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.

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