Today's Top Stories - Friday, May 15th, 2021

Campbell to Receive $2.7 Million in Water Infrastructure Grant Funding
The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors has approved $94 million in grants, interest-free loans, and low-cost loans to support drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects across New York State. Among the recipients, the Town of Campbell is set to receive $1.8 million in short-term interest-free financing and $2.7 million in grant funding for the development of a new backup water source and extension of the existing public water system to include 122 parcels currently served by impaired residential wells, and for the development of a new public water supply well.


3 Arrested in Bath After No-Knock Warrant
Three people are facing charges after a no knock search warrant took place on West Steuben Street in Bath Tuesday. Village of Bath Police Department officers entered the home and arrested Amber Gerow, Steven Jeffers and Nicholas Crouch. Gerow and Jeffers are residents of the home on West Steuben Street while Crouch is homeless. Police said in a press release they found "a truck load of stolen property from at least 3 burglaries including TVs, stereos, laptops, other electronics and even several Steuben County Sheriff's Office uniforms with patches as well as crystal meth, scales, packaging materials, suboxone, cash and two homemade zip guns. Gerow and Jeffers were taken to the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court then released. Crouch was released and expected to appear in court at a later date.


Wegmans Offering COVID Vaccine to Those 12 & Up in 1 Week
Wegmans announced all its New York  pharmacy locations are now offering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 12 and older beginning Friday, May 15th. Walk-in appointments will be available. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking here. The Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are also available for anyone 18 and older.


183rd Steuben Victim Dies from COVID
COVID-19 has claimed another life in Steuben County. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 183.  The individual was a male resident of the Town of Bath who died at the age of 60.


Cuomo Says NY Would Review CDC’s Reduced Mask Requirements
Governor Cuomo said New York state would review the information behind the CDC’s decision to announce reduced mask requirements in most public places. The CDC guidance said in most circumstances, vaccinated people would be able to go mask-free whether they were indoors or outdoors. Cuomo remarked: “In New York, we have always relied on the facts and the science to guide us throughout the worst of this pandemic and in our successful reopening. We have received the newly revised guidance from the CDC regarding mask wearing and social distancing for those with vaccinations and are reviewing them...”


SSA Announces Top Baby Names in US
The Social Security Administration today announced the most popular baby names in New York for 2020.  Liam and Olivia topped the list.


Statewide COVID-Positivity Rate Drops to 1.08%
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 1.08 percent, the lowest since October 10. He said hospitalizations were down and there were 30 fewer patients in intensive care. Twenty-two new deaths were reported. In the Southern Tier, 62 people were hospitalized with virus-related complications. 

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