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.

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