Today's Top Stories - Wednesday April 28th, 2021

17 More Steuben Residents Test Positive for COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 17 additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,496 confirmed cases, 194 of which are currently active. Eight individuals are associated with Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District, Campbell-Savona Central School District, Corning-Painted Post School District, Hammondsport Central School District, Hornell City School District and Wayland-Cohocton Central School District.


O’Mara Critical of “Climate and Community Investment Act” 
State Senator Tom O’Mara says a proposed bill in Albany being pushed by the Democratic majority could raise the state gas tax by 55 cents. Proponents of the “Climate and Community Investment Act”  say this bill would help transition to more renewable energy sources while creating thousands of new green jobs, and combat the climate crisis. Yesterday, O’Mara said in a WETM TV News interview that “the legislation would implement regressive taxes that would leave lower- and middle-income families and workers, motorists, truckers, manufacturers and other industries, and seniors among the hardest hit.”  


Bath CSD Could Return to In-Person Instruction as Soon as May 12th
Bath schools continue to aggressively monitor COVID-19, but Superintendent Joe Rumsey appears optimistic and said it’s possible that primary and middle school students could return to everyday, in-person instruction as soon as Friday, May 12th. Rumsey commented about the issue on WVIN’s Community Focus program. Check out the interview by clicking on our site's "Podcast" tab at the top of the web page.


New York’s Pandemic Food and Beverage Curfews Lifting Soon
Today, Governor Cuomo’s office announced the 12 a.m. food and beverage service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning Wednesday May 17th. Restrictions for indoor dining areas begin May 31st. Cuomo also announced that the 1 a.m. curfew for catered events and requirement that attendees must provide proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result, will both be lifted beginning Monday, May 17th, with the curfew for all catered events set to be lifted May 31st. Cuomo added catered events can resume at residences above the State’s residential gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, beginning May 3rd, if the events are staffed by a professional, licensed caterer, permitted by the respective locality or municipality, and strictly adhere to health and safety guidance, including social and event gathering limits, masks, and social distancing. May 3rd, guidelines for dancing among attendees at catered events will be aligned with states neighboring New York.


Hornell Man Arrested after Wayland Break-in
A Steuben County man faces charges after Troopers responded to a break-in early Tuesday in the village of Wayland. State Police said they arrested 41-year-old Joseph Jones of Hornell. He was charged with felony third-degree burglary and criminal mischief with intentionally damaging property. The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. Jones walked away from police custody with an appearance ticket for court. 


Troopers Continue Investigation of Drowning in Thurston
State Troopers continue to investigate a drowning that occurred at 5227 Bonny Hill Road in the town of Thurston.  State Police were called to that address for a report of an individual who entered a small body of water and did not appear again. State Police divers entered the body of water and recovered the remains of the missing person. Police will release the name of the deceased after proper notifications are made. The investigation is continuing.


Avoca Man Arrested After Domestic Incident
Bath Police arrested 20-year-old Zachary R. Tyler of Avoca. He was arrested with Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, a class E Felony. The arrest stems from a Domestic Incident that occurred on Pine Street in the Village of Bath. Tyler is accused of damaging property.


NYSED Expanding Hybrid Professional Learning
The State Department of Education announced expanded professional learning opportunities aiming to support remote and hybrid learning in New York. According to NYSED, the purpose of this program is to build the capacity of teachers and educational leaders to effectively implement these hybrid or remote learning models.


Gillibrand Reintroduces “Medicare at 50 Act”
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate colleagues to reintroduce the Medicare at 50 Act, legislation to give New Yorkers between the ages of 50 and 64 years old the option of buying into Medicare. As of July 2020, nearly 3.7 million people aged 65 and older were covered by Medicare in New York. Lowering the Medicare participation age to 50 would help 63 million uninsured and under-insured Americans — including those approaching retirement, or those facing mandatory retirement or layoffs — afford their health care costs. Additionally, the bill would strengthen the Medicare program and lower Medicare costs for older Americans.

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