Today's Top Stories - Friday, May 28th, 2021

Bags of Hope To Be Distributed Wednesday, June 2nd
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced today that “Bags of Hope” will be donated during a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 2nd 1 pm at the Steuben County Public Safety Building. Around 50 bags will be collected by the First Presbyterian Church in Bath and Sara Johnson. The bags will be presented during the event and distributed by deputies to individuals in need that they encounter during their shifts. Bags of Hope contain personal hygiene items, snacks, blankets, clothing items, and other essentials to the homeless, indigent, or other people who are victims of traumatic events. Allard remarked of the program: “This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and the Steuben County citizens that we serve.”


OFA Announces Easy Rider Van and Volunteer Opportunities
Steuben County Office for the Aging as well as other volunteer recruitment efforts have picked up as the county and businesses resume open status. One notable – and essential – face-to-face OFA service is the new Easy Rider van, with door-to-door routes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning. Riders are transported to select shopping locations, dropped off for an hour at each location, then back home. Masks still are required while on the van regardless of vaccination status, by Executive Order. Volunteers are also needed to assist riders with shopping, and other related needs such as pick-up times at each shopping location. Reservations for the van are required and can be made by calling (607) 664-2298.


Missing Whitney Point Teen Found in Steuben County
New York State Police say missing 15-year-old Adrianna Leidecker from Whitney Point was found in Steuben County by troopers out of the Painted Post barracks.  The teenager was missing since Sunday, May 16th and last seen in her hometown. She was returned to her parent. 


8 More COVID Cases Reported in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that eight county residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,887 confirmed cases, 91 of which are currently active.


Corning Man Arrested for Falsifying DSS Paperwork
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that his Investigators arrested 44-year-old Joseph M. Smith of W. William Street in the City of Corning. It is alleged that Smith offered a false information to the Department of Social Services and received benefits from Steuben County in the amount of $2292.00.00 that he was not eligible to receive. Smith is charged with one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree, a class E felony and one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony. He was processed at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and released with an appearance ticket.   


NY Sees Lowest COVID-Positivity Rates Since August 2020
New York officials say the state has experienced the lowest COVID positivity rates since August 27th of last year. The statewide rate has plunged to 0.65%. Just around 1,200 people remain in the hospital for virus-related issues and the number of people in Intensive Care has dropped to 300. In the latest report, there were only ten COVID-related deaths.


NY Bill Would Allow NY Air Ambulance to Carry and Transfuse Blood 
state representatives will join advocate Travis Flanagan and his family to announce the passage of important legislation to allow New York air ambulance services to carry and transfuse blood products while transporting patients to hospitals. The legislation’s swift passage is credited to the tireless advocacy of Travis Flanagan, who lost both legs in a tragic farming accident but could have lost his life if not for the quick actions of first responders and the fact that a Pennsylvania-based medical helicopter was able to treat him. Travis' dedication to use his tragedy to enact positive change was instrumental in propelling this bill forward to help save lives. A joint press conference is set for Saturday morning.

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