Today's Top Stories - Wednesday March 10th, 2021

STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Crackdown Starts Next Week
Local law enforcement agencies across the state are conducting a crackdown on impaired driving beginning Tuesday March 16th and continuing until the 21st -well after the Saint Patrick's Day holiday on Wednesday the 17th. State Troopers, County Sheriff Departments and local municipal law enforcement agencies will increase patrols and efforts across New York as well as set up STOP-DWI checkpoints. Police encourage people to download the "Have A Plan" app to find a safe ride home.


Hornell CSD Bringing Back Full In-Person Learning
The Hornell City School District plans to bring back full in-person learning for all elementary students in less than a week. The School District announced North Hornell Elementary students will return Tuesday March 16th, and Bryant Elementary and the intermediate schools the following week on Monday March 22nd. No date has been set yet for high school students, but the district says they are planning their return. District Superintendent Jeremy Palotti said 80 percent of total faculty and staff have been fully or partially vaccinated.    


6 New COVID Cases in Steuben
Six new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Steuben County. This brings the total to over 5,600 cases since the pandemic’s beginning. 109 cases are currently active.


Cuomo Announces COVID Vaccine Expansion to New Yorkers Age 60+
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning today, all New Yorkers 60 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine, while public facing essential workers from governmental and nonprofit entities will be eligible beginning March 17. This expansion also includes public-facing essential building services workers. 


Troopers Arrest Campbell Man for Controlled Substance Possession
State Police arrested 43-year-old Loren Hill of Campbell. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Court action is pending. 


Savona Woman Arrested on Grand Larceny Charges
State Police report the arrest of 26-year-old Heather Dewert of Savona. She was charged with felony grand larceny involving a firearm. The crime occurred February 27th in the village. She was initially detained. 


Savona Man Arrested During Traffic Stop
During a traffic stop, Troopers arrested 27-year-old Tyler Vanderhoff of Savona. He was charged with aggravated DWI and first-offense DWI. He’ll appear in court at a later date.


 Farmers Excluded from COVID Vaccine Eligibility
NYS Farm Bureau President is annoyed with the Governor for excluding farmworkers from the COVID vaccine eligibility list. In a statement, David Fisher said "It is frustrating that Governor Cuomo visited a location synonymous with New York agriculture, the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, to announce the expansion of the state's COVID vaccine eligibility list, yet he still refuses to protect farmworkers by including them in the ongoing rollout of phase 1b. The CDC recommends that food and agricultural workers be eligible for their own safety and that of our food system. (Fisher said) It is time do what is right and prioritize the essential workers who help ensure New Yorkers have food on their tables."


GOP Chair Langworthy Demands Answers from Lt. Gov. Hochul 
New York Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy has called on Lieutenant Kathy Governor Hochul to answer questions about what she knows about the multiple scandals unfolding within the Cuomo administration. Langworthy demanded more information from New York’s second-in-command today at a news conference in front of the State Office Building in Buffalo. Cuomo has faced backlash for the recent scandals of a nursing home coverup, a structural safety coverup on the Mario M. Cuomo bridge and allegations of sexual harassment from six different women.Cuomo continued to deny any wrongdoing amid ongoing claims of inappropriate behavior during a conference call yesterday and maintains that he has no plans of resignation.

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