Today's Top Stories - Thursday May 20th, 2021

Reed Joins Vote to Form 1/6 Insurrection Investigation Commission
Congressman Tom Reed is among almost three dozen Republicans, including  fellow Congressmen Katko and Jacobs who also represent the Finger Lakes region, who voted to make an independent commission for the investigation of the violent January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The bill to create this commission has passed the House of Representatives 252-175. The model for this investigative body is the commission that was formed following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Congressman Katko commented: “The January 6 attack was a complete preventable failure of intelligence, information sharing, decision-making, and preparedness...” 


Heavy Police Presence Reported on County Rte 64 Near Horseheads
Late this morning there was a heavy police presence reported along County Route 64 near Horseheads. WENY reports several patrol cars from the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office were parked along the side of the road, near the ALDI as officers appeared to be searching the embankment off I-86. We will update you on any developments in this story.


Bath VA Hiring Nurses
VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System seeks to hire Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Nursing Assistants at the Bath VA. Employment at the VA provides a benefits package that includes health care insurance, retirement benefits, sick leave, vacation and continuing education opportunities. Nurses interested in applying can email their resume to Jacob Cawley at Jacob.Cawley@va.gov or call 585-633-8646 for more information.


Rochester Mayor’s Husband Faces Charges After Raid
New York State Police confirmed that they are investigating the husband of Rochester's Mayor - after a raid on the Mayor's home. Reports say Mayor Lovely Warren was not home when Troopers searched the home and were seen removing evidence. State Police Troop E Commander Barry Chase did not specify what charges the Mayor's husband is facing. Meanwhile, Warren is facing her own legal battles. She is currently in the middle of a campaign finance fraud case. She has pleaded not guilty and has vowed to fight the charges at trial.


As Mask Mandates Lifted, Cuomo Says to “Stay Vigilant”
State mask mandates were lifted for vaccinated residents yesterday but a reminder that businesses may still turn you away if you do not have a mask on even if you are fully vaccinated against the virus. Governor Cuomo says the hospitalization rates are the lowest they have been since the fall and over 10 million New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Though restrictions are beginning to loosen, Cuomo said "we need to stay vigilant, continue to follow the safety guidelines in place, and help every single eligible New Yorker get vaccinated, so that we can finally reach that light at the end of the tunnel."


New York Voters Passed Over 99% of School District Budgets
New York voters approved 99.2% of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 18, according to preliminary results compiled by the New York State School Boards Association. A decade after the state's property tax cap went into effect, 654 districts proposed budgets with tax levies that were within their caps and required only a simple majority to pass. Of those districts, 99.7% saw their budgets pass.


Savona Woman Arrested After Incident in Bath
State Police arrested 23-year-old Rikkel Loucks of Savona. She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child stemming from a March 25th incident in the Town of Bath. Court action is pending. 


17 More Steuben County Residents Test COVID-Positive
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 17 more County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,823 confirmed cases, 132 of which are currently active. Two individuals are associated with Corning Inc. Ten individuals are associated with Bath-Haverling School District, Campbell-Savona School District, Canisteo-Greenwood School District, Corning-Painted Post School District, Hornell City School District, and Wayland-Cohocton School District.


NYS Bill May Bar Elected Officials from Writing Books While in Office
NYS Assemblyman Kevin Byrne was joined by his Assembly and Senate colleagues on Wednesday for a press conference regarding his bill which would prohibit statewide elected officers and certain appointed officers from writing and selling a book during their term in public office. This legislative proposal comes after concerns were raised about Gov. Cuomo profiting from his book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York state. The governor’s tax returns were released to the public this week, revealing he received more than $5 million from the sale of his book. It hit shelves in October 2020. Production was halted in March 2021. 


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