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Today's Top Stories - Friday, May 15th, 2021

Campbell to Receive $2.7 Million in Water Infrastructure Grant Funding
The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors has approved $94 million in grants, interest-free loans, and low-cost loans to support drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects across New York State. Among the recipients, the Town of Campbell is set to receive $1.8 million in short-term interest-free financing and $2.7 million in grant funding for the development of a new backup water source and extension of the existing public water system to include 122 parcels currently served by impaired residential wells, and for the development of a new public water supply well.

 

3 Arrested in Bath After No-Knock Warrant
Three people are facing charges after a no knock search warrant took place on West Steuben Street in Bath Tuesday. Village of Bath Police Department officers entered the home and arrested Amber Gerow, Steven Jeffers and Nicholas Crouch. Gerow and Jeffers are residents of the home on West Steuben Street while Crouch is homeless. Police said in a press release they found "a truck load of stolen property from at least 3 burglaries including TVs, stereos, laptops, other electronics and even several Steuben County Sheriff's Office uniforms with patches as well as crystal meth, scales, packaging materials, suboxone, cash and two homemade zip guns. Gerow and Jeffers were taken to the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court then released. Crouch was released and expected to appear in court at a later date.

 

Wegmans Offering COVID Vaccine to Those 12 & Up in 1 Week
Wegmans announced all its New York  pharmacy locations are now offering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 12 and older beginning Friday, May 15th. Walk-in appointments will be available. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking here. The Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are also available for anyone 18 and older.

 

183rd Steuben Victim Dies from COVID
COVID-19 has claimed another life in Steuben County. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 183.  The individual was a male resident of the Town of Bath who died at the age of 60.

 

Cuomo Says NY Would Review CDC’s Reduced Mask Requirements
Governor Cuomo said New York state would review the information behind the CDC’s decision to announce reduced mask requirements in most public places. The CDC guidance said in most circumstances, vaccinated people would be able to go mask-free whether they were indoors or outdoors. Cuomo remarked: “In New York, we have always relied on the facts and the science to guide us throughout the worst of this pandemic and in our successful reopening. We have received the newly revised guidance from the CDC regarding mask wearing and social distancing for those with vaccinations and are reviewing them...”

 

SSA Announces Top Baby Names in US
The Social Security Administration today announced the most popular baby names in New York for 2020.  Liam and Olivia topped the list.

 

Statewide COVID-Positivity Rate Drops to 1.08%
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 1.08 percent, the lowest since October 10. He said hospitalizations were down and there were 30 fewer patients in intensive care. Twenty-two new deaths were reported. In the Southern Tier, 62 people were hospitalized with virus-related complications. 

Today's Top Stories - Thursday May 13th, 2021

$8.9 Million in Public Road Projects Planned for Steuben
In a WVIN Community Focus Interview this morning, Commissioner of Steuben County Public Works Vince Spagnoletti shared more details on how the $8.9 million of state funding will be utilized for public roads. In the past, Spagnoletti said the state gave $4-6 million for road repair annually but the over $8 million allocated this year will allow the DPW to repair 60 miles of road and 90 miles of CHIP seal in the county.


Spagnoletti listed some of the projects which include:
 

-11/2 miles of County Route 10 in the Bath area will be blacktopped ($160,000)
-16 miles of County Route 113 (from Bath to Hammondsport via County Route 87 up through Urbana and Wayne) will be leveled with blacktop and CHIP-sealed.
-4 miles of County Route 94 in the Town of Wayne will be rebuilt and blacktopped ($585,000)
-County Route 78 in Pulteney will be blacktopped
-County Route 18 in Bradford will be blacktopped
-County Route 6 in Avoca will be completely rebuilt (approx. $1,200,000)
-7 miles of County Route 7 from Prattsburgh to Wheeler will be blacktopped ($700,000)


Hear the full interview with Spagnoletti at: https://wvinbath.com/assets/podcaster/215/2021_05_13_215_103538_4795.mp3

 

COVID Clinic Monday 5/17 at Jasper-Troupsburg High School Gym
The Steuben County Public Health Department has a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Jasper-Troupsburg Junior/Senior High School gym on Monday, May 17 where both Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines will be offered. Those 12 and older can get the Pfizer vaccine while anyone 18 and up may get a Johnson and Johnson vaccine. A parent or guardian must accompany a minor as well as sign a consent form at the clinic. Proof of your date of birth is needed for a vaccine. Clinic attendees must wear face masks and will be expected to wait 15-30 minutes after vaccination for observation.

 

Wheeler Explains Steuben Attorney Recruitment Problem
Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler spoke to WETM news about the problem the county has had for years regarding recruitment and retention of attorneys. Within Steuben County, positions through the Public Defender’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Social Services, and County Attorney all face difficulties being filled. Wheeler says in particular, being an attorney is a rare skill to come by while it is highly competitive to bring them into the area, adding“...municipal governments can’t pay as much as others or that some individuals could make in private practice, so, it’s a serious recruitment issue,” Wheeler also said Steuben is not alone as “other counties and counterparts across the state and everyone is sort of in the same boat and we are competing for the same resources.” With a state new lawsuit settlement expanding the number of public defenders offered by counties, Wheeler said that problem is about to get worse. County District Attorney Brooks Baker said in a statement: “we are going to have to be creative going forward….bringing in Attorney’s who might otherwise retire, utilizing part-time positions and enhanced recruiting of new graduates are all avenues we are pursuing.”

 

Buffalo Bills  Will Play 4 Prime Time NFL Games
After their run to the AFC Championship Game last season, the Buffalo Bills were rewarded with four prime time games according to the 2021 NFL schedule released last night. The Bills will play Sunday Night Football once, Monday Night Football twice, play against the Saints in New Orleans on Thanksgiving night and play one primetime game at home when the Bills host the Patriots on Monday, December 6th.

 

20 More COVID Cases Reported in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 20 more county residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,740 confirmed cases, 170 of which are currently active.

 

Empire Access Joins Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Prattsburgh-based Empire Access says it will participate in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program.  This temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband Internet service for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The $3.2B program provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband Internet service for eligible households. 

 

Reed Releases Statement After Republicans Oust Cheney
House Republicans voted yesterday to push Representative Liz Cheney out of her leadership role within the party. The vote is a major identity decision for republicans on Capitol Hill pushing Cheney out of her leadership position after she defiantly called out Donald Trump's false claims about the 2020 elections. NY Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed said in a statement that he would defer to the Houses “collective wisdom.” He added that while he will always be a proud Republican, he also sees the reality of the challenges that face the nation and the world. The congressman, facing his own challenges, said – quote – “The world is on fire.”

 

Beaches and Pools Still To Be Socially Distanced for Memorial Day
Governor Andrew Cuomo says that beaches and pools will operate with six-foot social distancing in anticipation of Memorial Day. New York State's goal is to reopen them to 100 percent capacity by July 4. According to Cuomo…"All the COVID-19 numbers are trending in the right direction, and as more New Yorkers get vaccinated, it's important not to lose any of the significant progress we've gained.”

 

WGI Reduces Capacity for Ferrari Challenge Weekend
Watkins Glen International has announced that it has reached its reduced capacity for the upcoming Ferrari Challenge North America weekend May 21-23. The reduced capacity for the 2021 spring event weekend is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continues in accordance with New York state guidelines. 

 

Anderson Appointed SUNY Alfred’s Officer-in-Charge
As Alfred State continues to search for a permanent president to replace the recently retired Dr. Skip Sullivan, the college is happy to announce that Dr. John Anderson has been appointed officer-in-charge by the SUNY Chancellor. The appointment is effective as of Monday, May 10. Sullivan had served as the 12th president of Alfred State College since January 2014. In October 2020, he announced to campus that he will retire at the end of the academic year, giving the campus time to start transitioning for new leadership.  President Sullivan guided the campus through the worst of the COVID pandemic, which has made for a difficult time for everyone, but in particular students.  Anderson, who has agreed to come out of retirement for this special assignment, is no stranger to Alfred State, having served as the college president from 2008 to 2013.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday May 12, 2021

15 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County, two deemed positive

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 15 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and two have been deemed positive. This brings the total to 6,720 confirmed cases and 12 deemed positive, 155 of which are currently active. One individual is associated with an area hospital and another is associated with home health care, and one individual is associated with Corning, Inc. at Erwin.

 

NTSB releases new details in helicopter crash that killed Guthrie doctor

A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board said the helicopter piloted by Dr. Sanjay Kansara of Guthrie encountered a band of snow shortly before crashing in a remote area of northeastern Pennsylvania last month, although it is unknown if the snow caused or contributed to the crash. The helicopter was cruising at an altitude of about 3,000 feet en route Bradford County Airport in Towanda when it entered a “right, descending spiral” above Forkston Township in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. The report of the accident is preliminary and could change before the official final report, which could take a year or two.

 

Early morning house fire in Beaver Dams; Red Cross assisting family

The Red Cross is assisting one adult and two children after a house fire on Moreland Road in Beaver Dams early this morning. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.

 

Corning, Inc. opens new manufacturing plant in Wuhan

Corning Incorporated has opened a new Gen 10.5 liquid crystal display (LCD) glass substrate manufacturing plant in Wuhan in the Hubei Province, in China. The facility is co-located with a BOE Technology Group facility. The new facility will allow Corning to deliver Gen 10.5 glass substrates right to BOE for production of large display panels.

 

Cuomo: 50% of 18+ NYS residents fully vaccinated

Governor Andrew Cuomo made a number of announcements this morning from Sahlen Field in Buffalo, where the Toronto Blue Jays are slated to open their season, regarding the state’s progress on COVID-19. The state’s 1.10% positivity rate is the lowest since October 17th.  The 1,928 statewide hospitalizations is the lowest since November 14th. Governor Cuomo also said 50% of New Yorkers age 18 and up have been fully vaccinated. The Governor also announced beaches and pools in New York can open following social distancing guidelines for Memorial Day.

 

Astorino lauches bid for NYS Governor

Republican Rob Astorino, former radio industry professional and former Westchester County Executive said yesterday he will run for Governor of New York in 2022 in his second bid to usurp incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo. Among the main focuses of his campaign, addressing the job loss in New York State due to the COVID-19 pandemic, government corruption and the high taxes and cost of living in the State. Astorino was the Republican nominee to 2014, before losing to the sitting Governor Cuomo by a margin of 54% to 40%.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Bath Man Arrested for Welfare Fraud
A 44-year-old Bath man was arrested after a welfare fraud investigation. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports Allan Sullivan allegedly “sold and or traded his benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services for unauthorized items on more than one occasion” between Sept. 13, 2020, and March 15, 2021. As a result, Sullivan obtained benefits which he was not entitled nor authorized to receive in the amount of $134.26. He was charged with Criminal Use of a Public Benefit Card in the Second Degree and Petit Larceny. Sullivan is scheduled to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.

 

Steuben Reports 38 More Cases of COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department says that 38 more Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday's update. This brings the total to 6,705 confirmed cases, 150 of which are currently active. Two individuals are associated with area hospitals…Eight people are associated with Canisteo-Greenwood Elementary, Corning-Painted Post Middle School, Erwin Valley Elementary, Hornell High School, Hugh Gregg Elementary, Wayland-Cohocton Middle and High Schools. 

 

Schumer Calls for $3.4 Million in EDA Funding for Hornell Alstom
US Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for $3.4 million in funding through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the expansion of Alstom’s manufacturing facility in Hornell and to make improvements to the Shawmut Industrial Park in Hornell in a letter to United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. Schumer speculates 250 new jobs could be created at the Hornell site after their recent $1.8 billion contract to supply rail cars to Metra in Chicago. Schumer said the project “is poised to be a win for Alstom, a win for Upstate New York, and a win for American industry, so Secretary Raimando I say all aboard!” John Buckley, Mayor of the City of Hornell, said “Thanks as always to Senator Schumer for continually fighting for the City of Hornell.”

 

Fines in NY Could Increase for Obstructed License Plates
A bill that recently passed the New York State Assembly could raise the fines from $200 to $300 for intentionally obstructing or defacing license plates. The legislation’s intention is to keep motorists from making license plates illegible or difficult to read to avoid tolls or law enforcement as the New York State Thruway transitions to cashless tolling for its tolled bridges, roads and tunnels. Legislators also say the law could help catch those who perpetrate hit-and-runs and other traffic offenses.

 

County DPW Doing 152 Miles of Road Work Projects
An increase in state funding this year allows the Steuben County Public Works Department to repair 152 miles worth of projects according to County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti. The additional state funds include appropriations withheld last year due to state budgetary concerns brought on by the unforeseen onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the department has set aside $9.1 million, with $600, 000 in reserve in the event asphalt prices continue to rise. State funds include CHIPS, Extreme Winter Recovery and Pave NY monies. The county’s share of road work costs amount to $800,000.

 

Broadway Returns in September
The curtain goes up on Broadway this September after a pandemic year without theater. Before the pandemic nearly 250-thousand people took in a Broadway show every week. When theaters reopen this September, they'll be at 100-percent capacity. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it will be up to theaters to decide whether to require proof of vaccination. There were 31 productions on Broadway when theaters closed last March. It wasn't immediately clear how many will return in September.

 

SUNY & CUNY Boards Require Student COVID Vaccinations
NY officials have announced that SUNY and CUNY boards will require vaccination for all in-person students combing back in the fall. The governor said “The key to supercharging the vaccination rate: Eliminating excuses, increase access, and communicate the facts.”

 

Letchworth State Park’s Glen Iris Inn Suffers Minor Fire
There appears to be no extensive damage at Letchworth State Park’s popular Glen Iris Inn. Shortly before 6 a.m., the Pike Fire Department was called out for an alarm activation. 911 was quickly told there was a smell of smoke on the second floor and the building was being activated. That elevated the situation to a second alarm assignment, which brought in at least six departments from Wyoming and Allegany Counties. No word yet on the cause. Departments began leaving the scene by 7 a.m. The Glen Iris re-opened for the season on May 1st.

Today's Top Stories - Monday May 10th, 2021

Nurses Needed at the Bath VA
Help is needed urgently as RN’s, LPN’s and Nursing Assistants are in demand at the Bath VA Medical Center. The VA says it provides a generous benefits package, that includes: a competitive salary, health care insurance, retirement benefits, vacation time, sick leave, and continuing education opportunities. Job openings are also available at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center.

 

Local Lawmakers Call for Full Reopening of DMV
Several local lawmakers recently sent a letter to Governor Cuomo, calling on him to allow local Department of Motor Vehicle offices to fully reopen. DMV offices do not currently allow walk-ins and you must sign up ahead of time for an appointment. New York State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano reported that local residents are waiting an average of three to four weeks for appointments.  In the letter, O’Mara and Palmesano, along with Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes, Assemblyman Chris Friend and Assemblyman Joe Giglio wrote that transactions at local DMV offices are “an important source of revenue for county governments and their full-time operation is critical to the ability of local governments to recover from the COVID-19 shutdown”.  

 

Hornell Woman Charged After Welfare Fraud Investigation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office report a 64-year-old Hornell woman was charged after a welfare fraud investigation. Maxine Huddle allegedly purchased and used another person’s benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services, allowing her to obtain benefits she was not entitled nor authorized to receive. She is charged with one count of criminal use of a public benefit card in the second degree and will appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date while charges at a later date are anticipated for the person that sold the benefit card to Huddle.

 

AAA Reports Gas in NY Reaches $3/Gallon
According to AAA, New York’s average gas price has reached $3/gallon-jumping five cents since last week. The current average for New York is three cents above the national average of $2.97 which was seven cents lower a week ago. Elmira reports an average of $2.94 which jumped five cents since last week and $1.01 higher than last year. This jump in gas prices is due to a cyber attack that led to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, along with the usual rise due to spring demand. The impact will depend on how long the pipeline remains shutdown, with a long shutdown resulting in moresupply concern issues.

 

SUNY and CUNY Students Need Vaccinations to Return to School
Governor Cuomo announced this morning during a COVID-19 briefing in Albany that all SUNY and CUNY boards will require vaccinations for all in-person students beginning in the fall while encouraging all private colleges and universities to require the vaccine as well. Cuomo also remarked: "Let's make a global statement - you cannot go back to school in person in September unless you have a vaccine.” and said the new rule will be “a major motivation for people to get the vaccine...”

 

Bath Woman Cited After Benton Horse and Buggy Crash
A Bath woman was cited following a horse-and-buggy crash in Benton during the early morning hours on Thursday. According to FingerLakes1.com, Melissa Carney was traveling east on State Rt. 54 in the town of Benton when she struck a horse-and-buggy traveling in the same direction. The horse died from injuries suffered in the crash while the 20-year-old carriage driver from Penn Yan was treated at the scene. The Yates County Sheriff’s Office say the sun’s glare and following too closely contributed to this accident.

 

30 More COVID Cases in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department reported on Friday that 30 more county residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,667 confirmed cases, 165 of which are currently active. Five individuals are associated with Hornell High School, Hornell Intermediate School, North Hornell Elementary, Prattsburgh Central and Wayland-Cohocton Elementary.

 

NY’s Statewide COVID Positivity Rate Drops to 1.45%
New York’s statewide 7-day average COVID positivity rate has dropped to 1.45%. That’s the lowest since October 28th and represents 34 straight days of decline. Hospitalizations have also dropped to just above, 2000 and that’s the lowest since November 15th. In the Southern Tier region, 64 people are in the hospital with virus-related issues. 

 

Body Found Saturday at Ithaca Falls Identified
Authorities have identified the body of a person found dead Saturday at Ithaca Falls. Phillip Zukowski was a Cornell University student. The sophomore transferred to the college last Fall. Ithaca police said the investigation is ongoing but at this time, police the death doesn’t appear to be criminal.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday May 8, 2021

30 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 30 additional Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,667 confirmed cases, 165 of which are currently active. Five individuals are associated with the following schools: Hornell High School, Hornell Intermediate School, North Hornell Elementary, Prattsburgh Central and Wayland-Cohocton Elementary.

 

Steuben County Historical Society recognizes county’s 225th anniversary

The Steuben County Historical Society is recognizing this year marks the 225th anniversary of the establishment of Steuben County. The county was created in 1796, with six original towns: Bath, Addison, Dansville, Canisteo, Corning, and Painted Post.

 

Accident on I-86 near Horseheads Walmart

The I-86 eastbound on ramp near the Walmart in Horseheads was closed yesterday afternoon after a two-vehicle accident. The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. One car could be seen flipped over and the other had significant damage to the driver side. It is unknown at this time if there were any injuries.

 

New York State unemployment system to be audited by Comptroller

The New York State comptroller’s office is auditing the state’s unemployment system. Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office said the audit began based on their assessment of “risk which includes complaints, large increases in payments, new programs and criteria, and changes to the IT.” NYS Republican Senator Ed Rath released a statement yesterday saying in part “From the very start of the pandemic the unemployment system in our State has been an absolute mess and the lack of transparency has been very concerning. Between residents being unable to receive the benefits they are due, to long wait times to overpayments and blatant fraud, there has been non-stop issues.”

 

Bath PD announces largest crack cocaine arrest in department’s history

The Bath Police Department has announced the largest crack cocaine arrest in the history of the department after $16,000 worth of crack cocaine was found on the 200 block of Campbell Street. 61-year-old Lawrence Rodgers was arrested during a traffic stop on two sealed Superior Court warrants for two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, all in the fifth degree. The arrest stemmed from the sale of crystal meth in the village in 2019. A search warrant was executed at Mr. Rodgers’ apartment where the crack cocaine was discovered. Mr. Rodgers was transported to the Steuben County Jail for arraignment.

 

Bath woman ticketed for horse and buggy crash in Yates County

A Bath woman has been ticketed after getting into an accident with a horse and buggy in Yates County Thursday morning that resulted in the death of one horse. Melissa Carney was driving eastbound on SR 54 in the Town of Benton when she struck a horse and buggy traveling in the same direction. According to the Yates County Sheriff, glare from the sun and following too closely were contributing factors to the accident. The 20-year-old Penn Yan man in the buggy was thrown from the buggy on impact and was treated for leg and neck stiffness. The horse was declared dead on the scene. Carney was ticketed for Failing to Use Due Care while Approaching a Horse. She will answer to that charge in the Town of Benton Court at a later date.

Today's Top Stories - Friday May 7, 2021

Bath PD announces largest crack cocaine arrest in department’s history

The Bath Police Department has announced the largest crack cocaine arrest in the history of the department after $16,000 worth of crack cocaine was found on the 200 block of Campbell Street. 61-year-old Lawrence Rodgers was arrested during a traffic stop on two sealed Superior Court warrants for two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, all in the fifth degree. The arrest stemmed from the sale of crystal meth in the village in 2019. A search warrant was executed at Mr. Rodgers’ apartment where the crack cocaine was discovered. Mr. Rodgers was transported to the Steuben County Jail for arraignment.

 

Bath woman ticketed for horse and buggy crash in Yates County

A Bath woman has been ticketed after getting into an accident with a horse and buggy in Yates County yesterday morning that resulted in the death of one horse. Melissa Carney was driving eastbound on SR 54 in the Town of Benton when she struck a horse and buggy traveling in the same direction. According to the Yates County Sheriff, glare from the sun and following too closely were contributing factors to the accident. The 20-year-old Penn Yan man in the buggy was thrown from the buggy on impact and was treated for leg and neck stiffness. The horse was declared dead on the scene. Carney was ticketed for Failing to Use Due Care while Approaching a Horse. She will answer to that charge in the Town of Benton Court at a later date.

 

New York State Police warn of new scam

The New York State Police are warning the public of a new scam in which people are showing up to people’s homes posing as lawyers or law enforcement officers and claiming a loved one is in jail and needs bail money. If targeted by this scam, you can submit a consumer frauds and protection bureau online complaint form

 

11 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 11 more county residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,637 confirmed cases, 160 of which are currently active. Two individuals are associated with Hugh Gregg Elementary and Wayland-Cohocton Elementary.

 

First-dose Pfizer vaccination clinic to be held next Monday at Hornell HS

The Steuben County Public Health Department will be holding a first-dose Pfizer vaccination clinic for anyone age 16 and older, beginning on Monday at 5:00 PM in the Hornell High School cafeteria. To attend the clinic, participants must pre-register for an appointment time using the link found on Public Health's COVID-19 page. Those age 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All clinic attendees must wear appropriate face coverings and will be expected to wait 15-30 minutes after vaccination for observation.  Attendees should wear short sleeves or appropriate clothing for vaccination.  For safe clinic flow and traffic patterns, registered participants should come to the clinic at their appointment time.  The clinic location and parking cannot accommodate participants showing up early.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday May 6, 2021

Budgets, tax increase proposals released for local schools

A handful of school districts in Steuben County have released their proposed budgets and tax increases for the year. Districts in Steuben County, such as Arkport, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Hammondsport, and Wayland-Cohocton have proposed a tax rate increase ranging between .18-1.99 percent in Steuben County. Proposed budgets range from $10.1 million to $118.1 million.

 

31 COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 31 more county residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,626 confirmed cases, 160 of which are currently active. 10 individuals are associated with Alfred State College, Avoca Central, Dana Lyon Middle School, Haverling High School, Hornell High School, VEW Primary, and Wayland-Cohocton Elementary.

 

Wegmans to do away with self-serve food bars

Wegmans spokesperson Laura Camera says the store chain does not plan on returning their self-serve hot and cold food bars, which were shut down at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York State Department of Health released guidelines allowing buffets to come back, however, self-serve bars were not included. People can still get the same food that was at the self-serve bar, however, it will just be packaged.

 

NYS single day COVID-19 positivity rate lowest since October 2020

Governor Cuomo announced today that New York State’s single day COVID-19 positivity rate has dipped to 1.27%, the lowest figure since October 22nd 2020. The seven-day average for the Southern Tier is below 1%, the lowest of any region in the state. The seven-day average for the Finger Lakes region is at 2.7%

 

O’Mara pushing to exclude benefits from taxable income

State Senator Tom O’Mara is calling for the approval of legislation he co-sponsors to exclude unemployment benefits from state taxable income. O’Mara said this would keep New York State in line with action already taken by the federal government to exclude the first $10,200 of unemployment benefits from 2020 taxable income.  In the last COVID stimulus package, the federal government waived federal tax for households earning up to $150,000. Although states were given the same option to exclude unemployment benefits from taxable income, New York has yet to accept and is one of only 11 states to not take advantage of this tax break as the May 17th filing date nears.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday May 5th, 2021

Steuben Legislature Proclaims May 6-12th “National Nurses Week”
Yesterday, the Steuben County Legislature declared the week of May 6 – 12th, as National Nurses’ Week in Steuben County. National Nurses’ Week begins tomorrow and legislators urge all residents of Steuben County to help celebrate and recognize our nurses as an expression of our gratitude for all they do to keep our community healthy and safe.

 

Wegmans May Not Bring Back Self-Serve Food Bars
After Wegman’s shut down their self-serve hot and cold food bars due to the pandemic, customers may not be able help themselves to self-serve food again. Though the New York State Department of Health announced new guidelines following a drop in cases and rise in vaccinations, self-serve bars were not included but buffets were-under the condition they are staffed to serve customers. According to the Star Gazette, Wegmans does not plan on bringing self-serve bars back in the traditional, packaged way. For customers who must have a fresher option, they can order curbside pick-up or delivery through the Wegmans app.

 

NY Offers Free Public Health Training Course
A free citizen public health training program opens today offered by New York State in an effort to better-prepare residents for future public health emergencies. The online course consists of four-parts and made possible by the New York State Department of Health and Cornell University. According to the governor's office, "participants will learn about COVID-19, public health emergency preparedness and response, and other public health issues” and says the course will provide insight into information and resources for citizens to benefit their communities to be better prepared for the next pandemic. Information on how to sign up can be found here.

 

Steuben Health Dept. Reports 5 More COVID Deaths
Upon review of recent death certificate data, the Steuben County Public Health Department is reporting the deaths of five individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 and had COVID listed as a cause of death on their death certificates.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 182.  The victims include an 81-year-old woman who lived at Absolut Care Three Rivers; and 89-year-old city of Hornell woman; an 86-year-old man from Bath; a 75-year-old male resident of the Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center and an 87-year-old female resident of the Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center.

 

Sheldon Silver Released from Federal Prison
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been released from a federal prison on furlough, while he awaits potential placement to home confinement. That's according to The Associated Press. Silver was serving his more than six-year sentence at a federal prison in Otisville, New York, in a corruption case. The 77-year-old began serving his sentence in August after years of fending off going behind bars. He has a projected release date from federal custody in 2026.

 

12 More Residents Test Positive for COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 12 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,595 confirmed cases, 141 of which are currently active.

 

Wayland Woman Arrested in Nunda Traffic Stop
Livingston County deputies have leveled felony and other counts against a Steuben woman. During a traffic stop in Nunda, deputies arrested 20-year-old Amya R. Kinney from Wayland. According to a press release she was allegedly in possession of approximately four point one (4.1) grams of suspected methamphetamine as well as a quantity of concentrated cannabis. Kinney was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree related to the meth. She was arraigned and released. 

 

PA Lifting Pandemic Business Restrictions Memorial Day
Pennsylvania will lift COVID-19 restrictions on businesses on Memorial Day. The Wolf administration also said the state’s order on wearing masks in public will end when the state hits the target of 70% of residents 18 and older are vaccinated. Right now, just over 50% of eligible Pennsylvanians have been at least partially vaccinated. The Wolf administration said the state’s lifting of restrictions doesn’t prohibit municipalities or school districts from continuing with their own more aggressive measures if they desire to do so.

 

NY Vaccination Rate Increases, Infection Rate Drops
The New York vaccination rate is increasing as COVID-19 infections are decreasing. However, Governor Cuomo says it is not a time for New Yorkers to let their guards down. On Tuesday in New York, nearly 2,200 new COVID cases were confirmed with 264 more people admitted to hospitals statewide. The governor says…while the light at the end of the tunnel has never been brighter, this war isn’t over.

 

Corning Inc. Gives $25K to American Red Cross of Western NY
The American Red Cross of Western New York is proud to announce the organization is the recent recipient of a $25,000 gift from the Corning Incorporated Foundation. This generous gift continues the Foundation’s longtime support of the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies within Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties. It comes as part of the organization’s Sound the Alarm/Homes Made Safer campaign which seeks to educate more than 100,000 nationwide on home fire safety prevention efforts.

 

Allegany Health Dept. Reports Small Rise in COVID Cases
The Allegany County Department of health says it is seeing a small increase of COVID positive cases. Officials report 50 new positive COVID cases between Friday and Tuesday. They are also seeing an increase in positive cases in a younger population including cases severe enough to be hospitalized. As COVID-19 moves into the second year, officials say we all must remain diligent and continue to wear a mask, social distance, wash hands often, and get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Drive-Up Rabies Clinic Set for June at Cameron Town Barn
Steuben County Public Health announces a Drive-Up Rabies Clinic at the Cameron Town Barn Monday June 21st from 6 to 8pm. Participants must wear masks and follow social distance guidelines. Owners will wait in their vehicle and be given a clipboard to fill out their pet’s information. Cats must be confined and dogs must be leashed. The vet will have the owner and animal step outside the vehicle to get vaccinated. Please bring your own pen, $5 donation per each animal and proof of prior vaccination if applicable to receive a 3 year vaccine.

 

Steuben Prevention Coalition Offers Overdose and Naloxone Training
Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Opioid Committee holds a virtual training for Opioid Overdose Recognition & Naloxone Use on Wednesday May 12th from 7 to 8pm. This free training is being conducted by the Erie County Department of Health. To register, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/erie-county-doh-opiod-overdose-recognition-naloxone-use-tickets-150194350345 

 

Reed Breaks Media Silence to Talk Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Following a media silence after his sex scandal and announcement he would not seek re-election, Congressman Tom Reed has issued a press release…and it’s an important one for area eateries. Rep. Reed provided constituents with new information regarding the opening of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund through the Small Business Administration.  He urges eligible businesses to apply to this program, which aims to help restaurants and other impacted businesses keep their doors open throughout the pandemic. Reed said while he didn’t support the plan, “this program is critical to the small businesses across the district.” The program provides funds equal to the revenue restaurants lost throughout the pandemic up to $10 million, but no more than $5 million per physical location. Funds will not need to be paid back by the businesses if the funds are used in the correct manner by March 11th, 2023.

 

Steuben Sees 177th COVID Death
COVID-19 has claimed another life in Steuben County. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 177.  The individual was a female resident of Steuben Center who died at the age of 90.

 

32 More Steuben Residents Test Positive for COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 32 more residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday's update. This brings the total to 6,583 confirmed cases, 146 of which are currently active.

 

Turkey Season in NY Kicks Off, Continuing to May 31st
Turkey hunting season in New York has officially kicked off! The season started Saturday and runs continues to May 31st. The state DEC reminds people they have to be registered and have their turkey hunting permits which allows each hunter to harvest “two bearded turkeys, yet, only one per day." Hours are restricted from shortly before sunrise until noon because afternoon hours are when the birds are most active, and hunting then could disrupt their mating. It is estimated about 90,000 hunters already have their permits.

 

Steuben Observes International Firefighters' Day
Residents across Steuben County are urged to light their homes and social media in “red” today in recognition of International Firefighters’ Day. Office of Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall say he invites communities, businesses and fire departments to join in celebrating and highlighting the great work firefighters do every day, and to thank them for all that they do to keep us safe. The role of all firefighters, both volunteer and paid, has never been more important. International Firefighters’ Day was established in 1999. Marshall also noted the international recognition falls within National Arson Awareness Week – also an important time to reflect on the selfless dedication of firefighters.

 

Hornell Man Arrested for DWI
State Troopers arrested 22-year-old Jacob Dunn of Hornell. He was stopped in Wayland and charged with aggravated DWI. Court action is pending. 

 

State Passes Emergency Eviction Moratorium
The New York State Senate and Assembly passed legislation Monday night that extends the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction Moratorium. The bill protects tenants and small business owners from being evicted under certain circumstances. The extension will now go until August 31. The bill is headed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature.

 

Wayland Teen Arrested After Domestic Dispute
A Wayland teen…arrested…following a domestic dispute. The 15-year-old boy, charged with assault with intent to cause physical injury.

 

Wayland Man Arrested for Property Damage
A Wayland man gets facetime with a judge for allegedly recklessly causing property damage during a disturbance. Troopers leveled the charges against 20-year-old Sebastian Harvey.

 

7 Million New Yorkers Now Fully-Vaccinated
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that more than 7 million New Yorkers are now fully vaccinated. 91,035 doses have been administered across the state's vast distribution network in the last 48 hours, and more than 1.1 million doses have been administered over the past seven days.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Cuomo Announces “Major Reopening” of NY May 19th
Today, Governor Cuomo announced a major reopening of New York as the state’s COVID numbers are at their lowest rates since October and a vaccine is now available. In about two weeks, New York, along with Connecticut and New Jersey, will end capacity restrictions in the tri-state area Wednesday May 19th. Despite lifted restrictions, the state will still abide by CDC guidelines on six feet of physical distancing, which could still restrict the capacity for some businesses. The new distance-based maximum capacity will apply across commercial settings, including retail, food services, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services, among other settings. It will also apply in houses of worship.

 


 

Steuben to Celebrate International Firefighters’ Day in Red Tomorrow
Residents across Steuben County are urged to light their homes and social media in “red” tomorrow in recognition of annual International Firefighters’ Day. Steuben County Office of Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall invited communities, businesses, fire departments, and media to “join us in celebrating and highlighting the great work firefighters do every day, and to thank them for all that they do to keep us safe,”  and also noted the role of all firefighters, both volunteer and paid, has never been more important in Steuben county. International Firefighters’ Day was established in 1999 and also falls within National Arson Awareness Week – an important time to reflect on the selfless dedication of firefighters. Check out the social media campaign: #Shine4Firefighters

 

16 More COVID Cases Reported in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 16 more residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,551 confirmed cases, 176 of which are currently active. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says none of the latest cases received even one dose of a vaccine and that is often, but not always, the status of the new positives she has seen over the last couple months. 

 

Legislator Kelly Fitzpatrick Takes the Tyrtle Beach Plunge!

Steuben County Legislator Kelly Fitzpatrick jumped into lake Salubria Friday evening. WVIN was there, first responders and some witnesses. The jump was intentional, the cause valid. The Bath-area county representative was the 2021 jumper for the Tyrtle Beach campaign, an annual grass roots fundraising campaign that is organized by Steuben Youth Services Fund, Inc. to support youth programs in the Central Steuben County. Fitzpatrick admits…she’s not a fan of the water (tryle1). The event, launched in 1992, has raised more than $742,000. Make your donation online by the end of the month at www.tyrtlebeach.com
 

 

Canisteo-Greenwood High School Goes Remote for This Week
Changes this week for high school students at Canisteo-Greenwood. The district decided to go remote for the HIGH SCHOOL ONLY this week. All high school students will be required to follow their bell schedule remotely through Thursday. There will be NO ATHLETICS this week. In addition, there will be no in-person BOCES this week.

 

Michigan Woman Arrested in Corning
A Michigan woman is facing a series of charge after he was pulled over in the Town of Corning. State Troopers arrested 25-year-old Quanetta Waters. She was charged with three felony counts of possession ammo clips, two felonies of possessing loaded firearms, criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation. Court action is pending. 

 

SeaBreeze Reopens May 22nd
Seabreeze Amusement Park plans to reopen later this month. Making the announcement on Facebook, the park plans to open May 22. Masks are required at all times while in the park, and guests must purchase tickets in advance.

 

Schumer Holds Afternoon Press Event Today in Dundee
Seeking to put a cork on problems facing New York’s wine industry, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer will reveal that decisions by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to stop collecting data on grape production vineyards in New York puts the Rochester-Finger Lakes region, the state’s grape and wine industries, and local economy, at risk. He’ll hold a press event this afternoon at 2 p.m. in Dundee. Schumer will say that the Rochester-Finger Lakes is currently a major producer of wine in the U.S., but these decisions by the feds to halt data collection could derail what keeps New York’s industry competitive with California, Washington State, and the world. 

 

Statewide COVID Rate Drops to New Low Since October
New York’s statewide COVID positivity rate has dropped to 1.49%, the lowest since October 28th. The governor says the numbers are trending in the right direction. The Southern Tier Region reports 64 COVID-related hospitalizations. Sixty-six people in the region are in intensive care.

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