Today's Top Stories - Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Steuben County Dairy Festival This Saturday at Fairgrounds in Bath
This Saturday, the Steuben County Dairy Festival will be held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds on 15 E. Washington St. in Bath. A car show from Cruize'n Time, a flea market as well as craft and food vendors including the North Cameron Grange Food Tent. The annual photo contest’s entries for this year will also be on display as well as  tractors and agricultural equipment. Festivities all begin at 9 a.m.


Public Health Holding 6 Clinics for COVID Vaccine in the Next 2 Weeks
Steuben County Public Health holds a clinic today at the Addison Middle/High School from 4:30 to 6:30pm and will continue holding 5 additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics over the next two weeks offering Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.  Saturday, a clinic will be held at the Steuben County Dairy Festival located at the 4H Building at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath from 10am to 3pm. This is a walk-in clinic only. All clinic information and registration can be found at www.steubencony.org/covid<http://www.steubencony.org/covid>.  Walk-ins are accepted at many clinics.
The 4 other clinics in the county are as follows:

*         Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson on Monday, June 7 at the Jasper-Troupsburg Jr/Sr High School gym from 4 to 6 PM.  Registration is preferred; walk-ins are accepted.

*         Pfizer on Monday, June 14 at the Hornell High School cafeteria from 4:30 to 7 PM.  Registration is requested.

*         Moderna and Johnson & Johnson on Monday through Friday at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath from 10 AM to 2 PM. Registration or walk-ins are accepted.

*         Moderna and Johnson & Johnson on Tuesdays at the Hornell Community Arts Center from 10 AM to 2 PM. Registration or walk-ins are accepted.

For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County's website at www.steubencony.org<http://www.steubencony.org> or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth<http://www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth> and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth<http://www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth>.

Hornell Man Charged With Misuse of Food Stamps
A Hornell man was charged after an investigation into the misuse of food stamps. Gordon Cassidy allegedly provided false information to the Steuben County Department of Social Services and received $4375.48 in benefits he was not entitled to between September 2020 and March 2021. He is also alleged to have transferred his SNAP benefits card to another person for unauthorized use. Cassidy, who is a current inmate at the Steuben County Jail, was charged with felony Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, felony Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and Misuse of Food Stamps. He was arraigned in Centralized Arraignment Court and returned to custody.


Corning Inc Announced Corning SMF-28® Contour Optical Fiber
Today, Corning Incorporated unveiled- its latest innovation called the Corning SMF-28® Contour optical fiber, which the company says will help telecommunications operators address the continually-expanding number of connected devices, build-out of 5G networks, and advances in cloud computing. Corning says the new fiber is a “groundbreaking product (that) will allow customers to seamlessly upgrade their optical infrastructures, enabling the cost-effective deployment of future-ready networks.” The fiber boasts superior bendability, exceptional compatibility, wide spectrum and industry-leading low-loss transmission. Corning Inc says they will feature the SMF-28 Contour fiber at the virtual Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition, held next week from June 7th through 11th.


18 Across County Honored in Jack Lisi Youth Award Program
In Steuben County, eighteen young adults are being recognized for their perseverance and ambition towards their goals, despite challenges they overcame. Yesterday, the honorees of the annual Jack Lisi Youth Award Program were announced. Established in memory of former Steuben County Sheriff Jack Lisi, the mission of the program was to continue Lisi’s legacy of caring and assisting young adults to reach their academic or employment goals. Award recipients are teens and young adults between 16 and 21 currently living or attending school in Steuben County. The program seeks to recognize young people who may often be overlooked, struggling and have worked to overcome obstacles in their lives to achieve their goals while providing awards in the form of educational grants, financial assistance to college, or school books and educational or work-related materials. Due to the pandemic, the organization was hindered from honoring these individuals in person at an annual banquet. WVIN congratulates all this year’s award winners! The list of 2021 honorees is as follows:

  • Owen B. Freeland, Addison Central School District

  • Micah H. Ford, Alfred-Almond Central School District

  • Leonardo Hernandez-Ruiz, Arkport Central School District

  • Joshua M. Cooley, Avoca Central School District

  • David D. Madigan, Alumni of Bath Central School District

  • Joshua N. Goodwin, Bath Central School District

  • Kalena G. Bennett, Bradford Central School District

  • Raven M. Foskey, Campbell-Savona Central School District;

  • Trey J. Foskey, Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District

  • Chrellanna E. Root, Corning-Painted Post Area School District

  • Christopher R. Jaikaran, Corning-Painted Post Area School District;

  • Skylar H. Freville, Hammondsport Central School District

  • Ta’Nayzah M. Gilliam, Hornell City Schools

  • Juanita M. Agustin, Hornell City Schools

  • Noah Price, Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District

  • Alex L. VanZile, Ra’Jhod T. Calvin, Wayland-Cohocton Central School District

  • Ra'Jhod T. Calvin, Wayland-Cohocton Central School District 

  • Isaiah Allison, Wayland-Cohocton Central School District

Cuomo Defense Will Cost Taxpayers Up to $2.5 Million
Taxpayers will spend up to $2.5 million defending Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in a federal investigation examining its alleged suppression of figures showing the true number of nursing home deaths from COVID-19. That’s according to a report from the Albany Times Union. All the info comes from OpenBookNY.com, a website maintained by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office, which discloses information about state contracts. The website states that the Executive Chamber’s contract for legal services was “approved and filed” on April 27.


New York’s 7-Day Positivity Rate Now Lowest in the Nation
New York’s 7-day average positivity rate is now the lowest in the nation. After 58 consecutive days of decline, the rate is now just 0.64%. Hospitalizations have also dropped. 


5 More County Residents Test COVID-Positive
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that five more County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,909 confirmed cases, 45 of which are currently active…and that’s the lowest figure in a while. Public Health Director Darlene Smith notes that "About 36% of Steuben residents have completed their vaccine series, which leaves the majority of the community not fully protected.”


Great Lakes Cheese Won’t Open in Allegany County
It’s official. Ohio-based Great Lakes Cheese has confirmed it will no longer consider development at the Crossroads site in Allegany County. The company says it will continue to explore alternate locations in the region. That news was confirmed by Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Craig Clark. In a statement, Clark said it appears that despite the unceasing efforts, hard work and commitment of many people in the public and private sectors, the $505M project will not be completed at the Crossroads.


Cuomo Announces Launch of NY Global Tourism Campaign
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of a new $40 million global campaign aimed at revitalizing the state's tourism industry. The campaign will promote tourism attractions across all regions of the state through the summer, fall and winter tourism seasons as the state begins to welcome all visitors - local, national and international - back to New York State. The first phase of this campaign focuses on New York City and will run on digital outlets in select international markets and on broadcast TV in national and local markets.

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