Today's Top Stories - Friday September 12, 2020

Steuben County legislators to meet Monday

Steuben County legislators are set to meet in the county Annex on East Morris Street next Monday at 10 a.m. Among items on the agenda, the legislature is expected to endorse a study which would designate Steuben and the Finger Lakes region as a federal National Heritage Area. The county board is expected to formally request the state ease its tight restrictions on immunization reports by doctors, registered nurses and pharmacies to the state Department of Health and expand immunizations by pharmacies. The county board will ask the state to restore funding to the county Public Health department for rabies vaccinations. Lawmakers will be asked to approve the first step in enacting a local law allowing 12- and 13-year-old licensed hunters to hunt deer with firearms or crossbows during hunting season under the supervision of a licensed adult. Other items on the agenda include accepting 170,000 in funding to address failing septic systems in specific geographic areas that impact threatened or impaired waterbodies, and to accept the donation by Corning, Inc. to the county Sheriff’s Office of 33 body cameras, including all associated software/hardware, storage, maintenance and licensing fees for two years.


Guthrie doctor dies in helicopter crash

Dr. Sanjay Kansara, Anesthesiologist at Guthrie Robert Packer hospital, was killed in a helicopter crash in which he was the pilot in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, late last night, his wife confirmed. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.


Southern Tier United Way partnering with local nonprofits for baby needs drive

The United Way of the Southern Tier is partnering with the Samaritan Center in Elmira and the Twin Tiers Baby Bank in Painted Post to hold a diaper and baby-needs drive. Residents, businesses, and organizations can help by donating items such as diapers, pull-ups, baby wipes, formula, and new sippy cups.


19 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 19 more residents tested positive for COVID-19, including two individuals associated with Corning, Inc. at the Erwin and Diesel plants. This brings the total to 6,408 confirmed cases, 207 of which are currently active.

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