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Today's Top Stories - Friday May 21st, 2021

DEC Issues Air Quality Health Advisory in Steuben County
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Air Quality Health Advisory for Steuben and 15 other counties in the Finger Lakes area continues until 11pm tonight. The advisory is due to air quality levels in outdoor air which are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for ozone. Consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects especially for those who are very young and have respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. For more information, please visit the State DEC website at, https://on.Ny.Gov/nyaqi, or call the air quality hotline at 800-535-1345.

 

Law Enforcement Memorial Service 6pm Tonight
The Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service is 6 p.m. tonight at the Steuben County Public Safety Building Law Enforcement Memorial Park. The ceremony follows the county’s weeklong celebration last week of “Steuben County Police Officers Week” and is open to the public. It will be attended by state and local officials, law enforcement personnel and veterans. First instituted by county Sheriff David Cole in 2015, the ceremony recognizes the sacrifices made by all law enforcement officers in Steuben and six neighboring counties.

 

Click It or Ticket Crackdown Starts Monday
The annual “Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket” campaign launches Monday. This education and enforcement mobilization runs from May 24 to June 6 to promote seat belt use as the spring travel season ramps up. New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will also use marked and unmarked vehicles, checkpoints, and roving details to ticket unbelted drivers during the campaign.

 

Elmira Woman Arrested After Police Pursuit in Horseheads
After a heavy police presence along County Route 64 near in Horseheads yesterday, Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Danielle Bowen of Elmira who is charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Bowen was the passenger of the car. The search for the driver of the car continues.

 

$250 Million Available to Upgrade Upstate NY Airports
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced $250 million of funding being made available to help improve and modernize airports in upstate New York. Modeled after the 2016 upstate airport economic and revitalization competition, The Elmira’-Corning Regional Airport and the Ithaca Tompkins International Airports are both eligible for the competition. The funding is intended to improve security screening, expands upon terminals, provides opportunities to move passengers in a safer way with improved distancing during and after the COVID pandemic and more. Applications are due by September 15th.

 

Mayor Warren’s Husband Among Seven Drug Arrests
The husband of City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is one of seven people arrested and charged as part of a lengthy wiretap investigation into what prosecutors call a "significant" mid-level drug operation. 45-year-old Timothy Granison was arrested as part of the seven-month-long narcotics investigation. All this comes as the mayor is seeking reelection in November - while facing charges in connection with a campaign finance fraud case.

 

Hammondsport Woman Arrested for Forgery
Steuben County investigators arrested 58-year-old Tracy L. Squires of Main Street in Hammondsport. A press release says from 12/18/2019 to 03/31/2021, Squires allegedly offered a false instrument for filling to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. It is also alleged that she forged and submitted a Department of Social Services form on two separate occasions and received benefits from Social Services in the amount of $1,728.00 that she was not eligible to receive. Squires is charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E felony, Forgery in the Second Degree, a class D Felony, and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony. Ms. Squires was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

“Vax & Scratch” Offers Free Lottery Tickets to Those Getting Vaccine
Andrew Cuomo has announced a new incentive to get more people protected against COVID-19. It’s called “Vax & Scratch.” Next week, Monday through Friday, people have the opportunity to go get vaccinated and take home a free lottery ticket. This is happening at 10 mass vaccination sites across the state. The top prize is $5 million, while lower prizes go down to $20. According to Gov. Cuomo, the chances of winning something are 1 in 9. 

 

NY’s COVID Positivity Rate Drops to 0.85 Percent
New York’s statewide COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 0.85 percent, the lowest since September 11.

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