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

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


Spagnoletti listed some of the projects which include:
 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday May 12, 2021

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

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

 

NTSB releases new details in helicopter crash that killed Guthrie doctor

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

 

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

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

 

Corning, Inc. opens new manufacturing plant in Wuhan

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

 

Cuomo: 50% of 18+ NYS residents fully vaccinated

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

 

Astorino lauches bid for NYS Governor

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Saturday May 8, 2021

30 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

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

 

Steuben County Historical Society recognizes county’s 225th anniversary

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

 

Accident on I-86 near Horseheads Walmart

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

 

New York State unemployment system to be audited by Comptroller

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

 

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

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

 

Bath woman ticketed for horse and buggy crash in Yates County

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

Today's Top Stories - Friday May 7, 2021

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

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

 

Bath woman ticketed for horse and buggy crash in Yates County

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

 

New York State Police warn of new scam

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

 

11 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

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

 

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

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

Today's Top Stories - Thursday May 6, 2021

Budgets, tax increase proposals released for local schools

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

 

31 COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

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

 

Wegmans to do away with self-serve food bars

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

 

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

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

 

O’Mara pushing to exclude benefits from taxable income

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 


 

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

 

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

 

Legislator Kelly Fitzpatrick Takes the Tyrtle Beach Plunge!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Saturday May 1, 2021

16 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 16 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,551 confirmed cases, 176 of which are currently active. One individual is associated with T&R Towing, and four individuals are associated with the following schools: Canisteo-Greenwood and Corning-Painted Post High School.

 

Fitzpatrick does it all at Tyrtle Beach 2021

In a local tradition to raise money for local youth, Steuben County Legislator Kelly Fitzpatrick took the plunge into a brisk Lake Salubria, but with a twist. She took the plunge, but not before biking and running around the perimeter of the Lake. Donations are currently in excess of $13,000. Directions to donate and to apply for funding can be found at www.tyrtlebeach.com.

 

SUNY CCC Board of Trustees supports President Mullaney after faculty’s no confidence vote

The Regional Board of Trustees recently passed a unanimous resolution supporting incumbent President William Mullaney after a no confidence vote by the faculty’s union, declaring “its full support of President William P. Mullaney and its full support of the process that was utilized in determining and implementing the recent termination of several faculty positions.” The Union said the President “Used faculty terminations and the threat of faculty terminations in failed attempts to intimidate and bully the faculty,” among other reasons given in list of reasons why they were led to vote no confidence.

 

Registration opens for the Wineglass Marathon

Registration has opened for the 12th annual Wineglass 8k. All participants must register by Sunday, May 16th. The event will take place on the indoor track at the Corning-Painted Post Middle School, with a limited number of runners allowed to partake for COVID safety reasons. The event was held virtually last year, and that could still be an option for this year.

 

Boater safety class to be held in Steuben County this month

The Steuben County Sheriff's Office will be holding a boater safety course on Saturday, May 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Steuben County Public Safety Building, at 7007 Rumsey Street Extension in Bath. Call (607) 622-3911 to reserve your spot, as the class is limited to 20 people.

 

$15 million available in cooling assistance to eligible New York residents this summer

Fifteen million dollars will be available this summer for low-income New Yorkers who suffer from serious health issues worsened by heat. The funds come by way of the Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides air conditioners to eligible households. To quality, applicants must fulfill existing criteria and income guidelines, which vary by household size, and have at least one member of the household who has a medical condition worsened by heat. Applications will be accepted at local departments of social services between May 3rd and August 30th, or until funding runs out. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Today's Top Stories - Friday April 30th, 2021

Kelly Fitzpatrick Takes the Tyrtle Beach Plunge Tonight!
WVIN’s very own annual Tyrtle Beach Jump is this evening as County Legislator and half of Wheat & Fitzpatrick, Kelly Fitzpatrick takes the plunge in Lake Salubria tonight! Keep your radio tuned to WVIN 98.3 FM around the 6 o clock hour to hear Kelly jump as Dave Taylor Smith hosts the annual Bath tradition! Follow the WVIN Facebook page to catch the Facebook Live streaming coverage of the event. Don’t forget you have until the end of May to make your donation online this year at: www.tyrtlebeach.com!

 

Sheriff’s Office Hosts Boaters Safety Course May 15th
The Steuben County Sheriff's Office holds a boater safety course in the next few weeks. This class will be held Saturday, May 15th from 8a.m. to 4p.m. at the Steuben County Public Safety Building at 7007 Rumsey Street Extension in Bath. This class is limited to 20 people due to the pandemic so you must confirm a spot, by calling (607) 622-3911.

 

Wineglass 8K In-Person at Corning-Painted Post Middle School Track
The 12th annual Wineglass 8k is coming up and will be in-person this year. The annual marathon had to be held virtual last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. All participants must register by Sunday, May 16th.  The race is presented by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes and takes place on the Corning-Painted Post Middle School track. Virtual racing is still an option for this year. The number of people allowed to take part is limited to follow COVID safety guidelines. Click here for more details on this year's event.

 

Hornell Woman is Steuben’s 176th COVID Casualty
A Hornell woman has died from a COVID related complication. The Health Department says the 66-year-old woman died at home. Her death brings the county toll to 176. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says they have seen an alarming number of deaths recently in Steuben. 

 

11 More COVID Cases Reported in the County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 11 more county residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,535 confirmed cases, 183 of which are currently active. Three of the individuals are associated with Canisteo-Greenwood High School, Hornell High School, and Prattsburgh Central.

 

Finger Lakes Wine Festival Postponed to July 2022
Today, Watkins Glen International announced that the Finger Lakes Wine Festival that was originally scheduled for July 9-11th this year has been postponed to next year: July 8-10th, 2022 due to New York State COVID-19 guidelines. Ticketholders will receive a credit for the full amount of their Finger Lakes Wine Festival purchase with an additional 20 percent of the total amount paid for those experiences, in their Watkins Glen International account by May 5th. The event credit worth 120 percent may be used in a single transaction for a Watkins Glen International event during the remainder of the 2021 season and the entire upcoming 2022 season, subject to availability.

 

Wayland Man Arrested After Trespass Complaint
A simple trespass complaint has led to serious charges for a Wayland man. State Police say the arrested 29-year-old James Sick. He was charged with felony criminal trespass with a weapon, felony criminal possession of a weapon involving a previous conviction as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was initially detained.

 

1 in 3 New Yorkers Now Fully-Vaccinated Against COVID
More than 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in New York State, and approximately one in three New Yorkers are now fully vaccinated. As of now, all New York State mass vaccination sites are open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first come first serve basis for all. The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot.

 

Campbell Man Arrested by Chemung County Deputies
Chemung County deputies say 23-year-old Dillon L. Cook of Campbell was arrested on a Bench Warrant issued by the Town of Horseheads Court for Petit Larceny and Trespass. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. He will appear in the Town of Horseheads Court at a later date.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday April 29th, 2021

Bath PD Conducting In-Person Sex Offender Verifications
The Village of Bath Police Department will be conducting, for the first time, in-person sex offender address verification. Bath Police made the announcement today and said they previously only made verification checks if they received a tip or a complaint about a sex offender not living at their registered address. Police say the newest system will allow for their investigations to be completed “quickly and efficiently,” and arrests or warrants can more immediately be made or filed.

 

BEGWS Closes Streets for Gas Main Replacement Next Week
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems will be replacing the gas main and services on Gratton Drive, between Geneva Street and Haverling Street. During work, the street will be closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. Work is scheduled to begin the week of May 3rd (next week) and will continue through the middle of June.

 

Steuben Public Health Dept Reports 175th Death
Steuben County Public Health reports its fourth death in a week as a 54-year old man from the town of Fremont passed away while hospitalized after previously testing positive for COVID-19. So far, 175 Steuben County residents have died from COVID since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

State May Ban Selling Pets at Pet Stores
You may not be able to buy furry, four-legged friends from New York pet stores as the state may ban selling cats, dogs and rabbits at pet stores. The State Legislature's Agriculture Committees passed the measure this week and Star Gazette says the bill now moves "toward getting the full chambers' approval after years of stalling at the state Capitol." This law would put a halt to puppy mills and focus on rescuing and saving animals, who are often not taken care of properly in puppy mills with abuse and poor conditions. This law has been pushed by animal rights’ advocate groups for some time now in efforts to help mistreated animals. 

 

Finger Lakes Area Still Awaits State Guidance for Fairs and Festivals
Despite giving the New York State Fair the okay to happen this summer, the state still hasn’t released clear updated guidance following the increase in vaccinations and growing data regarding outdoor gathering amid the pandemic. This lack of guidance from state officials has resulted in a slew of festival and fair cancellations in the Finger Lakes area over the past week.

 

Fair and Timely Parole Bill Passes in NYS Assembly
Parole reform is the new objective for the New York State Legislature. Last week, the assembly passed a bill that gives parolees the ability to register to vote no matter their crime. That bill is currently waiting to be signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and there are two more parole-focused bills on the docket that state Democrats hope to pass this year. There’s the elder parole bill, which would allow people 55 and older who have served 15 years in prison the chance to go before a parole board. The other bill, the Fair and Timely Parole bill, focuses on changing the standards of parole, basing release on a person’s rehabilitation while incarcerated not on the original crime.

 

Live Racing Returns to Tioga Downs
Tioga Downs returns to live racing. Tioga Downs will begin their 16th season of live harness racing on Saturday, with a special post time of 5:00 p.m.  The five-eighths mile track from Nichols, NY will race on Fridays (starting May 28) and Saturdays at 6:15 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.  Closing night will be Saturday (September 25th).

 

O’Mara Renews Recall to Subpoena Cuomo Administration Members
Following a report in the New York Times that Governor Andrew Cuomo and top aides repeatedly obstructed the release of accurate information on the number of COVID-19 deaths of seniors in nursing homes, State Senator Tom O’Mara Ranking Member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, has renewed his call for the committee to subpoena members of the Cuomo administration, including top state health officials, in order to obtain documents, emails, phone records, and all other information surrounding the state’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis in New York’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities. In a statement, O’Mara said, “It continues to remain clear that this Legislature has a responsibility to fully understand what has happened and why.”

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday April 28th, 2021

17 More Steuben Residents Test Positive for COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 17 additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,496 confirmed cases, 194 of which are currently active. Eight individuals are associated with Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District, Campbell-Savona Central School District, Corning-Painted Post School District, Hammondsport Central School District, Hornell City School District and Wayland-Cohocton Central School District.

 

O’Mara Critical of “Climate and Community Investment Act” 
State Senator Tom O’Mara says a proposed bill in Albany being pushed by the Democratic majority could raise the state gas tax by 55 cents. Proponents of the “Climate and Community Investment Act”  say this bill would help transition to more renewable energy sources while creating thousands of new green jobs, and combat the climate crisis. Yesterday, O’Mara said in a WETM TV News interview that “the legislation would implement regressive taxes that would leave lower- and middle-income families and workers, motorists, truckers, manufacturers and other industries, and seniors among the hardest hit.”  

 

Bath CSD Could Return to In-Person Instruction as Soon as May 12th
Bath schools continue to aggressively monitor COVID-19, but Superintendent Joe Rumsey appears optimistic and said it’s possible that primary and middle school students could return to everyday, in-person instruction as soon as Friday, May 12th. Rumsey commented about the issue on WVIN’s Community Focus program. Check out the interview by clicking on our site's "Podcast" tab at the top of the web page.

 

New York’s Pandemic Food and Beverage Curfews Lifting Soon
Today, Governor Cuomo’s office announced the 12 a.m. food and beverage service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning Wednesday May 17th. Restrictions for indoor dining areas begin May 31st. Cuomo also announced that the 1 a.m. curfew for catered events and requirement that attendees must provide proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result, will both be lifted beginning Monday, May 17th, with the curfew for all catered events set to be lifted May 31st. Cuomo added catered events can resume at residences above the State’s residential gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, beginning May 3rd, if the events are staffed by a professional, licensed caterer, permitted by the respective locality or municipality, and strictly adhere to health and safety guidance, including social and event gathering limits, masks, and social distancing. May 3rd, guidelines for dancing among attendees at catered events will be aligned with states neighboring New York.

 

Hornell Man Arrested after Wayland Break-in
A Steuben County man faces charges after Troopers responded to a break-in early Tuesday in the village of Wayland. State Police said they arrested 41-year-old Joseph Jones of Hornell. He was charged with felony third-degree burglary and criminal mischief with intentionally damaging property. The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. Jones walked away from police custody with an appearance ticket for court. 

 

Troopers Continue Investigation of Drowning in Thurston
State Troopers continue to investigate a drowning that occurred at 5227 Bonny Hill Road in the town of Thurston.  State Police were called to that address for a report of an individual who entered a small body of water and did not appear again. State Police divers entered the body of water and recovered the remains of the missing person. Police will release the name of the deceased after proper notifications are made. The investigation is continuing.

 

Avoca Man Arrested After Domestic Incident
Bath Police arrested 20-year-old Zachary R. Tyler of Avoca. He was arrested with Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, a class E Felony. The arrest stems from a Domestic Incident that occurred on Pine Street in the Village of Bath. Tyler is accused of damaging property.

 

NYSED Expanding Hybrid Professional Learning
The State Department of Education announced expanded professional learning opportunities aiming to support remote and hybrid learning in New York. According to NYSED, the purpose of this program is to build the capacity of teachers and educational leaders to effectively implement these hybrid or remote learning models.

 

Gillibrand Reintroduces “Medicare at 50 Act”
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate colleagues to reintroduce the Medicare at 50 Act, legislation to give New Yorkers between the ages of 50 and 64 years old the option of buying into Medicare. As of July 2020, nearly 3.7 million people aged 65 and older were covered by Medicare in New York. Lowering the Medicare participation age to 50 would help 63 million uninsured and under-insured Americans — including those approaching retirement, or those facing mandatory retirement or layoffs — afford their health care costs. Additionally, the bill would strengthen the Medicare program and lower Medicare costs for older Americans.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday April 27th, 2021

2 More COVID Deaths Reported in Steuben County
There have been two more deaths in Steuben attributed to COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 174.  One individual was a 63-year-old male resident of the Town of Caton who died while hospitalized, and the other was a 48-year-old male resident of the Town of Cameron. Public Health Director Darlene Smith extended her condolences to family and friends.

 

2 COVID Vaccine Clinics Open This Week in Bath & Hornell
Steuben County Health Department will have two weekday COVID vaccine clinics open: one clinic at the Hornell Community Arts Center and another at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath. Both will use the Moderna vaccine for those 18 and up and be open from 10 am - 2 pm, Monday - Friday this week. Walk-ins are welcome or participants can secure an appointment time by pre-registering at www.steubencony.org/covid.

 

More Information Released on Friday’s Fatal Crash in Big Flats
State Troopers released more information about the serious Big Flats crash on last Friday, April 23rd. State Police say just before 5:30 p.m., they responded to an accident involving an SUV and a motorcycle on Chambers Road. They investigated and found a 2003 Honda motorcycle drove southbound near the intersection of the I-86 westbound ramp as a 2016 Jeep Compass driving northbound attempted turning left onto the westbound ramp as the motorcycle driver identified as Daquan Harrison, hit the passenger side of the Jeep and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Jeep was sent to Guthrie Hospital. The ongoing investigation continues. To donate to a GoFundMe that has been set up for Harrison's family, click here. 

(Photo Credit: WENY News)

 

New York to Lose One Congressional Seat from Census
New York will lose one seat in Congress as a result of population shifts… according to census data released yesterday. The state’s population grew by more than 4 percent over the past decade, according to the 2020 census, but that increase didn’t keep pace with big jumps in other parts of the country. New York is one of seven states losing a member of congress as a result of the 2020 census. Five states will gain a seat in congress. Texas will gain two. Preliminary data shows New York was 89 ‘people’ completing and having verified census applications away from maintaining its current level of representation in Washington, D.C.

 

Early Spring Fishing in NY Begins Saturday
This Saturday, early spring fishing opens across New York State. Fishing can begin for popular cool water fish species such as northern pike, pickerel, and walleye, which is one of New York's most prized fish. As the pandemic continues, New Yorkers are being encouraged to spend more of their time outdoors, which can help slow the spread of COVID and fishing can be a great way to do that. Fishing was called a  "... longstanding and beloved tradition for many New Yorkers, and it is also an important economic driver for communities across the state” by Governor Cuomo.

 

“Operation Hardhat” This Week to Catch Work Zone Violations
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the New York State Police will conduct "Operation Hardhat" enforcement activities all week in support of National Work Zone Awareness Week. During Operation Hardhat, members of the State Police, Department of Transportation and Thruway Authority partner to enforce work zone speed limits and ensure that motorists are obeying flagging personnel. Last year, 1,770 tickets were issued by State Police during "Operation Hardhat" activities, which surpassed 2019's total by nearly 70 percent.

 

Bath Man Arrested for DWI
Steuben deputies arrested 24-year-old Joseph Musingo of West Washington Street in Bath. He was charged with DWI and consuming an alcoholic beverage while driving. He’ll appear in village court at a later date.

 

Campbell Man Arrested After Domestic Dispute
State Troopers arrested 30-year-old Anthony Radka of Campbell. He was charged with felony first-degree criminal contempt and disobeying a court order. Those charges were filed after police investigated a domestic dispute in the Town of Thurston.

 

Corning Man Arrested for Burglarly
State Police charged 36-year-old Joshua Bredderman of Corning with burglary involving illegal entry with criminal intent. He was initial detained for court action.

 

Arkport Arrested on Drug Charges After Traffic Stop
Following a traffic stop in Fremont, Troopers arrested 27-year-old Maria Smith of Arkport. She was charged with felony possession of Meth, felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while impaired by drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was initially detained.

Today's Top Stories - Monday April 26th, 2021

Campbell Man Arrested After Domestic Incident
Campbell man Mikel Beer was charged after a domestic incident yesterday. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says Beer allegedly “choked, struck and injured a member of his family or household” in addition to allegedly violating a duly served order of protection for that person. He was charged with Strangulation in the Second Degree, Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, and Assault in the Third Degree. Beer was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Great New York State Fair to Return This Summer
Today in Syracuse, Governor Cuomo announced the Great New York State Fair will return this summer. Cuomo noted the fair will be organized differently than in previous years. Cuomo says restrictions and modifications will be revised now until August, based on the COVID data.

 

 

Bath Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charge
A 37-year-old Bath man is facing a felony drug charge. Bath Police say Christian Sutton had about $2,000 worth of crack cocaine in his West Washington Street home, along with scales, packaging materials, and cash. He was charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. This case will be presented later to a grand jury.

 

Tractor-Trailer Driver Injured After Crash on I-86 Yesterday
State Police say the driver of a tractor-trailer was injured Sunday when it crashed on I-86 in Steuben County. It happened in the eastbound lanes between exits 34 and 35. The rig overturned, spilling some of its load. Troopers said the driver was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital. The driver has not yet been identified. 

 

Steuben DA Refiling Trafficking Case Involving Corning Legislator
34 felony charges of sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, and conspiracy to commit murder have been dropped for now against five men indicted last year after being arrested in connection with an alleged sex trafficking ring. Steuben County Legislator from Corning Democrat Steven Maio, along with Larry Comfort Senior and Larry Comfort Junior of Elmira Heights, Jonathan Hamilton of Elmira, and Michael Stratton of Corning faced these 34 charges that were dismissed days ago over a technicality during grand jury proceedings. The Steuben County District Attorney’s Office says it will refile the charges within the next 45 days. WETM reports Maio was not charged with sex trafficking as part of this indictment but charged instead “as part of the enterprise corruption program. The legislator was arrested on a separate charge of patronizing a prostitute last August in Hornellsville and pleaded not guilty.

 

New York’s Declining Population Could Mean Lost Congressional Seat
The numbers for the latest state population count is expected to come out in a matter of days or weeks from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 count. Many predict New York will lose additional population as part of a trend that has been happening for years which also means New York state may soon likely lose a Congressional seat. Districts could be re-drawn as a result and this redistricting is ultimately controlled by the state legislature and Governor Cuomo. Congressman Tom Reed announced that he would not seek re-election in 2022 and many say our 23rd Congressional district would be the easiest to re-draw and divide up among surrounding representatives. 

 

1,700 Corning Streetlights to be Updated to LED
Lighting changes are coming to the City of Corning. According to The Leader, the city and New York State Electric and Gas have partnered to transition the near 1,700 city streetlights to LED technology, not only to save money, but also because of the increased safety that residents feel with more visible lights in their neighborhood.

 

Bradford County Helicopter Crash Under Investigation
The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate a helicopter crash late last week that claimed the life of Guthrie doctor Sanjay Kansara of Allentown. The crash happened as the anesthesiologist was headed to the Bradford County Airport. The NTSB has not yet posted any preliminary information on its Aviation Accident Database.

 

Corning Man Arrested After Traffic Stop
A Corning man faces felony and misdemeanor counts following a traffic stop in the town of Lindley. Troopers arrested 63-year-old Randy Brown. He was charged with felony cocaine possession, felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and lesser counts of driving while impaired by drugs, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. He was initially detained on cash bail.

 

State COVID Positivity Rate Drops to Lowest Since November
New York's statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 1.79 percent, the lowest since November 3. Every region's 7-day average positivity rate is below 4 percent for the first time since November 8.

 

New York Will Resume Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine
New York will resume using the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration lifted the recommended pause. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker shared the update through statements over the weekend. The governor says that the state's independent task force reviewed the data and reaffirmed the federal government's decision to resume using the vaccine. The J&J shot was paused for 11 days as scientific advisors to the CDC looked into cases of rare blood clots.

 

Arkport Man Arrested for DWI
State Police arrested 38-year-old Steven Dennis of Arkport. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated during a traffic stop in Dansville early Sunday. He was issued an appearance ticket for Dansville town court.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday April 24, 2021

23 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 23 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,431 confirmed cases, 200 of which are currently active. Three individuals are associated with Snell Farm Children's Center in Bath, one individual is associated with T&R Towing and Environmental Services, one individual is associated with Alstom, one individual is an employee of the Steuben Center in Bath, and five individuals are associated with the following schools: Corning Community College, Corning-Painted Post High School, Hornell High School, North Hornell Elementary.

 

Major motorcycle accident in Big Flats

New York State Police, among others, responded to a major motorcycle accident that took place near the on-ramp to I-86 on Chambers Road in Big Flats yesterday. The crash involved two motorcycles, one red and one white, and an SUV. Although the SUV was overturned on its roof and a motorcycle helmet was spotted lying in the road, the condition of all the involved parties is unknown at this time.

 

Steuben County Sheriff’s Department celebrates its 225th anniversary

Local, state, and federal officials gathered yesterday in person to celebrate the 225 years of service the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has provided. Sheriff Jim Allard issued commendations to highlight actions by his department and others. Assemblyman Phil Palmisano, Assemblyman Joe Giglio, Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes, and Mike Rogers from Sen O’Mara’s office presented a framed NYS Legislative Resolution, which passed both houses of state legislature-Senate and Assembly, to commemorate 225 years of service.

 

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office condemns “National Rape Day” hoax

The Steuben County penned a letter strongly condemning a rather troubling internet hoax that recently surfaced on social media platforms such as Facebook and TikTok, in which April 24th is referred to as “National Rape Day”, and claim some type of organized sexual assault program would take place. In response to this revolting trend, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said via press release “And though this is nothing more than viral urban myth it presents an opportunity for all of us to do the right thing to stop it and stand together against sexual violence. Sheriff Allard wants all Steuben County residents to know “sexual assault is a crime that affects not only the victim, but the victim’s family and the community, forever. It is never to be treated lightly and will never be tolerated. We will bring all resources to bear to investigate and arrest in any sexual assault case.”

 

Steuben Tractor Certification Programs graduates nine

The Steuben County 4-H/Youth Development Program recently graduated nine 4-H members from the 2021 National Safe Tractor & Machinery Operation Certification Program. This certification allows youth 14 & 15 years of age to legally operate farm equipment for hire. New graduates included: Alex Knowles, Korbin Herrington, Lexy Wilson, Camden Plank, Prestin Plank, Diana Slayton, Louisa Slayton, Sarah Slayton, and Aidan Porter.

 

Guthrie doctor dies in helicopter crash

Dr. Sanjay Kansara, Anesthesiologist Guthrie Robert Packer hospital, was killed in a helicopter crash in which he was the pilot in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, late Thursday night, his wife confirmed. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.

Today's Top Stories - Friday September 12, 2020

Steuben County legislators to meet Monday

Steuben County legislators are set to meet in the county Annex on East Morris Street next Monday at 10 a.m. Among items on the agenda, the legislature is expected to endorse a study which would designate Steuben and the Finger Lakes region as a federal National Heritage Area. The county board is expected to formally request the state ease its tight restrictions on immunization reports by doctors, registered nurses and pharmacies to the state Department of Health and expand immunizations by pharmacies. The county board will ask the state to restore funding to the county Public Health department for rabies vaccinations. Lawmakers will be asked to approve the first step in enacting a local law allowing 12- and 13-year-old licensed hunters to hunt deer with firearms or crossbows during hunting season under the supervision of a licensed adult. Other items on the agenda include accepting 170,000 in funding to address failing septic systems in specific geographic areas that impact threatened or impaired waterbodies, and to accept the donation by Corning, Inc. to the county Sheriff’s Office of 33 body cameras, including all associated software/hardware, storage, maintenance and licensing fees for two years.

 

Guthrie doctor dies in helicopter crash

Dr. Sanjay Kansara, Anesthesiologist at Guthrie Robert Packer hospital, was killed in a helicopter crash in which he was the pilot in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, late last night, his wife confirmed. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.

 

Southern Tier United Way partnering with local nonprofits for baby needs drive

The United Way of the Southern Tier is partnering with the Samaritan Center in Elmira and the Twin Tiers Baby Bank in Painted Post to hold a diaper and baby-needs drive. Residents, businesses, and organizations can help by donating items such as diapers, pull-ups, baby wipes, formula, and new sippy cups.

 

19 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 19 more residents tested positive for COVID-19, including two individuals associated with Corning, Inc. at the Erwin and Diesel plants. This brings the total to 6,408 confirmed cases, 207 of which are currently active.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday April 22nd, 2021

26 More Steuben Residents Positive for COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 26 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,389 confirmed cases, 196 of which are currently active.

 

Hornell Daily Vaccine Clinic Opens Monday 4/26
The Steuben County Public Health Department in partnership with the City of Hornell is opening another weekday COVID-19 vaccination clinic location at the Hornell Community Arts Center.  Starting Monday, the clinic will be open in Hornell Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The vaccine being utilized currently is Moderna and is available for anyone age 18 and older.

 

Steuben County Sheriff Celebrates 225th Anniversary Tomorrow
State, federal and local officials meet tomorrow at 11am to recognize the 225th anniversary of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office at the county Public Safety Building, 7007 Rumsey Street Extension Bath in the Conference Room or in the Memorial Park, weather permitting. County Sheriff Jim Allard will issue commendations at the ceremony to note actions by his department that carry on the 225 year-long tradition of service to the community.

 

Savona Man Arrested for Destroying Property
A 19-year-old man from Savona faces charges of criminal mischief, criminal tampering, and disorderly conduct for an incident in Penn Yan. Dakota Albro is accused of destroying and damaging property at the Best Western Hotel back on Saturday, April 10th. He was released on an appearance ticket for Penn Yan Village Court.

 

Hammondsport CSD Seeks Vote to Transport All Students
Hammondsport Central School District is seeking voter authorization to transport all district students to and from school beginning this fall. Currently, New York State education law says a school may require students in grades K through 8 to walk a distance up to two miles, and children in grades 9 through 12 to walk a distance of up to three miles from their homes to school. Hammondsport School Superintendent Kyle Bower says district voters can approve a change that would see those students be provided with transportation as part of the district’s May 18th budget vote. Voters can vote to decrease their transportation limit for all students down to zero. Bauer says since this change can be done without impacting the school budget, it’s a win-win for everyone.

 

Almost 10 Officers Attacked at Elmira Correctional In One Week
Almost 10 officers at the Elmira Correctional Facility were attacked during a series of separate incidents at the maximum security prison within the past week. The New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association said the first incident happened on Thursday, April 15th and the most recent was reported on Monday the 19th.

 

Prom and Graduations Proceed This Year With Guidelines
In-person graduations and proms are allowed to proceed this year with restrictions. After being cancelled last year, proms will continue with the exception that people can dance with others in their same party in marked dancing areas. In-person gatherings must be held at a limited capacity. Everyone must wear a mask and social distancing guidelines must be followed. The Star Gazette reports health officials actually encourage schools to avoid the traditional in-person graduation ceremonies and have a virtual celebration instead. The New York State Department of Health encourages people to avoid physical contact such as hugs and handshakes. More information on guidelines and restrictions about proms can be found online here.

 

Those 60 And Older Can Get Vaccinated at State-Run Sites Tomorrow
Starting tomorrow, New Yorkers over 60-years-old will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at state-run vaccination sites without having to make an appointment in advance. New York continues to push citizens to get the vaccine as it looks to reopen further post-COVID. Earlier this week, the governor announced upcoming capacity increases for sites like large sports arenas, zoos and movie theaters. As of Wednesday, New York's positivity rate stands at 2.14%, the lowest point since Nov. 5th.

 

Operation Safe Stop Campaign Starts Today
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee announced that Operation Safe Stop—an enforcement and education campaign designed to deter drivers from illegally passing stopped school buses—will be held today.  Law enforcement throughout the state will be participating. Drivers who pass school buses that are stopped and flashing their red lights will be ticketed. Surveys show that approximately 50,000 motorists illegally pass school buses statewide each school day.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday April 21st, 2021

Steuben Public Works Proposes 2021 Goals
Proposed 2021 goals of the Steuben county Public Works include expansion of the Steuben County Landfill, filling essential vacant positions and an analysis of equipment  costs, according to Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti. A new proposed 73-acre cell will allow the landfill to continue once the current and fourth cell reaches capacity in July 2024 and closes. Plans include support facilities, such as storm water drainage, leachate conveyance and landfill gas collection. The life span of the new cell is expected to be five years. The department is looking for new hires including a deputy commissioner to fill a spot left when the current deputy commissioner accepted a position in a nearby county, and numerous positions on the county’s second bridge crew and bridge engineer. For the road program, the department will revise 2021 plans to repair, maintain and re-construct roads in the county. The county’s original road plan was based on a sharp drop in state funding for road work in 2021. However, that funding has been restored, and the county potentially could receive more funding.

 

Latest Steuben COVID Victim is Corning Man
COVID-19 has claimed another life in Steuben County. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 172.  The individual was a 73-year-old male resident of the City of Corning who died at the hospital. 

 

24 More COVID Cases Reported in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 24 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,363 confirmed cases, 181 of which are currently active. Five individuals are associated with Snell Farm Children's Center and four are associated with Corning-Painted Post High School and Hammondsport Central School.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse
Troopers from Bath arrested 30-year-old Ronald Brewer of Bath. He was charged with felony first-degree sexual abuse involving a victim under the age of 13. He was also charged with child endangerment. Court action is pending. 

 

Drug Take Back Day Saturday at Sheriff’s Office
With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration is holding its 20th Take Back Day on Saturday. DEA’s October 2020 Take Back Day brought in a record-high amount of expired, unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs. With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential.

 

New York Gets Mixed Progress on ALA “State of the Air” Report
This year’s “State of the Air” report from the American Lung Association finds that New York State reported mixed progress on air pollution throughout its counties and metro areas. The report shows that while long-term trends show great progress, there is still significant work to be done. As far the level of ozone, Steuben County’s grade improved from B to an A. However, Steuben measured worsened year-round particle pollution. Throughout the State, no single county received a worsened grade for ozone.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday April 20th, 2021

2 More COVID Deaths in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of two individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 171.  One individual was a 64-year-old female resident of the City of Hornell and the other was an 88-year-old female resident of the Town of Bath.  Both individuals died while hospitalized.

 

Campbell Man Arrested on Multiple Charges
Bath Police arrested 30-year-old Nicholas J. Crouch of Campbell for felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, false personation, Menacing 2nd, and Petit Larceny. This arrest stems from an investigation on W. Steuben St. where Crouch allegedly stole property from a person and then threatened the victim with a knife. Crouch was located by Bath Police in front of the Dormann Library in the Village. He allegedly provided Officers a false name and was also found to be in possession of a large quantity of suboxone, fentanyl, and packaging material consistent with selling narcotics. 

 

DOL Warns Public of Texting Scam
The New York State Department of Labor warns the public of a scam where a text is sent in an effort to get people to submit their personal information on a fake website, downloading illegal content, or calling fake numbers.The Department of Labor announced via Twitter if they do send out texts, they will come through the numbers 468311 or 22751. The DOL says remember representatives will never reach out to someone via social media.

 

Governors of States with Legal Pot Call for Safe Banking Act
New York has joined other states in the U.S. legalizing recreational marijuana-but the hurdle of banking stands in the way of legitimizing cannabis. Currently, banks and credit unions are not allowed to provide all of their services to businesses involved in the sale of marijuana. A new federal bill called the Safe Banking Act would allow any state with legalized marijuana to use the national banking system. Governor Cuomo joined with other fellow governors in a letter saying:
“These barriers disincentive financial institutions from providing banking services to state-licensed and regulated cannabis businesses...” 

 

O’Mara Wants Multiple Subpoenas Sent to NYS Health Dept. Officials
State Senator Tom O’Mara has advanced a motion to send multiple subpoenas to current and former officials at the New York State Department of Health for testimony and records related to the Cuomo administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an O’Mara statement, “Senate Republicans have been demanding a top-to-bottom investigation of the Cuomo administration for months on end, with subpoena power, and every single one of the efforts have been ignored or blocked by the Senate Democrat supermajority.”

 

Bath Man Arrested for Menacing and Drugs
Bath Police arrested 29-year-old Jonathon Tymel of W. William St. He was charged with Menacing 2nd, a class A misdemeanor and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, also a class A misdemeanor. The arrest stems from an incident where Tymel allegedly put a knife to the victim’s face, making the victim fearful. Police said while taking him into custody he was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. 

 

Corning Man Arrested for Drugs After Victory Highway Report
Steuben County deputies arrested 51-year-old Virgil J. Louk of Tannery Creek Road in Corning as a result of an investigation into a suspicious person in a vehicle on Victory Highway in Erwin, New York.   It is alleged he operated a motor vehicle while in an impaired condition due to drugs.  He is also accused of hiding methamphetamine and fentanyl and exposed the arresting deputy to these suspected narcotics during transport, causing a physical reaction to the deputy.  The deputy required medical treatment. Louk was charged with numerous felony counts. He was arraigned and released.  The Deputy recovered fully.

Today's Top Stories - Monday April 19th, 2021

Wayland Compin USA Plant Will Create Up to 31 Jobs
Empire State Development announced that a Compin USA manufacturing plant will be located in Wayland that will create up to 31 jobs. Compin USA is a leasing manufacturing space vacated by Gunlocke to build seats for transportation industry projects, which include high-speed Amtrak trainsets being manufactured by Alstom in nearby Hornell. The project is estimated to cost a total of $270,000 and $80,000 worth of the project will be supported by the ESD. This announcement comes recently after Gunlocke announced a local workforce reduction in its upholstery.
For more information about the Compin USA company, visit: http://www.compinfainsa.com/?lang=en

 

Bath Sex Offender Arrested for Forcible Touching
A 29-year-old registered sex offender from Bath was charged with forcible touching. The Bath Police Department says Evin Swarthout’s arrest stems from an incident last week on April 13th. According to the New York sex offender registry, Swarthout is currently on parole and was sentenced to two years in state prison and five years postrelease supervision for raping a 16-year-old girl back in 2015. He was processed and transported to the Steuben County Jail for arraignment and is currently being held on a violation of parole warrant.

 

County Route 5 Bridge Closure Begins Next Week
The County Route 5 bridge (Clendenning Road) over the north branch of Clendenning Creek in the Town of Tuscarora will be closed to all through traffic on or about April 26th next week for about 7 weeks.  The bridge is located between the north end of Thompson Road and Sullivan Road. According to Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti, the closure will allow the current pipe to be removed and completely replaced with a new concrete box structure. There will be a posted detour using Thompson Road.

 

20 New COVID Cases Reported by Steuben County Health
The Steuben County Health department says it is currently managing 175 active COVID-19 cases, with 20 new cases reported Friday afternoon. Since March 2020, the county has confirmed nearly 6,300 total cases. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says six more people have been hospitalized. She added to have 30% of one day's cases in the hospital is a big deal. A Bath clinic remains open to walk ins or pre-registration at www.steubencony.org/covid every Monday - Friday from 10 am - 2 pm at the Civil Defense Training Center, 7220 State Route 54, Bath.

 

DEC Announces Spring Turkey Season Starts May 1st
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that spring turkey season opens May 1, in all parts of Upstate New York, north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary. In addition, DEC's annual youth turkey hunting weekend will take place April 24 & 25. The youth turkey hunt for junior hunters aged 12 to 15 is open in all parts of Upstate New York and Suffolk County. Last year, turkey hunters took approximately 21,500 birds in New York during the spring season, an increase of about 25 percent from 2019. Much of the increase was likely due to a rise in hunter participation as more people looked for outdoor activities close to home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Allegedly Selling Meth
A 33-year-old Bath man faces felony drug charges after the Bath Police Department reported he was arrested on a sealed indictment for selling crystal meth in the village. Brentin Austin is charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance and 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance. He is being held in Steuben County Jail pending arraignment.

 

Cohocton Domestic Dispute Leads to Atlanta Woman’s Arrest
A violent domestic dispute in Cohocton led to a felony count for an Atlanta woman. State Police arrested 23-year-old Katie Moses. She was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment. Moses was initially detained on cash bail.

 

Bath Man Arrested for DUI
State Police arrested 40-year-old Stephen Hoose of Bath during a traffic stop in the Town. He was charged with first-degree operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. He’ll answer the charge in court at a later date.

 

2 Hornell-Area Women Arrested for Prohibited Sale of Alcohol
State Troopers arrested two people for prohibited sale of alcohol. Issued court appearance tickets were 39-year-old Slade Summer of Hornell and 40-year-old Tanya Cline of Canisteo.

 

226,000 People COVID-Vaccinated in the Southern Tier Region
More than 13 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in New York State. In the Southern Tier Region, almost 191,000 people have received the complete vaccine series. 226,000 people in the region have had at least one dose.

 

NY Has 2nd Highest Pandemic Unemployment Rate in US
With the U.S. gaining 916,000 jobs in February and the national unemployment rate at 6% compared to the nearly historic high of 14.7% at the peak during the coronavirus pandemic, WalletHub released updated rankings for the States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most. It didn’t paint a rosy picture for New York. With an 8.5% unemployment rate in March, New York has the second highest unemployment rate in the U.S. and the third worst recovery in the country.

 

DiNapoli Says NY Tax Collection $513 Million Lower Than in 2019-2020
Tax collections for New York’s Fiscal Year 2020-21 totaled $82.4 billion?—?$3 billion higher than forecast by the state Division of the Budget. However, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said total tax collections were $513.3 million lower than the previous year. He says New York faces a long road to recovery, and the state’s economy still faces serious challenges, both in the short-term and long-term. DiNaploi noted that better-than-anticipated tax collections, federal resources and new revenues in the recently adopted budget allow for important investments in critical programs and services, but state policymakers must ensure that spending commitments are in line with recurring revenue sources.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday April 17, 2021

20 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 20 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including an employee of the Steuben Center. This brings the county total to 6,285 confirmed cases, 175 of which are currently active.

 

GoFundMe established for victims of Canisteo crash

A GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-buchinger-family-mason-family?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=unknown&utm_campaign=comms_gfm+help-buchinger-family-mason-family) page has been set up to help two families who were injured in a head-on collision in Canisteo on Wednesday, April 14th. State Police say a 64-year-old man from Hammondsport who was driving a pickup truck turned left onto CR-27, where he struck head-on the car of a 21-year-old mother from Canisteo driving westbound on CR-119, who had 3 children in the car, ranging from 2 months to 10 years of age. State Police also said charges are pending against the driver of the pickup truck.

 

Cameron woman arrested for animal abuse

Yesterday, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department arrested 24-year-old Gracie L. Schoffner, of Beck Drive in Cameron. It is alleged that Ms. Schoffner failed to provide adequate housing and care for two dogs and a cat at her residence.  Ms. Schoffner was charged with Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance/Torturing/Injuring an Animal.  Ms. Schoffner was released on an Appearance Ticket directing her to Cameron Town Court at a later date.  The animals were signed over to the Finger Lakes SPCA.

 

Cuomo Impeachment Commission to meet Wednesday

Per New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Lavine, officials will meet on Wednesday, April 21st to begin the investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo’s alleged misconduct: sexual harassment and inappropriate touching in the workplace, inaccurate reporting of nursing home deaths, taking shortcuts to complete the Mario Cuomo Bridge, and executive staff “volunteering” to write the Governor’s book. Lavine said the committee has received over 100 tips, and relevant leads are being explored by legal experts.

 

 

Steuben County man arrested for fleeing the scene of an accident

Deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department arrested Timothy F. Decker, age 35, of SR 417 in Woodhull. It is alleged in March 2021, Mr. Decker operated a motor vehicle on CR 102 in Woodhull, New York, colliding into a utility pole in a one car collision and left the scene without reporting it.  It is also alleged Mr. Decker caused in excess of $9,000 in property damage. Mr. Decker was charged with Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Collision and Failure to Keep Right.  Mr. Decker was released on an Appearance Ticket directing him to Woodhull Town Court at a later date. 

 

Beaver Dams man indicted for attempted murder in Elmira

Brandon Macewan of Beaver Dams has been indicted for attempted murder after an alleged March 29th incident in Elmira where he stabbed a man with a sword because he was “attempting to cause (the man’s) death.” In addition, Macewan was also indicted for assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

Today's Top Stories - Friday April 16th, 2021

GlassFest Returns to Corning May 24th-30th
The Corning Gaffer District's annual weekend-long event of GlassFest is themed "GlassFest Fusion" this year and will be hosted May 24th - 30th. Events like "Picnic in the Park" will now allow visitors at certain times to bring take-out at local restaurants to the park, in a socially distanced atmosphere. Additional details of times and dates will soon be posted on the Gaffer District's website in the coming weeks at: gafferdistrict.com 

 

Public Health Dept Reports 21 More Cases; Reminds Public of Clinic
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 21 more county residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,265 confirmed cases, 180 of which are currently active. Two individuals are associated with the Bath VA. A Bath clinic remains open to walk ins or pre-registration at www.steubencony.org/covid every Monday - Friday from 10 am - 2 pm at the Civil Defense Training Center, 7220 State Route 54, Bath.

 

Third Booster Shots Will Be Coming Soon for COVID Vaccine
Moderna and Pfizer CEO's say possible third booster shots will be coming soon for those being vaccinate for COVID. Moderna could come up with doses available by this fall. According to Pfizer's CEO, a booster shot or a third dose will likely be necessary within 6 to 12 months after becoming fully-vaccinated. Vaccines were shown to provide protection for at least 6 months by current research but experts are saying the mRNA vaccines are likely to protect against COVID-19 for a minimum of 9 months. More research is needed on how long the vaccine offers protection but both vaccines are proven to be over 90% effective. Currently, booster shots are still in their trial phases before they become available to the greater public in coming months.

 

Campbell Woman Arrested on Drug Charges
Another drug bust in Steuben County. Sheriff Jim Allard says his deputies arrested 25-year-old Serena A. Russell of Campbell. Russell was wanted on a Superior Court Warrant for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree.  She also allegedly possessed a quantity of a controlled substance when being booked into the Steuben County Jail.  Russell was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a Class A Felony and Introducing Prison Contraband in the Second Degree.  She was remanded to the Steuben County Jail.  

 

Bath Police Make Meth Bust on Steuben Street
Bath Police executed a no-knock search warrant during the early morning hours Thursday at 100 W. Steuben St.  The warrant was the conclusion of a methamphetamine sales investigation at the residence.  In a press release, police said a large quantity of crystal methamphetamine was seized along with scales and packaging materials.  37-year-old Amber M. Gerow was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony.  36-year-old Steven R. Jeffers of 100 W. Steuben Street was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, a class A misdemeanor.  William Newton, age 33, of the Holland American Motel on State Route 415, Bath, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, a class A misdemeanor.  Both Jeffers and Newton were issued appearance tickets and released to re-appear in Bath Village Court at a later date. Police say    more charges are likely after a grand jury presentation at a future date.  Assisting the Bath Police execute the warrant was a Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Investigator and a Steuben County District Attorney’s office Investigator.

 

Cuomo Signs Bill Providing Affordable Internet to Poor Families
Governor Cuomo just signed a bill today that establishes the first program in the US to provide affordable internet to low-income families.  The law requires internet providers in New York State to offer $15 a month high-speed internet to qualifying families. Eligible households will include those receiving free or reduced-price lunch, supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits, Medicaid benefits, senior citizen or disability rent increase exemptions or affordability benefits from a utility. The new law also mandates providers report annually to the Public Service Commission. On average, a basic high-speed internet plan costs over $50 a month and 43% of those earning less than $30,000 in the US do not have internet at home. 

 

Half of NY Adults Received At Least one dose of COVID Vaccine
More than 50 percent of New Yorkers 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than one in three in the same age group have been fully vaccinated. Officials report this morning that more than 12.5 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in New York State. More than 1.5 million doses have been administered over the past seven days. In the Southern Tier, close to 183,000 people have been completely vaccinated.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday April 15th, 2021

14 More COVID Cases in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 14 more County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,244 confirmed cases, 176 of which are currently active. Two individuals are associated with Snell Farm Children's Center…one is associated with Addison Middle School.

 

Financial Assistance Package Approved for Hornell Alstom Expansion
Yesterday, the City of Hornell Industrial Development Agency approved a financial assistance package for Alstom that will aid in the expansion of the city’s largest employer with a new 135,000 square foot factory at 3 Shawmut Park Drive. According to the Hornell Evening Tribune, this project is expected to create 258 new jobs at this new facility while generating over $40 million in new payroll in Hornell. Most of the jobs will be created in the first one to two years of operation with most of the highly-skilled workforce consisting of certified welders. Hornell Mayor John Buckley remarked: “It really sets the table for future growth.” After securing a January bid to supply the Chicago metropolitan-area commuter rail system Metra, Alstom formally received the initial $769 million order for the first 200 railcars.

 

This Year’s Tax Deadline Extended to May 17th
If you have yet to file your taxes, there is still time with this year’s extension as the normal April 15th deadline passes today. Monday, May 17th is this year’s official tax deadline as approved by the state and federal government to give taxpayers an additional month to process their tax information while giving the IRS time to process and implement the changes and updates made in the American Rescue Plan federal relief bill.

 

Bath Man Accused of Sexual Abuse
A Bath man has been accused of sexually assaulting a child. State Police say they arrested 30-year-old Ronald T. Brewer following an incident in the village on March 26th. He was charged with felony first-degree sexual abuse involving a child under the age of 13. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child. A court appearance is pending.

 

Cuomo Extends Hours for Bars and Restaurants
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says hours for New York's curfew rule for bars and restaurants amid COVID-19 are being extended. Starting Monday, establishments will be able to remain open until midnight. For months, these establishments could be open no later than 11 p.m. Catered events will also gain an hour of operation, and will be able to run until 1 a.m.

 

 

O’Mara Wants Cuomo to Get Legislative Approval of Executive Orders
State Senator Tom O’Mara has introduced legislation that would require Governor Andrew Cuomo to seek the approval of the State Legislature before extending or modifying any of his existing COVID-19 executive orders. O’Mara said that the legislation represents an ongoing effort to restore legislative checks and balances in state government.  It would require the governor to provide a five-day notice to the Legislature for any modification or extension of an existing executive order and provide legislators the opportunity to vote on whether the governor can move forward.

 

Finger Lakes Beer Festival at WGI Happening October 29th-30th
Watkins Glen International has announced that Chemung Canal Trust Co. is the title sponsor of its annual Finger Lakes Beer Festival to be held October 29-30. In its eighth year, the Finger Lakes Beer Festival will feature tastings from more than 40 New York State breweries, distilleries and cideries. Ticketholders from the rescheduled 2020 event can apply their credit to this event or another 2021 event at The Glen or any NASCAR-owned track. Tickets for the Festival are available online at TheGlen.com.

 

Hammondsport Named One of the Best Public High Schools in NY
With New York ranking 12th among the states with the best school systems and some schools in the state holding online-only learning due to COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2021’s Best Public High Schools in New York State. WalletHub compared over 1,200 institutions across 26 key metrics. Hammondsport made the top 500 list, coming in at the 448th position.

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