Today's Top Stories - Thursday July 15th, 2021

Bath Replaces Infrastructure for Leak Prone Pipe Program
The Village of Bath says it will be upgrading old water infrastructure as part of a plan from the 2018 New York State Public Service Commission’s Leak Prone Pipe Replacement Program to enhance the safety and reliability of services provided by Bath Electric, Gas, and Water Systems. Since 2018, Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems has replaced over 3 miles of leak-prone pipes. Currently, crews are working on Robie Street where they will replace and relocate gas meter sets outside of residences on the street for safety purposes.


City of Hornell Votes to Ban Marijuana in its Public Parks
Though marijuana is now legal in New York State, the City of Hornell has banned all smoking and vaping in its public parks following a vote during a meeting last month. The City’s Quality of Life committee came up with the idea to ban smoking pot in parks before it was approved by the Law and Ordinance Committee then voted on by the full council. Hornell is the first local government to take action to restrain the use of cannabis since it’s been legalized in the state, according to the Star-Gazette. Smoking is prohibited within 30 feet of where a school bus stops when students are around and anyone caught smoking in restricted areas will be fined up to $250 by Hornell Police.


“Kayak with the Sergeant and the Sheriff” on Wednesday July, 28th
The Hammondsport Village Police Department and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces “Kayak with the Sergeant and the Sheriff” on Wednesday July 28th from 8:00am – 10am where Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard will be joining Sergeant Dininny at Champlin Beach on Keuka Lake to demonstrate safe kayaking for members of the Hammondsport Summer Recreation Program and for any community members that wish to receive safety information or just interact with your partners in law enforcement on beautiful Keuka Lake. Keuka Watersports will supply kayaks for the children’s use and is supporting this event. For more information visit www.hammondsport.us, the Village of Hammondsport Police Department or the Steuben County Sheriff’s Facebook pages. You can also email Sergeant Dininny at pd@hammondsport.us or Sheriff Allard at jallard@steubencountyny.gov


CCC & Steuben Health Dept Holding COVID Vaccine Clinics August 4th
The Steuben County Public Health Department partners with Corning Community College for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Health Education Center in Corning next month on Wednesday, August 4th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at this clinic. Register at: www.steubencony.org/covid. Walk-ins will also be accepted. The clinic is open to anyone who lives, works or goes to school in New York State. Proof of date of birth is necessary for vaccination, and those under age 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Savona Man Arrested for Raping Child
A Savona man is facing serious accusations. Bath-based Troopers this week arrested 53-year-old Joseph Thompson. He was charged with felony first-degree rape involving a child victim under age 11, felony first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stem from an incident reported June 29th. Thompson was detained. 


Bath Man Arrested for Sex Crime
A 15-year-old boy from Bath has been accused of committing a sex crime. The teenager was charged by State Police with forcibly touching the intimate parts of a victim. Court action is pending for the teen boy.


AG James Calls on Regulators to Change Child Car Seat Standards
New York Attorney General Letitia James is calling on federal regulators to make some changes to child car seat safety standards. The AG co-led a coalition of 18 Attorneys General, calling out to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They're asking for side-impact testing standards for child car seats. The coalition is also urging for a requirement that all car seat labels include guidance that says every child should remain in their current car seat until exceeding its height or weight maximum.


COVID Cases in NY State Continue to Climb
The number of COVID cases in New York continues to climb. According to the latest report, the statewide 7-day average positivity rate has climbed to 0.95%. Hospitalizations have remains steady during the past 24 hours. Cases in the Southern Tier Region have declined slightly, but steadily increased.


Gillibrand Urges Expansion of Student Debt Relief
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined nearly two dozen of her Senate colleagues in urging the Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to expand student debt relief in the Department’s upcoming higher education rulemaking. In a letter to the Secretary, Gillibrand highlighted the need for polices that improve and expand the existing student loan repayment and forgiveness programs to ensure borrowers can access the relief they are owed.

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