Today's Top Stories - Thursday April 22nd, 2021

26 More Steuben Residents Positive for COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 26 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,389 confirmed cases, 196 of which are currently active.


Hornell Daily Vaccine Clinic Opens Monday 4/26
The Steuben County Public Health Department in partnership with the City of Hornell is opening another weekday COVID-19 vaccination clinic location at the Hornell Community Arts Center.  Starting Monday, the clinic will be open in Hornell Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The vaccine being utilized currently is Moderna and is available for anyone age 18 and older.


Steuben County Sheriff Celebrates 225th Anniversary Tomorrow
State, federal and local officials meet tomorrow at 11am to recognize the 225th anniversary of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office at the county Public Safety Building, 7007 Rumsey Street Extension Bath in the Conference Room or in the Memorial Park, weather permitting. County Sheriff Jim Allard will issue commendations at the ceremony to note actions by his department that carry on the 225 year-long tradition of service to the community.


Savona Man Arrested for Destroying Property
A 19-year-old man from Savona faces charges of criminal mischief, criminal tampering, and disorderly conduct for an incident in Penn Yan. Dakota Albro is accused of destroying and damaging property at the Best Western Hotel back on Saturday, April 10th. He was released on an appearance ticket for Penn Yan Village Court.


Hammondsport CSD Seeks Vote to Transport All Students
Hammondsport Central School District is seeking voter authorization to transport all district students to and from school beginning this fall. Currently, New York State education law says a school may require students in grades K through 8 to walk a distance up to two miles, and children in grades 9 through 12 to walk a distance of up to three miles from their homes to school. Hammondsport School Superintendent Kyle Bower says district voters can approve a change that would see those students be provided with transportation as part of the district’s May 18th budget vote. Voters can vote to decrease their transportation limit for all students down to zero. Bauer says since this change can be done without impacting the school budget, it’s a win-win for everyone.


Almost 10 Officers Attacked at Elmira Correctional In One Week
Almost 10 officers at the Elmira Correctional Facility were attacked during a series of separate incidents at the maximum security prison within the past week. The New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association said the first incident happened on Thursday, April 15th and the most recent was reported on Monday the 19th.


Prom and Graduations Proceed This Year With Guidelines
In-person graduations and proms are allowed to proceed this year with restrictions. After being cancelled last year, proms will continue with the exception that people can dance with others in their same party in marked dancing areas. In-person gatherings must be held at a limited capacity. Everyone must wear a mask and social distancing guidelines must be followed. The Star Gazette reports health officials actually encourage schools to avoid the traditional in-person graduation ceremonies and have a virtual celebration instead. The New York State Department of Health encourages people to avoid physical contact such as hugs and handshakes. More information on guidelines and restrictions about proms can be found online here.


Those 60 And Older Can Get Vaccinated at State-Run Sites Tomorrow
Starting tomorrow, New Yorkers over 60-years-old will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at state-run vaccination sites without having to make an appointment in advance. New York continues to push citizens to get the vaccine as it looks to reopen further post-COVID. Earlier this week, the governor announced upcoming capacity increases for sites like large sports arenas, zoos and movie theaters. As of Wednesday, New York's positivity rate stands at 2.14%, the lowest point since Nov. 5th.


Operation Safe Stop Campaign Starts Today
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee announced that Operation Safe Stop—an enforcement and education campaign designed to deter drivers from illegally passing stopped school buses—will be held today.  Law enforcement throughout the state will be participating. Drivers who pass school buses that are stopped and flashing their red lights will be ticketed. Surveys show that approximately 50,000 motorists illegally pass school buses statewide each school day.

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