Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Bath Man Arrested for Welfare Fraud
A 44-year-old Bath man was arrested after a welfare fraud investigation. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports Allan Sullivan allegedly “sold and or traded his benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services for unauthorized items on more than one occasion” between Sept. 13, 2020, and March 15, 2021. As a result, Sullivan obtained benefits which he was not entitled nor authorized to receive in the amount of $134.26. He was charged with Criminal Use of a Public Benefit Card in the Second Degree and Petit Larceny. Sullivan is scheduled to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.


Steuben Reports 38 More Cases of COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department says that 38 more Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday's update. This brings the total to 6,705 confirmed cases, 150 of which are currently active. Two individuals are associated with area hospitals…Eight people are associated with Canisteo-Greenwood Elementary, Corning-Painted Post Middle School, Erwin Valley Elementary, Hornell High School, Hugh Gregg Elementary, Wayland-Cohocton Middle and High Schools. 


Schumer Calls for $3.4 Million in EDA Funding for Hornell Alstom
US Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for $3.4 million in funding through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the expansion of Alstom’s manufacturing facility in Hornell and to make improvements to the Shawmut Industrial Park in Hornell in a letter to United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. Schumer speculates 250 new jobs could be created at the Hornell site after their recent $1.8 billion contract to supply rail cars to Metra in Chicago. Schumer said the project “is poised to be a win for Alstom, a win for Upstate New York, and a win for American industry, so Secretary Raimando I say all aboard!” John Buckley, Mayor of the City of Hornell, said “Thanks as always to Senator Schumer for continually fighting for the City of Hornell.”


Fines in NY Could Increase for Obstructed License Plates
A bill that recently passed the New York State Assembly could raise the fines from $200 to $300 for intentionally obstructing or defacing license plates. The legislation’s intention is to keep motorists from making license plates illegible or difficult to read to avoid tolls or law enforcement as the New York State Thruway transitions to cashless tolling for its tolled bridges, roads and tunnels. Legislators also say the law could help catch those who perpetrate hit-and-runs and other traffic offenses.


County DPW Doing 152 Miles of Road Work Projects
An increase in state funding this year allows the Steuben County Public Works Department to repair 152 miles worth of projects according to County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti. The additional state funds include appropriations withheld last year due to state budgetary concerns brought on by the unforeseen onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the department has set aside $9.1 million, with $600, 000 in reserve in the event asphalt prices continue to rise. State funds include CHIPS, Extreme Winter Recovery and Pave NY monies. The county’s share of road work costs amount to $800,000.


Broadway Returns in September
The curtain goes up on Broadway this September after a pandemic year without theater. Before the pandemic nearly 250-thousand people took in a Broadway show every week. When theaters reopen this September, they'll be at 100-percent capacity. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it will be up to theaters to decide whether to require proof of vaccination. There were 31 productions on Broadway when theaters closed last March. It wasn't immediately clear how many will return in September.


SUNY & CUNY Boards Require Student COVID Vaccinations
NY officials have announced that SUNY and CUNY boards will require vaccination for all in-person students combing back in the fall. The governor said “The key to supercharging the vaccination rate: Eliminating excuses, increase access, and communicate the facts.”


Letchworth State Park’s Glen Iris Inn Suffers Minor Fire
There appears to be no extensive damage at Letchworth State Park’s popular Glen Iris Inn. Shortly before 6 a.m., the Pike Fire Department was called out for an alarm activation. 911 was quickly told there was a smell of smoke on the second floor and the building was being activated. That elevated the situation to a second alarm assignment, which brought in at least six departments from Wyoming and Allegany Counties. No word yet on the cause. Departments began leaving the scene by 7 a.m. The Glen Iris re-opened for the season on May 1st.

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