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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday June 30th, 2021

Sweet Talks Bath's Sidewalk Confusion on Community Focus 
There’s a growing sidewalk controversy in the Village of Bath. Mayor Mike Sweet spoke as a guest on this morning's Community Focus to clarify some issues and explains there are two different projects. The sidewalk paving on Washington to Geneva Streets and Route 54 is a state project.  Sweet says the village is aware of some of the concerns expressed by residents and has put pressure on the state to make changes as  the Board discusses responses. Sweet says the Village's sidewalk project continues on Liberty and Washington which includes new crosswalks. Hear the full interview at:
 https://wvinbath.com/assets/podcaster/215/2021_06_29_215_105082_4795.mp3


 Risk of Severe Thunderstorms with Heavy Wind & Rain Today
While today's temperature is a cool change from the past few days of heatwave, there is still a slight Risk for severe thunderstorms with potential to produce damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall at times.


Bath PD Continues K9 Fundraising 
Fundraising efforts continue to establish a new K-9 program for the Bath Police Department with the goal of raising $15,000 by October according to Bath Mayor Mike Sweet, who spoke about the issue in a Community Focus interview this morning. Officer-in-charge Colin Taft is spearheading the effort. The mayor said the Elks Clubs also wants to make a significant donation. 

 

 


Sheriff Allard & Local Officials Offering Community Coffee Sessions
Mayor Mike Sweet shared that Wednesday, July 7th will be Bath's first Coffee with the Mayor and Chief of Police at the Chat-A-Whyle Restaurant 8:30am. The program is the first in a monthly series of meetins set at rotating community restaurants. Friday July 2nd at 8am, the North Hornell Village Police Department and Steuben County Sheriff’s  holds“Coffee with the Chief and Sheriff”as Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard will join Hornell Police Chief Amidon. Later, at 9am, Allard joins the Canisteo Village Police Department for "Coffee with the Chief and Sheriff". This program is open to all community members who may want to know more about crime prevention or further understand police or the Sheriff’s Office in a casual atmosphere to discuss any areas of concern or for local law enforcement. For more information about the Canisteo event, visit www.villageofcanisteo.com , the Village of Canisteo’s or the Steuben County Sheriff’s Facebook pages. You may also contact the Village Clerk’s Office at 607-698-4553 Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM or by emailing canisteo_pd@yahoo.com

 

 


State Bill Seeks to Improve Water Quality in Schools
A state bill that received bipartisan support from New York Assembly's lawmakers that would work to improve water quality in schools while preventing children being exposed to lead, which can lead to health defects. The legsilation requires more water testing and for the results to be made public and if passed, will result in new funding revenues to repair outdated infrastructure. 


WVIN's Own Dave Taylor Smith Inducted in County Hall of Fame
A former US Congressman, WVIN's own longtime radio personality and a Civil War-era married team of physicians will be inducted into the Steuben County Hall of Fame later this summer. U.S. Rep. Randy Kuhl, of Hammondsport, our station's own  morning host Dave Taylor Smith and Drs. Joseph Seeley Dolson and Amelia Smith Dolson were formally approved for induction by the county Legislature when it met Monday in regular session.


State Troopers Planning July 4th STOP-DWI Crackdown
New York State Troopers are planning a special DWI prevention campaign for the July 4th holiday. Pennsylvania Troopers have just issued a press release saying, they’ll be having DUI patrols and checkpoints as well. 


WIC Benefits Temporarily Increasing 
The New York State Department of Health will temporarily increase the Women, Infants and Children’s nutrition program’s fruit and vegetable benefit through the American Rescue Plan. For the next four months, WIC participants will now receive $35 per month for fruits and vegetables instead of $9 or $11. The goal of the program is to increase the nutritional quality of WIC-approved foods and reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. New York State began implementing the increase June 1 and will continue until September 30th.


Empire Access Named Fastest Internet Provider in US
Empire Access announced today that it has been named fastest Internet provider in the United States for 2021 by PC Mag, beating out national and regional Internet providers. Empire Access is a fast-growing fiber optic telecommunications service provider, offering high-speed Internet, digital television, phone and security services to homes and businesses – all enabled by Fiber Optic technology – to over 25 communities in Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. After starting with one telephone line in Prattsburgh, NY, Empire Access has grown significantly as a family-owned, locally based communications provider.


NY's IDAs Report $3.5 Million Increase in Project Values
Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) reported 4,320 active projects valued at $109 billion for 2019, a 3.3 percent, or $3.5 billion, increase in project values from 2018, while net tax exemptions totaled $796 million in 2019, compared to nearly $784 million in 2018. Project values have increased by 48 percent since 2009, while the number of active projects has declined by six percent over the same period, according to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.


Corning Inc Appoints Pamela Craig to Board of Directors
Corning Incorporated has announced that Pamela J. Craig been appointed to Corning’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Craig will serve on the board’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committee as well as its Audit Committee. She will hold office until Corning’s annual meeting of shareholders in the spring of 2022, at which time she will stand for election to a one-year term. Her appointment brings the number of Corning directors to 15.

 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Heatwave Continues With Advisory in Steuben County
The heatwave continues today for the third day in a row. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Steuben County in effect until 8 p.m.  Heat index values up to 96. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. Drink plenty of fluids and check on neighbors. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. Meanwhile, A slow-moving front will trigger a few strong to possibly severe thunderstorms on Wednesday. Some of these storms may also be capable of producing heavy rain which could lead to localized flash flooding.


Independence Day Expected at Second-Highest Travel Volume
Triple-A is out with its July 4th expected travel report. They say more than 47.7 million Americas are expected to travel for the holiday. They said this 4th of July is expected to have the second-highest travel volume on record, with only 2019 being higher. AAA said that despite the gas prices, which are expected to be high for the holiday, most Americans will travel by car.


Steuben Reports Another COVID Death; 5 More Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 189.  The individual was a female resident of Three Rivers who died at the age of 94.The Health Department also reports five Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Thursday’s update. This brings the total to 6,955 confirmed cases, 15 of which are currently active.

 

Minor Injuries Reported After 3-Car Horseheads Crash Yesterday
New York State Police say only minor injuries occured after a 6PM crash on I-86 that shut down I-86 East. The wreck in Horseheads was reportedly a result of traffic issues due to downed cable wires across the highway. Last night, Eastbound traffic was detoured off of exit 51-A  as the Interstate was being cleared with travel resuming at about 8:30pm. Three vehicles were towed from the scene.


Bath Man Arrested After Canaseraga Domestic Dispute
After investigating a domestic dispute in the village of Canaseraga, state police arrested 36-year-old Michael Parkinson of Bath. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly disobeying a court order.


Bath Man Arrested for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing 
State Police arrested 40-year-old David VanDusen of Bath. After investigating a domestic dispute, he was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing. He was issued an appearance ticket for court and released. 


O'Mara & Palmesano Invite Public to Vote WGI “Best NASCAR Track” 
With one week to go in the voting, State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano are encouraging area residents to keep voting for Watkins Glen International in USA Today’s 10 Best online Readers’ Choice competition to decide America’s “Best NASCAR Track.” The area legislators stressed that anyone can vote once a day, every day, on every Internet-capable device they have until the contest closes on Monday, July 5, at noon. This is the sixth consecutive year that WGI is in the running for the “Best NACAR Track” designation, which the track won in 2016, 2017, 2018, and last year. The Glen is currently running in second in this year’s contest.


2 Rochester Area Hospitals Loosen COVID Restrictions
Two Rochester-area hospitals are loosening their visitation restrictions. Effective now, Highland Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital are allowing for visitors of COVID-19 patients. There can be two visitors per patient, and those coming into the hospital must be wearing a mask during the visit. A URMC spokesperson says the move is in accordance with New York State guidelines. It's recommended that anyone looking for further information go to the hospital's web site.


Golf for Guthrie Hospice Tournament Raises Over $30K
The 19th Annual Golf for Guthrie Hospice Tournament raised over $30,000. 36 teams participated this year, and many more donors and sponsors joined together to support the very special mission of Guthrie Hospice. The tournament raises funds for Guthrie Hospice that enhance and support hospice programs and services, as well as offset the expenses related to caring for patients in need of financial assistance. The tournament has raised over $500,000 since it began in 2002.


Tioga Downs Casino Resort  Kicks Off 2021 Summer Concert Series
Tioga Downs Casino Resort is excited to announce their 2021 Summer Concert Series. After being closed last year, the casino resort says it is more excited than ever to bring three bands to rock out with Tioga Downs guests. Starting the excitement is Blood, Sweat & Tears on July 29. This group has been rocking since the 1960s. The second act in this series is Tanya Tucker on August 20. Finishing up the summer concert is Cheap Trick on September 10. This Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductee has been making headlines since 1974 and plans to continue rocking at Tioga Downs late summer. Tickets for Blood, Sweat & Tears are now on sale at the Tioga Downs Casino Resort gift shop and online at ticketmaster.com. Tanya Tucker and Cheap Trick tickets will be announced in the near future. 

 

Today's Top Stories - Monday June 28th, 2021

BEGWS Replacing Gas Mains on Robie & Allen Streets & Hillview Drive
Today, Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems began replacing the gas main and services on Robie Street, from Allen Street to Hillview Drive. The gas main and services on Hillview Drive will also be replaced. Work is scheduled for this week and will continue through the summer and into the fall.

 

J&J Vaccine Available 7/15 at Union Hall in Corning
The Steuben County Public Health Department, in partnership with the United Steelworkers Local 1000 Union, will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Union Hall, 100 Nasser Civic Center Plaza in Corning on Thursday, July 15th from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at this clinic for anyone age 18 and older.  Registration is preferred at www.steubencony.org/covid<http://www.steubencony.org/covid>. Walk-ins will also be accepted.  The clinic is open to anyone who lives or works in New York State, not just union members.  Proof of date of birth is needed for anyone seeking vaccination.

 

NWS Heat Advisory Continues to 8pm Tonight
The National Weather Service heat advisory continues today until 8pm for Yates, Steuben, & Schuyler counties. Heat index values up to and exceeding 95°, hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location while you call 9 1 1.

 

Town of Urbana Holds Special Meetings 6PM Tonight
The Town of Urbana will hold a special meeting this evening. Some of the agenda items… discussion of a moratorium on fireworks and marijuana dispensaries. The board will also discuss the approval of Wellspring Fellowship Church to use the baseball field. The meeting is 6 p.m. at the Town hall on Pleasant Valley Road in Bath.

 

COVID Hospitalizations in NY Drop to Lowest Since Pandemic
Gov. Cuomo says COVID-related hospitalizations in the Empire State dropped down to 371. That's the lowest number the state has had since the beginning of the pandemic. Throughout the state, the 7-day average positivity rate of COVID-19 is 0.36%.

 

Johnson & Johnson Will Pay $230 Million in State Opioid Settlement
Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $230 million to New York state to settle claims that the pharmaceutical giant helped fuel the opioid crisis…that announcement was made over the weekend by Attorney General Letitia James. The drugmaker also agreed to permanently end the manufacturing and distribution of opioids across New York and the rest of the nation.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday June 26, 2021

Steuben County Legislators to meet Monday; expected to accept $18.5 million in federal aid

The Steuben County Legislature is expected to accept $18.5 million in federal COVID-19 rescue funding when it meets on Monday, June 28th at 10 a.m. in the county Annex on West Morris Street. The funds, which come from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will provide financial assistance for state and local governments for eligible expenses and will be distributed in equal parts, half in 2021 and the remainder in 2022. Under the act, the funds having to be set aside for specific uses by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026. Other agenda items include endorsing individuals already approved in committee to the county Hall of Fame, presenting local laws waiving residency requirements for county deputies and peace officers, and designating the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau as the county’s official tourism agency.

 

Dansville receives $3 million to upgrade water mains, hydrants

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday the Village of Dansville will receive $3 million as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, in order to replace 37,000 linear feet of aged and undersized water mains and add new hydrants and valves. The $3 million is part of $26.7 million total in grants and loans approved by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation to support various vital water quality infrastructure projects across the State.

 

Guthrie announces updated COVID-19 guidelines

Effective July 1st, Guthrie will not require fully vaccinated patients to complete pre-operation COVID-19 testing. Unvaccinated patients will still need to be tested for COVID prior to surgery, but Guthrie says those patients can expect a quick turnaround with those results, as all COVID-19 as all COVID-19 specimens are now being tested in-house at Guthrie. This cuts down the wait time on results from in excess of five days to 24-48 hours.

 

NY’s alcohol-to-go program ends

New York’s State of Emergency has ended, in addition to the ‘alcohol-to-go’ program. A permanent extension of alcohol-to-go is supported by 78 percent of New Yorkers, but the Legislature failed to extend it and now the Executive Order has ended. Many restaurant owners were caught off guard by the removal of the policy. The president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association issued a statement saying – “Only in New York would elected officials ignore an overwhelming majority of the public.”

Today's Top Stories - Thursday June 24, 2021

Giuliani banned from practicing law in NYS

An appeals court has suspended former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani from practicing law in New York State on the grounds that there was “uncontroverted evidence” that Giuliani had made false statements to courts, the public and lawmakers in attempts to get the courts to overturn former President D     onald Trump’s loss in the 2020 Presidential Election as Trump’s lawyer. The ruling will prevent Giuliani from representing clients as a lawyer in New York State.

 

Brindisi not to seek re-election in 2022

Former New York 22nd Congressional District Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2022. The status of the 22nd and 23rd districts remain up in the air, as redistricting is a possibility and Congressman Tom Reed announced he will not seek re-election amid sexual assault claims. Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss, a Republican, said he is considering running for the 23rd District, and Steuben County Republican Party Chairman Joe Sempolinski says he is also considering a 23rd Congressional District bid.

 

Cuomo signs into law the Gender Recognition Act

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today in a press conference that he has signed into law the Gender Recognition Act, which adds a gender-neutral option for birth certificates and other state-issued identification cards for those who wish not to specify their gender. The act comes 10 years later to the day that the Governor signed the Marriage Equality Act into law, which allowed same-sex couples the ability to enter into civil marriages in New York.

 

EPD Animal Control responds to dead dogs in Grove Street home

The Elmira Police Department Animal Control unit responded today to a home on 112 Grove Street in Elmira. It is alleged that two women lived in the house for an extended period of time, allegedly with a child as well, and the house was not well kept. Per the neighbors, Animal Control allegedly removed two dogs from the premises that are believed to have been deceased since October 2020. The supposed residents are believed to work in the dietary department of the Chemung County Nursing Center. Elmira Code Enforcement have placed a violation notice on the home.

 

Saturday marks beginning of charity football tournament

Starting Saturday, teams from throughout New York State will take the field at Highmark Stadium, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, for a 6-on-6 flag football tournament. All funds raised by these teams will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics New York. The action continues Sunday as well. Now in its fourth year, this year’s Sun Bowl includes an additional day of games featuring amateur, co-ed, first responder, and school-age divisions. There are 57 teams competing in this tournament with over 50 volunteers each day. In total, this year’s Sun Bowl has raised over $143,000 to support more than 4,000 local Special Olympics NY Athletes and Unified Partners in Western New York.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday June 23rd, 2021

BEGWS Announces Summer Closures Beginning Next Week
Beginning next week on Monday June 28th, Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems will be replacing the gas main and services on Robie Street, from Allen Street to Hillview Drive. The gas main and services on Hillview Drive will also be replaced. These streets will be closed while local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections on Robie Street at Allen Street, Lyon Street, Vermont Street, Whiting Street and Maine Street, along with the intersection on Hillview Drive at Wood Street, will be closed at times as crews work to tie into existing gas mains. Work will continue through the summer and into the fall. BEGWS apologizes for the inconvenience and says questions can be directed to (607) 776-2173, Option2.

 

O’Mara Sponsors Senate’s Family Online Summer Reading Program
State Senator Tom O’Mara is sponsoring The Senate’s online summer reading program for young readers and families across the state. O’Mara says the program “offers another convenient opportunity for students and their parents to enjoy the benefits and the rewards of summer reading together.” O’Mara added that it’s fortunate that the area has “an outstanding network of public libraries providing access to books and other reading activities, materials, and opportunities.” State library officials report almost two million young people participated in last year’s summer reading program. Youth who read over the summer statistically have more academic success during the school year. If your family wants to participate in the online program, visit Senator O’Mara’s website by clicking here. Participants who complete the program, will receive special recognition from the Senator for this achievement.

 

Hammond Leading Bath-District County Legislator Race
Guy Hammond has the lead in the GOP primary for Steuben County Legislator representing Bath. Unofficially, he has just a four vote lead. The results won’t be certified until next week. In Cohocton, Cheryl Duesenbery is the unofficial winner in the Supervisor’s race. Right now, she has a nine vote lead. Berton Candee and Cindy Smith have the leads at the moment for the town of Fremont council. 

 

Southern Tier Sees Low Voter Turnout for Yesterday’s Primary
Steuben County, as well as Chemung and Schuyler held Republican primaries yesterday with election officials reporting low voter turnout across the state’s Southern Tier for the state primary. Mail-in ballots were sent by mail to voters in all three counties, with a handful being completed and returned.  Today is the last day for voters to submit their mail-in ballot.

 

Over 69,000 Tickets Issued for “Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket” Today, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) announces law enforcement agencies throughout the state issued a total of 69,832 tickets for vehicle and traffic law violations, including 12,573 tickets for seat belt and child restraint violations during the “Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket” campaign which ran from May 24th to June 6th. State and local law enforcement agencies used marked and unmarked vehicles, checkpoints, and roving details to patrol for unbelted occupants. Law enforcement also made sure children were properly restrained.

 Full ticket breakdown:

 

Violation

Number of Tickets

Seatbelt

12,573

Speeding

13,351

Distracted Driving

3,266

Impaired Driving

1,552

Move Over Law

402

Other Violations

38,688

Grand Total

69,832

 

 

WalletHub Ranks NY Best Summer Driving State
With 59% of U.S. families saying they are more likely to drive than fly for their next trip, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released three key reports to help people maximize both savings and fun. WalletHub’s road trip report found that New York ranks 1st nationally for summer driving. New York also ranked first in the number of attractions.

 

Steuben County Health Dept. Reports Another COVID Death
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 188.  The individual was a female resident of the Town of Wayland who died at the age of 59. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said she looks forward to the day that COVID does not impact families in this way and we no longer report any COVID-related deaths.   

 

NY Parks and Rec Announces First-Ever Camper Reward Program
New York State’s Parks and Recreation Department announced the first-ever camper reward program for overnight stays at state campgrounds. You can earn points for every dollar spent on overnight accommodations, and redeem the points toward use fees on future stays. Points will be given once the visit is over, so campers can earn them on new or already-booked reservations.

 

AG Leads Coalition Rejecting Postmaster’s Proposed Cut to Services
New York Attorney General Letitia James co-led a coalition of 21 attorneys general and two cities in calling on the Postal Regulatory Commission to reject Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s proposal to cut services at the Postal Service, which she said would result in increased delivery times for First-Class Mail and other essential postal services. The proposed changes could impact up to 96 percent of ZIP codes in the United States.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday June 22, 2021

Two vaccination clinics to be held at local craft breweries

On Wednesday, June 23rd and Thursday, June 24th there will be two pop-up vaccination clinics providing the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The clinics will be held at two local breweries, Railhead Brewing in Hornell on Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. and at Iron Flamingo Brewing in Corning on Thursday from 3-5 p.m. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said in regards to teaming up with local breweries “We feel this may reach a different, specific population and sometimes people respond to an incentive. Plus, it just seems like a fun way to reach people in the community.” People interested in receiving the vaccine can either show up during the 3-5pm timeframe or they can to register ahead of time. Anyone wishing to be vaccinated needs to bring valid identification and should plan to wait 15-30 minutes after the injection for observation.

 

One new COVID-19 death in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 188.  The individual was a female resident of the Town of Wayland who died at the age of 59.

 

NYS announces incentives for camping

New York State’s Parks and Recreation Department has announced the first ever camper reward program, in which campers can earn points for every dollar spent on overnight accommodations at state campgrounds. Points can be redeemed and used toward fees of future stays.  

 

Blood shortage in the Southern Tier

Per the American Red Cross, blood supplies across the country at large are low, and the Southern Tier is no exception. The shortage can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Red Cross having limited access to organizations that normally participate in blood donations. The Area Booking Manager for the American Red Cross, Sheila Sullivan said “Places that we normally go to we still are not allowed in yet, they’re not allowing outside organizations in, we obviously weren’t in our schools and our colleges this year and for the most part, that is 20 percent of our blood supply we get from our high schools and colleges,”. To combat the shortage, the Red Cross is asking for your help with a donation.

 

Apartments on Denison Parkway in Corning officially completed

While the apartment complex on 176 Denison Parkway in Corning has been housing tenants for approximately a year now, officials were able to mark the official completion of work yesterday. The apartments, located on the sight of the old Corning Hospital, offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, June 21st, 2021

Steuben Under Severe Thunderstorm Warning This Evening
Steuben is one of five counties in the area that is under a Severe Thunderstorm Advisory until 8pm this evening. A round of scattered severe thunderstorms is expected to begin this afternoon and continue into the early evening tonight. The storm will develop from 1 to 4pm then travel eastward through our Southern Tier region. Expect damaging winds, large hail, and frequent lightning. Heavy rainfall is also possible with a risk for a possible isolated tornado. The Twin Tiers region has been upgraded to an Enhance Risk, level 3 out of 5, for the development of strong to severe storms. 

 

Commission on Judicial Conduct Reports Hornby Justice Resignation 
The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct reports Justice of the Hornby Town Court, Jason Novak, resigned after being served with formal charges by the Commission. Novak did not attend any of the three judicial training programs offered by the court system between September 2020 and April 2021, and therefore was not certificated to assume judicial duties. Novak also failed to respond to four letters from the Commission regarding his training and certification status. Administrator Robert Tembeckjian said Judge Novak’s failure to complete a training and certification program “....was compounded by his failure to respond to Commission inquiries and required his departure from office.” Novak formally vacated office earlier this month on June 7th, and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office at any time in the future. 

 

6/26-6/27 Free Fishing Weekend in New York State
This weekend -from Saturday, June 26th continuing to Sunday the 27th, is Free Fishing Weekend in New York State. This event is the second of six Free Fishing Days to be held in New York State and is just in time for the start of summer vacation. During designated free fishing days, New York residents and non-residents can fish for free without a fishing license. The next Free Fishing Days for this year include National Hunting and Fishing Day and Veterans Day. A full list of regulations can be found in the 2021 DEC New York State Freshwater Fishing Guide.

 

AAA Reports Rising Gas Prices in NY State
AAA reports gas prices have risen by nearly a dollar in the past year.  The current average price of gas in New York state is $3.13 a gallon, compared to $2.23 a gallon last year-that’s up two cents in the last week and almost an entire dollar in the last year. AAA says rising crude oil prices may mean higher gas prices this month.

 

NY’s COVID Vaccination Rate Rises
The number of New Yorkers receiving a COVID vaccination continues an upward trend. According to the latest report, the state has achieved a vaccination rate of 70.9%. And there’s more good news…The statewide 7-Day positivity rate is now 0.38% and has declined for 76 consecutive days. Only 258 new positive cases were confirmed on Sunday.

 

NY Law Will Require General Hospitals Seek Planning Input from Staff
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation requiring general hospitals in the state to seek input from nurses and other staff in creating staffing plans that are to include specific guidelines on how many patients each nurse is assigned. The first plan must be adopted by the committee and submitted to the New York State Department of Health by July 1, 2022.

 

Erie County Exec Rescinds Vaccine Requirement for Bills Games
Some good news for Bills fans - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz now says he is rescinding the vaccine requirement for Buffalo Bills games and stadium events due to low COVID-19 case numbers. In a tweet, he cited low hospitalizations and good vaccination rates.

 

Pulteney Man Arrested After Domestic Dispute
After investigating a domestic dispute, state police arrested 41-year-old Matthew Young of Pulteney. Troopers charged Young with felony possession of a weapon and two counts of menacing with a weapon and criminal obstruction of breathing. 

 

Guthrie Begins to Scale Back Visitation Guidelines
Beginning today Guthrie is scaling back some visitation guidelines at its facilities. Visitors will still be required to always wear masks at all facilities, regardless of vaccination status. All patients and visitors will also still be screened for temperature and COVID-19 symptoms. Inpatients can have visitors between 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Patients will be permitted two visitors at a time.

 

Cameron Man Arrested by Troopers for Forcible Touching
Troopers from the Painted Post barracks report the arrest of 40-year-old Kristopher Vosburgh of Cameron. He was charged with two counts of child endangerment and a single count of forcible touching. Court action is pending.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday June 19, 2021

WGI to operate at full capacity for “Go Bowling at the Glen” NASCAR weekend

Watkins Glen International has announced there will be no restrictions this year for the Go Bowling at the Glen NASCAR weekend, set to take place the weekend of August 4th through August 8th. The grandstands will be fully open for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on Saturday, August 7th, as well as the ARCA Menards Series race on Friday, August 6th. In addition to the NASCAR weekend, Watkins Glen International will also play host to the upcoming IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, June 24th through the 27th, and the IMSA WeatherTech 240, July 1st and 2nd.

 

New York State to begin closing mass vaccination clinics

New York State will be closing four mass COVID-19 vaccination sites, including Corning Community College, as well as York College, and sites in Oneonta and Potsdam, beginning June 21st. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the downsizing of mass vaccination sites is due to the progress on vaccinations statewide. All open sites will continue to offer walk-in vaccinations for all eligible individuals.

 

Guthrie to loosen visitation guidelines at facilities

Effective June 21st, Guthrie will begin to relax visitation guidelines at its facilities. Visitors will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. All patients and visitors will be screened for temperature and symptoms of COVID-19 as well. Patients will be permitted two visitors at a time between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

 

Rollover accident in Horseheads

Traffic was delayed yesterday in Horseheads due to a multi-car rollover accident that took place on Grand Central Avenue in Horseheads, at the intersection of West Steuben Street. One vehicle had a Colorado license plate, while the other had a New York plate.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, June 18th, 2021

Pat II Tour Boat Launches in Hammondsport
The Pat II Tour Boat was launched in a ceremony at Hammondsport's Depot Park earlier today. Originally a boat that toured on Lake Skaneateles, the 39-foot boat was built originally in 1924, serving as a tour boat and US Postal Service delivery boat until it was retired in 1991. Finger Lakes Boating Museum’s Ed Wightman said the Pat II was made possible after a 6-year rebuilding project that was led by Boatwright and FLBM’s Geoff Heath and funded by both public and private donations. Keuka's latest tour boat will be open to give tours starting this weekend and continuing all summer. 

Check out video of the Pat II on our Facebook page:

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and

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Former Prattsburgh Superintendent Named Naples Superintendent
After retiring as Prattsburgh school superintendent in December 2019, Jeffrey Black has been named interim superintendent of the neighboring Naples school district. Beginning August 1st, Black will take over from Dr. Matthew Frahm, who resigned to be Superintendent of the Clarence school district in Erie County. 

 

Four Bath Teens Arrested for 2020 Burglary
Four name-protected teenagers from Bath are facing felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a burglary complaint in the town in January 2020. They were taken into custody yesterday by Troopers. A 17-year-old female and two 18-year-old boys have been charged with four counts of felony criminal possession of stolen property and one misdemeanor count of possessing stolen property. The 17-year-old and one of the 18-year-old boys were also charged with felony burglary and four counts of felony grand larceny. State Police also arrested an 18-year-old female, charging her with four felony counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. They were all initially detained for court action.

 

Steuben County At Risk for Severe Thunderstorms
Steuben County is at a marginal risk of severe weather tonight. According to the National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Outlook, thunderstorms will be this evening and into the overnight hours. A few of the storms could be strong to severe with damaging winds and hail possible. Strong to severe thunderstorms will also be possible again on Saturday.

 

Pulteney Planning Board Holding Hearing on West Lake Road Property
The Town of Pulteney Planning Board has given notice that will conduct a public hearing next month on a new application. A man who owns property on West Lake Road wants to sub-divide about three acres with a house, lakefront and barn along with 30 acres of woodland. The hearing will be at the Town Hall on July 12th at 7 p.m.

 

Billy Fuccillo Passes Away
Today, the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association announced Billy Fuccillo passed away at his Florida home at 64 “after months of declining health.” Billy Fucillo is best-known for owning Fuccillo Automotive Group-which he started in 1989 and Fucillo Auto eventually grew into 25 dealerships in New York and Florida. Perhaps better-known for his saying in the commercial is Fucillo’s trademark “it’s HUGE!”, he distinctly drew out in his advertisements. Fucillo is survived by his wife, Cindy and son, Billy Fuccillo Jr. Check out the announcement made in a Facebook Post


Atherton to Give Command at Sahlen's Six Hours Next Weekend 
Watkins Glen International has announced that former IMSA President Scott Atherton will give the command to fire engines for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday, June 27, to kick off the return of the prestigious IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance race following a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Atherton’s nearly 35 years of leadership in motorsports spans the industry. WGI President Michael Printup said “His leadership in motorsports helped this race rise to the level of prominence it currently enjoys and we’re excited to honor that dedication.” Atherton said he is honored to serve as the Grand Marshal. 

 

Hornell Woman Charged with DWI
After investigating a personal injury crash in the Town of Hartsville, state police arrested 34-year-old Todd M. Lewis of Hornell. He was charged with DWI, having a BAC over .08% and aggravated unlicensed operation. He’ll answer the charges in court at a later date.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, June 17th, 2021

5 More Test Positive in Steuben County for COVID Since Monday
Steuben County Public Health Department reports five Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Monday's update. This brings the total to 6,943 confirmed cases, 22 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the Town of Corning, Town of Erwin, Town of Hornellsville, Village of Avoca, and Village of Hammondsport. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.

 

Jury Selection for David & BillieJo Gee Case To Begin in July
Next month, jury selection is scheduled to begin for the case of a fatal snowmobile accident that killed a Steuben County man’s wife in 2019. On January 21st, 2019, David Gee was driving a snowmobile with his wife BillieJo in Tuscarora  on a private road when Troopers say he pulled onto State Route 417 into the path of a vehicle, ejecting them both from the snowmobile and neither were wearing helmets. BillieJo was pronounced dead at Guthrie Corning Hospital. Gee was originally charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, and felony Driving While Intoxicated. Gee was arraigned on May 2019 with $10,000 bail/$20,000 bond posted. Gee pled not guilty.

 

Southern Tier COVID-Vaccination Rate Under 70%
Though the state’s COVID vaccination rate for the first dose is up to 70%, our own Southern Tier region falls short of the percentage at 51.4% of those 18 or older getting at least one shot of the COVID vaccine- behind both Chemung County, which is at 52.3%, and Schuyler County at 56.1%. Local officials say there is no need to worry because they did not anticipate reaching the rate of 70% due to the low vaccination turnout.

 

Wegmans Reports Database Leak of Personal Information
After Wegmans experienced database issues, some peoples’ personal information, which includes names, addresses, birthdates, emails, phone numbers, passwords and more, could have been exposed. Wegmans says two databases were left open which allowed potential outside access,and blamed the potential leak on a configuration issue.  The store says the issue has since been fixed. Any customer impacted by this leak has already been notified. Social security numbers and banking information was not leaked. Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call 1-855-535-1851.

 

Man Found Dead at South Seneca Marina in Watkins Glen
A man is dead after suffering an apparent medical emergency at South Seneca Marina in Watkins Glen. His body was found under the dock and rescuers recovered his body from the water. The Watkins Glen Police Department is asking anyone with information to give them a call.

 

Cuomo Says Not to Get “Cocky” With COVID Success
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo says “we cannot get cocky” with COVID successes. He says the best way to honor frontline and essential workers for all they have done for us is to stay vigilant and get everyone vaccinated. New York’s statewide positivity rate has dropped to 0.35%...it has declined for 72 consecutive days. Sadly, nine more virus-related deaths have been reported in New York.

 

Woodhull Man Arrested by Troopers
State Police report the arrest of 28-year-old Matthew Stanton of Woodhull. He was charged with reckless endangerment, menacing and criminal mischief. He was initially detained. 

 

Black Bass Season in NY Begins Saturday 6/19
The harvest season for largemouth and smallmouth bass opens Saturday in the Empire State. These two species, also known as black bass, are New York's most popular freshwater sportfish, and account for 31 percent of total freshwater angling effort in the state.  New York's traditional bass season opens on the third Saturday in June each year and runs until Nov. 30.

 

Local Sales Tax Collection in NY Increase by 57 Percent
Local sales tax collections in New York in May increased by 57 percent over the same month in 2020, the highest one month increase in recent history…that’s according to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Collections totaled $1.4 billion, up $530 million from May of last year.

Today's Top Stories- Wednesday June 16th, 2021

O’Mara Reacts to NY Lifting Pandemic Restrictions
New York has lifted pandemic restrictions. After 15 months of pandemic living, New York hit the 70-percent vaccination mark. It's the threshold Governor Andrew Cuomo had said would trigger the end of restrictions on businesses, gatherings and masks except those suggested by the federal government for schools and mass transit. State Senator Tom O’Mara said in a statement yesterday “It is time to restore legislative checks and balances, and local input.” 

 

Steuben Deputies Arrest Penn Yan Woman for Misuse of Food Stamps
Investigators from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested 46-year-old Lori K. Scheldorn of Penn Yan. It is alleged that in January she used another person’s EBT Card without authorization totaling $122.00.  Scheldorn was charged with Petit Larceny and Misuse of Food Stamps.  She was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit and the District Attorney’s Office.

 

Black Bass Season Begins Saturday in NY
Just in time for the Father’s Day weekend, harvest season for largemouth and smallmouth bass in New York State begins this Saturday, June 19. Known collectively as black bass, the largemouth and smallmouth fish are New York’s most popular freshwater fish according to anglers with freshwater sportfishing generating nearly $2 billion in annual economic output annually for the state. Last year, 1.28 million fishing licenses were purchased in New York- increasing almost 10% compared to the previous year. New York State’s traditional bass season opens on the third Sunday in June every year and runs until November 30th.
For techniques to catch bass, both from the shore and by boat, click here. Those new to fishing can check out the I FISH NY Beginners Guide to Fishing.

 

Ticks on the Rise in the Region
There’s been rise in ticks throughout the Finger Lakes region and has some healthcare providers expressing concern about the prevalence of Lyme disease locally. Upstate Medical University’s Testing Lab in Syracuse reported last month they received more than three-times the number of ticks than usual, with more ticks carrying microbes that make people sick. 22% of ticks tested by the lab in the first half of 2020 carried disease-causing bacteria but has trended upward this year toward 37%  Experts say if you’re going to be outside do check yourself for ticks when you return from outdoors. If you think you’ve been bitten by one or find one on you, call your doctor.

 

Rochester Mayor Warren’s Budget Passed 5-4 Last Night
The $561 million budget put forth by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren passed 5-4 Tuesday night. Police department funding took up the bulk of the council's discussion. The budget cuts $4.5 million from the Police Department, but that's mostly the result of shifting some programs out of the RPD to other departments. The number of officers on the streets will remain about the same. The Police Accountability Board can go ahead with plans to hire 50 staffers, even though a court ruling last week said the board can't dole out discipline to officers.

 

New York Ranked 8th Best State for Dads by WalletHub
With Father’s Day approaching and 93.3% of married dads working last year compared to 69.2% of married moms, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States for Working Dads. New York ranked 8th in the nation and number one for day-care quality.

 

Schumer and Gillibrand Proposing DO NOT Call Act
U.S. Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY joined Senate colleagues in calling for legislation to increase penalties for automated and illegal phone calls. The Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious, and Outrageous Telephone Call Act…or the DO NOT Call Act would increase penalties for individuals and companies intentionally preying on consumers through unsolicited and illegal robocalls. According to YouMail, nearly 4.5 billion robocalls targeted Americans in April 2021. Of those calls, 229 million took place in New York State, making it the fifth most-called state in the nation. The Office of the New York Attorney General says consumers lose approximately $40 billion a year through telemarketing fraud.

 

Kodak’s CEO Will Testify in October for AG Investigation
Kodak’s CEO will be required to testify as part of the Office of the New York State Attorney General’s investigation into potential insider trading. Attorney General Letitia James says a State Supreme Court order will require the CEO to testify in October, and the company will also have to turn over documents to the A.G.’s office.

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.

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