Today's Top Stories - Monday January 25th, 2021

Southern Tier Winter Advisory Tomorrow-Wednesday Morning
Tomorrow, the Southern Tier Region region should see 2-5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. A wintry mix  of snow and mixed precipitaion will begin to fall during the morning hours on Tuesday, then pick-up as the day progresses. Commuting in the evening will be difficult after several hours of snow and possible ice. This Winter Weather Advisory expires 1am Wednesday. 



Steuben Reports 4 New COVID Cases Friday
As of Friday afternoon, Steuben County Health Department reported 4 new Coronavirus cases and the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic at 4,804. There are 391 currently-active cases with 36 people currently hospitalized with COVID complications. Steuben has a total number of 157 COVID-19 deaths.


Bills Defeated by Chiefs 38-24
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills 38-24 to go back to the Super Bowl for the second straight year. The Chiefs won the Super Bowl last year 31-20 over San Francisco. KC faces Tampa Bay. Head coach Andy Reid says every facet of the game contributed to the win. KC Quarterback Patrick Mahomes says facing Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady is a great honor.


Cuomo Gives Vaccination Program Updates
Governor Andrew Cuomo updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination program. The total week 6 federal allocation of vaccine delivery to providers was completed Sunday. Delivery of the week 7 allocation from the federal government does not begin until the middle of this week. As of 11am yesterday, New York's health care distribution sites have received 1.3 million first doses and administered 88 percent first dose vaccinations. In the Southern Tier Region, 38,250 first doses were received with 90% administered. 


Corning Traffic Stop Ends in DWI Arrest
A traffic stop in the Town of Corning resulted in several counts against a 24-year-old man. State Police arrested Brandon Johnson of Corning. His counts include, DWI, having a BAC above .08%, reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation. He’ll answer the charges in court at a later date.


160 Statewide COVID Deaths Reported Saturday
New York reported 160 COVID deaths statewide on Saturday. Gov. Cuomo said he remains confident that NY can defeat this and rebuild stronger than ever before. Until that day comes, he encourages all New Yorkers to keep fighting the good fight together - wear a mask, social distance and avoid gatherings. The Southern Tier currently reports 243 patients are hospitalized. 125 people in the region are in an intensive care unit.


Troopers Arrest Addison Man
State Troopers arrested 30-year-old Devon Hough of Addison. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly violating an order of protection. The incident was reported Friday and happened in the Town of Tuscarora.


WalletHub Ranks NY 2nd Worst Retirement State
If you are looking to retire, New York probably isn’t the ideal state to do it in according to WalletHub’s “2021’s Best States to Retire,” a study researching the best place to retire. New York State ranked poorly, as the second worst state to retire in due poor affordability and one of the worst WalletHub “taxpayer” rankings. The study compared the 50 states across key indicators such as affordability, health-related factors and overall quality of life. It determined that Florida is the best state to retire in 2021 and New Jersey is the worst.

Specific findings for New York State included the following.

  • Ranked 5th worst for adjusted cost of living

  • 29th for annual cost of in-home services

  • 2nd worst WalletHub ‘Taxpayer’ ranking

  • 39th Elderly-friendly labor market

  • 25% for percent of the population aged 65 and older

  • 9th worst for health care facilities per capita

  • 6th worst for COVID-19 positive testing rate in the past seven days



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