Today's Top Stories - Tuesday July 6th, 2021

Multiple-County Pursuit by Troopers Ends With Crash in Corning
State police report a pursuit during the afternoon hours on Sunday that led them through several counties after Troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop in Chemung County on I-86. The driver resisted and took off with the chase continuing into Steuben County. State Police say they made several attempts at stopping the vehicle and verified it was stolen through a license plate check. The unidentified driver crashed into a fence behind the Corning Middle School and face charges including criminal possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless endangerment, driving while ability impaired and other traffic infractions. Troopers say no one was injured and the investigation remains active.


Two Killed in Wayland Crash
Two Elmira residents were killed in a weekend crash on I-390 northbound in the Steuben County Town of Wayland. The crash involved a pick-up truck and tractor trailer. The investigation found that the tractor-trailer was in the driving lane when it was rear-ended by the pick-up truck near the Livingston County border. State Police said the driver of the pick-up truck, 58-year-old Harold Novitsky and his daughter, 19-year-old Miranda were killed in the collision. The operator of the tractor-trailer, Randolph Notice, from Mississauga, Ontario was also taken to a hospital. In a press release, State Police said the speed of the pickup truck was a factor in the accident and the investigation is continuing. Miranda was an aspiring young athlete and soccer player about to enter her sophomore year at SUNY Geneseo. A GoFundMe page for funeral expenses has already raised over $30,000.


Bill Would Limit Outside Income to State-Elected Officials
State legislation that would limit outside income for elected officials in New York is being proposed by State Senator Liz Krueger following reports that surfaced earlier this year that Governor Cuomo made over $5 million for his book about governing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would limit those who are state-elected officeholders and legislators to 15% of their public salary. This legislation is modeled after a federal law that limits outside income that can be earned by those in Congress. Cuomo remains under investigation for his handling of the pandemic.


Child Tax Credit Checks To Be Distributed Next Week
Child tax credit checks that will begin being distributed next week on July 15th, likely won’t be checks. Americans that have filed their taxes using direct deposit will receive the tax credits that way, much like the stimulus. Parents who did not file their taxes using direct deposit will receive checks, but are encouraged by the IRS to utilize direct deposit to receive the money sooner.  This year, if you don’t owe taxes, you can still get the child tax credits, unlike in the past. People that qualify can claim certain expenses of up to $8,000 for one eligible child or $16,000 for two or more. These benefits are meant to bridge the gap for lower-income families.


COVID Hospitalizations Decrease Statewide
The number of people in the hospital with COVID-related illnesses is now 330- down a dozen from the last report. Patients in Intensive Care has also dropped to 80. The governor said “We’re working to beat back COVID-19 on all fronts, and with more New Yorkers getting vaccinated every day, our future looks bright.” The seven-day average positivity rate currently stands at 0.56%. As of Sunday, no new COVID cases were reported.

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