Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Bath & Wayland County Landfills Hold Tire Dollar Days This Week
The Steuben County Landfills in both Bath and Wayland holds their annual Tire Dollar Days this week continuing to this Friday, June 11th. You may turn in old tires to be recycled by the landfill for only $1 each. For questions and more information about Tire Dollar Days you can call (607) 776-5876. Tune in Thursday morning on the Morning Show with Dave Taylor Smith for an interview with Rich Bills at the landfill to hear more about the program.


Man Arrested After Burglary in the City of Corning
A Steuben County man was arrested early this morning after a burglary in the City of Corning. Police responded to a home on Hammond Street after someone called 911, reporting a burglary in progress. The suspect fled but police found evidence he left and tracked him to a residential area near Park Avenue where he was hiding in the backyard of a home. Officers identified the suspect as Christopher Delooze and took him into custody without incident. Delooze was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and police allege he is responsible for another burglary at the same home back on May 15th. Delooze was processed at the Corning Police Department and turned over to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office to be arraigned in the County Centralized Arraignment Court located in Bath.


NY's Alcohol To-Go Order Extended to July 5th
An extension to the Alcohol To-Go Order has been made to July 5th in New York state after the order was originally set to expire 3 days ago on Saturday, June 5th. Governor Cuomo directed the State Liquor Authority to extend the order on Friday.  The Alcohol To-Go order was established at the beginning of the pandemic to help impacted businesses. A recent survey resulted in the majority of New Yorkers saying they want the alcohol take-out and delivery rule for restaurants to stay in place permanently.


Palmesano Joins GOP to End State Emergency Powers
In a news conference held at the State Capitol yesterday, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and other Republicans called on the Legislature to end the state of emergency declared in March of last year before the end of the legislative session two days from now on Thursday. Palmesano remarked “... I stand here with my colleagues today to say, ‘enough is enough.’ It is time to return checks and balances back to our state government and return local control and authority back to our local municipalities and school districts. Democrats in Albany must take meaningful action to revoke the governor’s Executive Order once and for all.” The Republican Conference outlined a concurrent resolution that would terminate Governor Cuomo’s emergency declaration of March 2020 and return New York state to pre-pandemic operations and guidelines. 

A copy of the resolution ending the state of emergency can be read here


5 More County Residents Test COVID-Positive
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that five more County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday's update. This brings the total to 6,922 confirmed cases, 31 of which are currently active. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said it's concerning to see COVID-19 cropping back up in a local nursing home. She said cases of COVID-19 in nursing home employees and subsequently in residents typically indicate community spread could be on the rise.


70% of NY has 1st COVID Dose; Masks Recommended Indoors
Governor Andrew Cuomo now says that most of the remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted once 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series. After 70 percent of adult New Yorkers are vaccinated, businesses may choose to continue to adhere to the State's guidance or implement other health precautions for their employees and patrons. Businesses are also authorized to require masks and six feet of social distancing for employees and patrons within their establishments. Any mask requirements that businesses choose to implement must adhere to applicable federal and state laws and regulations. The Department of Health continues to strongly recommend masks and six feet of social distancing in indoor settings where vaccination status of individuals is unknown.


COVID Positivity Rate in NY Continues to Drop
The COVID rate in New York continues its downward descent. As of Monday, the statewide 7-Day average positivity rate was reduced to 0.51%. It’s a new record for the ten consecutive day and the 63rd straight day of decline. Hospitalizations dropped to 799 – the first time below 800 since October 8th.


Allegany County Shooting Case Heads to Grand Jury
The shooting death of a 42-year-old man is now headed to an Allegany County Grand Jury. Scanner broadcasts indicated that at 2 a.m. Sunday, there was an alleged home invasion on Jordan Hill Road in Clarkesville where the homeowner shot and killed the alleged intruder. State Police have not provided any information regarding the circumstances. Social media has suggested the homeowner and alleged intruder knew each other, again unconfirmed – it’s social media and police are not commenting. It’s unclear when a Grand Jury will hear this case.

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