Today's Top Stories - Saturday June 26, 2021

Steuben County Legislators to meet Monday; expected to accept $18.5 million in federal aid

The Steuben County Legislature is expected to accept $18.5 million in federal COVID-19 rescue funding when it meets on Monday, June 28th at 10 a.m. in the county Annex on West Morris Street. The funds, which come from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will provide financial assistance for state and local governments for eligible expenses and will be distributed in equal parts, half in 2021 and the remainder in 2022. Under the act, the funds having to be set aside for specific uses by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026. Other agenda items include endorsing individuals already approved in committee to the county Hall of Fame, presenting local laws waiving residency requirements for county deputies and peace officers, and designating the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau as the county’s official tourism agency.


Dansville receives $3 million to upgrade water mains, hydrants

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday the Village of Dansville will receive $3 million as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, in order to replace 37,000 linear feet of aged and undersized water mains and add new hydrants and valves. The $3 million is part of $26.7 million total in grants and loans approved by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation to support various vital water quality infrastructure projects across the State.


Guthrie announces updated COVID-19 guidelines

Effective July 1st, Guthrie will not require fully vaccinated patients to complete pre-operation COVID-19 testing. Unvaccinated patients will still need to be tested for COVID prior to surgery, but Guthrie says those patients can expect a quick turnaround with those results, as all COVID-19 as all COVID-19 specimens are now being tested in-house at Guthrie. This cuts down the wait time on results from in excess of five days to 24-48 hours.


NY’s alcohol-to-go program ends

New York’s State of Emergency has ended, in addition to the ‘alcohol-to-go’ program. A permanent extension of alcohol-to-go is supported by 78 percent of New Yorkers, but the Legislature failed to extend it and now the Executive Order has ended. Many restaurant owners were caught off guard by the removal of the policy. The president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association issued a statement saying – “Only in New York would elected officials ignore an overwhelming majority of the public.”

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