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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

All Steuben County Roads Closed to Flooding Have Reopened
All Steuben County roads closed due to last week’s historic flooding in Western Steuben are now open according to Steuben County Public Works. County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said the remaining two previously closed county roads, CR 31 in the Town of Jasper, and CR 129 in the Town of Woodhull are open. 

 

Canisteo Man Arrested for DWAI in Bath
A 37-year-old Canisteo man was arrested in the Village of Bath after he was allegedly found driving while under the influence of drugs with three children under the age of 13 in the vehicle. Village of Bath Police say Nickalus Carbone was stopped on East Morris Street and was found to have a revoked license. Police say he was under the influence of drugs and that there were three young children in the vehicle. Carbone was arrested for DWAI by drugs with a prior DWI conviction, three counts of aggravated DWAI by drugs with a child in the vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, operating out of interlock device restrictions, and other traffic offenses. Police also say an adult female passenger, Renee Evingham was issued a citation for facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle “due to her knowledge of the operator’s driving status.” Carbone was released on appearance tickets and is due to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.

 

Hochul Announces Removal of  Final Toll Booths on NYS ThruWay
Governor Hochul announced the removal of the final toll booths on the New York State Thruway, a historic and significant milestone in the $355 million Cashless Tolling Design-Build Project. Yesterday, Cashless Tolling Constructors, LLC began removing the last standing toll plaza at Exit 60 (Westfield), the final of 52 toll plazas, including 230 individual toll booths, that have been removed since cashless tolling went live in November 2020. Exit realignment and road reconstruction continues at interchanges across the Thruway system and is on schedule to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting.

 

Kirk House To Give Historical Talk About 9/11 in Dormann
As we are approaching the 20th Anniversary of the September 11 attack, the Dormann Library in Bath has invited local historian, Kirk House, to discuss this world changing event on Friday, September 10th at 4:00pm. He will be presenting a talk entitled: A Many-Sided Tragedy: September 11 and Its Aftermath. The presentation’s focus will be as follows: As the 21st century dawned, the September 11 terrorist attacks seemed to usher in an entire new age. But the genesis of this tragedy lay a hundred years earlier. And the response, more than the attack itself, has spawned a new era. Please be aware that masks will be required to attend this presentation regardless of vaccination status.

 

WalletHub Ranks “Hardest-Working States”
With Americans working an average of almost 1,800 hours per year and leaving around half of their paid time off unused, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Hardest-Working States in America. Neither New York or Pennsylvania made the top 20 list.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 30th, 2021

Tomorrow Steuben Observes Opioid Overdose Awareness Day
As opioid overdoses and fatalities increased by at least 12 percent in Steuben County, Legislature Chairman Scott Van Etten proclaimed tomorrow, August 31st as International Opioid Overdose Awareness Day in the county. Van Etten said this campaign raises awareness of overdose-one of the world’s worst public health crises, and stimulates action and discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention and drug policy while it “acknowledges the profound grief felt by families and friends whose loved ones have died or suffered permanent injury from a drug overdose." Sponsored locally by the Steuben Prevention  Coalition’s Opioid Committee, organizers plan to hang purple ribbons across the county from Aug. 31 through Sept. 9 – the date of the first opioid awareness day hosted by The  New York State Department of Health. At least 110 overdoses and eight fatalities have been confirmed since January 1st, although state and local reports may fall short of the actual number due to privacy constraints.

 

Golden Age Cheese Creates Monthly Package for Flood Recovery 
Local Woodhull business, Golden Age Cheese, has put together a special monthly subscription package in an attempt to raise money for their own rebuilding efforts they call their “ComeBack Club'' after the extensive damage caused from the recent flooding while also donating part of the proceeds to support their neighbors through the “Woodhull, NY Recover Efforts.” Some businesses, like Golden Age, may not have had flood insurance which will make the cost of rebuilding and recovery that much more expensive. Those interested in supporting this cause can sign up for the monthly subscription delivered for five months which includes a local handmade Cheese Cutting board, a Golden Age Cheese Tee Shirt of your choice, a Premium Cheese Knife, and Your Name or Business listed on Golden Age’s “Cheese Wall of Fame” plaque which they will display in their retail store as they rebuild it.
Learn more about the club or sign up for your ComeBack Club package at  https://goldenagecheese.com/product/comeback-pack/.

 

NY Eliminates Health Workers' Religious Exemption for COVID Vaccine
The New York State Department of Health unanimously voted to implement that all state health care workers get the COVID-19 vaccine while also removing the religious exemption that would have allowed workers to use a religious reason to opt out of getting the vaccine. An attorney for the DOH says they are not constitutionally obligated to provide a religious exemption, which is also the case for the Measles and Mumps vaccine. Hospital and nursing home employees must be fully-vaccinated by September 27th while all other facilities must be by October 7th. Enforcement and compliance will be delivered at the facility level for employees choosing not to get vaccinated.

 

NY Will Require CoPays for COVID Testing in October
By the end of October, dozens of insurance companies in New York will again require copays for Coronavirus hospital stays and testing. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, early on in the pandemic, insurers limited out-of-pocket expenses for anyone diagnosed and hospitalized with COVID through cost-sharing waivers. However, more than a year in, that has changed. Currently, federal law requires COVID testing to be free, as long as it's deemed medically appropriate. However, tests are not covered if you're getting them as an alternative to the vaccine.

 

NY State’s Pandemic Eviction Expires Tomorrow
The Supreme Court's decision last week to allow evictions to resume during the pandemic is expected to affect 3 million Americans. The court found the CDC did not have the authority to re-impose a moratorium earlier this month without Congressional authorization. New York's eviction ban is set to expire tomorrow, but lawmakers have discussed extending it to the end of October. Gov. Hochul said she is in talks with the Senate Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker to call a special session to address the impending eviction crisis, given the Supreme Court's decision.

 

National Guard Announces Promotions of Two Steuben County Locals
The New York Army National Guard recently announced promotions of two area residents. Zak Davis of Bath, assigned to the Company A, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry, received a promotion to the rank of private 1st class. Shaylor Woolever of Corning, assigned to the Company D, 2nd battalion, 108th Infantry also received a promotion to private 1st class.

 

Bath Man Charged with DWI
During a traffic stop in the Town of Bath, State Police arrested 31-year-old Frank Darrin of Bath. He was charged with DWI, having a blood alcohol content above .08% and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He’ll appear in court at a later date. 

 

Hochul Says New Workers Memorial Honors Those Killed on the Job
Governor Kathy Hochul on Sunday unveiled a Workers Memorial at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. The memorial honors all transportation workers killed while performing their job duties on or near New York's thousands of miles of highways.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday, August 28th, 2021

Canisteo-Greenwood Middle School Being Prepped for JT Students
Jasper-Troupsburg High School students are scheduled to begin this academic year at the former Canisteo-Greenwood Middle School September 8th.  The school made the announcement that they plan to send 175 students to Canisteo-Greenwood for their first day of school this year. The former Canisteo-Greenwood middle school has been vacant yet maintained since 2012.  Preparations are being made for the upcoming influx of students for the first time in a decade.  Despite the speedy and responsive clean-up efforts, no date of return to the J-T high school has been officially set at this time. 

 

State Health Dept Issues School Mask Requirement for Indoors
According to the announcement made yesterday by the New York State Health Department, all students, staff and faculty must wear masks while in school buildings. A New York State Department of Health spokesperson said in a statement last night that public and private schools districts across the State have been notified by the Department. This comes 3 days after newly-inaugurated Governor Hochul promised a statewide school-mask mandate, vaccine requirement or weekly testing for all school personnel across New York. No updates on the vaccine-or-test requirement have been given yet.

 

United Way Accepting Monetary Donations for Flood Victims
After the county was overwhelmed with donations, United Way of the Southern Tier is collecting monetary donations to the “Steuben County Flood Response Fund” to assist non-profit agencies that are helping local flood victims. Donations can be sent to:

United Way of the Southern Tier

P.O. Box 284

Elmira, NY 14902

You can make checks payable to “UWST Steuben County FRF.”

 

Trooper Injured; Suspect in Custody After 2 Elmira Shootings 

Multiple police crews were on scene of an active situation at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira after two officer-involved shootings yesterday, one at Eldridge Park and one at Woodlawn Cemetery, involving the same suspect, whom is now in custody. Elmira PD says a State Trooper was injured on a metal fence during the chase, and has been taken to the hospital. No other officer injuries were reported. The developing story and investigation of this incident continues…
 

 

70 New COVID Cases Reported in Steuben Yesterday

70 new cases of COVID were reported yesterday since Monday's update according to Steuben County Public Health Department. 36 more have recovered. Of the 70 new cases, 18 were fully vaccinated at the time of their positive test, and 1 who is fully vaccinated is in the hospital. 12 are each from the Town and Village of Bath.

 

Congressman Reed Releases Statement About Kabul Attack
At least a dozen U.S. service members were killed Thursday while even more were injured in Kabul, Afghanistan after two suicide bombers detonated their vests at the airport where Americans were being transported from Afghanistan. It was the deadliest attack on our military in over a decade. Congressman Tom Reed released a statement about the attacks, sending prayers to military men and women in Afghanistan “specifically those heroic soldiers that were killed in Kabul.”  Reed also remarked it was “a horrific reminder of the Biden Administration’s failure in conducting the withdrawal from Afghanistan.” He added the administration “has American blood on its hands and must be held to account.”

 

 

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

70 New COVID Cases Reported in Steuben Yesterday
70 new cases of COVID were reported yesterday since Monday's update according to Steuben County Public Health Department. 36 more have recovered. Of the 70 new cases, 18 were fully vaccinated at the time of their positive test, and 1 who is fully vaccinated is in the hospital.

12 are each from the Town and Village of Bath.

 

Trooper Injured; Suspect in Custody After 2 Elmira Shootings Today
WENY reports Multiple police crews are on scene of an active situation at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira after two officer-involved shootings, one at Eldridge Park and one at Woodlawn Cemetery, involving the same suspect, whom is now in custody. Elmira PD says a State Trooper was injured, and has been taken to the hospital. No other officer injuries were reported. The developing story and investigation of this incident continues…

 

Former County Corrections Officer Charged With Grand Larceny
Kris Kester, a corrections officer with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, has been charged with grand larceny by State Police. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says that bookkeeping was a problem as it was unclear exactly how much money was taken. Kester entered a plea to petit larceny and was ordered to repay the $2,500. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard said the county is aware of the situation and will take appropriate action.

 

Congressman Reed Releases Statement About Kabul Attack
At least a dozen U.S. service members were killed while even more were injured in Kabul, Afghanistan yesterday after two suicide bombers detonated their vests at the airport where Americans were being transported from Afghanistan. It was the deadliest attack on our military in over a decade. Congressman Tom Reed released a statement about the attacks, sending prayers to military men and women in Afghanistan “specifically those heroic soldiers that were killed in Kabul.”  Reed also remarked it was “a horrific reminder of the Biden Administration’s failure in conducting the withdrawal from Afghanistan.” He added the administration “has American blood on its hands and must be held to account.”

 

Hammondsport Woman Arrested for Selling Meth
Another local woman has been indicted by a Yates County Grand Jury on drug sale charges. 34-year old Chasity Schorpp of Hammondsport is accused of selling methamphetamine to a Penn Yan Police agent earlier this year. Schorpp was arraigned on two felony counts of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Two other women, one from Penn Yan and one from Dundee, were also indicted on similar charges.

 

Corning Man Arrested by Troopers for Menacing, Resisting Arrest
Bath-based troopers arrested 43-yearold Charles DeCamp of Corning. He was charged with felony menacing police, felony first-degree crime contempt and felony criminal possession of a weapon.  He was also charged with resisting arrest. He was initially detained.

 

20 NY Wildland Fires Being Sent to Firefight in Minnesota
Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that a crew of 20 wildland firefighters from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is traveling to Minnesota where they will be assigned to assist firefighting efforts underway in Greenwood. All personnel and travel expenses for the New York crews are either paid directly by the U.S. Forest Service or reimbursed to New York State based on a mutual aid agreement between states and federal land agencies.

 

Tioga, PA Man Arrested for DWI in Lindley Traffic Stop
After a traffic stop in Lindley, State police arrested 59-yeared old James Monroe of Tioga, PA. He was charged with aggravated DWI, DWI and Aggravated unlicensed operation. He’ll appear in court at a later date.

 

Southern Tier Food Bank CEO Named “Senate Woman of Distinction”
Yesterday, New York State Senator Tom O’Mara honored Natasha Thompson, the President and CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, as a 2021 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. Every year, the state senate holds the Women of Distinction program. The celebration allows state senators to select one honoree from their respective legislative districts to be celebrated for their “significant accomplishments, service, and contributions to the quality of life within and beyond their communities”

Today's Top Stories - Thursday August 26th, 2021

 Reed Encourages Residents to Document & Report Flood Damages
Congressman Tom Reed says he is in "immediate and constant" communication with state and local elected officials, as well as emergency services like FEMA, to conduct recovery efforts  after the recent flash flooding that caused serious damage to areas of Western Steuben County. Reed urges residents who experienced flood-related damages to report and document any and all damages to local emergency offices and stay in contact with the County Office of Emergency Management to help those in the community “collectively surpass the FEMA requirements." There must be at least $30 million in damages accrued for the county to be eligible for FEMA financial assistance. Steuben County Office of Emergency Services can be contacted at (607) 664-2910. 

 

Health Director Smith Reacts to Possible School Mask Mandate
Governor Hochul said this week she would like to impose a school mask mandate in New York State. Though Hochul cannot officially impose a mandate herself since the state is no longer in a state of emergency, she said in her address yesterday, she will direct the state health department to instate a mask requirement, making it mandatory for all New York Schools to comply. Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith reacted to the news and told WETM with Steuben County being named an area of high risk by the CDC, masking is a step “we can all take” to help stop the spread of COVID, citing masks as an extra protection for students who are too young to be eligible to get the vaccine against the Delta variant. Smith said that she and other local officials have been “scrambling” to try and come up with a plan after The State Department of Health decided to leave the responsibility of issuing guidance to local officials with less than one month until school started. Smith said the county was “promised [guidance] all summer long by the New York Department of Health,” This late notice from the Department of Health paired with possible new guidance from the new governor has delayed school officials from officially issuing guidance.

 

Steuben’s Heat Advisory Continues to 7PM Tonight
The National Weather Service continues a heat advisory for Steuben County until 7 p.m. tonight. Heat index values up to 99 can be expected. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

 

Rite Aid & Others Launch Back-To-School COVID Testing Program
Rite Aid announces it will partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, BioReference Laboratories and New York State to launch a back-to-school COVID-19 testing program.Students must pre-register and schedule a COVID-19 test appointment at one of the 115 Rite-Aid locations throughout New York State before they can return to school. Students age 18 and under must have consent from a parent or legal guardian, and be accompanied by a guardian at the time of testing. Families will be delivered the results of the testing digitally. Testing will be voluntary and provided at no cost to the family and school district.Click here to schedule an appointment. 

 

State of Emergency Continues After Western Steuben Floods
The State of Emergency for the Towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Jasper and Addison remains in effect until further notice. The American Red Cross Shelter at the Tuscarora Elementary School will close this afternoon.  Those that need further assistance with housing are asked to call 211. United Way of the Southern Tier is collecting monetary donations to the “Steuben County Flood Response Fund” to assist non-profit agencies that are helping local flood victims. All donations will be fully invested in flood relief with no monies withheld for administrative costs, according to United Way President and CEO Stephen M. Hughes. State Route 417 from County Road 81 in Woodhull east to the Addison village line remains closed. Several county roads in Canisteo, Woodhull and Jasper also remained closed. 

 

Corning Man Arrested for Possessing Gun Silencer, Assault Rifle
State Police have leveled more than a half dozen felony counts against a Corning man. Troopers say they took 42-year-old John Risley into custody. He was charged with possessing a bomb or gun silencer, possessing an assault rifle and five counts of criminal possession of a weapon involving ammo clips. He was initially detained.

 

Hochul Acknowledges 12,000 More COVID Deaths in NY
Delivering another blow to what's left of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's legacy, New York's new governor acknowledged on her first day in office that the state has had nearly 12,000 more deaths from COVID-19 than Cuomo told the public. In its first daily update on the outbreak Tuesday evening, Hochul's office reported that nearly 55,400 people have died of the coronavirus in New York based on death certificate data submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from about 43,400 that Cuomo reported to the public as of Monday, his last day in office. The Associated Press first reported in July on the large discrepancy between the figures publicized by the Cuomo administration and numbers the state was reporting to the CDC. 

 

Canisteo Man Arrested After Hornellsville Domestic Incident
After investigating a domestic dispute in the Town of Hornellsville, state police arrested 55-year-old Donald Smith of Canisteo. Troopers charged him with endangering the welfare of a child. Court action is pending.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday August 25th, 2021

Heat Advisory Continues to 7pm Tonight
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Steuben County in effect until 7pm. Heat index values up to 98 are expected. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

 

Corning Inc & United Way Make Steuben County Flood Response Fund
United Way of the Southern Tier and the Corning Incorporated Foundation have teamed up and created a $75,000 Steuben County Flood Response Fund. United Way of the Southern Tier President & CEO Stephen M. Hughes said the two groups are working with local non-profit partners to establish the fund quickly to help those who need it most. The United Way says the Steuben County Flood Response Fund is for families and individuals impacted by recent flooding in the towns of Tuscarora, Woodhull, Jasper, Troupsburg, Canisteo, Greenwood, and West Union. The Funding will help where other resources do not exist, are limited, or may not be readily available.  Individuals and families must apply through participating non-profit agencies including the American Red Cross, Arbor Housing & Development, Catholic Charities of Steuben & Livingston and Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. Send donations to support flood victims to United Way of the Southern Tier, P.O. Box 284, Elmira, NY 14902. Make checks payable to “UWST Steuben County FRF.” All donations to United Way of the Southern Tier for the Steuben County Flood Response Fund will be fully invested in flood relief with no monies withheld for administrative costs.
For more information, non-profit organizations can contact Barbara Hubbell, United Way of the Southern Tier Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, at 607-377-5833 or bhubbell@uwst.org.

 

Dormann Holding Blood Drive & Concert Next Friday
Dormann Library will hold a blood drive Friday, September 3rd from 11:30am to 4:30pm in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Go to redcrossblood.org to donate and receive a free Red Cross Campfire Mug if you donate. Also at Dormann Library on September 3rd is a concert at 12:30pm by a Harp and Cello Duo from the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes! 

 

Hornell Woman Arrested for Prohibited Alcohol Sale
Following an undercover operation in the Town of Hornellsville, state police arrested 19-year-old Madison May of Hornell. She was charged with prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage. She was issued an appearance ticket for court on the misdemeanor charge.

 

Hornell Man Arrested After Almond Dispute
After responding to a domestic dispute in the Town of Almond, state police arrested 31-year-old Ryan McGregor or Hornell. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly disobeying a court order. He was released on his own recognizance. 

 

Marshall Reports Flooding Destroyed a Dozen Steuben Structures 
Last week’s flooding in Steuben County destroyed about a dozen structures and more than two dozen sustained major damage according to Steuben County Director of Public Safety Tim Marshall. Officials estimated more than 500 homes and businesses have sustained some level of damage. In addition to significant damage in the town of Woodhull, nearby Jasper was also hit hard with the Jasper-Troupsburg high school suffering major flood damage. Allegany County highway crews have been assisting. 

 

Hochul Says She’ll Mandate NY Schools to COVID Testing or Vaccines
Hours after being sworn in as New York’s 57th governor, Kathy Hochul said she will require COVID vaccinations for all school staff, or weekly testing. Gov. Hochul’s vaccine mandate comes just two weeks before the start of school, and she promised more COVID policies are coming. The governor’s announcement comes as school leaders are finalizing reopening plans for the start of the school year.

 

Former Governor Cuomo Stripped of 2020 Emmy Award
Former Governor Andrew Cuomo has lost his Emmy award for his 2020 daily COVID-19 daily briefings after a firestorm of sexual harassment allegations and his subsequent resignation. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences released a statement Tuesday saying that in light of the New York Attorney General’s report, and Andrew Cuomo’s subsequent resignation as Governor, it is rescinding his special 2020 International Emmy® Award. His name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward.

 

Hochul Chooses Harlem Senator Brian Benjamin as Lietenant
New Governor Kathy Hochul selected Senior Assistant Majority Leader of the New York State Senate Brian Benjamin from Harlem to serve as her lieutenant governor according to The New York Times. Benjamin ran an unsuccessful campaign for New York City comptroller earlier this year.

Today's Top Stories- Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Jasper-Troupsburg School Needs Bottled Water
Clean-up has begun at Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District following last week’s severe flooding damage to the school according to Superintendent LeeAnne Jordan. Bottled water is needed and donations are being accepted at the Servpro tent at the high school. Crews are working to get the vacant Canisteo school building ready for students by September 8th.

 

Hochul Sworn in As Governor This Morning
Newly-sworn in Governor Kathy Hochul spoke at her inaugural address this morning where she said her top priorities included battling COVID and getting direct aid to New York more quickly while promising a “fresh, collaborative approach” to government, and to “change the culture of Albany”. The 62-year-old Buffalo native was sworn in as New York’s 57th Governor after the former Governor Cuomo stepped down at midnight. She is the state’s first woman to serve as governor. 

 

Red Cross Re-establishing Some Disaster Shelters in Steuben County

The American Red Cross has re-established some of the disaster shelters in Steuben County. Now, the shelter in Addison at Tuscarora Elementary School has reopened after last week’s flash flooding from Tropical Storm Fred. The state of emergency for West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Jasper and Addison remains active.

 

Bath Police Arrest Pair for Weapons Violations
Bath Police have arrested two people for allegedly possessing multiple weapons during a traffic stop. 33-year-old William Delio and 25-year-old Brittany Hyde were arrested for driving a car with a suspended license. During the stop, police said they found multiple weapons in the car. Hyde was given an appearance ticket and was released. Delio was on parole and remanded to the Steuben County Jail.

 

31-Year-Old Woodhull Woman Dies in Floods Last Week
Clean up from last week’s deadly and devastating floods continues across the Twin Tiers, with Woodhull, New York bearing the brunt of the damage. A mother, 31-year-old Klarissa Bivin’s died during the recent flooding in Steuben County. According to her obituary, Bivin’s had a “mother’s heart” and was devoted to her son Logan. She enjoyed cooking and baking with her family. As of Monday, this was the only confirmed fatality in the Twin Tiers as a result of the flash flooding.

Today's Top Stories - Monday August 23rd, 2021

Wheeler Gives Updates on Flood Damage in CF Interview Exclusive
A state of Emergency remains in effect for eight Towns in Western Steuben county after severe flooding last week. County Manager Jack Wheeler reported updates on the Jasper-Troupsburg school. Jasper-Troupsburg will be using the old Greenwood school for classes for at least another semester until J-T is repaired from the flood damage. For the whole interview, check it out at:
https://wvinbath.com/assets/podcaster/215/2021_08_23_215_106761_4795.mp3

 

State of Emergency Remains in Effect for 8 Steuben County Towns
Emergency Management officials say the State of Emergency for the Towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Jasper and Addison remains in effect until further notice.  Many roads in these areas remain closed due to heavy debris and significant damage. The American Red Cross has closed the shelters that were in place in Corning and Canisteo.  Those in need of assistance with sheltering, they are asked to call 2-1-1. 

 

Some Roads in Western Steuben County Remain Closed
State Route 417 in the Towns of Jasper, Woodhull, Tuscarora remains closed from State Route 36 in Jasper to County Route 100 in Tuscarora. Also closed is State Route 36 in the Town of Canisteo from County Route 119 to Canisteo Village Line. Many local town roads are also severely damaged and caution should be used if driving in these areas. 

 

Soon-To-Be Governor Hochul Chooses Senior Appointments
Less than 24 hours away from being New York governor, now- Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul announced senior appointments to her incoming administration today. She will add Karen Persichilli Keogh as Secretary to the Governor and Elizabeth Fine as Counsel to the Governor. Keogh served on Hillary Clinton's Senatorial senior staff, managed U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's transition from the House of Representatives to the U.S. Senate and served as a senior political advisor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign in 2009. Fine is currently Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of the state’s economic development agency Empire State Development (ESD). Cuomo is officially set to resign at 11:59 p.m. tonight and Hochul will succeed as governor at midnight.

 

New York Economy Faces Unemployment Difficulty After Pandemic
Although many states are experiencing a drop in unemployment rates, New York is having a harder time bouncing back from the effect the pandemic has had on employment. According to the personal-finance website WalletHub, the U.S. unemployment rate currently sits at 5.4%, a vast improvement from the nearly historic high of 14.8% in April 2020. New York currently has a rate of 7.6%.

 

State COVID-Positivity Rate Currently 3.01%
New York’s COVID positivity rate is now 3.01%. The 7-day statewide average positivity rate is 3.14% Nearly 5,000 new cases have been confirmed. 21 more virus-related deaths have been reported. Health officials say there has also been 275 new hospitalizations. 

 

CNA Trainee Position Trainings Open at Arnothealth.org.
Guthrie and Arnot Health healthcare systems have teamed up with SUNY Corning Community College to provide Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) and Patient Care Partner training for newly hired employees. Guthrie’s pre-requisites for this role require past experience in such work, completion of a Nursing Fundamentals Course from a college nursing curriculum or completion of a training program. By partnering with SUNY Corning Community College, Guthrie is able to hire those interested in a career in healthcare who otherwise do not have the experience, education or training, into a Patient Care Partner role. Tuition for this program is covered by the hospital systems and employees are paid their hourly salary while attending training. For Guthrie Employment search for the Patient Care Partner Trainee position on the Careers section of Guthrie.org. The next class begins September 20. For Arnot Health search for the Environmental Aide - CNA Trainee position on the Careers & Education section of Arnothealth.org. The next class begins October 11.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 21, 202

SUNY CCC, Guthrie, Arnot Health forge partnership

Guthrie and Arnot Health healthcare systems have teamed up with SUNY Corning Community College to provide Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) and Patient Care Partner training for newly hired employees. Guthrie’s pre-requisites for this role require past experience in such work, completion of a Nursing Fundamentals Course from a college nursing curriculum or completion of a training program. By partnering with SUNY Corning Community College, Guthrie is able to hire those interested in a career in healthcare who otherwise do not have the experience, education or training, into a Patient Care Partner role. The training program spans four weeks, with three weeks in classroom and skills lab and one week in conducting onsite clinical training. Tuition for the program is covered by the hospital systems and employees are paid their hourly salary while attending training.

 

Many towns in state of emergency after flooding

The State of Emergency for the Towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Jasper and Addison remains in effect until further notice.  Many roads remain closed due to heavy debris and significant damage, including 2 state roads and 6 county roads. Steuben County is working with local, state and federal agencies to provide support to the damaged areas.  This work will include the support of many non-profit organizations. Individuals with damages needing assistance can reach out to the 211 Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 and providing their address, contact information and type of damages. Individuals will be connected with the appropriate community service organization that can assess with their needs. The American Red Cross has shelters open at Corning Painted Post High School, and the Canisteo Fire Department.

Jasper-Troupsburg HS damaged in flood, classes to be held in Greenwood

Jasper-Troupsburg High School took on nearly four feet of water Wednesday evening after Tuscarora Creek overflowed into the building. School is slated to start in just over two weeks. However, with the goal of getting the new academic year underway on time, the high school will be relocated to Greenwood, in the Canisteo-Greenwood School District, per an official announcement on the Jasper-Troupsburg School District Facebook page. Over the weekend, the damage will be assessed at Jasper-Troupsburg High School, and the school will be staged for cleanup and sanitization, a process that is expected to take at least four weeks.

 

Hunting licenses now on sale in NYS

Hunting licenses and deer management permits are now on sale in New York State. The Department of Environmental Conservation will be issuing animal hunting licenses for the 2021-2022 season for both New York and out-of-state residents. Licenses can be purchased online, at a DEC’s license-issuing agents, or by telephone. Everyone 12 years and older using a firearm or bow to hunt are required to have a hunting license in New York State. Those under age 12 are not permitted to hunt.

 

202nd Steuben County Fair continues today and tomorrow

The Steuben County Fair is set to continue today and tomorrow in Bath. Today at 6 is the Truck and Tractor Pull and Sunday, the last day of the Fair, will culminate with the Demolition Derby finals, beginning at 4 p.m.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 20th, 2021

Red Cross & County Officials Cannot Accept Donations
Steuben County officials and the Red Cross ask residents and organizations to refrain from bringing donations to the shelters set up in Corning and Canisteo following Wednesday night's flash flooding, as the Red Cross is unable to accept donations at these sites at this time.

 

DEC Issues Emergency Declaration for Steuben County After Floods
After some roads across the county are still closed, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued an emergency declaration today to help communities affected in the county make necessary repairs after the flash flooding that occurred Wednesday night. This declaration expedites necessary permit reviews for work to repair infrastructure and structures on and over waterways, restore waterway channel capacity, and perform other activities necessary to restore public safety. The DEC plans to conduct on-site visits, meet with property owners and local officials and offer guidance to review all emergency permit applications.

 

State of Emergency Continues for Western Steuben Communities
The State of Emergency for the Towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Hornellsville, Jasper and Addison remains in effect until further notice.  Many roads remain closed due to heavy debris and significant damage.  Individuals with damages needing assistance can reach out to the 211 Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 and providing their contact information where they will be connected with the appropriate community service organization that can assess their needs. Eight county roads are closed along with several town roads. State Route 417 from State Route 36 in Jasper to the Addison Village Line is closed and State Route 36 from County Route 119 to the Canisteo Village Line is also closed.    

 

Smith Urges Public to Slow COVID Spread During County Surge
Steuben County Health Director Darlene Smith reminded the public this week that with a surge of COVID in Steuben County as well as the Southern Tier region, residents must be mindful to help prevent and stop the spread of the coronavirus, despite the mixed messaging from the CDC regarding masking. In a Community Focus interview this week, Smith said she is hopeful we can get back to a lower risk level if the public continues social distancing, wearing masks, being mindful of your contacts and getting vaccinated, if eligible. Hear the whole interview at: https://wvinbath.com/assets/podcaster/215/2021_08_19_215_106661_4795.mp3

 

 

 

NWS Reports 4 inches of Rain from Tropical Storm Fred
According to the 3-day precipitation total from the National Weather Service, more than 7 inches of rain fell in Prattsburgh, close to 4 inches in Bath and more than 3 inches in Savona. Prevention and Control personnel was deployed and responded to multiple flooded homes in six different municipalities. Steuben County is estimating more than 120 homes were damaged by floodwaters.

 

Floods Cause Canisteo Train Derailment
Officials say a train derailment in Canisteo may have been caused by flooding conditions. The good news is…no one was injured. The derailment happened in the village near county road 119.

 

Private Sector Jobs Increased in Past Month
According to preliminary figures just released by the New York State Department of Labor, the number of private sector jobs in New York State increased over the month by 43,800, to almost 7.5 in July 2021. This was the largest net gain in private sector jobs since March 2021.  New York State's private sector jobs (not seasonally adjusted) increased by 7.0% over the year in July 2021.

 

202nd Steuben County Fair Continues Today in Bath
The weather appears to be cooperating as the Steuben County Fair continues today in Bath. Happening behind the Grandstand at 7 is the popular Monster Truck Show. Saturday at 6 is the Truck and Tractor Pull and Sunday…the last day of the Fair, it’s the Demolition Derby finals at 4 p.m.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 19th, 2021

HPG Announces Donation Pickup for Those Affected by Flooding
Michelle Pogue of Hornell Partners for Growth announced she is organizing donations for drop off and pick up at the Hornell City Arts Center (or old ponderosa on Broadway) from noon to 6pm today and tomorrow for the families affected by the flood waters. HPG is manning it, volunteers are welcome. They are accepting and distributing clothing, blankets, towels, personal hygiene items, and nonperishable food.  If you know of anyone with a large need please call (607) 324-5611. This is for anyone, regardless of if they live in Hornell. If someone needs things delivered, they can also try to get things to them.

Cuomo Declares State of Emergency in Steuben County
Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Steuben County, particularly in the western portion of the county. The state reports a 17-person Swift Water Rescue crew including the Department of Environmental Conservation, State Police and Office of Fire Prevention and Control personnel was deployed and responded to several flooded homes in six different Steuben County communities. Steuben County estimates over 120 homes were damaged by the flooding. After a state of emergency was declared for the county last night, today at 10:30 a.m, Steuben County Director of Public Safety Tim Marshall announced residents of the southside of the Village of Addison that were evacuated may return to their homes.State Department of Transportation maintenance personnel are on duty and responding to incidents of flooding as necessary. Shelter supplies including cots, pillows, blankets, food water and generators were staged at the Woodhull Fire Department to aid evacuations. Steuben County also remains under a local state of emergency, prohibiting travel in the Towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Hornellsville and Jasper. American Red Cross Shelters are open to anyone displaced at the Canisteo Volunteer Fire Department and the Corning-Painted Post High School. 

 

Steuben & Yates Sheriffs Announce Boating Advisory for Keuka Lake
Today, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike and Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard issued a joint statement announcing a boating advisory for Keuka Lake. Boaters are being asked to be observant of floating debris and reduce their boat speed to “no wake”. Boats must go no faster than 5 miles per hour when boating within 200 feet of shore according to New York State Navigation Law. Last night’s heavy rains from Tropical Storm Fred washed up limbs, trees and other debris into creeks and gullies emptying into Keuka Lake as dock parts and boats have been reported floating adrift. Marine patrols from the Sheriff’s Office are currently on duty and responding to issues. Seneca and Canandaigua Lake areas also report similar conditions in several places.

 

Articulation Deal for Health Sciences Students Signed at CCC 
An historic, three-way articulation agreement was signed at SUNY Corning Community College’s Spencer Hill Campus in Corning yesterday that establishes an affiliation between the institutions whereby the parties will define the criteria for SUNY CCC and SUNY Geneseo students to become eligible for early acceptance into LECOM’s School of Dental Medicine, leading to a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (D.M.D.) and School of Medicine leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (D.O.). SUNY CCC President, Dr. William Mullaney remarked: “this agreement among LECOM, SUNY Corning Community College, and SUNY Geneseo establishes an important pipeline for students interested in the health sciences.” 

 

Steuben’s COVID Transmission Risk Raised to “Substantial”
As a second wave of COVID continues to rapidly spread across New York State, 40 of its counties are now considered to be at the "high" level of community spread for the virus. Steuben County is considered "substantial" risk of spread while local counties Chemung, Tompkins and Tioga are considered "high" risk. Schuyler County is considered "moderate." The CDC now recommends people in an area with a high or substantial rate of COVID spread to wear a mask indoors, even if you are vaccinated.

 

Sheriff’s Office Arresting More People for Impaired Driving
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports from August 13th to August 15th, deputies arrested three people for Driving While Intoxicated. Sheriff Allard said there is a rise in DWI/DWAIs with the Sheriff’s Department reporting over 70 of those types of arrests so far this year. He explained that since the legalization of cannabis, they've seen an uptick in DWAI arrests and says: “That’s definitely a factor in that end.” Allard highly advises the public to utilize rideshares, apps or “hand your keys to someone else if you’re going to drink. Be responsible about it and make a plan.”

 

Youth Day Today at Steuben County Fair
The 202nd Steuben County Fair continues today at the County Fairgrounds in Bath. Today is Youth Day at the Fair where everyone 18 and under is admitted free until 5pm tonight! The day continues with The 4-H & FFA Livestock Judging and Skill-a-thon Contests at 6pm and Demolition Derby at 7pm! WVIN and WABH will be broadcasting live out on location at the fair today with Timon Kay and I from 3 to 7pm. Tune in, come see us at the Meyer’s RV and take a spin of our “Spin to Win” prize wheel!

 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday August 18th, 2021

Dansville Man Arrested for Kidnapping in Bath
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says a Dansville man was arrested after a reported kidnapping and assault in the Town of Bath on August 12th. 47-year-old James Hilligus allegedly threatened and kidnapped a person, and also assaulted another person with a knife and crowbar. He was charged with three counts of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and kidnapping. Hilligus was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,000 bail. The injured individual was taken to a local hospital and later released.

 

Single Lane Traffic on I-86 in Bath & I-390 in Avoca
Lanes are closed on I-86 in Bath and I-390 in Avoca as of yesterday for repaving the bridge over Mud Creek (I-86) and the Cohocton River (I-390) and is expected to last two weeks and is weather-dependent. The highway traffic is a single lane in these sections.

 

Flash Flood Watch for Steuben County Through Tomorrow Morning
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Steuben County until Thursday morning. Widespread heavy rain of 1 to 3 inches with localized amounts of 4 inches is expected as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred impact   the Southern Tier to the Finger Lakes and into the North Country today and tonight. Runoff from heavy rain may cause rapid rises in creeks and streams, leading to flash flooding. The heavy rain may also result in flooding of poor drainage areas and low-lying areas.

 

CCC Requiring Masking Indoors for Upcoming Semester
Yesterday, Corning Community College announced the college will require masks inside any buildings for the upcoming semester, regardless of vaccination status effective today for everyone. The mandate includes the Spencer Hill Main Campus and all other SUNY CCC locations (Health Education Center, Airport Corporate Park, and the Elmira Academic and Workforce Development Center). SUNY CCC reminds fully-vaccinated students and staff to complete the proof of vaccination form from the Health Office. Those who come to campus and do not submit proof of vaccination are required to participate in weekly pool testing. The weekly pool testing schedule is HERE.

 

Steuben County Fair Continues Today
The Steuben County Fair continues today. Officials say the carnival opens at 1 p.m. It’s country music night featuring Craig Morgan at 7:30 p.m.

 

Bath Man Arrested After Erwin Incident
State Police arrested 45-year-old Warren Copp of Bath following an incident in the Town of Erwin. He was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as petit larceny. He was released on appearance tickets for court returnable at a later date.

 

NYS Assembly Continuing Investigation of Cuomo
Reversing course, the New York State Assembly will continue its broad investigation of Gov. Cuomo and issue a report with its findings. This is coming from lawmakers following speaker of the assembly, Carl Heastie announcing on Friday that lawmakers would close their investigation of Cuomo and would no longer move to impeach him, despite finding “credible evidence” regarding allegations made against him. Last week’s announcement prompted major bipartisan backlash over the decision to suspend the inquiry. Both Republican and Democratic legislators say that the assembly has a duty to, at the very least, make the findings of the investigation public. On Monday, Heastie and Charles Lavine the chairman of the judiciary committee leading the investigation, issued a statement saying it will continue.

 

Third Booster Shot with COVID Vaccines Being Recommended
A booster shot with COVID vaccines is now being recommended to all Americans, eight months after their last dose to help prevent spreading the Delta variant. Studies resulted in data that those vaccinated against the virus back in January have protection that’s been significantly lowered. The dominant Delta variant strain, breakthrough cases among the vaccinated, and waning protection in vaccinated individuals are reasons experts say the booster shot is important. Trials for the booster shot run consistent with data from trials for second-dose  vaccines, Moderna and Pfizer. Studies are planned to see if booster shots can be mixed for those with the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

 

Cohocton Man Arrested for Menacing with Weapon
After investigating a domestic dispute, state troopers arrested 36-year-old Craig Allen of Cohocton. Police charged him with menacing with a weapon and criminal possession of a weapon. He was released on his own recognizance. Further court action is pending.

 

Southern Tier Region & State COVID Positivity Rates Rise
The NYS COVID positivity rate is now 3.94%. 91 more people have been admitted to hospitals and seven others have been admitted to intensive care. 18 new deaths from COVID have also been reported in the Empire State. The Southern Tier positivity rate has now climbed to 3.75%. 

 

Car Seat Check Tomorrow 10am-2pm at Steuben County Fair Gate
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee reminds people in Steuben County that free car seat checks by certified child passenger safety technicians are available Thursday in Bath. It happens from 10-2 at the county fair near the main gate. This event is part of a yearlong safety initiative in which state and local law enforcement agencies and various community safety partners offer free child seat inspections. Trained technicians use the “Learn, Practice, and Explain” model to educate parents and caregivers on how to choose and properly install the appropriate seat for their child’s age and size and their vehicle, so it can be used correctly every time.

 

Former PA DA Disbarred for Sexually Assault of Clients
Former Bradford County District Attorney Chad Salsman has been disbarred after a Pennsylvania Attorney General investigation found he sexually assaulted multiple female clients. Salsman was sentenced on July 9 to 1.5-5 years in prison and will have six years of state supervision, according to Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Salsman was admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2001. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel had been investigating Salsman following his guilty plea for exchanging “legal services/fees for sexual acts.”

Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 16th, 2021

Mask Mandate Effective Tomorrow at County-Owned Buildings
Today, Steuben County Public Health officials announce a mask mandate effective tomorrow for all county-owned buildings, regardless of a person's vaccination status following the increased risk level of community transmission in Steuben to "substantial" under CDC guidelines. The new policy applies to all visitors of county offices and facilities. Steuben County Public Health is now also strongly urging all citizens to wear a mask while in indoor public settings.
For ongoing vaccination clinics and more COVID-a9 information, you can visit the Steuben County homepage at: https://steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=13959

 

51 More Cases of COVID Reported in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports 51 new COVID cases since Wednesday’s update while 11 more have recovered from the virus. Of the 51 cases, 13 were fully-vaccinated and one of those fully-vaccinated individuals has been hospitalized. With over 50 cases reported in a single week, Steuben County is now in the “substantial” level of transmission per CDC guidelines. Residents are highly encouraged to wear masks in indoor settings, even if they are vaccinated, due to the newly-reported “substantial” level and the Delta variant on the rise.
Check out the Health Department’s full update here: https://m.facebook.com/timeline/post/edits/?cid=3975121362600168

 

School Supply Giveaway Tuesday, August 24th
Free school supplies and backpacks will be given away next week on Tuesday, August 24th from 9 to 11:00 a.m. at Haverling School’s Vernon E. Wightman bus loop. It will be a drive-through giveaway with vehicles entering via the Middle School parking lot and loop past the District Office on route to the VEW bus loop. Backpacks will be stashed with supplies including crayons, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors, notebooks, filler paper, glue sticks and pencil pouches. Supplies are being donated by Kanpak.

 

All Healthcare Workers in NY Must Be Vaccinated by 9/27/21
Governor Cuomo announced today all healthcare workers in New York State must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, September 27th. This mandate includes staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities (LTCF), including nursing homes, adult care, and other congregate care settings. The State Health Department will issue Section 16 Orders requiring all hospitals, LTCF, and nursing homes to develop and implement a policy mandating employee vaccinations, with limited exceptions for those with religious or medical reasons. Incoming governor Hochul said with new daily positives are up over 1000% over the last six weeks, and over 80 percent of recent positives in New York State are linked to the Delta variant, “We must now act again to stop the spread.” The Department of Health has also authorized a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for eligible New Yorkers with compromised immune systems after the completion of their two-dose vaccine series, effective immediately, following the CDC recommendation last week. Currently, 75-percent of the state’s hospital workers, 74-percent of the adult care facility workers, and 68% nursing home workers in New York have completed their vaccine series.

 

State Police Investigating Syracuse Bus Crash
New York State Police are continuing to investigate the rollover crash of a tour Bus on the Thruway west of Syracuse. More than 50 passengers were injured. 25 people were transported to Upstate Hospital after the crash. Another 27 people were taken to Auburn Community Hospital. Several other passengers were taken to Crouse Hospital. Troopers said injuries range from minor to serious. The bus departed Poughkeepsie and was headed to Niagara Falls. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

 

Bath School Board of Education Meets Wednesday Evening
The Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the District Office. This Special Meeting is for the purpose of personnel appointments and other time-sensitive business items, if needed.

 

Campbell Man Arrested for Grand Larceny
State Police report the arrest of 31-year-old Cody Benjamin of Campbell. He was charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny for an incident that was reported on July 26. He’ll appear in Town of Erwin court at a later date.

 

Allegany Schools Awarded Garden Grants by Whole Kids Foundation
Four Allegany County school districts were awarded garden grants from the Whole Kids Foundation. Alfred-Almond, Belfast, Cuba-Rushford, and Scio will each have $3,000 to improve upon their Farm to School programs in the upcoming year. Two other districts, Andover and Bolivar-Richburg, have also benefited from this grant in previous funding cycles.

 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 14, 2021

Bath Board of Education to hold special meeting

The Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, August 18th beginning at 7:00 a.m. in the District Office. This meeting is for the purpose of personnel appointments and other time-sensitive business items if needed.

 

Car Seat Check Event to be held at the Steuben County Fair

The Steuben County Sheriff's Office and Healthy Families will hold a car seat check event at the Steuben County Fair from Thursday, August 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Those interested may go to the main gate. The event is being held in an attempt to raise awareness on putting kids in the proper car seat. Everyone is asked to follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask if unvaccinated.

 

Hornell Fire Department names new Captain

The Hornell Board of Public Safety recently announced their approval of the appointment of David Logan to be a new Fire Captain at the Hornell Fire Department, effective immediately. Logan is a 10-year veteran of the department. There has been a shuffling of personnel at the department this year, several promotions have been handed out and four new hires have been made in 2021 in an effort to replace recently retired veterans of the fleet.

 

August 31st is Opioid Overdose Awareness Day in Steuben County

August 31st has been designated as a day by Steuben County to honor the memories without stigma of those who have died of an overdose on “International Opioid Overdose Awareness Day” and to celebrate those who dedicate themselves to harm reduction and saving lives. Tuesday, August 31st, activities will be sponsored locally by the Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Opioid Committee. Activities include several proclamations by municipal leaders and hanging purple ribbons across the county from Aug. 31 through Sept. 9 – the date of the first opioid awareness day hosted by The New York State Department of Health.

 

Steuben County sees drop in population, census finds

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau recently found Steuben County has seen over a 5% decrease in population since 2010, a net loss of 5,406 residents. In addition to losing residents, Steuben County has become more diverse since 2010, seeing a 9.9% decrease in the “white alone” population. The population of Steuben County today is approximately 93,500 people, making it the 30th most populated county in New York out of the 62.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 13th, 2021

Bridge Maintenance Closure on I-86 Begins Sunday
A portion of I-86 in Steuben County will be closed from 7am to 3pm this Sunday, August 15th for bridge maintenance. The NYSDOT says Interstate-86 will be closed from Exit 42 in Coopers Plains to Exit 41 in Campbell while a detour will be in place using State Route 415.

 

Car Seat Check Event Thursday August 19th at Fair
The Steuben County Sheriff's Office and Healthy Families will have a car seat check event at the Steuben County Fair from Thursday, August 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Those interested may go to the main gate. The event is aiming to raise awareness on putting kids in the right car seat. Everyone is asked to follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask if unvaccinated.

 

Steuben County Observing Opioid Awareness Day August 31st
Steuben County residents are asked to take time August 31st to honor the memories without stigma of the people who have died of an overdose on “International Opioid Overdose Awareness Day” and celebrate the people who dedicate themselves to harm reduction and saving lives. Tuesday, August 31st, activities will be sponsored locally by the Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Opioid Committee. Activities include several proclamations by municipal leaders and hanging purple ribbons across the county from Aug. 31 through Sept. 9 – the date of the first opioid awareness day hosted by The New York State Department of Health. Overdoses and fatalities have increased by at least 12 percent in Steuben, according to the committee’s most recent report. At least 110 overdoses and eight fatalities have been confirmed since Jan. 1st, although state and local reports may fall short of the actual number due to privacy constraints.

• For more information on the International Overdose Awareness Day go to https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/aids/general/opioid_overdose_prevention/docs/od_awareness_day.pdf

 

NY Education Dept. Releases COVID-19 Safety Guidance for Schools
The New York State Education Department has released COVID-19 safety guidance for school districts across the state. The state health department had previously announced it would not be distributing safety guidance to schools ahead of the new school year. In response, the education department promised it would do so. School districts have been imploring the state for guidance as the new academic year approaches. This, as the pandemic persists and COVID cases increase with the rise of the delta variant. The newly released guidance is based on recommendations from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Those organizations recommend universal indoor masking for teachers, students and staff, no matter their vaccination status. The state's guidance also calls for high-risk sports to be canceled and for extracurricular activities to be held virtually, or to also be canceled, in areas of high community spread unless all participants have been fully vaccinated.

 

Bath Brewfest Tomorrow Brings Local Breweries, Wineries & Distillers
That’s Dave Jamison from Urbana Hill Distilling in Campbell sitting down for a WVIN Community Focus interview this morning. Tomorrow, Dave and Urbana Distilling will be one of a dozen local drink vendors at the 4th Annual Bath Craft Wine and Brewfest at Pulteney Park from Noon-6pm. Activities include Cornhole Tournaments, a K9 Demonstration by the Sheriff's Department with K9 Twiggy and a CruiseNTime Car Show. Many food vendors will also be available! Tune into WVIN tomorrow for our live, on-location broadcast where we’ll be at the Brewfest from 11am to 1pm!
 

 

1,000 Petition to Remove Cuomo’s Name from Watkins Glen State Park
Residents have renewed efforts to have Governor Andrew Cuomo’s name removed from the sign at Watkins Glen State Park amid his recent resignation over allegations of sexual harassment. A new petition on Change.org has accumulated over 1,000 supporters to remove the outgoing Governor’s name from the park’s main sign, which is located at the entrance to the state park’s gorge trail. Residents originally called for the Governor’s name to be removed from the sign back in mid-March when multiple women began to come forward accusing him of sexual harassment. The initial petition garnered over 3,600 signatures and has also seen new support.

 

Oil & Gas Companies Being Evaluated for Climate Action Plan
The New York State Common Retirement Fund is evaluating 42 publicly traded shale oil and gas companies to determine if they are prepared for the transition to a low-carbon economy…that from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, trustee of the third largest public pension plan in the country. The Fund also restricted investments in five more coal producers, adding those companies to the list of 22 that the Fund divested from in 2020. The actions come as part of DiNapoli’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to mitigate investment risks posed by climate change and ultimately transition the Fund’s investment portfolio to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

Today's Top Stories - August 12th, 2021

Gee Pleads Guilty to Charges from Fatal 2019 Snowmobile Accident
A Steuben County man pleaded guilty today to charges of vehicular manslaughter and DWI for a 2019 snowmobile wreck that killed his wife. State Police say David Gee operated a snowmobile with his wife BillieJo as a passenger, pulling onto State Route 417 into the path of a vehicle. Neither wore helmets and both were thrown from the snowmobile. Gee was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital and BillieJo was pronounced dead at Guthrie Corning Hospital. District Attorney Brook Baker says several sentencing options are available for the judge while the plea was in full satisfaction of the indictment.

 

Steuben County Health Dept Reports 192nd COVID Death
Today, the Steuben County Department of Health announced the death of a 64-year-old man from Corning who died of complications related to COVID-19, bringing Steuben County’s total number of known deaths related to COVID-19 to 192. Darlene Smith, Steuben County Public Health Director said "We cannot stress enough the importance of getting vaccinated to help end the terrible loss and grief that each death in our community brings. We send our heartfelt condolences to this man's family and friends," COVID Case numbers in the county are on the rise, while the surge of the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is reported around the nation. 45.5% of Steuben County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

 

Masks Required Indoors at Bills’ Highmark Stadium
Today the Buffalo Bills announced that anyone visiting Highmark Stadium will be required to wear a mask while in indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status. Fans are not required to mask up outdoors. These rules apply for all events at Highmark Stadium as Erie County has been marked as “substantial” for the spread of COVID. Once the county falls below that “substantial” level, the mandate will cease.

 

Heat Advisory in Effect for Steuben County This Evening
A heat advisory remains in effect today until 7pm for Steuben County. Heat index values in the mid 90s to around 100 degrees are expected. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Please keep hydrated, cool and check on your elderly neighbors.
 

GOP Says NY Leaders Connected With Cuomo Should Step Down
The head of the Republicans in the New York State Senate says state leaders with direct ties to disgraced Gov. Andrew Cuomo should step down. Republican Sen. Rob Ortt says Dr. Howard Zucker, the state health department commissioner, and Linda Lacewell, superintendent of the state's financial services department, "directly aided Andrew Cuomo's misdeeds" and therefore don't deserve to keep their jobs. If Lacewell and Dr. Zucker don't resign, Ortt said they should be removed by incoming governor Kathy Hochul.

 

Wegmans’ Butter Used for Sculpture at The Great New York State Fair
With just about a week until the opening of The Great New York State Fair, people are guessing what the 800 pounds of butter will become, as construction of one of the most beloved attractions gets underway – the 53rd Annual American Dairy Association North East Butter Sculpture, sponsored by Wegmans. Sculptors Jim Victor and Marie Pelton unpacked the butter and their tools and began work on the sculpture over the weekend. The butter, produced from over two-thousand gallons of milk, came from a Batavia, N.Y.-based producer. 

 

Corning Man Arrested for DWI at Erwin Traffic Stop
During a traffic stop in the Town of Erwin, state police arrested 54-year-old Allen Plate of Corning. Troopers from the Painted Post barracks charged him with DWI and having a BAC above .08%.  He was processed and released on a court appearance ticket.

 

Dansville Man Arrested After Hornell Dispute
After investigating a landlord-tenant dispute in the Town of Hornellsville, state police arrested 49-year-old Andrew Keifer of Dansville. He was charged with violating the real property law, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket for court.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday August 11th, 2021

Hochul Says Governorship Was “Unexpected” But She’s “Prepared”
Incoming New York governor Kathy Hochul is set to become the 57th governor of New York in 13 days after Cuomo announced his resignation in 2 weeks yesterday. She said at a press conference this afternoon that while the new role was unexpected, she is prepared. Hochul also thanked Cuomo for his service to the state.

 

 

Family of 4 Escape KOA Campground Cabin Fire
A family of four escaped a cabin fire this morning at the Hammondsport-Bath KOA Resort Campground through a back window, and one adult was treated for minor injuries by the Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Around 3:30 a.m, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department responded and upon arrival found flames covering the front of the cabin and its entire deck.  A tanker and extra manpower was called in from the Hammondsport Fire Department. Crews controlled the fire so it would prevent creating major damage inside the cabin. The Bath Fire Department says they determined the cause was a fire pit that was surrounded by the cabin’s deck.

 

State Route 54 Reducing to Single Lane Friday for Repaving
A section of State Route 54 will be reduced to a single lane this Friday, August 13th for re-paving between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from the 52A intersection in Urbana to the Yates County line. Work is expected to last until mid-October.

 

Wheeler Building Won’t Have Food,  But “Fair” Weather  Expected
The countdown to the 202nd Steuben County Fair grows closer as its set to begin Monday August 16th and continues to Sunday the 22nd. The longest-running continuous fair in the US will experience a minor change this year with the Wheeler Grange Building being opened up for community seating instead of food vendor, Fair Manager Nick Pelham explained yesterday on WVIN’s Community Focus interview. 

 

 

County Road 70 In Avoca Closed 8/23-8/26
County Road 70 in the Town of Avoca will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of CR 6 and CR70 to Wessels Hill Road from 8 am to 4 pm, on Aug. 23-26. The road will be closed in order to replace pipes. There will not be an onsite detour.

 

Nursing Assistants Needed at Bath & Canandaigua VAs
If you're looking for a job, there is a new opportunity for employment in Steuben County for those entering the healthcare field. The VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System at Bath and Canandaigua locations are currently recruiting for Nursing Assistants for its Community Living Centers. According to a release, the salary range is from $28,078 - $45,847 with shift differential and overtime available. Additionally, officials say there are low resident to staff ratios in the Community Living Centers.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

County Road 70 in Avoca Closed 8/23-8/26
Steuben County Department of Public Works announces that County Road 70 in the Town of Avoca will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of CR6 and CR70 to Wessels Hill Road from 8 am to 4 pm, from Monday, August 23rd- Thursday the 26th. The road closure is to replace pipes and there will not be an onsite detour. 

 

Cuomo Gives Two Weeks’ Resignation Notice
After many of his Democratic colleagues called for him to step down following his sexual harassment scandal, Governor Cuomo said today he will resign from office with over a year left in his term. Cuomo’s resignation will take effect in 14 days then Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will be sworn in to replace him and complete his third term in office through 2022. Hochul will be the first woman to serve as governor of New York. Hochul issued a statement after Cuomo’s announcement saying she agreed with his decision to step down.
 

 

SCSWCD Requests $3,000 Increase in County Appropriation Spending
The Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District (SCSWCD) has had a busy year, during the COVID pandemic as the district staff was able to maintain its services to county residents as essential workers. SCSWCD Manager Jeff Parker told the county Legislature’s Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee last week that work on local projects, such as the streambank protection stabilization program, and keeping pace with state and federal environmental mandates will continue next year, requiring a slight increase of $3,000 in county appropriation spending. He made a total request of $242,676. If approved, the county funding allows SCSWCD to draw additional funds from other government sources. The complete 2021 Steuben County Soil & Water District report is available at: https://www.steubencony.org/files/documents/sclegportal/attachments/august/swcd_2022_budget_presentation.pdf

 

National Weather Service Heat Advisory Continues to 7pm Tonight
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Steuben County. The advisory is in effect from noon until 7 p.m. Heat index values are expected in the mid to upper 90’s this afternoon. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat   illnesses to occur.

 

Bath Woman Controlled with Possession of Controlled Substance
State Police report the arrest of 28-year-old Alesha Hunt of Bath. She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was issued an appearance ticket for court and released. 

 

Bath Man Arrested for DWI
Bath-based troopers arrested 24-year-old Tony Blugh of Bath. He was charged with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. He was also charged with aggravated DWI and first-offense DWI. He’ll appear in Town of Urbana court at a later date. 

 

Tenney Wants 9/11 Responder & Survivor Health Funding Correction Act
NY Congresswoman Claudia Tenney has announced her support of the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act. This bipartisan bill addresses funding shortfalls in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) to make absolutely certain that funding for the program is provided well into the future. Without this legislation, the program risks running out of funds in the coming years.

 

Painted Post Man Arrested for DWI
During a traffic stop in the Town of Thurston, state police arrested 60-year-old James Diamond of Painted Post. He was charged with aggravated DWI and first-offense DWI. Court action is pending.

Today's Top Stories - Monday August 9th, 2021

State DOT Says Exit 45 in Riverside Closed 8/11-8/12
The New York State Department of Transportation advises motorists that the westbound off-ramp of Interstate 86 at Exit 45 in the Village of Riverside, in Steuben County, will be closed this Wednesday August 11th and Thursday August 12th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to facilitate construction. Motorists can follow the posted detour directing them to the next exit. 

 

Steuben County Fair Next Week
The Steuben County Fair kicks off next Tuesday in Bath. The Steuben County Fair is the oldest continually running fair in the United States. Singer/songwriter Craig Morning is next Wednesday’s featured performer. For a complete listing of all the events, visit steubencountyfair.org.

 

Kyle Larson Wins NASCAR Cup Race Yesterday @ WGI
Kyle Larson cruised to his fifth Cup win of the season Sunday at Watkins Glen International. Chase Elliott came in second place and Martin Truex Jr. finished third.

 

Red Knights Chapter 42 Raised Over $2,000 for Veterans 
Yesterday, the firefighters motorcycle club The Red Knights NY Chapter 42 held a meeting at The Bath Volunteer Fire Department and released the results of how the Bucket Brigade for The Wounded Warrior Project went for this year’s ride. There were 126 registered riders who participated in the approximately 100-mile ride around the Southern Tier area. The 2020 ride was cancelled due to COVID-19. A check will be written in the amount of $2,100 to The Wounded Warrior Project that was raised from registrations, 50/50 and scratch off lottery tickets that were raffled. 

 

Biden Admin Issues Extension of Federal Student Loan Repayments
Last week, the Biden Administration announced it will extend the pause on federal student loan payments through January 31st 2022. The US Department of Education originally set the pause on repayment, interest and collections to expire on September 30th of this year. Officials say they will notify the public of the final extension in the coming week. 

 

Top Cuomo Aid DeRosa Resigns
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top aide Melissa DeRosa has resigned. Her resignation comes at a time where the embattled governor is facing potential impeachment. Her name appears throughout the New York State Attorney General's report released August 3 that found Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women. In a statement, she said "Personally, the past 2 years have been emotionally and mentally trying.” She said she was forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such talented and committed colleagues on behalf of the state.

 

First Criminal Complaint Against Cuomo to be Investigated
Promises that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into the first criminal complaint against Governor Cuomo, following a state probe that he sexually harassed multiple women, which he denies. Sheriff Craig Apple of Albany County at briefing said that the woman's decision to come forward is likely "the hardest thing that she's ever done in her life"...and he answered questions about possible charges. The criminal complainant is identified as "executive assistant number one," in the New York attorney general's report this week, which described her as somebody who endured a pattern of inappropriate conduct.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 7, 2021

Bath man arrested for burglary

The Village of Bath Police Department arrested James Pettingell, age 34, of Bath on Thursday, August 5 for an incident that took place on West Steuben St. Police say he arrested for Burglary, Criminal Possession of Weapon, and Menacing. He was arraigned at the Steuben County Centralized Court and is currently being held there on bail.

 

Teen arrested in connection to Corning stabbing, charged as adult

A 14-year-old has been arrested in connection to the stabbing of a fellow 14-year-old near the Corning YMCA. The teen was arrested yesterday and charged as an adult with one count of assault in the first degree. They were arraigned and released to a parent until they can be fitted with an electronic monitoring system. They will appear in court at a later date. Authorities say they believe the suspect had been confronted “with only the threat of physical force and used deadly physical force (a knife) without legal justification”. They also say the motive for the stabbing remains unclear at this time

 

NY will receive funding to improve water quality

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced New York State will receive more than $47 million in funding for projects to improve drinking and clean water infrastructure in 8 of the 10 regions in New York State.

 

First criminal complaint filed against Governor Cuomo

 

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple confirmed a criminal complaint was filed August 5, believed to be one of the first, against Governor Andrew Cuomo. The woman, known only as ‘Executive Assistant 1’, was an employee who worked at the Executive Chamber with Governor Cuomo and had worked at the Executive Mansion on weekends. The complaint alleges she was touched on multiple occasions by the Governor.

 

10 arrested on active warrants

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports from July 19 to July 31, 2021, deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested the following persons due to active warrants.

  • Kiersten Anne Smith, age 30, of Oak Street, Elmira
  • Gidget Yolanda & Elaine Madigan, age 45, of Colonial Lawns, Bath
  • Richard Orio Snyder, age 20, West Road, Savona
  • Steven Patrick Rook, age 40, of County Route 53, Kanona
  • Roy Dean Hyer, age 44, of Dusenberry Road, Savona
  • Joyce Anne Kline, age 56 of County Route 11, Bath
  • John Walter-Edward Marshall, age 30, of Clark Street, Painted Post
  • Dillon Glen Trimble, age 31, of Corning
  • Timothy Michael Schreiner, age 53, Hakes Avenue, Hornell
  • Tanya Marie Cuozzo, age 36 of Kanona

All were remanded to the Steuben County Jail

Today's Top Stories - Friday August 6, 2021

First criminal complaint filed against Governor Cuomo

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple confirmed a criminal complaint was filed August 5, believed to be one of the first, against Governor Andrew Cuomo. The woman, known only as ‘Executive Assistant 1’,  was an employee who worked at the Executive Chamber with Governor Cuomo and had worked at the Executive Mansion on weekends. The complaint alleges she was touched on multiple occasions by the Governor

 

10 arrested on active warrants

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports from July 19 to July 31, 2021, deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested the following persons due to active warrants.

  • Kiersten Anne Smith, age 30, of Oak Street, Elmira
  • Gidget Yolanda Elaine Madigan, age 45, of Colonial Lawns, Bath
  • Richard Orio Snyder, age 20, West Road, Savona
  • Steven Patrick Rook, age 40, of County Route 53, Kanona
  • Roy Dean Hyer, age 44, of Dusenberry Road, Savona
  • Joyce Anne Kline, age 56 of County Route 11, Bath
  • John Walter-Edward Marshall, age 30, of Clark Street, Painted Post
  • Dillon Glen Trimble, age 31, of Corning
  • Timothy Michael Schreiner, age 53, Hakes Avenue, Hornell
  • Tanya Marie Cuozzo, age 36 of Kanona

All were remanded to the Steuben County Jail

 

12 new COVID-19 cases, one death

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 191.  The individual was a female resident of the Town of Corning who died at the age of 67. 12 news COVID-19 cases have also been reported in Steuben. Total cases top 7,000 with 37 now active. Two are in Bath.

 

19 new drug arrests as part of Operation Climate Change

Police called it ‘Operation Climate Change.’ It was a coordinated drug raid by over three dozen police officers in Steuben County that resulted in 19 drug arrests along with other counts. Among those taken into custody…29-year-old Naomi Dimond of Hornell. She was charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter, Providing A False Written Statement, Tampering With Physical Evidence, Criminal Possession and sale of a controlled substance. Also arrested… Allan Sullivan of Bath, charged with Criminal Sale and Possession of a controlled substance. D.A. Brooks Baker said that the drugs were coming from Elmira and Rochester. Chief Murray stated that because of the new bail reform laws…most of the suspects were released despite the felony charges.

 

Teenager stabbed in Corning

Police are investigating after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed near the Corning YMCA.  Police said the boy suffered multiple stab wounds. He was transported to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre where he underwent emergency surgery. The victim allegedly knew the attacker and there was a confrontation before the assault.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 5th, 2021

DA Baker Announces 19 Arrests from  “Operation Climate Change”
Steuben County District Attorney’s Office and the Hornell City Police announced 19 arrests made across Hornell around 6am yesterday by New York State Police, Hornell Police and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office during “Operation Climate Change.” About 40 officers and two K-9 units were involved in the operation, where police say they uncovered a substantial amount of cocaine from the bust. County DA Baker says this was the first major drug bust since the start of the pandemic. Hornell Police Chief Murray says most of those arrested will be released due to bail reform laws and that the drugs were not being produced in the community but rather being brought in from cities such as Elmira, Rochester, and New York City.

 

Palmesano Reacts to AG Report of Sex Harrassment by Cuomo
Following the New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ report that found Governor Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women and violated state and federal law, many lawmakers across the state, nation and political aisle have called for the Governor to step down or be impeached. Local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano described the various scandals the Governor has been involved with as “a dam that broke with one thing after another” - scandals which include another AG report that Cuomo’s administration withheld nursing home deaths from the public and  an investigation into the Governor taking a ceremonial drive over the Mario Cuomo Bridge despite regular traffic being barred at the time due to safety issues with construction. Palmesano told WENY News he thinks that a pending impeachment hearing will cover all these scandals. Despite Cuomo being staunch on his stance about not resigning during a 14-minute-long prerecorded statement responding to the report where he denied any wrongdoing, Palmesano says he believes there is a “strong possibility he will resign.” 

 

CCE Requests $409,000 from Legislature for Agriculture Programs
As Steuben County officials begin to prepare their 2022 budget, Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension (SCCCE) Director Tess McKinley told the county Legislature’s Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee her proposal for $409,000 next year brings in nearly $2 million in education programs from other resources. Services are provided by 14 staff members and 16 regional specialists. The request marks the fourth year her agency has requested flat funding while performing as essential resources for agribusinesses.

 

NY State Will Issue No School-Reopening Guidance
Today, a spokesperson to Governor Cuomo confirmed to press that no guidance will be issued by his office or the State Health Department regarding reopening schools next month, citing the decision was made due to the COVID-19 state of emergency having been rescinded.

 

Elmira Man Sentenced 20 Years for Child Porn
An Elmira man will spend the next 20 years in prison. A judge handed down that sentence for 37-year-old Jeffrey Martin. He was convicted of receipt of child pornography, following a prior conviction. Prosecutors said between May 31 and July 19, 2019, a minor slept over at the Martin’s residence on several occasions. On at least one of those occasions, Martin took several sexually explicit pictures of the victim with his cellular telephone, knowing that such photographs would be automatically uploaded to his Google online storage account.   Martin was previously convicted of felony statutory rape in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, on July 19, 2004.

 

Marist Poll Finds Majority of NY Wants Cuomo to Step Down
According to a Marist Poll, 59 percent of New Yorkers think the Governor should step down. The poll was conducted Tuesday night, after the results of the New York Attorney General’s Office’s investigation into Andrew Cuomo were announced. The report concluded that Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed several women. More than half of the registered Democrats who were surveyed say he should resign.

 

Downstate County DAs May Press Criminal Charges Against Cuomo
District attorneys in Westchester and Manhattan on Wednesday announced their offices had reached out to the attorney general for “investigative materials” from their probe into multiple sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The news comes after Albany District Attorney David Soares on Tuesday said his office had launched a criminal investigation into the allegations against the governor. Soares said his office was also planning to formally request information from the investigation by the AG. James revealed the conclusion of her office’s probe Tuesday morning, calling the findings “disturbing.”

 

Two Inmate Fights Reported at Elmira
Two inmate fights occurred in the Elmira Correctional Facility fieldhouse less than an hour apart on Sunday, according to union officials representing the officers. The fights resulted in two inmates being cut multiple times by make-shift weapons at the maximum-security prison. No staff were injured in either incident.

 

State COVID-Positivity Rate Slightly Declines
New York’s statewide COVID positivity rate has taken a decent decline in the past day. Officials say the rate is now 2.57%, down from 3.47% the day before. While that’s good news, there is less encouraging news. Officials say 50 more people have been hospitalized and 14 others have been admitted to Intensive Care. Seven new virus-related deaths have also been reported.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

Wegmans Encouraging Customers to Mask Up While Indoor Shopping 
Wegmans joins other large grocery store chains recommending customers wear masks while indoors. Multiple counties in the Finger Lakes report reaching ‘substantial’ spread, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though customers are not mandated to mask, it is recommended they do whether they have received the COVID-19 vaccine or not. Wegmans employees are required to wear a mask. No mask mandates have been issued by counties, but most recommend people wear a mask indoors to slow the spread of the delta variant.

 

State Route 414 Closed and Detoured to September
State Route 414 to get to Watkins Glen, Corning and other points South will be detoured starting this week to September 1st as announced by the State Department of Transportation. Route 414 will be closed to thru traffic from the intersection with Seneca County Route 121 south to Zwick Road in the town of Fayette for a box culvert replacement project. Signs will direct drivers through a detour along state Route 96. Further South, the portion of Route 96 between Ithaca and Trumansburg is closed for road work. Detour signs are in place.

 

President Biden Calls on Governor Cuomo to Resign
After a five-month independent investigation found that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed female employees, even retaliating against one that spoke out about his behavior, President Joe Biden made remarks about the scandal at the White House yesterday, advising Cuomo to resign. Months ago in March, President Biden said if the allegations were proven true, Cuomo must resign. According to a Marist Poll, 59 percent of New Yorkers think the Governor should step down.

 

VA Will Process Disability Claims for Vets Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs says they have begun processing disability claims for conditions caused when veterans were exposed to toxic burn pits during their military services in in Southwest Asia including: Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea and the airspace above these locations. During the Gulf Wars, US military used open-air burn pits to incinerate garbage, medical waste, plastics and other waste from military installations, with an estimate of at least 230 pits used in Iraq and Afghanistan alone despite the US outlawing using burn pits on American soil due to the cancer-causing toxic fumes. Senator Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee said over 3 million service members could have been affected, calling the announcement “...life-changing news for countless American veterans who are relying on the VA to provide benefits for illnesses incurred while serving our country.” 

 

NY’s COVID-Positivity Rate Climbs to 3.47%
New York’s COVID positivity rate now stands at 3.47%. Hospitalizations have jumped by 64 in a single day and admission to the ICU have also climbed. Five new deaths have also been reported. 

 

School Districts Await Official Guidance by State for School Guidelines
With time winding down before the start of the fall semester, regional school districts are still awaiting official guidance from NYS as to what safety guidelines will be in place. On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on school districts across the state to adopt vaccine-or-test policies for teachers in areas with high or substantial risk of transmission.

 

Chemung County Man Arrested for Murder
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of 62-year-old Bart D. Kinner, of the Town of Southport for Attempted Murder in the Second Degree. On Monday at 6:35 PM, Deputies were dispatched for a domestic dispute with gunshots reportedly being fired. Deputies arrived on scene and learned that a 34-year-old male resident had been shot by a rifle. An investigation into the incident revealed that KINNER had been involved in a domestic dispute with his adult son that resides at the residence. During a verbal altercation, KINNER armed himself and fired the rifle, striking the victim. The victim sustained a non- life-threatening injury and was treated and released. He was arraigned remanded to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash, $200, 000 property bond.

 

Rochester Music Teacher Busted for Child Porn
A Rochester music teacher is going to prison of 50 years after being convicted of 74 charges, including 61 counts of production of child pornography. 43-year-old Philip Close pleaded guilty in the case. Between 2012 and 2019, Close produced hundreds of videos of child pornography involving 61 identified minor victims. The youngest victim was four years old. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement – “if you seek to exploit children to satisfy your own perverse interests, be prepared to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and potentially to lose your freedom forever.”

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

AG Says Investigation Found Cuomo Harassed Multiple Women
Today, State Attorney General Letitia James announced at a press conference that an investigation found Governor Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women inside and outside the state government as well as retaliated against one of his accusers. According to James, the Attorney General’s investigation into the matter is now complete and that there were no referrals to criminal prosecutors. Cuomo spoke at 1pm regarding the investigation, which he calls “political” despite AG James being a fellow Democrat. Cuomo defended himself this afternoon and continued to deny the allegations. He even showed a montage of him kissing several people as a greeting. Democratic Senators Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand released a joint statement saying they “continue to believe that the Governor should resign.”

 

NASCAR’s Ross Chastain Meets Fans @ WGI to “Protect Your Melon”
This weekend, racing is underway at Watkins Glen International as NASCAR driver Ross Chastain and Niece Motorsports join the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) to promote the importance of seat belt use through the “Protect Your Melon” campaign. Chastain will bring the Niece Motorsports race truck and meet with fans near the entrance to Watkins Glen State Park on the morning of August 5. Later that afternoon, Chastain will be at the Watkins Glen Village Square to sign autographs and meet fans. He will also make an appearance at the Department of Motor Vehicles booth at Watkins Glen International on Friday morning, August 6. Chastain said, “Whether in a race or on the street, accidents can happen fast, and being buckled up, both front and back, is crucial for everyone's safety.” 

Schedule of Public Appearances

  • Thursday, August 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. -Near the Entrance to Watkins Glen State Park, 106 S. Franklin St., Watkins Glen
  • Thursday, August 5, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. @ Watkins Glen Village Square, Corner of Franklin St. and 3rd Street, Watkins Glen
    Rain location: Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, 214 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen
  • Friday, August 6th, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. (dependent on racing schedule) @ the DMV Booth, Watkins Glen International Racetrack

 For more information about traffic safety in New York State, please visit the GTSC website at https://trafficsafety.ny.gov/

 

O’Mara Encourages Public to Participate in IRC Hearing
State Senator Tom O'Mara reminds the public about ways to take part in the 2020 Census through the Independent Redistricting Committee. Opportunities for the public to participate in redistricting will happen next week as result of the 2020 Census where The Independent Redistricting Commission, or IRC gives community members a chance to have their voices heard to ensure fair representation at the state and federal level. New York State reported a declining population to warrant a lost congressional seat, with many expecting our 23rd Congressional district to be lost in the process with new State Senate and Assembly seats likely to be redrawn through the process. A hearing for the Southern Tier and Central New York is scheduled for August 9 at 2 p.m. Additional constitutionally-required hearings will be scheduled by the IRC in the fall before releasing final maps for legislative approval in early 2022. After that first round of virtual hearings, the IRC must share its first statewide redistricting proposal with the public on September 15th.
For more information, including how to participate and/or submit testimony, go to: www.nyirc.gov/meetings.

 

Steuben Public Health Reports 13 New County Cases of COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 13 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Thursday's update. This brings the total to 7,014 confirmed cases, 30 of which are currently active.

 

Subway, Bus & Rail Workers Must Be COVID-Vaccinated by Labor Day
Governor Cuomo announced that Subway, bus and commuter rail workers in New York State, along with airport employees must be vaccinated, starting Labor Day or face a weekly COVID test. If the state's case numbers continue to go up, Cuomo says nursing homes and other "public facing employees" should do the same…

 

Summer Gas Prices Continue to Rise
The price of gas is up again, on both a national and a state level, with the highest increases in our area. Binghamton prices are up five cents over the week to $3.21 a gallon. Triple A says there’s another month of summer travel ahead through Labor Day, and college students will begin their return to campuses in the meantime, so gas demand will likely remain high. 

New York’s statewide COVID positivity has been dialed back a bit. The rate has dipped to 5.53%. Still thought, hospitalizations and admissions to the ICU have increased. Four new deaths have been reported. Southern Tier cases have also increased.

 

COVID Vaccine Clinic 8/19 @ IAM Lodge in Hornell
The Steuben County Public Health Department is partnering with Alstom and the International Aerospace and Machinists Union (IAM) Local Lodge 2471 to hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Alstom in Hornell on Thursday, August 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at this clinic for anyone age 12 and older.  Registration is preferred at www.steubencony.org/covid, but walk-ins will also be accepted.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 2nd, 2021

County Route 73 in Lindley Closes Wednesday
A section of Steuben County Route 73, in the Town of Lindley, will be closed to all traffic from 7 am to 5 pm Wednesday. The 100-foot closure will start at the intersection of CR116 and CR73 heading southwest, in order for the Wellsboro & Corning Railroad Company to replace rails at their crossing. There will not be an onsite detour.

 

Bath TCC Gives Away Supplies for School Rocks Initiative
With school right around the corner, Verizon retailer TCC rolled out its annual School Rocks initiative this weekend at its Bath location to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. At Bath and other TCC locations, Sales Associates gave children book bags, snacks and school supplies for the start of school with the event’s focus on assisting parents for the back-to-school season especially those who may be struggling to provide these necessities to their kids.

COVID Vaccination Clinic Thurs, Aug. 18th @ IAM Lodge in Hornell

The Steuben County Public Health Department partners with Alstom and the International Aerospace and Machinists Union (IAM) Local Lodge 2471 to hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Alstom in Hornell on Thursday, August 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at this clinic for anyone age 12 and older.  Registration is preferred at www.steubencony.org/covid<http://www.steubencony.org/covid>, but walk-ins will also be accepted.  The clinic is open to anyone who lives or works in New York State, not just Alstom employees or union members.  Proof of date of birth is needed for anyone seeking vaccination.

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>.

 

Mossy Bank Park Holds Hills on Fire Enduro XC This Weekend
On Sunday, August 8th, Mossy Bank Park will host the 2nd annual The Hills on Fire Enduro XC which is a new kind of mountain bike race. The course is located in a young Hemlock stand with easy access for spectators and family and friends to watch. The course will be about 7-8 miles in length with a good mix of single and double track. There will be a 6- hour window to complete 4 laps of the course (solo riders will need to complete all four laps, while riders for two-person teams will need to do two laps each). The event is a fundraiser for the park. A Chicken BBQ will also be available as an additional fundraiser for the park. Award-winning Steuben Brewing Company will be on hand for craft beer tasting as well. Registration is required.

 

Red Cross Announces Emergency Demand for Blood
The Western New York Division of the American Red Cross says to meet hospital demand, they need to receive over 1,000 donations of blood every day. An emergency need has been issued for donated blood.The Red Cross says hospitals are currently dealing with a shortage leaving them with a less than one day supply of type O. Donations of rare blood types like O are highly-sought after as well as common types. Anyone donating between now and August 15th will be entered for a chance to win a VIP trip to Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival as well as a four month subscription to Apple Music.

 

Statewide COVID-Positivity Rate at 2.68%
New York’s statewide COVID-19 positivity rate has now risen to 2.68%. On Sunday, 39 new hospitalizations were reported. Five new deaths were also attributed to virus-related complications. Rates in the Southern Tier region also rose to 2.01%.

 

Baseball Designated NY’s Official Sport
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation designating baseball as the official sport of the state of New York. This bill was proposed by a Cooperstown Elementary School 4th grade class. Cooperstown, NY is the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame and is believed to be the birthplace of the sport. As the state sport, baseball joins a list of New York State symbols which includes milk as the state beverage, apple as the state fruit, the snapping turtle as the state reptile and yogurt as the state snack.

 

Troopers and Local Police Hold Speeding Crackdown Through Sunday
New York State Police and local law enforcement have increased patrols to target speeding thru Sunday. According to preliminary data, unsafe speed was a contributing factor in 314 fatal crashes in 2020, compared to 230 fatal crashes in 2019 - a 36 percent increase. The 314 fatal crashes last year resulted in 365 deaths including drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Data shows fatal crashes in New York caused by unsafe speed increase during the summer months with the highest totals in June through October.

 

COVID Vaccination Clinic This Wednesday at CCC
Steuben County Public Health Department is partnering with SUNY Corning Community College to hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The clinic will take place on Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Health Education Center at 132 Denison Pkwy East in Corning. The Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines will be offered.  Anyone who lives works or attends school in the state can get the vaccine at this clinic.

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