Today's Top Stories - Friday, June 19th, 2020

WVIN and WABH announce the stations will hold virtual radio graduations for the class of 2020 seniors. Virtual Radio Graduations will be aired for Haverling, Hammondsport, Avoca, Prattsburgh, Campbell-Savona and Bradford. Each program will feature opening remarks, salutatorian and valedictorian speeches as well as the announcing of the graduates. Virtual graduations will be aired the week of June 28th on both WVIN 98.3 and WABH AM 1380.


Steuben County Clerk Judy Hunter reports the Bath, Corning, and Hornell DMV offices are experiencing issues with the voicemail system and to resolve temporary issues, effective today, Steuben residents may begin scheduling in-person appointments online for all three Steuben County DMV offices. Anyone who left a voicemail to schedule an appointment at our offices and who has not received a return call will need to schedule an appointment online. Applicants for licenses and testing should go to https://dmv.ny.gov/ to locate the required documents and IDs. The completed forms and required documentation should be brought to the appointment.

To make an appointment at a county DMV for licenses and testing, only, please use the following links:

? Bath Office: https://steubencountydmvbath.setmore.com

? Corning Office: https://steubencountydmvcorning.setmore.com

? Hornell Office: https://steubencountydmvhornell.setmore.com

Class D permit tests cannot be scheduled under the state’s guidelines, Hunter said.


Avoca’s own Aaron Benton has gained national recognition for the sport of skeet shooting. In the late ‘90’s and early 2000’s, Benton became the first student from Avoca Central School to earn All-American status in that sport. Following that accomplishment, he became the #1 ranked junior in the world for the sport. Benton returned to the sport on Tuesday as he competed in the Elite Championships in Maryland. Aaron's goals are getting back in top form and working to earn more national and global accolades.


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports a fourth person has been arrested for the June 3rd alleged stabbing and robbery of a man on Fish Hatchery Road in Bath.  Investigators and deputies arrested 25-year-old Brooke A. Hayden of South Division Street in Hornell. Hayden was charged with Assault in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree and Criminal Facilitation in the Fourth Degree. She was arraigned released after posting $1,500 bail. 


Deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad announced they arrested Dylan Benjamin Townsend of Campbell for allegedly violating a term or condition of his probation. Also arrested for violating probation for a separate and unrelated incident was Donovan Michael Lowery of Hornell. Both men were arrested between June 1st to the 15th after warrants were issued out of Steuben County Court. Both men were sent to Steuben County Jail.


Western New York State Senator Robert Ortt has been elected as the next minority leader of the New York State Senate today. He will take over from Long Island Republican John Flanagan. In a statement, State Senator Tom O’Mara called the election of his colleague, “an important step to begin restoring a strong voice for Upstate New York in a downstate dominated state government.” And also remarked: “state government that has fallen too far under ineffective and irresponsible one-party control.”


Recently re-designated as Steuben County’s official tourism agency, the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau (SCCVB), is looking to provide some local summertime relief from the isolation and stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic through its #Together Again campaign. The group says the region is prepared to offer enticing, safe and friendly occasions to help Steuben residents and visitors relax and enjoy themselves after the troubles of the past few months. Related events will be designed to promote cleanliness, physical distancing and reduced contact, yet still offer people remarkable experiences like road trips, day trips and “staycations.” The campaign also is a tribute to the work and sacrifices people in the area have put in to overcome the COVID-19 challenge, and a thanks to locals who have supported small businesses during the Lockdown.

To view the video and for more information on tourism opportunities go to CorningFingerLakes.com.


Will New York ‘tax the rich’ to dig itself out of its looming budget hole? One hundred New York State Senate and Assembly members released a pledge they signed refusing to allow state budget cuts without raising revenue through new taxes on the ultrawealthy. The pledge was cosigned by labor unions, economic justice advocacy organizations and in their statement of principles, the legislators called for a balanced state tax policy where everyone pays their fair share and pledged support for a post-pandemic economic recovery plan centered on what they believe is the best engine for recovery: individual New Yorkers and their communities. Legislators called for tax reform citing those of low-income communities and communities of color as the New Yorkers who have already been most affected by COVID-19 and should not be hit again with state cuts to needed public services.

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