 confirmed cases, 27 of which are currently active. One resident is from the Town of Bath, one is from the Village of Avoca, one is from the Village of Canisteo and 2 are from the Village of Painted Post. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.

 

Four Deputies Commended by Sheriff Jim Allard for Actions
Four members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office were commended Monday by county Sheriff Jim  Allard for their quick response in saving lives and preventing potential injury or death. Allard said that County Deputy Robert Shepherd, county Corporal  Andrew Hawk, county Corrections Sergeant Lorrie Gardner and county Corrections Officer Robert H. Labar all  upheld the department’s highest standard of professionalism, integrity, leadership and service in their recent actions that Allard remarked: “... literally made the difference between life and death.”

 

New York’s COVID-Positivity Continues to Decline
For 64 days, New York’s COVID case count has declined. The Statewide 7-Day average positivity rate has now dropped to 0.51% - the lowest in the country. The Southern Tier rate has declined to 0.64%. The number of people hospitalized with virus-related complications has dropped to 796. There were 14 COVID-related deaths on Monday.

 

7 Correctional Officers Injured in 2 Separate Elmira Prison Assaults
Seven correctional officers were injured and five required medical treatment at a hospital after two inmates violently attacked them in separate assaults at the Elmira Correctional Facility. The union representing the officers says State Legislators need to open their eyes to the type of violent inmate that is left in the prison population.


Cuomo Proposes to Waive Taxes on Small Business Recovery Grants
Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation to waive taxes on grants from the $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program. Applications for the program will be accepted starting tomorrow for small and micro businesses and small for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. Flexible grants up to $50,000 will be made available to eligible small businesses and can be used for operating expenses, including payroll, rent or mortgage payments, taxes, utilities, personal protective equipment, or other business expenses incurred during the pandemic. Over 330,000 small and micro businesses are potentially eligible for this program.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Bath & Wayland County Landfills Hold Tire Dollar Days This Week
The Steuben County Landfills in both Bath and Wayland holds their annual Tire Dollar Days this week continuing to this Friday, June 11th. You may turn in old tires to be recycled by the landfill for only $1 each. For questions and more information about Tire Dollar Days you can call (607) 776-5876. Tune in Thursday morning on the Morning Show with Dave Taylor Smith for an interview with Rich Bills at the landfill to hear more about the program.

 

Man Arrested After Burglary in the City of Corning
A Steuben County man was arrested early this morning after a burglary in the City of Corning. Police responded to a home on Hammond Street after someone called 911, reporting a burglary in progress. The suspect fled but police found evidence he left and tracked him to a residential area near Park Avenue where he was hiding in the backyard of a home. Officers identified the suspect as Christopher Delooze and took him into custody without incident. Delooze was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and police allege he is responsible for another burglary at the same home back on May 15th. Delooze was processed at the Corning Police Department and turned over to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office to be arraigned in the County Centralized Arraignment Court located in Bath.

 

NY's Alcohol To-Go Order Extended to July 5th
An extension to the Alcohol To-Go Order has been made to July 5th in New York state after the order was originally set to expire 3 days ago on Saturday, June 5th. Governor Cuomo directed the State Liquor Authority to extend the order on Friday.  The Alcohol To-Go order was established at the beginning of the pandemic to help impacted businesses. A recent survey resulted in the majority of New Yorkers saying they want the alcohol take-out and delivery rule for restaurants to stay in place permanently.

 

Palmesano Joins GOP to End State Emergency Powers
In a news conference held at the State Capitol yesterday, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and other Republicans called on the Legislature to end the state of emergency declared in March of last year before the end of the legislative session two days from now on Thursday. Palmesano remarked “... I stand here with my colleagues today to say, ‘enough is enough.’ It is time to return checks and balances back to our state government and return local control and authority back to our local municipalities and school districts. Democrats in Albany must take meaningful action to revoke the governor’s Executive Order once and for all.” The Republican Conference outlined a concurrent resolution that would terminate Governor Cuomo’s emergency declaration of March 2020 and return New York state to pre-pandemic operations and guidelines. 

A copy of the resolution ending the state of emergency can be read here
 

 

5 More County Residents Test COVID-Positive
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that five more County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday's update. This brings the total to 6,922 confirmed cases, 31 of which are currently active. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said it's concerning to see COVID-19 cropping back up in a local nursing home. She said cases of COVID-19 in nursing home employees and subsequently in residents typically indicate community spread could be on the rise.

 

70% of NY has 1st COVID Dose; Masks Recommended Indoors
Governor Andrew Cuomo now says that most of the remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted once 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series. After 70 percent of adult New Yorkers are vaccinated, businesses may choose to continue to adhere to the State's guidance or implement other health precautions for their employees and patrons. Businesses are also authorized to require masks and six feet of social distancing for employees and patrons within their establishments. Any mask requirements that businesses choose to implement must adhere to applicable federal and state laws and regulations. The Department of Health continues to strongly recommend masks and six feet of social distancing in indoor settings where vaccination status of individuals is unknown.

 

COVID Positivity Rate in NY Continues to Drop
The COVID rate in New York continues its downward descent. As of Monday, the statewide 7-Day average positivity rate was reduced to 0.51%. It’s a new record for the ten consecutive day and the 63rd straight day of decline. Hospitalizations dropped to 799 – the first time below 800 since October 8th.

 

Allegany County Shooting Case Heads to Grand Jury
The shooting death of a 42-year-old man is now headed to an Allegany County Grand Jury. Scanner broadcasts indicated that at 2 a.m. Sunday, there was an alleged home invasion on Jordan Hill Road in Clarkesville where the homeowner shot and killed the alleged intruder. State Police have not provided any information regarding the circumstances. Social media has suggested the homeowner and alleged intruder knew each other, again unconfirmed – it’s social media and police are not commenting. It’s unclear when a Grand Jury will hear this case.

Today's Top Stories - Monday June 7th, 2021

Troopers Respond to Rollover Accident Last Night on CR 11
Early last evening, New York State Police responded to a rollover accident on County Route 11 in the Town of Bath. The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 6:09pm to a one-car rollover near Wilber Road. Two men were able to exit the vehicle, one with serious injuries that required a medical helicopter and was carried to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for a lower body injury. The second passenger was treated for minor injuries. No arrests were made in connection with the crash as the New York State Police report this accident is under investigation.

 

3 in Steuben County Arrested for Impaired Driving on June 5th
Steuben County Sheriff’s reports Saturday, June 5th, deputies arrested three people for DWI or DWAI in Steuben County. Arrests include 27-year-old Joseph Carter of Canisteo, 32-year-old Richard Mincer of Hornell and 23-year-old Hornell man Dakota Hurlbut. All 3 were released on traffic summons after their arrests to appear in Town Courts at later dates.

 

County Traffic Safety Board Meets Friday June 18th
The Steuben County Traffic Safety Board will be meeting Friday, June 18th. The agenda is available on the County website at www.steubencony.org.  The meeting will be held in the Legislative Chambers located on the 3rd Floor of the Annex Building for Board Members, Legislators and invited staff only, and will also be held via teleconference for remaining staff, members of the public and the media.

 

Four Faces Kidnapping Charges After I-86 Chase
Four people are facing kidnapping charges following an incident Sunday on I-86. Troopers from the State Police barracks at Horseheads were dispatched. While searching for the vehicle, information was received by the Chemung County 911 Center that the vehicle was in the town of Horseheads.  Deputies from the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from the Horseheads Village Police Department immediately responded to assist.  A traffic stop was conducted on two vehicles and resulted in the several suspects being arrested. Taken into custody – 22-year-old Brandon Measheaw of Chemung, 20-year-old Joseph Mahood of Elmira and 19-year-old Nicholas Gunderman of Chemung. They were charged with kidnapping, robbery, weapons possession and more. Also arrested was 21-year-old Taren Klumpe of Waverly, who was also charged with kidnapping. The victim was located safe, declined medical attention, and was later released.  All four suspects were arraigned virtually and remanded to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond.

 

Cuomo Outlines State Masking Guidelines for Schools
Today in a press briefing, Governor Cuomo outlined the state masking guidelines for schools after Dr. Howard Zucker sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying the state plans to align mask guidance in schools with camps, saying masks would be “strongly encouraged”, including inside buildings.Though local schools planned to move forward with that no-mask policy, a conflicting letter was sent yesterday to the schools from the State Education Commissioner saying schools should continue to require masks “until further notice”, and that the guidance outlined in the letter sent by Dr. Zucker was pending CDC response.  Today, Cuomo said that masks would no longer be required for outdoor activities at schools, but would still be required inside. The governor said there was “no confusion” in the guidance and said the state planned to release updated guidelines today after speaking with the CDC.

 

Troopers Arrest Cameron Man After Domestic Incident
After investigating a disturbance call, state troopers arrested 34-year-old David Greenfield of Cameron. He was charged with assault, menacing and criminal mischief for allegedly intentionally damaging property. A court appearance is pending.

 

NY’s COVID Positivity Rate Drops to 0.52%
New York’s 7-Day average COVID positivity rate has reached a new low. With more than 60 straight days of decline, the rate dropped to 0.52%. Hospitalizations have also dropped to below 900…the lowest level in nearly nine months. 

 

Elmira Man Arrested After Corning Traffic Stop
An Elmira man faces felony and other counts after he was pulled over in the Town of Corning. State Police arrested 25-year-old Jesse Groves. He was charged with four felony counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, driving while impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving. He was initially held on cash bail.

 

Troopers Issued Over 9,000 Tickets on Memorial Day Weekend
New York State Police issued a total of 9,214 tickets statewide during the Memorial Day Weekend enforcement campaign to combat drunk and impaired driving. Across New York, Troopers arrested 185 people for DWI and investigated 851 crashes, including 163 personal injury crashes and two fatalities. The greatest number of tickets were issued in Western New York.

 

Troopers Investigating Allegany County Death & Home Invasion
Troopers and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) in Allegany County are investigating a death in the town of Clarksville. Police issued a very thin press release providing no specific details. They said no further information would be issues until a later time. According to Allegany County 911 scanner reports, Troopers were called for a reported home invasion where the homeowner allegedly shot the intruder multiple times. A man was declared dead at the scene. The scene unfolded at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

 

Penn Yan Arrested for Child Porn
After a nine-month investigation, Troopers have arrested 34-year-old Michael V. Thompson of Penn Yan. He was charged with nine felony counts of possessing child pornography and one felony count of promoting a sexual performance by a child under the age of 17. Court action is pending.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday June 5, 2021

NYS to lift mask mandate in schools effective Monday

New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said in a letter yesterday, that New York State will no longer require staff and students to wear masks inside schools beginning Monday, June 7th, even if the student or teacher is not fully vaccinated. While not required anymore in schools, mask wearing will still be “strongly encouraged”.
 

NY alcohol to-go executive order expected to be extended

New York State is expected to extend the alcohol to-go executive order past this weekend. It was originally extended to June 5th in the middle of March. It is unknown how much longer the executive order will be extended.

 

NYS senator proposes bill to make broadband a utility

New York State Senator Sean Ryan, among other state lawmakers, introduced a bill in the Senate and Assembly that would make broadband internet a utility, similar to gas or electric. The Senator has been met with resistance from internet companies, saying “One of the most ironic calls was a lobbyist out of Washington who called, who kept freezing during the entire call because their internet service didn’t work.”

 

Sorge’s Restaurant in Corning celebrates 70 years of business

Sorge’s Restaurant on Market Street in Corning celebrates its official 70th anniversary in business today, however, they got the festivities started yesterday with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and reception that followed. Owner Mike Sorge said “People come to restaurants for a number of different things, but primarily it’s good food and good service and that’s our goal.”

Today's Top Stories - Friday, June 4th, 2021

3 More County Residents Test COVID-Positive
Steuben County Public Health Department reports three Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 6,917 confirmed cases. 41 cases are currently active. Two of the individuals are residents of the Town of Hornellsville and one from the City of Hornell. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.   All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified. For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County's website at www.steubencony.org<http://www.steubencony.org> or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth
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Reed Joins Effort to Make Finger Lakes Region NHA Designation
Congressman Tom Reed joins fellow Congressmen Katko, Morelle, and Jacobs in a letter urging US Secretary Haaland to support the bipartisan effort that would make the Finger Lakes region a National Heritage area. The NHA designation would support economic development, attract tourists, and promote historic and natural resource conservation in the Finger Lakes region.

 

Steuben County Dairy Festival This Saturday at Fairgrounds in Bath
Tomorrow, the Steuben County Dairy Festival will be held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds on 15 E. Washington St. in Bath. A car show from Cruize'n Time, a flea market as well as craft and food vendors including the North Cameron Grange Food Tent will be there. The annual photo contest entries for this year will also be on display as well as tractors and agricultural equipment. Festivities all begin at 9 a.m.

 

Over 6 Million New Yorkers Applied for NY Marketplace Health Plan
A record-breaking over 6 million New York residents applied for coverage through New York's official health plan Marketplace. This number corresponds with the American Rescue Plan pandemic financial assistance. According to the governor’s website, more than 150,000 state residents will receive tax credits and Cuomo remarked: "As we work toward rebuilding and reimagining a post-pandemic State, ensuring New Yorkers have access to affordable health care is more important than ever."

 

Bath Man Charged with Felony
A felony count has been leveled against a Bath man. State Police say they arrested 61-year-old Anthony Kroeger. He was charged with first-degree scheme to defraud. That count stems from an incident reported January 6th in the village. He was initially detained.

 

Corning Woman Arrested on DWI Charges
Charges have been filed stemming from a vehicle crash that caused injuries on June 2nd. Troopers say they arrested 50-year-old Wendy Sprayberry of Corning. She was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated. She was released to a third party.

 

NY’s Positivity Rate Drops to 0.60%
New York has a new record-low for single-day and 7-day average COVID positivity rate. The statewide rate had dropped to 0.44% with the 7-Day average has been lowered to 0.60%. New York has had 59 consecutive days of decline. Hospitalizations have also dropped to under 1,000 for the first time since October 21st.

 

Two More COVID Deaths Reported in Allegany County
There have been two more COVID-related deaths in Allegany County…that from the DOH in Belmont. An 86-year-old male and an 80-year-old-female are the 57th and 58th Allegany County residents to pass away due to complications from COVID-19.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Steuben County Dairy Festival This Saturday at Fairgrounds in Bath
This Saturday, the Steuben County Dairy Festival will be held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds on 15 E. Washington St. in Bath. A car show from Cruize'n Time, a flea market as well as craft and food vendors including the North Cameron Grange Food Tent. The annual photo contest’s entries for this year will also be on display as well as  tractors and agricultural equipment. Festivities all begin at 9 a.m.

 

Public Health Holding 6 Clinics for COVID Vaccine in the Next 2 Weeks
Steuben County Public Health holds a clinic today at the Addison Middle/High School from 4:30 to 6:30pm and will continue holding 5 additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics over the next two weeks offering Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.  Saturday, a clinic will be held at the Steuben County Dairy Festival located at the 4H Building at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath from 10am to 3pm. This is a walk-in clinic only. All clinic information and registration can be found at www.steubencony.org/covid<http://www.steubencony.org/covid>.  Walk-ins are accepted at many clinics.
The 4 other clinics in the county are as follows:

*         Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson on Monday, June 7 at the Jasper-Troupsburg Jr/Sr High School gym from 4 to 6 PM.  Registration is preferred; walk-ins are accepted.

*         Pfizer on Monday, June 14 at the Hornell High School cafeteria from 4:30 to 7 PM.  Registration is requested.

*         Moderna and Johnson & Johnson on Monday through Friday at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath from 10 AM to 2 PM. Registration or walk-ins are accepted.

*         Moderna and Johnson & Johnson on Tuesdays at the Hornell Community Arts Center from 10 AM to 2 PM. Registration or walk-ins are accepted.

For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County's website at www.steubencony.org<http://www.steubencony.org> or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth<http://www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth> and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth<http://www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth>.

Hornell Man Charged With Misuse of Food Stamps
A Hornell man was charged after an investigation into the misuse of food stamps. Gordon Cassidy allegedly provided false information to the Steuben County Department of Social Services and received $4375.48 in benefits he was not entitled to between September 2020 and March 2021. He is also alleged to have transferred his SNAP benefits card to another person for unauthorized use. Cassidy, who is a current inmate at the Steuben County Jail, was charged with felony Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, felony Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and Misuse of Food Stamps. He was arraigned in Centralized Arraignment Court and returned to custody.

 

Corning Inc Announced Corning SMF-28® Contour Optical Fiber
Today, Corning Incorporated unveiled- its latest innovation called the Corning SMF-28® Contour optical fiber, which the company says will help telecommunications operators address the continually-expanding number of connected devices, build-out of 5G networks, and advances in cloud computing. Corning says the new fiber is a “groundbreaking product (that) will allow customers to seamlessly upgrade their optical infrastructures, enabling the cost-effective deployment of future-ready networks.” The fiber boasts superior bendability, exceptional compatibility, wide spectrum and industry-leading low-loss transmission. Corning Inc says they will feature the SMF-28 Contour fiber at the virtual Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition, held next week from June 7th through 11th.

 

18 Across County Honored in Jack Lisi Youth Award Program
In Steuben County, eighteen young adults are being recognized for their perseverance and ambition towards their goals, despite challenges they overcame. Yesterday, the honorees of the annual Jack Lisi Youth Award Program were announced. Established in memory of former Steuben County Sheriff Jack Lisi, the mission of the program was to continue Lisi’s legacy of caring and assisting young adults to reach their academic or employment goals. Award recipients are teens and young adults between 16 and 21 currently living or attending school in Steuben County. The program seeks to recognize young people who may often be overlooked, struggling and have worked to overcome obstacles in their lives to achieve their goals while providing awards in the form of educational grants, financial assistance to college, or school books and educational or work-related materials. Due to the pandemic, the organization was hindered from honoring these individuals in person at an annual banquet. WVIN congratulates all this year’s award winners! The list of 2021 honorees is as follows:

  • Owen B. Freeland, Addison Central School District

  • Micah H. Ford, Alfred-Almond Central School District

  • Leonardo Hernandez-Ruiz, Arkport Central School District

  • Joshua M. Cooley, Avoca Central School District

  • David D. Madigan, Alumni of Bath Central School District

  • Joshua N. Goodwin, Bath Central School District

  • Kalena G. Bennett, Bradford Central School District

  • Raven M. Foskey, Campbell-Savona Central School District;

  • Trey J. Foskey, Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District

  • Chrellanna E. Root, Corning-Painted Post Area School District

  • Christopher R. Jaikaran, Corning-Painted Post Area School District;

  • Skylar H. Freville, Hammondsport Central School District

  • Ta’Nayzah M. Gilliam, Hornell City Schools

  • Juanita M. Agustin, Hornell City Schools

  • Noah Price, Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District

  • Alex L. VanZile, Ra’Jhod T. Calvin, Wayland-Cohocton Central School District

  • Ra'Jhod T. Calvin, Wayland-Cohocton Central School District 

  • Isaiah Allison, Wayland-Cohocton Central School District

Cuomo Defense Will Cost Taxpayers Up to $2.5 Million
Taxpayers will spend up to $2.5 million defending Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in a federal investigation examining its alleged suppression of figures showing the true number of nursing home deaths from COVID-19. That’s according to a report from the Albany Times Union. All the info comes from OpenBookNY.com, a website maintained by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office, which discloses information about state contracts. The website states that the Executive Chamber’s contract for legal services was “approved and filed” on April 27.

 

New York’s 7-Day Positivity Rate Now Lowest in the Nation
New York’s 7-day average positivity rate is now the lowest in the nation. After 58 consecutive days of decline, the rate is now just 0.64%. Hospitalizations have also dropped. 

 

5 More County Residents Test COVID-Positive
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that five more County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,909 confirmed cases, 45 of which are currently active…and that’s the lowest figure in a while. Public Health Director Darlene Smith notes that "About 36% of Steuben residents have completed their vaccine series, which leaves the majority of the community not fully protected.”

 

Great Lakes Cheese Won’t Open in Allegany County
It’s official. Ohio-based Great Lakes Cheese has confirmed it will no longer consider development at the Crossroads site in Allegany County. The company says it will continue to explore alternate locations in the region. That news was confirmed by Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Craig Clark. In a statement, Clark said it appears that despite the unceasing efforts, hard work and commitment of many people in the public and private sectors, the $505M project will not be completed at the Crossroads.

 

Cuomo Announces Launch of NY Global Tourism Campaign
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of a new $40 million global campaign aimed at revitalizing the state's tourism industry. The campaign will promote tourism attractions across all regions of the state through the summer, fall and winter tourism seasons as the state begins to welcome all visitors - local, national and international - back to New York State. The first phase of this campaign focuses on New York City and will run on digital outlets in select international markets and on broadcast TV in national and local markets.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Steuben County Dairy Festival This Saturday at Fairgrounds in Bath
This Saturday, the Steuben County Dairy Festival will be held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds on 15 E. Washington St. in Bath. A car show from Cruize'n Time, a flea market as well as craft and food vendors including the North Cameron Grange Food Tent. The annual photo contest’s entries for this year will also be on display as well as  tractors and agricultural equipment. Festivities all begin at 9 a.m.

 

Public Health Holding 6 Clinics for COVID Vaccine in the Next 2 Weeks
Steuben County Public Health holds a clinic today at the Addison Middle/High School from 4:30 to 6:30pm and will continue holding 5 additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics over the next two weeks offering Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.  Saturday, a clinic will be held at the Steuben County Dairy Festival located at the 4H Building at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath from 10am to 3pm. This is a walk-in clinic only. All clinic information and registration can be found at www.steubencony.org/covid<http://www.steubencony.org/covid>.  Walk-ins are accepted at many clinics.
The 4 other clinics in the county are as follows:

*         Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson on Monday, June 7 at the Jasper-Troupsburg Jr/Sr High School gym from 4 to 6 PM.  Registration is preferred; walk-ins are accepted.

*         Pfizer on Monday, June 14 at the Hornell High School cafeteria from 4:30 to 7 PM.  Registration is requested.

*         Moderna and Johnson & Johnson on Monday through Friday at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath from 10 AM to 2 PM. Registration or walk-ins are accepted.

*         Moderna and Johnson & Johnson on Tuesdays at the Hornell Community Arts Center from 10 AM to 2 PM. Registration or walk-ins are accepted.

For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County's website at www.steubencony.org<http://www.steubencony.org> or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth<http://www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth> and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth<http://www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth>.

Hornell Man Charged With Misuse of Food Stamps
A Hornell man was charged after an investigation into the misuse of food stamps. Gordon Cassidy allegedly provided false information to the Steuben County Department of Social Services and received $4375.48 in benefits he was not entitled to between September 2020 and March 2021. He is also alleged to have transferred his SNAP benefits card to another person for unauthorized use. Cassidy, who is a current inmate at the Steuben County Jail, was charged with felony Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, felony Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and Misuse of Food Stamps. He was arraigned in Centralized Arraignment Court and returned to custody.

 

Corning Inc Announced Corning SMF-28® Contour Optical Fiber
Today, Corning Incorporated unveiled- its latest innovation called the Corning SMF-28® Contour optical fiber, which the company says will help telecommunications operators address the continually-expanding number of connected devices, build-out of 5G networks, and advances in cloud computing. Corning says the new fiber is a “groundbreaking product (that) will allow customers to seamlessly upgrade their optical infrastructures, enabling the cost-effective deployment of future-ready networks.” The fiber boasts superior bendability, exceptional compatibility, wide spectrum and industry-leading low-loss transmission. Corning Inc says they will feature the SMF-28 Contour fiber at the virtual Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition, held next week from June 7th through 11th.

 

18 Across County Honored in Jack Lisi Youth Award Program
In Steuben County, eighteen young adults are being recognized for their perseverance and ambition towards their goals, despite challenges they overcame. Yesterday, the honorees of the annual Jack Lisi Youth Award Program were announced. Established in memory of former Steuben County Sheriff Jack Lisi, the mission of the program was to continue Lisi’s legacy of caring and assisting young adults to reach their academic or employment goals. Award recipients are teens and young adults between 16 and 21 currently living or attending school in Steuben County. The program seeks to recognize young people who may often be overlooked, struggling and have worked to overcome obstacles in their lives to achieve their goals while providing awards in the form of educational grants, financial assistance to college, or school books and educational or work-related materials. Due to the pandemic, the organization was hindered from honoring these individuals in person at an annual banquet. WVIN congratulates all this year’s award winners! The list of 2021 honorees is as follows:

  • Owen B. Freeland, Addison Central School District

  • Micah H. Ford, Alfred-Almond Central School District

  • Leonardo Hernandez-Ruiz, Arkport Central School District

  • Joshua M. Cooley, Avoca Central School District

  • David D. Madigan, Alumni of Bath Central School District

  • Joshua N. Goodwin, Bath Central School District

  • Kalena G. Bennett, Bradford Central School District

  • Raven M. Foskey, Campbell-Savona Central School District;

  • Trey J. Foskey, Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District

  • Chrellanna E. Root, Corning-Painted Post Area School District

  • Christopher R. Jaikaran, Corning-Painted Post Area School District;

  • Skylar H. Freville, Hammondsport Central School District

  • Ta’Nayzah M. Gilliam, Hornell City Schools

  • Juanita M. Agustin, Hornell City Schools

  • Noah Price, Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District

  • Alex L. VanZile, Ra’Jhod T. Calvin, Wayland-Cohocton Central School District

  • Ra'Jhod T. Calvin, Wayland-Cohocton Central School District 

  • Isaiah Allison, Wayland-Cohocton Central School District

Cuomo Defense Will Cost Taxpayers Up to $2.5 Million
Taxpayers will spend up to $2.5 million defending Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in a federal investigation examining its alleged suppression of figures showing the true number of nursing home deaths from COVID-19. That’s according to a report from the Albany Times Union. All the info comes from OpenBookNY.com, a website maintained by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office, which discloses information about state contracts. The website states that the Executive Chamber’s contract for legal services was “approved and filed” on April 27.

 

New York’s 7-Day Positivity Rate Now Lowest in the Nation
New York’s 7-day average positivity rate is now the lowest in the nation. After 58 consecutive days of decline, the rate is now just 0.64%. Hospitalizations have also dropped. 

 

5 More County Residents Test COVID-Positive
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that five more County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,909 confirmed cases, 45 of which are currently active…and that’s the lowest figure in a while. Public Health Director Darlene Smith notes that "About 36% of Steuben residents have completed their vaccine series, which leaves the majority of the community not fully protected.”

 

Great Lakes Cheese Won’t Open in Allegany County
It’s official. Ohio-based Great Lakes Cheese has confirmed it will no longer consider development at the Crossroads site in Allegany County. The company says it will continue to explore alternate locations in the region. That news was confirmed by Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Craig Clark. In a statement, Clark said it appears that despite the unceasing efforts, hard work and commitment of many people in the public and private sectors, the $505M project will not be completed at the Crossroads.

 

Cuomo Announces Launch of NY Global Tourism Campaign
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of a new $40 million global campaign aimed at revitalizing the state's tourism industry. The campaign will promote tourism attractions across all regions of the state through the summer, fall and winter tourism seasons as the state begins to welcome all visitors - local, national and international - back to New York State. The first phase of this campaign focuses on New York City and will run on digital outlets in select international markets and on broadcast TV in national and local markets.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday June 2nd, 2021

Dormann Library Announces June Activities
The Dormann Library announced they’re offering many activities this month including a String Art Craft Program for those aged 16 and up on Thursday, June 10th starting 6:00pm. Space is limited and does require pre-registration. You can do that by stopping in the library during business hours or by calling the library at 607-776-4613. All materials will be provided, but if you have a small hammer, feel free to bring it with you. The Dormann Library will also show movies outdoors every Friday night starting at 8:00pm with free popcorn and Chapters Café open with a limited menu from 7:30pm to 8:30pm on movie nights. 

 

AG Letitia James Wants Kodak CEO to Testify for Insider Trading Case
New York Attorney General Letitia James wants Kodak's CEO to testify in court regarding insider trading during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kodak CEO Jim Continenza purchased over $46,000 shares of Kodak stock early last summer while he led secret discussions with the Trump administration and the federal government to get a loan enabling Kodak to repurpose legacy assets in Rochester to produce chemicals needed for the pandemic. Last month, Continenza made false statements about the trading to investors. Attorney General James made a full petition to the NYS Supreme Court that says just a month after Continenza’s stock purchase, Kodak signed a public letter of interest to produce these necessary chemicals, leading the stock price to jump 27 times more than what Continenza paid for it.

 

Savona Man Arrested for DWAI
Bath Police arrested 42-year-old Rendell Hyer of Savona.  He was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation and a window tint and cracked windshield violation. He was additionally charged criminally with using drug paraphernalia. He’ll respond to the charges in village court June 9th.

Wayland Man Arrested for Controlled Substance Possession
State Troopers arrested 26-year-old Joseph Lane of Wayland. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was issued a court ticket and released. 

 

Bath Man Charged with Animal Cruelty
Bath police report the arrest of 45-year-old Warren Copp of W. Steuben Street in Bath. He was charged with misdemeanor Animal Cruelty for allegedly failing to provide necessary veterinary care to his dog causing pain and suffering to the animal.  When Copp was taken into custody, he was allegedly found in possession of a set of metal knuckles and was subsequently charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree a class D felony. He was arraigned and released.

 

O’Mara Joins Colleagues to Oppose Parole Reform Legislation
State Senator Tom O’Mara joined Senate Republican colleagues yesterday at a Capitol news conference to reject policies being pushed by the Legislature’s Democrat majorities and to advance what he calls a package of “parole reform legislation”. O’Mara and his colleagues say this legislation will put crime victims and safe communities first. O’Mara said, “Enough is enough.”

 

NY’s COVID Positivity Rate Continues to Drop
New York’s average COVID positivity rate continues to drop to new lows. The rate has declined for 57 straight days. It now stands at 0.65%. The 7-day average positivity rate in every region in now below 1.5% for the first time since September 25th. Currently, there are 1,032 people hospitalized with virus-related complications.

 

Sayre Radio Broadcaster Chuck Carver Passes Away
The man who owned Choice 102 radio in Sayre for some 44 years died unexpectedly last night. Chuck Carver was well known as the Voice of the Valley. It was the only radio station he had ever worked at. He sold the station and retired in December so he could spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren. All day long, the community has been asked to come to the station and share memories of Carver.

 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

12 More COVID Cases in Steuben
Today, the Steuben County Public Health Department reports a dozen Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday's update. This brings the total to 6,904 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. 59 cases are currently active. 3 are from the Bath area while 3 are from the Corning area. 1 case was reported from the City of Hornell and 1 from the Town of Howard. 

 

Red Cross and ACS Encourage Giving Blood This Month
The American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up this month to encourage people across the region to Give Blood to Give Time and help ensure loved ones have the strength and support they need as they undergo cancer treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, many patient visits and procedures were forced to delay or cancel early in the pandemic to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Bath United Centenary Methodist Church will be having a blood drive Wednesday June 16th from 12:30-5:30pm. To donate blood, call 1-800-RED-CROSS. 

 

Bath & Wayland County Landfills Hold Tire Dollar Days Next Week
The Steuben County Landfills in both Bath and Wayland will be holding their annual Tire Dollar Days next week from Monday, June 7th- Friday, June 11th. You may turn in old tires to be recycled by the landfill for only $1 each. For questions and more information about Tire Dollar Days you can call (607) 776-5876.

 

Highest Memorial Day Gas Prices Reported in US Since 2014
This year, gas prices were the highest they have been on Memorial Day since 2014 with the national average per gallon currently just under $3.05 - that’s 15 cents more than last month and over $1 more than the same time last year. California’s current average price per gallon is a whopping $4 per gallon. In 2008, the average price per gallon was $3.96.

 

NY Lifts Pandemic Curfew for Bars & Restaurants
After being in effect for months, New York state's pandemic mandate requiring all bars and restaurants to close at midnight was lifted for indoor dining yesterday-2 weeks after the mandate for outdoor dining was lifted on May 17th. The curfew was first implemented in November of last year and initially set for 10 p.m. In February it was extended to 11 p.m and midnight in March.

 

Reed Joins Push for More Funding for Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Congressman Tom Reed has joined with over 100 members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to push for more funding for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The program aims to help restaurants and other impacted businesses keep their doors open throughout the pandemic. In a statement, Reed said while he did not support the American Rescue Plan Act, this program is critical to small businesses and restaurants across the district. Providing more funding to this program will deliver significant benefits to our local businesses and help keep them open as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.

 

Vets with PTSD, TBI Will Now Qualify for NYS Benefits
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation allowing veterans to qualify for state benefits after a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a traumatic brain injury or disclosure of military sexual trauma from any person licensed to provide health care services in New York State. Previously, veterans had to be diagnosed by a provider at the Department of Veteran Affairs. This legislation removes barriers from access to care for those who have given so much for our freedom. 

 

Romulus Approved as Site of NY’s First State Veterans Cemetery
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus, Seneca County, has been chosen by a State-appointed committee as the site of New York’s first State Veterans Cemetery. This decision brings New York one step closer to establishing a permanent, State-owned resting place to honor New York’s veterans and their family members. Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery is situated on 162 acres along the eastern shore of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region. New York is one of only a few states nationwide that does not have a state veterans cemetery.

 

NY COVID Positivity Rate Drops to 0.67 Percent
New York Officials now say that the statewide 7-day average COVID positivity rate has dropped to 0.67 percent, a new low. It marks the eighth consecutive week of decline. Hospitalizations have also dipped to a new low… slightly more than 1,000…the lowest figure since October 24th.

Today's Top Stories - Memorial Day - Monday May 31st, 2021

Safety Reminders for Grilling this Season
As the official start of the summer and grilling season, today’s Memorial Day holiday will involve barbecues and outdoor cookouts. Here’s a list reminding you of steps to stay safe if you’ll be grilling:
-grill away from any siding on a house or deck.
-use long-handed tools when cooking
-use a metal screen over fires to keep sparks from floating around.
-stay by the grill the entire cooking time
-make sure all fires are put out or turned off before leaving them unattended.

 

Hornell Partners for Growth Launch “Discover Hornell” App
Hornell Partners for Growth has launched the “Discover Hornell” App to be downloaded on phones, tablets, and computers. Hornell Partners for Growth coordinated with Visit Widget to develop the app which allows its users to see businesses set up in three categories: dining, shopping, and services. It also shows businesses that have been picked at random and the user can view a new business each time. Businesses can also be sorted alphabetically, by location, or just by simply searching the name or keywords to provide a list of businesses. Business information will be listed including contact information, a description, and even the direct phone number.
Download the app through the following links:
iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/discover-hornell/id1563954758,
Android:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visitwidget.hornellny.

 

Village of Bath PBA Asking for Donations to Fund K-9 Officer
The Village of Bath Police Benevolent Association says they need the public’s help to add a K-9 officer to the force. Interim Chief of Police Colin Taft says a K-9 officer joining the team would help with detecting drugs, improving officer safety, locating missing people as well as apprehending suspects, and helping community relations. The agency will need roughly $15,000 to start a K-9 program and the PBA seeks the community’s help through donations. You can donate via Venmo at Bath Village – Police Department PBA or by sending a check with “K9” in the note to:
Village of Bath Police Department
Attn: Police K-9
110 Liberty Street
Bath, NY 14810-1526

 

Bath Man Charged with Burglary, Grand Larceny
A Bath man faces multiple felony counts. State Police say they arrested 40-year-old Ronald J. Sauter. He was charged with the felony crimes of second-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny. He was also charged with criminal mischief for allegedly intentionally damaging property. Troopers said the charges stem from an incident Last October in the Town of Corning.

 

State COVID Positivity Drops to 0.73%
New York State’s 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate dropped over the weekend to 0.73%. That’s the lowest since the pandemic began. 1,142 patients remained hospitalized. The Southern Tier 7-day positive results have dipped to 0.58%.

 

NY Emergency Rent Program Applications Being Accepted Tomorrow
After waiting more than a year for substantial rent relief, struggling New Yorkers can soon apply for funds from the state’s $2.7 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program will begin accepting applications starting tomorrow. The state Office of Temporary Disability and Assistance (OTDA) will open the application portal at 9 a.m.

 

Addison Man Arrested for DWI
After conducting a traffic stop, State Police arrested 29-year-old Dillion R. Philip of Addison. He was charged with first-offense DWI. Curt action is pending.

 

“Bags of Hope” Ceremony Wednesday at Public Safety Building
“Bags of Hope” will be donated during a special ceremony at 1 pm. Wednesday at the Steuben County Public Safety Building. Some 50 bags, collected by Sara Johnson and the First Presbyterian Church of Bath will be presented during the event and distributed by deputies to individuals in need they encounter during their respective shifts. Bags of Hope contain personal hygiene items, snacks, blankets, clothing items, and other essentials to the homeless, indigent, or other people who are victims of traumatic events. 

 

Park Police Rescue Black Lab from Letchworth Gorge
New York State Park Police were able to successfully rescue a dog at Letchworth State Park yesterday. In a Facebook post, they say a 3-year-old black lab fell nearly 200 feet into the gorge at around 5 p.m. The Genesee High Angle Rope Rescue team was able to find the dog and pull him from the gorge. The dog suffered a broken rear leg, but is otherwise healthy.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday May 29, 2021

5 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that five additional Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including one individual associated with Corning-Painted Post Middle School. This brings the county total to 6,892 confirmed cases, 77 of which are currently active.

 

Village of Bath PBA fundraising to add K-9 to the force

The Village of Bath Police Benevolent Association is seeking public assistance to add a K-9 officer to the force. Interim Chief of Police Colin Taft says he believes a K-9 officer help in a multitude of ways, including with detecting drugs, improving officer safety, locating missing people, apprehending suspects, and would also help in community relations. The cost to start a K-9 program within the agency is roughly $15,000, and the PBA is requesting help from the community. Donations can be made through Venmo at Bath Village – Police Department PBA or by sending a check to the Village of Bath Police Department

 

Town of Hornell announces return of 4th of July parade this year

After a one-year hiatus, Hornell Mayor John Buckley and Hornell Partners for Growth Inc. announced 4th of July festivities will return this year, and will return with a bang, literally and figuratively. The celebration will feature an extended parade capped off by the largest fireworks show in the city’s history. The Hornell Partners for Growth even said Santa Claus is slated to make a quick visit to make up for lost time this past year.

 

Bags of Hope to be distributed Wednesday, June 2nd

Some 50 “Bags of Hope”, collected by Sara Johnson and the First Presbyterian Church of Bath, will be donated as part of a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 2nd, at 1 p.m., at the Steuben County Public Safety Building, per Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard. The bags are to be distributed by deputies to individuals in need they encounter during their respective shifts. The Bags of Hope contain personal hygiene items, snacks, blankets, clothing items, and other essentials to the homeless, indigent, or other people who are victims of traumatic events.

 

Hornell to roll out new app, “Discover Hornell”

Hornell is rolling out a free new app called “Discover Hornell” which will feature over 200 businesses, including restaurants, shops, and services. Users of the app will be notified when there is a sale or an event in the city and the app will also feature a tab for job postings in the area.

 

One dead after crash in Elmira

The Elmira Police Department says one individual has died after a single car accident that took place yesterday just after 2:00 p.m. According to the EPD, two Elmira Fire Department personnel approached a 2004 BMW stopped in traffic on Railroad Avenue and noticed the driver appeared to be passed out at the wheel. Upon approaching the vehicle, the driver reportedly woke up suddenly pressed the gas, causing the vehicle to cross East Church Street and continue on Railroad Avenue, across West Gray Street, and enter the Centertown Garage where it hit a wall at a high rate of speed. The driver was later pronounced dead in hospital. The identity of the driver remains unknown at this time.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, May 28th, 2021

Bags of Hope To Be Distributed Wednesday, June 2nd
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced today that “Bags of Hope” will be donated during a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 2nd 1 pm at the Steuben County Public Safety Building. Around 50 bags will be collected by the First Presbyterian Church in Bath and Sara Johnson. The bags will be presented during the event and distributed by deputies to individuals in need that they encounter during their shifts. Bags of Hope contain personal hygiene items, snacks, blankets, clothing items, and other essentials to the homeless, indigent, or other people who are victims of traumatic events. Allard remarked of the program: “This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and the Steuben County citizens that we serve.”

 

OFA Announces Easy Rider Van and Volunteer Opportunities
Steuben County Office for the Aging as well as other volunteer recruitment efforts have picked up as the county and businesses resume open status. One notable – and essential – face-to-face OFA service is the new Easy Rider van, with door-to-door routes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning. Riders are transported to select shopping locations, dropped off for an hour at each location, then back home. Masks still are required while on the van regardless of vaccination status, by Executive Order. Volunteers are also needed to assist riders with shopping, and other related needs such as pick-up times at each shopping location. Reservations for the van are required and can be made by calling (607) 664-2298.

 

Missing Whitney Point Teen Found in Steuben County
New York State Police say missing 15-year-old Adrianna Leidecker from Whitney Point was found in Steuben County by troopers out of the Painted Post barracks.  The teenager was missing since Sunday, May 16th and last seen in her hometown. She was returned to her parent. 

 

8 More COVID Cases Reported in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that eight county residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,887 confirmed cases, 91 of which are currently active.

 

Corning Man Arrested for Falsifying DSS Paperwork
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that his Investigators arrested 44-year-old Joseph M. Smith of W. William Street in the City of Corning. It is alleged that Smith offered a false information to the Department of Social Services and received benefits from Steuben County in the amount of $2292.00.00 that he was not eligible to receive. Smith is charged with one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree, a class E felony and one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony. He was processed at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and released with an appearance ticket.   

 

NY Sees Lowest COVID-Positivity Rates Since August 2020
New York officials say the state has experienced the lowest COVID positivity rates since August 27th of last year. The statewide rate has plunged to 0.65%. Just around 1,200 people remain in the hospital for virus-related issues and the number of people in Intensive Care has dropped to 300. In the latest report, there were only ten COVID-related deaths.

 

NY Bill Would Allow NY Air Ambulance to Carry and Transfuse Blood 
state representatives will join advocate Travis Flanagan and his family to announce the passage of important legislation to allow New York air ambulance services to carry and transfuse blood products while transporting patients to hospitals. The legislation’s swift passage is credited to the tireless advocacy of Travis Flanagan, who lost both legs in a tragic farming accident but could have lost his life if not for the quick actions of first responders and the fact that a Pennsylvania-based medical helicopter was able to treat him. Travis' dedication to use his tragedy to enact positive change was instrumental in propelling this bill forward to help save lives. A joint press conference is set for Saturday morning.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday May 27th, 2021

FEMA Funeral Aid Available for Elderly Family Lost to COVID
Steuben County Office For the Aging is advising county residents of help for people whose elderly family members died (as a result of) the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20th , 2020 according to OFA Director Patricia Baroody, who urged those affected to go to: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance for more information. Baroody also warned potential applicants to use the official link for information and not to provide information to anyone calling and claiming they represent FEMA.

 

Canisteo Man Arrested for Probation Violation
A 20-year-old Canisteo man was arrested by deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. Zackery Dibble allegedly violated a term or condition of his probation, having been previously convicted of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree in August 2020 for which he was sentenced to six years of probation for having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl. Dibble was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and held to appear in Steuben County Court. 

 

Bath Woman Arrested After Welfare Fraud Investigation
A 39-year-old Bath woman was arrested following a welfare fraud investigation in Steuben County. According to Steuben County Sheriff’’s office, between Oct. 1, 2020, and March 31st of this year, Angela Smith allegedly “offered a false instrument for filing to the Steuben County Department of Social Services and received benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services in the amount of $3082.00 that she was not eligible to receive.” She was charged with one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree-both felony charges. Smith was processed at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and held for CAP arraignment.

 

Tomorrow is Deadline to Register for Repub Primary
The Steuben County Board of Elections reminds all county residents the deadline to register to vote for the June 22 Republican Primary election is Friday, (May 28). Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by midnight, May 28th and received by a board of elections no later than June 2. In Steuben, the deadline affects Republican voters in the towns of Addison, Bath, Campbell, Cohocton, Fremont, Howard, Jasper, Rathbone, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Wayne and Wheeler. The primaries in those towns will be held from 6 am to 9 pm Tuesday, June 22nd.

 

Bill Passes to Allow Forest & Park Rangers to Carry EpiPens
The New York state legislature has passed a bipartisan bill that will allow forest rangers, park rangers and environmental conservation police to carry and use EpiPens to be better-prepared for allergy reactions, which more often happen in the summer months. Next, the bill will be forwarded to the Governor to sign.

 

NY’s COVID Positivity Rate Drops to 0.70%
The New York Statewide COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 0.70%, the lowest since August 30th. The state has also had 51 straight days of decline. The hospitalization rate is now less than 1,300 with only 297 patients in the ICU. The latest report shows 17 COVID-related deaths.

 

NY Comptroller DiNapoli Talks Last Year's Common Retirement Fund 
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has announced that the New York State Common Retirement Fund’s estimated overall investment return was 33.55 percent for the state fiscal year that ended March 31. It reflects the financial markets’ dramatic rebound from lows reached during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday May 26th, 2021

Homeless Man Arrested Twice in 2 Days by Bath PD
According to Bath Police, homeless man Joshua Galloway was arrested twice in two days for various offenses. Two days ago around 11:45pm, Galloway was arrested for allegedly stealing from the West Washington Street Family Dollar. Galloway was found to be in possession of a used hypodermic needle during the arrest. He was charged with petit larceny and possession of a hypodermic instrument. He was processed and released to appear in the Bath Village Court at a later date. Yesterday at 2pm he was arrested for being uncooperative with officers and throwing his property on the sidewalk and road after police were flagged down by a civilian alerting them that Galloway was passed out on W. Washington Street. Officers charged him with littering and disorderly conduct. He was released on an appearance ticket and is due back in court at a later date.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Drugs After Domestic Incident
A Bath resident was arrested after police were called to a domestic dispute on W. Morris St. A week ago, police officers were called to W. Morris Street in Bath after an officer was flagged down by a civilian who heard a domestic dispute. Police say Jordan Parkhurst was the suspect of the domestic dispute and would not cooperate with officers. He was arrested for obstructing the investigation and found to be in possession of suspected fentanyl and a used hypodermic needle. He was charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration 2nd, possession of a controlled substance 7th, and possession of a hypodermic instrument.Parkhurst was processed by the courts and released on appearance tickets and is due back in Bath Village Court at a later date.

 

AG James Pushes Congress to Pass Fraud and Scam Reduction Act
As part of an effort to protect senior citizens in New York against fraud, State Attorney General Letitia James has co-led a coalition of 47 Attorney Generals urging congress to pass the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act. The bill promises to assist stakeholders in training employees to recognize the warning signs of elder fraud and to prevent irreversible damage to elderly victims. James says the pandemic “sadly opened up senior citizens to a new array of fraudulent schemes to steal their money, their identities, and, very often, the freedoms they enjoy,”  To read the full letter sent to congress, click here.

 

Cuomo Announced Scholarship Incentives to Vaccinate Kids
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced a new incentive to get more teens vaccinated where the state will raffle off 50 full tuition, room and board scholarships to any public college or university in New York State for 12- to 17-year-olds who get vaccinated in the next six weeks. From tomorrow through July 2nd, those who are age 12-17 and get a first Pfizer dose can enter 10 4-year scholarships that will be awarded via a random drawing every Wednesday and be eligible for every weekly drawing. The Governor says this is why the sooner you get the vaccine, the greater your chances. The Pfizer vaccine has been cleared to be given to those 12-17 years old but Moderna says it will require emergency use authorization for teens.

 

New York State Boaters Hitting Waters in Greater Numbers
Boaters in New York are going to be hitting the water in larger numbers than ever this Memorial Day weekend. In fact, 52% of boaters surveyed anticipate their boating activity to increase compared to last year, according to a new national survey. Meanwhile, 24% plan to vacation on/by boat (versus other forms of travel) because of the pandemic…and 35% plan to use their boat primarily for cruising waters near their home. 

 

Woman Arrested After Nearly Crashing Bath PD Vehicle
A woman faces felony and other counts after nearly crashing into a Village of Bath police vehicle. Police said a patrol vehicle was on Liberty Street when it was almost struck by another vehicle attempting to back out of a parking spot at a high rate of speed. After an investigation, police arrested Stacie L. Heikkila. She was found to have two prior DWI’s in the past two years and was operating the vehicle on a revoked license with no interlock device. Heikkila is currently on probation for Driving while Intoxicated in Onondaga County. She was subsequently charged with backing unsafely, felony first-degree Aggravated Unlicensed operation, Operating without an ignition interlock restriction, felony Driving while Intoxicated and felony Operating a motor vehicle with BAC of more than .08. 

 

Woodhull Woman Charged for Falsifying Records
State Police report the arrest of a Woodhull woman. Troopers say 22-year-old Rebecca Duell was charged with felony first-degree falsifying business records. The charge stems from a fraud complaint filed in the city of Corning last August. Court action is pending. 

 

$3.5 Billion Available for NY Renters and Business Hurt by Pandemic
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $3.5 billion in assistance for renters and small businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rental assistance program makes emergency rental assistance available for struggling New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the program will be accepted starting June 1 for eligible New Yorkers who are behind on their rent and have suffered financial hardship due to COVID-19. The program is expected to serve between up to 200,000 households.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

County Legislator Steven Maio Among 4 Charged on 54 Counts
Four men-one of which is a county legislator- have been indicted by a Steuben County Grand Jury on 54 counts following the investigation into a sex trafficking ring in the county. Earlier in 2021, Legislator Steven Maio and three other men faced the charges which ended up being dismissed earlier this year on a technicality by a State Supreme Court Justice. Now the four men are charged with Enterprise Corruption for their alleged knowledge of or involvement with a criminal prostitution enterprise between December of 2015 - December 2020. Legislator Maio was also arrested last August for patronizing a prostitute. Larry Comfort Senior was also charged. Comfort is known for his involvement in the 1980 fatal shooting of a State Trooper in Corning. In 1985, his conviction for that murder was overturned but he served a prison sentence for criminal sale of cocaine up until 2013 when he was paroled. 

 

Man Arrested for Drug Charges After Report of Stolen Bike
One man faces drug charges after he allegedly stole a bike in the Village of Bath 4 days ago on May 21st. Bath Police say they responded to a stolen bike complaint near West Washington Street then later located a man riding the bike who was “attempting to avoid officers.” Police identified the man as Shelby Buchanan, who was found to have a warrant out of Monroe County after being questioned. According to police, methamphetamine was located in Buchanan’s bike gloves and also found a large black dagger, a scale, multiple items for drug packaging, and other drug paraphernalia. Buchanan was arrested and processed for felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony criminal possession of a weapon, and misdemeanor criminal use of drug paraphernalia. He was released and is due in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. Officers returned the stolen bike to its owner, who was a 13-year-old boy.

 

21 More Steuben County Residents COVID-Positive
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 21 more county residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday's update. This brings the total to 6,867 confirmed cases, 97 of which are currently active.

 

Siena Poll Says More Voters Want Cuomo to Resign
Voters now say Governor Andrew Cuomo should not resign by a 49-41% margin, compared to a 51-37% majority who said he should not resign last month…that’s according to a just released Siena poll. Cuomo’s favorability rating has also ticked up slightly. 

 

Bath Man Arrested for Burglary
Steuben County deputies arrested 28-year-old Kyle J. Stone of Buell Street in Bath.  It is alleged that Stone entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling on East Washington Street Extension and stole property.  He was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, a class D Felony, and Petit Larceny. Stone was arraigned in the Bath Town Court and released.

 

Average Price of US Gas Jumps 8 Cents in 2 Weeks
The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 8 cents over the past two weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said that the increase is attributed to supply disruption from the 10-day shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline following a cyberattack, and a rise in prices for corn, a key ingredient in corn-based ethanol that must be blended by refiners into gasoline. The price at the pump is $1.05 higher than it was a year ago.

 

Alfred Station Man Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance
Steuben County deputies arrested 37-year-old Adam C. Koester of route 244 in Alfred Station.  It is alleged that Koester, while an inmate in the Steuben County Jail, possessed a quantity of suspected methamphetamine.  He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree, a class D Felony.  

 

Governor Cuomo Directs Flags in NY Be Flown at Half-Staff
Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed flags on State government buildings to be flown at half-staff and state landmarks to be lit red, white and blue on Sunday, May 30 to honor the essential workers who lost their lives due to COVID-19. Flags will remain at half-staff until noon and landmarks will remain lit on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day in honor of the service members who lost their lives fighting to defend our country.

 

O’Mara Participates in Virtual “Unmask Our Kids” Rally
State Senator Tom O’Mara and other members of the Senate Republican Conference joined parents and child care providers from the Southern Tier and throughout New York State to hold a virtual “Unmask Our Kids” rally in opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new mandate requiring children as young as two years old to wear a face covering at day care centers and summer camps. The new Cuomo executive order was handed down last week and has drawn strong criticism and opposition from providers and parents locally and statewide. Opponents note that throughout the pandemic, young children at child care facilities were not required to wear masks. O’Mara said, “Why now?”

 

COVID Vaccination Clinic at Addison School Gym 6/3
The Steuben County Public Health Department is holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Addison Middle / High School gym on Thursday, June 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.  Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at this clinic.  Registration is preferred but walk-ins will also be accepted. Pfizer is available for anyone age 12 and older.  A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18 and complete a consent form.  Johnson & Johnson is available for anyone age 18 and older. Proof of date of birth is needed for anyone seeking vaccination.  If the recipient is too young to have a driver's permit or license, a birth certificate or passport are options of proof of age.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, May 24th, 2021

Steuben County Reopens Offices to Walk-In Appointments
Effective today, Steuben County has reopened all public offices to walk-in appointments.As directed by state and federal guidance, those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 do not need to wear face coverings but those who are not vaccinated must wear face masks in all public areas in the office buildings, like hallways and office suites. The only exception is the State Court Offices which requires face coverings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Steuben County also says the DMV can open for walk-ins, which has been open by appointment only for more than a year. DMV appointments will be honored through June 14th and you must have all the required documents before arriving. Forms available at dmv.ny.gov and will also be available at the Main County Office Building entrance in Bath as well as the DMV offices in  Corning and Hornell. You can click here for more information.

 

7-Week Campbell Creek Closure in Howard Starts Today
The County Route 14 bridge (Campbell Creek Road) crossing Campbell Creek in the Town of Howard will be closed to all through traffic beginning today for approximately seven weeks. The bridge is located between the north end of CR 669 and Dublin Road. The closure will allow the current pipe to be removed and completely replaced with a new concrete box structure. There will be an onsite detour.

 

4 From Bath Injured in Saturday Morning Jerusalem Crash
WETM reports four people from Bath were injured in a motor vehicle accident in the Town of Jerusalem Saturday morning. Yates County Deputies were dispatched for a motor vehicle rollover with 4 people trapped inside. There were two vehicles involved. The first vehicle, with trapped occupants, was found overturned in a ditch. The second vehicle was found to be engulfed in flames. April Ordway, 40, and Michael Hixon of Bath were trapped in the first vehicle and flown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. The two other trapped occupants from Bath, Princess Anthony, 37, and Keziah Anthony, 7, were taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital. The occupants of the second vehicle were transported to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for further treatment. The crash remains under investigation.

 

Southern Tier COVID Positivity Rate Reported at 0.64%
Today, Governor Cuomo traveled to Jones Beach on Long Island to hold a conference updating the public on the state’s ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. Statewide, a 1.09% positivity rate was reported yesterday as well as the lowest COVID hospitalizations since early November. The regional average positivity rates for the Southern Tier was reported to be 0.64% and 2.34% for the neighboring Finger Lakes region. Cuomo said over 10 million or about 64% of New Yorkers have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Cuomo remarked about the situation: “.... so we have to make sure this complicated message is heard: We’re managing COVID, we’re doing well, the positivity rate is not misunderstood to say it’s over.”

 

Steuben County Legislators Met Today
A local law to bring two related Steuben County departments under one director, while a second law to allow young teens to hunt while under adult supervision also was on county legislators’ agenda when they met in regular session this morning. The plan to bring the county Office of Emergency Services (OES) and 9-1-1 together with the leadership of one director is expected to be endorsed by the county Legislature. The county OES is headed by county Director Tim Marshall, who was recently named acting 911 Director with the assistance of Deputy Director Tina Goodwin. If adopted by county lawmakers, youth in Steuben County, aged 12 and 13, will be able to hunt deer under the guidance of a licensed hunter 18 and older. The local law will allow the county to participate in a New York State pilot program.

 

Cuomo Announces “A Shot In The Park” to Promote Vaccination
Today, Governor Cuomo announced the new initiative to promote COVID-19 vaccinations called “A Shot in the Park” where between May 24th and 31st, anyone who gets vaccinated with either the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson, is eligible to receive a free two-day pass to any New York State Park which will be valid through September 30 and can be picked up at any state park. You can get your pass by showing confirmation of your eligible vaccine, such as your vaccination card, at any of the 181 parks across the state. Parking, beach and pool privileges are covered by the passes.

 

Over 1 Million Excelsior Passes Issued Since March
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that more than 1 million Excelsior Passes have been issued since New York State launched the first-in-the-nation voluntary platform in March. Excelsior Pass, which is now being utilized by venues, universities, stadiums and businesses statewide. Cuomo said it is a free, fast, and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results that's helping to get New Yorkers back to the things they love and miss — safely. As of May 19, the State lifted capacity restrictions and adopted CDC guidance on masks and social distancing for fully vaccinated individuals.

 

Addison Man Arrested for Drugs
During a traffic stop, State Police arrested 58-year-old Steven Faulkner of Addison. He was charged with driving while impaired by drugs. He was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.

 

Campbell Man Arrested Charged With Criminal Contempt
State Troopers arrested 44-year-old Loren Hill of Campbell. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly disobeying a court order as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance. He’ll respond in court at a later date.

 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday May 22, 2021

13 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 13 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the county total to 6,846 confirmed cases, 123 of which are currently active. One individual is associated with Corning, Inc, and four individuals are associated with the following schools: Calvin U. Smith Elementary, Prattsburgh Central School, and the Corning-Painted Post School District.

 

Steuben County Offices open to walk-ins effective May 24th

In conjunction with New York State's rollback of most restrictions on businesses and organizations and the reopening of State Courts, Steuben County will reopen all offices to walk-ins, beginning Monday, May 24th. In accordance with CDC and NYSDOH guidance, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings, unless their visit is to State Court offices, which still require face coverings for all. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must wear face coverings in all public areas of County office buildings, such as hallways and office suites.

 

Steuben County lawmakers to consider two new laws during Monday’s session

Steuben County legislators will meet in regular session on Monday, May 24th at 10 a.m. Items on the agenda include the expected approval of a law to bring the county Office of Emergency Services (OES) and 9-1-1 together with the leadership  of one director, and consideration of a law that would allow Steuben County youth, aged 12 and 13, to be able to hunt deer under  the guidance of a licensed hunter 18 and older, which would allow the county to participate in a New York State pilot program. The Legislature is also expected to accept funding for several county programs, including more than $5.3 million from a variety of state sources for highway work through the county Public Works department, additional state revenues including roughly $50,000 from state Homeland Security for “cyber security” training for the county IT department, and the Sheriff’s department will receive $3,000 in STOP-DWI funds.

 

Fallen heroes recognized at annual Law Enforcement Memorial

The annual Law Enforcement Memorial took place last night after a yearlong pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Steuben County Public Safety Building. The ceremony included the traditional laying of four wreaths representing law enforcement agencies and the toll of the bell for the 32 officers who have died in the line of duty. Sheriff Jim Allard, state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Marjorie Byrnes, and community representative Joe Sempolinski all addressed those in attendance.

 

CR-14 bridge to be closed beginning Monday

The County Route 14 bridge, Campbell Creek Road, crossing Campbell Creek in the Town of Howard will be closed to all through traffic on or about May 24th for approximately seven weeks, per Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti. The bridge is located between the north end of CR 669 and Dublin Road. The closure will allow the current pipe to be removed and completely replaced with a new concrete box structure. There will be an onsite detour.

 

Hammondsport CSD announces Board of Education meetings

The Hammondsport Central School District has announced A Board of Education special meeting will be held on Thursday, June 3rd followed by a regular meeting on Wednesday, June 16th. Both meetings are set to begin at 6 p.m. on their respective days at www.hammondsportcsd.org.

Today's Top Stories - Friday May 21st, 2021

DEC Issues Air Quality Health Advisory in Steuben County
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Air Quality Health Advisory for Steuben and 15 other counties in the Finger Lakes area continues until 11pm tonight. The advisory is due to air quality levels in outdoor air which are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for ozone. Consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects especially for those who are very young and have respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. For more information, please visit the State DEC website at, https://on.Ny.Gov/nyaqi, or call the air quality hotline at 800-535-1345.

 

Law Enforcement Memorial Service 6pm Tonight
The Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service is 6 p.m. tonight at the Steuben County Public Safety Building Law Enforcement Memorial Park. The ceremony follows the county’s weeklong celebration last week of “Steuben County Police Officers Week” and is open to the public. It will be attended by state and local officials, law enforcement personnel and veterans. First instituted by county Sheriff David Cole in 2015, the ceremony recognizes the sacrifices made by all law enforcement officers in Steuben and six neighboring counties.

 

Click It or Ticket Crackdown Starts Monday
The annual “Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket” campaign launches Monday. This education and enforcement mobilization runs from May 24 to June 6 to promote seat belt use as the spring travel season ramps up. New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will also use marked and unmarked vehicles, checkpoints, and roving details to ticket unbelted drivers during the campaign.

 

Elmira Woman Arrested After Police Pursuit in Horseheads
After a heavy police presence along County Route 64 near in Horseheads yesterday, Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Danielle Bowen of Elmira who is charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Bowen was the passenger of the car. The search for the driver of the car continues.

 

$250 Million Available to Upgrade Upstate NY Airports
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced $250 million of funding being made available to help improve and modernize airports in upstate New York. Modeled after the 2016 upstate airport economic and revitalization competition, The Elmira’-Corning Regional Airport and the Ithaca Tompkins International Airports are both eligible for the competition. The funding is intended to improve security screening, expands upon terminals, provides opportunities to move passengers in a safer way with improved distancing during and after the COVID pandemic and more. Applications are due by September 15th.

 

Mayor Warren’s Husband Among Seven Drug Arrests
The husband of City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is one of seven people arrested and charged as part of a lengthy wiretap investigation into what prosecutors call a "significant" mid-level drug operation. 45-year-old Timothy Granison was arrested as part of the seven-month-long narcotics investigation. All this comes as the mayor is seeking reelection in November - while facing charges in connection with a campaign finance fraud case.

 

Hammondsport Woman Arrested for Forgery
Steuben County investigators arrested 58-year-old Tracy L. Squires of Main Street in Hammondsport. A press release says from 12/18/2019 to 03/31/2021, Squires allegedly offered a false instrument for filling to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. It is also alleged that she forged and submitted a Department of Social Services form on two separate occasions and received benefits from Social Services in the amount of $1,728.00 that she was not eligible to receive. Squires is charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E felony, Forgery in the Second Degree, a class D Felony, and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony. Ms. Squires was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

“Vax & Scratch” Offers Free Lottery Tickets to Those Getting Vaccine
Andrew Cuomo has announced a new incentive to get more people protected against COVID-19. It’s called “Vax & Scratch.” Next week, Monday through Friday, people have the opportunity to go get vaccinated and take home a free lottery ticket. This is happening at 10 mass vaccination sites across the state. The top prize is $5 million, while lower prizes go down to $20. According to Gov. Cuomo, the chances of winning something are 1 in 9. 

 

NY’s COVID Positivity Rate Drops to 0.85 Percent
New York’s statewide COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 0.85 percent, the lowest since September 11.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday May 20th, 2021

Reed Joins Vote to Form 1/6 Insurrection Investigation Commission
Congressman Tom Reed is among almost three dozen Republicans, including  fellow Congressmen Katko and Jacobs who also represent the Finger Lakes region, who voted to make an independent commission for the investigation of the violent January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The bill to create this commission has passed the House of Representatives 252-175. The model for this investigative body is the commission that was formed following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Congressman Katko commented: “The January 6 attack was a complete preventable failure of intelligence, information sharing, decision-making, and preparedness...” 

 

Heavy Police Presence Reported on County Rte 64 Near Horseheads
Late this morning there was a heavy police presence reported along County Route 64 near Horseheads. WENY reports several patrol cars from the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office were parked along the side of the road, near the ALDI as officers appeared to be searching the embankment off I-86. We will update you on any developments in this story.

 

Bath VA Hiring Nurses
VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System seeks to hire Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Nursing Assistants at the Bath VA. Employment at the VA provides a benefits package that includes health care insurance, retirement benefits, sick leave, vacation and continuing education opportunities. Nurses interested in applying can email their resume to Jacob Cawley at Jacob.Cawley@va.gov or call 585-633-8646 for more information.

 

Rochester Mayor’s Husband Faces Charges After Raid
New York State Police confirmed that they are investigating the husband of Rochester's Mayor - after a raid on the Mayor's home. Reports say Mayor Lovely Warren was not home when Troopers searched the home and were seen removing evidence. State Police Troop E Commander Barry Chase did not specify what charges the Mayor's husband is facing. Meanwhile, Warren is facing her own legal battles. She is currently in the middle of a campaign finance fraud case. She has pleaded not guilty and has vowed to fight the charges at trial.

 

As Mask Mandates Lifted, Cuomo Says to “Stay Vigilant”
State mask mandates were lifted for vaccinated residents yesterday but a reminder that businesses may still turn you away if you do not have a mask on even if you are fully vaccinated against the virus. Governor Cuomo says the hospitalization rates are the lowest they have been since the fall and over 10 million New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Though restrictions are beginning to loosen, Cuomo said "we need to stay vigilant, continue to follow the safety guidelines in place, and help every single eligible New Yorker get vaccinated, so that we can finally reach that light at the end of the tunnel."

 

New York Voters Passed Over 99% of School District Budgets
New York voters approved 99.2% of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 18, according to preliminary results compiled by the New York State School Boards Association. A decade after the state's property tax cap went into effect, 654 districts proposed budgets with tax levies that were within their caps and required only a simple majority to pass. Of those districts, 99.7% saw their budgets pass.

 

Savona Woman Arrested After Incident in Bath
State Police arrested 23-year-old Rikkel Loucks of Savona. She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child stemming from a March 25th incident in the Town of Bath. Court action is pending. 

 

17 More Steuben County Residents Test COVID-Positive
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 17 more County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,823 confirmed cases, 132 of which are currently active. Two individuals are associated with Corning Inc. Ten individuals are associated with Bath-Haverling School District, Campbell-Savona School District, Canisteo-Greenwood School District, Corning-Painted Post School District, Hornell City School District, and Wayland-Cohocton School District.

 

NYS Bill May Bar Elected Officials from Writing Books While in Office
NYS Assemblyman Kevin Byrne was joined by his Assembly and Senate colleagues on Wednesday for a press conference regarding his bill which would prohibit statewide elected officers and certain appointed officers from writing and selling a book during their term in public office. This legislative proposal comes after concerns were raised about Gov. Cuomo profiting from his book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York state. The governor’s tax returns were released to the public this week, revealing he received more than $5 million from the sale of his book. It hit shelves in October 2020. Production was halted in March 2021. 

 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday May 19th, 2021

Wegmans No Longer Requiring Masks for Customers
Wegmans joins fellow retail chains Target and Walmart to not require masks for customers from now on as new rules took effect in New York State following the CDC guidance indicating those who are fully-vaccinated can forgo masks in most cases. The company is currently developing final policies for employees to follow. The decision on whether masks are required is now up to local stores and business. Some this morning immediately ditched the mask mandate, but not all have. You might to pay extra close attention when entering a business to see the specific instructions for that locale. 

 

Savona Man Arrested for Sex Abuse of Minors
A 38-year-old Savona man faces felony charges of sex abuse and criminal sex acts after being indicted on sex charges related to abuse of several minors over a period of time. The Steuben County Sheriff’s office reports that Makitra had sexual contact with two children under the age of 11 and another under the age of 16. Following his arraignment, he was released to appear in local court at a later date.

 

Broome County Teenager Missing
New York State Police are asking for help locating a missing Broome county teenager, who may have run away. Troopers say 15-year-old Adrianna Leidecker was last seen at a home on Hyde Street in Whitney Point. It's believed she left the home around 1 A.M. on Sunday, May 16th. Adrianna is described as a five feet, eight inch tall white female, with blonde hair and blue eyes and weighs 149 pounds.  Adrianna has run away several times in the past, and had previously been located in Dryden, in neighboring Tompkins County, or Pennsylvania.  Anyone with information is asked to contact NYSP at 607-775-1241.

 

Bath & Other Schools Pass Budget, Reporting Low Voter Turnout
Voters approved area school budgets and propositions across the region yesterday. Bath School Superintendent said the voter turnout may have been the lowest in school history.

 

NYS Releases Updated COVID Guidelines for Camps  & Childcare
Today, New York State has released updated COVID-19 guidance for childcare, day camp and overnight camp programs. Now, programs and facilities must collect COVID-19 vaccination status and documentation for all staff and children, as well as implement mandatory daily health screening for staff and visitors which includes daily temperature checks. State and local health departments must also be notified “immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 test results” by a staff member or child. Each site must also implement “property-specific” capacity limits for children and campus “that ensures appropriate social distancing”. Unvaccinated staff or staff not fully-vaccinated must maintain at least a six-foot distance from other unvaccinated staff. All those over the age of two, as well as staff not fully vaccinated, must wear face masks except when eating, drinking, showering, swimming or sleeping and resting. Full guidance can be found by clicking here.

 

Trump Organization Under Criminal Investigation by State AG
One of the investigations into former President Trump's company has taken a turn. For the better part of a year the New York Attorney General's office has been investigating whether former President Trump and the Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of his assets to secure loans and tax benefits. The office has informed the company that investigation is now looking at more than civil violations. A spokesman said "We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity." No comment from the company. Any charges would still be prosecuted by the Manhattan District Attorney's office, which took possession of Trump's tax returns after a long legal fight.

 

Painted Post Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges
A Painted Post man has pleaded guilty to a child porn charge after offering images to an undercover investigator online. 27-year-old Jordan Sowersby pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography depicting prepubescent minors, after having sustained a prior child pornography conviction. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, a lifetime period of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for August 24th.

 

NY’s COVID Positivity Rate Drops to 1.07%
The New York statewide 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 1.07 percent, the lowest since September 27. The 7-day average positivity rate has declined for 43 straight days. Governor Cuomo says today marks a major reopening of New York State, a milestone reached thanks to the strength and grit of New Yorkers.

 

10 More County Residents Test COVID-Positive
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 10 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,806 confirmed cases, 121 of which are currently active.

 

10 Million+ New Yorkers Receive At Least One Dose of COVID Vaccine
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced more than 10 million New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 118,879 doses have been administered across the state's vast distribution network in the last 24 hours, and 806,782 doses have been administered statewide over the past seven days.

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