Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 9th, 2021

Bath Man Sentenced 10 Years for Child Pornography
A 35-year-old Bath man identified as being involved in an ongoing child pornography incident has been sentenced to ten years in prison. Charles Augrom was sentenced for possession of child pornography after being convicted for it in January of this year. His first conviction was in December of 2020 after his electronic devices were seized and found to contain 600 images of child pornography. Augrom is now a Level 3 sex offender in the state of New York.


County Reports 57 New COVID Cases & Another Death
Yesterday, Steuben County’s Public Health Department reported 57 new COVID cases and an additional COVID-related death, bringing the county’s COVID death toll to 194. The latest COVID victim was a 52-year-old woman from the Village of Bath. Public Health Director, Darlene Smith wished heartfelt prayers for the woman’s family and friends and “We urge our residents to take every precaution against COVID during this time of high spread.” Twenty-seven people are currently hospitalized in the county due to COVID-19. Active cases now total 356. Eight of those 57 new cases are breakthrough cases, meaning eight people who tested positive were fully vaccinated.  State data says 44% of the county's total population is fully-vaccinated. 


City of Hornell Flushing Hydrant System Starting Saturday
After ongoing reports of discolored water, The City of Hornell plans to flush the fire hydrant system starting this Saturday, September 11th after multiple, ongoing reports of discolored water. The city says the inconsistent nature of the reports, makes it difficult to troubleshoot and resolve the issue. A system-wide flush of the hydrants will run from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and will begin Saturday, continuing throughout next week. Flushing will start with Airport Road, Industrial Park Road and Seneca Road North. Sunday, it continues in the Village of North Hornell, and Monday in the northern portion of the City (beginning near Adsit Street and Madison Avenue). All flushing is expected to finish by the night of Friday, September 17th. Hornell residents are encouraged to not wash clothes and to check their water for any discoloration before use during the flushing hours. Let cold water run until it clears if there is any discoloration. 


County Real Property Tax Foreclosure Postponed to Next Year
The Steuben County Real Property Tax Foreclosure Auction will be postponed until 2022 as announced by County Commissioner of Finance Tammy Hurd-Harvey to the county Legislature’s Finance Committee yesterday. A recent state law bars government entities such as Steuben from foreclosing on a delinquent property without a 30-day notice to the owner. The law’s deadline would give owners too little time to respond as required. The law applies to residential properties. New properties will be added to the existing list and auctioned when the provisions of the state law expire in 2022. The proposal will be voted on by the county Legislature when it meets in regular session on Monday, September 27th


State DEC Banning Foam Containers & Packing Peanuts Jan. 1, 2022
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposed regulations to implement the ban on expanded polystyrene foam containers and loose fill packaging or “packing peanuts” in New York State to take effect on January 1st, 2022. Originally, the ban was proposed in 2020 and several downstate counties in New York have already adopted it. The DEC now has fully-released the regulations to thoroughly enact the ban throughout the state. Disposable food service containers made of foam will be banned under the proposed regulations and all food service establishments, caterers and pushcarts must comply as well as all delis and retail food stores. The DEC will hold a virtual public hearing on the proposed regulations Monday, November 15th, at 1 p.m. and will accept comments until November 22nd.


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